2017 Term 1 News

Swimming Sports
Marsden School Swimming Sports
Wet weather didn't bother our keen swimmers who took to the water with great House spirit and enthusiasm at our annual swimming carnival this week. There could be some interesting results (records broken?) but we can't say more until official announcement at first assembly back in Term 2 ... See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/04/2017)

KidsLit Quiz at Karori
Marsden KidsLit QuizTeam
We welcomed 204 students and their teachers from around Wellington to the regional KidsLit Quiz. The iCentre was a riot of colour and intense concentration as students battled it out to make the national finals.  Sadly not our teams this year, but they gave it their best shot and we were proud to showcase our school (even in the rain!). Thanks to Karen Richards and everyone behind the scenes who helped setup and make the day run so smoothly. (06/04/2017)
KidsLit Team at Marsden Karori

Palm Sunday procession
Marsden Primary students celebrate Palm Sunday with Tilly the Donkey
Tilly the Donkey made the Easter story more real for our Primary students as they observed the Palm Sunday procession in the old Gym. This is a lovely initiative from our Chaplain Sarah King to bring Zippity Zoo to Marsden to help celebrate the journey Jesus made the week before Easter. (06/04/2017)

Top Scholars celebrated
Marsden celebrates top scholars at special assembly
On Monday 3 April we celebrated our Scholars' Assembly to acknowledge the achievement of our top students in their 2016 qualifications. Students who gained their NCEA endorsed with excellence were awarded a scholars’ badge and scholars’ colours were awarded to our top performing academic students in each year level. We are blown away with the work, commitment and talent shown by so many of our girls, many of them gaining top grades across NCEA, Cambridge and Scholarship awards. To see just what you have to do to receive scholar’s colours, please go to the Academic page in MyMarsden and look at Scholars Award Criteria. It is quite an achievement! Recipients ... (05/04/2017)

Gastronomic experience at French Embassy
Marsden students enjoy gastronomic meal with French Ambassador
Goût de France, is an international celebration of French cuisine. The French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler welcomed Marsden students Briana Woodward and Lauren Benseman into her residence to enjoy a superb French gastronomic experience, along with 22 other students from around Wellington. Lucky girls they absolutely LOVED it! Read more ... (05/04/2017)

Marsden's first ever Maadi medal
Ruby wins maadi bronze - Marsden's first ever medal
Marsden Head of Rowing, Ruby Leverington has ended an amazing season with a spectacular race at Lake Karapiro to win a bronze medal - our first ever Maadi medal! Ruby has worked incredibly hard to get to this level to win medals at Nationals, NISS and now Maadi. Her coach Rachel Gamble-Flint has been amazing. Read more...
Gold for Coxes
Marsden coxes win race at Maadi
There is a famous and fun Maadi tradition, the coxswains race, which is fiercely contested, raced over 500m usually with plenty of antics and at least several crashes, a real sight to behold. Our coxes Evie Bond and Hannah Kennedy teamed up with Wellington College's Ben Ross and James Dunne, coxed by Harry Beasley to win the race and take the gold medal!
A Final
Marsden U15 Octuple make A Final
While finishing out of the medals, we'd also like to mention Annabel Walsh, Georgia Rich, Charlotte Brownlie, Jill Allen, Madison Taylor, Emily Suhr, Leila Barber, Alex Speer and cox Evie Bond who came 8th in the A Final of the U15s Octuple. Marsden was the only Wellington school competing in the final.

It's been a record breaking season for Marsden rowing and we'd like to say well done and thank you to everyone involved, our girls, coaches, managers, parents, staff and supporters, together you all combine to make a superb team.

Sakira's remarkable Lightbulb moment
Marsden student Sakira Knights' remarkable project
With family as her inspiration Year 9 student Sakira Knights has created something really remarkable for her ‘Remarkable Time’ project. She has instigated a ‘Lightbulb Trade Relay’ to raise funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Her Grandmother was recently diagnosed with this illness. Using a bartering system Sakira has traded up from her initial lightbulb to most recently a private 6-person helicopter charter over the Remarkables ($990), traded for a Peregrine Wine Voucher ($1200), which she then traded for accommodation at Crowne Plaza Auckland ($2,150). Read about Sakira's remarkable project. (31/03/2017)

When seconds count at Maadi Cup
Mardsen Rowers at Maadi Cup Photo by Rowing Celebration
Our squad have had an amazing (if not slightly rainy!) week at Maadi Cup rowing well with some heats coming down to a 1 second difference. We are proud they have all made Finals. The U16 Quad Issie Warner, Charlotte Strowger-Turnock, Elise Nind, and Frankie Kraavanger coxed by Hannah Kennedy came 5th in the D Final. Our U15 Quad Annabel Walsh, Georgia Rich, Charlotte Brownlie and Madison Taylor coxed by Evie Bond came 3rd in the C Final less than 1 second behind 2nd place. Ruby Leverington and the U15 Octuple crew will be in A Finals on Saturday. GO MARSDEN! See more photos on our Facebook page. (31/03/2017)

Multi-cultural Preschool
Marsden Preschool point out their origins on a world map
What an interesting exercise getting our students to point out their origins on a world map and how fortunate we are to have a wonderful mix of cultures at Marsden Preschool. Kia ora to our families from China, Dubai, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. (30/03/2017)

Breakthrough research by Old Girl
Marsden Old Girl medical research breakthrough
We are delighted to pass on news of Old Girl, Lucy Sulzberger,  whose breakthrough research into the make-up of strawberry birthmarks has been internationally recognised. Lucy is in her final year at Otago Uni and has completed a full-time year at the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree in addition to her Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree. Read full Gillies McIndoe article. (30/03/2017)

Recreating biblical times
Marsden Year 7 students recreate biblical times
Year 7 Religious Education classes have been discovering what life was like in the time of Jesus. They've had fun turning sheets into tunics and trying some of the food that people might have eaten in Jesus' day - grapes, hummus, dates, feta, honey, flat bread and olives were all delish - but only a few picked the challenge of trying sardines! (29/03/2017)

Marsden Gala Day keeps on giving
Marsden School parents donate left over Gala goods to charities
Marsden Gala day goods not sold have been donated to various charities throughout the greater Wellington area. Recipients of goods included The Koha shed, Russell School in Cannons Creek, various charity shops and organisations. Other local schools took a share for their upcoming Gala Days and children's books went to a Fijian charity. The refugee resettlement programme in Porirua benefited as well as the women's prison in Porirua and Women's refuge received baby clothing and linen. Finally a start up Youth Group in Lyall Bay, focusing on core skills, were grateful for the sports mats. Pictured: Marsden School parents Susan Henry (left) and Margaret Johanson (right) with The Koha Shed volunteer Paula. (29/03/2017)

Pop-up Museum
Marsden Year 6 students with their pop-up museum exhibit
In Science, Year 6 have been investigating the effect predators have on our native birds and environment. Groups created 'exhibits' based around different predators for a pop-up museum that the other Primary classes have been invited to visit. The exhibits are interactive and include QR codes that can be scanned for more information, models of animals and very informed Year 6 curators! (24/03/2017)

Students scrambling to win egg drop challenge
Marsden Future Minds students brainstorm for  trans-tasman egg drop competition
The problem posed this week to Future Minds students: Take a raw egg, drop it from a great height, make sure it doesn't break and add some trans-Tasman rivalry into the mix. Students spent a busy lunchtime putting their engineering skills to the test for the great Trans-Tasman Egg Drop Challenge against gifted and talented students from Kew High School in Melbourne. The competition takes place next week - go Marsden! (24/03/2017)

It's a small world
Marsden Academic Director Margaret Adeane with Old Girl Anna de Boer in China
Academic Director Margaret Adeane is currently in China with the Wellington Private Education Network and she bumped into Old Girl, Anna de Boer, in Shanghai. Anna is helping out with Education NZ while on exchange on a PM's Scholarship from Auckland University. Nice to see a familiar face overseas! (24/03/2017)

Toin Gakuen exchange coming to an end
Students from Toin Gakuen School Japan on exchange at Marsden School Wellington
We have enjoyed having exchange students from Toin Gakuen Japan at Marsden. Sadly the time has flown and we will be saying farewell to them on Friday as they head home this weekend. Ki o tsukete kaettene. Travel safely girls - we hope to see you again. (23/03/2017)

Whale Rider a hit with Preschool
Marsden Preschool enjoy bus trip to Te Papa to see The Whale Rider
Preschool took a trip by bus to see 'The Wale Rider' play at Te Papa Marae. Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera and put on by Capital E National Arts Festival, it tells the simple story of young Maori girl, Kahu, and her struggle against tradition to become the leader of her tribe. However things change when Kahu rescues the ancient whale beached in the Whangara Harbour. Our students really loved the show which was aimed at 3-8 year olds. When asked what they enjoyed most, the bus ride was first, followed by the whales and then the pūkana face (when the actor stuck out his tongue!). (23/03/2017)

The waves are Silver for Gabriella
Marsden student Gabriella Jacbos wins silver at NZ Surf Lifesaving Champs
Gabriella Jacobs (Y9) had a fabulous contest at the U14 New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans'17) in Mount Maunganui earlier this month, winning two silver medals. She came second in the under 13 girls run-swim-run and the U13 girls surf race and was 4th in the U14 girls tube rescue final with her partner from Wellington East. The Oceans '17 competition was big this year with over 140 girls competing in Gabriella's age group. Congratulations Gabriella. 

Mollies wins Bronze Surf Team medal
Marsden student Mollie Dewar with bronze in NZ U16 surf team event

And another Surf Lifesaving success story with Mollie Dewar (Y11-pictured far right) winning a bronze with her Maranui SLC team at the TSB Bank Nationals Surf Live Saving Championships in New Brighton, Christchurch. Over the four day event Mollie competed in many races helping her team to a Bronze medal in the U16 Surf Team event.  Twelve teams of four competitors swim 400m each, and the team with the top accumulated score wins. Mollie's Maranui SLC team finished 3rd behind Mount Maunganui (1st) with Lyall Bay (2nd). Well done Mollie and team. (22/03/2017)

Relay for Life
Marsden girls running the Relay for Life
Marsden Relay for Life team
The annual Relay For Life is an overnight event that brings teams together in a fun, carnival like atmosphere to fundraise for the Cancer Society. What a super group of well organised Marsden girls who took to the city circuit this weekend - well done!  Thanks also to our staff members who were there throughout the afternoon and night. The girls were grateful for your support and even supplied magazines and date scones! Nice touch girls thank you. (21/03/2017)

School in Action Day
Marsden School in Action Day Friday 24 March 2017
We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students, families and friends to our School in Action Day on Friday 24 March 2017 between 8.45am - 12 noon. Tours will start at reception and will navigate between Preschool, Primary and the upper school so our visitors can experience Marsden in action, ending in the iCentre. Thanks in advance to our wonderful student tour guides.  (21/03/2017) 

Welcome 2017 Artist in Residence
Marsden 2017 Artist in Residence Rebecca Holden
We extend a warm welcome to renowned Wellington painter Rebecca Holden, our 2017 Marsden Artist in Residence, who commences her five week residency at Marsden today. During her time here, as well as developing a body of works for exhibition, Rebecca will work alongside art students at all levels of the School. The exhibition, celebrating her work and collaboration with students, will be held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery at Shed 11 from 23 June to 2 July. (20/03/2017)

Year 10 Tramp
Marsden Y10 Tramp up Mt Kaukau and Skyline
Year 10 students conquered their Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award practice tramp up Mt Kaukau and the Skyline, including our 8 visiting Toin girls who loved the experience - especially seeing the cows! The views of Wellington and the harbour from the top were amazing. Our trampers were a little tired after the 20km but all thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and a day in nature. See more photos on our Facebook page. (17/03/2017)

Commonwealth Day Observance Service
Marsden students attend Commonwealth Day Observance Service
Marsden students attended the Commonwealth Day Observance Service on Monday 13 March at St Paul's Cathedral.  The Governor General and many Commonwealth representatives were present to hear messages from Her Majesty the Queen and the Prime Minister. Milly Brunel and Laura Stewart were flag bearers along with Nico Hackner and Kian Knight from Marsden Whitby. Following the service two students from each school were invited to a reception at Parliament. (16/03/2017)

It's not okay

Marsden senior students with Old Girl Fiona McNamara
It was a pleasure to welcome Sexual Abuse Prevention Network General Manager, Fiona McNamara to Marsden this morning. Fiona is a Marsden Old Girl and we have appreciated her ongoing contribution to our Senior Health programme. Her work with organisations to help prevent sexual abuse has been much in the news over the last week and we thought it was timely for her to get together with all our Year 12 and 13 girls to talk about this very topical issue. In the current climate, the girls found it eye-opening and empowering to hear from a professional. They feel they have gained some valuable tools to help understand and contribute to the change that needs to happen. (16/03/2017)

Preschool run in circles
Marsden Preschool circular relay
Normally running around in circles doesn't achieve much however this week in Preschool students took part in a circular relay - so they literally were running around in circles to pass the baton - great fun and practice for future Relay for Life runners? (16/03/2017)

Primary Director's hidden past
Marsden Primary Director shares Malawi recipes with students
Marsden Primary students are exploring bugs, they've created worm farms, looked at life cycles, been to Te Papa's Bug Lab exhibition, seen them up close and now they are looking at ways to eat them! Director of Marsden Primary, Celia McCarthy spent two years in Malawi, working at St John's Hospital and teaching at Marymount Secondary School in Mzuzu, which co-incidentally translates to "Place of the Mosquitoes". She brought in her Malawi Cookbook which has a section on how to cook the most delicious bug recipes! From her time in Malawi Celia remembers driving through the pouring rain, seeing hordes of flying ants coming out of the ground, and the village children running along stuffing handfuls of the ants into their mouths, like they were sweets! She also decorated Christmas cards with the wings from dead flying ants! The things we never knew about our Primary Director! (15/03/2017)

Jean Gilmer Award reinstated
Marsden Old Girl Jean Knox Gilmer
The Marsden Parents' Association is delighted to announce the reinstatement of a previous award: the Jean Gilmer Award for scientific illustration, named after Marsden Old Girl, Jean Knox Gilmer (pictured). This award is open to Year 7-13 students and will be presented at Prize Giving. It will link the past: a past student, a previous award and historical recording of observations to current practice particularly in cross curricular learning. Read full story (14/03/2017)

Rowers make Marsden history
Marsden rowers receive their medal at NISS Rowing Champs
In a spectacular first our rowers have created Marsden history and won medals at the North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships over the weekend. Ruby Leverington led the day inspiring the squad with a gritty push through to win silver in the U18 single sculls; then followed the U16 Four Annabel Walsh, Elise Nind, Charlotte Strowger-Turnock and Issie Warner coxed by Hannah Kennedy who led for most of the race to win their B Final; next up the U15 Octuple Annabel Walsh, Georgia Rich, Charlotte Brownlie, Madison Taylor, Jill Allen, Leila Barber, Emily Suhr and Alex Speer coxed by Evie Bond in a nail-biting finish to win the bronze (by less than a second).  The squad was visited by Robbie Manson and Jackie Kiddle, both NZ elite rowers and multiple world champions. Jackie and Robbie told them if they hear a "Go Marsden" shout across the water it will probably be them. It certainly must have been motivational to have elite rowers cheering them on - our girls rose to the challenge and rowed their hearts out to climb the medal podium for the first time in Marsden rowing history. They deserve a huge round of applause, as do their coaches, managers, families and everyone who has supported them.  Well done! (13/03/2017)

Bedraggled Boating
Marsden dragon boating
Marsden crews braved the wet and cold for their bedraggled Dragon boating in the weekend and showed that a little bit of weather wasn't going to stop them! The Y12's won their C final and Y13 qualified for the A final, coming 4th in a race so close there was only centimeters separating the top 4! A gutsy effort girls.
Thanks to our soggy supporters and fearless photographers who deserve a medal as well. (13/03/2017)

Success at Diving Championships
Marsden students win diving medals at NI Champs
Congratulations to Caitlin Gordon, Mya Hartley & Nathalie Cromwell who won medals in the North Island Diving Championship in the weekend. Caitlin was awarded gold in level 1 skills on poolside 1m and 3m.  Mya and Nathalie were awarded silver in level 3 on 1m and 3m springboard and 5m platform. They should be very proud of their achievements this weekend.  Well done girls! (13/3/2017)

Cullen breakfast
Marsden students with former Governor General
Head Girl, Harriett Morrow and Annabelle Skinner-Evans (Head of Events and Activities) were privileged to meet with Sir Anand Satyanand, former Governor-General of NZ, at the Cullen Breakfast this morning. (10/03/2017)

Thomasin to co-star in "My Abandonment"
Marsden student, Thomasin McKenzie to star in 'My Abandonment'
We are thrilled for Thomasin McKenzie who is off to America to star in a movie! She travels to Portland, Oregon at the end of March, to play the role of Caroline in "My Abandonment" directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone) co-starring Ben Foster (who you may know as Angel in X-Men). Thomasin auditioned via Skype for the role. The story follows 13 year old Caroline and her father (Ben) who live in Forest Park, a temperate rain forest in Portland.  When authorities evict them from their hidden world they embark on an increasingly erratic journey to find a place to call their own. Her preparation has involved tree-climbing, research into foraging/living off the land and working on her US accent.  We are thrilled for Thomasin and know she will be absolutely amazing in the role. Filming starts in April. Read press release http://bit.ly/2lMerup (09/03/2017)

Year 8 Camp going well
Marsden girls at Year 8 Camp Nelson

Marsden girls try abseiling
News from Year 8 camp in Nelson- it is all going really well. There was a little rain on Tuesday but our girls didn't let that stop them from giving as many activities a go as possible. They've tried abseiling, archery, orienteering, checked out the WOW Museum, rabbit island, the aquatic centre and it was beautifully fine and sunny for their beach visit yesterday. (09/03/2017)

Big thumbs up for Hidden Figures movie
Marsden Y10 students give Hidden Figures the big thumbs up
If you've seen Hidden Figures, you will know what an amazingly powerful movie it is, based on a true story about three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Our Year 10 students went to see it today and they absolutely loved it. We wish to thank a very special Old Girl, Di Handley, who saw the movie, thought our girls would like it, so she paid for them to go.  Thank you Di, what a fitting movie for International Women's Day. (08/03/2017)

Trip to Space Place
Marsden Preschool visits Space Place at Carter Observatory
Preschool had a very exciting trip to the Space Place at Carter Observatory, as part of their exploration into all things 'Space'. When asked later what they most enjoyed ... No. 1 the bus ride, No. 2 the "movie" aka the Planetarium Show called "The Family of the Sun" about Pluto looking for a home, and No. 3 the big telescope. See more photos on the Preschool News page. (08/03/2017)

International Women's Day
Marsden students at International Women's Day Breakfast at Parliament
'Feeling empowered' was the verdict of Imogen Norling, Neakiry Kivi, Sarah May and Harriett Morrow after this morning's breakfast at Parliament celebrating International Women's Day. Harriett and Sarah were privileged to join the top table, alongside the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy, Deputy Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Paula Bennett and special guest speaker, iconic feminist and historian, Sandra Coney. Their message was, there is so much to celebrate - and so much still to be done to achieve true gender equality. Thank you to Zonta, UN Women and the ANZ Bank for hosting us at this fabulous event! (08/03/2017)

Bug Lab Trip

Marsden Primary students visit Bug Lab at Te Papa
Getting up close to giant bugs sounds a bit scary, but for Primary students who visited Te Papa's Bug Lab exhibition it was a fascinating insight into the weird and wonderful world of insects. The immersive and interactive exhibition featured amazing creations by Weta (very apt) Workshop. See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/03/2017)

Marsden Gala a huge success
Thousands came to the Marsden Gala
We couldn't have done it without an army of willing workers, our wonderful sponsors and of course, all the friends, family, students, staff and visitors who came to make the Marsden Gala on Sunday absolutely fabulous. We are so lucky to have our Parents' Association Gala Covenors (aka superwomen) Anita Hartshorne and Nicky Reed and their dedicated Committee, who worked tirelessly to collect, sort, make, bake, setup and sell. Our students, families and staff, Nicky Cruickshank from Tommy's and our other generous sponsors, you ALL deserve a round of applause for contributing to the success of this year's Gala.  Thank you everyone! The preliminary net total is $66,000 and rising - woohoo!  See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/03/2017)

Exchange student works with French students
Exchange student helps Marsden NCEA French students
One of the wonderful rewards of having exchange students at Marsden is the authenticity they bring to our language classes. Justine Poncin, our French exchange student, has been working with French classes this term. What a boost for our girls to be able to converse with a native French speaker. Thank you Justine.  (07/03/2017)

PE Trip to Kapiti amazing
Marsden trip to Kapiti Island
What a stunning day our Y12-13 NCEA PE students had for their 'Worst case scenario' trip to Kapiti Island. The entire time they were assessing potential risks to people, equipment, the environment - during their 4 hour tramp to the top and back, the boat ride and bus trip - what could potentially go wrong? Fortunately nothing did and they had an amazing time learning about Kapiti Island's history. It is now a protected nature/marine reserve that has been predator free since 1987 and is home to 1200 kiwis! (03/03/2017)

Final athletics results announced
Marsden Athletics Sports 2017 House Champions Baber
Every year we are amazed by the creative costuming that our Houses use to rally the troops at our annual athletics day and this year was no exception! But don't be fooled, there's good competition going on at each event, records were broken and we are excited to announce the top results for 2017, congratulations to the following:

Marsden 2017 Senior Athletics Champion Imogen Skelton


Senior Champ Imogen Skelton
Intermediate Champ Jade Otway
Junior Champ Harriet Abbott
House Champions Baber

For more details see our article on marsden.school.nz/about/news (02/03/2017)

Pancake Tuesday

Primary classes made pancakes with Chaplain Sarah King on Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as it is also known. She explained to to them about the Old English tradition of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were ready to fast during Lent. 

A wonderful old tradition and definitely a yummy lesson. (02/03/2017)

Preschool get wet 'n wild
Marsden Preschool Waterplay Wednesday
It was wet and wild on Wednesday but only for Preschool's fun waterplay day. The sprinkler was out and the waterslide was slippery enough for everyone to have a very giggly time! We've definitely made the most of the fine weather, getting outside as much as possible. See more photos on the Preschool news page. (02/03/2017)

Year 9 get creative with 3D for Gala
Marsden Year 9 students print 3D plant pots for Gala
Year 9 digital technologies students guided by teacher Callie Ballara have come up with a really creative way to support the Marsden Gala on Sunday, they are making designing and printing plant pots. Using 3D software Tinkercad and one of our 2 x Upbox 3D printers, they had to figure out the intricacies of thinking and designing in 3D and consider the practicalities as well - like how to put a hole in the bottom of the pot. Seeing it all translate in the printing process, which takes about 10 hours per pot, is a really thrilling moment and we think their pots are absolutely amazing - well done girls! (01/03/2017)

Proactive Physio onboard
Marsden joins forces Proactive Physio to offer school based clinic
Marsden and Proactive Physiotherapy have joined forces to offer a school-based physio clinic two days a week. Students will be able to book sessions during school time. This is fantastic news for our sports women, staff and other students recovering from injury or illness who may require physio treatment. The clinic offers the Four Corners of Health approach, function, mindset, nutrition and sleep alongside specific physiotherapy skills. Visit our Marsden Sport website for more information. (28/02/2017)

Marsden Gala Sunday 5 March 11am-2pm

Our world famous in Wellington 'Marsden Gala' is happening this year on Sunday 5 March between 11am and 2pm. There are all the usual stalls including cakes, toys, designer clothing, bric-a-brac and of course our fabulous deli stall. Come along, bring the family and enjoy the fun! The forecast looks good!  Many thanks to Nicki Cruickshank of Tommy's Real Estate for her generous sponsorship of this event. (27/04/2017)

Designer Clothing Pre-Sale

Check out the Marsden Designer Clothing Pre-sale stall this Friday 3 March 1pm - 7pm and Saturday 4 March 9am-4pm in the Marsden School Dance studio, Vera Street Entrance. Karori. https://www.facebook.com/recycledfashionpopupshop/ 
Otherwise we'll see you on Sunday!   (27/04/2017)

Inspired by trip to Israel
Marsden HOD Fiona Crawford
Our HOD Humanities, Fiona Crawford, was honoured to be selected for a three-week study tour to Israel in January, sponsored by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and the Adelson Family Foundation. Fiona and her 25 fellow New Zealand educators were hosted by the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.  Read full article (24/02/2017)

Preschool Family BBQ
Marsden Preschoolers enjoy family sausage sizzle
It was so lovely to have parents come to our once a term sausage sizzle in Preschool on Friday, it's a great way for families to meet while the children enjoy their sausages, evident from sauce on faces! We are happy to hear the tea and coffee was a bit of a reviver at the end of a full week and nice to see more dads this time too! See more photos on our Preschool news page. (23/02/2017)

Programmers of the Future
Marsden Primary learn basic programming with Cubetto
Cubetto is a friendly wooden robot that teaches our youngest Primary students the basics of computer programming in its simplest form without the complexity of language and screens. Students place different coloured blocks on a control board that tells Cubetto where to go on a floor map. As well as coming to grips with the basics of programming and keeping Cubetto on course, it is so much fun! (23/02/2017)

Bronze at National Rowing Championships
Marsden Coach and Head of Rowing win Bronze
Congratulations to our Head of Rowing, Ruby Leverington and rowing coach Rachel Gamble-Flint, who had a great competition at the New Zealand Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha last week. Ruby finished an incredible 7th in the A Final of the single sculls and won a Bronze medal in the coxless quad with coach Rachel and two other adults from Wellington Rowing. Rachel wqho is coming back from major surgery went on to win Bronze in the coxless double sculls A Final.

Meanwhile Marsden Old Girl and assistant rowing coach Steph Taylor successfully coxed a novice mens' four and eight to win Silver in A Finals - what a great mentor for our coxswains. Back at home Catherine Duffin and Sheldon Carr carried on coaching our squad who are training hard for the NISS Champs. We have an awesome team of coaches and assistants at Marsden rowing: Rachel, Steph, Catherine and Sheldon your dedication to the sport, the girls and school is above and beyond, thank you. (23/02/2017)

Primary start Year positively
Marsden Primary Director Celia McCarthy helps Y6 students make 'positive' cards
Primary Director Celia McCarthy helped Year 6 make cards with uplifting messages to themselves which will be mailed out to them in the middle of the year as a reminder to stay positive. So parents, please don't open your daughter's mail! (22/02/2017)

Athletics Day

The weather stayed fine and spirits were high for our annual Athletics Sports at Newtown Park on Valentines Day. Every year we are amazed by the creative costuming that our Houses use to rally the troops and this year was no exception! So which House came out on top? Results will be announced at assembly on 27th February. See more photos on our Facebook page. (22/02/2016)

Word of the Year Minions
Year 7 Marsden students choose word for the year
The Year 7RM girls have each chosen a 'word for the year' that means something to them. Together with their very cute Minions they are a bright, cheerful and positive reminder every day of what that special word is. See more photos on our Facebook page.  (20/02/2017)

Dumplings for Preschool
Making dumplings at Marsden Preschool
We are very grateful to Chantel's Mother and Grandparents who came to Preschool and helped our students make dumplings for Chinese New Year, they loved them, thank you. See more news and photos on the Preschool News page. (16/02/2017)

Football partnership announced
Marsden and Karori Waterside Swifts Talent Centre announce partnership
We are excited to announce a partnership between Marsden and Waterside Karori Swifts Talent Centre. The Swifts will run a girls’ football programme at Marsden, available to all girls as part of the curriculum, and they will provide professional development for Marsden coaches and teachers. Two way scholarships will also be on offer and joint training, holiday and individual coaching form part of the elite programme. Read press announcement. (15/02/2017)

Wellington Private Education Network launched
WPEN launch
What a brilliant night for the launch of our Wellington Private Education Network (WPEN) at Te Wharewaka in Wellington City. Over 140 people including students, families and staff from the Marsden, Scots and Chilton communities gathered for dinner to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new venture for our three schools and International students in Wellington. Year 13 student Bingqin Cai spoke on behalf of Marsden, there was a Maori kapa haka performance and to top it all off a wonderful Chinese New Year fireworks display. WPEN runs StudyCare, a unique programme designed to provide International Students from all three schools with an exceptional experience as they settle into life and study in New Zealand. Marsden is delighted to be part of this first-class care and experience programme. More details on StudyCare (14/02/2017)

Marsden Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year celebrations at Marsden
The foyer was buzzing with creativity when three Chinese Heritage artists visited Marsden on Friday as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Their enthusiasm and skill for their craft was evident as they cut paper into intricate designs and made figurines out of dough or cloth. Our girls enjoyed trying these crafts, and there were free dumplings for everyone! Thank you to teacher JingYing Herrington who helped organise this event for us.
Marsden fan dancers for Chinese New Year
The official Chinese New Year parade through Wellington city on Sunday featured over 40 Marsden students who looked amazing in Chinese dress, some performed with fans while others entertained crowds in the TSB Arena. How fabulous to be a part of this cultural event, you did us proud girls, well done!
See more photos on our Facebook page.  (13/02/2017)

Farewell to Counsellor, Vicki Farslow
Marsden farewells Counsellor
It's never fun to say goodbye to loved staff members, but there was plenty of laughter when we farewelled Vicki Farswell today. Vicki, our effervescent counsellor of 8 years, is having a change of direction and heading to Nepal to help with the earthquake ravaged communities as they rebuild their lives. We will miss her energy and joy of life not to mention her crazy hats. Chaplain Sarah King wrapped her in prayer flags full of good wishes from Marsden students for her to take to Nepal. Travel safely Vicki we will miss you! (13/02/2017)

Enjoying EOTC
Marsden Primary enjoying EOTC
The Marsden Primary EOTC week has gone really well with all year levels enjoying a wide range of fun and challenging activities. Year 4-5 are off to Zealandia today. The Year 6 camp has gone very well, they enjoyed the waterslide last night and have been orienteering and making bush bivouacs, and it stayed fine for the Teddy Bear's picnic yesterday!  See more photos on our Facebook page. (10/02/2017)

Marsden first at Hīnātore Learning Lab
Marsden first to visit Hinatore Learning Lab
Marsden Year 7 Tech students were the first to visit Te Papa's new Hīnātore Learning Lab that combines cutting-edge technologies with Te Papa’s collections and taonga. Our students enjoyed a dynamic hands-on learning session using the latest educational technologies including the purpose-built virtual reality studio, touch tables and a range of 3D scanners and printers. Hīnātore is Māori for phosphorescence or luminescence – a glow or glimmering in the dark. (09/02/2017)

Scots College students join Food Tech classes
Marsden welcomes Scots College students to Food Tech classes
This week we welcomed boys to our Food Technology class. This collaboration is a first for Marsden and Scots College that will see several Scots students join us on a regular basis whilst working towards their NCEA Home Economics credits. Who knows, we may be inspiring the next Jamie Oliver? (09/02/2017)

Seeing is make believing
Marsden Preschool discover crazy glasses
Preschool have had a great start to their year. They discovered a collection of crazy glasses on Day 1 and enjoyed a visit from Year 12 students too. See more on the Preschool news page. (09/02/2017)

Speech New Zealand Scholarships
We are delighted to congratulate the following students who have been invited to apply for a national Speech New Zealand Scholarship. This selection is based on continued excellence in Speech and Drama exam results throughout 2016 and a tribute to their hard work.  Congratulations to Caroline Enright, Sarah May, Hannah O’Connor, Lauren Benseman, Charlotte Johnston, Tegan Martin and Jemima Dowle. (08/02/2017)

Happy first week for Year 1 students
Marsden Year 12 and Year 1 students enjoy time together
Year 12 and Year 1 students enjoyed some time together in the Primary Library. A nice way to end a very happy week for our girls. (03/02/2017)

Congratulations Kate Feary
Kate Feary, Marsden Primary Teacher
Warmest congratulations to our wonderful, energetic and inspiring Primary Teacher, Kate Feary who, after completing two years teaching, has received full teacher registration. (03/02/2017) 

NZ Floorball Representatives

It's not often that mother and daughter are in the same representative team, but Rachel Bertschinger and mum Jane are currently playing for New Zealand in the Women's World Floorball Championships qualifying tournament at the ASB Sports Centre. Go team Bertschinger!  Read Stuff article. (02/02/2017)

2017 here we go!

What a great start! It is wonderful to see everyone back ready for the year ahead.  From the youngest to the oldest,  we are excited to see our students realise their potential and for 2017 it all starts now. Here we go! (01/02/2017)

Jenny Williams to take up role in Melbourne

t's a bittersweet moment for us as we announce that after 9 years our much loved Principal Jenny Williams is moving on. Jenny has been appointed to the position of Principal of Firbank Grammar School in Brighton, Melbourne, effective from the beginning of Term 3 2017.  Firbank Grammar is another prestigious Anglican girls’ school of over 1200 students.
We are sad Jenny is going but happy for her as she is moving closer to home in Australia and onto a wonderful new role. Jenny, in her words, has "mixed feelings about the move, excited at the opportunity but sad to be leaving the Marsden community; the staff, students and parents are what makes Marsden special and I will miss them." We will miss her too. See full announcement. (31/01/2017)

Lake Karapiro rowing success

Lake Karapiro rowing success and a Gold medal for our Head of Rowing...all the hard work of Summer Camp paid off. The squad had a fantastic regatta with rowers in 1 x A Final and 4 x B Finals at the KR2 regatta over the weekend; Our U15 Octuple came 2nd in their A Final - Well done to Cox Evie Bond, Madison Taylor, Charlotte Brownlee, Annabel Walsh, Georgia Rich, Emily Suhr, Leila Barber, Jill Allen and Alex Speer some girls had their first races in singles and doubles and others got some helpful tips from Olympian Eric Murray! Head of Rowing Ruby Leverington was 2nd in the U18 Single sculls B final. Ruby also stayed on to compete at the North Island Club Champs racing in the Womens coxless quad sculls with our awesome rowing coach Rachel Gamble-Flint. They went through heats (1st) to the semi-finals (1st) and then WON the final to get gold medals - what Champions. And Ruby was in 2 other A Finals also - what a way to start 2017! (31/02/2017)

Summer Rowing Camp

The Rowing squad have just had an amazing 6 days at their Summer Camp in Mangakino, with mostly good weather. The coaches are very happy with progress and the personal resilience, kindness and great team spirit the girls have been showing. The food has been amazing. They were also delighted to have Annabel Skinner-Evers join them and help with coaching - great to see this level of commitment from our girls on and off the water. Some special moments included Maddie and Annabel flipping their double (it happens to all the best rowers!) and Maddie crawling up the stern to get back in the boat, the novices getting their Marsden zooties for racing and ice-blocks after a long hot row. This weekend they race at the KR2 regatta at Lake Karapiro. GO MARSDEN more photos on Facebook. (27/01/2017)

Head Girls' Committee ready for 2017

Head Girl Harriet Morrow and her enthusiastic committee met today at school to plan their year of fun and activities. The ideas were flowing and we are excited to see what they bring to their leadership roles in the coming months. (24/01/2017)

Welcome back to School 2017

After a refreshing Christmas break, we're ready for the start of a new school year and looking forward to welcoming all our students and families, those new to Marsden and those already well established members of the Marsden family.

Missed our mailed out newsletter with important information about starting school and stationery etc? Read it here Welcome Back to School newsletter.

Sports registrations for 2017 opened on Monday 9 January 2017 and will close on Tuesday 31 January. To register head to our sports website