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2018 Term 1 News

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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