Update Friday 31 August
Congratulations to all students on a magnificent House Music competition last week.
It was an incredibly entertaining and enthusiastic afternoon. We found some
unexpected and hidden talents amongst some of our students and the level of
musicianship was exceptional. It was a very close competition as before but in the
end Adventure House just pipped Resolution House by 3 points!
A reminder that school is closed for staff Professional Development Friday afternoon
7 September. Periods 1-4 will run as normal and Paremata Station and Hutt buses
will leave school at lunchtime.
Student intention sheets/subject choices for Y11-13 students 2013 were sent out last
Friday. If you have any questions, issues, worries or concerns please return the
sheet with your concerns and/or questions noted on it and then make an
appointment to see Mr Overton as soon as possible.
Congratulations to Jessica Eagle (Y8) who has been selected for the Wellington
Regional Team to go the Gymnastics National Championships. This is a terrific
Congratulations to Terence Collins-Hawkins (Y13) who was a finalist in the Eton
Press/Casio Senior Maths Competition at the weekend. Terence is awaiting final
confirmation of his placing but came somewhere between 4th and 15th overall. Well
Congratulations to Jack Hesp, Georgia Alston, Matthew Ireland and Gabrielle
Johnston (of Year 9) whose Science Fair exhibits were chosen to go into the
Regional finals. All the students are to be commended on the breadth and scope of
the presentations but particular congratulations to Gabrielle Johnston who received a
Highly Commended for her investigation into “What sense is more important to
balance – vision or hearing?”
Year 11-13 NCEA preliminary exams are being held next week and senior students
only come into school if they are sitting an exam. An updated exam timetable is
attached to this week’s update and it should be displayed prominently at home to
avoid any misunderstandings about times, dates and places. Details regarding the
Examination Rules and Procedures were sent to all families electronically some time
ago and these are also available via Ultranet.
The Y9 Nutrition programme, led by Mrs Corcoran, is getting wonderful feedback
from all concerned. If you have not yet tasted and evaluated the cheesy busters
search in your son/daughter’s bag, find the feedback sheet and get them cooking!
Marsden Red had an excellent game versus Rockz Blue on Saturday, despite missing
some of their key players. Their passing was accurate and strong, and the moved
into spaces easily. Unfortunately the score did not represent the determination and
skills with which Marsden played and they lost 41-21. Player of the day went to
Caroline Crysell for stunning intercepts and defence.
Marsden Whitby Parents’ Association
“Wot to Wear & Not to Wear”
With Suzi Johnson
Our major fundraiser is now only 10 days away - Thursday 13 September.
We are raising funds for outdoor seating and shade sails for the students.
This is a big undertaking, so your support is appreciated. Tickets are on
sale, be in quick! Ladies, tell your friends and get a group together for this
Please support our major 2012 fundraiser
Fundraising for outdoor seating and shade sails for our students
Date: Thursday 13 September 2012 Venue: Lower Hutt Little Theatre, 2 Queens
Drive, Lower Hutt
Time: Doors Open 6.45pm Tickets: $25 each (incl. 1 Complimentary Drink)
Tickets available from: Samuel Marsden Whitby School Office and Muffin Break
Queensgate, Lower Hutt.
Alternatively email Peter.email@example.com for internet banking option.
Wellington Free Ambulance’s Annual Street Appeal
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2012
Can your sons/daughters help by volunteering to collect donations?
Wellington, and the surrounding area, has the only free ambulance service in New
Zealand. It’s something to be proud of and we would be incredibly grateful if you
could help us to keep it free. We answer all of the emergency ambulance calls in
Wellington, Kapiti and the Wairarapa, completely free to the patient.
We help over 70,000 people every year and we never, ever charge a penny. To
keep this fabulous service free, we need the support of school age students.
On Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September we are holding
our annual Street Appeal. We hope to raise $100,000 and we desperately need
student volunteers to collect money from the public. They don’t have to do a full
day; just a few hours collecting would make a massive difference to our fundraising.
They’ll get lots of support and guidance plus a huge “thank-you” from everyone here
at Wellington Free Ambulance. If you would like further information or to discuss
anything please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 04 498
EASY SHOPPING – EASY FUNDRAISING
If you find something of interest through the Fast Shop website your purchases will
provide funds for Marsden Whitby School. Please have a look at the website to see
if it would be of use to you.
Simply go to www.yourfastshop.co.nz, select your school and start browsing your
That’s it! No parking problems; no petrol cost; no aching feet!
Latest deals at Apple, Ezibuy fashion, The Nile bookstore, Mighty Ape toys and many
other stores. Save $65 on printer ink and save on other items at Snatch A Deal.
Your shopping is dealt with directly by your chosen online store.
www.yourfastshop.co.nz automatically provides funds to your school.
Marsden Whitby blazer found in Wakefield Park. Contact Jeff Kiely on 380 1546 to
Diocese of Wellington, Wellington Diocesan Formation Scholarships 2013
Assisting young adults into Christian mission
The Diocese of Wellington is committed to having young adults who are empowered
to offer their best for the Kingdom of God. Consequently, we are offering up to four
residential scholarships for undergraduates who have a strong sense of call to
Christian mission. The Diocese wishes to provide opportunities that may otherwise
not be available for people finishing, soon finishing, or who have recently completed
high school to explore their God given call to service and ministry in the Kingdom of
God. This residential scholarship is based at St John’s Theological College,
Meadowbank, Auckland. The scholarship is for four to five years which could allow
the completion of a double degree or a degree and the Diploma in Anglican Studies
There is an expectation that upon completion of the course of study the scholarship
holder would move into active ministry within the wider Anglican community and
may, but not necessarily, progress towards ordination. During the time at St John’s
scholarship holders would return to the diocese to be involved in ministry
placements of varied types, arranged by the diocese, during the vacation times.
Such things as Parachute, Soul Survivor, Getting Dirty for God, Community
activity, Easter camps and the like would possibly feature in the diocesan
The scholarship provides payment of all tertiary tuition fees, accommodation in the
Meadowbank area of Auckland, a living and book allowance.
If a double degree is chosen then the first degree will be very much at the choice of
the scholarship holder, the second probably will be a BTheology through Otago (a
course that requires two years of fulltime study for one already holding an
undergraduate degree). This would be for a probable maximum of five years.
Alternatively the degree may be done in conjunction with the College’s Diploma in
Anglican Studies over a four year period. Having said that, there are other options
within this e.g. tertiary study through a polytechnic done in conjunction with the
Diploma in Anglican Studies offered through the College. The options would be
discussed with the successful candidates and a unique programme arranged for
them; this is not a one-size-fits-all scholarship. The aim is to produce young people
with a broad base of tertiary study, who have had a chance to reflect on the mission
of the church and their own engagement in that through a ‘triple-listening’ process
where life experiences, the Bible and God’s action beyond the scriptures connect; an
The ministry placements or engagement beyond the time at the College would be
one discussed throughout and negotiated more specifically in the final year of
study. There is no guarantee of paid employment at the conclusion of the study,
but a hope-filled expectation of God’s call into something life-giving and exciting,
based on Jesus’ promise in John 10:10b.
For more detailed information contact:
Tony Gerritsen, Archdeacon for Ministry Development, Anglican Diocese of
27 Springdale Grove, Palmerston North 4410
06 3554508 or 021 222 0161
Applications close 21 September
Conservation Careers for Students
Do you belong in the Zoo?
Want to make a difference for conservation, while creating some amazing work
stories? Come to the Wellington Zoo Careers Day and find out from vets, rangers,
keepers, educators, and communications staff how they started working at the Zoo.
Get the inside word on why they love working for conservation, meet some giraffes
up close, and leave with a better understanding of the pathways into a conservation
Who: Year 11-13 students
Where: Wellington Zoo's Wild Theatre
When: 2-4pm, Wednesday 12 September 2012
How much: $20 per student, teachers free (includes Zoo entry)
Spaces are limited, so please book in advance by emailing
email@example.com or call 04 389 3692.
University Halls of Residence opened their application process on 1 August. The closing dates
of these vary so it is vital that your son/daughter visits the websites relating to the Hall of
Residence he/she is interested in to check these dates. Please note that Enrolment at the
different universities is a separate application process, as is the application to Study Link for
Key Dates confirmed so far:
University of Auckland
Faculty of Law Information Evening
Wednesday 5 September, 2012 7:30 – 8:30pm, Brierley Theatre, Wellington College
This will be an opportunity for prospective Law students and their parents to attend a seminar
on the structure and merits of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Auckland, and
to ask questions of the Faculty representatives.
University Liaison Officer visits to Marsden Whitby are happening over the course of the next
few weeks. Students need to keep an eye on the Daily Bulletin for confirmation of times and
6 September : Massey University visit to Marsden Whitby, 1045-midday, Correspondence
Tertiary institution information received in the school this week: 2013 WelTec Prospectus
outlining courses and entry requirements and an Auckland University Accommodation Guide
and summary of school leaver admission requirements – please drop in and see Mr Overton
should you wish to secure a copy of either.
Thursday 6 September Senior Chapel, period 5
Friday 7 September Staff Professional Development, pm. School closed
from lunchtime that day
Mr Vaz and two student groups attend the
Robocup Finals, Dunedin
Saturday 8 September Y7 & Y9 2013 Scholarship Exams, Marsden Whitby
Monday 10 – Friday 14 Sept NCEA Preliminary Exams
Thursday 13 September Parents’ Association Fundraiser – ‘Wot to Wear’
Friday 14 September Year 11 Dance, the Boatshed, Marsden Karori
Tuesday 18 September Senior girls 2013 skirt fittings 1pm
Thursday 20 September Parent Teacher Interviews, A-L, 4-7pm
Saturday 22 September NCEA Preliminary Scholarship Exams for Physics,
Monday 24 September Parent Teacher Interviews, M-Z, 4-7pm
Tuesday 25 September 2013 subject intention sheets due in from Y8-12
Wednesday 26 September New Zealand Shakeout Day, 9.26am
Wednesday 26 September Showcase Concert, 7.30pm
Thursday 27 September Junior Chapel, period 5
Friday 28 Sept End of Term 3
Monday 15 October Staff Only Day (school closed)
Tuesday 16 October Term 4 (students may wear EITHER full summer
or full winter uniform this week)
Monday 22 October Labour Day (school closed)
Tuesday 23 October All students in full summer uniform from today
Tuesday 6 November Last day of school for senior students
Saturday 10 November NZQA exams begin
The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra (VSO) has openings for student string players
wanting to have FUN and learn the art of orchestral playing in a relaxed
environment. Rehearsals take place every Saturday afternoon from 1pm - 3pm at
the Mt. Cook Campus of the New Zealand School of Music. We will be working
towards entertaining Artsplash audiences in September and other concerts later in
the year. Suitable for students of ALL ages from around Grade 4 to Grade 8 level.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Mana Music Centre
The centre currently has several vacancies in our flute classes which we hold on
Wednesdays after school at Discovery School. The classes are available to
primary/intermediate children so Marsden Whitby Year 7 and 8 students are
welcome. Fees are $15 per term and flutes are available to hire for $20 per term.
For further information please contact Sandra Priston, Supervisor, The Mana Music
Centre Inc. 234 1701.
Whitby Tennis Club
Coaching is on Wednesday nights Term 4 2012 and Term 1 2013 6yr-17yr.
Fees are $110 for coaching sessions. Extra $60 if play interclub.
Registration - Sunday 2nd Sept 4.30-6 pm at Clubrooms. Places fill up very fast.
Contact name: Tracey Souness 234 8037.
Coasters Musical Theatre presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’
October 8-10, Coasters Musical Theatre, 15 Hinemoa street, Paraparaumu. Early
Bird Tickets available at only $5 per seat - for certain performances only. For
more information email email@example.com or 027 444 0362.
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
Are looking for some remarkable women willing to volunteer their time now to take
refugee-background women for driving practice. The women are having lessons with
a driving school. You will make a positive difference in the life of a Porirua woman
and her family, receive training in new skills, increase your understanding of another
culture and contribute to improving driver safety on the road. For further
information contact Naomi Tocher, ChangeMakers, firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 801