Notices: Years 11-13

Maintenance Check

As part of our ongoing work to maintain and improve our buildings, Marsden will be undertaking a full inspection of our roofs this Tuesday 18 September and Wednesday 19 September subject to weather.  As part of this work, a drone will be used to take photographs of the roofs.  The drone will be piloted by an onsite and licensed drone pilot and will only be photographing our roofs.  No images of play fields, playgrounds, courtyards, indoor hallways or classrooms will be taken.  The photos taken will remain the sole property of Marsden.  Our school has a Drone Policy and the contractor will be operating within those guidelines for the safety of our students and staff. 

Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to John Thomason, Marsden's Chief Operating Officer, at or at 476-8707 x838. 

Sports and Cultural Photos - Slight Changes to Schedules

Photos take place on Tuesday 18 September.  There will be two setups for these photos to minimise disruptions to classes.  Schedule attached (two tabs with schedule 1 and schedule2).  We ask that all students are in the Old Gymnasium (changed as appropriate) 5 minutes before the scheduled time of their photo.  We cannot wait for latecomers so we ask that all families check this schedule carefully.  Any Committee photos, please email a list of students to Mrs Anne Field by Monday 17 September.

Printed copies of this schedule are on the noticeboards around the school.  Details about ordering photos online will be made available by the photographers soon after photo day.

Marsden Innovation series – “Innovation at Amazon”

The Marsden Innovation Series is an exciting new initiative, bringing innovative speakers to the school to address our Year 9-13 students, parents and the wider Marsden and business communities.  Our first event on Monday 29 October features two highly engaging speakers, Jonathon Meichtry and MJ Scott, from the e-commerce giant Amazon. They have tailored a presentation exclusively for us, where they will share their story of the innovative culture at Amazon and the limitless possibilities if you dream big enough. 

The event will commence for visitors at 8.15am, with tea, coffee and a light breakfast, followed by the presentation in the Auditorium, with a finish time of 9.30am. Invitations will be sent out shortly, via email and the newsletter.  You will be able to book to online. There is a small charge to attend the event. Whilst the innovation series is not open to the general public as yet, you are welcome to invite family, friends and colleagues to this event.

Sports Awards Nominations - Due this Sunday

Please make sure all nominations are submitted before the close date of Sunday 16 September, no nominations will be accepted after this date.  Please click on this link and you will be directed to the Marsden Sports Awards page on the Sports website. 

Please make sure you read all the criteria in each section before entering your nomination, then click on the appropriate underlined heading to direct you to the registration page eg. Junior Colours     

If you are unsure about anything please ask your parents to help fill in the form!

Suffrage 125

Year 7 - 13s will be participating in a full school celebration for Suffrage 125 on Monday 17 September.  We would like to present each Upper school student with a $6 commemorative pin to represent this monumental milestone. The $6 would be charged to all students accounts.  If you have any questions or comments please contact Fiona Crawford on

Subject Selection for 2019 - Now Due

A reminder that subject selections are now due.

Cathedral Service

All students are expected to attend a Cathedral Service in Hill Street from 6pm - 7.30pm on Monday 24 September to celebrate the 140th Year of the foundation of the school.  Chapel Choir will be required to be at the cathedral at 5.30pm as they are part of the welcoming music before the service begins.  We hope you will join us.  Please see your invitation attached.

Football and Futsal Prizegiving

All 2018 Football & Futsal players are invited to celebrate their personal and team achievements on Monday 24 September, at lunchtime in the Cultural Centre.  Pizza lunch provided and your RSVP is required by Thursday 20 September.  Please see the attached invitation.

Cultural Awards Evening - Thursday 27 September

Students who have been involved in activities such as music, drama, dance, debating, 'Alice', speech and drama and Kapa Haka have been sent an invitation to the Cultural Awards Evening, held on Thursday 27 September at 7pm at school.

The invitation can be found here and RSVPs are due by Thursday 20 September, by filling in the form at this link.  Parents and family members are also most welcome to attend. 

Students in these groups will be performing on the night: the Guitar Group, Altissime and Kapa Haka.

Fiji Service Trip 2019 Applications Open

If you are interested in being considered for the Marsden team going to St James Anglican School, Levuka, Fiji, in the third week of the July holidays 2019, (21-19 July 2019. date to be confirmed), please complete the application form.  This may be collected from Reception or Mrs Barlow.  The service trip generally costs between $2,600 and $3,000.

Given for You Pop-up Shop

Given for You are having a pop-up shop to raise funds for the care packages etc we put together here at school.  Opens on the Thursday 27 September.  See the attached for more information.

Careers and University News

Please see our Careers Information page on Ultranet, which is updated weekly, for the latest details and dates of upcoming events, and links to many relevant websites. This week there is new information about scholarships to help cover costs to attend Otago Hand-On. These are available for students with disabilities and also students of Maori descent.

Uniform Shop Holiday Opening Hours

The Uniform Shop will be open in the school holidays on Thursday 11 October from 9am till 1pm.  Please also feel free to drop off any second hand items that you wish to sell.


Please do not drive into the school grounds when delivering or collecting children.  Students must be dropped outside the school grounds at all times, unless special arrangements have been made.  As there have been a number of ‘close calls’ involving cars and students, the Vera Street entrance is closed from 3.00pm–4.00pm and the Donald Street entrance is closed from 8.00am–4.00pm for safety reasons.  We also ask that drivers observe all yellow ‘no stopping’ lines.

Book Donations

As part of Year 11 Remarkable Time a group of girls are collecting books and donating them to Cannons Creek School. They are looking for any books you might have at home ranging from picture books to Year 7 level novels. There will be boxes in the music corridor and by Mrs Carroll's office. Any donations are much appreciated. 

Anyone going to Samoa in the October Holidays?

The girls who recently went on the Samoa Service Trip have used their fundraising money to buy sewing machines to give to our village, Safotu.  This will provide some of the young women with skills and income after they leave High School.  Unfortunately the cost of postage is over $500!  If any of our school whānau are going to Samoa in the October holidays, we would love to talk to you about taking them as extra baggage!  Please contact Chaplain Sarah King if you can be of help

Influenza Outbreaks Occurring in Schools and ECCs in the Wellington Region

In the last week Regional Public Health has been notified of influenza outbreaks in a number of schools and early child education centres in the greater Wellington region.

Please see the attached letter for further information.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the ECC team on 04 570 9002. 

Camp to Knowhere

The Diocese is running a Wellington based camp on 6-7 October.  It is a special event for Junior Youth (ages 10 - 14) to travel around Wellington, seeing different models of mission and having the opportunity to experience the mission in their own way.  We’ll have a great time and enjoy a unique opportunity to camp overnight in Wellington Cathedral of St Paul - a wind/rain free experience in the capital!  The cost will be $20 and registrations close on 21 September.  For more information and all registrations go to : or contact Chaplain Sarah King.

Changes to 2019 Term Dates

Please note slight changes to 2019 term dates (in Terms 1 and 4):  
Term 1 Thursday 7 February – Friday 12 April 
Term 2 Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July 
Term 3 Monday 29 July – Friday 27 September 
Term 4 Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December