2020 Old Girls' News

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Invited to join Motion Picture Academy

A big shout out to MOG Thomasin McKenzie who has been invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This means she can vote in the Oscars! Pushing for greater inclusivity, the 819 invitees this year represent 45% women & 36% under-represented ethnic/racial backgrounds from 68 countries. Candidates are sponsored and must have "demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures" before being submitted to the Board of Governors for final approval and invitation to membership. Tom's notable film roles include "JoJo Rabbit" and "Leave No Trace" congratulations! (03/07/2020)

Accepted for Acting Academy

Amazing news for Sofia Newton Urlich (Y13, 2019) who has been offered a place at the acclaimed Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, with Dame Judi Dench as its president! In September Sofia will undertake a 3 year Bachelor's degree in Performance (Acting) – one of only 34 students chosen from the audition process. You may remember Sofia from our school productions – here she is in our 2018 staging of 'Alice'. Huge congratulations Sofia!  (25/05/2020)

100 Years an Anglican School

Today we celebrate 100 years since Miss Baber's School in Fitzherbert Terrace passed into the hands of the Wellington Diocesan Schools’ Board and became an Anglican school.  Back in 1920, Archbishop Sprott spoke of his great wish for Miss Baber’s School to be officially connected with the Church. A visit to our beautiful campus today would see physical evidence that the Archbishop’s dream was fully realised and has survived – and thrived over the last century. Read more ... https://www.marsden.school.nz/about/news/2020/may/100-years-an-anglican-school/ Image Miss Baber and Archbishop Sprott. (20/05/2020)

Bags of Advice

Jessie Wong, former student and Founder/Creator and Director of Yu Mei, and her Production Manager Adrian Williams joined Sarah Wirth's Year 11 Textiles Technology class online to discuss their design philosophy and practices. What a treat for the girls who are working on designer pandemic shopping bags for their NCEA level 1 projects. (08/05/2020)

2019 Dux signs with LIU Hockey

News in from the Kiwi Athletes Agency FB page ... It's official! Marsden's 2019 dux Nika Reichert has just signed her National Letter of Intent to play Hockey at Long Island University. Congratulations Nika, we're so happy for you! (20/04/2020)

Easter Newsletter to Old Girls

We sent out an Easter newsletter to all Old Girls that we have email addresses for. If you didn't receive it, you can read a PDF of it here.
If you would like to receive email newsletters in future, please contact rosalba.finnerty@marsden.school.nz to have your address added to our database.

Working for MFAT

What a nice surprise to come across this article on Old Girl, Emma Rennie (Y13, 2011) who is a Policy Officer - Europe Division at NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It's so good to hear what our Old Girls have been up to since leaving Marsden. https://www.ilep.ac.nz/node/2816  (01/04/2020)

Old Girl writes Jacinda biography

Young Marsden Old Girl, Madeleine Chapman has released a biography on our Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern, a new kind of leader. Congratulations Madeleine, what a fantastic achievement! You can read an excerpt here - while we wait for the book shops to re-open. Madeleine Chapman: Just how cool was Jacinda Ardern in high school? | The Spinoff https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/30-03-2020/madeleine-chapman-
just-how-cool-was-jacinda-ardern-in-high-school/
(30/03/2020)

Home Guard response to Coronavirus

Currently a full-time mum at home with 4 children, Auckland based doctor and OG Andrea Penman (nee Crosbie, class of 1998) has set up an organisation called Home Guard NZ which is coordinating retired or at home doctors, nurses and medical workers to help where needed in this environment. The response has been massive. Read more ...  Andrea is pictured above centre with her family.  (26/03/2020)

Piyali pursues Health Sciences at Otago

How lovely to see recent Marsden graduate Piyali Sharma (Y13, 2019)  featuring on Otago University's Facebook page. Piyali is currently in her first year studying Health Sciences.  See full post ...
We loved reading how her experiences at Marsden have inspired her future.  (18/03/2020)

Orienteering Old Girl Overcomes Obstacle

Orienteering Old Girl Lizzie Ingham is pleased to be back racing after a major setback in 2017. She collapsed after a race in Norway, was raced to hospital only to find out that she had a serious heart condition, requiring open heart surgery. Undaunted she is now back running, winning the Oceania Championships in October 2019 and about to compete at the New Zealand Orienteering Championships at Easter. Read full Independent Herald story dated 12 March. Go Lizzie! (17/03/2020)

Old Girl makes Netball Mainland Beko Team

Last year's Sports Captain, Rachel Albiston has been named in the 2020 Netball Mainland Beko team. This is a first for Marsden and an awesome achievement for Rachel.  The team will play its first National Netball League match against Northern Comets on Sunday 5th April. Congratulations Rachel and all the best, we will be cheering for you! (Photo Masanori Udagawa) (24/02/2020)

Old Girls & Current Mums

It was fabulous to catch up for coffee on Friday with this special group of women who are not only Old Girls but current mums as well! Thanks for taking the time, it was a nice chance for MOGA President Jo Prescott and Principal Narelle Umbers to have a chat with you. (24/02/2020)(24/02/2020)

1961 4th Formers meet at Marsden

How lovely to have our 1961 4th formers, from all parts of the globe, meet in Karori for lunch. There were 2 from the UK, one from Austria, a USA Field Scholar, and representations from Auckland, Taupo and Wellington. Wonderful to see you all at Marsden. (18/02/2020)

1961 4th Formers enjoy Auckland picnic

Thanks to Ju Schönfelder for sending this wonderful photo and caption: "10 MOGs of 4th form 1961 met for a picnic in the Auckland Domain on Saturday...one from Uk one from Austria and our 6th form AFS Barbie, lots to chat about and 4 patient husbands!" It is so lovely to know our Old Girls are keeping in touch across the years and miles. (14/02/2020)

Old Girl back for Chinese New Year

As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations we were delighted to welcome former student Lyra Ashwood to assembly. Lyra learnt Chinese at Marsden under Mrs Herrington and is now studying Art History, in a Chinese language medium, on full scholarship at China's top ranked Peking University. Lyra is a great advocate for the wonderful places that language learning can take you. (11/02/2020)

Annie meets Lara Strong in New York

Old Girl Lara Strong, is currently in New York training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She met up with Y12 student Annie Jamieson in January. Annie was over in the USA representing NZ at the 15th Junior Theatre Festival. Her Kiwi All Stars troupe met in NY for a week of intensive rehearsals and workshops with theatre professionals, before heading to Atlanta for the competition. With their busy schedules it was great they found time to meet a familiar face from home! (10/02/2020)