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We are delighted to be able to offer a new programme to help young actors to develop essential and advanced practical performing skills which will set them up for the many demands that the acting profession has. The focus of the Trinity College London Diploma level (ATCL) examination is applied throughout the year. Students will have numerous opportunities of getting performance experience, individual and group theory lessons and practical workshops; curriculum is over and above the set syllabus elements.


After a long journey from Wellington to Auckland, Auckland to Guangzhou, and Guangzhou to Beijing, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School students Lucy Berger and Annabelle Jessop arrived in Beijing, representing New Zealand in the 2015 ‘Chinese Bridge’ Chinese Proficiency Competition. They were accompanied by their Chinese teacher, Mrs Jing Ying Herrington, and an observer, David Potts, from Rotorua Boys High.


The Marsden School Whitby Tournament of Minds Maths Engineering team have won the National Finals! This qualifies them to attend the Australia Pacific Final in Sydney this term. 

The team comprises Shabila Watkinson, Joe Walker, Rahul Vijayasenan, Alex Walker, Isabelle Evans, Jake Coleman and Callum Munro. They were coached and managed by Suzanne Balasingam and Briony Bradley. The Marsden Whitby Language Literature team were runners-up in the National Finals.


Independent  Schools  of  New  Zealand  (ISNZ)  are  pleased  to  announce  the  appointment of Ms Sally King as Executive Director, effective 21 December. 

Ms King has held senior roles in membership-­‐based organisations and in public sector policy and strategy development. Ms King also has extensive experience in marketing in the private sector.


St Cuthbert’s College teacher, Klaris Philipson, has long recognised the need for girls across New Zealand to learn to code and in doing so break down the gender stereotypes of the IT industry. This inspired her to create the #GirlsInnov8 Code Camp, giving young women the opportunity to build with digital technology.

“I knew that if girls were denied the chance to explore, learn and create with technology, a traditionally male dominated area, then there was little chance of them choosing to pursue it as a study or career path,” says the Director of Technologies at St Cuthbert’s.