After a refreshing Christmas break, we're ready for the start of a new school year and are looking forward to welcoming all our students and families, those new to Marsden and those already well established members of the Marsden family.
Please also note that Sports registrations for 2017 will open on Monday 9 January 2017 and they will close on Tuesday 31 January. To register head to our sports website marsdensport.school.nz
One thing is certain: every day will bring our students new and existing challenges, and an abundance of opportunities to be the very best that they can be.
As a school that prides itself on offering all our students an exceptional education - one that enables them to flourish as leaders and citizens of the future - we're acutely aware that we need to keep up with change and adapt with the times. And let's face it, we're seeing massive change happening in almost every aspect of our lives, with equally significant impacts on the way we think, behave and interact with the world around us. What's more, the pace of this change isn't going to slow down any time soon.
In the coming year we'll be strengthening our focus on preparing our students for a rapidly changing and challenging future. As well as ensuring that our young people have the foundation skills that have long been part of our curriculum, we will move with the rapidly changing digital world and importantly we'll continue dedicating time, effort and resources to supporting students' personal development - encouraging them to be confident, creative and collaborative individuals who not only welcome and adapt to change but have the courage and conviction to take risks and seize opportunities to make the world a better place.
I'm excited about our direction. I believe it's a real reflection of Marsden's commitment to excellence, both academically and in our sports and cultural programmes. We have a responsibility to provide a learning environment that inspires and motivates our students to succeed while acknowledging and responding to the realities of their individual needs and the big wide world that awaits them.
It's great to be on this journey with you!