Welcome to Years 7 to 13

Welcome back everyone, and a special welcome to students new to Marsden in 2023.


Please see our 2023 term dates here. Note the attendance requirements for Year 7 students, all students new to Marsden in Years 8-13 and our Head Girls' Committee (HGC) on Tuesday 31 January 2023Year 7 students will have a full day of induction. Other newcomers will complete their introduction across the morning and will finish at 10.30amPlease remember to bring your own kai on the 31st, as the canteen will not be operating on that day. Please also bring a laptop with you if possible.


All Year 7-13 students are back to school from 8.25am-3.25pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023.


Welcome Week Timetable

Tuesday 31 January (Y7 students, all students new to Marsden in Y8-13 and HGC)

  • 8.30am - New Y7-13 students welcomed in Auditorium
  • 9.00am - Form time for Y7 students in form rooms with form teachers. Other new students in iCentre with form teachers/tutors for logins etc. 
  • 10.00am - Morning tea
  • 10.15am - ID photos for new Y8-13 students then dismissed to go home
  • 10.30am - ID photos and logins for Y7 students
  • 11.45am - Y7 return to form rooms for timetables and touring subject rooms
  • 12.30pm - Y7 lunches with HGC
  • 1.30pm - Y7 Intro to Te Kākano and Hapara in Sheppard Wake
  • 2.30pm - Y7 with HGC in Sheppard Wake for wellbeing time and getting to know each other activities
  • 3.15pm - Y7 back to form rooms for dismissal


Wednesday 1 February

  • Period 1 - Whole school Pōwhiri in Auditorium
  • Period 2 - Form/Tutor time for ALL students and teachers
  • Period 3 - Y7-Y11 Form time, Y12/13 House activity planning
  • Periods 4 and 5 - Academic lessons
  • Period 6 - House activity

Thursday 2 February

  • Periods 1-4 - Academic lessons
  • Chaplain’s Assembly
  • Period 5 - Y7-11 Deans’ Time, Y12/13 set up Clubs’ Expo
  • Period 6 – Clubs’ Expo


Friday 3 February

  • 8:25am - Form/Tutor Time for ALL students and teachers
  • Period 1:
    Y7 Te Kākano tree planting; 
    Y8 - Y10 Academic lesson; 
    Y11/12 NCEA + Careers in Auditorium
    Y13 Give It A Go planning in Common Room
  • Period 2-4 - Academic lessons
  • Period 5 and 6 - Give it a Go afternoon (trialling different sports on offer at Marsden)


Whole School Pōwhiri – 1 Feb

Parents/caregivers are warmly invited to our whole school Pōwhiri, 8.45-9.30am on Wednesday 1 February 2023 in the Marsden Auditorium. If you are attending, please RSVP to  rsvp@marsden.school.nz with your name(s).

Te Kākano tree planting (Year 7) – 3 Feb

Parents/caregivers of Year 7 students are also invited to join us for our inaugural Te Kākano tree planting, 8.30-9.30am on Friday 3 February 2023.

Year 13 Leadership Hui – 7/8 Feb

Year 13 students will attend a leadership hui on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday February 2023. They will be staying the night at Victoria House, a university hall of residence on Tuesday night. All Year 13 parents/caregivers should have been sent an Operoo form to complete regarding this.

Year 13 Communion, Breakfast and Induction Service – 13 Feb

Year 13 students and their parents/caregivers are invited to share communion followed by breakfast and attendance at the induction service assembly from 7.30-9.30am on Monday 13 February 2023.

Information Sharing Evening (parents/caregivers with form teacher/tutor) – 15 Feb

At the start of term, you will be invited to make a 10-minute appointment on Wednesday 15 February 2023 with your daughter’s form teacher/tutor. The purpose of this brief meeting is to share relevant information to ensure a successful start at Marsden for your daughter.  Appointments will be available from
3pm-5.30pm and 6pm-8pm.


The School day will finish at 2.30pm on 15 February. There will be supervision available between 3-3.30pm and buses will depart at the usual time.

Marsden Picnic on the Lawn

All students (Preschool to Year 13) and their whānau are invited to a whole school Picnic on the Lawn. Join us on the school field from 5-7pm on Friday 17 February.


Please refer to our Student Handbook below. We ask all students to read this.


See you at school in 2023!

  Nga mihi

Dianne Smith
Head of Middle School    

Caroline Robertson
Head of Senior School


Marsden Students Year 7-13 Handbook

2023 Marsden Students Y7-13 Handbook

The School motto “Ad Summa” forms the guidelines for behaviour at Marsden School. High expectations are set for all students in academic, cultural, sporting and social development. The Handbook includes information Year 7-13 students need for daily school life.

If your daughter is new to Marsden in 2023 she will have a student buddy for her first few weeks at Marsden and we encourage her to ask questions. A good idea is for her to go through the school calendar for the upcoming week with her buddy, so her buddy can explain the events coming up. All staff and students are here to help her settle in. Things may be different at Marsden than at her previous school. Please assure her that she is not expected to know everything, she can observe and participate as best as she can to start with. For example, we don't expect her to know all the songs and actions straight away!


Stationery and Digital Devices (Years 7 -13)

Stationery lists for Years 7-13 for 2023 can be found under i-SITE here. You will find details about digital device requirements on the same page, and details of the specials that OfficeMax is offering Marsden families. Year 7-13 students, please bring your stationery to school when you start, it can be stored in your locker.

Students from Year 7 upwards are required to bring their own digital devices for learning.  We recommend a laptop for Years 7-13. If Year 7 to 9 students currently have a tablet or Chromebook they can continue to use these across their subjects. The iCentre has a range of devices that can be issued on a day-to-day basis. New students, please bring your device to school when you start so that we can organise logins for you. 


Performing Arts Programme

Marsden offers a wide range of performing arts 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, a rock band, ensembles and handbell ringing, as well as the academic Music curriculum which includes our fun and innovative Year 7 Band programme. Specialist teachers are available during the school day for students to have private tuition in the instrument of their choice. 

There are opportunities to perform in the school production, Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, to debate, dance, join Kapa Haka or take Speech and Drama lessons from our specialist tutors.


Please find further co-curricular details and registration forms here. 

Performing Arts Handbook

2023 Performing Arts Handbook

At Marsden School students are encouraged to strive for excellence in their academic, performing arts and sporting pursuits; to value creative, innovative and independent thinking and to understand their responsibilities as local and global citizens. We provide an environment where students can choose to take part in a wide range of performing arts activities.

The Performing Arts Handbook contains information on the range of activities at Marsden. To sign up for activities, click here. If you have any questions, please email our Director of Performing Arts, Sarah Wilson at sarah.wilson@marsden.school.nz or phone (04) 476 8707 Ext 844.

Private music lessons

Private music lessons are available for students in Years 3-13. Please see here for details and the registration form. Registrations are due by Monday 23 January 2023 if requiring lessons in Term 1.

Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama

Your daughter can leave school with a Performance Diploma in Speech and Drama. She can start her journey at Years 7, 8 or 9.  Speech and Drama classes are also available for students in Years 3-6. Classes are available at lunchtime or after school. There are no Speech and Drama classes in Term 4.  For registration details and further information please visit our Speech and Drama page.



Sports Programme

At Marsden, we believe that sport teaches students about sportsmanship, teamwork, courage and healthy physical activity. Sport plays an important part in the lives of most Marsden students. With an 86% participation rate, one of the highest in the country, Marsden offers students the opportunity to participate just for fun or in pursuit of excellence. We encourage all students to take up a sport in 2023. Whether competing in a team or as an individual, there’s something for everyone.


Director of Sport Cameron Burns and Sports Coordinator Caitlin O’Sullivan organise all registrations, teams and sporting opportunities for our students. Cameron looks after sports for students in Years 9-13. Caitlin looks after sports for students in Years 1-8 and all school netball during the winter season.

Marsden Sports Website

The Marsden sports website is the best place to find all information about sport at Marsden. This site is dedicated to Marsden sport draws, registration information, news, results, details of the Swifts Talent Centre, our Physiotherapy Clinic and more. Please refer to it throughout the year: www.marsdensport.school.nz/


Sports Registrations


  • Registrations for summer sport (Term 1) in 2023 open on Wednesday 7 December 2022 and close on Friday 3 February 2023. A list of all sports available at Marsden can be found on the Marsden sports website . You can click on each sport for information about important dates, uniform, and cost. On each sports page, there is also information about trials. Please note that trials or pre-season practices for some summer sports will be happening in the holidays, so check dates carefully. You are then able to register for each sport via a link on the right-hand side of the individual sports page.

  • Registrations for winter sport (Terms 2 and 3) in 2023 open on Tuesday 7 February and close on Friday 24 February 2023. There will be opportunities for students and parents to find out more about our winter sports programme at the beginning of the school year. Our ‘Give It A Go’ afternoon, 1.35-3.25pm on Friday 3 February will provide students with an opportunity to experience the various sports on offer at Marsden.

Once your daughter has been placed into a team for the 2023 season, all draws for sports can be found here on the Marsden sports website. 


Please do not hesitate to reach out to Cameron Burns (cameron.burns@marsden.school.nz) or Caitlin O’Sullivan (caitlin.osullivan@marsden.school.nz) if you have any questions
about sport at Marsden.


Years 7–13 Athletic Sports, Newtown Park, Tuesday 28 February 2023 (Week 5)

Our first sports event of the year is Athletics, which will be held at Newtown Park on Tuesday 28 February. This is a fun day filled with lots of school spirit. It is a House competition that allows everyone to compete both on the track and in a range of field events.


Students are to wear their House t-shirts and PE shorts or track suits. Sports shoes are a must. Students make their own way to Newtown Park for an 8.25am roll call and will be dismissed from the park at approximately 2.45pm. There is a bus available to take students back to Karori and regular school buses leave Marsden at 3.30pm. You will
receive an email to reserve a seat on the returning bus. The day’s activities include the March Past, a sausage sizzle and the highlight is form class and House relays to complete the day. A programme will be included in the weekly Marsden Newsletter and will be emailed to you and will be available on the Marsden App. Parents are encouraged
to come along and support their daughters on this exciting and action-packed day.



Subject selection - new students Years 9-13

If you have recently enrolled (December 2022 – January 2023) and have not yet completed a subject selection form, please complete your subject completion form and email it to Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie (leigh.mccathie@marsden.school.nz).


You can find copies of our Year Programmes and Curriculum Overview for 2023 here.



Marsden has six Houses in the Upper School (Years 7-13): 

  • Baber - green
  • Hadfield Beere - purple
  • Jellicoe - yellow
  • Johnson - orange
  • Richmond - blue
  • Swainson Riddiford - red

Houses are allocated to students on enrolment. If a student has a family member who has previously attended Marsden, she will be allocated to the same House. Houses will otherwise be allocated to keep group numbers within each House even. Houses in the Upper School consist of students Years 7-13, with senior students looking after the younger girls. The girls quickly make friends within their House groups.