Notices: Years 7-10

How we communicate what at Marsden

Please see here for the ways we communicate with you at Marsden. It is very important you are aware of where you can find information, that you are receiving Marsden information, and that we have your up to date contact details. Please call us on 476 8707 if you need to update your details. A reminder, please download the School App to your phone, it is the SchoolAppsNZ app. 

Emergency pages - these can be found both on MyMarsden (i-SITE menu) and on our website (About section).

Lighting Workshop this weekend

All students registered for this event have been emailed regarding what they need to bring on Saturday/Sunday. Please do not send your daughter if she is unwell, but email to advise of her absence.

Mufti Day - Friday 27 March

Our first mufti day for the year. Students to bring a gold coin donation.

This is to raise funds for the Cancer Society. The senior girls were to take part in Relay for Life, which raises money for the Cancer Society. Although the Relay for Life has been postponed we are going ahead with the fundraiser and the money will go to the Cancer Society.

Parent Volunteer Reader Writers Needed

A few girls require a Reader/Writer for NCEA and also some Year 7-10 for their tests.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please email Lorraine Offord

Keeping our Community Healthy

All updates and communication to parents regarding the Coronavirus can be found here.

The health of our students and staff is a priority for Marsden. As is normal procedure, if your child is unwell or showing signs of being unwell, we ask that you keep them at home. Sending sick children to school results in infection spreading and unhappy children. We will request that any child displaying signs of illness is collected immediately.

If your child displays symptoms of illness such as sore throat, high temperature, cough and respiratory issues please consult a medical professional immediately. We urge you to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages.

As a school, we will also ensure good hygiene practices are taught as the year starts and that sanitisation of tables, door handles and light switches is of a high standard.  We have sanitiser dispensers at school however, if you wish, you may send your daughter to school with their own hand sanitiser.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in this matter.

Kathmandu Wellington Shopping Promotion

Kathmandu Wellington is happy to invite Samuel Marsden students to an exclusive shopping promotion. They will be offering a one off COMMUNITY DISCOUNT on purchases across our entire range, as well as FREE SUMMIT CLUB MEMBERSHIP.  To be held at the Wellington store on Thursday the 12th through Sunday the 15th as well as Thursday the 19th through Sunday the 22nd of March.  Please click this link to find out more information. 

Afternoon Bus Route 14 Service from Marsden School to Kilbirnie

The bus on route 14 in the afternoon is changing departure time from Vera Street to 3.35pm (currently 3.30pm). This is a result of Marsden engaging with Metlink to make this happen so that the service better meets the needs of our girls. 

Karori Road Patrol - parent volunteers needed

We’d like to reinstate a manned road patrol on Karori Rd but at this stage we do not have enough parents able to supervise this. The proposed times that the crossing would be manned are 8.15am to 8.45am and 3pm to 3.30pm. Please contact Jo Sherlock if you are able to help at all

Year 7 to 9 Lockers

We are all enjoying our refurbished space in the Year 7 to 9 area.  The lockers are working well and it is nice that the girls have the extra seating and space.

The girls were allocated a combination lock that is theirs to keep and there will be a charge of $15 each for these locks.  I will also have some spare locks if needed and there will be a charge of $15 for these.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. wendy.carroll@

Scholarships for 2021

Marsden Scholarship applications for 2021 are open. Year 6, 7 and 9 Scholarships are open to existing students, for more information and to apply please visit the Marsden website.

The Marsden Parents' Association (MPA)

The Marsden Parents’ Association last meeting for Term 1 is Thursday 26 March, 7pm in the iCentre.

At this meeting we are setting our budget for the year.  Remember you are more than welcome as all parents are members of the MPA.

Catherine Stewart

Careers Evening Speakers Wanted, 30 April 2020

Many parents and students will have seen the recent article (27/01/2020) about the future of work based on the OECD report, ‘Dream jobs? Teenagers' career aspirations and the future of work’ With rapid technological development, and the impacts of climate change worldwide, the current prediction is that some traditional pathways may not offer long term careers.   

Each year we hold an information evening here at school for Year 10-13 students. We arrange several speakers and the students choose three to hear speak about their career pathways for around 20 minutes. The goal is to expose the students to a diverse range of career pathways, and to get them thinking about the many possible opportunities that a particular area of study could lead. If you would like to take part in this evening, or can recommend anyone who you think may be interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with the students, please contact Sue Binns, at

New Bus Route

After considering all options, Marsden has decided to hire a private bus to cover the route previously served by Metlink school bus #670 which was cancelled for 2020 by Metlink. This new bus will begin in the eastern suburb of Seatoun and make the following stops en route to Marsden:

  • Seatoun
  • Strathmore Park
  • Miramar
  • Kilbirnie
  • Hataitai
  • Roseneath
  • Oriental Parade
  • Railway Station
  • Northland
  • Marsden
Please find all the details and registration information here.


You can find transport details on our Transport page.  Please find up to date information asbout bus routes here.  We encourage students, particularly our senior students (maybe parents too) set up the Journey planner on their phones, if they have the Smart Phone models. This is so they have this as a first start guide-line to assist with their journeys to and from school.  Please find the  link here.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1
Friday 31 January 2020 – School commences for ALL Year 7, 9 & 13 students (8.30am - 12.30pm) plus students NEW to Marsden in Years 8, 10, 11 & 12 (9.30am - 11.30am). 

Monday 3 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Secondary.

Thursday 9 April (Last day of Term 1) Note: Easter and Anzac day occur in holiday time.

Term 2
Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December

Proposed International School Trips for 2020 and 2021

If you are interested in learning what is proposed for our international educational offerings over the next two years, please see here.

Leave During Term Time

The School App can be used for notifying absences to the office of daily illness and doctor's appointments but should not be used for notifying leave during term time.  Any request for leave during term time needs to be directed to the Principal in writing for approval. If approval is given your daughter will need to liaise with her teachers well in advance to ensure that she makes arrangements to catch up on missed work and/or assessments.  


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or ph: 476 8792 Ext 701.  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.  Leave requests for Primary School students need to be sent to the Director of Primary.