World-renowned Scientist at Marsden

Dr Jane's Roots & Shoots Workshop

What a privilege to welcome world renowned primatologist and scientist, Dr Jane Goodall to Marsden as part of her 'Rewind the Future' NZ Tour.

Students and teachers from 15 Primary and Secondary schools in the greater Wellington region joined Marsden students for a special 'Roots & Shoots' workshop with Dr Goodall today. Founded in 1991 Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. 

Dr Goodall, or Dr Jane as she refers to herself, was welcomed with a waiata by our Kapa Haka group. 

Her main focus during the tour is to inspire and engage young New Zealanders to get actively involved in making positive differences for animals, people and the environment around them ... and she certainly inspired us today! 

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

Dr Jane Goodall

Together with members of the Marsden Roots & Shoots group Dr Jane planted a Feijoa tree in the Science garden which, Principal Narelle Umbers announced, has been renamed in her honour "The Dr Jane Goodall Science and Community garden". 


The Marsden Roots and Shoots group have committed to continuing to plant fruit trees or bushes in the garden and foster collaboration between other schools on joint environmental action projects.



Dr Goodall was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations in 2002 and a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.