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Term 3 News 2017

Celebrating Culture

In the last week of term 3 we held a Cultural Awards evening to recognise the contributions our students have made across cultural aspects of school this year. This is an opportunity for us to acknowledge excellence, commitment and service and to thank those who volunteer their time to assist with culture at Marsden. Thomasin McKenzie was guest speaker and gave a wonderful insight into her life as a young actress. We congratulate all award winners, and in particular our top award recipients: Neakiry Kivi, Ashley Parker, Lara Strong, Katie Reed, Emily Stewart, Lottie Johnstone and Amy Cooper. See full list.  (03/10/2017)

Grandparents' Day

In a week of special days, we celebrated our Primary and Preschool Grandparents' Day, a chance for family members to join us at a church service and baptism at St Mary's, followed by morning tea and a showcase concert. It was lovely to share this day with whanau, our students loved having you here, thank you for coming. (02/10/2017)

Shakespeare Day

English students being 'not afraid of greatness' enjoyed Shakespeare Day with a little dancing and a banquet with special guest of honour, our new Principal Narelle Umbers. (27/09/2017)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Performance

Marsden Chinese Language students performed in a cultural show celebrating Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the weekend. The colourful concert at Sounding Theatre in Te Papa was organised by the China Cultural Centre and featured our Y9 girls dancing a folk dance "Picking Grapes", a dance solo by Y10 student Chine Ang and a demonstration of Chinese traditional dress "Qipao" by Y11 and Y12 girls. Their performances were fantastic! (27/09/2017)

New Principal visits

What a treat, our new Principal, Ms Narelle Umbers is visiting this week for a taster of Marsden life.  Her schedule includes snippets of time with students, staff and parents at both Karori and Whitby. 

This is a great chance for us all to start getting to know each other before Narelle formally takes up her role in January.  (25/09/2017)

Waihanga Opening
Marsden School opens Waihanga - Makerspace
What a buzz at the opening of the Waihanga - our new Makerspace. It was a fantastic opportunity for parents to see the creative ways their children are working with technology. Thanks to our student demonstrators who flew the drones, controlled the spheros, the arduinos and the sumo robots, who showed how the makey makey works and how they have created their 3D virtual reality worlds. We are thrilled to have launched this vibrant, creative and challenging space. See more photos on our Facebook page. (22/09/2017)

Entertaining at Artsplash

Caitlyn Watson had a fantastic experience at Artsplash this week, performing 2 sets of pre-show entertainment, nearly 2 hours worth! She played and sang all her own songs, including one called 'Remarkable' which was the result of her Y9 Remarkable Time project. We think this deserves a round of applause, well done Caitlyn. (22/09/2017)

Art pays homage to Women of Science
Marsden artists pay homage to women scientists
Inspired to bring art and science together, Ashley Parker is painting the wall outside the Science Block, with help from Imogen Skelton, Kezia Shepherd and Isabel Possenniskie. They are using three famous scientists to represent the 3 fields of Physics - Marie Curie, Chemistry - Rosalind Franklin and Biology - Rachel Carson. Each image is crafted in 5 layers, resulting in these amazing likenesses and we can't wait to see the finished wall. Awesome work girls! (21/09/2017)

Preschool Leaving Ceremony

One of our special celebrations in Preschool is the bitter/sweet leaving ceremony. Sad because we say goodbye to one of our students, but happy knowing they are well prepared to move on to Year 1. Traditionally our leaver wears a korowai (cloak) and carries a taiaha (a traditional Māori weapon) which they use to ask questions of the other students, like "what will you miss when I've gone?"  Our leaver also does the walk of stars and we talk about their accomplishments and dreams for the future. It's a really lovely tradition. (21/09/2017)


Year 8 Rogaining

Navigating through the graveyard at Karori Cemetary was part of the adventure this week for all Year 8 students rogaining for the William Pike Challenge. Rogaining is timed cross-country navigation for points. Students have to decide the route to take to get the most points and return to base in the allocated time. The further the marker away, the more points. It is highly strategic and looks like fan-tactical fun! (21/09/2017)

Young Scientists do well at Science Fair

Every year we are amazed at the diverse range of topics our Year 9 science students choose to research for their NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair projects. This year we are delighted to congratulate the following girls who have done particularly well in the regional competition:

Name Project Prize
Ruby Barton ReVALTT $50 for 4th in class
Lea Mueller The Welly Hinge $100 AJ Park Award for innovation
Grace Kerr How Much is Too Much? Highly commended + $100 Hugh D Gordon Memorial Prize in Biology
Kezia Shepherd There’s a Fraction too much Friction Highly commended
Trinity Hunt and Sam Young Insulation Sensation Highly commended



The judges said "the standard of projects this year was outstanding!" so keep up the great work girls! (19/09/2017)

Primary art making a splash

We are looking forward to our Year 3-6 students singing at Artsplash on Wednesday evening - if you're there, have a look at the wonderful Primary artwork on display too. (19/09/2017)


Celebrating Jewish Culture
Y10 Marsden students celebrate Jewish feast as part of their Judaism study
One of the great things about studying another culture is trying different foods and experiencing some of their traditions. As part of their RE studies into Judaism Year 10 students celebrated the Seder meal eaten at Passover by Jewish people all over the world. Each girl made her own placemat that offered explanation of the significant foods that have symbolic meaning and have been shared by Jewish people for 3000 years. Staff present were Chaplain, Sarah King and English/RE Teacher, Sarah Harvey. (19/09/2017)

Award for Innovative Healthcare App

Marsden Old Girl, Siobhan Bulfin is founder and Chief Executive of Melon Health, a company winning awards for its innovative approach to healthcare by using mobile apps to help prevent and manage chronic disease. They have just won another award for Best Tech Innovation in Mental Health at 2017 PsychCongress, the largest conference for mental health providers in the USA. Congratulations Siobhan that's wonderful news! (18/09/2017)

Te Wiki_o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week

Wrapping up Te Wiki_o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week. Primary and Year 7 students enjoyed tuakana teina partnerships (learning from each other) looking at te reo Māori picture books, making He Hanawiti (The sandwich) movies together, and our Te reo girls worked on Toku Whakapapa creating images inspired by Peter Gossage art or a place special to them. Ka pai! 

See more photos on our Facebook page. (15/09/2017)

How Children Learn Science

Marsden Preschool welcomes Sola Freeman who is here conducting research for her PhD.  We are delighted to be one of four schools in Wellington contributing to Sola's investigation into 'How Children Learn Science'. (14/09/2017)

A new buzz at Marsden
Bess presented to Marsden Primary
What's the buzz? Andrew Sommerville from Karori New World presented Marsden Primary with a bee house, bumble bee nest and 75 leafcutter bees on Monday. This variety of bee is a specialist pollinator and a solitary bee, they do not swarm or produce honey. Year 4 and 5 students and girls from the environment committee were there to welcome these valuable additions to our Science Garden. We hope they like it here! (13/09/2017)

Solar Solution Clear Winner
Marsden student, Neakiry Kivi wins Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Premier Award 2017
In another outstanding success for this year, Neakiry Kivi has won the Premier Award at the 2017 Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards with her presentation "Reinventing Solar: the solution is clear". The Award (worth $10,000)  was presented by Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy on Saturday night at Government House. The judges said the high quality of the candidates' presentations made their decision extremely difficult and we warmly congratulate Neakiry Kivi on this wonderful achievement. (12/09/2017)

Magnum inspires Anabel

When you take a guitar, a great tutor, a beautiful voice and an adorable four-legged subject called 'Magnum' the result is a musical gem by Year 9 student Anabel Jamieson. Her Remarkable Time project came to the attention of RadioNZ who interviewed her and played her song on Saturday. Bravo Anabel, we love it!  Have a listen ... (12/09/2017)

Swimmers Rule in the Pool
The Marsden Swim team had an amazing competition at the Wellington Short Course Championships over the last 2 weekends.  The girls amassed 72 top ten results, 35 medal placings and a whopping 737.5 points between them. Congratulations Stella and Lea Muellner, Gabriella and Estee Jacobs, Tilly Dassanayake, Samantha Fowler, Laura Jones, Tommi Davie, Tiffany Kenyon and Ana Nota. With the NZ Secondary Schools and NZ Short Course Champs coming up, this is great preparation. Lea Muellner heads off with the NZ Swim team to the Australian State Teams Age Short Course Championships later this month - all the very best for a great comp! (12/09/2017)

Karori Youth Awards


Congratulations to Lily Marsh who won the Supreme Award at the Karori Youth Awards 2017 for Service to the Community and her work with Hygiene for Homeless. Lily, Neakiry Kivi and Skye Solomon all received Gold Awards, Neakiry for Service to the Arts and Skye for Courage and Bravery. 
The following students received awards:

GOLD  SILVER   BRONZE
Lily Marsh
Neakiry Kvi
Skye Solomon   
Sakira Knights
Laura Hausmann   
Anice Moeung
Kate Sinclair
Maggie Dai
Pippa Fletcher
Lucy Ludecke
Trinity Huny
Halaina Lazarides

We are proud their contributions to the community and going out of their way to help others has been recognised. (08/09/2017)

Netball Coach wins Award

Warm congratulations to Leigh Graham who has won the Netball Wellington Coach of the Year Award for Developing Players. Her daughter Catherine left in 2014. Thanks to Leigh's coaching over the last 3 years our Senior A team is in the highest grade Marsden has ever been in and is one of the top 4 school teams in Wellington. Senior A are at Tournament and, at the time of writing, had made the final 8 which is another top result, and they may improve on this! A testimony to Leigh's superb coaching! (06/09/2017)

Excellence in Construction Rising Star Award

We love to hear of Old Girls doing well in their chosen fields. Vikki Stephens has won a prestigious Rising Star Award at the Hays National Association of Women in Construction Excellence Awards. She is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Beca and receives this award for her work on Wellington Airport's Control Tower and other complex projects. Congratulations Vikki (pictured 5th from right) with other NAWIC Award winners. Fore more details see http://www.nawic.org.nz/news-construction. (31/08/2017)

Bronze for Waterpolo Students

Congratulations to Kelsey Dewar, Gabriella Jacobs, Estée Jacobs and members of the Maranui U14 girls waterpolo team who won bronze at the Rotorua Waterpolo Tournament in the weekend.  Winning games is not easy against strong competition, including Division 1 players, and the girls should be very proud of their efforts against teams from all around New Zealand. (29/08/2017)

Marsden Prayer Flags in Nepal

In 2016 school counsellor Vicki Farslow went to Nepal to help children and schools receovering from the devastating earthquake. When she returned, she shared photos and stories with our students and they were moved to write prayers on fabric and sew flags. In April this year, Vicki returned to the village of Gushel and the villagers proudly hung the flags of love from Marsden girls. Vicki said “The flags were raised and encircled the small school. The teachers took the time to read all of the prayers and good wishes and were truly touched by the love and how much these flags brightened their lives." (28/08/2017)

Rowers get underway
Marsden LTR on Wellington Harbour
This years Learn to Row (LTR) program is now well underway! And while the wind hasn't been as kind as we would like for getting on the water, the new rowers have been working extremely hard on the rowing machines and land training in preparation for the LTR Camp in Blenheim in October. Well done girls on getting the year off to such a great start!
Marsden rowers help with WRC cleanup
Meanwhile, the YR 10+ rowers have been working hard, not only with their training and helping to coach LTR, but also in keeping Wellington Rowing Club up and running! This weekend, armed with spades, wheelbarrows, and buckets of energy and enthusiasm, the girls did an exceptional job of redistributing the sand in the lagoon, ensuring that all rowers in the Wellington and Star Rowing Clubs have a safe way to get the boats on and off the water. A great team effort! (28/08/2017)

New Principal Announced!
New Marsden Principal, Narelle Umbers
It is with excitement that we welcome Narelle Umbers into the Marsden family as our new Principal! Marsden Board Chair Cheryl Middelkoop said “After a rigorous and extensive recruitment process both in NZ and internationally, Narelle won the Marsden Board over for being a passionate educator, leader, strategic thinker and innovator. We believe she will be a great standard bearer for the spirit and values of Marsden." Ms Umbers is looking forward to starting with us, saying, “As I researched your lovely School so many features of it resonated ....  it will be wonderful to share the next stage of the School’s inspiring journey with you.” Ms Umbers is currently a Deputy Principal at Peninsula Grammar, a prestigious independent co-ed school in Melbourne. See full press release. (25/08/2017)

Farewell to International Student
Marsden International students farewell Jara from Germany
International students surprised Jara with a farewell lunch yesterday. We've loved having her with us, the time has gone so quickly. All the best for your return home to Germany Jara! (25/08/2017)

Action for Aro Valley Preschool
Social Action Marsden students with politicians at Aro Valley Preschool
Social Action campaigners Sariya, Georgia, Kate and Tanya, organised an event at Aro Valley Preschool this morning, in conjunction with the Preschool teachers, the NZ Educational Institute and 'Every Child is Worth It' campaigners inviting local politicans to pledge their support for Early Childhood Education. The Preschool students sang a waiata, our girls spoke with passion, we heard some amazing speeches by those at the Preschool and took hope in the pledges by the politicians present who vowed to restore funding to ECEs, reduce teacher to child ratios and resurrect the goal of 100% trained teachers.  Thanks to Aro Bake for supporting the campaign and providing cake for morning tea. (24/08/2017)

Remarkable Car Washers

It was nice to see the sun shining for Year 11 car groomers who were out cleaning staff cars (for a fee) as part of their Remarkable Time fundraising to buy Lego for Wellington Hospital. Good job girls! (23/08/2017)

Lacrosse representatives
Congratulations to lacrosse players Ella Baigent-Brown, Lily Fu, Olivia Hartshorne, Annabelle Jessop, Sarah Philip-Wright, Natsumi Tsunemoto and MOG Arielle Edwards-Brown who have been selected for the Lacrosse Wellington U18 Representative Team to play in a national tournament 22–24 September in Auckland. It is very exciting to have so many Marsden girls in the team and we wish them well for the competition. (23/08/2017)

Getting the moves
Marsden students at Footnote Dance Co Workshop
As part of their dance unit Year 9 students learn the expert moves at the annual Footnote Dance Company workshop and Year 7 and 8 students enjoy the workout as well. (23/08/2017)

Sustainable Wearable Arts Parade

Marsden Primary students made some wonderful creative costumes from recycled materials for the Sustainable Wearable Arts Fashion Show at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in the weekend. With Bishop Justin as MC, our students joined others from around the Diocese for a parade complete with 'project runway' lights. The koha for the night went to Beeple Honey Collective who are encouraging local dads trying to become beekeepers. Last year they returned over 100kgs of honey back to the community. (22/08/2017)

Feeding families at Ronald McDonald House

A team of Marsden girls volunteered to cook dinner for families at Ronald McDonald House recently. With assistance from Sarah Ting and Trish Brown from the Mt Victoria Rotary Club, they prepared a winter-warming menu of pasta bake, meatballs, potato and green salads, chicken and mushroom risotto, bread rolls followed by apple crumble. The families and children at the house were so grateful and said the girls had "made their day".  Well done Sariya and co-kitchen hands: Liv, Sarah, Evie, Bex and Anjali. (21/08/2017)

Wellington Band wins Gold

Sarah Philip-Wright Y12 and MOG Emily Heaney (Year 13, 2013) both took part in the New Zealand Concert Band Festival in Whangarei recently as part of the Wellington City Concert Band.  Sarah plays Bassoon, and Emily was on Flute. We are delighted to hear they won a Gold Award. This is an incredible achievement with much hard work and energy put in by the 70 member strong band. Congratulations! (21/08/2017)

Swim team wins Huia Cup
Marsden swim team wins Huia Cup
Congratulations to the Marsden swim team on winning the Huia Cup. Our biggest swim  team in recent years took out the CSW relay meet on Thursday 17th August. The last time Marsden won the cup was 1993! Special mention to Head of Swimming, Laura Stewart for her leadership, and thank you to coach Steve Francis for his pre-event guidance. (18/08/2017)

Shanghai Exchange students here

It's lovely to welcome visiting exchange students from Shanghai No.3 Girls' Middle School, here with us until Monday 20th. It may only be a brief trip but so far they've had a busy week in classes and taking in some well known Wellington activities, Te Papa, WETA Workshop and Ferg's rock climbing. There's a zoo trip and shopping still to be done! Enjoy girls! (17/08/2017)


Congratulations Swainson HM Champs
Swainson crowned 2017 Marsden House Music Champs
The world will be a better place for Swainson this morning as they bask in the glory of winning House Music last night with their super rendition of Man in the Mirror/Earth Song. It was a tough job for adjudicator Mark Stamper to choose, but he thought Megan Fitness's solo was amazing. Johnson were runners up and Richmond a close 3rd.  Congratulations everyone your performances were fabulous! (17//08/2017)

WPEN trip to Tourist hotspot

Jara from Germany, Hikari and Natsumi from Japan stand in front of the mighty Huka Falls during their fabulous trip with WPEN (the Wellington Private Education Network) along with other international students from Chilton and Scots. Their programme included the Taupo bungee white water rafting and staying on a Marae.  Jara said ' it was all amazing' and she can't wait to go back to Taupo to do another bungee jump! (16/08/2017)

Primary Swimming Sports
Marsden Primary students enjoying swimming sports
Primary students enjoyed swimming sports last week. There were fun novelty challenges and of course the serious House competition - good luck Fitzherbert, Innes and Sprott - the results will be announced  soon. See more photos on our Facebook page.  (16/08/2017)

Swainson Concert Extraordinary
What an extraordinary evening of music we enjoyed at the Swainson Concert on Wed night and huge congratulations to our winners and runners up: 
Winner of the MOGA Nell Clere Music Scholarship - Tiffany Kenyon Y8 'cello and Winner of the Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance - Milly Isac Y10 piano with adjudicator Simon Christie and Director of Music Marian Campbell
Winner MOGA Nell Clere Music Scholarship - Tiffany Kenyon Y8 'cello and runner up Anaiya Bhola Y10 guitar.
Winner Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance - Milly Isac Y10 piano and runner up Lily Fu Y11 piano. 
Runners up with Kim New
Thanks to adjudicator Simon Christie who had the hard job of deciding the final places, to MOGA for the Nell Clere scholarship, to the New family for providing the Highly Commended prizes and the delicious supper from the MPA. And finally, well done to all performers, you really pushed the bar high! See more photos on our Facebook page. (11/08/2017)

Fire engine sparks excitement at Marsden Preschool

A definite highlight for Preschool this week was the very exciting visit by the Karori fire fighters and their big red engine. They spoke about fire safety and then opened up the truck for our students to explore and even try using the CB radio. Very cool! (11/08/2017)

Fiji Service Trip Remarkable
Marsden students on Service Trip to Fiji
14 senior students, with teachers Christine Barlow and Liz Woolley, had a truly remarkable time at St James School in Levuka on our annual Fiji Service Trip. Christine, who has been leading this trip for several years, commented "The experience is amazing rekindling old friendships, seeing the rebuilding and the vegetation improving after the devastation of cyclone Winston." Head Girl, Harriet Morrow gained some of her 'warmest yet raw memories' and Meggie Morrison summed it up with these words "I never imagined how truly amazing the experience would be. Every day we were greeted by some of the world's happiest and loveliest children, and they taught me a lot about how little you really need to be content. I made some lifelong friends and memories I will treasure forever!" See more photos on our Facebook page. (09/08/2017)

Amazing Service in Samoa
Marsden School Service Trip to Samoa
Also travelling to the Pacific for a service trip, 13 students, teacher Andrea Stockwell and Chaplain Sarah King had an amazing time at Safotu village in Samoa. They took resources for the homework centre including a data projector and screen, a sound system and polaroid cameras which were really well received. Each afternoon they spent time with their host sisters and families making lifelong friendships. Afterwards Milly Brunel reflected "Unlike any other school experience- this trip has the ability to change perspective and influence virtuous behaviour in all aspects of our life. Although it's a learning experience for them, we take more away from it than they do".  See more photos on our Facebook page. (10/08/2017)

Suitcase Entrepreneur inspires at Mother/Daughter Dinner
OG Natalie Sisson with &10 Marsden students
Old Girl and 'suitcase entrepreneur' Natalie Sisson delivered an inspiring presentation at the Y10 mother daughter dinner last night about finding a career that enables you to follow your passions. Natalie has followed the sun for the last seven years, visiting 70 countries while managing her online business anywhere from Vancouver to Berlin, Brazil to Laos. Natalie left the girls with much to think about.  For a taste watch Natalie's 2016 TEDx talk the Surprising Truth About Freedom. (08/08/2017)

Junior World Tennis Ranking for Jade
Marsden student, Jade Otway
Congratulations to Jade Otway who competed in four tennis tournaments in Brisbane, making it through to the finals in every competition and picking up her first ITF point and a junior world ranking.  In the first U14 tournament she was runner-up in the singles and made the doubles semi-finals with her twin sister. While sick with a cold in the second tournament, she still made the singles semi and ended up winning the doubles competition with her Australian playing partner. The following two U18 tournaments were development tournaments and Jade made it through to the quarter finals in doubles. She has been asked to trial for the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore and we wish her all the very best. (07/'08/2017)

Old Girl shares Opera experience


What is it really like to be an up-and-coming opera singer? Performing arts students found out when they met with mezzo-soprano OG Bianca Andrew, who shared her experiences and gave them wonderful advice for pursuing their own career in the arts. In addition to being talented, they also need to be articulate, have good business sense and most importantly be a supportive team member. Bianca left Marsden in 2007 and is currently based in London. We were thrilled she took time out to visit us while back in NZ to perform in Manon Lescaut with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. (07/08/2017)

#Create1World success
Anjali and Sariya with their Create1World certificates
Congratulations to Sariya McGrath, who came 2nd in Creative Writing, and Anjali Gentejohann, 3rd in Visual Arts, in the Creative Activism & Global Citizenship#create1world competition run by Massey University Wellington and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies. The conference, competition and think-tank is a platform for senior high school students to use to raise awareness of issues through the arts. Great work girls! (03/08/2017)

Preschool Holiday Programme
Marsden Preschoolers make pizza in the holiday programme
What a busy and fun schedule our staff arranged for students signed up for the Preschool holiday programme. On Monday they made ice-cream and and created patterns with shaving foam. On Tuesday they engineered electrical circuits and checked out the challenging Primary playground. Wednesday they brought in their teddy bears for a special picnic and Thursday was Popcorn and Postman Pat movie day. They topped it all off on Friday with pizza making. Phew, that was the holidays! See more photos on the Preschool news page. (03/08/2017)

EUREKA Award Finalist
Marsden Student Neakiry Kivi a finalist in the EUREKA Awards
EUREKA and more congratulations for Neakiry Kivi! She is one of 12 national finalists in the EUREKA Awards and will compete for the premier award and the right to be known as the Sir Paul Callaghan Young Science Communicator of the Year. This award has been designed to showcase the talents of young students who speak inspirationally and with great passion about the future opportunities for NZ from the application of science, technology, engineering and maths innovations. The final will be held in Wellington on Friday 8 September and we wish Neakiry all the very best. Watch her presentation Reinventing Solar: The Solution is Clear. (01/08/2017)


Commonwealth Youth Bronze
Marsden student, Imogen Skelton wins bronze at Youth Commonwealth Games
Huge congratulations to Imogen Skelton who has won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the high jump at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas during the holidays. Imogen had a fabulous competition achieving most of her first attempt jumps, and improving each time to finish with a personal best of 1.76m, securing third place. Wow! Hear what Imogen had to say just after the event. (31/07/3027)

Plastics Petition goes to Parliament
Marsden students present anti plastics petition to Grant Robertson
Social Action Campaigners, Bella O'Meeghan, Cici Davie, Maggie Dai, Imogen Skelton and Lauren Benseman (not pictured) presented their petition to Labour MP Grant Robertson on the steps of Parliament on 27 July. Their campaign seeking to impose a levy on plastic bags nationwide received 17,877 signatures. We are incredibly proud of our girls' determination to highlight this issue and look forward to a positive response from our country's leaders! (31/07/2017)


Katherine Mansfield Fundraiser

Katherine Mansfield was a student at Fitzherbert Terrace School from 1900-1902 and Marsden is delighted to be the venue for the latest Katherine Mansfield House & Garden fundraising event 'Bill English Opens the Books' on Tuesday 1 August 2017 5:30-7pm. Come and enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés with the Prime Minister and hear him speak about his love of literature. Get tickets now. (18/07/2017)

Here are a couple of of the last Term 2 News items in case you missed them.

Commonwealth Youth Games

We wish Imogen Skelton all the very best as she heads to the Bahamas for the Commonwealth Youth Games from July 17-23. She is hoping to beat her 1.74m personal best in the high jump. Imogen is part of the 34 strong New Zealand team and joins 1300 competitors representing 70 countries. Go Imogen! Read stuff article. (12/07/2017)


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)

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