Notices: Years 11-13

Artist in Residence Exhibition invitation - 28 June 6pm-7.30pm

You are invited to the opening of the 2019 Artist in Residence Exhibition 'In the Round' by illustrative artist Margaret Tolland, who has been working with our students this year. The Exhibition consists of large works by Margaret featuring the views from eight 'conservation champions' associated with Karori's Zealandia, as well as student work. All works will be for sale with a percentage from the sales returned to the Artist in Residence programme. The Exhibition runs from 28 June-20 July. Please find your invitation here.


Reports will be available on Saturday 6 July.  To view, login to the MyMarsden portal.  If you do not know your login details please email 

School Exam Timetable

Please find attached the school exam timetable.  Make sure you and your daughter reads it carefully.

Winter Food Drive

The cold weather and increased costs that come during the winter months have an effect on many families and individuals across the Wellington region. Our school would like to help, by collecting food for the City Mission, which is quickly running out of food stocks. Next week, the last week of term, we would like to encourage each student to bring one item of food for our collection. We believe we could help 40 families with this food drive.

The most needed items are:
Peanut Butter, Marmite/Vegemite, jam, sugar, milk powder, canned fish/meat, tinned fruit, biscuits, tinned vegetables, tinned and packet soup, pasta sauces, rice, 2 Minute Noodles, muesli bars, body wash, deodorant.

If you have any questions, please contact Chaplain Sarah King

Lost property

Lost property is on display in the Music corridor all week.  Please make sure your daughter has a look through.

House Music Rehearsal Schedule

Attached is the House Music Rehearsal venue schedule.  Please make sure your daughter checks the schedule.

A Taste of Marsden Cookbook Call For Recipes

The MPA project for a new edition of A Taste of Marsden Cookbook is now underway.  Our goal is to have the new cookbook available to order in time for a Christmas delivery.  To achieve our goal, we need your help.  We know there are some wonderful cooks out there and are calling for your favourite, tried and trusted recipes from our community.  The recipes will be tested by the dedicated recipe committee for selection. We will mix a blend of recipes with a sprinkling of nostalgia for old Marsden favourites while including a modern twist with local ingredients and some international flavour.  We are looking forward to sampling your culinary delights!
Please send us your favourite recipes to

Can you please kindly share your favourite recipes for:
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Vegetarian
  • Baking and desserts 
We also still need your recipe suggestions for breakfast, soups and salads, lunch box ideas and drinks.

Please include in the subject heading the recipe category and name of the dish.
If you would like to be involved in this project please contact Karin MacKinnon at

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop's last day of business in Marsden Village was Wednesday 19 June.  

From the start of Term 3 (Monday 29 July) uniform can be purchased at the new premises, NZ Uniforms, 168 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011.

Careers and University News

Please see our Careers Information page on MyMarsden, which is updated weekly, for the latest details and dates of upcoming events, and links to many relevant websites. This week you can find information about applications for tertiary scholarships which Year 13 should be applying for in the upcoming holidays, and two information evenings for Auckland University being held next term.

Swainson Memorial Music Competition - Tuesday 13 August

Please complete the attached document if you are interested in entering the Swainson Memorial Music Competition on Tuesday 13 August this year. The registration form must be returned to the Office by Monday 1 July and is open to Year 7-13 students.  Please see Mrs Campbell if you have any questions.

These are the awards given on the evening, as well as two Highly Commended prizes.

Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance
This was established in Centenary Year, 1978 and is open to a Marsden Year 7 - 13 student in recognition of her outstanding performance at the Swainson competition.  The recipient receives a book at Prizegiving and the Director of Music award of $100. 

Nell Clere Music Scholarship
Kathleen Clere (Nell) was a past pupil and music teacher at Marsden.  She helped establish the Old Girls’ Association with Miss Baber and in 1936 was its second president.  Her interest and support in the school and its endeavors remained with her all her life.  This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded annually by the Old Girls' Association to a student from Years 7–12 who shows considerable potential.  The scholarship will enable the recipient(s) to continue musical studies while at Marsden. 

Innovation Series Invitation

You are invited to attend our next Innovation Series talk. Our Year 6-9 students will be attending this event and students from other schools and interested adults are invited.  Our innovator for September is Graci Kim, Korean-Kiwi author and diplomat who believes in the power of creativity and play. When not at work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Graci writes young adult fiction about strong girls, full of dreams and hungry for magic. She is the creator of free website LoveatFirst chapter and is also responsible for three technology start-ups: a social enterprise turning children’s drawings into real-life soft toys; an interactive children’s book app that reached No.1 in its first week and online cooking show ‘Graci In The Kitchen’, which reached almost a million viewers in its first year. Please find your invitation attached

Sports Awards Nominations

Incredibly it is already that time of the year where we are wanting you to nominate yourselves for the 2019 Sports Awards. 

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

All nominations must to be 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!

Marsden Friends of Football

Please see attached the Marsden Friends of Football newsletter.

Rowing Coach Position

See the attached information about a vacancy for a Rowing Coach position. Please circulate this to your friends.

Marsden Friends of Hockey Movie Fundraiser

Please join us for a fun night at the movies while supporting hockey at Marsden!
Movie Premiere "Yesterday" Sunday 30 June 2019
Our annual movie fundraiser night is on Sunday 30 June.  

It will be the premiere of Yesterday, a British musical comedy, directed by Danny Boyle, and written by Richard Curtis. It stars Himesh Patel as a musician who, after an accident, finds himself in a world where he is the only person who knows of The Beatles, and becomes famous performing their songs as his own.  Lily James and Ed Sheeran co-star. 

It is sure to be a sharp, witty and fast-paced movie! A link to trailer is here.

When:  Sunday 30 June 2019 - Seated by 5.45pm - Movie starts at 6:00pm
Where:  Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn
Cost:  Tickets $20 each
Book your tickets online here.

Spread the word to all your friends and families.  We have some amazing spot and raffle prizes and, of course, lollies! 

Marsden Friends of Hockey works alongside the school to help grow participation and excellence in hockey at Marsden. Please email if you are interested in learning more. 

Marsden Dance Season is Underway!

Our daughters love Dances and Balls. To make them a success we all need to volunteer in some capacity.  At Marsden we volunteer for a dance that our daughter is not attending. 

The Year 11 Cabaret is looking for a person to lead the team of helpers and coordinate the Cabaret, Is this you?  If you can please email  The coordinator has access to the past few years dance information and so it is just following a formula.  There are a number of experienced dance coordinators and helpers who can help we just need someone to coordinate this year.  If you can help with a dance please contact the dance coordinator named below to participate and ensure the success of these evenings.  

The other dances we are holding this year are:    
Date Year Group/s              Dance Coordinator  and contact email
9 August Y7 & Y8                   Andrea Bonetto
9 August Y11                          Still needing a coordinator      
14 September Y12 & Y13     Adam Nathanson

School Holiday Sport

The third week of the July school holidays 22-27 July is business as usual for the school sports programme, as most other schools are back from holidays. We are very lucky to have this additional week but it can be problematic with sporting fixtures.

Please let us know, by emailing the sports office asap if your daughter is not available to play for her team 22-27 July. 

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.

Yoobee School of Design- July Holiday Programmes

Yoobee School of Design are running short courses in the July school holidays on Digital Illustration, Photography, Film Making, Game Design, 3D Animation, Digital Painting, Creative Typography, Visual Design, and 2D Animation. An online booklet with more information about the courses on offer, costs, timing and how to enrol is available here. Any questions email

The Young Investment Banker Summer Internship

For ages 15yrs-18yrs 
London, 2-6 August 

New York, 9-13 August 

Programme Highlights:
- Trade live at the London Stock Exchange
- Tour Wall Street with top financiers and visit hedge funds
- Competitively trade stocks and commodities
- Negotiate in a Mergers & Acquisitions deal
- Private dinners and lunches with some of London's and New York's most talented investment bankers
- Learn and reside in one of the world's best universities (UCL or NYU)
- Make an exclusive network of high-level finance contacts
- Meet talented students from more than 20 different countries
- A once-in-a-lifetime 'gold star' to include on college application forms