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Marsden Parents' Association

Marsden has a vibrant and active Parents' Association.

Our mission is to:  

  • develop a positive and welcoming climate for all parents
  • work closely with the school in meeting its current needs to support the interests, wellbeing and educational advancement of our students.

2018 AGM

All parents are invited to attend the AGM of the Marsden Parents' Association on Thursday 22 February 2018, at 7pm in the Marsden School iCentre.

The first meeting of the year will follow the AGM.

MPA Meetings

All meetings are held on a Thursday in the iCentre at Marsden, starting at 7pm. All parents are most welcome. The 2018 meeting dates are: 

- 22 February (AGM)
- 22 March
- 10 May
- 21 June
- 9 August
- 13 September
- 25 October
- 22 November

The Marsden Family Wall and Garden opened 9 April
The Marsden Family Wall and Garden was officially opened on Sunday 9 April 2017. The Marsden Family Wall is a legacy wall – etched with current Marsden student's names and dates they were at Marsden. It is sited outside the South Studio corridor beside the new Marsden garden. The garden has been designed by Marsden parent and landscape designer, Sarah Norling, in consultation with the school, the MPA, and the science teachers. Background to the Family Wall and Garden(27/06/2017)

Entertainment Book

Marsden Parents Association is pleased to be selling Entertainment books/digital memberships this year. By purchasing a 2017/18 Entertainment Membership you’ll be supporting the MPA and making huge savings on:
* Dining
* Shopping
* Travel
* Attractions and activities
In addition to having more than $20,000 worth of value, pre-order your Entertainment Membership before 26th of April and receive over $150 worth of savings to start using straight away!  (14/03/2017)

Mistake in cake mix recipe sold at the Gala
Oops - We have realised there was a mistake in the cake mix recipe sold at the Gala on 5 March, part of the recipe was omitted.  Apologies to the six people who brought the cake mix the correct recipe is as follows:
1. Preheat oven to 170c
2. Melt 125gm of butter, cool.
Whisk 1 cup of milk, 3 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla essence in a jug.  Add the cooled melted butter.Put cake mix into a large bowl and add the west ingredients. Fold together - Do not mix or beat.
3. Put into 20 cm square greased cake tin and bake fro 50-55 mins, until skewer comes out clean.
4. Topping of your choice
5. Enjoy.

Marsden Gala huge success
The Marsden Gala on Sunday 5th March was a tremendous success, thank you to everyone who contributed or came along on the day to help us raise $66,000 (and counting). Our sponsors, in particular Nicky Cruickshank from Tommys, and our tireless Gala Convenors Anita Hartshorne, Nicky Reed and their dedicated team did a fabulous job. Thank you all. (10/10/2017)

MPA Garden of Learning and Wellbeing
As an integral part of the Garden of Learning and Wellbeing project, the Marsden Parents Association is erecting a glass wall upon which we hope to inscribe the name of every girl currently at Marsden.Early Bird Special closes 31 October.For more information and how to order click here Marsden Family Wall.

The Marsden Garden
The big project for the MPA is developing the area between the new building and science block into a garden for learning and wellbeing for our daughters. Read more about it here.
We are currently seeking quotes from landscape contractors to construct the landscaping for the garden. If any parent is in this business and would like to quote, please contact Sarah Norling at sarah.norling@xtra.co.nz or on 021 059 6155.

Countdown to the Marsden Gala has begun!
Sunday 5 March 2017
The gala committee is already hard at work preparing for the next gala, so mark this date in your diaries. We are now collecting items, so please put aside items for the clothing stalls, as well as the gardening, white elephant, books and music, deli and toy stalls. Getting involved in the gala is great fun, so please get in touch if you would like to join us as we ramp up the organisation. Any suggestions for new stalls are most welcome. To find out more, email us at marsdenparents@gmail.com or watch for updates on the school website and on our Facebook page. Would you like to be a part of the Gala Committee? If  you can help, please contact Megan Lloyd Evans at mie@paradise.net.nz or on 021 938 688.

To contact the Marsden Parents' Association email: marsdenparents@gmail.com

Parent helpers on the Cake Stall at the 2015 Gala
Many volunteers assist at Marsden each year and all help, of whatever kind, is really appreciated. If you are the parent of a Year 7-13 student, please visit the Volunteers page and complete a volunteer form to let us know how you could help with Parents' Association run events.

MPA Newsletters
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December 2015
Term 2 2015
Term 1 2015