Marsden Matters 2014

 

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Exploring the Four Pillars that underpin the spirit of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington: Giving, Resilience, Excellence and Creativity. Created by 8Ni, August 2014 Bylines: Giving Fenna Holmes Elsbeth Steel Olivia Simes Vita McDouall Julia Huijser Maia Shackleford Resilience Tegan Martin Saro Thomson Aishlin Brown Poppy Black Juliet Enright Hanna JacobsGrant Excellence Elinor Bann Manutai Wi RutenePomare Abi Trotter Piyali Sharma Mollie Dewar Creativity Kelly Blanchard Eden Sturland Anna Coates Shambhavi Choudhury Nina Simmonds Maya Nathu Editor: Ms Philippa Nicoll

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AUGUST 2014 GIVING Green Ribbons for the Nigerian girls We all know the dreadful story of the kidnapping of the 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram, meaning "Western" or "non-Islamic" education is a sin. How could we not, when headlines shout it out to you everywhere you went, and news channels and radio shows inform you of every update of their whereabouts and situation. But as negative as this made us, people everywhere prayed for them and kept them in their mind. Here at Marsden, we had a few of our own girls get the brilliant idea of selling green ribbons, to stay in the border of uniform regulations, to the rest of the school to raise awareness. Relay For Life Recently a group of Samuel Marsden school Year 13s and 12s organised to participate in the relay for life. Relay for Life is a yearly celebration which honours those who have passed away with cancer or are suffering from it. AYear 13 student from Marsden who participated in relay for life, Grace Ko, said her view of Relay for Life is that people who have cancer have it for life, and there’s no cure for it. Every hour that she runs is giving one smile and helping people with cancer enjoy life as much as possible. Marsden donated money to Relay for Life to get more modern equipment and medicines. Every person who participates in Relay for Life donates over $5 and that automatically goes to the Cancer Society. Relay for Life is a successful charitable event, the event has gone global now and 24 countries celebrate it as well. The 2014 relay raised the largest amount of money in the event’s history. Over 20 schools ran for 23 to 24 hours, in Wellington harbour for the event. Relay for Life started at 11am and finished at 3pm the following day. A candle ceremony was held in the evening. Everybody from each school sat around a number of candles and prayed for people who have passed away from cancer, or who are still suffering from it. The Year 13s spoke about how fantastic and tight-knit the atmosphere was there. People were crying, speechless, but on top of all the sadness, they were happy that they were doing something for such an honoured and important cause. The point was to raise awareness for the girls, and by wearing the ribbons, showing other girls you know that you support them by wearing the ribbons. T The Samoan Trip HE FUNDRAISER WAS STARTED BY SHALINI RAJASEGAR AND FREYA FARRAR. T HE GIRLS WOULD WALK AROUND WITH ICE CREAM CONTAINERS FULL OF RIBBONS, SELLING THEM CLASS TO CLASS. FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK, US MARSDEN GIRLS WORE OUR RIBBONS WITH PRIDE . A group of Year 13s and 12s from Samuel Marsden School have travelled to Sofotu, Samoa each year for the last five years. Two teachers, Ms Wirth and Ms Harvey, went with the 12 girls last term in the holidays. They brought reading books, school supplies such as pencils, erasers, school books, and sports equipment, musical instruments and much joy, “They were always grateful and pleased with the presents and gifts.” said Ms Wirth. Many of the girls stayed with host families, and helped out with the daily chores, such as washing, cleaning and even climbing trees for coconuts. Every Marsden student also helped out by teaching the children some English, reading, arts and crafts, physical education or just playing games and having fun with them! Also before the trip the School Council set up some mufti fundraising to get the materials that the children in Sofotu needed. On one of the mufti days we had to wear something bright or flowery representing some similarities to what they wear in Samoa. Not only did we give the Samoan families and children supplies, they gifted the Marsden entourage and teachers with homemade lava-lavas as a thank you present for all their hard work at the school, all the cleaning and tree climbing and the love and joy that they shared with the whole of Sofotu. Ms. Wirth said, “We get far more than we take, we get experience and memories.” The Samuel Marsden School group was again welcomed and thanked as an old friend that will be seen for many years on.

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Marsden Matters: Resilience 'Keep Going, Keep Going going!' Fulbrook's Football Comeback Every two weeks 8Ni, a Year 8 form class, vote for the winner of the 'Keep going, keep going, keep going' award. This award is given to the person who the class thinks has been the most resilient and helpful student. Over the last two weeks the students have been putting their votes in a box. An example of a vote could be: 'I vote for [this person] because she helped me when I fell over.' Voting is not compulsory but it is a chance to express your gratitude. At the end of the two weeks in form class the votes are counted by Ms Nicoll. The winner gets to take a silly selfie and it is put on the wall, along with the votes that the person received, for the next two weeks. There have been five winners of the award so far. Fenna Holmes is the most recent winner of the award. She says,"It was so cool! It was really nice to know that people realised my existence." Fenna said that she was so surprised when her name was called out. This award was inspired by the young YouTube star 'Kid President'. 'Kid President' is a young boy who made his name by posting videos encouraging people to be awesome and to be resilient and help others. 8Ni decided that they could make their class more awesome. The award also encourages the students from 8Ni to be resilient and help out other students in the class. 8Ni is encouraging resilience in their own form time! Young New Zealand footballer, Emma Fulbrook, received a football related injury to the head in October last year. She was told by doctors she had a serious concussion and if she wanted to continue with her professional football future, she would need to rest for a year. The incident occurred in a game in and against Waikato. When Fulbrook was in goal, one of the Waikato strikers took a shot for goal. In her attempts to save it, Emma headed the ball and got concussed. For the next six months, every time Fulbrook attempted to head the ball, she had a concussion. In March 2014, it was confirmed by doctors that if Fulbrook wished to keep playing she would need to take a year's break. But this hasn't stopped Fulbrook from being highly involved with football even if she can't play. She is now coaching the Samuel Marsden Junior B team and last term she coached the Samuel Marsden Pentangular tournament team. Both of these teams have had some very pleasing results since the start of her coaching. "My injury will never stop my love of the game shining through," says Fulbrook. 100 Day Challenge On the 25th of March 2014, a group of Yr10 students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, including Harriett Morrow, started the 100 Day Challenge. The 100 Day Challenge is a challenge where students choose a topic/thing to take a photo of everyday for 100 days. Harriett Morrow was one of many students who completed the challenge by taking a photo of something that made her happy, every day. She found that knowing she could do something simple every day for the 100 days was the most satisfying part of the challenge. Harriett found days 70 to 100 the most challenging because she found coming up with ideas difficult. Harriett's dog, a sunrise and flowers were only some of the things she took photos of. Even though she had some days when she forgot she always remembered to make up for it the next day. Harriett admitted she is looking forwards to attempting the challenge again next year as not many people ended up completing the challenge. As the challenge progressed fewer and fewer people turned up to the meetings. Harriett said, "Completing it took real resilience!" 'Keep Going, keep going, keep going!'

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Excellence Cultural Marsden offers many cultural activities including choirs, orchestras, debating, lots of sports and the newly introduced Kapa Haka group. All these activities are popular and are doing very well socially and competitively. Tessa Dalgety-Evans has made an impressive impact on cultural activities at Marsden. She is a huge fan of music as she is in a range of groups including: handbells, orchestra, guitar group, senior chamber choir, senior chorale, all-comers choir, barbershop, and out of school, she is a participant in the Wellington Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Secondary School Orchestra and also takes part in church choirs. She has won many awards as in Year 6 she won the cup for contribution to school music, in 2012 she got grade 5 cello with distinction and grade 5 theory. This year she has also won the Nell Clare music scholarship. Her singing groups have won many awards at Chamber Music regional competitions and at their respective competitions like the Big Sing and barbershop nationals. One other great skill Dalgety-Evans has is debating where she is in Marsden’s top team senior A. Her debating team won three out of five of their debating rounds. She has said that debating has helped a lot in her academic studies. This includes essay writing, persuasive writing and also is a great way to show teamwork. She said, “It’s very full on with all my music and studies but I really love what I do!” She started the piano when she was five years old and started cello when she was nine. She is still playing both instruments and enjoys them. Dalgety-Evans loves performing and being able to tell a story because there’s always a story behind every piece. “I love being able to communicate with the audience through my music,” she said. Dalgety-Evans said she loves music so will definitely keep it as a hobby when she’s older. Altogether, she has 26 badges and the majority of them are cultural awards. Overall Tessa Dalgety-Evans is certainly an ‘excellent’ role model for excellence. Academia Marsden as a whole is great academically. Marsden develops confident, creative and independent girls, and then from girls to mature, educated women. People who know how to work hard and strive to achieve their goal. It is a place of success and excellence. Marsden offers high expectations and a variety of subjects. A great deal of care and monitoring of the students is done to make sure they achieve to the highest standard. Learning support is also available for students with special learning needs and a future minds programme is in place to challenge the gifted and talented. Many competitions are offered to the students as well. NCEA is very much supported at Marsden with students working towards national qualifications, with some of the best results in the country. Students prepare for Level 1 at Year 11, Level 2 at Year 12 and Level 3 at Year 13.. Students usually take six subjects at Years 11 and 12 and five subjects in Year 13 and are motivated to achieve their NCEA with a merit or excellence endorsement. An additional option is the New Zealand Scholarship examinations which are designed to challenge top academic students in Year 13. Head Girl Bridget Kiddle; excellent student at Marsden. One Team; One Dream 18 year old Bridget Kiddle has been highly successful in her field hockey. Kiddle has been out training in rain or shine, to build her up to compete at the Youth Olympics, 2014. She has a lot on her plate also trying to be Head Girl at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. On the 12th of August Bridget is heading to China to represent New Zealand. Kiddle started Hockey at the age of seven, when her mum introduced it to her after she had a falling out in netball. Bridget told us, “The most important thing about winning is believing, believe in yourself and be sure to have a better chance of winning.” She loves working as a team and meeting new people as well as travelling around the world to compete, such as Vanuatu. Most of all Bridget Kiddle loves playing hockey. By Mollie Dewar Samuel Marsden School. Ad Summa Strives for Excellence, never gives up, hard-working, intelligent girls. Keep going, keep going, going! h Collegiate keep

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Marsden matters creativity Volume 1 House Music 2014 By Maya Nathu and Nina Simmonds On the 27th of August, there will be a spectacular event in the auditorium. It is called House Music. House Music is when all the houses compete in a singing event. They perform three songs: a hymn, waiata and a song of the Houses’ choice. The houses that compete are: Jellicoe, Johnson, Hadfield Beere, Richmond, Baber and Swainson who won last year. The judges for House Music are Bianca Andrew and Georgia Jamieson. Each house usually has a small group who sing the harmonies. Another group you can be a part of is the instrumentalists and the soloists. Everyone has an important role even if not a part of these groups, because the whole house takes part. The practices are almost over and the big event will be on very soon. The instrumentalists are all practising as they create the music with their own instruments rather than using a CD track. House Music is creative because the Houses and the House Captains have to think of the song, the actions and have fun! Buy a Whittakers White Chocolate and Raspberry block today for $5.49. A great gift for a friend, or treat yourself. Even better, it has been developed by our own fabulous Marsden Girls! What could be better? Photographer: Anna Coates. Banners from left: Johnson, Swainson Riddiford, Baber, Richmond, Jellicoe and Hadfield Beere.

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100 Day Challenge One way Marsden shows creativity is by offering the 100 day challenge. This event is where Year 10s participate by organising and presenting artwork they have completed over the time period of 100 days. The 100 day challenge began on the 25th March and finished on the 2nd July. The challenges set were things like taking pictures of ornaments or decorations, drawing pictures or writing quotes every day. Ms. Nicoll was the teacher running the challenge and she too participated in it, she wrote down something new she learnt every day. Ms. Nicoll mentioned, “Imagination has no limitation, the challenges set were personal which made it even more special to see.” She also mentioned, “100 days is a long time, and to do something different and creative every day is difficult and that’s the challenge, but the girls had perseverance which kept them going.” At the end of the challenge the girls presented their projects showing their best work over the 100 days, the presentations were spectacular and jaw dropping! M-Factor 2014 Creativity in Marsden is shown in many ways, one of which is the M-Factor. M-Factor is an annual competition where the students of Marsden, of all ages, contribute their talents to win prizes such as sweets and chocolate. The event took place in the Samuel Marsden Auditorium on Tuesday, 17th June. M-Factor 2014 was run by Jialin Sae-Jiw to raise money to buy resources for a school in Fiji. The show was a success with many students participating. Unfortunately there could only be three winners. The third place was won by Emily Wyons, second place was given to Maia Shackleford, Katie Morrison and Emily Stewart and the first prize was won by Anastasia. One of the other entrants were three girls named Vita McDouall, Nina Simmonds and Juliet Enright who performed a rap by Eminem “Lose yourself.” They were asked how MFactor shows more creativity than other activities Marsden has to offer. “M-Factor gets the children of Marsden, the girls from Marsden School to actually create it themselves because usually some things teachers tell us what to do but in M-Factor you get to do whatever you want,” said McDouall. - Shambhavi Choudhury - Eden Sturland

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