2018 News

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.