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2015 News Archive

So much happens in a busy Marsden School year and sometimes it's nice to be able to go back and reflect on some of the amazing things that made our news - you can do that here!

Chief Scouts Award

Marsden Whitby Year 10 student
 Tom Wiltshire, a member of the Redwood Scout Troop Tawa, has achieved his Chief 
Scout Award in 2015.  This is the ultimate award a youth of the Scout Section can achieve and carries significant prestige. It signals the completion of a four year scouting journey and one year of significant effort, equivalent to that required to achieve a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award. Congratulations Tom! The award will be presented at the 
Troop's year end celebration, Thursday 10 December - at the Tawa Scout Hall on Coronation Park, Oxford St, Tawa.

Ben Eagle

More scholarship success for 
Ben Eagle who has been awarded the Secondary School's 2016 Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Energy Scholarship. This scholarship is specifically for students with an aptitude for, and interest in, energy matters, particularly in regard to efficiency, conservation and utilisation. In 2016 Ben will commence study towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at the University of Canterbury, intending to specialise in Mechanical Engineering. During his degree he is looking forward to in-depth learning about how we use and store energy, leading into a career in energy storage and conservation. Through his degree Ben hopes to learn about a variety of different fuel sources, and develop the technology to use these sources in efficient and environmentally friendly ways. Fantastic work Ben!

Dance'N'Cheer Competitions

Congratulations to Hayley Thompson and her Zone Elite Dance Team who achieved 3rd at the Dance’N’Cheer Rave Internationals.  Hayley and Bronte Johnston’s Cheer Team (Zone Cheer Elite) came 5th.

2016 Student Leader

Congratulations to Marsden Whitby Year
 11 student Katie Daly who has recently been accepted to work as a Student Leader at the 2016 New Zealand Youth Leadership Summit.  Katie attended the Summit in January 2015 as a student, and is very excited to have been invited back to help lead the programme in January of 2016. She is also one of the youngest ever to be appointed as a leader.  Katie will work alongside talented young people from around the country such as Kiran Patel of the Young Innovators Collective, and Ben Dowdle, semi finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year 2015. 

Government House Celebration

On Wednesday evening two of our Head Prefects, Oliver Couchman and Bronte Page, attended an event celebrating nationhood at Government House Wellington. “Getting the chance to go to Government House was an amazing experience. It was great to catch up with other Head Boys and Girls in attendance as well as meeting members of the Armed Forces and distinguished Wellingtonians

Wellington Crisis Model UN

In early October Bronte Page attended the Wellington Crisis Model UN 2015 at Te Papa. With the instability in the Middle East leading to unprecedented levels of asylum seekers, students negotiated a United Nations resolution to the refugee crisis. Bronte represented Jordan at the one day event.  Delegates attended from schools across the region.


Year 13 End of Year Fun

Year 13 students certainly ‘wrapped up’ their time at Marsden Whitby in style! They wrapped everything in Mrs Winnall’s office in Christmas wrapping paper (and I do mean everything!), filled Ms Methorst’s office with balloons, turned Mrs Smith’s office into Santa’s grotto and made Ms Morgan’s and Mrs Balasingam’s office a fairy light and disco ball extravaganza!  Mr Hardy’s classroom also became an outdoor camping scene complete with camp fire. It was all extremely amusing and entertaining, and done with such thoughtfulness and great delight!