Notices: Years 7-10

Godspell Rehearsals

Please see this link for the dates and approximate times of Godspell rehearsals through to show day in May.  Please be aware that times may be adjusted as required but the days will not change.  We ask for your support in collecting your daughter promptly at the end of rehearsals.

Cultural Groups

Cultural groups are now underway across the school and students should keep an eye on the daily notices and the cultural and music noticeboards for information on what is on offer.  Once your daughter has chosen her activities, please register her at these links below by Friday 1 March. Any questions, please email  
Music Groups click here
Dance and Kapa Haka click here

Athletics Day

Athletics Day is on Thursday 28 February.  Please see the attached for instructions for the day.

Maths Competitions

Marsden is excited to offer a range of Mathematics competitions throughout the year in which your daughter may wish to participate.  The competitions all take place during the school day, with your daughter coming out of her normal class to complete them.  Each of the competitions has a slightly different structure and cost and you can find more details about each one by following the links on the attached form.  These competitions are optional but a great way of extending our students and we encourage entry from all interested students.

If your daughter wishes to enter any of these competitions, please complete the attached permission slip.  Entries are due by Friday 1 March.

Please note:  The University of Otago Junior Maths Competition is only for students in Years 9 - 13 The ICAS Mathematics competition is likely to be held on the same day as the NCEA Level 1 MCAT assessment.  Any student taking Level 1 Mathematics this year is advised not to enter the ICAS Mathematics competition.

Marsden Friends of Football

Marsden Friends of Football welcomes all new parents to Football and Futsal at Marsden.  You are invited to join us for our AGM on Monday 4 March at 6pm, an opportunity to find out a little more about the sport your daughter has signed up for.  Our Chairman's Report is attached, which provides an overview of our goals and achievements to date.  We are actively looking for enthusiastic parents to join us on our small committee, so please contact or message us on our Facebook Page if you would like some more information.

Innovation Series

After a successful start last year we are excited to continue our Innovation Series.  Our first speaker this year is Elly Bray from 'Thankyou'.  Thankyou is a social enterprise that sells consumer products and commits 100% of profits to helping end extreme poverty.  Elly is part of the team that pioneered Thankyou's first ever international launch.  Her passion for making a difference is contagious as she shares the ups, downs and valuable lessons the Thankyou team have learnt together on their journey.  Elly will be speaking to Upper School students.  Parents, caregivers, your friends and colleagues are invited to attend.  Please find your invitation attached.

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden Fundraiser with Jacinda Ardern

Join us to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talk about her love of books and the importance of reading and literature at a unique fundraising event for Katherine Mansfield House & Garden.  See the attached invitation.

Wednesday 13 March 5:30pm–7pm Marsden Auditorium
Tickets $55pp; to purchase tickets click here.
RSVP by 6 March to secure your tickets to this exclusive event, which includes a glass of bubbles and canapes.  Phone 04 473 7268

The house at 25 Tinakori Road was Mansfield's birthplace and is now a museum dedicated to celebrating the life and work of New Zealand's most famous author. This special event is being held to raise funds for developing educational programmes and resources for schools visiting the house following its scheduled redevelopment this year. 

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

Volunteer Form 2019

Many volunteers assist at Marsden each year.  All help, of whatever kind, is deeply appreciated.  If you can assist in 2019 please fill in the attached form, deliver it to Reception or email it to  Please note, Primary School parents will also be offered the opportunity to volunteer in the Primary School in other ways too.

Marsden Communications

Please see this document re how we communicate with you at Marsden, we hand this out to new families starting at Marsden but existing families may find it useful too.  A reminder to change your notification groups on your School App for next year.  If you don't have the School App please download it, and it would be great if you could also follow our Facebook page

Student Contributions for the Gala

To help make the Gala a great event and to involve the students, each student House runs a stall and holds a raffle.  The Houses have now had meetings in their student groups and are currently busy getting things together.  

Years 7-13 students have all been asked to bring in a small donation ($5-10) which is used for any required equipment for their stall, or for putting together a lovely raffle prize basket.  If students would also like to bring contributions for the raffle prize basket that is also much appreciated.  The House Captains have each organised donation collection points which will be read out to the students in the morning daily bulletin so students can take their donations to the correct place.  The more donations a House receives, the more House points it is likely to win, contributing to the House Award at the end of the year. 

Years 9-11 students are also being asked to contribute Tombola prizes.  Students can bring these to school any day up till next Friday 1 March.

Years 1-5 and Years 7-8 parents are also asked to contribute baking for the cake stall.  Year 6 parents are asked for baking for the Cafeteria.

Each of these prizes or baking earns the student House points and these accumulate towards winning the House Prize.

We are hoping for a wonderful event.  Many people are putting in many hours to help make this a most successful Gala and we hope everyone is most welcome to come and have a good time. 

Less than TWO weeks to Gala day!

Sunday 3 March 2019, 11am – 2pm 
We are in awe of the amazing team we have working on getting ready for the Gala.  The Old Gym is a hive of activity as the impressive pile of donations continues to grow.  Particular thanks must go to Sally King, Susan Henry, Pamela Hunt, Pip Groom, Dawn Morrison and Danielle Chamberlain who are working extremely hard to get everything ready. We are still accepting items – Clothes, furniture, linen, books, toys, music, crockery, cutlery, plants, exercise equipment.  The Old Gym is open for drop offs: Mon-Fri 7.30am - 3.30pm and Sundays 10.30am-12.00pm. 

Our Silent Auction is NOT to be missed!
Place your bid on a Jonathan Adler vase, an Ans Westra print, a Ruth Pretty hamper, Trelise Cooper tote and sunglasses, Jennifer Evans dance classes, Village Goldsmith jewellery and many more fantastic items.  Our latest donation is a cosy beauty from Small Acorns a quilted velvet comforter.  Perfect for the colder weather to come.

Designer Clothing
So exciting to see our Designer Clothing Stall coming together, there are some fantastic bargains to be had, this could be one of the best Designer Clothing sales ever!  Thank you to those who have donated, keep the donations coming and do use this opportunity to 'Marie Kondo' your wardrobe - Remember 'designer' in this context includes a wide range of mid-high end brands.  Designer Clothing will once again be a three day event. ·  
  • Presale - Friday, I March (11.30am - 6.00pm)  ·  
  • Presale - Saturday, 2 March (11.30am - 2.30pm) ·  
  • Gala - Sunday, 3 March - (11am - 2.00pm) 
White Elephant
We have a great crew but many hands make light work, so if you are able to assist, we would love to have you.  Please, no more electrical goods after Wednesday 20 February as they will not have been checked by our Electrician.  We are still after a few more helpers for the weekend prior to and the weekend of the Gala too, please consider joining us.  Please contact Sally on 021 618561 with offers of help or queries.

Deli Stall 
Fantastic work from our cooks so far!  But more cooks and deli products are still needed.  To extend our range for the stall more items would be appreciated.  Browse these links and see if you can help (we have extra clean jars available):  Tomato-Chilli-Jam,     
Ruth Pretty recipes for Caramelised Almonds and a delicious Luxury Muesli
Contact Monika for more information - 021 266 4172

Book and Music 
This is shaping up to be one of the best book stalls ever!  Great contributions are pouring in, but we can still handle more so take this opportunity to clear out your bookshelves and let someone else enjoy a good read.  We also welcome CDs, DVDs, LPs and sheet music.   Thank you for your generosity and support. Leigh – 0274 572 821 
Curry Stall
Marsden's very popular Gala Curry stall is back, with some fabulous cooks who would love donations of the following: Chicken, coconut cream, red lentils, tomato paste and basmati rice. Please contact Kalyani, if you can help –  

Cake Stall
 Primary and Preschool important information - Don't miss out on House points! Preschool, Primary School Years 1 - 5 and Years 7 & 8 make a significant contribution to the Gala by baking for the Cake Stall and we hope you have received information about this, if not, please let us know as baking needs to be delivered to school on Saturday 2 March.  Each contribution earns students house points and the class that contributes the most (based on percentage) will win a PRIZE!

This year we thought we'd try something new, if you are unable to bake you can donate $20 and someone else will bake for you!  This money is to be left at either the primary or secondary reception desk in a clearly marked envelope by Friday 22 February.  Envelope to be marked: Catherine Stewart, Cake Stall Baking Alterative.  Make sure you put your daughter's name and house on it too so they get their points!  If you are able to assist with more baking, please ask your teacher for another cake box Catherine or 0276300993

Preloved Clothing 
We would love donations of more baby clothes, under 5's clothes, boys and mens’ clothing please – these are always popular items.  Just drop off at the Old Gym! 
Garden Stall
Any donations of potted plants (herbs, flowers, succulents etc), hanging plants, outdoor pots, bird feeders, garden paraphernalia gratefully received!  I can arrange pick up, or drop off in Thorndon.  I’m happy to start collecting up plants from now and can look after them until the Gala and if your garden is overflowing with produce we would love donations closer to the day.  If anyone would like to share co-ordination duties or can spare some time to help out, including on the day, that would be much appreciated.  Just drop me a text. Thanks! Christina 027 565 2099  

Makers of Fudge, Coconut Ice, Rocky Road, Toffee Apples, Russian Fudge please get in touch, we need you!  We need more bags of wrapped sweets donated for Sweet Stall - fruit bursts, minties... to make lolly necklaces.  Please drop off at the Upper School Reception.  Or if you'd like to make Russian fudge for our Stall attached is a GREAT recipe! Please contact Freda with any queries -   

Healthy Treats 
Planning is well underway for our new Healthy Treats stall at the gala this year. We will be offering delicious GF, DF, vegan and refined sugar free treats. We will be selling individual treats to enjoy at the gala or take home in a wee bag. We hope you like the sound of GF salted caramel bliss balls,  vegan banana gingerbread, DF carrot cake and sugar free choc mint slice for example. If you would like to bake for us please get in touch and we look forward to seeing you at our stall. Thanks for your support. Jacqui and Kate   

The Tombola is great fun when there are lots of good prizes.  We need around 700 items - small containers/packets/bags of lollies, toiletries, stationery, toys etc.  Students earn Class and House points for each item they bring.  Tombola donations will be collected between 20 February and 3 March so start collecting prizes to make this stall a massive hit with the girls again this year!  

Taking part in Gala preparations is a great way to meet other members of the school community and have a lot of fun as well.  For Gala updates and information, including information on the fantastic pieces we have had donated to our Silent Auction, please follow the MPA Facebook page, this is the best place to stay up to date with Gala news: If you haven't signed up to help at the Gala then please do, we still have 70 positions to fill.  Click here to sign up. 

Kath and Kalyani  
Gala Convenors 

Hockey at Marsden

Key dates coming up:

  Marsden Hockey Trials    Fri 1 March, 5pm – 7pm 
  Sat 2 March, 10am – 12pm
  Sun 3 March, 5pm – 7pm
  Marsden Hockey Teams confirmed:     From Mon 18 March 2019
  Friends of Marsden Hockey AGM   Fri 1 March, 5.30pm


Marsden Prayermatters

Our School Chaplain, Sarah King convenes an email prayergroup for our school. Each week she sends out an email with some prayer requests and a list of students and staff to pray for during the week. The prayer requests are confidential, and no names are used. If you would like the group to pray for something in particular, OR you would like to pray with this group, contact our Chaplain, Sarah King, 

Looking for a House to Rent

We have a family arriving from Australia with two school age daughters who will be joining the School this year 2019, starting after Easter. They are looking for a home to rent in Karori, Kelburn, Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Wadestown, Wilton, Thorndon, Mount Victoria or Oriental Bay. 
Preferably the house would be unfurnished however that may be negotiable.  They are in a position to take the property now.  If you know of anyone who has a property to rent, or is going overseas and wants to rent their house, please contact Jennie Johnstone on 021 544 505 or  

House to Rent

A group of 4 local Anglican youth workers are looking for a house to rent in Karori, while they concentrate on running youth group at St Mary's Karori and other community work in the area.  They are young adults who are studying at universtiy, totally reliable and very keen to be part of what is going on in Karori. If you know of anything coming up, or would like some more information, please contact our school chaplain, Sarah King 027 491 2245,

Wellington College Art Collection Exhibition - 8, 9 March

You are invited to the Wellington College Art Collection Exhibition and Sale, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March 2019.  Wellington College's Alan Gibbs Centre will be transformed into a showcase of Art and Creativity, featuring significant works from the College's own collection, an exhibition of student work and original works from WC's staff.  Staff work and prints of selected historical works will be for sale.  For more details and opening tickets see here.  Entry by koha on 9 March.