Inspiring a love of learning
Educating students for success in the 21st Century is a responsibility Marsden takes seriously.
Our vision is to develop confident, independent learners who think creatively and who are challenged to reach their academic and personal potential in a warm, caring Christian environment.
The culture of the school is one where students, supported by their teachers, are open about their desire for academic and personal achievement and work positively to reach their goals. Students are proud of their own successes and the success of others.
Academic programmes at Marsden have been developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and cover the essential learning areas of the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. In addition Religious Education, Positive Education for Well-being, Ethics and Learning Leadership are explicit programmes of learning at Marsden. We aim to provide every girl with a broad, well-balanced, general education commensurate with her ability.
Technology is integral to the school curriculum. As well as being a subject in its own right, it is a valued tool for schoolwide learning. Students have individual log-ins and are able to access the Marsden virtual campus from home or other remote locations. There is ample availability of computers for student use, both during and outside class hours and students are welcome to bring their own digital devices. Teachers make excellent use of Ultranet, our secure on-line learning environment, which promotes interactive and collaborative learning and is a storehouse for a wide range of resources. Technology enriches the learning process and empowers students to interact with the local and global community. Although there is no formal selection process for entry to Marsden, we maintain a fi ne tradition of academic excellence. This can be attributed to the climate of high expectations shared by staff and students, the strong system of pastoral care, the challenges offered by the range of co-curricular activities and the opportunities to participate in and contribute to local, national and international forums.
Academic and pastoral staff work together to ensure that the progress of individual students is carefully monitored and that their particular needs are met. Provision is made for gifted and talented students both within the classroom and through our Future Minds programme. Learning support is also available for students with special learning needs.
All Marsden students work towards achievement in the national qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA. This is an internationally recognised qualification. You can also click here to learn more about the transportability of NCEA overseas. Students prepare for Level 1 at Year 11, Level 2 at Year 12 and Level 3 at Year 13. We have some of the top results in the country.
NCEA is a standards-based qualification, assessed internally through coursework and also by external examinations in November. Students usually take six subjects at Years 11 and 12 and fi ve subjects in Year 13 and are motivated to achieve their NCEA with a merit or excellence endorsement. Supplementary Cambridge courses (CIE) are offered in several subjects at Years 12 and 13. Students may take up to three of these, and, in consultation with the Academic Director, may therefore
opt for fewer NCEA subjects.
An additional option is the New Zealand Scholarship examinations which are designed to challenge top academic students in Year 13. Scholarship is aimed at the highly motivated, independent learner and is supported by small group tutorials, on-line learning or additional work done out of regular class time.
Additional information can be obtained about these qualifications on the following websites:
New Zealand Scholarship:
During Term 3 of each year, we ask students to indicate subject choices for the following year. Our timetable is developed around these options. We endeavour to accommodate all students’ preferences but this is not always possible. Students are advised to choose carefully as once the option lines are set and classes established, changes may not easily be accommodated. Subject teachers, Heads of Department, the Careers Advisor and the Academic Director are all available to advise on subject choices.
All girls study English (including Drama), Mathematics, Science,
Global and Local Perspectives, Art, Textiles Technology, Food
Technology, Digital Technologies, Religious Education, Physical
Education and Health, Music and an Introduction to the languages of Chinese, French and German which are taught in rotation block courses.
All girls study English, Mathematics, Science and Global and Local Perspectives, Religious Education, Art, Music Physical Education and Health. Three option subjects are chosen from French, German, Chinese, Textiles Technology, Food Technology and Digital Technologies. Students are required to choose at least one language and one technology subject from the options available.
All girls study English, Mathematics, Science, Global and Local
Perspectives (which is split into History, Geography, and Business
Studies), Physical Education, Health and Religious Education. Three option subjects are chosen from Chinese, French, German, Art, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Digital Technologies and Music.
All girls study English, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education, Positive Education for Well-being and Religious Education. Three option subjects are chosen from French, German, Chinese, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Art, Music, History and Geography. Girls are grouped according to their ability in Mathematics and there is a top extension class in English and Science.
All girls study English and choose five additional subjects from the options offered, or four subjects in addition to English if they take two or more Cambridge AS level subjects. Students also take classes in Religious Education, Life Skills, Positive Education for Well-being and recreational Physical Education programmes. Option subjects are: Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, History, Classical Studies, Economics, French, German, Chinese, Photography, Painting and Design, Music, Media Studies, Physical Education (NCEA), Home Economics, Textiles Technology, Digital Technologies, Philosophy and Theology (a Cambridge pre-U course which concludes in Year 13).
Girls choose five subjects from the following options: English, Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, History, Classical Studies, Economics, Photography, Painting, Design, Physical Education (NCEA), French, German, Chinese, Music, Home Economics, Textiles Technology and Digital Technologies. In addition, all students participate in Life Skills, Religious Education, recreational Physical Education and Positive Education for Well-being. The Cambridge Pre-U course in Philosophy and Theology is also available to students who began the course in 2011.
Students from all year levels participate in the school-wide
Year 12 and 13 students may choose a multi-level course if the
timetable permits. Small classes may combine year levels in order to be viable. Insufficient demand for a subject may mean that it is not able to be timetabled.
Tertiary study and beyond:
The Marsden Careers Centre is well resourced. Students will find information about further study in New Zealand and overseas tertiary institutions. There is also a wealth of information available about career options. Students are welcome to make an appointment with the Careers’ Advisor, or browse through the resource material.
University representatives visit the school on a regular basis to meet with senior students and a Careers Evening is held annually in August for students from Years 10 – 13. Entrance to University
While some specialisation may be necessary in the Senior School, it is wise to keep options open. Students should recognise their strengths and challenges. Marsden aims to teach them a life-long love of learning, an important tool in a world where young people face many more changes in careers than the generations before them. Education must prepare them to be adaptable.
The following websites provide useful information about work and study:
New Zealand universities: