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2017 Old Girls News

Surprise Visit
Marsden Old Girl returns for visit
How lovely to welcome Old Girl Hiromi Fukuda and her parents to school on Friday. Hiromi attended Preschool/Primary school from 1979 to 1982. She lives in NYC and is a pianist performing extensively across the USA and Japan. Read her bio here ... (30/05/2017)

Recycling by Design

We met up with OG India Korner (nee Rouse) last year at Old Girls' Day. She and her husband Steven co-founded Method Recycling, a company that design and manufacture bins that make recycling a simple, stylish part of modern offices. Since then Marsden has been successfully using their recycling bins which are strategically placed around the school. With an ever increasing need to be environmentally conscious these bins have definitely improved our recycling process. Thanks to India and Steven for creating such a great product.
Method Recycling Bins

Breakthrough research by Old Girl
Marsden Old Girl medical research breakthrough
We are delighted to pass on news of Old Girl, Lucy Sulzberger,  whose breakthrough research into the make-up of strawberry birthmarks has been internationally recognised. Lucy (24) is in her final year at Otago Uni and has completed a full-time year at the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree in addition to her Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree. Read full Gillies McIndoe article. (30/03/2017)

It's a small world
Marsden Academic Director Margaret Adeane with Old Girl Anna de Boer in China
Academic Director Margaret Adeane is currently in China with the Wellington Private Education Network and she bumped into Old Girl, Anna de Boer, in Shanghai. Anna is helping out with Education NZ while on exchange on a PM's Scholarship from Auckland University. Nice to see a familiar face overseas! (24/03/2017)

It's not okay

Marsden senior students with Old Girl Fiona McNamara
It was a pleasure to welcome Sexual Abuse Prevention Network General Manager, Fiona McNamara to Marsden this morning. Fiona is a Marsden Old Girl and we have appreciated her ongoing contribution to our Senior Health programme. Her work with organisations to help prevent sexual abuse has been much in the news over the last week and we thought it was timely for her to get together with all our Year 12 and 13 girls to talk about this very topical issue. In the current climate, the girls found it eye-opening and empowering to hear from a professional. They feel they have gained some valuable tools to help understand and contribute to the change that needs to happen. (16/03/2017)

Jean Gilmer Award for Scientific Illustration
The Old Girls Association is delighted to announce the reinstatement of a previous award: the Jean Gilmer Award for scientific illustration. This is named after Marsden Old Girl, Jean Knox Gilmer.

Marsden Old Girl Jean Knox Gilmer Photo Montage
Left: Jean Knox Gilmer at school
Right: Jean on visit to school in 2014 aged 100 years old. 
Fish illustration "Body of Evidence" by Old Girl Charlotte Jackson 1997 

The Award was originally started in about 1959 for an herbarium (collection of dried plant specimen and notes) or ecological survey, however there is no record of the award after 1984. This award will link the past: a past student, a previous award and historical recording of observations to current practice, particularly in cross curricular learning.

Marsden reinstates Old Girls Award, the Gilmer Knox Award for Scientific Illustration
The Jean Gilmer Award is a beautiful nautilus shell, which will stay at school and the winner will be awarded a smaller trophy to keep at home for the year.

Students from Years 7 to 13 may submit hand painted/drawn scientific illustrations which include the scientific names of the species represented. Entries can be creative but depictions of the plants/animals must be accurate. Heads of Science and Art Departments (or their nominees) will decide on the winner and the prize will be presented at Prize Giving at the end of the year. 

In light of our previous successful science/art collaborations (eg: cards for Zealandia), we think this is a fitting addition to the school prize list and we look forward to seeing this year's submissions.
NB: The Jean Gilmer Award will not necessarily be awarded each year - work must be of a suitably high standard. Dates for submission of artwork will be publicised in the bulletin later in the year.