Principal's Blog

Another year has flown by and it has been one full of all of the good things that happen on a daily basis at Marsden.  For me personally, it was great to be in my second year at the school in 2019.  My much better understanding of the rhythm of the school gave me the opportunity to look forward to each of the special occasions that occur throughout the school year as they approached. 
The next week is full of those unique Marsden occasions starting with the Carol Service at the Cathedral tonight.  Our Primary students will be singing at Homewood on Saturday, then Monday sees the wonderful Primary prizegiving and nativity, as well as a gathering of our Year 13 ‘Lifetimers’ and their families to celebrate their long association with Marsden.  There is a special assembly at Whitby on Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the Marsden years at Whitby as we prepare to hand over the reins to Whitby Collegiate in 2020.  Then of course our prizegiving on Wednesday night before final activities and assemblies at school on Thursday and Friday and the Leavers’ Ball on Saturday night.
A huge amount of work has gone into the preparations for all of these events and I would like to thank all of the staff and girls involved in the performances for their dedication to ensuring that the audience at each event gets to see them at their very best.  
For the Year 13 students and parents leaving us, this is a happy and nostalgic time.  Thank you for your support and involvement.  It has been a pleasure working in partnership with you to help your girls grow into wonderful young women, to see them leave the nest now and take flight.  We are also lucky to finish our time together in such a magnificent way with the Leavers’ Ball.
I would like to thank all of our parents for your support of your daughter’s schooling and activities this year.  Your support of our school has also been highly valued.  We certainly could not achieve the things we do without your input and involvement.  The Gala and Day of Giving were absolute highlights this year which demonstrated the strength and engagement of our broad community.
This is our last Marsden Newsletter for 2019, please keep an eye on your emails for the Back to School 2020 information.  This will be sent to you in mid-January.  
Please note that Sports registrations for 2020 will open on the Marsden Sports website page on 1 January 2020 and closes on 24 January 2020. 
Hope, joy, peace and love.  These words frame the Christmas ‘spirit’.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday.
 
Arohanui,

Narelle Umbers - Principal