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2018 Term 1 News

Congratulations to our recent sports representatives:
Rowing Rep
Wonderful news for Evie Bond who has made it through the rowing trials in Cambridge and has been selected to cox the North Island U18 viii against the South Island this Thursday and Friday. 
Netball Reps
The Netball Wellington Centre have named their Representatives for the 2018 season. Huge congratulations to our Marsden netball girls who have made the Y9, U15 & U17 Rep Teams, we wish you all the very best for the upcoming season!
U17 Black 
Charlotte Strowger-Turnock
Grace Masseurs
Rachel Albiston
U17 Gold
Saro Thomson
U15 Gold
Araraina Takuira-Mita
Keira Banks
Yr 9 Team
Eva Whitfield
Zoe Hannah

Term 1 Sports Roundup
Congratulations to our students who recently achieved at a national level.  Our tennis team, Maggie Dai (Captain, Year 13), Jade Otway (Year 10), Vita McDouall (Year 12), Lucy Dobson (Year 11) and Juliane Gillespie (Year 11) placed third equal in the NZSS Tennis National Championships, a massive achievement and the first time in ten years we have had a team in the top four.  Jade Otway personally made the semi-finals at the U16 New Zealand Junior Champs, was part of the New Zealand team that came fourth in the Australian Champs and finished second in the College Sport Wellington Tennis Champs.  She is heading to Malaysia with the New Zealand Junior Fed Cup and then to Melbourne to compete in the Victorian Junior International ITF Tournament.  Imogen Skelton (Year 13) competed at the National Track and Field Athletics Championships, coming second in the Open Women’s High Jump (1.73m) and first in the Under20 Women’s High Jump with a season’s best jump of 1.74m.  Rachel Bertschinger (Year 12) is heading off to represent NZ in floorball in Switzerland and Victoria Jackson (Year 10) was selected for the Wellington U15 Girls Cricket team for the 2017/18 season.  We are excited that rowing coxswain Evie Bond has been invited to trial for the coxswain's seat in the North Island U18 team.  Nathalie Cromwell (Year 8) competed at the North Island Diving Champs coming home with first, second and fourth places, and more locally Hannah Patterson (Year 5) won the G9 100m title at the Wellington Junior Athletics Championships.  
That's quite a list, we wish all our athletes every success in their chosen sport!

KidsLit at Marsden

There was an impressive buzz from the iCentre this morning during the 2018 KidsLit Quiz. Over 200 students from schools around Wellington were challenged for 10 rounds of literary questions, all based round their collective love for reading - so cool! Congratulations to the top placers QMC, Papakowhai and Mt Cook Schools and to our Marsden teams from Karori and Whitby who finished in the top third. Thank you to Wayne Mills and the KidsLit team, our iCentre staff for all the behind the scenes work and to all the competitors who so obviously enjoy reading - you are awesome! See more photos on our Facebook page. (11/04/2018)

New Boat at Rowing Prizegiving

Rowing chairman, Andrew Johnstone, had the welcome task of unveiling a new boat at Marden Rowing prizegiving on Monday night. The single scull, made by Laszlo Boats, is named after Ruby Leverington, Marsden's most successful rower (to date). It was lovely to have Ruby present at the boat blessing before she heads to Indiana University on her rowing scholarship. Thanks to the wonderful support from coaches, managers, parents, staff and students, it was a great wrap to a solid season on the water. (10/04/2018)

Warm Welcome in China

Principal Umbers received a very warm welcome from Principal Lu at Shanghai No 3 Girls Middle School, while in China with the Wellington Private Education Network and our International Agents. She said: "It is a beautiful school with a rich and proud history of educating girls. Our exchange group departing next week are very privileged to have the opportunity to visit this wonderful school and amazing city." (10/04/2018)

Shortlisted for UNESCO Global Citizenship Education Award

We are really proud of Head of Humanities, Fiona Crawford, and the work she has done with senior students to encourage them to think and act on global issues. In fact her work mentoring our girls over the anti-plastic bag campaign, anti-animal testing on imported cosmetics and the Aro Valley Preschool funding, was shortlisted by the NZ National Commission for a UNESCO Global Citizenship Education Award. While she did not take out the ultimate prize, the judging panel strongly supported the kaupapa of the projects and the impact our students were having on their local and global community. Ka mau te wehi! (10/04/2018)

Lantern Workshop

Lanterns crafted by our Year 9 girls will light up the Wellington waterfront as part of the City Council's Matariki Parade on 29 June. Students have been exploring ideas and creating awesome lanterns thanks to the expert guidance of Terence Turner, a professional jade carver and props maker for the film industry. See more photos on our Facebook page. (09/04/2018)

3 Commonwealth Games, 3 Different Sports

Old Girl Kate McIlroy's sheer grit and determination to adapt and overcome career ending injury is inspiring! She will be competing at her third Commonwealth Games, in a third different sport! Athletics in 2006, Triathlon in 2014 and this month she will race with the road cycling team attacking the challenging 112.2km course on the Gold Coast! She truly is legend and we wish her all the very best! Read full article. (06/04/2018)

Commonwealth Games Awareness

Preschool physical education got topical this week focusing on Commonwealth Games awareness with students trying the long jump pit on the big field. (06/04/2018)

Off to Paris

Congratulations to young Old Girl, Sasha Ang (Y13, 2017) who has been accepted to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris. C'est magnifique! (06/04/2018)

Coxswain to Trial for U18 Rep Team

Huge congratulations to superstar rowing coxswain, Evie Bond, who has been invited to trial for the coxswain's seat in the North Island U18 team. Evie will go to Cambridge on April 14th for the trials. Go Evie! (29/03/2018)

Preschool Visit Principal

Preschool students enjoyed a visit to Principal Narelle Umbers' office late last week to find out about her job and to present some paintings they had done specially for her. Ms Umbers read them a story, which they loved. (29//03/2018)

Rowing the Cook Strait

In April our Director of Rowing, Rachel Gamble-Flint, will be taking on the enormous challenge of rowing 100km across the Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington with 3 other women. They are raising money for  "Through the Blue" a charitable trust established to provide high school teachers throughout NZ with knowledge, resources and confidence to recognise mental health issues in the classroom. We would love you to show your support for our gutsy Director.
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/4-girls-row-across-the-cook-strait# (26/03/2018)

100m Medal

Congratulations to Hannah Patterson (Y5) who won the G9 100m title at the Wellington Junior Athletics Championships held at Newtown Park recently. This annual event attracts competitors from as far afield as Masterton and Kapiti regions. Running for the Karori Junior Athletics Club, Hannah won in a personal best time of 15.12 seconds. Ka pai! (23/03/2018)

From bush to beach

From the bush to the beach Preschool have covered it all this week with a trip to Zealandia and a colourful beach dressup day. Unlike at a theme park, our students had to look really hard to see birds and insects in the bush, but they did see tuis, fantails saddleback  and one group saw a North Island robin, that was pretty special! See more photos on our Preschool page.  (22/03/2018)

Fiji Fundraiser

Hundreds of sausages were cooked by our Fiji fundraising team and consumed by hordes of hungry girls in mufti yesterday, all in aid of St James Anglican School in Levuka, Fiji. Girls on the service trip will be taking equipment and supplies purchased from the proceeds of this fundraiser to the children and staff of St James in the July holidays. Thanks for your awesome support everyone! (22/03/2018)

Jacinda Ardern impresses at Cullen Breakfast

Head students from Marsden Karori and Whitby joined Principal Narelle Umbers at the Cullen Breakfast this morning to hear guest speaker Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. She spoke about kindness, a bit about her life and ended with a great message to students, "what will set you apart is access to high quality education, imagination and creativity. You don't need to wait to become leaders, you can be a leaders now." (21/03/2018)

Tennis girls through to final four

Our tennis team are having an amazing run at the national championships in Christchurch. Juliane Gillespie, Vita McDouall, Maggie Dai, Lucy Dobson, Jade Otway, (pictured with coach Jacob Emery) made it
 through to the semi-finals but unfortunately lost to QMC.  They will play off for third place tomorrow and we wish them all the very best. Go Marsden! (21/03/2018)

Celebrating women 'Pressing for progress'

Head Girl, Bella O'Meeghan and deputy Kate Dobson enjoyed a breakfast conversation with senior women from the Australian High Commission on Thursday as part of their International Women's Day activities celebrating women 'pressing for progress' in their every day lives. (20/03/2018)

High Jump Success

Imogen Skelton had a winning weekend at the National Track and Field Championships in Hamilton. She gained silver in the Open Women's High Jump and gold in the Under 20 Women's High Jump with a season's best jump of 1.74m. Congratulations to Imogen and her coach Mike Ritchie, who is also our school coach - this is a gutsy effort in a tough field. (16/03/2018)

Old Girl medals in Weightlifting

We're in awe of the grit shown by young old girl Ruby Straugheir (Year 13, 2016) who has just won gold in the junior and bronze in the senior Auckland weightlifting champs, lifting 63kg in the Snatch and 80 kg in the the Clean and Jerk. Ruby is now off to the Oceania competitions. A great 'next step' for a focused and committed athlete. (15/03/2018)

The Winter Project

Twelve senior Marsden Students are collecting warm clothing/blankets for distribution to families in need across the Wellington region. They are called The Winter Project and they need your help before the cold sets in. They are holding a collection drive for any clean pre-loved, or new warm clothes on Sunday 25th March from 10:30am until 2:00pm at Marsden School main Karori Road entrance (opposite St Mary's church). Donations will be sent to schools and given to children and their families to help them stay warm over the cold winter months. If you would like to contribute to this amazing cause but can't make that day, you are more than welcome to drop off items into the Samuel Marsden Karori main office, during school hours and at a time which suits you. Sign up to this great event on The Winter Project Facebok page and let them know you are coming. (12/03/2018)

Human Chess

Our Future Minds girls have been developing a range of key skills by learning to play chess this term. A few of our Year 7s decided to put this to the test with a game of human chess! (09/03/2018)

International Women's Day

Our senior students shared breakfast with some very special women via live streaming this morning as part of the International Women's Day Breakfast at Parliament.

You couldn't hear a pin drop the girls were so intent on the interview with Dr Gill Greer and the Rt Hon Helen Clark who was honoured with an Zonta International Lifetime Achievement Award. Her message was for women to lean forward not stand back, to never give up and to know that enough small acts can add up to make a big difference. The Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy spoke as did Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, and the Manawa Ora Women's Choir sang "I Can't Keep Quiet" in Te Reo. Thank you to the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ and the Zonta Club of Wellington for the live broadcast and a super empowering start to the day! Watch the interview with Helen Clark.  (08/03/2018)

Risk Management Analysis

Year 12/13 PE students have been anaylsing risk management strategies in an outdoor activity. They caught the East/West ferry from Wellington to Days Bay, cycled around Pencarrow head up to the lighthouse then back to 'the bike shed' before walking up along the ridge back to Eastbourne. A great day out! (07/03/2018)

Chinese Lanterns

Primary and Secondary students enjoyed making lanterns with Mandarin Language Assistant, Yuan Wang, to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year and has been part of traditional celebrations since the Western Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago.

Top Tongariro Trip

32 Year 12 geography students from Karori and Whitby have just returned from a very productive three day trip to the Tongariro National park.  In spite of the uncooperative weather, students kept their heads held high while they gathered information about Human impact on the environment, and helped to make Ms Jolliffe's first Marsden GEO trip a great success! Well done everyone. (01/03/2018)

Preschool in Penalty Shootout

A visit from Little Dribblers and learning soccer skills was one of the highlights from the week at Preschool. They even set up a penalty shootout which was quite a contest and lots of fun. (01/03/2018)

Athletics Day

Despite a wet and windy start our 2018 Athletics day took off with a vibrant and vocal march past. Students entered their respective events with enthusiasm and awesome spirit - they had a great time. Results will be announced at assembly on Monday 5th March. Our top athletes showed strength and grit and we look forward to hearing about their successes from Western Zones next week. Head of Health and PE, Michelle Ferris, really enjoyed her first Marsden athletics day saying, "The house spirit shown by students was outstanding, participation numbers were fantastic, especially in the junior school and it was lovely to see so many parents taking time out of their busy schedules to come and support the girls." See more photos on our Facebook page. (28/02/2018)

January Birthday Girls meet Principal

Primary students who celebrated birthdays in January are the first of the 'birthday girls' to meet with Principal Narelle Umbers as she starts to get to know everyone. They each chatted about what they did on their special day and got to choose something from her 'birthday box'. Definitely a happy visit to the Principal's office! (22/02/2018)

Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinese Teacher, Jingying Herrington organised some cooking classes for Y11-13 students to celebrate Chinese New Year and interested staff also enjoyed a lunchtime tutorial. Mr Yin, the chef and owner of the Newtown Beijing Restaurant, demonstrated two well-known Chinese dishes, egg fried rice and chicken with cashew nuts... and the results were absolutely delicious, thank you Jingying and Mr Yin! (21/02/2018)

The China Culture Centre created a video which features Marsden students Tegan Martin, Hannah Smith and Jemimah Middelkoop as part of a New Zealand representation sending our best wishes to the Chinese people for Chinese New Year. It will be shown in China during the festival. Happy Chinese New Year! 恭贺新春!狗年吉祥
!View it on our Facebook page. (16/02/2018)

Year 7 Father/Daughter Breakfast

Thank you to our Year 7 Dads who braved the rain this morning to come to our Father/Daughter breakfast. It was a lovely opportunity for Principal Narelle Umbers to meet you and a chance to catch up with other Dads, Senior Management and teaching staff. (20/02/2018)

Year 13 Induction

We celebrated the induction of our Year 13 students today with a special breakfast, Chapel Service and Assembly. Warmest congratulations to Head Girl Bella O'Meeghan and her wonderfully supportive year group - we are really looking forward to a fantastic year ahead with them all. (15/02/2018)

Preschool Picnic and Water Play Day

Preschoolers have enjoyed two lovely outdoorsy events this week. First the Teddy Bear's Picnic lunch on the tennis courts with Year 1-3 Primary students. Our students did love bringing their favourite bear to Preschool for the day. The second was the fun water play day. This was very exciting and a lot noisier as our students revelled in plenty of soggy fun. See more photos on the Preschool news page http://marsden.ultranet.school.nz/WebSpace/7377/. (15/02/2018)

Primary Valentines

It wasn't only staff who felt the love with that amazing morning tea yesterday. Senior Primary Committee students hand wrote personalised cards to every girl in Primary and delivered them with a little pack of lollies for Valentine's Day. Now that's special! (15/02/2018)


It was a glorious day for the Years 1-5 trip to the Botanic Gardens as part of EOTC week. Our girls loved exploring the Discovery Garden, an amazing living classroom, and the workshop in the Treehouse Visitor Centre where they learnt about the natural world and fantastic uses for plants. (15/02/2018)

Year 6 Camp

Year 6 students had a fabulous three day camp at Palm Grove last week. The weather was beautiful and they were thankful for the pool and waterslide each afternoon. From bush survival and orienteering to archery and high ropes our girls embraced the challenges head on. 
Sasha Lambrechtsen said: "My favourite activity was the waterslide! I loved the water slide because everyone had a try and no matter what, everyone had fantastic time. The most challenging activity for me was the high ropes course because I’m afraid of heights. I got stuck twice and the obstacles were also challenging but that made the experience even more fun. My overall experience was absolutely amazing."  See more photos on our Facebook page. (15/02/2018)

Year 7 Band begins

Visitors to Marsden this morning would have been welcomed by the extraordinary sounds of Year 7 students learning to play a wind instrument for the first time! It seemed to be going eye-poppingly well. New this year we had 5 bassoon players being taught by Old Girl Penny Miles! See more photos on our Facebook page. (14/02/2018)

Amazing Morning Tea for Staff

What a super surprise for staff on Valentines Day. The morning tea tables were laden with scrumptious food and a beautiful card from our Year 13 students. Thank you girls you sweetened our day – we are definitely feeling the love! (14/02/2018)

Powerful Pōwhiri for Principal

We were absolutely delighted to commission our new Principal Narelle Umbers, and welcome new students and staff, into the Marsden Whānau with a stirring and heartfelt pōwhiri on Monday. It was truly spine tingling. We are so proud that Ms Umbers started her Marsden journey in such a special way. View video. (13/02/2018)

Top of NZ in Cambridge AS Biology

We were delighted to hear from Cambridge International last week that Anjali Gentejohann topped New Zealand in her Cambridge AS Biology exam in 2017. Congratulations to Anjali on this outstanding achievement. (08/02/2018)

Starting at Preschool

Term 1 has started really positively at Preschool with students making a Class Treaty. With 8 new students starting this year it's been busy, but everyone is settling very well. They've enjoyed their first session with Mr O'Connor in the Primary Library and discovered the joy of choosing their own books. There's also been lots of outdoor play. A great start! (09/02/2018)

International BBQ

What a super evening on Wednesday for our International BBQ to welcome students and their hosts families to 2018 at Marsden. It was lovely for everyone to mingle and meet our new Principal, Ms Umbers. (08/02/2018)

Gabrielle Gunn swims Lake Taupo

Marsden is proud to congratulate Gabrielle Gunn, our Head of Science, who has joined an elite club of marathon swimmers to complete the 40.2km swim across Lake Taupo. From Waihi in Turangi to the yacht club in Taupo it took her 16 hours and 31 minutes, starting and finishing in the dark. A phenomenal challenge, and extraordinary achievement by Gabrielle who is truly an inspiration to us all! (01/02/2018)

Thomasin McKenzie a hit at Sundance Film Festival

We are super proud of Thomasin McKenzie who has been picked as one of the five breakout stars of the Sundance Film Festival.  She stars with Ben Foster in the film 'Leave No Trace' directed by Debra Granik, which had a fabulous world premiere at the festival and left industry insiders raving about the young Kiwi actress. Wow! (01/02/2018)

Year 10 Camp

Word from the Year 10 Camp at the Outdoor Pursuit Centre is that everything is going really well. All girls are enthusiastic and involved in a variety of challenges and gearing up for the overnighter tonight. We look forward to hearing their stories when they return on Friday. (31/01/2018)

Visit to Marae

Tuesday, our first full day back for all Marsden staff was spent at the beautiful Te Herenga Waka Marae at Victoria University. The welcoming powhiri and shared meal was a wonderful way to come together as a team, enhance our understanding and appreciation of te ao Maori and prepare for the exciting year ahead. We were proud to have staff member Sarah Molisa act as our kaikaranga (caller) as we were welcomed onto the marae. See more photos on our Facebook page. (30/01/2018)

Rowing season gaining momentum

The rowing season is well and truly picking up pace, starting with an exceptional training camp in Blenheim. The water was flat enough to row for miles, and the improvements were obvious in all. After a quick turn around they were back on the road to Cambridge for this weekend's regatta on Karapiro, hoping for some fast racing! We are proud of their hard work, motivation and care for one another and wish them all the best for the regatta and season ahead! See more photos on our Facebook page. (26/01/2018)

Welcome to the start of 2018!

Head Girl, Bella O'Meeghan and her Head Girl's Committee welcome you back to school! Read the January 2018 Newsletter with all the information you need for starting school this year.

See more 2017 news in the 2017 News Archive
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