Notices: Years 7-10

Years 7 -10 Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews for Years 7-10 are on Thursday 23 August (4.00pm – 8.30pm). Bookings can be made by clicking the ‘book a teacher interview’ icon when logged into the MyMarsden Portal.  You will also be sent an email with a link to the booking screen.

Bookings are now open.  They will close on the night of Tuesday 21 August.

If you have any difficulties with the system please email or phone 476 8707.

NCEA Information for Year 10 Parents
From 6pm to 6.30pm Margaret Adeane will present to Year 10 and other interested parents on the NCEA qualification.  This will be held in the Auditorium.  All welcome.

Learn to Row 2018 Taster Sessions for Years 8 - 13

Information about the coming rowing season will be available at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21 August in the Shepherd Wake room at School.  Please see the attached for more details..

Year 7 Vision Screening - Information for Parents

Regional Public Health provides a vision screening programme for all Year 7 students.  This will be carried out at the School on Monday 20 August.

* Vision - pupils will be advised of results at the time of screening, if further assessment is recommended you will be notified by mail 
* Children who wear glasses and / or are under professional care and have regular checks will not require a vision check from our service   

Non-consent - please notify Tania Stokes, School Nurse on 476 8792 ext 819 or if you do not wish for your child to be screened.   

This screening is not a full assessment of your child's vision, if you have any concerns, please see your Optometrist.

Year 8 Tree Planting for the William Pike Challenge

The tree planting at the Polhill Reserve has been postponed to Tuesday 21 August periods 3-6.  Any parents wanting to come gardening please contact Jane Hazelton at

Swainson Memorial Music Competition Video Recording

A recording of this concert is available to those students who performed.  If your daughter would like a copy, she should bring a 16GB USB to Miss Wilson before Friday 31 August.

Altissime Auditions for 2019

Thursday 6 September 12.45pm - 2.15pm and Friday 7 September 12.40pm - 1.30pm in the Lilburn Room.  Please sign up on the sheet in the music corridor under the Altissime poster.

Suffrage 125

Year 7 - 13s will be participating in a full school celebration for Suffrage 125 on Monday 17 September.  We would like to present each upper school student with a $6 commemorative pin to represent this monumental milestone.  The $6 would be charged to all students’ accounts.  If you have any questions or comments please contact Fiona Crawford on

Cultural Awards Evening - Request for Nominations

In Term 3 each year, the Cultural Awards Evening is held to celebrate the achievements of our Year 7-13 students in the areas of music, dance, drama, technical production and public speaking.  The evening begins with a half hour of drinks and nibbles, followed by the awards ceremony and performances and will take place on Thursday 27 September at 7pm. 
Please find here the nomination form for students who deserve particular recognition for their achievements.  This evening also recognises service - honoring someone who has been a great support to the cultural scene this year.   

Further information on the awards can be found here and a description of the Cultural cups here.    

Nominations should be sent to by 5pm on Wednesday 22 August.

Sports Awards Nominations

Incredibly it is already that time of the year where we are wanting you to nominate yourselves for the 2018 Sports Awards. 

Please click on this link and you will be directed to the Marsden Sports Awards page on the Sports website. 

Please make sure you read all the criteria in each section before entering your nomination, then click on the appropriate underlined heading to direct you to the registration page eg. Junior Colours   Please make sure all nominations are submitted before the close date of Sunday 16 September, no nominations will be accepted after this date.  

If you are unsure about anything please ask your parents to help fill in the form!

Free Seminar for Parents of Teens

Parents and caregivers of secondary school students (Years 9-13) are invited to a free ‘Parents as Career Educators’ seminar on Monday 27 August 2018. The seminar will provide parents with tips and advice to guide their teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world.  This free seminar will cover:         
  • The world of work: looking forward ·        
  • How to make informed career decisions now and in the future ·        
  • How parents can assist ·        
  • Career development resources
Presented by a career consultant from the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC), the seminar will assist parents to help their teens consider ALL their options, whether this is work, university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, private providers or other possibilities. (This event is NOT about study options at UC.) 

The seminar will be held from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Kelson Community Centre, 5a Timaru Grove, Kelson, Lower Hutt. Register online at:

YOGA at Marsden

We are looking at Yoga classes starting in Term 3, 2018.  Yoga teacher Lucinda Sherratt has recently moved from Hawkes Bay to Wellington after many years living, training and working both overseas in Auckland and Hawkes Bay.  She is a dedicated J1 Iyengar accredited Yoga teacher and Clinical Nutritionist.  Lucinda’s Yoga style is Hatha Yoga, this is characterized by breath and movement.  Hatha incorporates all the basic asana (poses) plus simple joint movements to open up the body increasing flexibility and strength.  

The classes will run as a course throughout Term 3.  The cost for students will be $10 per class, minimum class numbers are 10.  

All students will bring their own mats specific to Yoga and nonslip.  The students should wear comfortable gym clothing as they would for any other sport.  If you are interested in joining this class please register here

Changes to 2019 Term Dates

Please note slight changes to 2019 term dates (in Terms 1 and 4): 
Term 1 Thursday 7 February – Friday 12 April 
Term 2 Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July 
Term 3 Monday 29 July – Friday 27 September 
Term 4 Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December

Marsden Prayermatters

Our School Chaplain, Sarah King convenes an email prayergroup for our school. Each week she sends out an email with some prayer requests and a list of students and staff to pray for during the week. The prayer requests are confidential, and no names are used. If you would like the group to pray for something in particular, OR you would like to pray with this group, contact our Chaplain, Sarah King,