I have been inspired by the response of our girls this week to the tragic events in Christchurch last Friday. This afternoon our Year 7 to 13 students and staff came together for a moving vigil, organised entirely by our Year 13 leaders. In the auditorium, fully surrounded by the beautiful chains of paper dolls carrying messages of love and support that the whole community has made, we gathered to join with the nation in listening to the Muslim call to prayer and observing two minutes of silence. This was followed by a service of prayer and reflection which included the lighting of a candle for each of the victims, beautiful music, and poetry. Our prayers have joined with those of Anglican schools across the country. At 3pm our school bell was rung 50 times to join the bells of Churches across Aotearoa as a tangible expression of aroha and solidarity. The voice of the Marsden community has been strong and united this week.
Narelle Umbers - Principal