Notices: Years 7-10

Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia 2019 CASE (California Association for STEAM Education) Space School International Study Program

There will be a one-hour information session re Space Camp trip December 2019 
Marsden Auditorium
Monday 8 April 
6:00pm for students in Years 8,9,10 
7.30 pm for students in Years 11, 12 and 13 

After a successful school expedition to NASA in 2018, Iwe are pleased to announce Samuel Marsden Collegiate School will be involved in the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia 2019 CASE (California Association for STEAM Education) Space School International Study Program.  Through our partnerships, students in Years 8 – 13 have the unique opportunity to join this once in a lifetime, STEAM-based experience at NASA in the USA.  

By empowering students through this unique STEAM program, students will explore the STEAM related skills that will be a feature of their future.  Through the unique access to NASA facilities, inspiring guest speakers and training programmes, students develop focus and curiosity about possible areas of learning for the future.  They also gain a foundation of personal and leadership skills to apply through their school years and beyond.    

This programme is designed to develop leaders for the next generation.  It aims to inspire and ongoing interest in STEAM, empowering and preparing our students for the fastest growing and most sought-after occupations of the 21st century.    

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn beyond the classroom in the most inspiring environment.

Watch the attached video regarding the CASE Space School expedition.
This is a once in a lifetime experience.  You are welcome to come along to the information evening to learn more about the 2019 programme.

The Uniform Shop

All winter gear (long sleeve shirts, tights, and ties) are now available to be purchased from the Uniform Shop.  Winter uniform is to be worn from the start of Term 2.  We also have in stock trousers for senior students (Year 12-13) for purchase. The Uniform shop will be open during the holidays on Friday 26 April between 9am and 2pm.  During term time the Uniform shop is open on Mondays 8am - 9am and 12pm - 5pm and Wednesdays 12pm - 5pm.

Dear Marsden Community,  

We are delighted to announce that Marsden will be improving how you purchase school uniforms. The school has decided to partner with New Zealand Uniforms, a leader in the school uniform space, to be our exclusive provider and seller of Marsden uniforms. 

Our existing uniform shop will remain open in our present space in Marsden Village until 21 June 2019. There will be approximately one month of transition as we move out of that space and into New Zealand Uniforms. We will be open for business at New Zealand Uniforms from the first day of Term 3 (29 July 2019). 

We are making this change so that you will have a more robust shopping experience, with 24/7 access to online sales, home delivery, and a broader range of products from which to choose. In making this shift, we will be joining many other schools here in the Wellington region who have already made the move to New Zealand Uniforms. Once we are fully set up within New Zealand Uniform, we will send you a web link to view our products online. 

We are also making this change because it is of paramount importance to us that the energies of the school, its teachers and its staff be devoted to the education of your children and not in running a clothing business. Below are some answers to questions we anticipate you may have. Should you have any further questions, please reach out to me or to John Thomason, our COO, at

Narelle Umbers - Principal


Why is Marsden making this change?  
  • We’re doing this for two reasons. First, so that we can provide Marsden families with a better shopping experience. Through an established vendor with an online portal and access to many more products (such as shoes, backpacks, etc.), we want to make your uniform experience altogether easier and better. 
  • Secondly, Marsden is in the business of teaching and not running uniform shops.  We want to focus our staff time on doing exactly that. 
Where is New Zealand Uniforms located?  
  • New Zealand Uniform has two locations: One on Thorndon Quay, not far from Westpac Stadium, and a second in Porirua. Both stores are open six days a week during normal business hours but items can be purchased online 24/7, 365 days a year. 
Can we still go in for a fitting at New Zealand Uniforms? 
  • Yes! The sales staff in the store will have our uniform guidelines and are happy to do fittings with or without an appointment. You can book an appointment with them online as well.  
What do I do with my existing Marsden uniform?  
  • Nothing! Moving to NZ Uniforms will not affect anything except making it easier for you to shop. Your uniform will remain the same. 
Can I sell used uniforms to New Zealand Uniforms?  
  • No. In the coming months before the uniform shop is closed, Marsden will set up a Facebook page called “Marsden Uniforms” for families to buy, sell, and swap used uniforms outside of the framework of the school. 
I have uniforms in the Marsden shop on consignment. What happens to them?  
  • We will either return these to you for you to sell or trade on the Marsden Uniforms Facebook page or you can donate them to the school.  

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Come along and support 4 groups of Marsden students as they take to the stage on Tuesday 9 April at Wellington East Girls' College. Performances start at 7pm and tickets are available at the door: $14 for adults and $7 for students.

Leaving Phone Messages

We have had some technical difficulties with our phone system and we understand that some phone messages have been left and not received.  If you have had no response to a phone message, please email the staff member concerned with a contact phone number.  We hope to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Marsden Open Day

Sunday 5 May 2pm - 4pm. 
Please feel free to invite friends and family interested in a Marsden education along to this open day.  Further information and registration details here.

The Winter Project

The Winter Project is a student lead charity group run by five Year 11 students from Samuel Marsden Karori.  They collect second-hand winter woollens and deliver them to schools in the wider Wellington region who are in need of warmth for the cold winter months ahead.  Please see the attached for details on what they need and where to drop off.

Marsden Scholarships

Marsden Year 6, 7 and 9 Scholarships for entry in 2020 are now open.  These are for current and new students.  You can find more information and apply online.  You may find the Scholarship FAQs helpful too.  Scholarship applications close on 16 May and the exam is on Saturday 25 May.  These scholarships are not means tested. 

Marsden Careers Evening - Thursday 9 May 2019

This evening is open to Year 10-13 students from Karori and Whitby.  We like to get about a dozen speakers to come in and talk about their careers.  If you are interested in taking part, or you know anyone you could recommend, particularly ex-pupils from the schools, please contact Susan Binns, at

Waihanga Maker Space

Our Waihanga Maker Space needs the following items... (please leave at reception or in the black container outside the Waihanga)   
Ice cream containers 
Small plastic containers 
Old electronics 
Bottle tops

MASC April Holiday Programme

We are again running a MASC (Marsden After School Club) holiday programme on Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April.   

The holiday programme runs from 8.00am to 6.00pm.   
Morning tea and afternoon tea are provided but children need to bring their own lunch. 
It is also recommended children bring a water bottle.   
The holiday programme costs $55 per day per child.    

This programme is open to Marsden students in Years 1-8 and their siblings.   Please email the supervisor if you would like to enrol your child for any of these days.  
Please see the attached MASC April Holiday programme.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or ph: 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.