Back to School 2019

We are currently populating this page with Back to School information for 2019. All parents and caregivers will be sent an email when the information is complete. 
Sports Registrations

Registrations for both Summer and Winter sports in 2019 will open on Tuesday 1 January 2018. They will close on Wednesday 25 January. Please register on the sports website. Entries of teams into College Sports events are due before school starts so it is imperative your daughter registers for all the sports she wishes to participate in before 25 January. 

Term dates 2019

Term 1
Wednesday 6 February (Waitangi Day)
Thursday 7 February (first day for students)
Friday 12 April (Last day of Term 1)
Note: Easter break and Anzac  occur in holiday time.

Term 2
Monday 29 April (first day of Term 2)
Monday 3 June (Queen’s Birthday) 
Tuesday 4 June (Staff Only day)
Friday 5 July (last day of Term 2)

Term 3
Monday 29 July (first day of Term 3)
Friday 27 September (last day of Term 3)

Term 4
Monday 14 October (first day of Term 4)
Monday 28 October (Labour Day) 
Friday 6 December (last day for students)

Parent/teacher coffee evenings and BBQs

International Students
There will be a welcome BBQ for all new and current International students and their host families on Wednesday 13 February at 6.00pm in the Marsden School courtyard. Please RSVP with number of people attending to by Wednesday 6 February 2017.

Cultural Programme

Marsden offers a wide range of cultural activities and there are many opportunities for your daughter to get involved. Playing and enjoying music at Marsden opens the door to a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts.We have choirs, orchestras, rockbands, flute ensembles and handbell ringing, as well as the academic Music curriculum which includes our fun and innovative Year 7 Band programme. Specialist teachers are available during the school day for students to have private tuition in the instrument of their choice.

Our Composer-in-Residence programme gives music students the very real opportunity to experience a composer at work. During their residency, the composer takes workshops with the girls and composes a unique piece of music for Marsden.

We encourage our girls to join in the School Production. Performing as a team in front of an audience builds confidence and great camaraderie. For those not seeking the limelight we offer technical workshops alongside the school production.

There are opportunities to perform in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, to debate, dance or take Speech and Drama lessons from our specialist tutors.

Please find further co-curricular details and registration forms here.

Year 10-13 Production of Godspell
Rehearsals for our production of Godspell will begin at the start of Term 1. All cast members should check their emails at the end of the holidays for updated rehearsal information.

2019 Cultural Handbook
The 2019 Cultural Book contains information on the range of activities at Marsden and can be found here from the end of January, along with the online registration form. If you have any questions, please email the Cultural Coordinator, Sarah Wilson on or call on (04) 476 8792 Ext844. 

Recognising achievements
It is really important to us to recognise the success of our students in (school and external) cultural activities. Please email and if your daughter has achieved something throughout the year that should be celebrated. If you are able to send high resolution photos that would also be much appreciated. 

Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama
Your daughter can leave school with a Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama! She can start her journey at Years 7, 8 or 9. Classes are available at lunchtime or after school. Registration details and forms can be found here, 2019 registrations close on 7 Feburary 2019. For further information contact Jan Avison on 021 446 600 or email


Sports Programme 
At Marsden, we believe that sport teaches students about sportsmanship, teamwork, courage and healthy physical activity. We want Marsden girls to be gracious winners and good losers. We’d like all girls to take up a sport in 2018 and we have fantastic programmes to develop their sports skills. 

Marsden Sports website
The Marsden sports website is the best please to find all information about sport at Marsden. This site is dedicated to Marsden sport draws, registration information, news, results, details of the Swifts Talent Centre, our Physiotherapy Clinic and more. Please refer to it throughout the year

Sports registrations
Registrations for both Summer and Winter sports in 2019 will open on Tuesday 1 January 2018 and close on Wednesday 25 January. Please register on the sports website. Entries of teams into College Sports events are due before school starts so it is imperative your daughter registers for all the sports she wishes to participate in before 25 January. 

Years 7–13 Athletic Sports, Newtown Park, Thursday 28 February 2018 (Week 4) 
Our first sports event of the year is Athletics, which will be held at Newtown Park on Thursday 28 February. This is a fun day filled with lots of school spirit. It is a House competition that allows everyone to compete both on the track and in a range of field events. Students are to wear their House t-shirts and PE shorts or track suits. Sports shoes are a must. Students make their own way to Newtown Park for an 8.25am roll call and will be dismissed from the park at approximately 2.45pm. There is a bus available to take students back to Karori and regular school buses leave Marsden at 3.30pm. You will receive an e-mail to reserve a seat on the returning bus. The day’s activities include the March Past, a sausage sizzle and the highlight is form class and House relays to complete the day. A programme will be included in the weekly Marsden Newsletter which will be emailed to you and is available on the School App. Parents are encouraged to come along and support their daughters on this exciting and action packed day.

Years 7-13 Swimming Sports, Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Kilbirnie, Friday 29 March 2019 (week 8)  Our second sports event of the year is Swimming Sports, which will be held on Friday 29 March at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie. Students make their own way to the venue for a 8.45am start and will be dismissed at 2pm. As there are no supervised buses or shuttles back to school please arrange transport plans with your daughter for the end of the day. Students are able and encouraged to enter competitive and non-competitive swimming events that they sign up for in their PE classes. Students are to dress in House colours with appropriate swimming attire for racing. All students are expected to attend, if they are not swimming, jobs and support positions will be allocated. Please ensure your daughter brings adequate food, water, warm clothes and towels.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness. Please email or call 476 8792 Ext701. 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.