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2017 Term 4 News

Year 7 Band end of year concert
Y7 Band concert
As part of the Year 7 Band programme, all students learn to play a wind instrument, a first for most. The concert this morning was delightful – it was amazing to see (and hear) just how far they have come from those first tentative sounds at the start of the year. Well done girls! (23/11/2017)

Year 1 and 2 get Firewise
Marsden Y1 and 2 students get Firewise
Over the last 5 weeks Year 1 and 2 students have been participating in the Firewise programme learning to be safe with matches, how fast a fire can spread, escaping from a smokey room and it all came to life this week with a visit from firefighters and the big red engine. (23/11/2017)

Selected for Powering Potential
Marsden students selected for Powering Potential
Congratulations to Bella O’Meeghan and Anjali Gentejohann who have been selected for Powering Potential, organised by the Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with Freemasons New Zealand, taking place in Wellington 11–15 December. They will join 38 other senior secondary school students from around NZ, to work in teams researching a question submitted by their scientist/mentor. At the end of the 3 days, each team will present its findings at a special presentation. What a wonderful opportunity for these promising science students. (21/11/2017)

Fun with physics
Marsden Preschool fun with physics
Taking advantage of the beautiful sunny days our Preschool students had fun with physics creating wonderful rainbows outside using a CD, sunlight and a shady wall. What great re-purposing of old CDs! (17/11/2017)

Tertiary Scholarship Winners
Marsden tertiary scholarship winners
As the academic year comes to a close, many of our senior students have already received fantastic news regarding tertiary scholarships for their university studies, with substantial grants being awarded. Huge congratulations to all our award winners, we look forward to following their progress as they head off on exciting new futures next year. See list so far ...  (16/11/2017)

Bronze CREST Technology Challenge winners
Marsden Y10 students win regional Bronze CREST Technology Challenge
The Year 10 #Spirit team of Leila Barber, Linda Zhang and Kellen Zeng have won the Wellington Regional Bronze CREST Technology Challenge. Their brief was to address a need within school, research, design and develop a prototype digital application in response. They came up with the SMS Spirit Tracker where students could log-in, follow their house points, find out about school events and add to their house points by attending. Team #Spirit will participate in the national challenge which will coincide with the #WellyTech Christmas Party at Westpac Stadium on 30 November and we wish them all the best. We had four teams involved and the other solutions included an app to encourage reading in Primary School students, a community hub for social projects such as beach clean-ups and a budget food app for uni students. Great work girls! (15/11/2017)

Year 7 Band Programme

Year 6 get to blow their own trumpets today as they try out instruments for the band programme in Year 7. (14/11/2017)

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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