2021 Old Girls' News

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Opera Opportunity

A lucky group of students attended the dress rehearsal for The Marriage of Figaro by the NZ Opera on Monday night. They loved it and were particularly excited to see MOG Bianca Andrew (Y13 2007) in one of the lead roles. Chatting with Bianca afterwards Isabella and Annie, currently learning one of her songs, were able to get some first-hand advice. Sarah Wilson remembers Bianca's talent at school and says it was wonderful to see her performing at this level. (22/06/2021)

Young Achiever Award

Congratulations to OG, Maria English on winning the Young Achiever Award at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards Gala Dinner in Auckland on Friday. Maria is CEO of ImpactLab https://impactlab.co.nz/ (31/05/2021)

NZ White Fern Contract

Awesome news for MOG Jess McFadyen who has received a contract with the NZ White Ferns Cricket team. Jess has had a strong domestic season and will begin winter training with the White Ferns on 7 June.  Read article ...

So They Can Foundation

Marsden OG and Hall of Fame Laureate, Cassandra Treadwell is the co-Founder and Director of So They Can, a global not for profit Foundation committed to education and the empowerment of children living in poverty. She spent the afternoon speaking to our Y10 students on the work her foundation is doing in African communities. (26/05/2021)

New co-editor of The Spinoff

Huge congratulations to MOG Madeleine Chapman and Alex Casey, who are to be new co-editors of independent online magazine, The Spinoff. https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/24-05-2021/editorial-changes-spinoff-manhire-casey-chapman/ (24/05/2021)

Old Girl first female Prime Minister of Samoa

We are incredibly proud of Marsden Old Girl, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who has made history by becoming the first female Prime Minister in Samoa. On Monday, the Supreme Court finally validated Fiame Naomi Mata'afa's shock April election win, ending weeks of political stalemate and calling off a re-run. Read more ... (20/05/2021)

American BIG10 Sportsmanship Award

Old Girl Girl Ruby Leverington has been honoured with a BIG10 Sportsmanship Award from the recent Big10 Rowing Championships in Indianapolis. Ruby rows with the No.9 Indiana Hoosiers. Huge congratulations Ruby! (18/05/2021)

Thomasin to play Olympic Gymnast in "Perfect"

Old Girl Thomasin McKenzie has signed on to play Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug in the upcoming movie "Perfect". You may remember Kerri was badly injured during her routine on the vault at the 1996 Atlanta games. She continued injured to bring home America's first ever gymnastics team gold. It was announced on Deadline, see full article https://deadline.com/2021/05/olivia-wilde-taps-thomasin-mckenzie-to-play-kerri-strug-in-wilde-and-searchlights-biopic-perfect-1234748587/  (13/05/2021)

Kiwi voice for annimated Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Old Girl Michelle Ang is bringing a Kiwi accent to the voice of Omega, a young medical assistant and star of Disney's annimated Star Wars:The Bad Batch. A cool change from TV dramas and soaps for Michelle. Read Stuff article here https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/stuff-to-watch/300290772/star-wars-the-bad-batch-move-over-tem-michelle-ang-is-disneys-new-kiwi-star

Samoan Prime Minister hopeful

Old Girl Fiame Mata'afa is hopeful as she waits to see whether she will become Samoa's first woman Prime Minister, although election results remain deadlocked. Read Stuff article ...  (22/04/2021)

International Cap for former White Fern

Huge congratulations to MOG and former White Ferns Cricketer Sian Ruck (Y13 2001) who received her international cap at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. Sian played at four World Cups: twenty20 world cups in England in 2009, the West Indies in 2010 and Sri Lanka in 2012, as well as the one-day world cup in India in 2013. Sian is pictured first left.  (29/03/2021)

Old Girl inspires current students

In celebration of library week, inspirational old girl Madeleine Chapman headlined today's assembly with stories of her journey toward becoming a writer. We loved her messages of the importance of using privilege and power to make change, of getting to know people whose world view is different from your own, and of valuing the amazing care and support that comes with a Marsden education. A strong contingent of girls enjoyed a follow-up free and frank discussion with Madeleine and came away buzzing. Thank you Madeleine, we are so proud of you! (18/03/2021)

Old Girls at Marsden Gala

We are exceedingly grateful to our wonderful team of Old Girls, who ran the cafe so efficiently in Marsden House during our Pop-Up Gala on Sunday 14 March. It was a huge success, with everything selling out before the end of the gala!  It was also lovely to see some of our recent Old Girls cruising the stalls. Thanks for dropping by Lucy, Kate and Meggie. (18/03/2021)

Gemma receives Solti Conducting Award

Wonderful news for MOG Gemma New who has received the 2021 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. See Scoop article... https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU2103/S00087/new-zealand-born-conductor-gemma-new-recipient-of-2021-solti-fellow.htm (10/03/2021)

Christy on winning streak

Old Girl Christy Robinson helped her Northern Illinois University women's tennis team to a 6-1 victory over local foe, Chicago State last week. According to the NIU website https://niuhuskies.com/news/2021/3/3/niu-womens-tennis-picks-up-home-win.aspx  Christy is on a four-match winning streak after her straight set win over Katarina Dukic at No. 4 singles. (09/03/2021)

'Evil Twins' Coffee

We were delighted to hear young entrepreneurs Stephanie and Natalie Chin (Y13, 2018) have recently opened a coffee business 'Evil Twins' in Vivian Street, so if you're passing say hi and pick up a coffee! All the best girls! (08/03/2021)

Catching up with Thomasin McKenzie & Miranda Harcourt

Did you see the recent article on Thomasin McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt in the NZ Herald? It is really lovely to catch up on what they've been up to lately and what they have lined up for the future; Thomasin is heading to London while Miranda is staying in NZ to work on a local project.  Here's the link to the NZ Herald article 26-2-2021 photo Victoria Birkinshaw  (01/03/2021)

Top Art Folio in National Exhibition

We are so proud of Olivia Boulieris whose Level 3 Photography portfolio (2020) was selected for the Top Art exhibition, now showing at Massey University. This selection of the best art folios from across the country will shortly tour New Zealand. Massey's Professor Anne Noble praised Olivia's portfolio as one of the most creative and imaginative in the exhibition - such wonderful feedback from a renowned photographer whose work Olivia had studied in school! (23/02/2021)

Research improves lives

Marsden Old Girl and 2014 Dux Jialin Sae-Jiw graduated with a Master of Bioscience Enterprise, 1st class hons from the University of Cambridge. Her Breast Cancer research highlights the need for better patient experiences for women with breast cancer. Since returning home she has been a Senior Strategy and Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Health working on COVID-19 workforce projects. Read more ...

Psychiatrist by Day, Comedian by Night

It's fascinating what our Old Girls get up to! Joanna Prendergast is a Psychiatrist by day and a Comedian by night. She has been touring her debut solo comedy show "The Cool Mum" around the South Island since mid 2020, winning the Best Solo Show and Audience Fav at the Nelson Fringe Festival. The show is a parody of a celebrity parenting seminar and she is bringing it to the Wellington Fringe Festival in March. Joanna assures us she takes her day job  very seriously, but her comedy persona, Jo Ghastly, is a different story. Read more ... 

Honours for Old Girls

Congratulations to two Old Girls named in the New Year's Honours List: Dr Jann Medlicott (Marsden years 1958-60) was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to philanthropy, the arts and radiology; and, Michele Rae Hine (Marsden Years 1968-1972) also a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to performing arts education. (03/02/2021)

News Archive

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