2018 News

Parumoana Softball Tournament

Our mixed team of Y7 & 8s had a great afternoon at the Parumoana Softball tournament held at Ngati Toa Domain. The sun was out and our team played really well against some of the local schools. We played three games, against Paremata, Discovery and Postgate, and had a great win against Paremata School, with the game being played in true Fairplay spirit. Bailey Symons was Captain, and Player of the Day went to Joshua Morris for some outstanding catches and putting his body on the line at 2nd base! (15/11/18).

"Marsden Whitby Christmas Elves"

It is a Marsden Whitby tradition every year to select four Year 7 students to be our “Christmas Elves”.  Cerys Southward-Ellis, Antonia Reynolds, Bailey Symons and Krystal Gounder had fun decorating the school Christmas tree today. (12/11/2018).

Moto Trialist recognised at the Porirua Sports Awards

Samuel Marsden Whitby pupil and Moto Trial Champion Dylan Ball was this year’s youngest finalist at the Porirua Sports Awards held at the Te Rauparaha Arena on Thursday 8 November. Dylan, also a finalist in the CSW Young Sportsman of the Year awards, is the current New Zealand junior champion in his sport of Moto Trials.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, think of mountain climbing – on a motorbike. Moto Trials riding is a gymnastic motor sport in which motorcycle and rider conquer seemingly impassable terrain with gravity-defying moves.

Dylan won the Open Junior title at the Australian Moto Trials Championships in Adelaide and took out the Solo A Grade competition, against adults, at the same venue. Nationally, Dylan won all the junior titles for the North and South Island Championships over eight rounds, along with a slew of other competitions. (9/11/2018).

Year 13 Leavers' Afternoon Tea

In what has quickly become a very popular tradition Mrs Martine Foster, Director of Development, kindly provided brownies, strawberries and cream on the final afternoon of school for Year 13s. Ms Morgan and Mrs Winnall joined them and great fun was had by all, not only enjoying the food but also reminiscing about early school days. (2/11/2018).

Year 7 and 8 "Ready Set Golf" Programme

Our Y7 & 8s are really enjoying the Ready Set Golf schools programme that started last week. Our students are privileged to have the opportunity to work with instructors Maurice Munro and Shontalia William, from Wellington Golf, to help with their skill development. They are enjoying learning all the elements of golf, but in a modified form that is safe, easy to learn and loads of fun. Students are developing many of the basic physical skills of putting, chipping and driving but also improving their hand eye coordination and balance, as well as using targets to help develop their aim and accuracy. The students are looking forward to their trip to Pauatahanui Golf Club where they will have the opportunity to play modified games and some Ambrose golf too. We hope to continue and develop the golf programme into other year groups in the future. Miss Morrison (5/11/2018)

Sophie to attend dream camp in Silicon Valley

Congratulations to Sophie Miller Y12 who has been accepted for the Innovative Young Minds 2019 Silicon Valley trip! The camp runs for a week in April and explores tech and science business and education facilities in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area. There are currently six girls from New Zealand in attendance. Sophie is very excited as it is a dream of hers to attend Stanford University and the program includes a day at the University.  “I'm sure that attending the trip will encourage me to strive even harder towards my dreams of becoming an innovative engineer” – Sophie Miller (5/11/2018).

CSW Sports Person of the Year Awards Dinner

Marsden Whitby had great success at the College Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards Dinner last night, with Tannith Potgieter and Dylan Ball both being recognised as winners in their respective fields of lawn bowls and moto trials.

Wellington Bowls Association selected Tannith Potgieter as a Senior and Junior Representative this year - the first time this has ever happened.  Tannith was selected as the Wellington 1-5 YR Rep as singles player and winner of the Regional Senior Fours Champion of Champions title and Regional Singles Junior Champion of Champions title.  Tannith qualified for 3 national events this year (pairs, singles & fours), competed in the U18 and U21 New Zealand Lawn Bowls Championships and the U26 Burnside team.

Dylan Ball is the current New Zealand Moto Trial Junior Champion, having won all junior titles for the North and South Island Moto Trial Championships this season.  Dylan won the North Island Expert Champions title, the top NZ grade achievable, and placed 2nd in the Adult 'A' grade competition.  Dylan also claimed the Open Junior title at the Australian Trials Championships in Adelaide and the South Australian Moto Trials Open Solo A grade title.  Dylan was invited to train in Barcelona with former Moto Trial World Champion, Joan Pons and won the Motorcycling NZ Award 'Best Up & Coming Off Road' - the youngest ever to win this award! (5/11/2018).

Sophia dances with the RNZB and WOW

The World of Wearable Art (WOW)
The first thing I thought as I walked through the entrance of the TSB Arena was ‘WOW!”. The space was full of wonderful costumes, hanging up in different compartments. I was amazed by how talented and hard-working the men and women behind these costumes were, with the brains to create such incredible art that someone could wear. Being part of the children’s cast in WOW was brought to life for us by some very talented crew who included the Artistic Director of the show, Malia Johnson, as well as Victoria Columbus, the choreographer, and all the many costume dressers, models and dancers who supported us through this journey. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to work alongside such professional creators in a show that is so special to Wellington. My costume was a full human-size, real-life-looking frog that was made in 1989. It was made of green velvet with a huge metal back brace on the inside supporting a huge frog head that loomed over the top of me - making me very tall when I stood up. It was all one piece like a onesie, making me very hot. My part in the show was to hop like a frog to the middle of the stage at which point I stood up, unzipped the costume and transformed into a princess! After curtseying I paraded off the stage but still with big froggy feet showing under my ball gown.

The Nutcracker
I was also fortunate to have taken part as a child extra in the Wellington performances of ’The Nutcracker’. Getting to dance alongside the Royal New Zealand Ballet company, as well as other enthusiastic and dedicated ballet students, was not only a real pleasure but a fantastic lesson in the amount of planning and organisation that goes into productions such as these.All of the crew were very helpful with giving us tips and corrections and it was an honour to work with Val Caniparoli - a world-renown choreographer from San Francisco. I was fortunate to have had two parts – a Big Mouse in Act 1 and a Bon Bon in Act 2. Both parts allowed me to put my ballet skills into practice in front of a huge audience.I would like to thank Marsden Whitby for being supportive with my taking part in both these shows. They were both inspirational experiences that I will never forget. Sophia Brewerton (9/11/2018).

Nutcracker photos courtesy of Julia Forsyth

Year 7 & 8's visit Harold the Giraffe and the Life Education Van

Y7 & 8 students welcomed Kapa, the Life Education educator, Harold the giraffe and the cool Life Education van on site on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The Year 7s looked at healthy friendships, decision-making, making healthy choices to keep our bodies in balance, linking body needs to stress, the effects of stress on body systems and stress busters, how to combat this. The Year 8s’ focus was on making healthy choices and understanding the effects of substances on the body. They looked at the development of the human brain during puberty and its functions, the effects of taking drugs, strategies for making choices and the importance of delaying our decisions until our brains are fully developed.  The students loved the interactive displays and the groovy lights. Many of our Senior students have mentioned to Miss Morrison how much they miss Harold.  Next year we might have to arrange a senior student time to catch up with him too! J Thanks Harold and Kapa. See you again next year! 
 Kia pai tō rā 
Miss Morrison (31/10/2018).

Senior Musical Showcase

On Friday 19 October, we had our fantastic Senior Showcase Concert! This year we had a range of performers from Year 11 to Year 13, from singing, to playing guitar and drums, to even the saxophone. The evening was hosted by Eddie Couchman and myself, with a music specialist judging, Benjamin McConnell. The first performance of the evening was from Tilly Surrey singing the song ‘Gravity’, a fantastic way to kick off the concert. Tilly was followed by Rose Hurst who played a moving piano piece named ‘Beauley Abbey’. Tareka Khan and Siobhan Mackay-Freeman were the other two singers of the evening, both performing exceptionally well. Luc Hackner played the Saxophone solo followed by Quinn Mortlock-Baty on the drums. As well as our seniors performing, we had two remarkable juniors who performed, Cassandra Mansfield and Thomina Mackay-Freeman. Cassandra played ‘Cool’ on the piano and Thomina sang ‘Skinny Love’. A special congratulations to these two for joining our senior concert and performing phenomenally well. Well done to all who participated, it is always difficult to get up in front of your peers and perform and everyone did this especially well, displaying some incredible talent. Congratulations.
Thomas Couchman, Head of Houses (19/10/2018).

EPro8 Challenge

Congratulations to Scarlet Lynch, Ruby Scott, Sophie Berry and Wynter Tickle who placed 6th at this year's Epro8 Challenge. Terrific work team! (18/10/2018).

Solway Inter-School Dressage

Whitby Equestrian Team competed in the Solway Inter-School Dressage (21/09/2018)

Noah wins Martial Arts Medals

Noah Bennett participated in the 2018 NZ Hapkido Festival and 2nd Oceania Cup, a national martial arts tournament run by the Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy, of which he is a long-standing member.Noah entered in three divisions, and won medals in each:  Bronze for Pattern ('kata'); Silver for Sparring and Gold for Self Defence.  (21/09/2018)

Whitby Community Garden

St Mary’s Anglican Church, Whitby has initiated a community garden project and Marsden Whitby is *very* keen to be involved! Harcourts have sponsored the project and provided planter boxes for the garden, one of which will be dedicated to Samuel Marsden Whitby. In order to get the project up and running, however, we need help from the wider community. This Saturday, August 25 from 1pm, a working bee will be taking place at the church to move soil into the boxes in preparation for planting, so we are calling for student (and parent) volunteers to come and help shift that soil! A free sausage sizzle will be available for all participants. Each volunteer needs to have their own gumboots (or shoes that can get muddy!), water bottle, shovel and preferably a wheelbarrow. A dust mask to avoid inhaling soil particles is also recommended. Any questions, contact Megan Ward - megan.ward@marsdenwhitby.school.nz Looking forward to a big turnout! (20/08/2018)

Super Bowler

Tannith Potgieter Y12 received 3 awards at the Johnsonville Bowling Club Annual Prize giving held on Friday 18 May  - Most Improved Junior Player, Club Champ Singles 1-5 years and Club Champ 4's.
She also received 2 further awards from the Wellington Bowls Annual Awards  - Regional  Champ of Champ Singles 1-5 and Regional  Champ of Champions 4's.

National Swimming Results

Wynter Tickle, Y8,  did well at the Swimming New Zealand Division II competition in March placing 17th in 200m breaststroke and 24th in 100m individual medley. Wynter’s races were 13 & under so she placed well against girls, some nearly 14 years of age.  
In the  16 and over category, Thomas Lee, Y12, gained gold in 100m breaststroke and 4th in 50m breaststroke and 4th in 50.  Todd Bishop, Y12, gained bronze in 100m breaststroke, silver in 100m IM, Bronze in 4 x 50m medley relay, 3rd in 50m breaststroke, Thomas Lee 4th in same race and Phoebe Lee 5th in 50m breaststroke. Then Todd Bishop and Thomas Lee  gained  bronze in the 4 x 100m relay (Todd swimming breastroke and Thomas butterfly) and bronze in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay. Thomas gained gold in 200m breastroke and Todd silver in the 50m freestyle. 

Bailey pitches up a win

On Sunday 18th March 2018, Bailey Symons Y7 participated in a softball tournament at Fraser Park in Hutt Valley.  It was a Western Bays Under 13 Girls invitational team. They played 3 games, winning 2 out of 3 and finishing 2nd overall in the tournament.  Well done!

Multiple Equestrian Placings for Maddie

Congratulations to Maddie Leslie Y11 who had a huge 3 days of riding and heat in Hastings recently and placed in all classes as follows:
Rising star saddle hunter pony 138-148cm - 2nd
Rising star saddle hunter pony of the year 138-148cm - 5th sash
Level 2 pony dressage title class 2d - 5th
Level 2 pony title Musical freestyle - 6th sash
Level 2 pony overall championship - 4th sash

Lupe Volunteers at X Games

Lupe Aitogi-Paese, Y12, volunteered at the recent Discovery School X Games, following a call for helpers from our student community. The very well organised event was a great success and Lupe and Mum had lots of fun, running the popular pulled pork pita and salad food stall, as well as running some games to relieve other volunteers and enjoying meeting people from different walks of life. Great work Lupe!

Catriona wins class

Catriona McCann Whittington Y12 had a great weekend of shooting at the Kiwitea Champs and won her class.

New Rowing Gear

Blake Paynter Y11 had a great weekend of rowing at Korokoro for the McLachlan Shield. This was the first event that Blake was able to wear his new rowsuit and represent Marsden Whitby as a single entity.He had a great weekend, rowing in a single scull, double scull and a quad.  He came third in the single scull and came second in the double scull by about 100mm over 2km!  Their quad was in the U18 age bracket, so racing as a 14 year old is a great achievement. The conditions were pretty rough with a bit of wave surfing going on whilst they were in the double!  A great weekend for the new Marsden Whitby team of one!!

Delightful Dressage

Another big weekend for Madeleine Leslie Y11 who won Level 2 Champion riding Classic Beauty during the 2 day Wellington Dressage Summer Series.

Dylan rides at Motorfest

Dylan Ball Y9 was invited to ride at the Mike Pero Motorfest at Hampton Downs over the weekend.  He rides motor trials and is a multiple NZ and Australian junior champion.  Motor trials involves balance, throttle control and skill, amongst other things, but not speed.  You need to get up, over or around obstacles with the least amount of dropped points to win.  Dylan rode amazingly well and came third the first day and second overall yesterday, by the smallest of margins.  He was riding against seven other adults, two of which were ex NZ champions so that was a great achievement.  The crowd loved watching and were amazed that he was only 13.

Super Pitcher

Bailey Symons Y7 made the Wellington Under 13 Girls' Softball Team and took part in a tournament in Whanganui last weekend.

Long Jump Qualifier

Well done to Greta Gilbert Y8 who has qualified for the AWD Regional College Athletics in long jump. She recorded a 2.15m. She and Brinn Robinson Y12, both competed very strongly in their events.

NZ Festival Ambassador

Congratulations to Thomas Morum Kelly Y11 who has been selected as one of twelve secondary school students from the Wellington Region to become a New Zealand Festival Student Ambassador.  Students were selected due to having a keen interest in performing, writing, directing, journalism or sharing their story through social media.  Student ambassadors begin their journey with training in mobile journalism, writing, editing and podcasting.

Sailing News

Last year at the Port of Marlborough Champs both Mawgan Bailey Y11 and Ciaran Bailey Y9 were challenged and did well.  Ciaran came second in his beginners green fleet and Mawgan was well placed in the open fleet, up against sailors of National champ standard.  For his endeavours at Picton 2017, Mawgan was awarded the David Lambert prize for Courage and Perserverance by Paremata Boating Club at the annual prize giving in May last year.

Great Results for Rowers

Ethan Laplanche Y13 competed at the Wanganui Champs and won 2 silver medals and a gold. He competed in double sculls, coxed quad, coxed four and coxed eight. 
A great weekend of rowing again for Blake Paynter Y11 at the Whanganui Champs. Blake secured spots in the A finals and brought home a silver medal and 2 bronze medals for the weekend.  He covered all options rowing in a single scull, double scull, coxed and uncoxed quad and an eight!

Bowls Singles Champion

A great weekend of bowls - Tannith Potgieter Y12 won the Junior Singles Championship for her club, Johnsonville Bowlng Club, and will now proceed to champ of champ Junior  regional Singles.

BMX Trophy

Congratulations to Olivia Levens Y12 who recently received a trophy for placing second at the Wellington BMX Champs 2018.

Maddie wins Novice Junior Rider

Well done to Madeleine Leslie Y11 for winning Novice Junior Rider, Champion Novice Saddle Hunter Pony and for being first in all of her Saddle Hunter Pony Classes at the Dannevirke A & P.

Green Belt for Alfie

Congratulations to Alfie Gater Y8 who has gained the rank of 4th Kyu Green Belt, after 18 months of training and a tough 2 hour grading session.  Alfie is now attending adult sparring classes, working towards his Brown Belt.

Diploma in Public Speaking

Qiyun Goh Y13 has successfully completed his Diploma in Public Speaking from Trinity College and is working on Round 2 of the Biology Olympiad this term.  In 2017 Qiyun was a member of the Samuel Marsden Rifle Team which competed in the Wellington and Hutt Valley competition where the team placed 5th out of 15 schools.  In D Grade New Zealand Secondary Schools' Shooting Championship (SSS Champs) Qiyun placed 9th out of 32.

Rowing Rewards for Blake

Blake Paynter Y11 had a busy summer of rowing!  Porirua Rowing Club secured 3rd place B Final Mens' Intermediate 4+ in the North Island Club Champs at Lake Karapiro.  Nice work Elliot, Caleb, Alex, Blake and Ben.  Awesome effort and a great race to watch!  The Intermediate classification has no age limit and comprises primarily of rowers in the first few years of rowing and generally a lot older than our crew here.

Shooting Success

Catriona McCann Whittington Y12 is the regional and national NZ target rifle Tyro champion. She was presented with her second gold medal on Saturday night...which also happened to be her 17th birthday. She is absolutely wrapped!  At 900 and 1000 yards she scored higher than the two members of the (adult) Japanese National Squad.

2017 Dux announced

A week of wonderful positive events with which to finish the year. Congratulations to all who crossed the stage on Tuesday evening but particularly our Proxime Accessit, Katie Daly, and Dux, Nico Hackner. Thank you to the fabulous singers and musicians for such spine-tingling and joyful performances. Well done to all the students who braved the 30 degree heat on Wednesday and went out collecting rubbish and tidying up our local environment. You made a huge difference! Farewell and all the best to your Year 13s of 2017 and thank you for your tremendous contribution to our school this year. 

New Leadership Team

Welcome to the new Year 13s and to our new Student Leadership Team 2018 – Head Boy, Kian Knight, Head Girl, Liri Salz, Deputy Head Boy, Qiyun Goh, and Deputy Head Girl Courtney McAllister. We look forward to working with you next year. (19/12/2017)

Callum accepted into NZ School of Dance

Callum Walker, Y10, has been accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance Associate Programme for 2018.  It was a nationwide audition so represents an amazing achievement for him.  Congratulations Callum! 

Hawkes Bay A&P Show Success

Well done to Maddie Leslie Y10 & Millie at the Hawkes Bay Royal A & P Dressage Competition this week. She won Level 1C Pony Dressage with a score of 67.115%, Level 2B Pony Dressage scoring 62.661% and came second in Level 2C Pony Dressage with 65% which was the first time that they had ever ridden that test. Thank you to our sponsor The Horsewear House for supporting this combination. Millie now loves peanut butter sandwiches.