2017 Term 4 News

Message from Acting Principal

Thanks to all for your fantastic support this year and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and lots of sunshine and relaxation over the holidays. (20/12/2017)

Take-off to Space School

Marsden Karori is over the moon to be able to offer students in Years 8-13 in 2018 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend Space School in the USA. The Space School International Study Program provides students with the opportunity to get ahead, to learn and apply transportable skills in one of the world’s most profound and inspiring STEM environments – through space exploration and science in conjunction with NASA. We are holding an information evening on Monday, 19 March 2018 in the Auditorium. More details and register for info evening.  (18/12/2017)

2017 Dux announced

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School 2017 Dux, Alexandra McKendry
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Alexandra McKendry is Marsden Karori Dux for 2017 and Jessica Seow is Proxime Accessit to the Dux. Other top awards announced at Prizegiving last night went to Katie Reed who received the Alice Bowater Memorial Award, the Kindness Cup went to Imogen Norling and the Blundell Cup was awarded to Harriett Morrow. See full list of Year 13 and Special Awards. (07/12/2017)


Parting gift from Year 13

What a lovely parting gift from Year 13! This beautiful birdbath by mosaic artist Louise Herdman from Wanganui features stained glass tiles in a floral hydrangea design and will make its home in the new garden outside the south studio. Thank you girls, it is gorgeous and a wonderful reminder of our very special Class of 2017! (06/12/2017)

Santa visits

It was heartwarming to see the surprise and joy on the faces of our Primary and Preschool students when Santa and his band of merry helpers visited by tractor to deliver a little bag of treats. Christmas is a really special time of year! (06/12/2017)

Merry Marsden Xmas

What a merry time our Year 7-10 students had on Friday afternoon celebrating the season with readings, singing, a kahoot, a dance off with staff and a creative challenge to decorate a student's hair like a Christmas tree! Year 10 took out this competition with a wonderful creation on Alaina Wilks. 'Tis definitely the season to be jolly! (05/12/2017)

Celebrating Cultural Successes
Congratulations to the following students on their recent cultural success, we are delighted you have been rewarded for all your hard work:
1.  Year 10 Michelle Lee’s dance troupe was nominated again this year to participate in the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand National Young Performers Award. 43 dance troupes from across the country performed and Michelle’s group made it through to the final 12 in the national competition.
2.  Alaina Wilks in Year 10 has been given a role in a small film being produced in Wellington.
3.  Year 9 Anabel Jamieson received a Distinction with Honours in her recent Pre-Elementary American Jazz Exam and a Distinction with Honours in her Contemporary Grade 2 Exam for Wellington Dance Academy.
4.  Kezia Shepherd in Year 9 has retained her place on the New Zealand School of Dance Scholars programme (entering Level 4 in 2018) and has also been admitted as a NZSD Associate.
5.  Nia Butler, also in Year 9, has retained her NZSD associate place for 2018.
6.  Matilda Goldie in Year 7 was awarded high Honours in her Grade 3 Speech and Drama exam. She was invited to speak in front of over 100 people about her O.E throughout India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. (05/12/2017)

Junior Cultural Awards

Congratulations to Eva Brunel, recipient of the Dalgety-Evans Cup for Junior Cultural Involvement (pictured with John Dalgety). 2017 has been a full year for Eva who performed as an apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar and as a soloist in House Music. She was a member of the Junior Certificate 1 debating team that reached the semi-finals and also won second place at the impromptu debating competition. Eva sings for both Altissime and Ad Summa Choirs and entered the Swainson Memorial Music Competition. Bravo Eva! (14/11/2017)

Year 7 Trip Out of This World

With a state of the art digital planetarium and multi-media exhibits the story of New Zealand's southern skies was superbly illustrated for Year 7 students during their trip to the Carter Observatory's Space Place last week. (14/11/2017)

Primarily Playing with Shakespeare
Marsden Y6 students in Shakespeare's As You Like It
'All the world's a stage'
and Marsden the venue for this year's performance by Primarily Playing with Shakespeare. Some of our Y6 students spent the holidays learning their lines and constructing the marriage scene from 'As You Like It' to give a fabulous performance yesterday. In total five schools collaborate to produce the whole play - and the end result was wonderful! Bravo! (08/11/2017)

Cullen Breakfast

Bella O'Meeghan and Kate Dobson, our 2018 Head Girl and Deputy, attended the Cullen Breakfast at the Wellington Club last week.  American Ambassador Scott Brown was the guest speaker discussing US foreign policy. (07/11/2017)

CSW Award Winners
    

        
We had 18 girls nominated for the 2017 College Sports Wellington Awards presented last night at Te Rauparaha Arena. Four made it to the finals; Imogen Skelton (athletics), Ruby Leverington (rowing), Jade Otway (tennis) and Rachel Bertschinger (floorball) and two won their individual codes! Huge congratulations to Imogen Skelton, Athlete of the Year and Ruby Leverington, Rower of the Year! And well done to the other nominees, this is a fantastic result given the high calibre of competition for these awards. (06/11/2017)

History Lesson from Year 13

History teacher Chris French enjoyed a 'Forrest Gump moment' when he entered his classroom to find himself starring in many iconic moments from history! Nice work Y13! And he even cooked a BBQ lunch for you! The final day for our Y13s off on study leave was full of pranks and thanks, and words can't express how much we've enjoyed this year with them. See more photos on our Facebook page. (02/11/2017)

Under the Sea Enquiry for Preschool

A trip to see the Capital E performance of "Songs of the Sea" at Hannah Playhouse has sparked the next enquiry topic for Preschool as they look at things under the sea.  The puppet show about NZ sea creatures was well done and our students really enjoyed it.  They have been listening to seashells, reading books to identify sea creatures and we have set up a nature table for them. What was really interesting was, not what they already knew about sea creatures (which was quite a lot), but what they wanted to find out about them ... 'How do jellyfish eat their food? How do dolphins jump out of the water? How do crabs pinch people?' just some of the questions posed. It's going to be a fascinating term discovering the answers. (02/11/2017)

Te Iti Kahurangi

Te Iti Kahurangi ‘Small and precious; something of great value’.  This new student gallery in the Primary School is a space for our girls to display their art. There are enough frames for each student to change their work in and out whenever they want - it’s their choice...their voice. A massive thank you to the Marsden Parents Association for supporting this initiative. Arohanui. (31/10/2017)

Marsden Sportswoman of the Year

We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Sportswoman of the Year and Weston Cup recipient is Imogen Skelton. She's had a remarkable year, culminating in a Bronze medal for New Zealand at the Youth Olympics in the Bahamas - congratulations Imogen! And what a lovely moment for Old Girl Margie Weston and Imogen to meet on Friday at Old Girls' Day.  We've had so many magic sporting moments this year and we applaud all our sportswomen, coaches and volunteers - it's been amazing. You can see a full list of winners on our Sports Website. (30/10/2017)

Old Girls Day and New Hall of Fame Laureates

Today it is our pleasure to welcome back Old Girls for a special celebration, Old Girls' Day. A day of shared memories, formal assembly with roll call and, it must be said, a rousing rendition of our school song Non Nobis! We also enjoyed hearing from a fabulous guest speaker, mechanical engineer and young OG, Vikki Stephens (pictured with former Principal, Gillian Eadie). 
We also welcome two new laureates to the Marsden Hall of Fame: Kate Hawley for her contribution to costume design for film and theatre; and Elizabeth Orr for her public service and work towards pay equity for women, she was also the first woman Chancellor of Victoria University. We are proud to honour them. Ad Summa! (27/10/2017)

Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award Winner
Marsden student Sarah May winner of the 2017 Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award with Judge Mandy Hager
For the second year in a row a Marsden student has won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story competition for secondary students. Sarah May was awarded first prize at a ceremony at the Turnbull Library last night. When asked about it today Sarah said "I want to study English, it is my passion. When you put your heart into something, it's really nice to have someone pat you on the back and say 'hey you did a good job!'" Author and judge Mandy Hager commented on the high caliber of all the finalists and in particular the sophistication of Sarah’s poignant story, which stayed with her long after she had finished reading it. You can read it here. (26/10/2017)

Adventurer inspires Primary

What a fascinating and inspirational talk adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald gave to our Primary girls this week. His list of personal achievements is mind-boggling and our girls particularly enjoyed his description of the challenges he faced walking unaided to the south pole and rowing 5000kms across the Atlantic Ocean. His messages, pushing through adversity, having a common goal and fixing the things that keep us awake at night, are principles we can all apply to our everyday lives as well. Thank you Jamie. (26/10/2017)

Farewell Australian Exchange Students

Sadly on Sunday we say goodbye to three exchange students visiting us from St Mary's Anglican Girls' School in Perth. We hope they have enjoyed their NZ Marsden experience as much as we have loved having them here.  (26/10/2017)

Primary/Preschool Athletics Day
Marsden Primary School Athletics Day
Blue skies and high spirits were a winning combination for the Primary and Preschool athletics sports this week. Our students sprinted, jumped, lobbed the vortex, moon hopped and ran the water bucket relay with great enthusiasm. It was heart-warming to see their support of other competitors and their houses and fabulous to have so many parents there to cheer them on.  All-in-all a great day! See more photos on our Facebook page. (25/10/2017)

2018 Leaders Announced
Marsden Karori Student Leaders 2018
It is always a huge moment in Term 4 when we announce our student leaders and this year is no exception as we warmly congratulate Bella O'Meeghan, our 2018 Head Girl! Her deputy will be Kate Dobson and they are joined by a fabulous team of girls. Congratulations to you all. We are looking forward to working with you next year! See full list (24/10/2017)

Fundraising for remote Indian School 

Anjali Gentejohann and Sariya McGrath sold samosas and set up a penny war between year groups to raise funds for a small school in Kechala, a remote rural village in India. The school, which operates with very few resources, was delighted to receive the funds. They sent this photo showing students using new stationery and they will also enjoy a buffet lunch from the proceeds. Nice work girls! (24/10/2017)

EPro8 Challenge Winners

On the last day of Term 3 Ruby Barton, Cassie Truscott, Paige Martin and Isabella Soane, won the Year 9 Wellington final of the EPro8  Challenge competition. Over 7000 students from 700 schools throughout New Zealand took part in the engineering and problem solving race. Teams of four competed to build large sized structures, solve practical problems, engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles, invent machines that could complete simple tasks, construct basic electronic circuits and solve interesting problems using practical maths. The girls had a nail-biting decider when they initially drew with Newlands College, but their fantastic team work won the day. Congratulations. (19/10/2017)

Chinese Language Week and Flying Kiwis

This week the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Trust celebrated the launch of its first book: "Flying Kiwis" at Marsden.  Representatives from the Chinese Embassy, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Confucius Institute, parents and students were present.

They were treated to a wonderful display of Chinese fan dancing, modelling and readings from student authors, Petulia Cooper-Woodhouse, Y7,  Tilly Dassanayake and Chloe Sim, both Y8, who contributed essays to this unique bi-lingual book. The brief 'What it is to be a Kiwi!'  In total, work by  51 school students was selected for the book, and each essay was translated into Chinese. 
It was a fabulous start to Chinese Language Week and our first week of Term 4.  For more info on "Flying Kiwis" book, visit www.nzclw.com/events/Flying-Kiwis.html (19/10/2017)


Toin Trip


Students on the Toin Exchange trip have had an amazing time exploring Kyoto.  They were impressed by the colours and wonderful traditions reflected in the Golden Temple, the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of red torii gates leading to the wooded forest of sacred Mount Inari and the amazing view over Kyoto. (09/10/2017)

Cullen Breakfast

New Principal Narelle Umbers joined Anne Field, Alex McKendry and Milly Brunel at the Cullen breakfast during her  brief visit last week. They enjoyed music from the NZSO and then Dame Suzie Moncrieff spoke spoke of her journey with the World Of Wearable Art from its inception to the international extravaganza it is today. Such a fascinating story of creativity, perseverance, courage and determination. Thank you to Peter Cullen for inviting our students to this inspirational event! (06/10/2017)

Celebrating Culture

We held a Cultural Awards evening on Thursday to recognise the contributions our students have made across cultural aspects of school this year. This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge excellence, commitment and service and to thank those who volunteer their time to assist with culture at Marsden. Thomasin McKenzie was guest speaker and gave a wonderful insight into her life as a young actress. Congratulations to all award winners, and in particular our top award recipients: Neakiry Kivi, Ashley Parker, Lara Strong, Katie Reed, Emily Stewart, Lottie Johnstone and Amy Cooper. See full list.  (03/10/2017)

Grandparents' Day

In a week of special days, we celebrated our Primary and Preschool Grandparents' Day, a chance for family members to join us at a church service and baptism at St Mary's, followed by morning tea and a showcase concert. It was lovely to share this day with whanau, our students loved having you here, thank you for coming. (02/10/2017)

Shakespeare Day

English students being 'not afraid of greatness' enjoyed Shakespeare Day with a little dancing and a banquet with special guest of honour, our new Principal Narelle Umbers. (27/09/2017)
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