Notices: Years 11-13

Campus Update

Over the course of this term you may have noticed a significant amount of scaffolding up around the campus as we fixed some new and some historical roofing issues. Work has just this week been completed on the electrical venting on the roof of the New Gym; apart from the electrics, water was leaking through a missing capping which has now been replaced; and the large vent on top of Marsden House, which was damaged by wind earlier this year, has also been replaced.

As ever, we do have a substantial programme of ongoing works and we try to ensure that any major premises work is scheduled in the term breaks to minimise / avoid impact on the operational life of the school. 

In the next break we will be carrying our routine 3-yearly refurbishment of the New Gym floor. Consequently, the New Gym will not be available for team practice or external hire for at least the first two weeks of the break. If you believe you will be affected by this closure please contact Eliott Brookes, our Sports Director.

Itinerant Music Teachers' Soiree - 30 June

Our first Itinerant Music Teachers' Soiree will be happening on Thursday 30 June at 7.30pm in the Auditorium. Many of you will have daughters who will be taking part, but we welcome all who would like to attend to join us. It is our first Soiree for a year, due to Covid restrictions.

Swainson Memorial Music Competition Entries

Swainson Memorial Music Competition - Tuesday 9 August

The Swainson Memorial Music Competition will be held on Tuesday 9 August. This competition is open to Year 7-13 students. 

Students may enter a maximum of two items, for example a violin and a piano piece, or a piano piece and a song. Each piece cannot be longer than 5 minutes in length. If they choose to enter two items, they must be on different instruments, that is to say not two violin pieces, or two songs.

Please complete this form if your daughter is interested in entering. A copy of the registration form and the sheet music must be given to Mrs Campbell by Wednesday 29 June. Students should speak to Mrs Campbell if they have any questions about their entry.

Note: The starting time is stated as 5pm, but this is based on the number of entries. This will be confirmed once entries are received.

Below is a description of the awards:

Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance
The Betty Swainson Memorial Prize for Musical Performance was established in our Centenary Year, in 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 Prize Giving 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 endeavours 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. 

Marian Campbell Prize for Junior Performance 
The Marian Campbell Prize for Junior Performance was introduced in 2020 and is open to a Year 7 - 10 student in recognition of her outstanding performance at the competition. The recipient receives a Director of Music award of $100. 

Each of these awards also has a Highly Commended prize.

Elton John vs Billy Joel 'NZ Tribute'

Rocket Man vs Piano Man
Sunday 6 November
All Ages Show

Join one of New Zealand's favourite Duo's Cam and Sam as they perform the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel live for their award-winning Elton John vs Billy Joel NZ Tribute Show. Elton & Billy are in safe hands with Cam & Sam, these professional Wellington musicians have performed on live television, and commercial radio & featured in the Official NZ Music, iTunes and IMNZ Indie Music NZ Charts on a variety of projects, between them you're in for an amazing Elton vs Billy experience.

When - Sunday 6 November 2pm-4pm with intermission, doors open from 1.30pm
Where - Samuel Marsden Auditorium, Marsden Ave, Karori
$25 Adult
$60 Family Pass 2 x Adults 2 x Children - $10 extra child
$10 Child up to 18
$20 Student
$20 Seniors

Using promo code MARSDEN will give the school a 10% donation on tickets sold.  See the attached poster.
Promo Code MARSDEN

Online School Directory – “Directory Burst”

You should have received an email about the launch of the new online Marsden School Directory.
The directory contains parent/caregiver name and contact details, compiled using an app called Directory Burst. The directory is only for the use of current Marsden families and staff of the school. 

An email invitation to join the School Directory was sent out Friday morning. Please note that the invitation email comes from Directory Burst, not Marsden. 

If you wish to check or update your details, please use the Quicklink (Update Personal Information) in your MyMarsden Portal

If you have not received this correspondence or have any queries about the School Directory, please email

French Film Festival

Check out this link for a fantastic series of French films on offer from 7-26 June in Wellington.

ICAS Competitions 2022

We are delighted to inform you that we will be offering the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.  The testing will be in August. You should have received an email with details on how to enrol your child for the ICAS tests. 

What is ICAS? 
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies.  

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.  

We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.  
More information about the ICAS competitions can be found here: ICAS Assessments

Snapper on Rail

Following the successful Johnsonville Snapper on Rail pilot, Metlink are now entering the next phase of the trial. The next phase is to remove Monthly Passes, 10-trip and single trip tickets purchased from Metlink retailers or ticket offices at Wellington station and replace these with Snapper by 1 July 2022. Single trip tickets can still be purchased with cash on-board. Students have Snapper enabled on their school ID cards.

Marsden Physiotherpy Clinic

The Marsden Physiotherapy Clinic is back up and running on Mondays 8am-10.30am in the Old Gym, PE Office.

If you would like to make an appointment please email either Eliott, or Caitlin, to book your time. 

This is a free service for students. As it is covered by ACC it must be an injury that has come about from an accident only eg: playing sport, tripping over etc.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Eliott or Caitlin.

Term Dates 2022

Please find our 2022 term dates here.


The Marsden School uniform is available from NZ Uniforms. Their store is located at 168 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, phone (04) 238 4727. The store’s business hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5.00pm, and Saturday 9am – 4pm. Uniform can also be viewed and ordered online. For first fittings making an appointment is recommended.

We have a second-hand uniform Facebook group, ‘Marsden Uniform Resale’, where good quality pre-loved uniform is offered for sale to Marsden parents and caregivers. This is only open to Marsden parents and caregivers and you need a Facebook login to access it.


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 476 8707 and choose the option for Absences.  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.