Notices: Years 7-10

Year 8 Final William Pike Challenge - Tuesday 3 December

Please find the attached letter that was sent earlier in November on CareMonkey.  It is a reminder of what your daughter needs to bring next Tuesday morning. It is a mufti day with clothes suitable for climbing. A big thank you to Bridget Brackenbury for volunteering to come with us for the morning. If anyone else wants to come to help supervise please let me know. One of the activities, the treasure hunt, the students will be partly supervised as they gather answers from near Fergs. They will do this activity in fours and there will be two teachers walking in the area designated for the hunt. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask

End of Year Arrangements

Please find attached the end of year programme.  This details requirements for students and attendance for end of year activities and events.  We look forward to welcoming parents and extended family at the Carol Service and Prize Giving.

Pack the Bus for Wellington City Mission

Pack the Bus is back for 2019.The roving Tranzit bus will be visiting Marsden during the first week of December collecting Christmas food and new toys for families who would otherwise have a pretty tough Christmas. We would like Marsden to be involved. Any donation is amazing and always greatly appreciated.

Year 7 to 10 will have a gift box in their form room, for the gifts.Years 11 to 13 gifts can be left at the main school reception or under the Christmas tree which will be in reception soon!

Below are some examples of the types of items the City Mission.

Essential Items:
Spreads and Muesli bars
Weetbix, Oats & Muesli
Sugar and Milk Powder
Pasta Sauce
Tinned Soup/fish/meat
Biscuits and Crackers
Body Wash and Deodorant
Baby Food, Wipes and Nappies
Laundry Powder and Dishwashing Liquid

Christmas Items:
Small Christmas Cakes 
Fancy biscuits/crackers
Fancy relishes/sauces
Salts/roasted nuts
ChippiesToiletries for the whole family
Retail vouchers

Toys: (new toys only please - and unwrapped) 
Construction Toys - Lego/Meccano 
Art equipment
Educational toys and books 
Baby toys for 0-2yr olds
Board games

City Mission Walk of Fame

A generous member of the Marsden family has bought a  Marsden Star for the City Mission walk of fame.  Every star represents a family being helped this Christmas by the City Mission.

The stars will be displayed on the Wellington Waterfront from 1-27 December. See if you can spot the Marsden Star.  Here is more information if you want to buy your own Walk of Fame Star.

Viewing Tickets - Marsden Leavers' Ball 2019

Saturday 7 December 

Viewing tickets will be available for purchase at the office from Monday 18 November. These tickets enable you to view the Year 13 girls' presentations and first dance. Arrival time for viewing 7.15pm -  8.30pm.

Tickets are $5 and there are limited numbers available, so be quick if you are wanting one!

NZQA Exam Timetable

Please see the NZQA exam timetable here.

Years 7-10 Reports

Years 7-10 reports will be available by Saturday 7 December.  

To access, go to the  MyMarsden webpage and then click the Marsden Portal icon.

If you do not know your login details please email 

YEAH! GIRLS Cricket Programme

Wellington Cricket is running YEAH! GIRLS cricket programme. Yeah! Girls is a social hub aimed at 10-14 year old girls, no experience needed. It includes participating in modified games as well as socialising, making new friends while developing confidence with catching and throwing, and being vocal for Marsden. Marsden's first session is Thursday 5th December 3:30-5pm on the school field, followed by a further 2 sessions on 4th and 6th February 2020. Come along meet some of the Wellington Blaze and enjoy our Summer game. Watch promo video here

2020 Year 7-10 Production

Next year, our junior production will be celebrating songs from Broadway musicals and will be open to students in Years 7-10.

Rehearsals will be on Thursdays after school during Term 1 and early Term 2, as well as dress rehearsals on Sunday 3 and Sunday 17 May. Performances will be Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 May.

More information will be available at the start of Term 1 for students wishing to participate. Please direct any queries to

Seeking a Junior Premier A Debating Coach

Marsden is looking for a coach for our Year 10 Junior Premier A debating team for 2020.  You would need to be available to coach during a lunchtime or after school slot and attend 2-3 after school debates per term, across Terms 1, 2 and 3. Please email if you or someone you know may be interested, or you would like further information.

Marsden Parents' Association (MPA)

The MPA would like to extend best wishes to you all for the holiday season. Good health to you all and if travelling please keep safe. 

The first meeting of 2020 on Thursday 27 February and includes our AGM.  

The MPA is a great way to meet other families from school and support the school in a range of events.  

The MPA assists the school with:
  • dances, mainly through providing adult supervision on the night
  • coordinating year group get-togethers and communication
  • administering the second hand uniform Facebook page
  • catering at special events, such as Open Day
  • fundraising, our main event is the Gala next held 2021.
Everyone is busy and has multiple commitments but without the help and support of the MPA many of these events could not happen.  The more people we have to help the lighter the load for everyone.

If you are interested in supporting come along to our February 27 2020 meeting or send us an email

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Speaking on 25 February 2020

We are delighted to be hosting Barbara Arrowmsith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Programme, on Tuesday 25 February at 7.30pm. We invite you to come along to the school Auditorium and listen to Barbara's fascinating talk about her cognitive training programme. If you have a child who has a learning difference such as dyslexia, processing difficulties, dyscalculia or auditory processing difficulties, we strongly recommend you attend. Marsden has some places (part time or full time) in our Arrowsmith Programme for 2020. The programme, in 2020,will be in its 6th year at Marsden and has enjoyed huge success. More details will follow in the New Year. If you'd like to attend Barbara's presentation please RSVP here.  Please see the flyer here, which also includes a link to the registration form.

Amazing Opportunities for 2020 in the Arrowsmith Programme

The Arrowsmith Programme is for anyone who would like a boost in brain power! Over the last 5 years  we have seen amazing results and students who have participated in the programme have benefited enormously, both academically and in self confidence. Arrowsmith also compliments Marsden's Visible Wellbeing Programme beautifully. 

In 2020 we are very pleased to be able to offer part time programmes (1 to 3 periods a day) or full time programmes ( 4 periods a day)  to students. For more information and details about the Programme please see here.

Back to School Information 2020 and MyMarsden

We are currently putting together the Back to School 2020 information, which will be available on MyMarsden (i-SITE) from mid-January 2020. You will be sent an email mid January with a link to this page. Please note that the MyMarsden pages contain school information you may require throughout the year, please browse the menu items. Stationery lists 2020 can now be viewed here

Homestay Families for 2020

Have you been considering hosting an international student in 2020?  Marsden has an international staff team who will support you to ensure that hosting is a rewarding experience for your family. We are keen to to hear from potential hosts and are seeking families who will include their student in all aspects of family life, provide all meals and a separate bedroom with space to study  Payment is $310 per week.  For more information or to express your interest please contact Homestay Manager for Marsden, Lyn Brooks, 0210543590 or email

Cambridge Immerse 2020 Scholarship Competition

Cambridge Immerse is an opportunity for students from around the world to attend a two-week residential programme for either 13-15 year old or 16-18 year old students. These take place at the University of Cambridge colleges in the UK during July and August. Students can select from 18 subjects, such as architecture, creative writing, international relations, medicine, computer science or law, and explore through dynamic sessions led by expert university tutors. 

See for more information and how to apply.

Cambridge Immerse holds an annual Immerse Education essay competition with prizes of partial or full scholarships. 

See  for details. Applications close 20 January 2020. 

Advent Calendars for Sale

Advent Calendar with 25 flaps with a New Zealand theme are also available. No chocolate, no Bob the Builder or Barbie on the front - a beautiful New Zealand nativity scene with windows to open which tell the Christmas story. Please click here to see a photo of the Advent calendar. These are also $5 and you can order yours by contacting Sarah at  

Drink Bottles

In School Council this year we have been focused on our main environmental initiative of banning single-use plastic bottles in the cafeteria. Along with the Marsden Parents' Association, we have already also helped fund the installation of a water filling station inside Marsden House. In order to help fund this ongoing project and encourage students to bring their own water bottle to school, we are selling Samuel Marsden-branded drink bottles. Please see the attached photo.

They are premium-quality 500ml, double walled, vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles - they can keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. We would love it if you could buy one (or more than one!) to help support our eco-friendly initiative that will greatly benefit the school. They are $22 each.

A CareMonkey form has been sent out. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle, please reply to the CareMonkey message, indicating how many water bottles you wish to buy. The cost will be added to your account and your student can pick up her bottle at the front desk. Bottles will also be for sale at the front desk, cash only.

Thank you for your support.
The School Council

2020 Starting School Dates

Term 1   
Friday 31 January – School commences for ALL (current and new) Year 7, 9 & 13 students , plus students NEW to Marsden in Years 8, 10, 11 & 12.
Monday 3 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Years 7-13.

Metlink Bus Changes in Term 1, 2020 - Route 670

Please find attached a letter providing information on public and school bus services changes which may impact some of your student's travel choices  from Term 1, 2020. In the usual circumstances we would have consulted with you on these changes. However, given operational needs and time constraints it was not possible to do this consultation and still be able to implement the changes in time for Term 1. We apologise for the inconvenience these changes may cause for some of your students. If you have any questions regarding these Term 1 2020 changes please email
From: Service Design Metlink Schools  

You can also find these details and other bus route information on Buses Transport page.

2020 Enrolments

It is that very busy time of year when we are enjoying meeting with new students and their families, and sharing their excitement about starting at Marsden next year.  So often they tell us that they are interested in Marsden because they know members of our community and have heard great things about the school from them, or they know current or past Marsden students and want their own daughters to be just like them!  Thank you to all the members of our community who do so much to share the Marsden story.  If you have friends or family who may be interested in joining us next year, please encourage them to get in touch with us as soon as possible as decisions around classes, subject selection and timetabling are being made over the next few weeks and we are best able to cater for all of our students’ needs if we can include them in the processes early.

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.  

Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook Page

You can now buy, sell, and trade Marsden uniforms online through the new Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook page! This page is a handy way to recycle and reuse gently used Marsden uniforms. 

This page is for used uniforms only. New uniforms and accessories can be purchased at New Zealand Uniforms on Thorndon Quay in Wellington or online at

To access and use the page you need to be a member, as the page is a closed group. To join the group, open Facebook, search for the Marsden Uniform Resale page, and request to join. One of the administrators will grant you access to use the page. 

Marsden Uniform Resale is administered by the Marsden Parents' Association in coordination with Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. The page operates outside the charter of the MPA and the school and neither organisation makes any representations, guarantees, or claims related to uniform items bought, sold or traded on the Marsden Uniform Resale page. 

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.


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.