2019 Old Girls' News

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Old Girls return to help at school

Abbie George (back row, 4th from left)
Two Old Girls returned to Marsden recently to help at a couple of events. Abbie George did a fabulous job as judge at  Junior House Drama and former Cultural Captain, Tessa Dalgety-Evans, presented the Junior Cultural Cup to Katelyn Sturman Y10 for her involvement in music, debating and drama this year. The cup was originally donated by Tessa's parents. It was so lovely to see Abbie and Tessa again. (28/11/2019)

Duke of Ed Gold Awards for Old Girls

Huge congratulations to Marsden Old Girls Isabella Warner, Kate Dobson, Amy Cooper and Olivia Hartshorne on receiving their Gold Duke of Ed Awards this week. Presenter and guest speaker, Kate McIlroy (also a MOG) spoke about the importance of resilience and the ability to overcome setbacks and that in completing the Gold Award they will have had to overcome many, many challenges. It was so lovely to have them all back at Marsden. (Pictured with Kate Mc and Anne Field who was delighted to be at the presentation.) (22/11/2019)

Strawberries and Cream for Leavers

Thank you to the Marsden Old Girls Association for providing strawberries and ice cream for morning tea on our Year 13 Leavers' last day. They loved it. (04/11/2019)

2019 Hall of Fame Laureates

We are thrilled that Rosalba Finnerty, Christina Inglis, Julia Morison (absent) and Maraea Rakuraku have joined our Hall of Fame as this year's laureates, the announcement is a highlight of Old Girls Day assembly and an acknowledgment of these women and the outstanding contribution they have made in their respective fields. Congratulations! You can read our laureates' citations here https://marsden.ultranet.school.nz/Web/4846/
It's wonderful to have our decade '9' Old Girls with us for the day and dinner tonight, so lovely to catch up with you all.  See more photos on our Facebook page. (01/11/2019)

Thomasin's latest movie

We are delighted for Old Girl Thomasin McKenzie (Year 13, 2018) whose latest movie 'Jojo Rabbit' directed by Taika Waititi has already had some great reviews, winning the People's Choice at the Toronto International Film Festival. It opens in Wellington next Thursday if you were interested in seeing it. Here's the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4McUzXfFI (17/10/2019)

MOGs meet at World congress

It's a small world when 3 out of 4 Kiwis attending the World Congress on Genetic Counselling in the UK are Marsden Old Girls! Nadia Preitner works in London, Alison McEwan in Sydney and Hayley Green works in Boston and all obviously loving their amazing jobs. They wanted to shout out to Marsden girls who are interested in getting into this "exciting profession!" Thanks for sharing Hayley, we love hearing what our MOGs are up to! (14/10/2019)

Catching Up in Auckland

The last of Narelle and Anne's Excellent Adventures found them in Auckland last weekend firstly for drinks at Pilkingtons Bar and then lunch at Kings School, generously hosted by OG Carolyn Prebble. They had such a fantastic time reconnecting with everyone, including former Head of Primary, Judy Paape. (01/10/2019)

Meeting Wellington Old Girls

Narelle and Anne's excellent trip continued with a happy get together of Old Girls at St John's bar in Wellington on Friday. Next week they head to Auckland on the final leg of their Excellent Adventure tour. (23/09/2019)

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)

Apprentice to Royal NZ Ballet

Huge congratulations to Old Girl Lara Flannery who has been appointed as a Royal New Zealand Ballet Apprentice. Lara appeared for the first time with the company in 'Bold Moves' over the weekend. Lara (left) is pictured here with Artistic Director Patricia Barker and fellow dancer Cadence Barrack. Image by Stephen A'Court. www.rnzb.org.nz/shows/bold-moves/  (27/08/2019)

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)

Calling Old Girls of Decade '9'

Calling all Old Girls who were in the 4th form/Y10 in a year ending in '9' (1959, 69, 79, 89, 99 etc) it's your turn to celebrate Old Girls Day on 1 November. We'd love you to join us for the day. Register here https://marsden.ultranet.school.nz/Web/4822/   (26/06/2019)

Old Girl wins 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
https://ci.ac.nz/news-events/news/tertiary-winners--hyq2019 (30/05/2019)

Emma 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)

Off to American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Exciting news for young Old Girl, Lara Strong (Y13 2017). She has been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York after auditioning in Melbourne last month. Lara will start in October and do a 4 year course. Many of you will remember her performance as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at Marsden in 2017. Congratulations Lara! (11/04/2019)

Amazing Tech Experience Shared

Welcome back to young Marsden Old Girl Rosanina Estrella, who has been sharing her amazing experiences in the Tech world with our senior Tech students. Nina is a User Experience and Digital Designer with a love of web, mobile design, video production and game design.  She had an incredible year as an Information Design intern at Disney. Nina’s message is to be curious and have a go!  (03/04/2019)

Hayley Green competes in tough World Cross Country Championship

Marsden Old Girl Hayley Green finished 92nd in the Senior Womens Race at the IAAF World Cross Country Champs in Aarhus, Denmark on Saturday. She was 2nd New Zealander home in a field of 120+ although a number of competitors did not finish. Part of the extremely tough course was run on the grass roof of the Moesgaard Museum (pictured). Hayley now lives and works in Boston, USA but is still a member of the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club. (01/04/2019)

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.  Thank you Jessie for sharing your knowledge. (13/03/2019)

Semi-finalist in SheEO Venture Awards

Congratulations to Old Girl Elisha Watson, founder of NISA, who is a semi-finalist in the SheEO Venture Awards. Elisha employs women from refugee backgrounds, giving them meaningful work making lingerie. NISA means 'women' in Arabic, but to Elisha and her team it stands for sisterhood. https://sheeo.world/2018-venture-annc/ (08/02/2019)

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)

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)

It's a small world!

It's a small world! Marsden Whitby student Edward Couchman couldn't believe it when he bumped into Marsden Old Girl, Rose Burrows, while visiting the New Zealand Ambassador on a trip to Berlin during the holidays.  (08/01/2019)