Notices: Years 11-13

Scholarships for 2021

Marsden Scholarship applications for 2021 are open. Year 6, 7 and 9 Scholarships are open to existing students, for more information and to apply please visit the Marsden website.

Women in Sport: Better Together

Capital Football are hosting an event, Women in Sport – Better Together, which will include key note Football Fern Katie Bowen, and a panel of top female athletes, including Fran McEwen, Liz Green. Women in Sport – Better Together is perfect for you if you are a enthusiastic sports women (across any codes) or involved in youth sport as a parent, coach or administrator.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Women in Sport | Better Together
Date | Monday 17th February | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue | Samuel Marsden Collegiate Auditorium
Registration/Details | See here 
Free | U18 and below 
Adults | $10 per person.

Community Notice

There has been some suspicious and harmful behaviour occurring around Ben Burn Park over the past week, with children targeted. Police have been notified.

Marsden Old Girls who are current parents

Morning coffee on Friday 21 February in the foyer. Please see the attached invitation.

Picnic on the Lawn

You and your family are invited to the whole school Picnic on the Lawn. This event is being held on Friday 21 February, Primary School playground lawn, 5pm - 7pm. Bring a picnic and some cash as students will be selling food in aid of the Fiji Service trip.

Whanaungatanga hui

This is an invitation to all to come along to the whanaungatanga whānau hui on Sunday 23rd February. We will start at 3pm in the Sheppard Wake room beside reception in Te Manawa o te Kura. The event is an opportunity to get to know each other, discuss whānau aspirations for our girls’ understanding of te reo Māori and te ao Māori. We would also love to share our progress and development in these areas and seek your input for further growth. We will conclude with pot luck kai around 5pm. Please contact Fiona Crawford on if you would like to know more. 

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Speaking on 25 February 2020

We are delighted to be hosting Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Programme, on Tuesday 25 February at 7pm.  Our invitation is open to anyone interested in the links between education and neuroplasticity or has a child who would benefit from enhancing their learning and general well being by improving their cognitive functions.  Barbara will be presenting her fascinating talk about her cognitive training programme and personal journey. 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. 

Over the past 5 years since the Arrowsmith program was introduced at Marsden, we have seen amazing results in the students who have participated in the programme. Both academically and in self-confidence. Arrowsmith also compliments Marsden's Visible Wellbeing approach beautifully. 

Marsden has 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. 

If you'd like to attend Barbara's presentation please RSVP here. 

Years 7–13 Athletic Sports

Newtown Park, Thursday 27 February 2020 (Week 5) 

Our first Years 7-13 sports event of the year is Athletics, which will be held at Newtown Park on Thursday 27 February. This is a fun day filled with lots of school spirit. It is a House competition that allows everyone to compete both on the track and in a range of field events. Students are to wear their House t-shirts and PE shorts or track suits, Sports shoes are a must and HATS are compulsory. Although there will be sunscreen at the venue, please ensure your daughter has sunscreen applied before she arrives. Students make their own way to Newtown Park for a 8.25am roll call and will be dismissed from the park at approximately 2.45pm. There is a bus available to take students back to Karori and regular school buses leave Marsden at 3.30pm. You will receive an email to reserve a seat on the returning bus. The day’s activities include the March Past, a sausage sizzle and the highlight is form class and House relays to complete the day. A programme will be included in the weekly Marsden Newsletter and will be emailed to you and will be available on the School App. Parents are encouraged to come along and support their daughters on this exciting and action packed day. We are always looking for extra helpers, if you are able to volunteer some time to help with this event please email

Cultural Activities

Registrations are now open for all music groups and choirs, Kapa Haka and Year 7/8 dance. Please ensure your daughter is registered online by Friday 28 February. Information on all activities and registration forms can be found here.

Lighting Workshop - Year 9-13 students 
On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March, we are offering a 2-day lighting workshop in the school Auditorium. This will be run by Old Girl Eddie-Fraser-Hoskin, who owns a tech company that provides app development, technical solutions, and professional lighting services. The workshop will run from 10am - 4pm both days and students wishing to take part must be able to attend both days, although a short absence for sport will be permitted.

The workshop will cover areas such as: 
  • Understanding how stage lighting system works
  • Planning and documenting a lighting design from a script
  • Rigging lights - theory and practice
  • Plotting a show
  • Lighting board operation
  • Health and Safety practices
  • Careers in technical production
Students will be working at height on the catwalk, as well as lifting and moving stage lights. Therefore, an individual permission form will be sent home via CareMonkey once registrations are complete.
Places are limited for safety reasons, so please complete the form by Friday 28 February if your daughter is interested. Marsden is covering the cost of the course, so there is no charge to attend.

Junior Production
We hope to announce casting on Tuesday 18 February. Cast lists will be posted on the Cultural Noticeboard in the Music Corridor. The first rehearsal will be Thursday 20 February, 3.40pm - 5.00pm in the Auditorium.   Please ensure that your daughter has afternoon tea to eat before rehearsal starts.

Senior teams are now arranged and students have been emailed in regards to this. An introductory letter will be emailed home to parents of senior debaters shortly.

Year 9 and 10 debating teams will be arranged over the coming week.

Year 7 and 8 teams will be arranged in the near future and information will be communicated on the digital cultural noticeboard and through the weekly newsletter home.

Samoa Fellowship Trip 2020

There are a couple of places available for Year 12 and 13 students to go on the Samoa Fellowship Trip, July 2020.

Now in its eleventh year, this trip is an exciting opportunity for our students. In the past, we have seen the lives of our Marsden students change as they are exposed to a new culture and commit themselves to serving others. Our connection with the village means that our students experience real Samoan life in a way that they never would as a tourist. For more information, please contact Sarah King We would love to confirm your daughter's place on the trip before we open this opportunity up to Year 11 students.

Open Morning - Wednesday 18 March

We are holding our first Open Morning for the year on Wednesday 18 March. Please let families considering Marsden (Preschool, Primary and Years 7-13) know they are warmly invited to come along. For more details and registration information please see here

Keeping our Community Healthy

The health of our students and staff is a priority for Marsden. As is normal procedure, if your child is unwell or showing signs of being unwell, we ask that you keep them at home. Sending sick children to school results in infection spreading and unhappy children. We will request that any child displaying signs of illness is collected immediately.

If your child displays symptoms of illness such as sore throat, high temperature, cough and respiratory issues please consult a medical professional immediately. We urge you to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages.

As a school, we will also ensure good hygiene practices are taught as the year starts and that sanitisation of tables, door handles and light switches is of a high standard.  We have sanitiser dispensers at school however, if you wish, you may send your daughter to school with their own hand sanitiser.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in this matter.

Mathematics Competition

Marsden offers a number of Mathematics competitions throughout the year in which your daughter may wish to participate. The four competitions on the entry form will all take place during the school day, with your daughter coming out of her normal class to complete them. Each of the competitions has a slightly different structure and cost and you can find more details about each one by following these links:

ICAS Mathematics

If your daughter wishes to enter any of these competitions, please complete the permission slip. Entries for the Australian and Otago Mathematics competitions close on Friday 6 March. These competitions are optional but a great way of extending our capable Mathematics students and we encourage entry from all interested students.

Year 11 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)

We have confirmed Thursday 17 September as the day Marsden students will sit the Year 11 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT). 

This is an NCEA examination which means that students will not be able to sit it on any other day. Students may be given derived grades in the case of being significantly unwell on the day. There have been situations in the past where a student has been attending a sports tournament, and in those cases the student has sat the exam at a nearby school.

If you have any concerns about your daughter being unable to attend school on this day please contact Paul Khouri (Acting HOD for senior Mathematics),

MPA – your Marsden Parents' Association needs you!

In last week’s newsletter we outlined where you can help and support your MPA.  

Your MPA needs you as a member of the committee and we need a Parent Coordinator for each class.  
For more details please look at last week's newsletter article found here. Please email telling us how you can help your MPA or alternatively please complete the MPA Volunteers 2020 Form. 

The first 2020 MPA meeting and AGM is on Thursday 27 February, 7pm in the iCentre.  

We are now calling for nominations, in particular for:
  • President
  • Deputy President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
Please send nominations to

At the AGM we are seeking to change the MPA Rules for Committee Quorum. Please read the email that was sent to all families earlier this week.  

We look forward to seeing you on the Thursday 27 February, 7pm in the iCentre.   
Catherine Stewart

Careers and University News

Please see our Careers Information page on MyMarsden, on Ultranet, which is updated weekly, for the latest details and dates of upcoming events, and links to many relevant websites.  Recent posts include information about Lattitude Global Volunteering information evenings, the University of Canterbury Information evening, The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Central Region Defence Careers Experience (DCE)  and the Elaine P Snowdon Astronomy School.   

Careers Evening Speakers Wanted, 30 April 2020

Please note the date was previously advertised as 30 May.  It should be 30 Apirl.

Many parents and students will have seen the recent article (27/01/2020) about the future of work based on the OECD report, ‘Dream jobs? Teenagers' career aspirations and the future of work’ With rapid technological development, and the impacts of climate change worldwide, the current prediction is that some traditional pathways may not offer long term careers.   

Each year we hold an information evening here at school for Year 10-13 students. We arrange several speakers and the students choose three to hear speak about their career pathways for around 20 minutes. The goal is to expose the students to a diverse range of career pathways, and to get them thinking about the many possible opportunities that a particular area of study could lead. If you would like to take part in this evening, or can recommend anyone who you think may be interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with the students, please contact Sue Binns, at

Communications from Marsden

There are a number of ways we keep you up to date with what is happening at school, please see the details here. Please sign up to the School App and if you are already signed up just a reminder to change your notification groups for 2020. 

New Bus Route

After considering all options, Marsden has decided to hire a private bus to cover the route previously served by Metlink school bus #670 which was cancelled for 2020 by Metlink. This new bus will begin in the eastern suburb of Seatoun and make the following stops en route to Marsden:
  • Seatoun
  • Strathmore Park
  • Miramar
  • Kilbirnie
  • Hataitai
  • Roseneath
  • Oriental Parade
  • Railway Station
  • Northland
  • Marsden
Please find all the details and registration information here.


You can find transport details on our Transport page.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1
Friday 31 January 2020 – School commences for ALL Year 7, 9 & 13 students (8.30am - 12.30pm) plus students NEW to Marsden in Years 8, 10, 11 & 12 (9.30am - 11.30am). 
Monday 3 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Secondary.
Thursday 9 April (Last day of Term 1) Note: Easter and Anzac day occur in holiday time.

Term 2
Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December

Marsden Prayermatters

Our School Chaplain, Sarah King convenes an email prayer group 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 to pray with this group OR you would like the group to pray for something in particular, contact our Chaplain, Sarah King,

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.

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.  


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.