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Space School launches for 8 students

Our eagles have landed safely in Houston! 8 lucky Marsden students have arrived and had their first briefing at the start of their 14 day CASE Junior Space School Programme. Lucca Bridgman, Olivia and Madison Farrelly, Emma Groom, Sophie Kennedy, Natalie More, Caitlin Stapleton and Tabea Ulrich are accompanied on this mission by expedition leader Adair Grant. (10/12/2018)

2018 Dux Announced

We are delighted to announce the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Dux for 2018 is Anjali Gentejohann. It takes extraordinary talent and dedication to be a Marsden Dux and we warmly congratulate Anjali and Lauren Benseman who is Proxime Accessit to the Dux. List of Year 13 and Special Awards here. Congratulations to all prize winners announced last night. Enjoy a well deserved break! (06/12/2018)

Old Girls represent NZ

We were excited to hear there are 2 Marsden Old Girls, Maddy Hazelton and Alex Mair, in Japan representing NZ at the 17th Asian Women's Handball Championship. It will be a tough tournament, but an amazing experience for them! (06/12/2018)

Santa visits Primary

The joy was evident on our students faces when Santa and his helpers visited Marsden Primary this week, even the teachers were excited to see their special visitors. See more photos on our Facebook page. (05/12/2018)

Hour of Code

Marsden students participated in an 'Hour of Code' on 3 December as part of computer science week. Designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, it has become a worldwide phenomena and is supported by over 200,000 educators around the globe. Read more ... (05/12/2018)

Farewell to Lifetimers

We celebrated a "lifetime at Marsden" with 6 of our Y13s and their families yesterday. Megan, Lauren, Briana, Jessica, Sarah and Hannah have been with us since Preschool. Thank you for choosing a Marsden education, we have loved having you here all these years and look forward to following your progress as Old Girls! (04/12/2018)

EPro8 Challenge Winners

Our Y7/8 'Marsden Victorious' team lived up to their name last night winning the regional Grand Final and being crowned 2018 EPro8 Challenge Champions. Congratulations Maya Koning, Louisa Boyer, Eloise Lambrechtsen and Nadia Vinaccia you worked so well together as a team! (04/11/2018)

Primary tell Nativity Story

Primary students treated their audience to an adorable retelling of the nativity story at their Prizegiving service yesterday. See more photos on our Facebook page. (04/11/2018)

Emerging Business Highly Commended

Four years ago Old Girl India Korner and her husband Steven (at right) founded Method, a recycling business. They have transformed the humble waste bin into a thing of beauty. Its award-winning 60L Office Recycling Bins are designed to provide an effective, flexible and attractive system to promote recycling in modern workplaces. On 8 November, Method was highly commended in ANZs Best Emerging Business category at the NZ International Business Awards. Congratulations! Read more ... (04/12/2018)

Pack the Bus

Marsden students 'packed the bus' for the Wellington City Mission  today. Thank you to everyone who donated. (03/11/2018)

Finding her voice

Old Girl Bianca Andrew has been profiled by Victoria University. After leaving Marsden she studied Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī (NZSM), graduating in 2011. After a few years as a freelance singer in New Zealand and further study in London, she’s now based in Frankfurt where she sings with the world-renowned Oper Frankfurt. Read full article ...  (image credit Bertie Watson). (03/12/2018)

Breakthrough Performance Award

Wow we've heard some amazing news for Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. She has won the prestigious 2018 National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in Leave No Trace. Those also honoured at the Awards include Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Often there is more than one recipient for Breakthrough but this year Thomasin is the only winner. Previous winners include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Gosling and Hilary Swank, to name a few ... HUGE congratulations Tom! (30/11/2018)

Preschool Bike Day

After spending time decorating their helmets and rides, Preschool students took to the courts for their exciting Bike Day. Each student had to navigate around a set obstacle course and then they could enjoy time improving their free-riding skills. A happy day on wheels. (30/11/2018)

Technology Show

Marsden Technology students celebrated their year of creativity with a fun show for parents this week. It was good to see our girls enjoying themselves in front of an audience and the Kapa Haka group were amazing. Thank you to Sarah Wirth and all who supported her in putting on a great show. See more photos on our Facebook page. (29/11/2018)

Speech and Drama

Speech NZ have invited Natalya Lally, Josie Morrison, Grace Kerr and Cassia Percival-Day to apply for a scholarship for Speech and Drama tuition next year. This is a nationwide scholarship and applications are invited from students who have received Honours / Honours Plus in all 3 modules. We wish them every success with their applications. (29/11/2018)

Junior House Drama

Junior House Drama is back after a 21 year break! Heads of Drama Abbie George and Thomasin McKenzie, challenged the Year 9 house captains to create a house play from the fairy-tale provided in just 5 weeks. It had to include 3 wildcards – a particular line, a sound and a prop. The girls rose to the challenge and six clever and humorous interpretations of Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hoodie, Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarves, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel and Cinderella were presented to an appreciative audience of junior students. It was wonderful to see so many girls taking part onstage as well behind the scenes, as stage crew, writing the script, directing, or making the costume and props. Congratulations to Jellicoe for taking out the top prize, with Richmond as the runner up. A big thank you to Old Girl Emily Callam who came and judged the performances! See more photos on our Facebook page. (27/11/2018)

Christmas Dressup Day

There's no denying Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate Preschool students enjoyed a Christmas themed dress-up day. They really got into the mood with some fabulous costumes, decorating the Christmas the tree and having their faces painted. This ties in with their learning this week which has focused on the nativity story. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (23/11/2018)

Y7 Decorate Christmas Tree

We are counting down to the end of the school year and Christmas. Year 7 students decorated the Christmas tree in the foyer and all Year 7-13 students have been asked to bring in donations for the Pack the Bus collection on 3 December in support of the Wellington City Mission Christmas Appeal. ' Tis the season. (23/11/2018)

Gold Duke of Ed Awards

Anne Field was delighted to attend the recent Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards presentation where young Old Girls Tessa Aitken and Tessa Dalgety-Evans received their Gold Award. Well done girls. (20/11/2018)

NZ Floorball Rep

Congratulations to Rachel Bertschinger who has been selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the Women’s World Cup Floorball Qualifiers to be held in Bangkok, Thailand 27 January – 1 February 2019. (20/11/2018)

Junior Cultural Cup

Congratulations to Paige Martin, who received the Junior Cultural Cup today in assembly. Paige has been a member of the Junior Premier A debating team, a dancer in Alice, she performed at the Big Sing as part of the Ad Summa Chorale and has participated in Kapa Haka. She is also a member of the Chinese dance group. Paige is pictured with Ursula Evans and John Dalgety who donated this award. (19/11/2018)

Trip on Cable Car

Preschool students had a great trip on the Wellington Cable Car last week as part of their transport studies. They loved going down the hill and back up again and had the following observations afterwards: "An interesting part was that the cable was moving when the cable car was going" and "I loved the lights in the tunnel because they were sparkly."  They followed this with lunch and enjoyed some time exploring the Botanic Garden playground. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (19/11/2018)

Winners Create1World Music

Huge congratulations to Annabelle Jessop and Kate Dobson on winning the Music category at the Create1World competition and conference yesterday. This competition and conference is run annually by Massey University to encourage us all the use the arts to create social change. Annabelle and Kate's musical rap communicated the message that we should spread the kiwi love in order to achieve world peace. The name of their entry was #spreadthatkiwilove. Gracielli from UNESCO presented them with their 1st prize. (16/11/2018)

Singing Success

Recently, Y12 singer Jemma Chester competed in the NZ Aria singing competitions in Rotorua. In the 16-18 age group she placed 1st in Sacred/Oratorio, and 2nd in Own Selection and also in Folk/Traditional. She also sang in the 16-21 age group and received some very favourable comments from the adjudicators. Well done Jemma! (16/11/2018)

Kids Sing

The Larks and Chapel choir gave wonderful performances at Kids Sing at St Marks School in front of other junior school choirs from around Wellington. Kids Sing is the primary version of the Big Sing celebrating young choirs without the competition. Bravo girls! (16/11/2018)

Broadway Junior Experience

Anabel Jamieson was one of 40 NZ students who attended a Broadway Junior Pilot Programme in Auckland recently. They learnt and produced the newest Disney Jr Theatre show ‘Newsies’, in five days (10 hour days). The performance was filmed for Disney, who will use the production to fine tune the final worldwide musical theatre release of this show in approximately 18 months. From this experience, Anabel has been offered a place in the Kiwi All Stars performance troupe representing NZ who will travel to New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles in January 2020. She will attend Broadway performances and acting workshops, perform, receive feedback, attend skill development workshops presented by the world's best teaching artists, watch performances of brand new musicals and get advice from celebrity guests. She will also attend an exclusive Disney Performing Arts workshop. Congratulations Anabel we are thrilled for you! (15/11/2018)

Creativity Challenge

A whole morning dedicated to creativity has inspired the girls in each year group (7 to 10) to explore their own take on the theme Are We There Yet? - a response to the 125 suffrage celebrations. Their creations have been amazingly diverse, colourful, thought-provoking and fun. Minecraft, song composition, plays, augmented reality, t-shirt design, poetry, cake decorating, robotics and art installations are just some of the things we have seen over the last few days. See more photos of some of the fabulous responses to the Creativity Challenge on our Facebook page. (15/11/2018)

William Pike Challenge

What a stunning day for the final William Pike Challenge. Our Y8 students look like they are working beautifully as a group to really ace this kayaking challenge! Well done girls! (14/11/2018)

Model UN

The Marsden Model UN for Y10 students from Karori and Whitby was held today. Students vigorously debated a resolution on the treatment of refugees and whether they could do better to protect former refugees that have settled in their country. The UN Youth moderators from Victoria University were really impressed by our students and how engaged they were! Thank you, fabulous work everyone! (12/11/2018)

LitCrawl with Lizzie Marvelly

On Friday Marsden hosted a LitCrawl session with Lizzie Marvelly and our Year 9 English classes. Lizzie is well known as one of the singers who performs the national anthem at All Blacks matches.  She is also an opinion columnist for the New Zealand Herald, a producer of a web series, a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards and a semi-finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award. Lizzie talked about her new book "The F Word: Growing up Feminist in Aotearoa". Special mention must be made of Molly Player, Lily Loughnan and Wynne McAden who acted as her interviewers for running a fantastic Q and A session. (12/11/2018)

Armistice Day

Winnie Solomon and Tuia Tapuke represented Marsden at Armistice Day celebrations in Wellington yesterday, marking a century since the end of World War One. (12/11/2018)

Preschool Athletics and Sausage Sizzle

We had a fine day for our Preschool Family sausage sizzle, which is held once a term and is a lovely way for parents to get to know one another, and our students always enjoy the sausages! They also participated in the Primary/Preschool Athletics Day on the big field. As well as the sprints our students tried all the events that had been set for the big children, and proved they were more than up for the challenge. We love it that they gave everything a go, well done! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (09/11/2018)

Picked for NZ Netball Development Camp

Congratulations to Rachel Albiston who is one of 50 athletes from around the country invited by Netball New Zealand to take part in January’s 2019 National Development Camp. The group, which was selected, based upon performances at National Age Group Championships, Regional Secondary Schools and NZSS Championships, will be split into five teams to attend the three-day camp in Cambridge. What a fabulous opportunity for Rachel – who is pictured winning the Marsden Netball Club Cup for Senior A MVP at the recent Marsden Sports Awards. (08//11/2018)

Prestigious Science Forum

We are thrilled for Anna Reed Y12 who has been selected to attend the prestigious Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland from 12-26 January 2019. This is a programme for outstanding all round science, maths and technology students who are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level, and is a wonderful opportunity for Anna to extend her learning. Congratulations Anna. (08/11/2018)

Primary students through to EPro8 Semis

Congratulations to Year 5/6 students Isabella Boyer, Hineteohorere Tapuku, Asha Todd and Sasha Lambrechtsen who embraced the engineering challenges in the EPro8 Competition to finish in third place. Well done girls!  They go on to compete in the semi-finals on Wednesday 21st November and we wish them all the very best. See more photos in the Primary media gallery.  (07/11/2018)

Wellington Council Youth Forum

A small group of our Year 9s joined students from other schools at the Wellington City Council Youth Forum today where they learnt about local governance and decision making in relation to future issues for the city. (07/11/2018)

Y8 Social Justice Girls on Fair Go

We are very proud of teacher Callie Ballara and our Year 8 Social Justice students who are trying to change the world! There was a segment on Fair Go last night, in which Kate and Ella lead their soft plastics project all the way to an interview with MP Eugenie Sage. And great to see some of the other remarkable projects get an intro too! Awesome work everyone! Follow this link to TVNZ on Demand Fair Go https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/fair-go. (06/11/2018)

Primary Athletic Sports

Finally we had some sunshine and a fabulous day for the Primary athletic sports. It was great to see our students really putting their best effort into the sprints and other challenges, while also having fun and enthusiastically supporting their houses. Well done everyone, a great day! See more photos in the Primary media gallery. (06/11/2018)

Nominated for Top Acting Award

We are delighted to hear that Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie has been nominated for a top acting award for her role in Leave No Trace. She is up for Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Independent Film Awards which will be handed out in New York on 26 November. Read Stuff article. (05/11/2018)

Year 7 and 8 at EPro8

We had four Year 7/8 teams competing in EPro8 last night. This 2.5 hour engineering, problem solving and innovation challenge involves great communication and collaboration as they race to invent and build large sized structures that can complete simple tasks. Well done girls on your effort. (02/11/2018)

Y7 Band impress

Although it is a little quieter with our seniors on study leave, there's still plenty of buzz around the school. The Year 7 band played en masse in the auditorium, showing just how far they have come from the beginning of the year when most had never played a wind instrument. This is a credit to our amazing specialist music teachers and to this great group of girls who have worked so hard to learn something new. Lots of failing and trying again throughout the year, well done girls! (02/11/2018)

Braving the Bouncy Castle

Our Year 13 students made a big impression organising a bouncy castle on the field for their last day. This was fun for them but also proved a huge hit for our Preschool students, and was definitely the highlight of their week. Back in the Preschool classroom they have explored electrical circuits and enjoyed some new outdoors equipment (in between rain showers!). See more photos in the Term 4 Week 3 media gallery. (02/11/2018)

Year 13s Last Day

Three cheers for our Year 13s who creatively decorated school for their final day! There was even a bouncy castle on the field which Primary and Preschool really loved! Starting the day with communion, followed by strawberries and cream (thanks to our Old Girls) and finishing with a BBQ lunch - today was ALL about our leavers. Girls, you have been such an awesome year group, it's going to be very quiet around here without you! (31/10/2018)

Innovation at Amazon

What a fabulous start to our Marsden Innovation Series on Monday 29 October. Thank you to Jonathon Meichtry, Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services for showing us how creative thinking, inventiveness and the willingness to experiment and fail are behind some of the world’s most exciting innovations. Jonathon was wonderfully assisted by his daughters. Thank you again, you have given us much to think about. See news article ... (29/10/2018)

Preschool training for Athletics Sports

Week 2 at Preschool has focused mainly on preparation for athletics sports. Our students have been jumping over hurdles, throwing vortex balls, and trying sack racing, getting ready for the Primary/Preschool Athletic Sports day. We have continued with our transport theme with floor puzzles and programming the Bee Bots to travel along a road and Little Dribblers came for another fun soccer session. See more photos in the Preschool Term 4 Week 2 media gallery. (29/10/2018)

Staff vs Student Debate

The Staff vs Student debate was highly entertaining, somewhat enlightening and a very close contest, but in the end the students arguing FOR were victorious in the age old debate, that Age Matters. (26/10/2018)

Wellington U13 Hockey Development

Charlotte Merwood Y7 was selected for the Wellington U13 Rawleigh Development Hockey Team which competed at the Rawleigh tournament in Levin during the school holidays. There were 10 teams from from across central New Zealand. The Wellington team progressed through the competition unbeaten (1 of only 2 teams unbeaten), eventually finishing in 5th place. Congratulations Charlotte. (29/10/2018)

Old Girls Day and Hall of Fame

We are excited to have our Old Girls back at school today, a special day that includes the MOGA AGM, school tours and a decade 'ending in 8' dinner.  As well we celebrate our newest Marsden Hall of Fame Laureates announced in assembly, congratulations to Dorothy Brown (posthumously), Nina Hall, Gemma New and Janne Shewan, your varied contributions to society have made a real difference. It was lovely to have Rachel Brown, (Dorothy Brown's daughter) and Kim New (Gemma's mother) on hand to receive the Hall of Fame awards on their behalf, along with Janne Shewan who has done so much behind the scenes for Marsden Old Girls. Unfortunately Nina Hall was unable to join us today.

We would like to thank our fabulous guest speaker and Old Girl, Lauren Quaintance. Lauren has a background in journalism and has edited some of Australasia’s most high profile magazines including Metro and Sunday magazine. In 2013 she launched Storyation an award-winning content marketing agency in Sydney and last month Lauren was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the B&T Women in Media Awards in Sydney. 

The newly remodelled dance studio has been renamed the Rua Chandler Dance Studio, after a much loved teacher/deputy head at Marsden. Many Old Girls remember her fondly. Jennifer Evans, who runs her dance company in the space, received the name plaque.

Also during assembly our new Marsden Strategic Plan 2019-2021 was officially launched by Principal Narelle Umbers. The plan is included in the 2018 WORD from Marsden, which has been emailed to families and Old Girls today. Hard copies will be sent to those who have indicated they would like one, or you can view the Strategic Plan online here.  

What a wonderful morning. Thank you to all involved in the planning of Old Girls' Day and a special thank you to our Old Girls who came back to visit today, it was lovely to see you all.  (26/10/2018)

Marsden Sports Awards

Congratulations to Jade Otway, Marsden Sportswoman of the Year, announced at the Sports Awards Dinner last night. Jade has represented Wellington and NZ in numerous tournaments throughout the year winning a number of championships both here and overseas. Also on the night we presented our top sports awards, including coach and volunteer of the year and we congratulate all recipients. A great night celebrating sport at Marsden. See sports website for details. (25/10/2018)

Ballet Workshop

Primary students enjoyed a workshop with members of the Royal New Zealand Ballet this week. (26/10/2018)

Otago Uni Senior Science Quiz

Several Marsden students have done extremely well in the University of Otago Senior Science Quiz. Piyali Sharma, Anjali Gentejohann and Lauren Benseman all gained Distinction. Nika Reichert, Shambhavi Choudhury and Jemma Henneveld gained Merit. The quiz is designed to test logical thought, general knowledge and scientific skills with monetary prizes divided among the highest achievers. Awesome work girls! (25/10/2018)

2019 Student Leaders Announced

Congratulations to our 2019 Head Girl, Tegan Martin and deputy, Grace Masseurs announced at a special assembly today. They will be joined by a fabulous 2019 Head Girls Committee. Full details: https://www.marsden.school.nz/…/oct…/2019-leaders-announced/
Thank you to Bella, Kate and our 2018 student leaders, you have been amazing and will be a hard act to follow. To Tegan, Grace and your new committee we can't wait to see what you bring to your roles next year. (23/10/2018)

Wellington International Students’ Excellence award

Congratulations to Simran Bechan who was one of 14 secondary and tertiary students to be honoured with a Wellington International Students’ Excellence award at Parliament this week. Simran’s citation was for student leadership. It was special that Simran could be joined by her sister Depeeka, and her Dad who came over from Fiji for the occasion. (23/10/2018)

Marsden Innovation Series

The Marsden Innovation Series is an exciting new initiative, bringing innovative speakers to the school to address our Year 9 -13 students, parents, staff and the wider Marsden communy. Our first event on Monday 29 October features two highly engaging speakers, Jonathon Meichtry and MJ Scott, from the e-commerce giant Amazon. They have tailored a presentation exclusively for us, where they will share their story of the innovative culture at Amazon and the limitless possibilities if you dream big enough. The event will commence for visitors at 8.15am, with tea, coffee and something to eat, followed by the presentation in the Auditorium, with a finish time of 9.30am. Parents with students in any year level of the school are welcome to attend and may invite family, friends and colleagues to this exciting event. There is no cost for this event but we would appreciate it if you could let Alison McManus alison.mcmanus@marsden.school.nz know if you are planning to attend for catering purposes. (18/10/2018)

Social Justice for Māui Dolphins

Year 8 student Wynter Tickle has featured in a schoolnews.co.nz article with her Social Justice project lobbying to protect endangered Māui dolphins from gill and trawl nets by changing the protection zone to waters up to 100m deep around the NZ coastline. We are proud of Wynter and all our Y8 students who tackled a range of topics, including the creation of an Instagram page raising awareness of environmental issues, running a tutorial on how to make your own honey beeswax wraps to cut down on plastic in lunchboxes, and organising a sign language workshop. Read article. (18/10/2018)

Staff celebrate International Gold

Warmest congratulations to our staff singing sensations Anne Winnall (Whitby Director) and Shelley Dalton (Marsden Primary) who are members of the Wellington City Chorus. They have just taken gold and been named 2018 AA Harmony Classic Chorus Champions at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in St Louis, Missouri. Wow! Watch their fabulous performance on Youtube. (18/10/2018)

Preschool Basketball Workshop

Preschoolers started Term 4 with a basketball session with teacher and part-time basketball coach, Sarah Molisa. This is the first time our students have had a basketball workshop and they loved it. Dribbling, passing and catching the size 5 basketballs (which are huge) with great enthusiasm and some skill. Their new topic for this term is "transportation and vehicles" and they've been creative with the topic making colourful car screen prints to brighten up Preschool walls. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (18/10/2018)

Display WOWs

Year 9 and 10 students from Visual Arts and Technology have worked on a variety of projects to create the work in this WOW display that is based on a theme of sustainability and upcycling. The display coincides with our last Open Day for the year on Friday 19 October. Our sincere thanks to Monsignor's Destination Shop and Alison Zikonda and Katy Bagrie. (17/10/2018)

Contender for Youth MP

Ingrid Corbett was one of four students selected recently to contend for the role of Youth MP representing Minister Grant Robertson. She delivered her speech at the Beehive on the importance of mental health awareness amongst young New Zealanders and encouraged everyone to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week.  Although she wasn’t selected, the Minister and those present complimented her on a fine speech. Awesome job Ingrid! (15/10/2018)

MFems 'Are We There Yet?'

After the Suffrage 125 Assembly run by the Student Leaders of MFems, Annabelle, Tegan and Sofia set out to interview women in our community to hear their thoughts on whether 'We Are There Yet'. These interviews have been collated into this digital exhibition https://sites.google.com/view/marsden-are-we-there-yet/home #arewethereyet thanks to the inspiration from #schoolkit and the amazing Auckland Museum exhibition. 
On House Sports day, the compliment, or kind word boxes were placed around the school. These students said their day was brightened by the kind words from another Marsden girl. (11/10/2018)