Notices: Years 11-13

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 The ICAS competition is being held on Tuesday 25 August 2020 and arrangements will be made for students either to be withdrawn from class or to take the online test during their lunchtime (depending on the numbers involved).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.

Year 7 - 13 Māori and Pasifika Scholarships

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.

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 virtual open days for Lincoln University and Canterbury University, the rescheduled live open day for Canterbury University being held in Christchurch, NZ Defence Careers Information Evenings this year, tours of local radiation treatment facilities for those students interested in studying radiation therapy, and free holiday courses, including portfolio assessment, for Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.  

Marsden NCEA Workshops - Weeks 2 and 3 of the July holidays

Optional workshops are running for NCEA Levels 1 to 3 students over Weeks 2 and 3 of the July holidays. Their purpose is to give you a confidence boost, if you feel you need it.  Workshops will review content or learning from Terms 1 and 2 that you may like to revisit before going into Term 3. If the time is not convenient, you don't wish to attend or feel you just don't need it right now - that is absolutely fine! There will be no new content introduced in the workshops and anything covered in the workshop will be reviewed again at a later date. If you want more details about what will be covered, talk to the relevant teacher.

How to sign up:
Email: from your school email address. Include your name and the workshop number you wish to attend, eg Maddy Jones, Workshops # 43 and #22.  You MUST sign up by Friday 3 July.

Workshops will run for one or more students but we need advance numbers for planning. If there are no sign ups for a particular workshop by Friday 3 July, it will not run.

If you sign up for a workshop and then find you are unable to attend, please be courteous and let the teacher know in advance that you won't be there.

A big thank you to our teachers for volunteering to come in and run these workshops.
Click here to access the workshop timetable.

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

Do you have any spare wool?

Do you have any spare wool that you would like to donate to the Year 7 & 8 knitting club? We meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime and we are making squares to sew into a blanket to give away. All donations would be gratefully received at Reception or at Sarah King's office.


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.

Marsden Virtual Prayer Wall

Did you know that the number of google searches for the word "prayer" has increased exponentially throughout the world and for all religions during the lockdown? It seems that people are more interested in connecting with the sacred during the time of uncertainty.

In response, Marsden has developed a prayer wall for us to record our prayer requests. The link to the page is  . Simply click on the + sign at the bottom of the page, write your subject, and write your prayer request or thanksgiving.  It is helpful to share your concerns with others who you know will pray for you and it can help you connect with the divine. 3 rules - keep it short, don't mention any names, and write prayers of thanksgiving as well as prayers for help. This Virtual Prayer Wall is open for students, staff and Marsden whanau. Go for it Marsden, let's pray for each other!

How we communicate what 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).

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

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