Notices: Years 7-10

Year 7 & 8 Cross Country

Year 7 & 8 Cross Country is happening next week on Tuesday 30 June (postponement date is Thursday 2 July) from 2:30pm until 3:20pm. The girls will run a course around the school grounds, and the top 6 runners from each age group will then compete at the Western Zone Cross Country on Monday 27 July held at Karori Park.


Year 7-13 Reports will be available on Wednesday afternoon 1 July via the Marsden Portal

If you have forgotten your login details for the portal or Seesaw please email

2020 ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for School) Digital Technologies Competition

This year sitting the ICAS Digital Technologies Assessment will be optional for all Digital students in Years 7 to 12. The ICAS competition is being held on Tuesday 25 August 2020 and arrangements will be made for students either to be withdrawn from class or to take the online test during their lunchtime (depending on the numbers involved). The cost of entering the competition is $16.00 and will be disbursed to your account. Each participating student will receive a certificate and detailed results letter. In the past students have achieved well in this competition and the Technology department fully endorses the students' involvement.  

If you wish your daughter to be entered in the ICAS Digital Technologies, please contact Sarah Wirth by email at by Thursday 2 July 2020,5pm.

ICAS Science Competition 2020

This is an optional extension opportunity and will be run in period 2 and morning tea on Thursday 20 August. The cost will be approximately $17 ($15.95 AUD so the actual cost to students will depend on the exchange rate and any bank fees). If your daughter would like to enter please email Mrs Gunn with ICAS Science as the title and your daughters' name and form class in the text of the email, by 5pm on Monday 3 August. Entry will be confirmed by a reply email. It will not be possible to accept late entries.

Open Morning 14 August

If you know of a family interested in a Marsden education please invite them to our next Open Morning on 14 August, between 8.45am and 12pm. Registrations can be made here

Enrolments for 2021

Enrolments for new students entering in 2021 are now due. We will be making decisions to waitlist or open new classes for our larger intake years (6, 7 and 9) soon, so please encourage those interested in Marsden to get in touch with us as a matter of priority. 

Please direct friends or family interested in enrolling for 2021 to Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 or email

Parent Social Event

All parents (Preschool to Year 13) are welcome to join us for drinks, nibbles and chatter on Thursday 30 July at 7.30pm in the main foyer, Te Manawa o te Kura. See the attached invitation here.

Years 7 – 13 Māori and Pasifika Scholarship

Applications for Māori and Pasifika scholarships are due by Friday 31 July.  Please find more information here.

Swainson Memorial Music Competition - Tuesday 11 August

Please complete the attached document if you are interested in entering the Swainson Memorial Music Competition on Tuesday 11 August this year. The registration form must be returned to the Office by Wednesday 1 July and is open to Year 7-13 students.

Please see Mrs Campbell if you have any questions.

These are the awards given on the evening, as well as two Highly Commended prizes.

Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance
This was established in Centenary Year, 1978 and is open to a Marsden Year 7 - 13 student in recognition of her outstanding performance at the Swainson competition.  The recipient receives a book at Prizegiving and the Director of Music award of $100.

Nell Clere Music Scholarship
Kathleen Clere (Nell) was a past pupil and music teacher at Marsden.  She helped establish the Old Girls’ Association with Miss Baber and in 1936 was its second president.  Her interest and support in the school and its endeavors remained with her all her life.  This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded annually by the Old Girl’s Association to a student from Years 7 – 12 who shows considerable potential.  The scholarship will enable the recipient(s) to continue musical studies while at Marsden. 

Proactive Physiotherapy

Proactive is now back at Marsden on Monday mornings 8.30-10.30am. If you have an injury or you injure yourself make sure you come see our physio. It is 100% free to students! 

" Hi Everyone – My name is Liv and I am the Physio coming to Samuel Marsden every Monday morning to see students and staff regarding ACC injuries. I have a background in working with premier rugby teams and have a love for sports – particularly netball, waterpolo and volleyball. For a new appointment you need to book a half an hour slot and for a follow up 15 minutes. Any questions at all (for example if it is regarding warm ups or if you’re wanting specific strengthening exercises) I’ll be around for a chat if you want to pop your head in and I’d be more than happy to give some advice. I’m looking forward to working alongside staff and students and getting involved in school sport."

If you are wanting to book an appointment please email 

Holiday Rowing Programme for Beginners

13 July – 17 July

The Samuel Marsden Rowing would like to invite you to take part in their Holiday Rowing Programme. This is an introduction to rowing programme open to all year groups. This is a unique opportunity for students to experience an exciting, fun, and meaningful, week rowing introduction course run by Samuel Marsden’s professional rowing coach Pedro Figueira.

When: 5 sessions starting Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July (9.30am – 11.30am)
Where: Wellington Rowing Club
Check location: here    
Cost: $200 + GST ($230.00 Total)

Make the most of this amazing opportunity, don’t miss out by registering here.

This programme is strictly limited to 16 places and will be chosen on a first come first served basis, so make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.Please contact Pedro at or 0210 418 259 if you have any further questions.

Wellesley Dance in Term 3

Wellesley is organising a Year 7 and 8 dance next term on Friday 14 August from 7 pm to 9 pm. There will be more details next term.

2020 Key Dates

Please note that more information about these events will follow closer to the time
  • House Music is on Wednesday 19 August from 1.30pm – 3.30pm (for students and staff) and Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th in the evening from 7pm - 8.30pm for students, staff and parents 
  • Year 7-13 Student Progress Interviews will be on Monday 24 August and Tuesday 1 September from 4pm - 8.30pm
  • Year 11-13s will have two study days on Wednesday 2 September and Thursday 3 September
  • Year 12 and 13 exams will start on Friday 4 September
  • NCEA Scholarship exams will run on Saturday 5 September 
  • Year 11-13 school exams will run from Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September
  • All Year 11- 13s will leave for study leave on Monday 9 November
  • Year 7-9 Orientation Day is on Wednesday 11 November from 8.30am - 3.30pm
  • NCEA examinations begin on Monday 16 November and finish on Wednesday 9 December (our students do not have exams on the 9th)
  • Year 7-9 Creative Challenge Day is on Monday 23 November from 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • Year 10 Duke of Ed tramps and activities from Tuesday 24 November to Wednesday 2 December
  • The Carol Service is on Friday 4 December at the Wellington Cathedral in Hill Street.  There will be a practice in the morning for all students and then students will be dismissed around 11am 
  • Prizegiving this year is on Monday 7 December at the Michael Fowler Centre. There will be a practice in the morning for all students and then students will be dismissed around 11.30am.
  • Text book return day for Seniors is on Wednesday 9 December
Saturday 28 November from 8.30am – 12.30pm there will be a practice for all members of the school choirs in the Wellington Cathedral in preparation for the Carol Service.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 476 8792 Ext 701.  You can also communicate your child's absence via the School App.  Messages may be left 24 hours a day.  Parents are asked not to request leave or time out of school for students during the term unless absolutely necessary.  If an absence is required the request should be made well in advance, in writing, to the Principal.  Dental and medical appointments and driving lessons should be made outside of school hours.  Leave requests for Primary School students need to be sent to the Director of Primary.

Changed NCEA Examination Timetable

All students sitting NCEA examinations should now check the new NCEA timetable, and note when their examinations will occur.  The timetable is available on the NZQA website.  If a student has more than 2 examinations scheduled in one day please contact Mrs Grant.

Yoobee Colleges Holiday Courses

Yoobee Colleges  have school holiday courses on these topics running in the July holidays:
  • Digital Illustration
  • 2D animation
  • 3D animation
  • Digital painting
  • Game Design
  • VFX
  • Film Making
  • Visual Design
The brochure is available here.

To enrol in any of the programmes you can either contact their Business Development Coordinator: Connagh Wellington 04 384 9624 Or visit the website to enrol online.  
YOOBEE WELLINGTON Level 2/2 Bunny St, Wellington Railway Station, West Wing, Wellington 6011 

Coronavirus Information

All updates and communication to parents regarding the Coronavirus can be found here.

How we communicate at Marsden

Please see here for the ways we communicate with you at Marsden. It is very important you are aware of where you can find information, that you are receiving Marsden information, and that we have your up to date contact details. Please call us on 476 8707 (phone has been forwarded off-site) if you need to update your details. A reminder, please download the School App to your phone, it is the SchoolAppsNZ app. 

Emergency pages - these can be found both on MyMarsden (i-SITE menu) and on our website (About section).

2020 Term Dates

Term 2
Wednesday 15 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December