Notices: Years 11-13

Subject Selection for 2021 - Due Today

A reminder that subject selections are due in by Friday 18 September. If your daughter will be in Years 9-13 in 2021 please check your email and use the email link to choose her preferred subjects.

Year 12 Mother/Daughter Dinner

Year 12 mothers and daughters are warmly invited to dinner in the Cultural Centre, Marsden House on Thursday 24 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  We are pleased to announce our special guest and speaker for this evening is the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 

Please note if we are in Level 2 on this day we will not be able to hold this event and we are not able to reschedule it. 

In order to cover costs we will be charging $25.00 (GST included) per person for the dinner which will be charged to your account.  Please advise us of any dietary requirements you or your daughter have. The girls are required to wear school uniform at this event.

For catering purposes we ask that you register for this event using the link below by Monday 21 September. Even if you can't make it (but we hope you can), please register so we know you have received this invitation. There is a 'No I can't make it" option on the registration form. 

If you have any queries please contact Jo Sherlock ph: 476 8707 or email

2020 Leavers' Ball Tickets

We have launched ticket sales for the 2020 Leavers’ Ball to be held at TSB Arena, Saturday 12 December. You can find more information about the ball here.

Under the Year 13 levy you have prepaid for four tickets (this includes tickets for your daughter and date).  If you wish to increase the size of your party please complete the ticket order form for additional tickets, with payment,  by Wednesday 23 September.  Tickets are $240 each.  Cocktail only tickets are $50.00 each.

Please complete the ticket order form even if you don’t require extra tickets. 

Artist in Residence - Exhibition 11-25 September

{Suite} Gallery, 241 Cuba Street is generously hosting our 2020 Artist in Residence Jasmine Chalmers' Exhibition, 11-25 September. Jasmine will be there on both Saturday 12 and 19 September to speak with visitors.

Jasmine has been working with our senior students and Year 9 and 10s, and creating still life scenes around the comfort of home, encompassing nostalgia and memory. It is beautiful and memorable work. Jasmine has a strong interest in nostalgia and the unusual which she communicates  through the still life genre and references to the painting traditions of Dutch vanitas, baroque and surrealism.

Voice of Rangatahi - Active Student Survey

Sport New Zealand, College Sport Wellington and Sport Wellington will soon be circulating an online survey with secondary school students across the region. The attached information will explain how and why we are conducting the survey at Samuel Marsden.  The survey will be available for students to fill in during form/tutor time on Wednesday 23 September.

Second Half Year Reports for NCEA Students

You will be aware that we undertook a major review of our reports this year, particularly for Years 7 to 10.  With the second round of reports about to get underway (following exams), we are making further changes to our senior reporting, with the intention of producing more useful information at this key time of year.  

Our past practice has been to issue a summary of NCEA grades at the end of Term 3, including both internal assessment and school exam results. We then issue a fuller report to Years 11 and 12 students as they begin their study leave, with a particular focus on exam advice.  End-of-year reports have not been produced for Year 13 students as they later receive a testimonial.  This year we have made the decision to change our reporting practice, in order to produce timely and more detailed advice in the lead up to external exams. This may be an interim measure in an unusual year – or it may become established practice. We will evaluate its success and, as always, appreciate your feedback.

At the end of Term 3 we will be uploading the following information to the student portal:
  • a summary of grades to date along with general subject advice for Term 4
  • a summary of co-curricular involvement 
The general subject advice will include an overview of standards being assessed, useful approaches, where to find resources and a focus on key skills that need developing. Advice will be tailored to each class. The document will also provide specific advice on preparation for portfolio submission. This detailed and specific information should be useful to students and to parents as Term 4 approaches and help students focus their study in a more meaningful way. We understand that students have different needs and some may require a modified approach. Teachers are happy to discuss alternatives for students who have atypical needs. 

Please note that the next formal feedback you will receive on your daughter’s achievement will be her NCEA results published by NZQA in mid-January.

Year 11 Dance

Thursday 15 October at Marsden House

Thank you to all our Year 11 students and their families for their patience as, for the third time, we re-organise the 2020 Year 11 dance.

Because we have limited times available, we are not able to use the Boatshed and so the dance will be held here at School, in Marsden House on Thursday 15 October 7.30pm -10.30pm.  Because it is a weeknight, Marsden students need not come to school until morning tea on the Friday.  All other conditions for the Year 11 dance apply. 

To register again please use this link.

We hope that the students thoroughly enjoy this evening.

Parent Feedback re Online Learning Progress Interviews

Thank you for your adaptability in making the switch to online interviews. We are keen to get your feedback on the process and therefore invite you to take part in a quick survey. It will help us in our planning for 2021.  Thank you!

Nominations for Sport and Cultural Awards 2020

A reminder that nominations for Sports and Cultural Awards will close on Wednesday 16 September.

All the information regarding this year's awards ceremony can be found at the links below:

If you have any questions, please email (Cultural) or (Sport)

Student Cultural Achievements 2020

This year's Cultural Awards Evening is running in a different way as a result of Covid 19, and awards for students in Years 7-12 will be held over to 2021.

If you would like to submit information regarding your daughter's achievements this year now, please enter the details here and they will be considered for the 2021 awards ceremony.

Information on the awards can be found here

Sports and Cultural Photos - 18 September

Sports and Cultural photos take place on Friday 18 September.  There will be two setups for these photos to minimise disruptions to classes.  Please see the schedules attached (two tabs with schedule 1 and schedule 2).

We ask that all students are in the Old Gymnasium (changed as appropriate) 5 minutes before the scheduled time of their photo.  We cannot wait for latecomers so we ask that all families check this schedule carefully.  

Printed copies of this schedule will be on the notice boards around school.  Details about ordering photos online will be made available by the photographers soon after photo day.

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 there is new information about a checklist for Year 13 students to help them transition from school, Massey University's College of Creative Arts tours and workshops in the school holidays, and the Cambridge Immerse Essay competition. 

NZ Uniforms Thorndon Quay Store - Closed for Stocktake

The NZ Uniform Thorndon Quay Store will be closed for Stocktake from Sunday 27 September to Tuesday 29 September, and will re-open at 9.00am Wednesday 30 September.  They apologise for any inconvenience.

Year 12/13 Semi Formal Dance

The date of the Year 12/13 semi formal has been changed to Saturday 17 October.
Because of the change in date you will need to register again for the event.

Here is the link to register again.

DATE:    Saturday 17 October 2020
VENUE: Marsden House, Marsden Avenue, Karori Wellington
TIME:     7:30pm to 11:00pm
TICKET: $60.00 per ticket (includes supper, DJ, photographs and photo booth)
ENTRY: By invitation only. Students are welcome to bring a guest.

Thank you for your patience.

Jean Gilmer Award for Scientific Illustration

This was reinstated in 2017 by the Old Girls’ Association in memory of past pupil Jean Knox Gilmer. It is awarded annually to a student in Year 7-13 for a hand painted or drawn scientific illustration or artwork which represents a plant or animal specimen accurately. The award was originally started in 1959 for an herbarium (collection of dried plant specimen and notes) or ecological survey; there is no record of the award after 1984. The reinstated Jean Gilmer Award links the past, in terms of a previous award, a past pupil and the historical recording of observations by scientists with our current teaching and learning practice of collaborations between Science and Visual Arts.

Entries must be handed in to Mrs Gunn or Ms Barstch by 8.30am on Friday 6 November.

Marsden Rowing Club Fundraiser - Last Orders

LAST ORDERS – over 120 cases sold.

Thank you to all those that have supported Marsden Rowing and the wine fundraiser.  There is still a chance to order but be in quick.

Marsden Rowing Club, with the support of Eurovintage Limited, are raising money throughout Term 3 to support our 2020/21 rowing programme & infrastructure. We have a lovely selection of wines in 6 bottle cases to tempt your taste buds. Wines from Ata Rangi, Te Mata, Neudorf, Babich, Maude, Pegasus Bay, Louis Roederer, to name a few. See the full selection and prices here

Please place your orders by completing the google form WINE FUNDRAISER. We will send you a confirmation email confirming your order along with payment instructions. Once money is received, we’ll pass on the order to Eurovintage, who will process and dispatch your order to any address in NZ, free for orders over $160 in total.

If you like the look of any individual wine in our mixed cases we are happy to quote separately for these.  Please contact us at

Thank you for supporting Marsden Rowing Club! 

Coronavirus Information

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

Enrolments for 2021

Enrolments for new students entering in 2021 are now due. We will be making decisions to waitlist or open new classes for our larger intake years (6, 7 and 9) soon, so please encourage those interested in Marsden to get in touch with us as a matter of priority. 

Please direct friends or family interested in enrolling for 2021 to Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 or email

Changed NCEA Examination Timetable

All students sitting NCEA examinations should now check the new NCEA timetable, and note when their examinations will occur.  The timetable is available on the NZQA website.  If a student has more than 2 examinations scheduled in one day please contact Mrs Grant.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 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.

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 (phone has been forwarded off-site) 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).

Yoobee Colleges September/OctoberSchool Holiday Programmes

Click here to download the school holiday programme brochure. 

Due to COVID-19, Yoobee recognise there may be uncertainty whether these courses will go ahead. Rest assured, they have online alternatives prepared. Students will be able to transfer into the online alternatives for free or the option for a full refund will be made available. 

2020 Term Dates

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December