Development and Giving

The generosity of the Marsden family enables our success. There are many ways in which we celebrate community at Marsden.
Community Development Director
Contact our Community Development Director, Martine Foster for more information about how you can help.

Marsden Gala

The biennial Marsden Gala is a celebration of community, involving students, staff, families and local businesses. It is a highlight of the Marsden year. Read about our latest GALA here.

Parent-Daughter Breakfasts

Parent-Daughter Breakfasts have become a very enjoyable tradition at Marsden with events held at every year level in the Upper School. These informal occasions are an opportunity for Dads and Mums together with their daughters to meet socially in their year groups and share common interests. All families are welcomed by our Principal, Narelle Umbers.

Y12 Mother / Daughter Dinner

Each year we hold a Year 12 Mother/Daughter dinner which is an informal occasion and an opportunity for Mums and their daughters to meet socially in their year group.  They are joined by our Principal and members of the Leadership Team, Tutors and Deans.
In 2020 we were fortunate to host Dr. Ashley Bloomfield for dinner. It was a privilege to hear his insights on the nature of leadership in these extraordinary times, such invaluable advice to our girls preparing for their year as school leaders in 2021. 


Each year we focus our efforts on one fundraising campaign. Here are some of our recent successes.

2020 Giving Campaign

In 2020 the Marsden Finding a Way Through Together Annual Giving Campaign raised $38,737 to support those current students who, because of the economic impact of the COVID pandemic, may not be able to continue their education at Marsden with their cohort and friends. We are truly grateful for this support which will ensure that a family and girl’s life will not be disrupted in these uncertain times.

Amazing Day of Giving

In 2019 we undertook a new fundraising initiative. Supported by Charidy, an online fundraising consultancy, we had 24 hours to raise $150,000 to support Visible Wellbeing™. During this time every dollar donated was quadrupled. With the help of our amazing Marsden community, we raised a whopping $212,800. 

Jane Goodall Science and Community Garden

Transforming the area outside the Science Labs into a garden was a project originally initiated by Marsden Parents. The Marsden Family Wall and Garden was officially opened on Sunday 9 April 2017 and features three glass panels etched with student's names and dates they were at Marsden. 
On 21 May 2019 world renowned primatologist and scientist, Dr Jane Goodall visited Marsden as part of her 'Rewind the Future' NZ Tour. Together with members of the Marsden Roots & Shoots group Dr Jane planted a Feijoa tree in the Science garden which has been renamed in her honour the "Jane Goodall Science and Community garden".

Te Manawa o Te Kura - the heart of the school

Te Manawa o Te Kura, the heart of Marsden was officially opened by the Prime Minister, John Key on 11 May 2016.  Thank you to all those who contributed to this light-filled space, Learning Studios, foyer and iCentre and a special thank you to those generous financial supporters who stand behind the leading education Marsden provides.


Helping fund our facilities is an investment in all of our pupils, but—if you prefer—you can support one pupil specifically. Scholarships make a Marsden education possible for those who could not otherwise achieve it.
Contact our Community Development Director, Martine Foster for more information about how you can help with scholarships.


If you are considering what kind of legacy you would like to leave, please have a confidential conversation with our Community Development Director, Martine Foster.