Notices: Years 11-13

Bernadette Casey from 'The Formary'

You are invited! Bernadette Casey from 'The Formary'
Monday 16 Sept 11.40am - 12.35pm

Bernadette Casey, founder and Creative Director of the Green Gold Award winning The Formary is speaking to our Upper School girls at Assembly on Monday 16 September. Please arrive at 11.30am. If you and your friends are interested in Sustainablity and making the world a better place this is not to be missed! Please RSVP to

Sports Awards Nominations - Due Monday

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 closing date of Monday 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!

Year 12 & 13 Semi Formal

Year 12/13 Semi Formal
Saturday 14 September 
Marsden House 7.30pm to 11pm

The Marsden Karori Parents Association has pleasure in inviting Year 12/13 students and their dates to the Year 12/13 semi formal on 14 September at Marsden Karori. 

Please register for tickets here:

Take care to carefully read the dance rules  and make sure your dates understand and are prepared to abide with them as well. It will be a great evening!

Science ICAS Competition

This will be held in Sheppard Wake during Period 1 on Wednesday 18 September.

Fiji Service Trip 2020

Applications are open for Year 12 & 13 students (2020), who are interested in being part of the Marsden service team going to St James Anglican School, Levuka, Fiji. Please send your application to

2020 Enrolments

It is that very busy time of year when we are enjoying meeting with new students and their families, and sharing their excitement about starting at Marsden next year.  So often they tell us that they are interested in Marsden because they know members of our community and have heard great things about the school from them, or they know current or past Marsden students and want their own daughters to be just like them!  Thank you to all the members of our community who do so much to share the Marsden story.  If you have friends or family who may be interested in joining us next year, please encourage them to get in touch with us as soon as possible as decisions around classes, subject selection and timetabling are being made over the next few weeks and we are best able to cater for all of our students’ needs if we can include them in the processes early.

Also just a gentle reminder that if, for any reason your daughter will not be returning to Marsden next year, we do need a full term’s notice, in writing.  Late notification of withdrawal will incur fees in lieu of notice so please let us know in writing, to the Principal, by the end of this term.

Leave During Term Time

The School App can be used for notifying absences to the office of daily illness and Drs 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.  


Here are some great tips for revision published by the fantastic Karen Boyes at Spectrum Education. 

Worth sharing and discussing with your daughter!

Plant-based Nutrition for Teenagers – not just Peas and Carrots!

Wednesday 18 September 7pm - 8.30pm

A talk for parents and daughters hosted by The Marsden Parents’ Association.  We are excited to provide an opportunity for parents and daughters to hear a presentation on how to ensure optimal nutrition for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  

Our speaker is Jacquie Harper of Living Cure Limited (, a Karori-based nutritionist. Jacquie has a BHSc in Nutritional Medicine and a BA (Hons) in Psychology. She is a parent of two school-aged children and has personal experience with vegetarian diets and has helped numerous clients on their plant-based journey.

Come and hear about:
  • how the food that we eat impacts on our wellbeing
  • the essential nutrients required when following a plant-based diet
  • why these nutrients are important, along with good food sources 
Date: Wednesday 18 September
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm talk, questions and then join us for tea and coffee
Venue: Auditorium, Marsden School.
RSVP: Monday 16 September to
Gold coin entry to cover tea, coffee and supper.

Reminder: Hockey Prize-Giving

 We'd like to encourage all players and their families to attend the hockey prize-giving on Sunday 22 September from 5pm.  

This is our chance, as a hockey community, to celebrate the season together!  Not only do we acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the players with 'MVP' and MIP' awards, we also thank the managers, coaches, families and volunteers, without whom hockey wouldn't happen.  

When:   5pm - 6.30pm, Sunday 22 September 2019
Where:  Samuel Marsden Cultural Centre

Pizza for players and light refreshments for families provided.
RSVPs for catering purposes - players, don't forget to RSVP via your team managers and let them know if you will be attending and if you have any special dietary requirements. 

Sports and Cultural Photos

Photos take place on Monday 23 September.  There will be two setups for these photos to minimise disruptions to classes.  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 both schedules carefully.  

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

Primary New Entrants Info session

Primary New Entrants Info session
Tuesday 24 Sept, 3.30pm

If you know of families interested in the Marsden Primary School please let them know about our New Entrants Information Session on Tuesday 24 September 3.30pm in the Primary School. Preschoolers and siblings are welcome. This is a lovely opportunity to meet teachers, ask questions and see the Primary School. They can register here.

Cultural Awards Evening

Students who have been involved in activities such as music, drama, dance, debating, 'Godspell', speech and drama and Kapa Haka have been sent an invitation to the Cultural Awards Evening, held on Thursday 26 September at 7pm at school.

The invitation can be found here and RSVPs are due by Friday 20 September, by filling in the form at this link.

Parents and family members are also most welcome to attend.  Students in these groups will be performing on the night: the Guitar Group, Altissime and Kapa Haka.  

Charity Dinner - Tearfund

Marsden parents are warmly invited to an evening that will challenge and inspire you. On the Friday 18 October Tearfund is hosting a charity dinner in our beautiful Te Manaua o te Kura (Marsden foyer) for their work against human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Please come and hear from those on the frontline and a Marsden family. We look forward to seeing you, it will be a special evening.

Friday 18 October, 6:30pm
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Marsden Ave, Karori
Tickets are $70 (dinner and drinks) and you can purchase your tickets here.

Marsden's Trash to Flash

In Term 4 The Technology department is organising:
Marsden's Trash to Flash! Term 4 - Year 7-9 two day event.18 and 19 November. 2019

New Zealand's well-known culture of sustainability and backyard inventors has a new opportunity to shine!In the spirit of recreating, recycling and building communities, Marsden's Year 7 to 9 are going to work for two days looking at ways they can transform our culture of “throw it” into a celebration of "fix it, grow it or make it better." The event is designed to encourage local craftspeople, artisans and community members alike to share their skills and create new things from rejected items. It's also about being nice to the planet by finding ways of valuing what we have got already available to use, rather than having to import and buy everything new.

If you or a family member or friend have a skill or time to spare, we would love your help.  We are looking for people who can  upholster, quilt, knit, crotchet; weavers, flax weavers, foragers, garden to table planting horticulturalists, bee keepers, bike fixers, go cart makers and electricians. If you would like to help for a day or two please contact Sarah Wirth, Head of Department -Technology

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.  

Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook Page

You can now buy, sell, and trade Marsden uniforms online through the new Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook page! This page is a handy way to recycle and reuse gently used Marsden uniforms. 

This page is for used uniforms only. New uniforms and accessories can be purchased at New Zealand Uniforms on Thorndon Quay in Wellington or online at

To access and use the page you need to be a member, as the page is a closed group. To join the group, open Facebook, search for the Marsden Uniform Resale page, and request to join. One of the administrators will grant you access to use the page. 

Marsden Uniform Resale is administered by the Marsden Parents' Association in coordination with Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. The page operates outside the charter of the MPA and the school and neither organisation makes any representations, guarantees, or claims related to uniform items bought, sold or traded on the Marsden Uniform Resale page. 

Marsden Friends of Football Newsletter

Please see the attached Marsden Friends of Football newsletter, taking particular note of the upcoming end of season fun event on Monday 16 September 4pm - 5.30pm.

Support the Wellington Free Ambulance!

The Jennifer Evans Dance Academy at Marsden has organised a raffle to raise funds for the Wellington Free Ambulance.  

Pop by the Marsden School Main Reception during school hours to buy your ticket, $2 for one or $5 for three.  

The lucky winner will get goodies to the value of $800 including delicious food, a host of very special vouchers, and skin and hair care goodies.  

We’d like to thank the following for their support of this worthwhile cause: New World Karori, Countdown Karori, Karori Mall and Marsden Village Pharmacies, One Fat Bird, the Pickle Jar, Four Square Karori, Gipps St Deli, Logan Brown, Simply Skin, Maggie Potter, Headlines and the Royal NZ Ballet Company.  

The raffle will be drawn by Marsden Principal Narelle Umbers at the Jennifer Evans Dance Academy choreographic competition and dance demonstration on 22 September. 

A Taste of Marsden Cookbook – Your Favourite Recipes Still Needed!

The MPA project for a new edition of A Taste of Marsden Cookbook needs your help to meet our goal to have the new cookbook available in time for a Christmas delivery.  There is a great team of volunteers dedicated to this project but we still need your recipes in all categories.  We are also trying to include more ethnic recipes to reflect the diversity within our school community.  We would be very grateful if you could take some time to share your recipes with us.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could  talk to your girls at Marsden and see what they would like included.  

Please send them to :

If you have any queries or would like to help out please contact Karin MacKinnon

Thank you from the City Mission

Thank you to everybody who bought an item of food for the City Mission Winter Appeal. 

Here is a message from the coordinator at the mission:

On behalf of The Wellington City Mission I would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for supporting our Brown Paper Bag Collection this year. We are excited to announce that during the Brown Paper Bag Collection we collected over 2,500 filled bags from across the Wellington region, and raised almost $40,000 in financial donations! 

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 the group to pray for something in particular, OR you would like to pray with this group, 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.

Karori Tunnel - Temporary Bus Stop Closure

Bus Stop #4319 ‘Karori Tunnel – Stop A’ will be closed from Monday 19 August until mid-late November. The stop is closed to enable bus hub construction works to take place. Unfortunately they are not able to install a temporary bus stop, therefore are recommending customers use bus stop #4320 on the Karori side of the tunnel as an alternative.

This will affect school bus routes 611, 612, 613, 618, 671, 677, 678, 684, 736, 737, 741, 764, 765, 768, 790 and 791.

Please contact the Metlink team on 0800 801 700 if you have any queries.


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.