Samuel Marsden students excel in STEM, arts, sports and more
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School student have been on a winning streak recently, excelling academically and in their co-curricular pursuits.
Marsden School Deputy Head Girl Neakiry Kivi (Year 13) is a high achiever academically and is also passionate about contributing to the world in which she lives. Neakiry has been selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2017 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards, in which secondary school and university students develop and present STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ideas that could benefit New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wealth and wellbeing. Neakiry was also selected by the Royal Society as one of five students to attend the 11th Asian Science Camp in Malaysia. During the weeklong event, Neakiry and more than 250 other students met Nobel Laureates and distinguished scientists, attended plenary lectures and contributed to panel discussions. Neakiry was also one of forty Year 12-13 students to join the Royal Society of New Zealand’s four-day ‘Powering Potential’ event.
Composing music and playing the piano and violin as part of her Marsden studies, singing with Marsden’s auditioned Altissime Choir and being conductor and co-head of the Marsden School Ad Summa Chorale are all in Neakiry’s repertoire. Neakiry won a secondary schools’ competition held by the Royal New Zealand Navy as part of its 75th anniversary commemorations, composing a choral and narrative piece for the Altissime Choir. She also co-won the Veterans’ Affairs’ 2017 Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition with her musical composition that combined piano and poetry.
Year 13 Marsden student Sariya McGrath placed second in Creative Writing and Year 12 Anjali Gentejohann third in Visual Arts, in the Creative Activism & Global Citizenship Create1world competition run by Massey University Wellington and the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies. The conference, competition and think-tank is a platform for senior high school students to use to raise awareness of issues through the arts.
On the sporting front, Year 12 student Imogen Skelton won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the high jump at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in July. Imogen had a fabulous competition, finishing with a personal best of 1.76m.
Marsden Year 9 student Jade Otway, competing in four tennis tournaments in Brisbane recently, also enjoyed success making it through to the finals in every competition and picking up her first ITF point and a junior world ranking. Jade has been asked to trial for the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore.
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Whitby student Katie Daly has been accepted on the Global Development Tour run by the United Nations Youth New Zealand Organisation. The tour takes place from mid-January to mid-February 2018, and will take a group of young global citizens around destinations include London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Geneva and New York to learn about global development and international cooperation, and the role the United Nations plays in both. The trip includes the delegation representing New Zealand at the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition. Each city represents a theme within the Sustainable Development Agenda and each stop will look at the SDGs from three different angles - Policy, Business and Community. Katie, who co-founded (with Marsden Karori student Lily Marsh) ‘Hygiene for Homeless’, was chosen for this event because she “exemplified passion for learning more about and contributing to furthering the ideals of the SDGs”.
“At Marsden we support student to be the best they can be in their academic, music and sporting pursuits and we are very proud that our students celebrate and support each other in their work and co-curricular activities”, said Marsden Acting Principal Margaret Adeane.