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3 Languages in 1 Lesson

The instructions for our German Language students this week were "Macht ein Foto von jeder Sache, um das Wort in te reo Māori zu finden". And that's exactly what our girls did using Spark's interactive Kupu App that helps people learn Te Reo Māori translations. Start with German, translate to English, take a photo of the object and Kupu helps provide Te Reo Maori translations! Three languages in one lesson! Te mutunga ke mai o te pai, absolutely brilliant! (13/09/2019)

Healthy Digital Outcomes

There's been some great digital outcomes from Y8 PE students who have been working on creating MERGE Cubes following a Health unit on nutrition. What are MERGE Cubes? find out more ...https://www.marsden.school.nz/about/news/2019/september/Healthy-Digital-Outcomes/  (13/09/2019)

Preschool enjoy Parāoa Parai

Maori fried bread is popular kai in Te Ao Māori. Called parāoa parai it is often served with jam or other sweet fillings, but the Preschool children enjoyed it just as it came out of the frypan. Shallow fried in oil, it is definitely a sometimes food! Tino reka te kai! See more photos of their activities during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori in the Preschool Media Gallery. (13/09/2019)

Book Club Cupcake Competition

Who doesn't love a cupcake? Hannah Smith and Ananya Arora are our Head iCentre Monitors and they had the enjoyable task of judging the Junior Book Club Cupcake Competition. Organised by Y9 students, Y7 students baked, iced and decorated some gorgeous cupcakes ... having a huge amount of delicious fun in the process! (13/09/2019)

Narelle and Anne's Excellent Adventure

Narelle Umbers and Anne Field set off on their Excellent 
Adventure Tour this week starting in the South Island. On Monday 
they met up with Old Girls in Dunedin at Ratbags and Innocent 
Bystanders, and had a wonderful campus tour with last year's Head 
Girl Bella, O'Meeghan. Tuesday found them in Christchurch, 
touring the campus there and concluding the day with a lovely catch up with Old Girls at Joe’s Garage. Thanks to all our MOGs for helping to make Narelle and Anne's little adventure, excellent! Their tour to meet Old Girls continues in Wellington on 20 September and Auckland on the 27th and 28th. (13/09/2019)

Success at Goethe Oral Competition

We had a keen bunch of German speakers enter the Goethe Oral Competition again this year. Special congratulations to the following girls who won prizes in their respective categories.
~ Y13: Hannah Smith - 1st
~ Y11: Keisha Wong - 1st=
~ Y9: Liliana O'Connell - 2nd; Rose Chen -3rd
(13/09/2019)

Officially NZ Junior UWH Champs

NZ Junior Girls Underwater Hockey Champions – official photo with medals and cup! A proud moment. E toru nga karanga ki a ratou, 3 cheers for them! (12/09/2019)

Karori Youth Awards

The Karori Youth Awards were held on Tuesday night and we are thrilled for Emily Stewart and Josie Morrison who were recognized for outstanding service to the community. Emily won gold and Josie won a bronze award for their work with the Winter Project. Ka rawe! (12/09/2019)

Recording artists of the future?

Recording artists of the future? Y8 students are learning how to record multiple soundtracks into GarageBand to create a piece of music. Using iPad, MAC and external midi keyboard and effects like reverb, echo and panning the sound, they need to balance the tracks so one track is not overpowering another. He tino uaua tērā, that's very hard! Haere tonu, keep going Y8! (10/09/2019)

Runner Up Award for Impromtu Debaters

Impromptu debating challenges students to speak on a range of topics in a very limited timeframe, they only have minutes to develop ideas into well-structured arguments to persuade the adjudicator. We are delighted for Y9 students Caroline Jones, Lauren Britton and Chloe Sim who were runners up in the regional Young Debaters' Impromptu Cup Tournament during the weekend. Ka rawe, excellent! (10/09/2019)

Larks join Orpheus Chorus

Some of our community may have had the pleasure of seeing the Orpheus Choir of Wellington present Carmina Burana at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday night? The stirring choir were accompanied by an army of percussionists and a children's chorus, including Marsden's Larks Choir. This was a wonderful opportunity for our young singers. (09/09/2019)

Life according to Harold

Harold the Giraffe is visting from the Life Education Trust empowering our Y6 students to make healthy choices.  He is teaching them in a fun way about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition and helpful and harmful substances. Kia ora Harold! (09/09/2019)

NZSS Junior UWH Champions

Kia ora, e te whānau!  We start Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Language Week with some superb news from the pool. Our Junior Underwater Hockey team won a tight and thrilling final game 3-1 against Epsom Girls yesterday to become the New Zealand Secondary Schools Junior Girls UWH Champions. We couldn't be prouder of the hard work, dedication and effort Mila Smith (Cap), Holly Dixon (Vice cap), Emma Egley, Jade Stapleton, Amy Harvey-Green, Tiffany Kenyon, Catherine Rombel, Charlotte Cinque and their coaches James Keating and Abigail Burdon have shown in their quest for gold. They went through the competition unbeaten! Thanks to all supporters poolside and across the airways, we could hear you loud and clear on the live stream! Tino mīharo ngā kotiro amazing girls! (09/09/2019)
Last week’s Tournament Week has possibly been one of Marsden’s most successful to date. We placed 9th in Hockey, 16th in Football, 5th in Netball (qualifying for Nationals!) and Marsden Junior Underwater Hockey team are National Champions!! 

Snr A Netball through to Nationals

Go our Snr A Netball girls! They've had a great tournament this week ending up playing for 5th/6th place against Palmerston North Girls High School, and winning 37-25. Their goal all along has been top 5, as top 5 go to Nationals, so this game was a big deal for them and for Marsden, and they did it, they are through to the Nationals for the first time ever! This week's NISS tournament has seen 32 schools competing in the A Grade from New Plymouth/Hawkes Bay all the way down to Wellington. Thanks for all the wonderful support courtside and beyond. Bring on the Nationals!  (06/09/2019)

Miley the Lamb visits Preschool

We've had a fabulous week in Preschool it was so warm we filled the water trough for the first time since last autumn and the children gravitated to it, loving being able to play with water again. Our current Preschool inquiry is all about dinosaurs, so music teacher Jenny Gould had students acting as dinosaurs and working with a Year 1 partner to follow them or reflect back their movements - a fun session. And for something different, Facilities Manager Todd Hoar brought in his pet lamb Miley for the children to pat and bottle feed, very cute! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (05/09/2019)

Wellington Free Ambulance Raffle

The Jennifer Evans Dance Academy at Marsden has organised a raffle to raise funds for the Wellington Free Ambulance. Pop by the Marsden School Main Reception during school hours to buy your ticket, $2 for one or $5 for three. The lucky winner will get goodies to the value of $800 including delicious food, a host of very special vouchers, and skin and hair care goodies. We’d like to thank the following for their support of this worthwhile cause: New World Karori, Countdown Karori, Karori Mall and Marsden Village Pharmacies, One Fat Bird, the Pickle Jar, Four Square Karori, Gipps St Deli, Logan Brown, Simply Skin, Maggie Potter, Headlines and the Royal NZ Ballet Company. The raffle will be drawn by Marsden Principal Narelle Umbers at the Jennifer Evans Dance Academy choreographic competition and dance demonstration on 22 September. (05/09/2019)

NIWA Science Fair Prizes

Marsden Year 9 students did exceptionally well at the 2019 NIWA Science Fair, scooping 4 out of the 6 available Class 3 awards as well as a raft of highly commended and special prizes. Special mention to Wynter Tickle who won five prizes with her Personal Quake Detector. See all awards here. (05/09/2019)

Lily in World Lacrosse Champs

What an amazing experience Lily Fu had with the New Zealand Lacrosse team playing in the Women's U19 World Championships, which are held every 4 years. They had two warm up games in San Francisco (winning one) before flying to Peterborough, Canada where they played against Germany, Kenya, Scotland, Wales, England, Puerto Rico and Japan, finishing 6th in the world out of 22 teams. Lacrosse is an exhilarating combination of basketball, soccer and hockey which requires coordination and agility and we congratulate Lily on this great result! (she is pictured front row, 3rd from end). (05/09/2019)

Awesome Year 6

Dismantling computer keyboards in the Waihanga to find out what's inside them has absorbed Y6 students recently, 'what does this do?"  "why are the screws magnetic?" all part of their awesome discovery. Continuing the awesomeness in their classrooms, they have started "The Wall of Awesome" as part of #Visible Wellbeing. Every week, each girl is allocated another student in the classroom to write about, what makes that particular student special and "awesome". The girls have enjoyed writing these messages just as much as they have enjoyed receiving them. Visit Primary and checkout the awesome comments for yourself! (04//09/2019)

Great messages from Graci Kim

Innovation Series speaker, Graci Kim had some great messages for Year 6–9 students, parents and students from 5 local schools on Monday. Graci is an author and diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is also responsible for three technology start-ups. Graci began with how she literally ran away with the circus at 16 years old (for 3 weeks)... read more (04/09/2019)

Shooters represent Wellington

After competing against all secondary school shooters in Wellington, Emily Lockery and Cassie Truscott were selected for the Wellington Representative Smallbore Rifle Shooting team. Over the weekend the team competed in an ‘inter-collegiate’ shooting competition against regional teams from Hutt Valley and Manawatu. Both students performed exceptionally well and while Manawatu were too strong on the day, winning the match; our girls gained great experience for future competitions at this elevated level. (03/09/2019)

New Primary Director Appointed

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Jennifer Ioannou has been appointed to the role of Director of Marsden Primary, commencing in January 2020. Jennifer comes with significant leadership experience in a primary school setting, having been Principal at St Anthony’s School in Seatoun for the past 4 years. She is passionate about future-focussed learning, student wellbeing and staff development and we look forward to welcoming her to the school. Read more ... https://www.marsden.school.nz/about/news/2019/august/primary-director-appointed/
(30/08/2019)

Piggy Banks from Recycled Materials

After reading about how to make a piggy bank at the beginning of the term Y4 students were excited to give it a go. Combining their sustainability topic they recycled materials to make their piggy banks. It took a fair amount of resilience and hard work for some very creative results which were presented at junior assembly this week. Be proud girls they look great! (30/08/2019)

Fathers Day Breakfast

It was wonderful to celebrate our Primary and Preschool Dads this morning when 120 Fathers, daughters and preschool sons joined us for breakfast.  Every day should be special for our parents, but we wish all our dads a very happy and extra-special Fathers Day on Sunday.  (29/08/2019)

Planting trees on top of the world

What a spectacular view Y8 students had this morning planting trees up by the Brooklyn wind turbine as service for their William Pike Challenge. (29/08/2019)

Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award

Congratulations to Jemima Dowle, Tegan Martin and Ella Tait who were all finalists in the 2019 Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition. Jemima received a Highly Commended Award and Judge, NZ Novelist Kate Diugnan, said her story had "a snappy, taut tone to it" and she "would love to read more from this writer." Their stories will be featured on the Katherine Mansfield website this week https://www.katherinemansfield.com/about-katherine-mansfield/resources. Well done, we love your creativity girls! (28/08/2019)

Primary Swimming Sports

Primary Swimming Sports last week was won by Fitzherbert. The Year 4 relay team went on to win the Western Zones race too and are through to Interzones. Well done to all our swimmers, it was great to see so many of you in the pool! (28/08/2019)

When dinosaurs roamed the sandpit

Preschool have been putting lots of energy into their mokonui (dinosaur) Inquiry this term digging for dinosaur bones in the sandpit and creating some amazing dinosaur art. They've had a wonderful Chinese lesson learning a fan dance and with it being a Rugby World Cup Year it's great to see them enjoying their RugbyTots session in the Old Gym. Who knows we could be hatching budding players of the future? See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (29/08/2019)

Altissime Excellence

Altissime was one of 12 Secondary School choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in the lower North Island to compete in the inaugural Big Sing Cadenza in Whanganui on 19-20 August. Christie Anderson, Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices, was adjudicator and also led the singers in a series of workshops. The festival culminated in a Gala Concert at the Royal Wanganui Opera House in which all choirs performed one song from their repertoire, as well as the three pieces from the workshops. At the end of the evening, each choir was presented with a Merit, Distinction or Excellence Award and we are thrilled for Altissime who received Excellence. Warmest congratulations to all the girls and their Musical Director, Maaike Christie-Beekman. File photo. (28/08/2019)

Senior A Netball give it everything

What an intense game of netball on Monday night - Marsden vs St Mary’s in the RSSL Division 1 Grand Final. Our girls played so well and the fan support was tremendous, thank you to everyone who turned out. Congratulations to St Mary’s, they narrowly beat us 28-26. Photo Winnie Solomon. (28/08/2019)

Preschool take on Capital GymSports

Preschool students had their annual trip to Capital GymSports in Newtown, working with their coaches and using the exciting gymnastics equipment. Back at school they have been busy making the most of some fine weather to play outside, as well as enjoying baking, dinosaur art, group reading and some awesome fun with the parachute inside. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (28/08/2019)

Amazing Music with Jenny Gould

Anyone who knows our amazing specialist music teacher, Jenny Gould, knows how creative and enthusiastic her teaching is and our students love it. She has been working with Primary through to Year 7 students across a range of topics and techniques. Years 2-3 learnt to play Ode to Joy and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Ocarina, Years 3-4 practiced sign language, Year 5 explored the science of sound, making their own instruments and rhythmic compositions and Year 7 enjoyed some Osmo Jam coding. (28/08/2019)

Junior Underwater Hockey Win League

What fantastic results from our Junior Underwater Hockey girls. On Friday night they won the Wellington Underwater Hockey Association Schools Junior Girls League, beating WGEC1 (10-0 in the semis) and HVHS (12-0 in the final)! They also won the WUHA shield for overall winner in round robin season. Next they compete at Nationals on Thursday 5-8th September here in Wellington at WRAC and we wish them all the best for the competition. (27/08/2019)

Great experience at Mathswell

Our team of six Year 7-8 students gave it everything on Thursday 22 August at the WMA Mathswell Competition. They competed over two rounds, one round of 30 multiple-choice questions and one round of 20 problem-solving questions. While they didn't make the top three, it was a super experience to be surrounded by so many students in the greater Wellington region who are keen mathematicians. Well done Charlotte Cinque, Alex More, Torie Keating, Sophie Zhang, Willa McIver and Valerie Howe. (27/08/2019)

Family sausage sizzle

Each term Preschool enjoys a sausage sizzle to welcome our new Mums, Dad, caregivers and brothers and sisters, so that everyone can get to know each other. Great to see you all there, and the beautiful sunshine was a bonus!
(22/08/19)

Swainson success

The Swainson Memorial Competition held on Tuesday 13 August was a wonderful evening of music for our soloists in voice and instrument. The winner of the Betty Swainson Memorial prize, Anabel Jamieson (Year 11), sang 'Nothing' from A Chorus Line and Highly Commended pianist Milly Isac (Year 12) played a Haydn Sonata. The Nell Clere Scholarship was won by Freya McKeich (Year 9) with her 'cello performance of 'Meditation from Thais' by Massenet and the Highly Commended prize went to Valerie Howe (Year 7) on the violin with Vitali's 'Chaconne in G Minor'. Thank you to our adjudicator Nicole Ting, accompanist Rachel Thomson and all of the students for their wonderful performances. See more photos on our Facebook page ...
(22/08/19)

NZ Eco Fashion Week

Yuki Man and Charlotte Swarbrick created this stunning denim outfit made of 100% recycled materials and modelled by Caline at NZ Eco Fashion Week held at the Lower Hutt Events Centre. Amazing work girls! (21/08/2019)

Pets in Preschool

Animals are always a highlight of the day at Preschool, with even the most tentative risking a pat. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mrs Gordon’s two year old Labrador earlier this term.
(20/08/2019)

Director of Rowing

We are thrilled to welcome Pedro Figueira as our new Director of Rowing. Pedro has an extensive rowing background with 18 years of coaching experience, most recently as the full-time Head Coach at Star Boating Club. He began his coaching career in the UK working for clubs including the London Rowing Club, Oxford University Lightweights and Latymer Upper School before returning to his home country of Portugal to work at the University of Coimbra. After three years at the university Pedro was invited to become National Coach for the Portuguese Rowing Federation, taking several crews to the World Championships at Senior and U23 level. While he was their National Coach Portugal won their first gold medal at a World Cup. Pedro and his family chose to move from Portugal to New Zealand in 2017 so that he could be in “the powerhouse of world rowing.” Arriving in Whanganui, Pedro worked with senior and school athletes at Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club for 18 months. He left there to join his wife and children in Wellington and with his credentials Marsden School is excited to see where he takes the Samuel Marsden rowing programme.
(19/08/2019)

Chinese singing competition

Year 11 Chinese class student Josie Morrison is participating in the National Chinese Singing Competition. Amazing singing Josie! To vote for her just ‘like’ her video ...
(14/08/19)

House Music 2019

One of the highlights of the year is the House Music competition, the new format meant that each House performed twice and parents could attend their daughters' evening performances. The results were announced in the student-run Assembly this week. And the winners are … Baber first, Jellicoe second and Haddie third! Congratulations to everyone involved for their huge effort and enthusiasm and to the adjudicators who had an incredibly difficult task. See all the photos on Facebook ...
(12/08/19)

William Pike visit

William Pike spoke to Marsden and visiting students this week about his personal challenges, challenging yourself and the William Pike Challenge Award which includes Outdoor Activities, Community Service and Passion Projects. The William Pike Challenge Award vision is to grow a world of young explorers that are ready to take on our rapidly evolving world. This group of students are looking forward to doing just that! Thank you too for helping plant two more plants in our Science and Wellbeing Garden!
(08/08/2019)

Environmental leader

Through participation in a BLAKE-Inspire Programme Emily Stewart has become one of the new generation environmentalists addressing environmental issues and driving positive change at Marsden. Her goal is to help the school phase out plastic drink bottles, by leading an initiative to install water bottle filling stations, and making reusable drink bottles available to all students. Well done Emily! We are so proud of you. Read more here ...
(7/08/2019)

Term 3 Primary Leaders

On Monday this week the Primary School celebrated the new leadership positions for Term 3.  Parents were invited to a special Chapel service which was followed by morning tea in the cafeteria. We look forward to what you are planning for Term 3 girls!
(7/08/2019)  

Gemma New soars

Old Girl Gemma New is reaching new heights, again! Gemma is currently Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, and is resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Rave reviews have followed her performance when she was asked to fill in at the last minute for an indisposed conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra. Gemma has already been booked for six major UK orchestras and is now receiving exciting bookings well into the future. We’ve always known Marsden girls soar, Gemma you are an inspiration to us all! PS Gemma’s mother enjoys attending her performances but is still making the time to come along to our own Swainson Competition on 13 August!
(7/08/2019)

National Award for Amelia and Rerekē

Amelia Isac Y12 playing piano with her trio, Rerekē, was one of six groups (from over 400 nationwide) selected for the national finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest over the weekend. Milly has been working this year with Enshean Lin (violin, Palmerston North Girls' High School), and Benedict van Leuven (clarinet, Raphael House Rudolph Steiner School).  As finalists, they played in the Auckland Town Hall on Saturday night, and delivered a spectacular performance of Bartok's Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano. They were awarded the National KBB Award for the best group including a wind instrument. Congratulations Amelia and Rerekē! (06/08/2019)

Preschool Holiday Programme

There were all sorts of fabulous activities for Preschool students during their Holiday programme in the third week of the break. They enjoyed an arts and crafts day, science with electrical circuits, construction, sports and food, always a favourite, as well as whatever their amazing imaginations dreamed up. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (06/08/2019)

Cultural News

Some of our cultural students were busy over the holidays, performing in workshops and competitions, here's a roundup of what they've been up to. https://www.marsden.school.nz/…/…/2019/august/cultural-news/ Bravo girls! You have really made the most of your holidays pursuing your passions.  (05/08/2019)

International Scout Scarf Day

Julia and Louisa Choquette celebrated International Scout Scarf Day on 1 August by wearing their scarves at school. The idea is to make the "spirit of scouting" visible in the community. The scarf is a symbol of the scout promise and their mission to leave the world a better place than they found it. (05/08/2019)

Big Results at Big Sing

We are so proud of our choirs and their results at the regional Big Sing, congratulations you are all stars! Altissime received the following awards:
~ Category 1 NZ piece Adjudicator's Choice (Ave Verum ,Deines) 
~ Category 2 Art Music Dorothy Buchanan Cup (Turot, Kodaly) 
~ Category 3 Highly Commended Certificate (Bring Me Little Water, Ledbetter).
Our student run choir Ad Summa was awarded:
~ Best performance of a student-directed choir (Elle Gibson, Ingrid Corbett and Anna Reed) 
~ Adjudicator's choice for the rhythmic chanting in Wairua (Category 1).

While not progressing as far as the Big Sing Finale, Altissime will perform at Cadenza, which is new this year and the next level in the Big Sing competition. Cadenza enables 36 competing choirs from across NZ to experience the buzz of a Finale-style event. There will be massed workshops with an international choral conductor who will also adjudicate, culminating in a public gala concert. Altissime will join other choirs from the Lower North Island in Whanganui on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August. Now that will be a wondrous experience! (02/08/2019)

GEO Quiz

Testing their skills in general geographic knowledge, 2 teams of Y11 Geo students participated in the Maatangi Whenua Geography Quiz this week. Their challenges included map reading and problem solving against other schools from across Wellington. They also learnt about the amazing geography related projects of current PhD students at Victoria University of Wellington. (01/08/2019)

Fiji Service Trip

Fourteen Y13 students have just returned from an amazing service trip in Fiji. Our girls worked hard throughout the year fundraising for quality resources for the teachers and planning lessons for the pupils of St James Levuka, but nothing prepared them for the special experience they encountered there. The strong relationship our two schools have forged over the years and the bond between the children and our girls made it difficult to leave, with many vowing to return. We are blessed to be able to receive as much, if not more, through our involvement with St James. Vinaka, thank you. (31/07/2019)

Ten Years of Samoan Fellowship

Principal Narelle Umbers accompanied 11 senior students on their service trip to Samoa during the holidays. The team included teachers Sarah Rees-Moore and Fiona Crawford. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Marsden students travelling to Samoa and Sarah had the happy task of delivering messages of love from past trip members. Each day our girls assisted by running a holiday programme at the church, visiting with families in the afternoon, and playing games or helping with homework in the evening. They also gifted each Samoan student a white tee shirt which they helped tie-dye to create a unique memento celebrating the 10 year partnership. Their experience getting to know local families and working with children from surrounding schools was absolutely amazing. Reflecting on the trip, Narelle said: "Calling this a ‘service’ trip seems to imply that we are the ones doing the giving whereas it is clear that in fact the community in Safotu is just as giving, and what we share is a genuine equal partnership or fellowship." Fa'afetai tele lava, thank you very much. Read more ... (31/07/2019)

Thought provoking Cullen Breakfast

Kate, Nika, Thomas and Tannith were inspired to hear from father and daughter team, Professor Roger Clark and Melissa Clark-Reynolds, moderated by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, at this morning's Cullen Breakfast. Their expertise on global issues, ranging from climate change to nuclear disarmament and global politics was stimulating and thought-provoking. We are very appreciative of the generosity of Peter Cullen for his regular invitations to these events, where our students get to hear from some great minds in a real world context. (30/07/2019)

Miss Ladybug and the Spider

Year 1 students put on a delightful play in the final assembly of last term. Miss Ladybug and the Spider was about a garden full of bugs that had to work together to save their friends who were stuck in a spiders web.  Well done girls! (30/07/2019)

National Netball Success

After the thrilling Netball World Cup news this morning, we are delighted to report three Marsden netballers have also enjoyed success! Rachel Albiston, Charlotte Strowger-Turnock, and Grace Masseurs travelled to Invercargill with the U19 Wellington Representative team in the first week of the holidays and they progressed through the national competition unbeaten, winning against Auckland in the finals 44-31. This is the first time in many years that Marsden girls have been selected to travel with the U19 Wellington Rep team for nationals. Congratulations girls!  (22/07/2019)

Mentoring Day

Eleven amazing young women in the workplace spoke at an end-of-term senior student event on the given theme: ‘your degree does not define you’. They threw up the challenge to consider a vast range of exciting and diverse career options. Read more about this fantastic mentoring event. (16/07/2019)

Samoa Service Trip

The Samoa Service Trip girls have arrived safely and all is going well. (12/07/2019)

Reverend Gerald Clark Dies

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Reverend Gerald Clark in Napier. He was Marsden Principal from 1974 until mid-1985. The Marsden Community sends our heartfelt condolences to his wife Noeline and family. May he rest in peace. Read more ... (10/07/2019)

Farewell Director of Primary

Marsden Primary students said an emotional farewell to Director of Primary, Celia McCarthy this morning in a special celebration in the chapel that had been decorated with hearts. There was cake, of course, and speeches, singing and presents, including a beautiful tree picture signed with a fingerprint by every student, and at the end ... a special hug for everyone. Celia is retiring after 19 years at Marsden. She has held a variety of roles during her time here including teaching Year 4 and Year 6 in the Primary School, teaching Maths, English, French and RE in the Middle School and Positive Psychology in the Senior School, and she has undertaken leadership roles as Dean of Middle School and Director of Primary. For 12 years Celia’s leadership of our Primary School has been characterised by strong relationships with staff, students and families, and her caring presence will be missed, along with her ever-present Scottish accent! Celia will be heading to Scotland in late July to spend time with her mother who is entering her 90th year. She was formally farewelled by Staff and the Board this afternoon with much warmth and aroha. Dear Celia we will miss you, all the best for your retirement!  (05/07/2019)

Sadness over Whitby School closure

The Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Trust Board has made the difficult and sad decision to close Marsden School Whitby at the end of the 2019 school year. This decision has no impact on Marsden School in Karori, which has been delivering quality education for girls for the past 141 years. We will continue to have a strong focus on ensuring girls flourish at Marsden in Karori.  Read full news article ... (01/07/2019)

We did it, thanks to you!

We are so grateful for your support for our Visible Wellbeing™ campaign. With your generosity, and the help of our matchers who donated funds to quadruple donations for 24 hours, we have raised $212,800 to implement and extend the Visible Wellbeing™ approach at Marsden. The support of the Marsden community has been overwhelming.  A heartfelt thank you. (14/06/2019)

Visible Wellbeing™ Training

We were delighted to welcome back Professor Lea Waters to further our staff training in Visible Wellbeing™ and to share new wellbeing practice already occurring across the school. Lea's knowledge, guidance and fantastic toolkit are helping us to strengthen and embed practices that will help our girls thrive. Parents at Lea's fantastic evening presentation heard first hand about the importance of making wellbeing a priority at home and school. We are so lucky to be working with Lea in this important area. (05/06/2019)

News Archive

Our 2019 Term 2 news has been moved to the news archive under resource links on this page.