Memories to treasure forever
Fourteen senior Marsden students, travelled to Fiji during the holidays with teachers Christine Barlow and Liz Woolley, to spend time at St James School an Anglican Primary School in Levuka, on the eastern coast of the island Ovalau. The annual Fiji Service Trip has been operating for many years now and this year's trip proved to be another remarkable experience for everyone.
Teacher Christine Barlow who has been leading this trip for several years now said "The experience is amazing rekindling old friendships, seeing the rebuilding and the vegetation improving after the devastation of Cyclone Winston." One highlight from many was the trip to the Arovudi village which was devastated by the tropical cyclone in 2016 - the women and children made our girls feel so welcome.
Meggie Morrison summed it up with these words "I never imagined how truly amazing the experience would be. Every day we were greeted by some of the world's happiest and loveliest children, and they taught me a lot about how little you really need to be content. I made some lifelong friends and memories I will treasure forever!"
Head Girl Harriet Morrow said the experience was profound and had left her with some of the 'warmest, yet raw memories' during her time at Marsden.
Our philosophy - the ‘Marsden Spirit’ we call it - stands on four pillars: Excellence, Resilience, Creativity and Giving. These are the qualities we seek to develop through everything we do. The Fiji Service Trip is an important part of our giving programme for senior students.
Well done girls, we are proud of you all!
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