Starting at Marsden School

Welcome to Marsden! Please find information about starting Marsden below and details of various events coming up. Some details are relevant to everyone starting Marsden, others apply to specific year groups. If you have any questions please contact Jo Sherlock, on 476 8792 ext 832 or email  We very much look forward to seeing you at school.



The Marsden School uniform can be purchased from NZ Uniforms. Their store is located at 168 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, phone 04 238 4727. Their Business hours are Mon- Fri 9am-5.30pm and Sat 9am-4pm. You can make an appointment if you'd like to but this is not necessary. Items can be purchased online from NZ Uniforms.


Please find information about bus transport to Marsden here. We currently run shuttle services from Seatoun and Eastbourne, with various pick up points. The Seatoun shuttle may be replaced in 2020 with a dedicated school bus. If you would like to use a shuttle please contact Jo Sherlock by emailing or calling 476 8792 Ext 832.

Marsden Communications

We have a number of ways of keeping you up to date with what is happening at Marsden including our Newsletter, the 'MyMarsden' parent web pages, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Preschool and Primary media galleries and more, please see here and below:  

MyMarsden – This is an online site for parents/caregivers, students, and Old Girls. Please scroll through the menus to familiarise yourself with the school information available. MyMarsden is where you will find a weekly message from the Principal, and all the day to day bits of information to help with life at Marsden e.g. the weekly year group notices, the school calendar, school news, uniform details, stationery/digital device details, the link for the MyMarsden Portal, a link to the MarsdenSport website, exam information, career information, staff email addresses, the Parents Association (MPA) and Old Girls information. The direct link to MyMarsden is here.

MyMarsden Portal – You need to login in to the MyMarsden portal (details will be emailed to you). The portal enables you to access your child’s timetable, subject list and reports with ease. Your accounts details, invoices and receipts can also be viewed here.  Each parent/caregiver who has indicated to the school that they wish to receive student/school information, will have their own login.  New families to the school will receive login details via an email at the beginning of Term 1. You can access the portal from the MyMarsden home page (green button with spider web on it).

School calendar – this is located at the bottom of the MyMarsden home page.

School App - Our School App allows for efficient and timely communications of school information. It is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Please download it if you have not already done so. Downloading instructions can be found here. You can choose your notification groups once you are in the App – just go to the menu on your App, choose ‘Notice Subscriptions’ and tick the appropriate buttons.  

Marsden Newsletter – We email out a weekly e-newsletter with a message from the Principal, school news, student achievements, a link to the School Calendar, links to the various year group notices and MPA and community notices. The Marsden Newsletter is the best way to keep up to date with information and events at school, which apply to your child. The Marsden Newsletter is sent via email and via the School App.  Note: if you cannot open links from the school newsletter on your mobile device please check whether you have the latest operating system, or try opening in another browser e.g. Google Chrome.   

CareMonkey - This is a parent driven system that we are currently using to collect medical and emergency information, trip permission slips and forms for dissemination. The system provides parents with a secure way to share necessary medical information required by the school in the care of their child. If you are a new parent to Marsden you will receive an email from CareMonkey to register your details. Please update CareMonkey if your contact details or your child’s medical details change.     

We'd love to hear from you

If you have any questions about your child’s needs once they have started school, for Preschool please speak to Anne Cave. For Years 1-6 please contact your daughter’s teacher and for Years 7–13 please contact your daughter’s Form/Tutor Teacher or Dean. Staff email addresses are in the format:   

We’d love to hear from you if your daughter achieves in her activities outside of school. 

Please send an email to your daughter's teacher and our Marketing Manager This means we can share it with the Marsden Community and the media as appropriate. If you send images please email them in the highest resolution (largest size) option - we then have the option to publish the photos in our annual Word from Marsden magazine or use it in other print media.  


Please find our Staff Directory here.

The Health Team

Body, Mind and Spirit - at Marsden we actively nurture and develop student wellbeing.  

The Marsden Health team is committed to helping students live their lives positively and in all its fullness. We are available for students to catch up with as follows:   

Sophie Bank is our NZAC registered Counsellor and Dr Kerry Schiff is our Clinical Psychologist. Sometimes life feels overwhelming, being a teenager is complicated. If your daughter is feeling anxious, lacking in self-confidence or struggling in a friendship, talking to someone often helps. Kerry and Sophie are experienced at listening and helping to understand emotions. For more information your daughter is invited to confidentially contact Sophie at  or Kerry at

Our fully registered nurse Janet Callaghan runs a drop in clinic from 9.30am – 3pm each day. No appointment is necessary. For more information, contact Janet at
Chaplain Sarah King is another person at school who your daughter can talk to. Sarah is always willing to listen and help explore big, or smaller, questions. For more information contact Sarah at   

Marsden's Direction

We are proud to share with you our Strategic Plan 2019-2021. Please find the details here. Our Strategic goals focus on:

- Future focused Learning and Teaching
- Student Wellbeing
- Quality Teachers
- Community Engagement
- Sustainable Operations.

Find our more about Visible Wellbeing at Marsden here. 

Term Dates

Term dates can be found on MyMarsden under the i-Site tab.

Marsden 2020

You will be sent an email by mid-January 2020 with a link to the MyMarsden Back to School Information page. This page will include the 2020 term dates, which includes the staggered starting dates for new and current students. 

At the start of 2020 we will be running parent/teacher events so you can connect with other parents and your child's teacher. Details of these will also be included in the Back to School page sent to you in January 2020. 


The Preschool has a parent/student BBQ every term. 

Preschool hours are 8.15am - 3.30pm, during term time.  

Please go to our Preschool media gallery to see what our students do on a week to week basis. 

If you have any Preschool questions please contact Anne Cave on 476 8707 Ext 840 or emaill 


Welcome to the Marsden Primary School. Please find a copy of the Primary Handbook here. This gets updated in December for the following year. 

Primary school starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm.

Primary itinerant music lessons

If you are interested in itinerant music lessons for your daughter, available from Year 3, please see here for details. Please note Primary students may sign up for a maximum of one lesson per week, unless discussed with Celia McCarthy, Director of Primary.

Primary Speech and Drama

If you are interested in your daughter taking Speech and Drama lessons please find information and the Registration form here. Ideally students commence Speech and Drama at the start of a school year so they can do the exams at the end of Term 3. Students starting throughout the year may still be able to participate though. 

Primary Sport

Registrations for Sport can be made via the sports website for students starting in Term 1 2020, Sports registrations for 2020 open on 1 January 2020 and close on 24 January 2020 so that teams can be organised before the start of the season. For students (Years 3-8) starting throughout the year, sport registrations can be made by contacting Sports Coordinator Kathrynn Petrie. 


Subject Selection for those entering Years 9-13 in 2020

Please complete your subject selection form and return it via email to

You can find copies of our Year programmes and Curriclum Overview for 2020 here. And subject selection forms can be printed from this page. 

Stationery and Digital Devices

Stationery lists for 2019 can be found on the MyMarsden Stationery/Digital devices page. Note: these will be updated for 2020 stationery requirements by January 2020. You will find details about Digital Device requirements on the same page, and details of the specials that Harvey Norman is offering Marsden families.  

Sports registrations Years 7-13

If you are starting school during the year and would like to join a non-trialed sports team please contact Director of Sports Eliott Brookes

Sports registrations for 2020 will open on 1 January 2020 and close on 24 January 2020. Please see the Marsden sports website for sports information and to register.

Cultural Years 7-13

Private music lessons

Please see here for private music lesson details and the registration form. Private music lessons are available for Years 3-13 students. 

Cultural Information and Handbook 

Marsden offers a wide range of cultural activities and there are many opportunities for your daughter to get involved. Playing and enjoying music at Marsden opens the door to a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts. We have choirs, orchestras, rockbands, flute ensembles and handbell ringing. Specialist teachers are available during the school day for students to have private tuition in the instrument of their choice. 

Please see our Cultural Handbook and other information about our many cultural activities here. We encourage your daughter to join in!

Student ID cards with Snapper

Year 7-13 students will have their photo taken when they start school and will subsequently be issued with a Snapper enabled Student ID card. The card costs $20. If your daughter loses her ID card or is experiencing problems with her card please contact the school office on 476 8707. Please register the Snapper online by creating a Snapper account so that you can view the transaction summary and type of concession. The card can be topped up at dairies and other Snapper providers and through the Snapper App. Note: Users must remember to tag on entering the bus AND tag off when leaving the bus to avoid penalty charges.

Welcome to the Marsden Family!

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