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2017 Term 2 News

Matariki wins International Art Prize
Marsden wins International Art Prize
We've just heard the exciting news that Marsden's entry ‘Matariki – Māori New Year’ has taken out the supreme award at the 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools in London. This is one of the most significant student art awards globally and a true credit to all students involved, 2016 Artist in Residence  Michel Tuffery for his inspiration, previous Head of Visual Arts John Denton for bringing this initiative to Marsden and current Head of Visual Arts, Kaz Bartsch. We are very excited to have won this prize which will enable us to enhance our Artist in Residence Programme and resources for students. Wow! (05/07/2017)

Off to China for International Debating Forum
Marsden student Amy Cooper with teacher Jing Ying Herrington off to 2017 Chinese Debating Forum
Marsden Chinese teacher, Jing Ying Herrington, is taking Y12 student Amy Cooper to China to join Lucy Berger and participate in a debating forum from 15-31 July. The 2017 International High School Confucianism Debating Forum is the only one of its kind in China and will be filmed by Shandong TV in the hometown of Confucian philosopher Mencius. Focusing on intercultural communication between high school students from around the world, there are four teams representing China and four International teams. Lucy is currently studying Chinese at the prestigious Beijing University. Amy represented NZ as an observer at the 2016 International Chinese Speech Competition and Lucy (with Annabelle Jessop) won the "Oceania" category in the 2015 International Chinese Speech Competition. We wish them all the very best. (05/07/2017)

Para Olympian for Sports Week
Para Olympian Mary Fisher comes to Marsden
The final week of term is Sports Week and Head of Sport Jessie Jamieson and Deputy Ruby Leverington arranged for Mary Fisher, a world-class, record holding, multiple gold medallist Para-swimmer, to come in and talk to students during lunch on Wednesday. Mary is a community advocate and mentor at the Blind Foundation and a wonderful role model for our girls on "having a crack at whatever you want to achieve."  Read Mary's bio, it's really impressive. (05/07/2017)

What is a memory?
Marsden Preschool and Primary students enjoy performance by Little Dog Barking Company
On Thursday Marsden Preschool and Years 1-3 Primary students watched the Little Dog Barking Company perform Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, based on a children's book by Australian writer Mem Fox. About a group of elders remembering the past and discussing “What is a memory?” they discover that a memory is something warm, from long ago, that makes you laugh, is precious as gold and makes you sad. Our students were all totally engrossed, loved the interaction with the large puppets and seemed to understand the story and ideas very well. What a nice way to round off Term 2. (04/07/2017) 

Lacrosse team through to Finals
Marsden Lacrosse team
The Marsden Lacrosse team have enjoyed an absolute stellar season, winning all games comprehensively (we are talking 17/0 here; the closest margin being a 9/3 result following a particularly physical game!)  The girls have a fantastic running style with some rather useful set pieces that confuse the opposition enabling the ball to be smacked into the back of the net quite frequently! They are through to the lacrosse finals on 9 July 7:30pm at Boyd Wilson Field and would really appreciate some support.  So if you’re wondering what to do this Sunday, head down to Victoria University and cheer them on – sometimes it isn't even windy or raining on a Sunday night! Go Marsden! (04/07/2017)

Candles for a Cure
Marsden student Brigitte Russell fundraising for a Candles for a Cure
Brigitte Russell has been making and selling candles for 3 years raising $750 for Candles for a Cure. That's a lot of candles and a fantastic effort! (03/07/2017)

Primary see the light

Marsden Primary light and bright dressup dayMarsden Y6 bring coins to support Lightbulb Trade Relay
It was fun to see Year 2 students embracing the "Light and Bright' theme for the Primary School Council fundraiser for Parkinson's Research this week.  And Year 6 girls brought coins in to make this brilliant lightbulb in support of the Lightbulb Trade Relay initiative created by Year 9 student Sakira Knights with help from her sister Mahalee. See how the project is going at
https://www.facebook.com/LightbulbTradeRelay/   (30/06/2017)

Preschool celebrates Matariki
Marsden Preschool celebrate Matariki
There were stars everywhere this week as Preschool celebrated Matariki, Maori New Year, with the rise of the Pleiades star cluster. Traditionally, Matariki was used to determine the coming season's crop. A warmer season, and therefore a more productive crop yield, was indicated by how bright the stars were. Our students were definitely bright little stars on dress-up day. See more images on the Preschool news page. (29/06/2017)

Senior School Lunch
Marsden students with MP Louisa Wall
What a fabulous lunch senior students shared with MP Louisa Wall on Wednesday. She spoke about how important it is for our students to fulfill their potential. As a former Silver Fern and Black Fern Louisa knows all about striving to attain goals and her desire for all New Zealanders to live equally is really inspiring, thank you Louisa. (28/06/2017)


Artist in Residence Exhibition Opening
Marsden HOD Art Kaz Bartsch with artist Rebecca Holden and teacher Astrid Visser
It may have been wet and cold outside but there was a warm creative buzz at the opening of our Artist in Residence, Rebecca Holden's amazing Once Upon a Time... exhibition on Friday night. Rebecca's paintings challenge our perception of 'fairy tales' cleverly highlighting aspects of the well-known Grimms' children's stories. Our students have really benefited from having Rebecca working alongside them during her residency, she also held the popular Artist in Residence workshop for local Primary and Marsden students. We have thoroughly enjoyed her time with us. Once Upon a Time... is open to the public everyday until 1 July 2017 at the NZ Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Customhouse Quay. (26/06/2017)

Wellington Awards Finalist
Hygiene for Homeless founded by Marsden students
Hygiene for Homeless, co-founded by Karori Y13 student Lilly Marsh and Whitby Head girl Katie Daly, is now a finalist in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for both Wellington and Porirua. Congratulations girls, we wish you the very best of luck for the award finals on August 10th! (26/06/2017)

Plastic Bag campaign growing
Marsden Y13 Social Action Committee highlight the number of plastic bags we use per second
The momentum for compulsory plastic bag charges is growing and we are very proud of our Social Action Compaigners,  Cici Davie, Lauren Benseman, Maggie Dai, Bella O'Meeghan, and Imogen Skelton who started a petition calling for change earlier this year, they already have over 9000 signatures. They have also launched a campaign #Bagsinthewild, asking people to send photographs of plastic bag litter to Environment Minister, Nick Smith. Along with our girls' efforts to raise public awareness, more and more councils are putting pressure on the government to impose a mandatory charge on plastic bags. Read stuff article. (26/06/2017)

Stationery for Te Aro Preschool
Y13 Marsden students with donations for Aro Valley Preschool
Our Y13 Social Action Campaigners, who are working for policy change to secure funding for the Aro Valley Preschool, delivered a huge amount of stationery to the preschool on Friday. They had made a card with photos from all the Marsden volunteers saying why they love volunteering there. Staff at the preschool were overwhelmed with what the girls had achieved both through our families offering stationery and companies who had answered the girls' call for donations.  Well done girls! (26/06/2017)

Tiffany wins at Music Festival
Congratulations to Tiffany Kenyon Y8 who won the Intermediate Strings Solo (restricted class) at the Kapi-Mana Music Festival in June. (22/06/2017)

Year 13 visit Holocaust Centre
Marsden Y13 students visit Holocaust Centre
As part of their film study this term, on Nazi occupied France during the Second World War, our Year 13 French language students visited the Holocaust Centre and Wellington synagogue to gain more of an understanding of what the Jews faced during this time.
Tamar Lederman speaks about Jewish culture with Marsden Y13 students
They also enjoyed a visit from Tamar Lederman, mother of 2016 Head Girl Nina Richardson. Tamar shared her family history and culture with the students and baked some delicious traditional Jewish treats for the class to share.

(22/06/2017)

Te Manawa o Te Kura wins Building Award
Marsden wins prestigious building award
We are delighted to announce that Marsden's new building, Te Manawa o Te Kura, received the Gibb Education and Propery Best in Category Award at the New Zealand Property Council Awards Dinner on Friday night. It was a glittering night and Acting Principal, Margaret Adeane was there with Board Member, Martin Shelton to receive the award on our behalf. Judges said the "transformative" building connected the school from end to end and "an excellent standard of accommodation was achieved at extremely economic cost". We would like to acknowledge, once again, the outstanding work done by Martin Shelton and members of the Marsden Board, Principal Jenny Williams, Athfield Architects, The Building Intelligence Group, Hawkins Construction and everyone involved in the project. Congratulations! (20/06/2017)

Gymnastics trip for Preschool
Marsden Preschool trip to Capital Gymsports
What a fabulous trip Preschool had to Capital Gymsports last week. The bus trip there and back is always exciting but then when we got there the energy levels soared. Gymsport staff got everyone warmed up first using the big parachute and stretching and then our students were able to try the wonderful course of challenging bars, beams, ladders and mats, finishing with a hula hoop cool down. Definitely the highlight of the week for Preschool. See more photos on the Preschool news page. (19/06/2017)

Artist in Residence Workshop
Marsden Artist in Residence Workshop with Y6 students
Rebecca Holden, our Artist in Residence, held a fabulous workshop on visual storytelling with Marsden students and visiting Year 6 students from local schools. She told them the rather dark Grimm's fairytale of "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids". Then in groups of three they set about creating a section of the story using oil pastels, charcoal and chalk pastel on a painted sheet of brown paper. You can see their awesome results on our Facebook page. (16/06/2017)

Cultural Week
There's been plenty happening at school for Cultural Week and our students have been busy. 
* Tuesday lunchtime there was a screening of Spirited Away. 
* Wednesday - International Food Festival and at night Marsden’s showcase concert. 
* Thursday -cultural costumes/ethnic mufti-day and sausage sizzle. Proceeds from this day go towards resources for the girls to take to Samoa on the Service trip. There was also a fierce debating battle with Scots boys over whose school is BETTER - with a twist! Marsden argued that Scots is better than Marsden and Scots, the reverse! 
* Friday: M FACTOR! in the auditorium. All proceeds from the International Food Festival and M Factor will be donated to the community group Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, which runs a community strings orchestra, providing free instruments and free tuition to students at low decile schools in Porirua.
Thank you to everyone involved in running such an enjoyable and successful Cultural Week. (16/06/2017)

Experience Marsden Day
Marsden's 'Circle of Friendship' created by students on Experience Marsden Day
We had a huge number of visiting students for our Experience Marsden day this week and what a fabulous time we had with them. Thank you to Inge Doig for coordinating the day, and to our teachers, support and custodial staff - thank you one and all. This colourful collaborative work by students called "Circle of Friendship" really sums up a happy day. (16/06/2017)

The Big Sing
Members of Marsden's Altissime choir with Big Sing certificates
Our choirs participated in The Big Sing last week with some great results, although sadly Altissime will not progress to the finale due to a technical fault - going over time. However they did win certificates for Best performance of a Student Composition, Adjudicator's Choice Certificate (For a heartfelt rendition of Run to You, Pentatonix) and Category 1 - NZ or Pasifika music Certificate (emerging NZ artist composition). Certificate for Best performance by a Student Directed choir went to our Ad Summa choir. Congratulations girls we know the months of dedication and hard work that goes into preparing for this competition and we are very proud of you all, the performances you gave were outstanding. (13/06/2017)

Synchronised Swimming Success

Congratulations to our synchronised swimming duo, Samantha Fowler and Zoe Gasson, who represented Marsden at North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships over the weekend. They competed in the secondary schools category and placed second. This result also secured a coveted spot in the division for Nationals in October. Both Marsden swimmers also placed first in their respective duet categories; Samantha swimming in Aquanauts with Lucia Marull (Saint Benedicts) and Zoe swimming in Aquarinas with Polly Winter (Wellington High). (12/06/2017)

Rubbish Collection Competition
Marsden student organises rubbish collection
In the weekend Grace Cinque held the rubbish collection competition that she organised as part of Y8 SOCS Remarkable Time. Her aim was for people to explore their native bush and walking tracks and clear rubbish at the same time. She wrote to the council who provided rubbish bags and disposable gloves and they also agreed to pick up any rubbish collected. She spoke with Zealandia who offered a family pass as a prize.  Marsden teachers, Louise Kleingeld and Callie Ballara went along yesterday and were impressed by how organised Grace was providing bags and gloves and a form for safety and look at all the rubbish collected - well done Grace! (12/06/2017)

Debating
Marsden Year 7 and 8 Debating
Congratulations to both our Year 7 and 8 teams for taking part in their first debate against Wellesley last week, with the moot 'That all students should be required to volunteer in the community.'  We had one win and one loss and are now looking forward to Round 2. A big thank you to the student coaches and everyone who came along to support! (09/06/2017)

Artwork selected for Global Art Prize
Marsden Art Panels selected for global art prize
We are absolutely thrilled to hear artwork by Marsden and visiting students has been shortlisted for the 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools in the UK. The 12 panel mural celebrating Matariki - Māori New Year is a collaborative work by Year 6-8s and visiting students led by our 2016 Artist in Residence, Michel Tuffery and has been chosen out of 24,000 entries from 66 different countries. An exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, London, will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from 4–13 July 2017 and winners will be announced at an awards evening on the 4th. Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools is one of the largest international competitions open to primary and secondary schools from around the world, so to be selected is a BIG deal - congratulations to everyone involved. Short-listed winners here.  (07/06/2017)

TV Contest Winners

Congratulations to Year 5 Ilyssa Hunt's parents Chris and Old Girl Delia, who won money and a car on TV3's Family Feud last week. (06/06/2017)


Farewell Jenny Williams

This is a bittersweet time for us all as we say goodbye to our much loved Principal Jenny Williams finally today. There was a fabulous turnout at the community farewell last night. When asked what she will miss most, her response was 'the people' and that Marsden will always be in her heart and mind. Jenny will be in our hearts and minds too, forever a part of Marsden's history. Farewell, goodbye and good luck in Melbourne Jenny. We will miss you.
See photos and more news. (02/06/2017)

Cross Country
Marsden cross country event
We had perfect running conditions for our annual cross country event on Friday afternoon and it was great to see fierce competition and wonderful house spirit. Miss Ward said "it was the best cross country event she can remember". Congratulations to all our runners and in particular our finalists:

Senior   Intermediate Junior 
1st Imogen Skelton
2nd Ruby Leverington
3rd Lucy Preston
1st Ruby Barton
2nd Jade Otway
3rd Saskia Knox
1st Kate Wallace
2nd Zoe Hannah
3rd India Cory







Other results will be announced later in assembly. (31/05/2017)

Spirit Week
Marsden Spirit Week
It is Spirit Week and it has been wonderful to see the level of school and house spirit around the place.  (30/05/17)

Successful Chinese Language Competition
Marsden Chinese Language students
The Wellington region Chinese speech competition was held at Victoria University on 8 May with 35 junior and 32 senior students participating. Jessica Kenyon won the junior category and Mia Vachon came second, also winning the "best junior talent" prize for her Chinese song. Tegan Martin and Hannah Smith participated in the senior category and Tegan won the "best Senior talent" prize with her Chinese dance. Marsden's Chinese teacher Jing Ying Herrington was named Best Junior Coach. Congratulations girls and Jing Ying on this great result. (30/05/2017)

Selected to represent NZ at Asian Science Camp
Marsden Deputy Head Girl selected for Malaysian Science Camp
Deputy Head Girl, Neakiry Kivi, has been selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to represent New Zealand at the 11th Asian Science Camp in Malaysia in August. She joins 4 other NZ students and over 250 students from around the world at the week long camp where they will attend plenary lectures and contribute to panel discussions.  Keynote speakers will be Nobel Laureates and distinguished scientists. This is a wonderful opportunity for Neakiry who plans to study medicine when she leaves school. Photo Julia Czerwonatis (30/05/2017)

Passchendaele Composition a winner
Marsden student wins Battle of Passchendaele competition
This year keeps getting better and better for Neakiry Kivi who has come first equal in the Minister of Veterans' Affairs' Battle of Passchendaele multi media competition. The annual competition, open to all Year 13 students, asks students to explore what that significant day means to them through the medium of their choice. On 12 October 1917 at the WW1 Battle of Passchendaele, 845 New Zealanders died, more than any other day in history and a further 2,700 were wounded. Neakiry composed a beautiful moving piece of music depicting her feelings about Passchendaele.  She receives a $2,000 education contribution and will travel with the Youth Ambassador delegation to Belgium to attend the Battle of Passchendaele centenary commemorations in October. The judging panel was highly impressed with her entry, commenting: “The piano work by Neakiry Kivi is a well crafted work, capturing small episodes related to the Battle of Passchendaele. The work is atmospheric and thought provoking. Neakiry is an exceptionally talented composer and the work is well worth being performed.”  Congratulations Neakiry. Listen to her winning composition. (30/05/2017)

Preschool Music Magic

Marsden Primary's amazing specialist music teacher, Jenny Gould, has helped Preschool students make wonderful insect noises during their music session this week. They made spider noises on the drums, grasshopper sounds with the claves sticks and fluttering butterflies with the tambourines. Although Preschool do loads of fun music, singing and movement during a normal day, Jenny's dramatic musical magic really inspires and extends our students. (26/05/2017)

Tough Girls

Marsden Junior Tough Guy and Girl Challengers
Our Year 6 running club students embraced extreme off road running through mud and water and crawling under army nets for the ITM Junior Tough Guy and Girl Challenge today. Thanks to NEC for sponsoring us again.  They had loads of fun and won 3 spot prizes including the best dressed team! (25/05/2017)

Jesus Christ Superstar
Marsden's production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Marsden's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice classic 70's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been a resounding success! The show about leadership, political action, choice, loyalty, betrayal and human emotion played all week to packed audiences and judging by the feedback, they absolutely loved it. The live music, lighting, costumes and makeup, choreography, stage design and artistic direction, contributed to the polished performances by our fabulous cast, the leads and chorus were all amazing. 
We would like to particularly thank Director, Dianne Smith, Musical Director, Richard Kleingeld, Producers, Sarah Wilson and Louise Kleingeld, for their tireless dedication to all things JCS. We are so proud of the whole production crew, it takes months of effort to put on such a wonderful show, thank you – we think you are all superstars! (29/05/2017)

Create1World Finalists

Congratulations to Sariya McGrath and Anjali Gentejohann who are both category finalists in the Create1World competition. This is a Creative Activism & Global Citizenship competition and conference for Aotearoa highschool students, hosted by Massey University and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies. Anjali's entry pictured above. Read Sariya's poem here. (22/05/2017)

English Essay Finalist
We are delighted for Petulia Cooper Woodhouse who has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 CGNZ/Ida Gaskin Shakespeare Essay Competition. Prizes will be presented at the National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at the Opera House on 3 June. Petulia will find out her actual placing and receive a prize cheque at the ceremony. Fabulous work Petulia - well done! (22/05/2017)

Judo Gold
Mya Hartley Y9 competed in the North Wellington Open Judo Championships in Palmerston North on Sunday and won every fight in her weight division and obtained another Gold Medal.  She is on her way to becoming NZ Junior Judo Champ - congratulations Mya. (22/05/2017)

Primary Science

Primary students have been asking themselves "what does a scientist do?" Click on the thumbnail of their poster to see what they think. 

Then they went to the Marsden Science Lab ... you can watch their very excited video on our Marsden Facebook page. (19/05/2017)

World Scholar's Cup

Marsden hosted the Wellington round of the World Scholar's Cup this week with students from other schools visiting for a "celebration of learning". The World Scholar's Cup brings together many subjects, individual and team challenges, and deals with serious global issues (without taking itself too seriously) to encourage the fun in learning. Winners progress through the rounds to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. (18/05/2017)

Primary and Preschool celebrate Mothers Day
Marsden Primary celebrates Mothers Day
Primary and Preschool mothers joined us last Friday for assembly and morning tea as a special acknowledgement ahead of Mothers' Day and to say thank you for the wonderful job they do as mums. Happy Mothers Day!  (18/05/2017)

Smelly Science
Year 7 had a graphic and sobering reminder of what happens to all their rubbish when they visited the tip this morning for environmental science. (17/05/2017)

Marsden's new building wins Gold Award

We are thrilled to report Marsden's new building won a gold award in the New Zealand Commercial Property Awards/Education category. We know what a difference Te Manawa o te Kura has made to our school so it is fabulous to see Athfield Architects and Hawkins Construction get the recognition they deserve. Congratulations again to everyone involved in the rebuild. (15/05/2017)

Campaign for Change


We have very active Social Action groups who are campaigning for four really worthwhile causes to make a difference in people's lives. One group met with Jacinda Ardern to discuss how they could help Aro Valley Preschool acquire the funding they need to fulfill an essential service to families in their area. Jacinda listened and advised our girls on their next course of action and she donated 2 children's books for the Preschool. 

Another group visited Mayor Justin Lester to get the City Council's position on the use of plastic bags. They put forward their vision for a plastic bag free world and while agreeing with them, the Mayor also gave our girls valuable advice on the best way forward. (15/05/2017)

Stunning Lego Creation

Year 10 student Jill Allen spent hours creating this amazing Lego image of Frida Kahlo on our Marsden Makes Lego Wall. We think it is absolutely brilliant, well done Jill. (11/05/2017)

NZ Sign Language Week

We were delighted to have Darryl Alexander as our guest of honour at a small concert put on by Marsden Primary this week. He was born deaf and is a passionate advocate of teaching deaf in schools as well as winner of a NZSL Teaching Award in 2013. Our girls were really excited to show him their signing skills. (11/05/2017)

Imogen for the High Jump in Bahamas

We are very excited for Imogen Skelton who joins a team of 11 athletes selected for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas in July.  Imogen is the only Wellington athlete and will compete in the High jump and 800m - congratulations Imogen! (10/05/2017)

ANZAC Assembly

As ANZAC day fell in the holidays we held a special service at Thursday morning's assembly. Senior history students spoke and Year 9 students laid white crosses with the name of an ANZAC they had researched in a Field of Remembrance. Lest we forget. (05/03/2017)