Notices: Years 7-10

Rescheduled - Marsden Artist in Residence Exhibition

We were so sorry that we could not hold William Docherty's  Exhibition Opening  last week due to Covid restrictions.  

Now  back at Alert Level 1 we have pleasure in inviting you to the opening - Wednesday 7 July 2021 5.30pm - 7.30pm at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. Please see the revised invitation: Marsden Artist in Residence and RSVP to by 6 July.

If you had already indicated you were coming please reconfirm your RSVP. 

Swainson Memorial Music Competition

Please complete this application form if your daughter is interested in entering the Swainson Memorial Music Competition on Tuesday 10 August this year. This competition is open to Year 7-13 students.

The hard copy of the registration form and their music must be returned to the Office by Friday 9 July or they can scan it to Mrs Campbell by Monday 12 July

Note: The starting time is stated as 7pm, but this may be adjusted depending on the number of entries. In 2020 we split the evening into a junior and senior section, beginning at 5pm, with a dinner break in between.
Students should speak to Mrs Campbell if they have any questions about their entry.

Below is a description of the awards:

Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance
The Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance was established in our Centenary Year, in 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 endeavours remained with her all her life. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded annually by the Old Girls' 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. 

Marian Campbell Prize for Junior Performance
The Marian Campbell Prize for Junior Performance was introduced in 2020 and is open to a Year 7 - 10 student in recognition of her outstanding performance at the competition. The recipient receives a Director of Music award of $100. 

Each of these awards also has a Highly Commended prize.

Parent Help for Dances

Thank you to the parents who have offered to help at our school dances this year. However we are always after more helpers. Our Year 11 dance is to be held at the Boatshed on the evening of 6 August and the Year 7/8 dance is to be held in Marsden House on 13 August. Parent help is essential to the safe and successful running of these dances and we would love your help. Please email: 

Dyslexia Foundation - A Family Journey

Time to go from survive to thrive? Dyslexia and neurodiversity are a family journey, with core beliefs formed in childhood affecting how the journey unfolds. With three simple steps, you can learn how to let go, be free and unlock potential. 

Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand is proud to present the Family Journey Forum, with afternoon workshops in Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland to set you up for success. Recognition, understanding and action are the three simple steps, coupled with belief change to ensure your child and family no longer feel incomplete or less than others.

Special guests – our own Dyslexia Foundation co-founders Guy and Suzanne Pope-Mayell – will open the Family Journey Forums, sharing their own family experiences with dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s, and ADHD. This is a real hour of power, informed by the family experience plus Guy’s learnings from 38 years of building an iconic and inclusive business (Cookie Time Limited), and Suzanne’s insights from a background of Montessori teaching.

The centrepiece of the event is a dynamic presentation by international neural coding** experts Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland and Sarah Foo-Ryland. An equal dose of entertainment and liberation. This event builds on the launch of the fourth focus for Dyslexia Foundation – the family. Following successful advocacy and action in education, youth justice, and the workplace, the family is the next arena for fostering paradigm change (mind-shift) in understanding and harnessing the strengths of dyslexia and neurodiversity.

  • Christchurch, Tuesday 10 August 2021, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm. The George Hotel
    50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013.
  • Wellington, Wednesday 11 August 2021, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm. Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on Taranaki Wharf, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011.
  • Auckland, Thursday 12 August 2021, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm. Auckland Conference Centre, 12 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland 1010.
  • Hosted by Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand: Sponsored by Cookie Time Charitable Trust:
  • $145 ($95 early bird for first 100 tickets)

*Note: If COVID levels change such that the event cannot be held, then we will reschedule the event. There are no refunds, many thanks for your understanding.** Neural Coding is a trade mark of Your Life Live ItFor more information please contact Shelley McMeeken, DFNZ Managing Trustee by replying to this email

Homestay Families Wanted

At Marsden we provide Homestay accommodation for students who are aged 14 years and over. We believe that the academic growth and personal lives of students from outside Wellington are best supported in a Homestay environment, where they can enjoy a warm, comfortable, caring environment and become part of the local community.

Marsden has an excellent pastoral team who will support you to ensure that hosting is a rewarding experience for your family. We are seeking families who will include students in all aspects of family life, provide all meals and a separate bedroom with space to study. Payment is $310 per week. For more information or to express your interest please contact

ICAS Competitions - Digital Technologies, English and Science

This year ICAS competitions will be offered in Digital Technologies, English and Science. ICAS competitions are now online and will be conducted here at school following the schedule outlined below. Each participating student will receive a certificate and an online results report. By registering your child into the assessment you consent to your child’s personal information being collated. More information about the ICAS competitions can be found here: ICAS Assessments.

Our school has also signed up for the ICAS Assessments parent payment system (PPS). Through this system you will pay for ICAS directly. Each test costs $18.40. If you wish your child to be entered in any of the ICAS competitions you need to follow this link for purchasing : ICAS Shop
  Closing date for purchasing via PPS Test code Test date
Digital Technologies (Years 7 - 11) Sunday, 25 July 2021 MQA208 Monday 9th August
English (Years 7 - 10) Sunday, 1 August 2021 MQA208 Thursday 19th August
Science Sunday, 8 August 2021 MQA208 Monday 23rd August

Towards 150 - Marsden Foundation

Although 2028 is still a little way off, we are already embarking on an exciting journey towards our 150th anniversary.  One of the first key milestones on our journey Towards 150 is to establish the Marsden Foundation. The Foundation, and its members, will form part of a group of dedicated individuals and families committed to the long term prosperity of the school.

The success of the Foundation in raising funds will be enabled by the partnerships and relationships we have with all parts of the community – and we would like your help. We are seeking expressions of interest from Marsden Parents who would be keen to be inaugural members of our Foundation Board. The Marsden Foundation Board will work alongside the Principal, the Marsden Development Office and the Management Board, to explore many and varied ways to achieve our goals.

Members of the Marsden Foundation Board will be fundraising champions.  We are excited by the opportunity that the establishment of the Foundation will bring us, in engaging with our whole community in this meaningful work, for the benefit of both current and future Marsden students.  I invite you to get in touch with over the next week or so if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.

Marsden Physiotherapy Clinic

Marsden and Proactive Physiotherapy are offering a school-based physio clinic one day a week in Terms 2 and 3 2021 starting Week 2. This service will be free to students and they will be able to book sessions during school time. Please clink on the link for booking information and time.

School App

Stay connected with our School App, please download it to your phone if you haven't already done so. You can send school absences via the School App, access the school calendar, read the newsletter, and we may send important notifications via the App. Search for 'SchoolAppsNZ' and then 'Samuel Marsden' or 'Marsden', for more detailed instruction please see here.  Please call us on 476 8707 if you need to update your details.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 476 8707 and choose the option for Absences.  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.  

2021 Term Dates

For 2021 Term Dates see here.