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2016 Term 3 News

Ancestry alive

Year 9 students thoughtfully and creatively interpreted aspects of their unique ancestry and it's impact on New Zealand for a fascinating display in the last week of term 3. See more photos on our Facebook page. (3/10/2016)

Cultural Awards Evening

We celebrated our Cultural Awards with a special evening on 22 September to recognise the talents and achievements of our students, acknowledging cultural excellence, commitment and service and to thank those who volunteer their time to assist with culture at Marsden. Congratulations to all award recipients, what a great year you've had, either performing or behind the scenes - you are amazing! See full list of Cultural Award recipients. (29/09/2016)


Trophy for Tournament of Minds Girls

What a great result for Jill Allen, Tegan Martin, Anika Knox, Aishani McGrath, and Malika Kalidas  who took out the Science and Technology Challenge in the grand Tournament of Minds Challenge in Lower Hutt on Saturday. Teams were given some materials and a problem, and had to create a technological solution using their science knowledge and then present it after 3 hours, they also had a spontaneous challenge judging team work and creative problem solving. They have been invited to participate in the international competition in Australia. Congratulations girls! (28/092016)


Grandparents' Day

Nellie in Preschool had a very special visitor when her 93 year old Great Grandmother and Marsden Old Girl, Di Robertson came for our Primary and Preschool Grandparents Day. Di started at Fitzherbert Tce when she was 4 years old and stayed at Marsden until the age of 16. She remembers taking the tram to school and the chilly winter boarding in Marsden House at 15 while her parents were away. We were thrilled she could join us, and all our other wonderful Grandparents and special friends, especially those who travelled from out of Wellington, for a special baptism service, concert and lunch. We loved having everyone here! See more photos on our Facebook page. (23/09/2106)

World Religions Trip

What a fascinating insight into world religions our Year 10 students experienced when they visited the Greek Orthodox Church and Jewish Temple (Downtown), and the Hindu Temple and Muslim Mosque in Kilbirnie. We are very grateful for the warm welcome extended to our girls, thank you. Chaplain, Sarah King who accompanied them said "It was a great trip, and really eye opening for the girls." See more photos on Facebook. (23/09/2016)

Pied Piper a hit with audiences

The Marsden Primary Production of the Pied Piper was a big hit with audiences this week. Huge congratulations to all our students, staff and everyone involved in putting together such a wonderful wonderful show. See more photos on our Facebook page. (22/09/2016)

Dress Up Day for Cure Kids

Some pretty fantastic Disney animals roamed the grounds on 15 September for the Primary Council organised mufti day for Cure Kids. Together Primary and Preschool raised $673.70 - a super effort, but we couldn't have done it without generous contributions from Gipp St Butchery and New World Karori, thanks so much for your support. See more photos on our Facebook page.  (22/09/2016)
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Biology Olympiad
We have five students who have qualified to sit an examination to gain entry to the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad online tutorial programme and a Bronze certificate. Students then sit the Practical Training Camp selection examination in March 2017 and 20-25 students with the highest marks in the exam and who have participated fully in the tutorial programme gain a Silver Certificate and are offered places at the residential practical training camp. This runs for 10 days in the term 1 holidays and a team of 4 students is selected to represent NZ at the International Biology Olympiad. Neakiry Kivi (Y12) was invited to take part in the online tutorials automatically as she had qualified and participated last year. Sariya McGrath, Alexandra McKendry and Katie Reed in Year 12 and Anjali Gentejohann in Year 11 have qualified also. Congratulations girls! (20/09/2016)

Tournament of Minds

Great news for our Tournament of Minds girls, the Year 9-10 Team won the regional Science and Technology challenge and have been invited to participate in the National competition in the first weekend of the school holidays. 

Our Year 7-8 Team also chose Science and Technology and came second in the intermediate challenge. Congratulations girls! TOM is an international problem solving programme for teams involving thousands of primary and secondary students, so these are super results. (14/09/2016)

Year 10s let their imagination go wild!

The Imaginarium for Year 10s from Karori and Whitby was a fantastic success with our students creating some wonderful, whimsical, musical and technological contraptions. Thanks to the support of Josh Bailey from Google, Victoria University School of Engineering and NZ School of Music. (06/09/2016)

Netball Successes
Our sports teams are on fire at the moment! On Saturday we had 4 netball teams in grand finals and they all won! Congratulations to Snr B, Jnr A (won the Marie Hopkins Cup), Jnr C and the social team! An awesome result girls! (06/09/2016)

NIWA Science Fair Prizes

Congratulations to two Year 9 science students who won prizes at the Regional NIWA Science Fair last week.

Aishani McGrath won an Environmental Science & Research prize for her project 'Kill the Spill' about cleaning up oil spills.

Michelle Lee won third in Class for her project 'Driven to Distraction' on the effects of using a cell phone while driving. Well done girls! (06/09/2016)

Tournament Champions

Congratulations to our first XI Hockey team on a fabulous championship win at Tournament Week in the Hawkes Bay. They won their pool games and progressed to the semis, then the final, beating Kings College 2-0 to become the 2016 Jenny Hair Cup winners. We are very excited and proud of you all! (06/09/2016)

Community Collection

We got a lovely email from Catherine Stewart, one of the organisers of the Multiple Sclerosis annual appeal thanking our girls for their help collecting. "Marsden's help is always appreciated.  The girls are always so lovely, willing and appreciative, as if we have done something for them!" Great work girls! (06/09/2016)


Swainson Memorial Concert

The Swainson Memorial Music Concert last night was an extraordinary showcase of our talented musicians and singers. Bravo to vocalist Anabel Jamieson, who won the Betty Swainson Memorial Prize and pianist, Maggie Dai, who was runner up. The Nell Clere Music Scholarship (kindly awarded by the Old Girls' Association) went to violinist, Amira Bajema with Annabelle Jessop, highly commended. Our thanks to adjudicator Michael Stewart, Director of Music at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, who had the hard job of deciding winners from such amazing performances and also to the family of Gemma New for providing the highly commended prizes. (01/09/2016)

Poetry Award
Nina Richardson was a runner up in the National Secondary Schools Poetry Award announced last week. She won a trip to Wellington (!) and an inspirational weekend masterclass at the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University - as well as $100. Her wonderful poem can be read here: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/2016/08/inside-out-nina-richardson/  (01/09/2016)

Tree Planting

The weather was kind to our Year 8 students who took to the slopes of Karori Park to plant native trees today. See more photos on our Facebook page. (18/08/2016)

Preschool enjoying Olympic Games

Weeks 2 and 3 have been all about the Olympics for Preschool. They have painted a colourful Olympic banner, made Olympic flames from paper and cellophane and recreated the lighting ceremony. They have made Olympic rings with play dough, played all sorts of Olympic sports in the school gymnasium and even watched the real thing on the big screen in the iCentre. (See more photos on the Preschool news page) (17/08/2016)

Primary Swimming Sports


Primary students had their swimming carnival on 11 August and they had such a good time, even those girls who haven't done a lot of swimming. Olivia Leach said "I really liked swimming sports because it was my first time in the big pool swimming a length".  Congratulations to our top swimmers receiving a certificate at Primary Assembly on Friday 19 August and to all other swimmers for giving it a go! See more photos on our Facebook page. (17/08/2016)


Super Swimmers
Amazing results for Marsden girls; Tommi Davie, Tilly Dassanayake, Samantha Fowler, Zoe Hannah, Hannah Hull, Lea Muellner, Ana Nota and Laura Stewart who qualified and entered 78 races between them for the Wellington Short Course Swimming Champs held over two the last two weekends.  Our girls grabbed 43 top 10 finishes amongst them and won 16 medal placings. 

NAME  MEDAL  EVENT
Lea Muellner  GOLD 50 Fly, 100 & 200 Breast
100 Individual medley  
   SILVER  Individual Medley and 200 fly 
   BRONZE  100m Free and 100 Fly
   Top 10  10 x top 10 finishes
Samantha Fowler  GOLD  200 Fly and 50 Free 
   SILVER  200 free
   BRONZE  50 and 100 Fly, 100 Free, 50 back
   Top10  12 x top 10 finishes
 Laura Stewart  BRONZE  1500m Free
   Top 10  11 x top 10 finishes
 Tilly Dissanayake  Top 10   7 x top 10 finishes
 Tommi Davie  Top 10  2 x top 10 finishes
 Ana Nota  Top 10  1 x top 10 finish


Fabulous Fijian Experience

Twelve senior students accompanied by teachers, Christine Barlow and Liz Woolley travelled to Fiji in the holidays on a service trip to St James School. It was especially eye-opening for our girls who saw first-hand some of the devastating results from the tropical cyclone that ravaged Fiji earlier in the year. But despite their trials the children of St James are very resilient and our girls loved their week helping out, saying the children were an absolute joy to teach. Read about their experience on our website. (09/08/2016)

Mud Run

Year 6 Running Club proved they are tough! They entered in the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge at Camp Wainui and had a wonderful time crawling under barbwire, climbing over gates, going through sand, rivers and getting really muddy. See more photos on our Facebook page. We think the before and after photos sum it up - good stuff girls! (05/08/2016)

Preschool Holiday Progarmme

During the third week of the July holidays we instigated a Preschool holiday programme as a response to our parent survey and it was a huge success with nearly all families availing themselves of this service. Students had a fabulous time, trying weaving, window painting, pizza making, group art and marbling but the big thrill was getting to play in the 'big kids' playground while the Primary students were away! (04/08/2016)

Stage Challenge Photos and Awards

At last Stage Challenge photos and final results are here and it turns out we won 7 Awards of Excellence, not 4 as we originally thought! Our Awards were for Performance Skill, Choreography, Stage Use, Concept, Soundtrack, Costumes and Visual Enhancement - which basically covers everything! For those that don't know, Stage Challenge productions are totally student run, they do everything, so this is an amazing result for our girls. See more photos on our Facebook page and find more details on the Awards as well as the story behind "My Lonely Perception" on our website. (03/08/2016)

Turkish Ambassador Visits

It was lovely to welcome Turkish Ambassador, Damla Yeşim Say, at our Senior School lunch today. She spoke about the Syrian refugee crisis and the aid Turkey is providing. (02/08/2016)


Celebrating 75 Years of Women in the Police

It was an exciting first day back for Primary students who got to show their support for New Zealand's amazing women in blue by attending a special parade in town celebrating 75 years of women in the Police. They had a fabulous time waving balloons, patting police dogs and meeting the police mascot too! See more photos on our Facebook page. (01/08/2016)

Synchro Swimming Success

We are delighted for Zoe Gasson Y10 who had a great competition at the North Island Synchro Swimming Championships in Auckland on 1-3 July. Zoe and her swimming partner Pollyanna Winter from Wellington East were third in the Aquanaut category; this comprised of two events: a series of figures and then a duet. They train with the Wellington Synchro Swimming Club. Congratulations Zoe! Photo from Wellington Synchro Facebook page. (20/07/2016)

Mandarin Chinese language course, Term 3
After school in the Marsden Confucius Classroom
This is an exciting seven week course, for boys and girls, Years 6 – 8. The programme will run on Wednesdays after school from 3.45pm – 4.45pm, starting on 10 August. Run by Marsden Chinese teacher Jing Ying Herrington (Independent Schools New Zealand Honours Award - 2016 and top coach in the New Zealand Chinese Language Bridge competitions 2015), this is a great way for young children to sample Chinese language learning in a stimulating environment. Students will learn basic language skills as well as enjoy cultural activities such as calligraphy and paper-cutting.

Location: Marsden School’s new Confucius Classroom, Marsden Ave, Karori. Cost: $70. Spaces are limited, to book email info@marsden.school.nz with the following details: student’s name, age, school, parent name and contact details including a phone number.

MASC - Marsden After School Club 
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering an After School Care service for our Year 1- 8 students and their siblings commencing on 1 August 2016.  This programme will be available Monday to Friday from 3.15pm – 6.00pm and will be run out of the Primary School with the school grounds and the upper school facilities also being available depending on the activity. The activity programme is designed by our Marsden staff and is overseen by the Director of the Primary School. A trained supervisor will manage the programme on a daily basis. The programme will have a variety of activities on offer, to suit the age group and energy levels of the students. There will be a designated homework session each day and opportunities to take part in art and craft sessions, as well as being physically active. Afternoon tea will be provided.

The service is only open to Marsden families. Siblings of current students and the children of Marsden staff are also welcome to enrol in the programme.

We have established that there is considerable interest in such a service, however, so that we can plan ahead, we are asking parents to enrol in the service now. You can enrol online here.

Fees will be disbursed to the student’s account at the start of the term and the fee structure is as follows:

Cost per day (booked from start of the term)      $23
Casual per day                                                           $25
Cost for part of day 3:15pm up to 4:30pm           $15

We believe that MASC will offer a lovely, extended care and learning experience for our students in an environment they know well. For more information please contact Celia McCarthy, Director of Primary celia.mccarthy@marsden.school.nz



See Term 2 news here