Samuel Marsden Collegiate School had 18 girls nominated for the 2017 College Sports Wellington (CSW) Awards presented at Te Rauparaha Arena this week. Four made it to the finals; Imogen Skelton (athletics), Ruby Leverington (rowing), Jade Otway (tennis) and Rachel Bertschinger (floorball) and two won their individual codes. Imogen Skelton was female Athlete of the Year and Ruby Leverington female Rower of the Year.


Michael Wheeler (Year 11) moved a big step closer to his Paralympics goal last month, representing both Auckland and then New Zealand in the Australian Powered Wheelchair Football Association tournament in Sydney, Australia.

After competing in the Auckland representative team for the first half of the week, the highly competitive athlete was then selected to represent New Zealand and play for three trans-Tasman matches.  After a competitive bout, the New Zealand team placed runners up to the Australian team.



An enthusiastic and athletic international Queen Margaret College student is one of twelve students across six categories to be recognised at the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards at the end of October.

Year 12 student Amber (Shiyu) Jiang received an award in the Sports category at the annual event for excelling in both rowing and basketball.


The Christ's College and St Margaret's College film "A Perfect Child" has scooped an ATOM award in Melbourne. The award for best Fiction Film of 2017 was presented to Simon Brown (writer, Christ's College) and Nina Hogg (production manager, St Margaret's College), at the awards ceremony earlier this week.

The film tells the story of an orphan who risks her identity when she tries to expose events that she believes are happening at the orphanage she lives in. You can view a clip here.



For the second year in a row, a Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student has won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story competition for secondary students.

Sarah May was awarded first prize at a ceremony at Turnbull Library. Her winning story, Morning Coffee, can be read here.

"I want to study English - it is my passion," Sarah said. "When you put your heart into something, it's really nice to have someone pat you on the back and say 'Hey, you did a good job!'"