History of Old Girls' Day
In the early days Marsden past pupils kept in touch with each other through their column in the school magazine Te Kura (first issued in 1904), the newspapers’ social columns and word of mouth.
In 1909 Miss Baber considered that the Annual Sports day held in November was a suitable time for an annual “get together” of old girls and staff.
With the official formation of the Old Girls ’Association in 1912 she then decided that the annual re-union should include All Saints’ Day, November 1st, when past pupils all over the world would remember their school. Today Old Girls’ Day is generally celebrated on the Friday nearest to All Saints’ Day, and past pupils can plan ahead.
By the 1920s Miss Baber was inviting past pupils to spend the weekend in the Boarding House. This continued until 1939 when wartime rationing limited activities somewhat. The weekend has often involved sporting events – especially tennis, but it is the camaraderie, laughter and storytelling that old girls come back for.
Decade gatherings (on a students 4th Form or Year 10 cohort) began in 1982.
Miss Baber was the first president of the Association and remained so for 24 years, when Miss Clere took over.
Now the School Principal is the Association’s patron maintaining the relationship between the school and its Old Girls.