Everything you need to know about the cultural happenings at Marsden.
Check the Cultural Calendar for dates and times of cultural events happening at school.

Considering a career in the performing arts?

Toi Whakaari offers courses in the following areas

Performing Arts Management
Bachelor of Design - Stage and Screen
NZ Diploma in Costume Construction
NZ Diploma in Scenic Construction and Props

See Miss Wilson if you would like a brochure

Want to improve your acting skills?

Miranda Harcourt is a world renowned acting coach and here are some tips she has shared on developing your own skills. 

The Cultural Booklet

Check out all the activities on offer in this booklet

2020 Registrations

Registrations for activities are now closed.
If you would like to join a group, please email Miss Wilson

2021 School Production - Chicago

Students currently in Years 9-12 who are interested in auditioning for Chicago should read their emails for more information.

2020 Cultural Awards

Our sports and cultural awards evenings are traditionally highlights of our calendar later in the year when we recognise the girls who have achieved excellence in their chosen endeavours or have given outstanding service to Marsden’s co-curricular programme. 

Due to the fact that so many of the events which enable our students to qualify for these awards have been cancelled this year, we have consulted with staff, students and parents about how to fairly recognise student achievement in this disrupted year, and have made the following decisions:

Students in Year 13 2020 only are invited to apply for Cultural Awards and these will be considered on a case by case basis, taking into account the opportunities that have been available to each student.

NB Nominations are now closed
Kapa Haka: Tuesday lunchtimes in the Auditorium - go check it out! 
Larks Choir Fri 7:45am Music Room 
Orchestra: Wed lunch in an A week Auditorium
String Orchestra: Wed lunch in a B week Auditorium
Guitar Group:
Wed lunch Music Room
Handbells: Tues OR Thurs lunch Lilburn Room
Piano Ensemble: Tues lunch Music Room
Glee Club: Thurs lunch Auditorium - Years 11-13
New group for 2020: An a cappella group that showcases drama alongside music
Ad Summa: Fri lunch
Ukuladies: Mon lunch Primary School Music Room
Flute Ensemble: Mon break Music Room
Rock Band: Friday lunch - Music Room

Student Cultural Achievements 2020

This year's Cultural Awards Evening is running in a different way as a result of Covid 19, and awards for students in Years 7-12 will be held over to 2021.

If you would like to submit information regarding achievements this year now, please enter the details here and they will be considered for the 2021 awards ceremony.

Information on the awards can be found here

Upcoming Events

Sports and Cultural Awards Evening - Wednesday 21 October at school

Courses at Rata Studios

October holiday workshops at Rata

RATA is putting on the Pen to Pixel workshop in Term 3 this year for students aged 13-17. This program is in two modules, you can sign up for one or both!
Module 1: All about screenwriting and the pre-production side of film making - This is running on every Monday in Term 3

Module 2: The making of one or two of the screenplays from Module 1 e.g filming, acting in it and more   - This is running through the first week of the September/October holidays
Contact Sarah Wilson, Cultural Coordinator if you have any queries.
Phone: 04 476 8792 ext 844

Student Success

Congratulations to Year 7 Rose Peddie Burch for gaining Grade 5 Tap with High Honours

Anabel Jamieson is a semi finalist for the Unsigned Only International Music Competition in the Pop/Top 40 category for her single 'Figured Out’. Over 7,000 entries were received for this competition and she is one of five New Zealanders making the Pop/Top 40 semifinals.
Tiffany Kenyon’s  trio "Vivo Trio" were awarded a bronze award in the NZCT Chamber Music contest

Chine Ang has been selected as one of 4 finalists in the SGCNZ/Dawn Sanders Shakespeare Costume Design Competition. All 4 will be constructed by professional Costumier, Tina de Bes, to be modelled during the Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival, then displayed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London for 6 weeks next year. The Supreme Winner will be offered the opportunity to attend the week-long National Shakespeare Schools Production course in Dunedin, as the Student Costumier.

Inspirational Marsden Old Girls

Check out what these talented Marsden Old Girls are up to in the performing arts!