Notices: Years 11-13

Seeking Debating Coaches and Managers for 2019

Marsden is seeking volunteer debating coaches and managers for the following levels next year:   

Junior Premier A (Year 10 students) This is the top junior team and they debate on Wednesdays after school 5 times across Terms 1 and 2.  This may extend into Term 3 depending on results. Practice times are determined by the coach.   

Senior Certificate (Year 11 and 12 students) This first level of the senior grade and they debate on Thursdays after school 5 times across Terms 1 and 2. This may extend into Term 3 depending on results. Practice times are determined by the coach.  
Junior Certificate team management
Years 9 and 10 are part of a Wellington wide competition over Terms 1 and 2, and may continue into Term 3 depending on results.    

The job involves liaising with the student/parent coaches via email, booking adjudicators and arranging parent transport to away debates. No knowledge of debating is required, this is an admin role and all information is provided to you for the above jobs.   

Please contact if you would like more information or are interested in any of the roles.

Speech and Drama lessons 2019 (Years 2-13)

For the details of our Speech and Drama lessons please visit this page. Registration forms can be found in the same place, registrations close 7 February 2019. 

Back to School Information 2019 and Communications from Marsden

We are currently putting together the Back to School 2019 information. You will receive an email by mid-January to confirm this is complete, however feel free to browse the information at any time. It can be found on the MyMarsden Back to School 2019 page. Please note that the MyMarsden pages contain school information you may require, please browse the menu items.

Please see the Communications from Marsden document re how we communicate with you at Marsden, we hand this out to new families starting at Marsden but you may find this useful too. A reminder to change your notification groups on your School App for next year. If you don't have the School App please download it, and it would be great if you could also follow our Facebook page for school news. 

Volunteer Form 2019

Many volunteers assist at Marsden each year.  All help, of whatever kind, is deeply appreciated.  If you can assist in 2019 please fill in the attached form, deliver it to Reception or email it to  Please note, Primary School parents will also be offered the opportunity to volunteer in the Primary School in other ways too.

2019 Music Lessons

If you wish your daughter to have private music lessons next year please sign up here.  See more information about our music programmmes here.

Stationery/Digital Devices

Stationery lists and information about digital devices for 2019 can be found here. OfficeMax is yet to upload them to their system but this should be completed soon.

Sports registrations

Registrations for both summer and winter sports in 2019 will open on Tuesday 1 January 2018. Registrations will close on Wednesday 25 January. Please register on the sports website from 1 January. Entries of teams into College Sports events are due before school starts so it is imperative your daughter registers for all the sports she wishes to participate in before 25 January

End of Year Programme

Please see attached the end of year programme which has also been emailed.  Please read it carefully.

Year 11 and 12 Reports

Reports are now available for Years 11 and 12.  To view, login to the MyMarsden portal.  If you do not know your login details please email

Futsal World Cup

All Futsal and Football Players are invited to participate in a "Futsal World Cup" at Marsden. This is a 5-aside competition to be held on the school field on Tuesday 11 December 4pm - 7 pm. Here is a link to the registraion form:

Pack the Bus for Wellington City Mission

Pack the Bus is back for 2018!  Our school is supporting this event again.  Pack the Bus 2018 will be visiting Marsden on Monday 3 December at 1.00pm.

Please bring items to school.  Years 7-10 drop off are in the classroom.  Year 11-13 can be handed in at Reception.  Any donation is amazing and always greatly appreciated. We’ve also included some examples below of the types of items The Wellington City Mission need extra help with this year:

Christmas Items:
Small Christmas cakes
Fancy biscuits/crackers
Fancy relishes/sauces
Salted/roasted nuts
Toiletries 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

Essential Items:
Spreads and Muesli bars 
Weetbix, Oats and 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

Wellington City Mission Christmas Star

Our sincere thanks to a member of our community who has generously donated a star in Marsden's name to the  These stars make up the City Mission's Christmas Walk of Fame which is an art-installation displayed on Wellington's waterfront during December.  Each star represents families being supported by The Mission this Christmas and beyond.  Walk around the waterfront and see if you can find the Marsden Star.

Marsden Friends of Football AGM

Please see the attached notice of the AGM for the Marsden Friends of Football.

Careers and University News

Please see our Careers Information page on Ultranet, which is updated weekly, for the latest details and dates of upcoming events, and links to many relevant websites.  

Advent Tree and Calendar

Steer away from the tacky Bob the Builder/Barbie Advent calendars - Chaplain Sarah King has some fantastic advent Calendars for sale.      

The Advent Tree
is assembled and each day in December decorations are added to scenes around the tree, part of the Christmas story is read, there is a mystery map of Bethlehem to navigate, and then a question to discuss.  It is a fun and interactive way of remembering the Christmas story in the lead up to Christmas Day.  The pack is $10.  To order yours, contact Sarah at

Advent Calendars with a New Zealand theme are also available.  No chocolate, no Bob the Builder or Barbie - a beautiful New Zealand nativity scene with windows to open which tell the Christmas story.  These are $5 and you can order yours by contacting Sarah at 

Uniform Shop Opening Hours in January 2019

Wednesday 30 January 10am till 12pm (Second hand drop offs only)
Please make sure you have completed the 2nd hand form attached and a member of staff has checked that all items are clean, current and in good order to resell.  All items need to be washed and dry cleaned.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours for Public before School Starts 2019 Monday 4 February 9am till 2pm Tuesday 5 February 9am till 2pm

Normal hours resume week beginning Monday 11 February.

Looking for a House to Rent

We have a family arriving from Australia to join the school next year.  They are looking for a home to rent in Karori, Kelburn, Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Thorndon or Oriental Bay.   Preferably the house would be unfurnished however that may be negotiable.  They are in a position to take the property now, or any time early next year.  If you know of anyone who has a property to rent, or is going overseas and wants to rent their house, please contact Jennie Johnstone on 021 544 505 or

Marsden Gala

Thank you so much to all those FANTASTIC people who have volunteered already; too many names to list here but you know who you are!  
The Gala is a much anticipated community event with a key purpose of raising money for the school.  Gala 2019 is no different and we are happy to share that funds raised will go towards refurbishing Marsden's Intermediate block, this will include new lockers and lighting.  We hope we can go some way towards raising the $100,000 required. 
Deli delights  
We hope to have 1000 items prepared for our Deli Stall, so any keen cooks please get in touch (our email is below) and we still need any small, glass jars you might have.  As before, please drop at Upper or Primary School receptions. 
Donation drop off times
It's not too late for a Spring Clean!  So please think of us if you are sorting out your cupboards.  If you can help with sorting donations in preparation for the Gala, please let us know.  We will have access to the Old Gym once school has finished, so the following donation drop off dates have been scheduled:
Sun 9 December 2018 10.30am -12.00pm
Sun 3 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 10 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 17 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 24 February 2019 10.20am -12.00pm   

As always, please feel free to contact us with any ideas, donations or offers of help: Kath and Kalyani Gala Convenors

2019 Term Dates

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