Old Girls Day

Friday 1 November 2019

Since the early 1900s Marsden has been welcoming Old Girls back to school to celebrate, renew friendships and remember their school days.  

We invite Old Girls who were in the fourth form/Year 10 in 1949, 59, 69, 79, 89, 99 or 2009 to come back and enjoy a very special day with us on Friday 1 November 2019.

The day starts with Holy Communion in the Baber Memorial Chapel, followed by a special assembly. After morning tea, there is the AGM then tours of the school are available (see how school has changed since you were here). Marsden School provides a light lunch. The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks followed by dinner, a fitting end to a lovely day of sharing old and new memories.  Register using the link below:

2019 decade co-ordinators are listed here:


In the early days Marsden past pupils kept in touch with each other through their column in the school magazine Te Kura (first issued in 1904), the newspapers’ social columns and word of mouth. In 1909 Miss Baber considered that the Annual Sports day held in November was a suitable time for an annual “get together” of old girls and staff. With the official formation of the Old Girls ’Association in 1912 she then decided that the annual re-union should include All Saints’ Day, November 1st, when past pupils all over the world would remember their school. Today Old Girls’ Day is generally celebrated on the Friday nearest to All Saints’ Day, and past pupils can plan ahead.

By the 1920s Miss Baber was inviting past pupils to spend the weekend in the Boarding House. This continued until 1939 when wartime rationing limited activities somewhat. The weekend has often involved sporting events – especially tennis, but it is the camaraderie, laughter and storytelling that old girls come back for. Decade gatherings (on a students 4th Form or Year 10 cohort) began in 1982.

Miss Baber was the first president of the Association and remained so for 24 years, when Miss Clere took over. Now the School Principal is the Association’s patron maintaining the relationship between the school and its Old Girls.

Previous celebrations

We were thrilled to welcome Old Girls back to school on Friday 26 October 2018, it was a wonderful chance for Principal Narelle Umbers to meet them and to launch the new Marsden Strategic Plan 2019-2021. She also announced the newly remodelled dance studio has been renamed the Rua Chandler Dance Studio, after a much loved teacher/deputy head at Marsden. Many Old Girls will remember her fondly. 

We celebrated our newest Marsden Hall of Fame Laureates, congratulations to Dorothy Brown (posthumously), Nina Hall, Gemma New and Janne Shewan. Guest speaker Old Girl, Lauren Quaintance, with her background in journalism, was fascinating. Last month she was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the B&T Women in Media Awards in Sydney. All in all, it was a fabulous day, thank you to all the Old Girls who attended, we loved seeing you! See more photos on our Facebook page. 

See previous Hall of Fame Laureates or for more details on Marsden Hall of Fame criteria

We have a special opportunity for Old Girls and friends of Marsden to buy a limited edition (120 copies) of Green Frogs, Memories of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in the 1950s. This A4 Colour Hardback (147 pages) is a wonderful snapshot of life at Marsden during that time put together by Jan Worthington (with input from classmates and Marsden archivist, Rosalba Finnerty). 

Cost price per copy NZ$45 + PPH NZ$6.50 (overseas to be advised). 

Available for collection (no postage) on Old Girls Day or thereafter from Lesley Griffiths by arrangement, phone: 04 473 7752 & email a_lgriffiths@xtra.co.nz or Jan by email: jan.worthington17@gmail.com & mobile: 0061 (0)418 124 505 (Australia).  

Download the order form now (PDF) complete and either scan and email to Lesley Griffiths or send by post to Lesley Griffiths, 64 Hill Street, Thorndon 6011.