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At Marsden, girls are equipped to take on and positively impact the world – the one they encounter in their time. They graduate as ongoing learners, ready to appreciate the global community’s wonder and potential, to engage with its complexity and rise to its challenge.

The Marsden Vision – Inspired for a purpose

Manu Rere Ao - The bird that flies the world

Manu Rere Ao likens a Marsden graduate to a bird who is nurtured in the kohanga (nest) and ngahere (forest), then equipped to take on the world. Manu Rere Ao also references the natural setting of Marsden and the native birds and seabirds that inhabit its spaces.

The Marsden Mission

Achieving this vision involves laying the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness, which we believe is the ultimate goal of education. At Marsden, we develop confident, independent, creative, lifelong learners who are challenged to reach their academic and personal potential in a warm and supportive environment underpinned by Christian values.

Our Values

Marsden school is part of the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and are open to children of all faiths and cultures. Our values encapsulate what is important to us and inform how we go about our work, guiding our behaviour and operations.

Hiranga | Excellence

Marsden School is a high-performance environment where everyone aspires to be the best they can be in their academic and co-curricular pursuits. 

Manahau | Resilience

Our programmes focus explicitly on building resilience, knowing we can pick ourselves up and keep going, giving ourselves the greatest chance of personal happiness and success.

Auahatanga | Creativity

We have the ability to think outside the square, to respond to the challenges of today in innovative ways, to find new ways of working, thinking and living to create a successful future.

Oha | Service

Our students know their place in the local and global community. They will honour the Anglican values and traditions of caring and having consideration for others as fostered and delivered through co-curricular programmes and delivered through all our co-curricular programmes.

Whanaungatanga | Respectful Relationships

We will form and forge reciprocally respectful relationships, where a sense of belonging is nurtured through shared experiences and working positively together as one Marsden family.

Marsden girls are known in the community for their leadership qualities; for being confident, independent and resourceful, but also, perhaps most importantly, for being kind. It’s the product, I think, of our Christian ethos and the grace with which our girls live the school’s values: excellence, resilience, creativity and service
Cheryl Middelkoop, Board Chair 2021

Ad Summa

‘Ad Summa’, the Marsden motto, means ‘Aim for the Highest’. This means that we strive to be our best in all that we do. Our motto reminds us of our commitment to personal excellence … being our best rather than being the best.


I have been very grateful to have the opportunity to attend Marsden, I've made some fantastic friends who are hard-working and dedicated, this in turn helped me become more hard-working and 'aim for the highest' in everything that I do.
Emma, Y13 2022

‘Aim for the Highest’ begins with academic achievement and co-curricular performance, but extends well beyond it. Marsden is much more than a step up to university and a career. We believe the ultimate goal of education is to lay the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness.  We develop confident, independent, creative, lifelong learners who are challenged to reach their academic and personal potential in a warm and supportive environment underpinned by Christian values.

Strategic Plan 2023-2027

The Management Board is delighted to share its Strategic Plan 2023-2027 developed with the Trust Board and Senior Management Team. Marsden has a strong tradition of delivering exceptional education within its values-centric environment, and this plan further emphasises our commitment to every member of the Marsden whānau in growing into the best version of themselves they can possibly be, flourishing in an environment that is modern and fit for purpose.