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)

Digitech at ANZ Workshop

Our Year 11, 12 and 13 Digital Technology students attended a two and a half day workshop run by members of the technology team at ANZ bank. They built a simple chatbot waiter for a restaurant and are now developing a user interface for an application that will feature it. In the process they gained valuable experience of the planning and development methods used to develop real world applications, including "Agile" and UX (user experience design). A number of young graduates are mentoring our girls, which makes the idea of a future in the tech industry a realistic and exciting ambition. (05/07/2019)

Glow in the Dark Masks

Displaying some wonderful creativity for Matariki, Year 8 students have created Glow in the Dark Taniwha masks, which are very effectively on show in the Dark Room upstairs in the Art House. (04/07/2019)

CREST Projects on display

Year 9 have been working hard on their CREST Science Fair projects this term and have them displayed in the Cultural Centre until Friday. Official judging is on Thursday with winners submitted to NIWA Science Fair competition in September. (04/07/19)

Artist in Residence Exhibition Opens

It was a wonderful evening on Friday at the opening of the Artist in Residence 'In the Round' Exhibition at the Portrait Gallery. Welcomed by Principal Narelle Umbers a large appreciative crowd greeted Marsden's 2019 Artist in Residence, Margaret Tolland with acclaim as she described her recent residency and the exciting work achieved with the Students. This year's residency was in partnership with Zealandia with portraits of members of the Zealandia community on show. Zealandia's CEO Paul Atkins remarked on being intrigued by the idea of a portrait that portrays something about what is inside his head rather than the outside appearance commenting that these were portraits of people who show passion, commitment, perseverance, care, optimism and love (for the world we live in). Marsden's kapa  haka group concluded a joyous welcome. The exhibition continues at the Portrait Gallery until 20 July. See more photos on our Facebook page. (03/07/2019)

Fantastic Pentangular Tournament

Our Marsden teams had a great Pentangular tournament  in the Hawkes Bay last week, with St Matthews, Nga Tawa and Iona College, hosted by Woodford House in Havelock North.  The competition was good and our girls were all fantastic ambassadors for Marsden. Our football team came second, the hockey girls did well against some really strong hockey-playing schools and our netball team won for the 7th year in a row! Which meant Marsden finished second overall! Well played!  (02/07/2019)

U13 Wellington Hockey Reps

Wellington Hockey has announced its U13 Reps and Emily Allen and Charlotte Merwood have both made the Wellington Girls A team – Collier! Congratulations!  (02/07/2019)

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)

Silver Medal for Piano Playing

Congratulations Isabella Thwaites Y7 on winning a silver medal in the Grade 3/4 piano category at the Piano Plus Festival 2019, organised by the Wellington Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers. Isabella had to perform 3 pieces, and if you were fortunate to be at our recent itinerant music concert you will have heard a couple of them. She is pictured with piano teacher, Irene Lau. (01/07/2019)

Preschool celebrate Matariki

Over the last 2 weeks Preschool students have been focusing on Matariki with lots of Māori language, stories, arts and crafts. Flax weaving was a particularly fun challenge and baking star shaped biscuits was a huge hit! On Monday the class had an exciting outing to the magical Matariki Glow Show at Te Papa. They loved this glow-in-the-dark puppet show with 45 giant characters from Māori myth and legend.  Ka pai Preschool! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. Ka pai Preschool! (28/06/2019)

Maze Tag Enhances Wellbeing

Y11 PE students had finished with internals but the gym was in use so they went to Benburn Park and had a spontaneous maze tag game – nothing like a bit of vitamin D and fun at the park to enhance #visiblewellbeing (26/06/2019)

Purple Power Week

It was fantastic to have Green Party MP and Iranian/Kiwi lawyer and activist Golriz Ghahraman talk to students at lunchtime as part of Purple Power week.  Golriz had some fantastic messages for young women about the importance of female representation in law-making, about the gender pay gap and about activism. Thanks to Tegan and Grace for organising this inspiring event. (26/06/2018)

Underwater Hockey Gold

Our Senior combined and Junior Underwater Hockey teams played in the 3-day Central Zone Secondary Schools UWH Championships at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre last weekend. For both teams their training efforts with coaches James Keating and Abigail Burdon really paid off with lots of fun games.
In particular, our Juniors had a massive tournament winning all 6 games decisively scoring multiple goals to become gold medal champs and winners of the Junior Girls' Cup. Their defence was outstanding as they blocked all opponents from scoring one goal against them! Narelle and Joe Umbers were among the excited supporters as our girls took out the final! Congratulations to: Charlotte Cinque, Holly Dixon, Emma Egley, Amy Harvey-Green, Catherine Rombel, Mila Smith, Jade Stapleton, Tiffany Kenyon and coaches. They now turn their attention to the National Championships in September which will also be in Wellington. Best of luck!  (26/06/2019)

City Mission Winter Food Appeal

The cold weather and increased costs that come during the winter months have an effect on many families and individuals across the Wellington region. Marsden would like to help, by collecting food for the City Mission's Winter Appeal. If every student and staff member brings in one food item from the City Mission's list, we could fill enough bags to help 40 families. This Winter Food Drive begins on Friday 28th June, and will run for the rest of the term – just one week. How much difference can we make in one week, for our Wellington neighbours? See for the food list. (25/06/2019)

International Tennis Title

Congratulations to Jade Otway who successfully won the ITF Girls Doubles title in Thailand with her partner Elys Ventura! Way to go Jade! (25/06/2019)

Year 13 Father Daughter Breakfast

Year 13 students, their dads and staff had a very happy breakfast this morning - sharing a great year of leadership and camaraderie. (25/06/2019)

Ahi Kā – Matariki ki Poneke

Year 8 students took part in the Ahi Kā – Matariki ki Poneke event on Friday night. With the lanterns they made in a workshop earlier this year, our students joined other regional schools for the Nga Wai Piāta (Streams of Light) procession along the Wellington waterfront. A beautiful way to celebrate the Māori New Year, with ahi (fire), friends and whānau. (24/06/2019)

Photographic Challenge

Olivia Boulieris is a keen photographer and took part in an unique collaboration over the weekend, the Project 7:30 Street Exhibition. Photographers took photos around the streets of Wellington then edited, printed and displayed them for sale at Shed 6 with proceeds to Ronald MacDonald House Wellington. How great to see Olivia using her skills for charity. (24/06/2019)

Year 6 Rocket Challenge

Year 6 students have been having a blast! This term they have been involved in the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge, designing, building and ultimately launching a water rocket. They learnt about Newton’s Laws and the forces at work in space and rocketry, working through 7 project modules, covering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The photos are from their final blast off. (20/06/2019)

World Refugee Day

Marsden Heads of Service Jemma Henneveld, Jemimah Middelkoop, Annabel Walsh, Sophie Brown, and Heads of Given for You Ellie Bann and Aishlin Brown were so pleased to have organised 22 volunteers to help at the Red Cross's 'World Refugee Day' event on Saturday. Former refugee families from many parts of the world were welcomed to this event where our girls ran a range of activities along with a shared lunch and performance by Newtown school's Kapa haka group. Our girls ran origami, nail painting, rock painting, potato and egg races, soccer, bubbles and the highlight Jump Jam. Today the world now celebrates 'World Refugee Day' and it is fantastic to take the time to be grateful for what we have and think about how we can support others in vulnerable situations. See more photos on our Facebook page. (20/06/2019)

Drone Drivers

The Year 9 Digital and Robotics class have just passed their Drone Driver's Licence! To pass, they had to familiarise themselves with NZ civil aviation laws, then complete a quiz and sign a contract saying they would comply with the laws when flying a drone. Only then were they allowed to fly the drones, which of course was the highlight! (19/06/2019)

Given for You delivers Swim Kits

Ellie, co-head of our resident charity Given for You, and Hanna one of our most active volunteers delivered 150 swim kits to St Anne's School on Friday to enable all their students to participate in swimming lessons next term. The Principal was over the moon and the Y8s who helped us unload the van couldn't wait to get a look at their new kits. We reflected on how rewarding being a part of this amazing charity has been for all our volunteers and calculate that over 150 lunchtime hours have been volunteered this year alone. (19/06/2019)

Showquest Wellington WearableArt Award

Jill Allen, a Y12 Textiles Technology student, won the Showquest Wellington 2019 WearableArt Award last night. Showquest (formerly Rockquest) has partnered with World of WearableArt for this new competition. Modelled by fellow student Leila Barber, Jill's dramatic garment titled 'Monster Under My Bed' personifies the idea of growing out of childhood fears. According to Jill 'this metaphorical monster lies deceased underneath teenage beds, with its skull exposed and its dead fur accumulating the discarded and forgotten joys of Childhood (teddy bears, barbies, blankies etc)' Congratulations Jill, your creativity to make this imagined garment a reality is outstanding! (18/06/2019)

Chamber Music Competition Update

Three chamber music groups with Marsden girls in them have progressed to the Central Regional Finals to be held in Napier 22 June. A total of 12 groups from the lower North Island will play and from these, the national semi-finalists will be announced. Congratulations to Tre Regazze with Freya McKeich Y9, Rerekē with Amelia Isac Y12 and 3.1 Miles with Grace Chan Y11 and Joyce Chan Y9. It's great to have so many players going to regional finals and we wish them all the best! (17/06/2019)

Teddies at Preschool

Preschool children brought their favourite soft toy in for the day to enjoy a Teddy Bears' Picnic as part of their inquiry into food. Their 'special friends' also tagged along for reading time with their Primary buddies. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (17/06/2019)

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)

Success at Chinese Proficiency Competition

Two Marsden language students did very well at the 12th Regional Chinese Bridge Speech Competition held in the Adam Auditorium at the Wellington City Gallery on 7 June. Mia Vachon Y10 was second out of 35 contestants in the Junior category and Cassandra Truscott Y11 was third in the senior category with 27 contestants. They will travel to Christchurch in August to compete in the national Chinese Bridge Speech Competition and we wish them all the best for the challenge ahead. (11/06/2019)

Prizewinning Rowers

We applaud our top rowers who received awards at the SMRC Prizegiving last week. Ellie Morrison, Laura Hausman, Eva Whitfield, Georgia Rich, Madison Taylor and Rosie Marsh have all had a great season on the water, congratulations girls! For full details of their prizes see (11/06/2019)

Kapa Haka to open Conference

We are thrilled for our Kapa Haka girls who have been invited to open the Independent Schools New Zealand Conference later in the year. What a wonderful opportunity for this cultural group that is growing in numbers, enthusiasm and performance skills under the guidance and encouragement of their student leaders. Nepia Takuira-Mita, Araraina Takuira-Mita and Tuia Tapuke led them beautifully at the Showcase concert last week. (10/06/2019)

Chamber Music Awards

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is an annual secondary school musical event held throughout the country. Four groups with Marsden students competed at the Wellington district final over the weekend. Three of them were recalled to perform again and received awards! Congratulations to:
  • 3.1 Miles Trio, including Grace Chan Y11 and Joyce Chan Y9 were Highly Commended. 
  • Rereke Trio, including Amelia Isac Y12 were Highly Commended and received a KBB award. 
  • Tre Ragazze Trio, including Freya Mckeich Y9 receiveda KBB award. 
  • 40 Hour Quartet including Tiffany Diana Kenyon Y10 performed on Saturday.
KBB Music Awards are presented to groups at District Rounds who the adjudicators' judge to be striving for excellence in their music making. Even though the trios didn't progress to the national final it’s a notable achievement for these musicians! Bravo! (10/06/2019)

Rugby in Pyjamas!

Preschool students enjoyed a 'slumber party' dressup day to support the Samoan Service Trip, helping to raise funds for resources for senior students to take with them in July. They also enjoyed their first RugbyTots session in the old gym, learning oval ball skills and even trying goal kicking, which is not as easy as the All Blacks make it look!   Happily they all gave it a go! (10/06/2019)

Showcase Concert

Over 100 girls participated in the Showcase Concert on Thursday night. Handbells, ukuleles, flutes, guitars, cellos featured, along with fabulous singing from our choirs and kapa haka. The wonderful support the girls gave to each other, cheering and singing along made the evening very special. It was brilliant to see the all the phones light up for the Ukuladies version of Firelight. All musicians should be very proud of their performances. We are grateful to our senior students and adult musicians who run groups in school, thank you. To all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the variety and styles on show. See our facebook page for more photos. (07/06/2019)

Learning about Guzheng

Thank you to Qian Nan from Te Aro school who kindly came in to work with our Year 8 students on playing the Guzheng, also known as a Chinese zither. The Guzheng was especially popular in ancient China over 2,500 years ago. It was a privilege to hear her play this amazing instrument. (07/06/2019)

Artist works with Primary Students

Artist in Residence, Margaret Tolland has been working with students throughout the school during her residency. By holding workshops with girls in Years 1-6 and sharing her passion for the natural world, Margaret inspired them to really observe different leaf forms, their shape, colour and texture and to draw and paint what they saw. The result? Each Primary child's leaf represents their individual signature which will be combined into one big collaborative piece of art to show their commitment to looking after New Zealand's environment. (06/06/2019)

Taupo Trip for International Students

Our Y11 International students joined others from the WPEN collective (Marsden, Scots and Chilton) on a weekend adventure to the central plateau. As well as experiencing a different part of the country, the aim was to give them skills to help them study, including time management, concentration exercises, team building, communication and presentation skills. The resulting rewards for their weekend study involved a beautiful kayak across the lake to the Māori rock carvings, soaking up the sights and smells of a geothermal park and cycling and hiking up to Huka Falls. The hot pools at the accommodation centre were an added bonus for those tired kayaking arms. A great weekend enjoyed by all. (06/06/2019)

Chess Club

The Chess Club meets on Wednesday lunchtime in the Waihanga Space. Beginners are learning the basics and players with more experience are learning the relative value of the pieces when 'checkmate' has been removed as an objective. The king in this game is simply valued on its power alone. (06/06/2019)

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)

Wellington Netball Reps

We warmly congratulate all our netball girls who have been selected for Wellington representative teams. According to Director of Sport, Eliott Brooks, the number of successful Marsden players chosen for rep teams is 'unprecedented'.  Read full article ... 
Pictured: Inserts (L to R) Laura Hausmann, Eva Whitfield, Araraina Takuira-Mita, Zoe Hannah
Back (L to R) Rachel Albiston, Charlotte Strowger-Turnock, Grace Masseurs
Front (L to R) Emily Wong, Georgia Rich, Sarah Guiney, Saro Thomson   (05/06/2019)

Winter Project Delivers

Josie and Araraina from The Winter Project delivered clothes, coats and blankets on Friday to a couple of schools in the Wellington region. The staff and students were thrilled to have some extra warm clothes for those who might need them. Thanks to the generosity of so many for donating! (04/06/2019)

Principal for a Day

For one lucky student, Caitlin Gordon, experiencing life as Marsden Principal was a reality last week. Caitlin's family won the bid for 'Principal for a Day' at the Gala Day Silent Auction and on Tuesday Caitlin teamed up with Principal, Narelle Umbers for the day, visiting the Preschool, Primary and Marsden Whitby. How fascinating to see school from a different perspective! (04/06/2019)

Atissime and the Angels

Altissime gave an amazing performance in St Mary of Angels on Tuesday night. Organised by the Wellington Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, the 'Altissime and the Angels' concert included a mixture of choir, solo and small group performances and a solo by Maaike Christie-Beekman (Director of Altissime), accompanied by Rachel Thompson on the piano. It was a great opportunity for members of the public to hear our super vocalists perform in a beautiful setting. Bravo girls! (31/05/2019)

Old Girl wins tertiary Chinese Proficiency competition

Recent Old Girl, Annabelle Jessop has won the tertiary category of the 2019 Auckland Hanyuqiao Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition and will travel to China in July to compete there. This is not the first time Annabelle has represented New Zealand in China! In 2015, while at Marsden, she travelled to China to compete in the secondary school category and received a 1 year full Scholarship to study there. In 2018 she went as an observer for the University category. In her email to us Annabelle thanked Marsden Chinese Teacher, Jing Ying Herrington, saying: "This wouldn't have been possible without your help training me to do my speech and talent! Thank you so much." Congratulations Annabelle, it just gets better and better, and we are so proud of you! View winners here (30/05/2019)

Innovative Young Minds

We are proud of Y11 girls Grace Kerr and Trinity Hunt who have been selected from over 150 applicants to attend the Innovative Young Minds programme in July - and receive $550 sponsorship each as well. IYM offers the opportunity to explore diverse study and career opportunities in science and technology and talk to amazing women leaders and innovators about their personal experiences in science and tech. We can't wait to hear all about it and see what these girls are inspired to do next. (28/05/2019)

French Trip Magnifique!

We heard from our Year 11 and 12 French students at assembly this week about the fantastic time they had in New Caledonia in the April holidays. They were truly immersed in French culture, being billeted with host families and attending language school. Staff were impressed by their willingness to practise their French, their positive attitude and sense of humour. A highlight was the trip to Amedee Island where many got to swim with turtles. Magnifique! For more photos visit our Facebook page.  (28/05/2019)

Memorial Day

Marsden students attended the United States Memorial Day service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and met US Ambassador Scott Brown. From left to right: Angel Cinco-Sligh, Ambassador Scott Brown, Kate Thomason, and Elizabeth Cayenne-McCall. (28/05/2019)

Visiting Educators

It was a privilege to host Dr Yinuo Li, and other educators from China on Friday. Dr Li is head of the China division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a global thought leader. These Year 12 students enjoyed morning tea with Dr Li, sharing their views on education. (24/05/2019)

Spirit Week

Mr Whippy and a bouncy castle on the field at lunchtime today, the grand finale to Spirit Week organised by senior girls. A fun end to a busy week! (24/05/2019)

Hockey Representatives

Congratulations to the 6 talented Marsden 1st XI hockey girls who will represent Wellington and the wider region in the U18 age group. Maia Shackelford and Kate Thomason will play for the U18 Capital Team and Ida Brown, Skylar McClelland, Nika Reichert and Nina Simmonds will play for the U18 Wellington team. Director of Sport Eliott Brookes said, “I’ve watched these girls develop their skills over their years at Marsden, it takes a great deal of training and support to play at this level." All the hard work has paid off, well done girls! (23/05/2019)

Dr Jane Goodall at Marsden

What a privilege to welcome world renowned primatologist and scientist, Dr Jane Goodall to Marsden as part of her 'Rewind the Future' NZ Tour. Students and teachers from 15 Primary and Secondary schools in the greater Wellington region joined Marsden students for a special 'Roots & Shoots' workshop. Dr Goodall, or Dr Jane as she refers to herself, was welcomed with a waiata by our Kapa Haka girls. She planted a Feijoa tree in the Science garden which, Principal Narelle Umbers announced, has been renamed in her honour "The Dr Jane Goodall Science and Community garden". The Marsden Roots & Shoots group have committed to continuing to plant fruit trees or bushes in the garden and foster collaboration between other schools on joint environmental action projects. Read more ... (21/05/2019)

Artist in Residence

This year’s Marsden Artist in Residence is renowned Illustrator Margaret Tolland. She is spending 6 weeks at the school, creating her own body of conservationist works and inspiring students from Preschool to Year 13.  Margaret’s Exhibition ‘In the Round’ will feature conservationist views from the perspective of eight ‘conservation champions’ associated with Karori’s Zealandia. The large original works, along with prints, cards and student work, will be on display and for sale at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Customhouse Quay in Wellington, 28 June – 20 July. About her residency Margaret says: "I feel honoured to be part of the Marsden whānau. I feel really creative in the space there." Read more ... (20/05/2019)

Changing Inspiration with Victor Huang

We were delighted to welcome Social Entrepreneur, Victor Huang, as our Marsden Innovation Series speaker this morning. A self-confessed nerd, Victor became a visual storyteller for 20 years but after a life-changing trip decided to trade his animation career for a "life that maximises happiness", spending time with his loved ones and working for something 'bigger'. Victor is the brother-in-law of Old Girls' Natalie and Stephanie Chin. It was lovely to see them back at school this morning along with Victor's wife Vanessa (pictured above). Read more ...  (20/05/2019)

Pink Shirt Day

Fantastic to see the girls embracing the anti-bullying message and the shirts for pink shirt day. Their message was loud and clear! (17/05/2019)

Swim success

Five members of the Marsden swim team recently competed at the North Island Secondary Schools (NISS) championships at Palmerston North.  The NISS is the start of the school swimming season which culminates in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships to be held in Hamilton in September. Despite having only a small team of five swimmers, Marsden came second overall in the girls team competition. Top three individual placings in their age group included Tilly Dassanayake (200 Medley, 200 Back and 100 Back), Estee Jacobs (100m Fly, 100 Free and 50 Fly), Molly Player (200 Back and 200 Medley), Gabriella Jacobs (200m Fly) and Laura Jones (200 Medley).  In addition to the individual successes, the relay team of Gabriella, Laura, Tilly and Estee came second in the girls Open 4 x 50m Freestyle relay. (17/05/2019)

Autumn Art

Preschool students have been making amazing art prints using autumn leaves. They screen print the leaves to get the shape and then use dye for colour. 
Another benefit of all the leaves lying around is that there are lots of insects which have made great specimens for the magnifying glasses. Students also realised that if they held the glasses close up to their faces they could see double images which caused great amusement. (17/05/2019)

Year 11 Parents

It's been lovely to have our Year 11 parents at school this week. Year 11 dads and daughters enjoyed a happy breakfast together on Tuesday morning. Narelle Umbers gave a short presentation on Year 11 projects this term and our Year 11 Mums joined us for drinks on Wednesday night. (16/05/2019)

Year 10 Camp

Unfortunately the weather was not great for the start of the Year 10 Camp but the girls embraced the challenge with good spirits. Things improved towards the end of the week so they should have an enjoyable few days before heading home. Awesome teamwork girls! (16/05/2019)

Ngati Awa Monastery

Learning took on a new flavour for all our Year 11s on Friday, as they experienced a day at the Ngati Awa Monastery in Reikorangi. Walking the labyrinth, learning about sustainable community living, sharing homemade bread and homegrown produce and helping out with the chores opened everyone’s eyes to a lifestyle and life choices so different from our own. Thank you for sharing your special place with us! (16/05/2019)

Primary Mothers' Day

Primary students were so happy to share a wonderful morning with their mums on Friday, including a Chapel service, the choir sang an African song, mother and daughter activities in class and morning tea. Our mums are special and we hope they had a very Happy Mothers' Day on Sunday.  See more photos on our Facebook page. (14/05/2019)

Samoa Fundraiser

Get down to Karori BP service station between 9am and 12pm tomorrow (Sat 11 May) and have your car washed by our girls who are fundraising for resources to take to Safotu Village in Samoa this July. Support our students and get a clean car too! (10/05/2019)

KidsLit Quiz

Over 200 competitors representing 52 schools all came together at Marsden this week for the annual KidsLit Quiz. After the final round of challenging questions, there were 2 teams tied so it was down to a sudden death question. Congratulations Papakowhai School, 2019 KidsLit Champions and Tawa Intermediate who were runners up. The Marsden Whitby team finished in the top ten and Marsden Karori ended in the middle of the pack. Thanks to Wayne Mills and Karen Richards for organising this fantastic day. (10/05/2019)

History Trip to Parihaka

Last week Year 11 History students from Karori and Whitby visited Parihaka on a 3 day trip to learn more about the significant historical events that took place there in 1881. On the 5th of November government troops invaded and ransacked the pacifist Māori community and imprisoned its leaders without a trial.  In the shadow of Mount Taranaki our students were welcomed onto Parihaka with a powhiri and stayed the night learning their history from tangata whenua.  They visited significant monuments and stood on the hill where the soldiers placed their canon for the invasion. Read more ... (09/05/2019)

World's First

Audiences will be treated to a world’s first during the upcoming performance of our School musical production of Godspell on 21-24 May. Year 11 student Araraina Takuira-Mita, playing the role of Jesus, has co-translated part of one of the production songs into Māori, which she will be performing. This is a highlight for ‘Godspell’ too, with it being part-performed for the first time in Māori. Araraina has translated a verse and the chorus of the song ‘”Beautiful City”, together with her older sister Kamaia. “It is lovely”, she said “it allowed me to put a little of myself into my character”.  Read Scoop article ...  Tickets to Godspell are on sale now through our website. (09/05/2019)

Old Girl advocates for Breast Cancer Sufferers

Yesterday Old Girl Emma Crowley (Y13 2005) was part of a group marching from Civic Square to Parliament protesting Pharmac's unwillingness to fund drugs treating advanced cancers and also petitioning Government to increase the Medicines' budget. Marchers represented a number of organisations supporting those with life threatening diseases. Emma is a breast cancer survivor and Deputy Chair of the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition.  She presented her petition to Marama Davidson MP and co-leader of the Green Party. Read Newshub article ... (08/05/2019)

Technical Crew prepare for Godspell

In preparation for our upcoming production of Godspell, our students have been working hard on the technical aspects. Grace and Julia on the sound desk have learnt how to run a mixer and control backing tracks, multiple instruments and 11 mics at the press of a button, thanks to some training from Chris Harris. Our lighting crew worked with Old Girl Eddie Fraser-Hoskin over the weekend to programme all the lighting cues. They particularly enjoyed experimenting with some amazing LED lights! Our technical production is all run by our students during the show and we are so grateful to Chris and Eddie for the support they give us! (08/05/2019)

Lantern Workshop

What a great time 25 Year 8 students had making LED lanterns with Māori artist Kauri Hawkins, facilitator Natalie Jones and Katie Taylor Duke, the organiser from Wellington City Council. The lanterns will light up the Wellington waterfront at the Matariki Parade on Friday 21 June.  In class the students will also be making Taniwha masks to wear on the night. Thank you Kauri, Natalie and Katie for taking a really enjoyable and creative workshop. (07/05/2019)

Winter Project collecting again

Winter is coming and our latest Winter Project team are continuing the great work started in 2015 by collecting winter clothes, blankets, raincoats, polyprops, gloves and beanies to be delivered to schools in our region with families in need. You can help by dropping off items to the Marsden office or by visiting their givealittle page to help them buy good quality jackets to keep Wellingtonians warm and toasty during the winter!  Read Stuff article ... (06/05/2019)

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

We had several teams participating in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at the end of last term, presenting scenes from Romeo & Juliet, Troilus & Cressida and Hamlet. Congratulations to our actors and student directors: Matilda Goldie (Y9), Alaina Wilks (Y12), Leila Barber (Y12) and Juliet Enright (Y13) with assistance from Old Girl Emily Callam. Photo Memory of Light Photography. (06/05/2019)

Outward Bound

Rachel and Ryan from Outward Bound spoke at assembly last Monday about the adventure-packed courses on offer for teens. Grace Masseurs, fresh back from a three week Mind Body and Soul course, can testify to how amazing the Outward Bound experience is. You can check out the details here: (06/05/3029)

Marsden #1 in Wellington for Excellence

NCEA results are finalised and statistical data is now available on the NZQA website. We are proud that, once again, Marsden ranks #1 in Wellington, for the highest percentage of NCEA excellence endorsements, across all year levels. We are thrilled to see the energy and commitment that Marsden girls bring to all that they do and our goal is for each girl to achieve her personal best. It is gratifying to see our students consistently exceeding their original expectations for themselves. For details ... (02/05/2019)

Autumn Leaves are Falling

Preschool students have made the most of Autumn this week, getting outside on the crisp sunny days to gather leaves for a creative project and to enjoy PE on the tennis courts. Lovely to see Head of Preschool Anne Cave leading the warmup by example. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (03/05/209)

Candles for Sri Lanka

At this morning's chapel assembly we remembered the tragedy of recent events in Sri Lanka. A group of our Sri Lankan students read prayers in Sinhalese and Tamil and lit candles as a symbol of the peace that we all pray for. (02/05/2019)

Caring for the Planet

Cassia Percival-Day Y11 has shown she 'walks the talk' when it comes to looking after our planet. Read this fantastic Stuff article on her efforts at home to live a waste free life. We are really proud of the example you set, Cassia! Photo Monique Ford/Stuff (01/05/2019)

Brain Bee Challengers

Congratulations to Ruby Barton, Kasia O'Meara, Caitlin Stapleton and Keisha Wong who have qualified for the second round of the prestigious Brain Bee Challenge to be held in Auckland on 3 July. They will compete as individuals and as a team. (29/04/2019)

Fantastic results for swimmers

Six members of the Marsden Swim Team competed at the National Age Group Championships (NAGS) held in Wellington from the 16th-20th of April.  NAGS is the premier New Zealand swimming meet for 13-18 year olds and brings together the very best youth swimmers in the country.  Heats are swum in the morning and the top ten fastest qualifiers in each age category swim finals in the evening.  Individual highlights for the Marsden girls include:
  • Estee Jacobs; a bronze medal in the 100m free and six finals.  
  • Tilly Dassanayake; three finals.  
  • Molly Player, Samantha Fowler and Gabriella Jacobs one final each.  
  • Laura Jones a top twelve finish.
In addition to swimming individual events the girls also swam relays for their respective clubs (Capital Swim Club and Pirates Swim Club).  Attention now turns to the North Island Secondary School Championships to be held in Palmerston North in May. (29/04/2019)

Jemma off to Asia Science Camp

We are thrilled for Jemma Henneveld who has been chosen for the 11th Asia Science Camp in Guangdong, China from 28 July to 3 August. The Royal Society Te Apārangi selects only five students nationally to attend this highly regarded forum. Organised by China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the programme will include lectures from Nobel Laureates, science workshops, discussion sessions, excursions and social activities. With the theme Science, Youth and the Future, the goal is to encourage thousands of young people in Asia and across the world to participate in science exploration, to improve the lives of people. (18/04/2019)

Bonjour from Noumea!

Bonjour! Our French Language students are having a fabulous time in Noumea, practising their French with their host families, in their language lessons and around town. The weather has been beautiful too! (18/04/2019)

New Music Coding Program

The Music Department has a great new music coding program for our Year 7 students. The OSMO Jam program allows students to compose through coding musical patterns into the program to generate a multi-layered piece of music. The girls are having heaps of fun creating their own beats. (16/04/2019)

New Choir Robes

The Primary Chapel Choir were so proud to be wearing their new choir robes at the end of Term Communion Service at St Marys Church. The Chapel Choir is pictured here with MPA Chair Catherine Stewart and past MPA Chair Megan Lloyd Evans. The Parents' Association generously funded the new robes which were expertly made by Kimberley Day.  Many thanks to all, the girls looked amazing and sang beautifully. (12/04/2019)

Year 9 Ancestry Projects

Year 6 students enjoyed checking out some of the amazing Ancestry Projects adorning the corridors. Our Year 9 Social Science students have researched and presented information on how their family or culture has impacted New Zealand. The projects highlight the diversity of cultures that make up our nation and our school community and the unique contributions that each of those cultures has made.  See more photos on our Facebook page. (12/04/2019)

Year 3 Sports Fest

On Tuesday Marsden hosted 140 x Year 3 students from 7 Wellington schools for a round robin of fun events. There were 7 stations set up on the tennis courts, field, and in the new gym, which were run by our Year 9 and 10 students. The sun shone and everyone really enjoyed this friendly interschool sportsfest. (11/04/2019)

National Unicorn Day

Senior students helped our Primary Year 1 and 2 classes prepare for National Unicorn Day on Tuesday. They came laden with corns (hats) and all sorts of decorations to bedazzle the hats. (11/04/2019)

Altissime perform at Cathedral

Altissime are performing their first concert of the year on Friday at the Cathedral in Molesworth St as part of their 'Thank God it's Friday' series. The performance will run from 12.45 to 1.15pm. Entry is by koha and proceeds will go to Victim Support for Christchurch. If you're in the city over lunch time, this would be a delightful half hour break in your day. (11/04/2019)

News Archive

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