News

Wellington Junior Athletics Champs

Congratulations to our junior athletes who had amazing success at the 2019 Athletics Wellington Junior Track & Field Championships held over 2 weekends at Newtown Park. Here are the results we know so far:
  • Hannah Patterson was the fastest 10yr old girl over 100m (pictured left)
  • Phoebe Gray won u13 Steeplechase 1000m and was 3rd in the 1500m 
  • Kate Yu was 1st in 1500m, 3rd in 800m, 3rd in 400m and 3rd in High jump
  • Analin Rudd Analin Rudd Grade 11 - 1st High Jump, 2nd Discus, 2nd Long Jump, 2nd Interclub Points, 3rd Relay Medley, 3rd Grade 14 Relay (pictured right)
  • Ruby Barton was 1st 14yrs 800m and 80m hurdles
(27/03/2019)

Maadi Rowing

Our Maadi rowers are set up and ready to take on the competition on Lake Karapiro. Best of luck girls! (26/03/2019)

Governor General's T20 Cricket Match

There was good natured cricket rivalry at the Basin Reserve on Friday as Andrea Stockwell, Marsden teacher and former Wellington Blaze wicket keeper, took on Marsden Y11 student, Victoria Jackson who had been selected for the Governor General's school girls team. Playing in front of former Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand, the ex-Blaze Players won the T20 match fairly convincingly, scoring 134 to 101. A great afternoon of cricket celebrating the past and future of the women's game with lots of promising young players coming through. (25/03/2019)

Year 11s get motivated!

Thanks to Paul Nicholson from NewZeal who took a fantastic motivational workshop with our Year 11 students empowering them to be their best so they can achieve what they want to. There were many activities and reflections throughout the day but the most impressive was when Paul asked students to write their goals for the year on a 1" thick pine board, then smash it with their bare hands! 'Design It, Slam It, Own It, Focus on It, Reframe It, and Get on with It!' Amazing energy, positivity and self-belief from the girls. (22/03/2019)

Fiji Service Trip Fundraiser

It was quite tropical at school on Thursday as students dressed up in support of the Fiji Service Trip mufti day and BBQ raising funds to buy equipment for St James' School in Levuka.
Primary was a sea of colour!
Even our Preschoolers dressed up to support the cause. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery.  (22/03/2019}

Year 7 Sustainability March

Year 7 are studying sustainability in Social science and while we couldn't give them permission to join the march in town, the students came up with the idea of marching around our local neighbourhood at lunchtime. There was lots of support with people honking their horns as they drove past and shop owners coming out of their shops and cheering our girls on. They had a chant that CC Jackson, one of our students made up:
Stop global warming,
do it for us,
walk around or
take the public bus!
(21/03/2019)

School Strike for Climate March

Climate Change is a burning issue for us all and we applaud the concern shown by young people for the future of our planet.  We had student representatives at the  ‘School Strike 4 Climate NZ’ today but also action at school, from the Year 7 lunchtime protest (as part of their learning about sustainability) to the school-wide 'no packaging lunch day', to remind us of the part we can all play. (15/03/2019)

Talking Books with Jacinda Ardern

Talking Books with Jacinda Ardern was a fabulous fundraiser evening, supporting the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace and hosted here at Marsden. Many staff, senior students and parents were among the audience in the packed auditorium to hear about the books that shaped our Prime Minister, from the Nancy Drew mysteries to the story of Shackleton's failed expedition.  Apparently, Neve, not yet a committed reader, likes to chew on her books at this stage.  Tegan Martin, a self-professed fangirl, was thrilled to be asked to give the vote of thanks. Read more ...  (15/03/2019)

Wheels of Feelings

Taking a moment to stop and identify how we are feeling is one of the Visible Wellbeing™ techniques used by our Year 4 students who have all made Feelings Wheels. They spin the wheel and talk about a time they experienced that particular feeling. (15/03/2019)

Baking for Women's Refuge

Heads and Deputies of Service (Jemma, Jemimah, Annabel and Sophie) took a load of baking to Women's Refuge and the Wellington Night Shelter this week. Thank you to all who contributed. The Women's Refuge was so moved by the number of students and families who made the effort to support them and the work they do with women and their families in Wellington. (15/03/2019)

Sir Peter Blake EnviroLeaders' Forum

We warmly congratulate Emily Stewart who has been selected from over 400 applicants for the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Enviroleaders' Forum. Emily joins 54 other secondary school students, chosen for their passion for the environment, who will attend a week-long leadership development adventure in the Waikato on 12-18 April. This fully funded programme allows students to learn more about the environmental issues related to climate change, our oceans, freshwater, biodiversity, and develop their leadership skills. They will have the opportunity to meet and engage with experts from the Ministry for the Environment, Sir Peter Blake alumni, local and national politicians, as well as business and community leaders. Emily has a strong social conscience and driving need to make a positive difference, and her experience at the Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviroleaders’ Forum should further empower her to do this. (14/03/2019)

Riding and Reading

Week 6 at Preschool has been a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. We enjoyed Bike Day, starting with helmet and bike decoration and progressing to the tennis courts. It was amazing to see several students, with enough confidence, learning to ride a two-wheeler for the first time on Bike Day. We always look forward to our dedicated Library session with Mr O'Connor, time for listening to stories and choosing a book to take home. We get each student to choose a special page from their book to share what they like about it with the others, giving a simple book review. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (14/03/2019)

Research at Zealandia

Art and design students had a productive trip to Zealandia and, despite the rain, got some valuable research done and made drawings from the wonderful exhibits on display. (14/03/2019)

Old Girl Shares Design Process

Students from  Sarah Wirth's Year 12 and 13 Design Technology class visited the studio of Jessie Wong at Yu Mei, today. Jessie is a former Marsden Design Technology student and founder of the luxury leather bag company, Yu Mei. This was wonderful opportunity for our students to see first hand the technological practice of a real design and construction studio space. They asked lots of questions about their own design projects and future career decisions. (13/03/2019)

Year 8 Camp

Word from the Year 8 Camp is that everything is going well and everyone is in good spirits for the walk to Abel Tasman track from Anchorage. They did have rain late yesterday afternoon after their group activities. The silver lining is that it did make the water slide go well! (13/03/2019)

GEO Trip to Kapiti

Year 13 GEO students travelled to the Kapiti Coast to collect data on coastal processes. They took measurements of the waves, wind and sediment, so they could assess the possible impact that human development may have upon the sustainability of the various beaches. eg Does Paekakariki's seawall in fact accelerate erosion of the beach? It will be interesting to hear their conclusions at the end of the study. (13/03/2019)

Visible Wellbeing™ at work

With 5 petals representing their top strengths and 2 leaves of aspiration, Year 11 students have created colourful flower vases that adorn Marsden House corridor and, like real flowers, they benefit from a drop of water. Year 11 Dean, Carolyn Towell was overwhelmed to find a droplet in her vase. She said whoever put it there made her feel "special and amazing, you made my day, thank you!" This is Visible Wellbeing™ at work! (13/03/2019)

NISS Rowing at Karapiro

From the 18 girls who went to NISS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, 11 have qualified for Maadi Cup. Our crews made 2x A finals and 1x B final. Unfortunately, illness struck several of them and they were unable to race or raced while unwell. However, on a brighter note, there was a lot of excitement when World Cup Rowing Champion, Robbie Manson, popped by unexpectedly and spent time answering questions and giving encouragement to our girls. Thanks for dropping by Robbie. (12/03/2019)

Y5 Batik

Year 5 have been working on Batik pictures in the technology room. Using the centuries-old 'wax resist, then dye' process, our students have created beautiful multi-coloured designs. (12/03/2019)

Dragon Boat Festival

Second-rate weather couldn't dampen the first-rate enthusiasm and high fives as our dragon boat girls took to the water on Sunday. They showed such great spirit. The Year 13 team won a silver medal in the B final. Thank you to all the fabulous supporters and Winnie Solomon for the great photos which you can see on our Facebook page. (12/03/2019)

Year 2 create LEGO Algorithms

Year 2 students are learning to create an algorithm using LEGO. They built a simple LEGO structure, then took a picture of the finished piece. They then removed one LEGO block at a time, taking a photo after each removal, until there was only one piece left. By adding the photos to PicCollage and putting them into chronological order, students were able to reconstruct their LEGO structure following the picture algorithm. (11/03/2019)

International Women's Day

Tegan, Grace, Aishlin and Sophie were thrilled to accompany Principal Narelle Umbers to the International Women's Day breakfast at Parliament to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Hon Julie Anne Genter (pictured) and Lawyer activist Steph Dyberg. Meanwhile, Year 12/13 students and tutors watched a live-stream of these empowering speakers during a special breakfast at Marsden. It was so cool for our girls to see these women of influence talking about equality. Jacinda said the moment when she could say "we've done it," would be when gender does not feature in the minds of young women in New Zealand and she implored our girls to not underestimate the impact they have on those around them. Inspiring!  (08/03/2019)
Margaret Adeane, Kate Thomason and Sofia Newton-Urlich celebrated International Women's Day as guests of the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Ewen McDonald, at a special breakfast panel event. (08/03/2019)

Have you filled a bucket today?

Preschool students listened to 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' a guide to happiness that teaches children valuable lessons about giving, sharing and caring. This inspired our students to fill their own buckets with what makes them happy, and how they can make others happy too. A highlight of the week was an impromptu freeform play about princesses and knights, stage managed by Lucy. We love it when our students create something spontaneous as a group, their enthusiasm and imagination is amazing to watch. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery.  (07/03/2019)

FUNdraiser Netball Game

Senior Marsden students challenged Wellington College boys to a friendly netball game as a FUNdraiser for Relay for LIfe and Coll's Runathon. They had tremendous support and, not that it really matters, Marsden girls won! (07/03/2019)

Teddy Bears' Picnic

The bears were out in force at the Primary Teddy Bears' Picnic this week. Big ones, little ones, new and not so new ones! It was lovely to see our Primary girls share special bear moments with our seniors. (07/03/2019)

Gala Raffles Drawn

The Gala House raffles have been drawn! Congratulations to all winners, we will be in touch. (07/03/2019)

Athletics Day

We loved the energy of sports day! From the feisty spirit shown on the track and field to the enthusiasm of the supporters, it was a day to celebrate being active and giving things our best shot.  Sunshine and House Spirit were the icing on the cake AND 4 records were broken! See more photos on our Facebook page. (07/03/2019)

Preparing for Lent

We have been preparing for Lent. Chaplain Sarah King made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday with Preschool and Primary students. Our Year 7 and 8s made prayer jars which were distributed at chapel this morning.  During this service, Primary girls were blessed with ashes before choosing a prayer from their prayer jar. (06/03/2019)

Innovation Series #2 Elly Bray

Elly Bray from Thankyou was our fabulous Marsden Innovation Series Speaker on Monday. We were inspired by her passion and Thankyou’s commitment to making a difference, giving 100% of their profits to their partners across the globe to fight the challenges of poverty. Thank you for sharing with us Elly. Read more ... https://www.marsden.school.nz/…/innovation-series-2-thanky…/ (05/03/2019)

Amazing Gala!

The sun shone, the people came, we had an awesome day for the Gala on Sunday. The phenomenal provisional total of $86,000 will go towards the refurbishment of the Intermediate Block. A massive thank you to all the volunteers, parents, students, staff, Old Girls and Erin Rush and Nigel Solomon from Harcourts, Kath Heather the Gala Convener and everyone who made donations and to the public who came and supported this event. Our community is amazing, you made the Marsden Gala a HUGE success, thank you! See more photos on our Facebook page. (05/03/2019)

Wellbeing Visible at Preschool

It's exciting to see Preschool bringing visible wellbeing into their latest Inquiry topic on 'Our Feelings'. Large emoticons on the floor started a discussion into what each one represented, then students chose one and acted out that feeling. Happy to see lots of smiley faces here! They have been creative and drawn a face showing emotion and also programmed the BeeBot to move to an emoticon of how they were feeling. 
The book 'Big' inspired a visit to the Primary garden to measure each child against the sunflowers and we had a beautiful day for our first Little Dribblers football session. It's been a really happy week at Preschool. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (28/02/2019)

Primary Head Girls

Introducing our Primary Head Girls, Heads of Council, Heads of Fitzherbert, Innes and Sprott Houses and IT monitors. These positions change each term. It's a great way for the girls to polish their leadership skills and to use their strengths across the Primary School. Kia kaha girls! (28/02/2019)

Cullen Breakfast

Maya Nathu and Elle Gibson attended this morning’s Cullen breakfast with Anne Field. Ian Fraser interviewed the current Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson. The minister spoke about the importance of wellbeing and we had the opportunity to speak to him at the conclusion of the event about Marsden’s approach to wellbeing, he was most interested. (27/02/2019)

Dragonboat Fun Day

Our dragon boat teams had heaps of fun and a taste of what's to come at the Harbour Fun Day on Sunday. It was great practice for the ultimate challenge at the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival on 10 March when over 30 schools from all over Aotearoa and Australia will race to determine the champions.  Go Marsden! (27/02/2019)

Cultural Day for Years 1-3

As part of EOTC week Years 1-3 held a cultural day celebrating the different cultures and traditions of our Marsden Primary families. We were lucky to have some parents come and share where they were from. Later students learnt how to make traditional food in the food tech room. They were excited to taste food from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China, South Africa and the United States. Thank you to our wonderful parents for sharing with us. See more photos in the Primary media gallery.  (22/02/2019)

Preschool Family BBQ

It was lovely to welcome Preschool families to our parent BBQ on Friday and share the sun, fun and a good old Kiwi sausie! And taking advantage of the beautiful weather our students enjoyed a fabulous water play day. You could hear the delighted shrieks of laughter as we turned on the sprinkler and added water to our outside equipment - a magic day! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (22/02/2019)

Kapa Haka Festival

What an amazing experience for our Kapa Haka girls to feel the power of Te Matatini ki te ao at Westpac Stadium. We were very proud to support Araraina’s whanau in the opening set of the day. (22/02/2019)

Given For You

Ellie and Aishlin, Student Heads of Given For You, were so pleased to get our first round of baskets completed as well as training new student volunteers today. They help support the Red Cross who are preparing to welcome former refugee families resettling in Wellington. Our Given for You girls are looking forward to a great year ahead! (21/02/2019)

Elly Bray and Thankyou.

On Monday 4 March the Marsden Innovation Series features Elly Bray from social enterprise Thankyou.  Starts at 8:15am until 9:30am with refreshments provided. If you would like to attend please RSVP to sonya.hitchcock@marsden.school.nz before 28 February for catering purposes. (21/02/2019)

Youth MP Select Committee Reps

Ingrid Corbett and Winnie Solomon are both thrilled to be representatives on the Youth MP Select Committee this year. They will be assisting Cherise Perez who is Youth MP for Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance. Ingrid said: "I'm excited to communicate the Marsden voice and give our girls an opportunity to share what they believe is the most prevalent problem to our young people and how we could fix it!" You can read their full comments here. (20/02/2019)

Y1-3 Trip to Somes Island

Years 1-3 are learning about local history, including Wellington Harbour, so they visited Matiu/Somes Island during EOTC Week. Before they went they thought there might be coconut trees, pirates, birds and seals! Now they know it is a sanctuary, a predator free island, powered by a wind turbine. They saw a gecko, cages where little penguins come to sleep, learnt about quarantine and asked the rangers many insightful questions. See more photos in the Primary media gallery and  read more about their trip here ... (19/02/2019)

Picnic on Lawn & Fiji Fundraiser

Thank you to all the families who came to the Picnic on the Lawn and supported the Fiji Fundraiser on Friday night. We're awaiting a final total but it looks like St James School in Fiji will benefit from approximately $1600 raised for resources. An awesome effort everyone! (19/02/2019)

PBs for Junior Swimmers

The 2019 NZ Junior Swim Festival for 12yrs & Under was held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre over the weekend. Charlotte Hall and Grace Masters qualified for the event and both swum personal bests in their races. Grace came 1st in 50m breaststroke and 3rd in 100m breaststroke. Stella Muellner (not pictured) also qualified to attend and won bronze in the 200 breaststroke. Congratulations girls! (19/02/2019)

Lifetime Students

We have eight lifetimers! Jemima Dowle, Samantha George-Neich and Anna Reed have been with us since Year 2 and Jemimah Middelkoop, Hannah Kennedy, Maya Nathu, Emily Stewart and Piyali Sharma have come all the way through from Preschool. It's been so lovely to have you with us and we hope this final year is an absolutely fabulous one for you all! It started in a heartwarming way with some very cute Happy Valentines Hearts from our current Year 1s. (14/02/2019)

Preschool record Treaty

New Zealand recently celebrated the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and this week Marsden Preschool have created a Treaty of their own. Our students were asked a question: "What do we need to do to make Preschool a safe place for everyone?" Their thoughtful responses have been recorded into a Treaty document, which they have all signed with a painted hand-print. 
  • Listen to teachers
  • Be kind
  • Gentle hands
  • Only use kind words
  • Everyone can play
  • Look after new friends 
  • Tidy up the classroom
They also enjoyed the first of, what will become, regular visits to see the monarch caterpillars in the Science Garden - they are getting bigger and will soon turn into chrysalises. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (14/02/2019)

Year 13 Induction

Today we celebrated the induction of our Year 13 students with a special breakfast, Chapel Service and Assembly. It was lovely to have Year 13 parents join us for this event, as their daughters embark on their final year as leaders in the school. Head Girl, Tegan Martin, was honoured with the Marsden Korowai and presented with the Gay Collins Rose Bowl; Cultural Captain Lily Fu received the Jennifer Button Salver and Rachel Albiston, received the Isobel Campbell Cup as Sports Captain. (14/02/2019)

Year 6 Camp

It was great to get photos and news from the Year 6 Camp at Palm Grove. Everyone is having a fantastic time! The weather has been fine and the teamwork and support tackling the confidence course and team challenges has been tremendous. Good work girls! See more photos in the Primary media gallery. (14/02/2019)

Year 8 Learn to Sail

The weather has been beautiful this week for our Year 8 students who are onboard with 'Volvo Learn to Sail' as part of their William Pike Challenge. (12/02/2019)

Leadership Camp

Learning, energy, enthusiasm and laughter are all part of the programme at Year 13 leadership camp. So many ideas for 2019! (12/02/2019)

Nau mai, haere mai!

This morning Marsden welcomed new students, their parents and new staff with a stirring Pōwhiri. Basil Tapuke was kaikōrero for the Marsden tangata whenua and senior student, Tuia Tapuke, as kaikaranga, did a beautiful job of calling in our newest whānau members.Teacher Sarah Molisa as kaikaranga for the manuhiri and new Marsden parent, Derek Kawiti as kaikōrero, responded. It was also great to have Nepia Takuira-Mita, Araraina's father, accompanying us on the guitar. 
 In her welcome, Narelle Umbers, explained the meaning of the words of our school waiata, Hamuera Matene, and talked about the importance of us all being our best selves. What a special start to the year. Nau mai haere mai! (11/02/2019)

Rising Swim Stars

Congratulations to Laura Jones for her selection to the Rising Stars Wellington Swim squad and to Molly Player and Estee Jacobs for their selection to the Wellington Talent Identification squad. Our swimmers also had some great success at Wellington Long Course Champs during Wellington Anniversary weekend.  The teams key successes included: 
  • Molly Player won gold in the 200 backstroke and 400 Individual Medley, bronze 200 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.
  • Estee Jacobs won gold in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 fly, silver in the 400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, bronze in 200 Individual Medley.
  • Gabriella Jacobs won gold in the 100 freestyle, silver in the 50, 100 and 200 fly and 50 freestyle.
  • Laura Jones won bronze in the 200m backstroke.
  • Tilly Dassanayake won silver in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke.
Good luck to the team as they train this term preparing for National Age Groups in April. (11/02/2019)

Tertiary Scholarships

Scholarship results were released this week and congratulations to many of our 2018 Year 13 students who excelled in these exams.  Scholarships were gained across a range of subjects and a number of girls gained Outstanding awards in individual subjects. Special congratulations to Lauren Benseman who gained Scholarship in four subjects, including one Outstanding award.  Lauren achieved this on top of an A* award in Cambridge A levels and brilliant Level 3 results.  She worked incredibly hard and can be proud of her fantastic achievement. See list here ... (11/02/2019)

Visible Wellbeing™ at Marsden

Staff from Karori and Whitby, together with a selection of senior student representatives, attended an intensive 2 day Visible Wellbeing™ workshop at the start of Term 1 with leading positive psychology expert, Professor Lea Waters PhD. As the first school in New Zealand to become a Visible Wellbeing™ School, Marsden is proud to be the lead provider of positive education in the country. We will be applying the skills learnt in this workshop throughout the school and look forward to our next session with Lea in the middle of the year. See more details ... (11/02/2019)

Visit from Hall of Fame Laureate

We had a wonderful visit from OG Nina Hall who has been visiting family over the summer and will be returning to Europe at the end of the week. Nina was inducted into the Marsden Hall of Fame in 2018 for her work in international relations, social justice and the environment. She is also Marsden’s first Rhodes Scholar. Nina is currently an assistant professor in International Relations at John Hopkins University in Bologna with areas of interest including: climate change, politics, the United Nations and women’s rights. Narelle and Anne had a fascinating conversation with Nina on her work on Refugee and Human Rights issues, and New Zealand's role in the World. Thank you for visiting Nina, it was lovely to see you again. (17/01/2019)

Gold in 100m for Hannah

Hannah Patterson Y6 won a gold medal in the G10 100m at the Colgate Games in Dunedin last Saturday. This annual athletics event is open to children from 7-14 years and has a 41 year history. Over 1000 children from the North & South Island and Australia Little Athletics competed in track and field events over three days. Hannah, racing for Karori Children’s Athletics Club, achieved a PB of 14.51s. Congratulations Hannah, a great result in a tough field! (16/01/2018)

Rowing Camp

The rowing camp in Blenheim has started really well. They had a good first day and beautiful second morning on the river, although a windy afternoon meant the opportunity for a great trip up Mt Vernon in the Wither Hills! (16/01/2018)

NZ U16 Champion

While most of us have been relaxing over the break, Jade Otway has been busy competing on the tennis circuit. Following good competitions in Auckland, where she made the NZ 18s semi finals in singles and doubles, and Melbourne, where she didn't get the results she was after, Jade's best results came early this year. She won the NZ 16s national singles and mixed doubles titles and was runner-up in the girls' doubles.  Congratulations Jade on this fabulous result and we wish you all the best for the next three international tournaments in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland!  (16/01/2019)

Old Girl receives Queens Service Medal

We warmly congratulate Old Girl Jackie Clark who was recognised in the New Year's Honours List with a QSM for services to women. Jackie founded the Auckland based charity The Aunties in 2013 and last year was the supreme winner at the Women of Influence Awards. Read citation here ...  Photo credit Oliver Li  (10/01/2018)

Roxy5 Film Screening

Happy New Year! We start 2019 with congratulations to Leila Barber, Jill Allen and Eva Brunel whose entry "Opening Hours" in the Roxy5 Film Competition has been has been selected for “Young & Cinematic” screenings in the Capital E National Arts Festival, at City Gallery Wellington Junior Week 18-22 March. (07/01/2019)

Graduating second at Space School

Amy Riddle had an amazing time at the CASE Senior Space Camp in Houston at the end of last year. Although she was the only senior Marsden student to make the trip, she was teamed up with students from other NZ schools to work together in the Space School challenge. Amy said she was "delighted" when her group was awarded second place at the final graduation ceremony. What a fabulous experience! She is pictured outside Rice University. (07/01/2019)

2018 News Archive

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