Academic Director

Margaret Adeane, has been Academic Director of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School since 2006, she was also Acting Principal for 6 months in 2017.

Teaching Background

Margaret’s teaching background is in English and although most of her work nowadays concerns learning and curriculum across the school, she still relishes her few hours in the English classroom each week.  The engagement of students with language and ideas and creating opportunities for them to explore and think and ask questions is always stimulating. 

Academic Career

Before her appointment to Marsden, Margaret was Head of English at Wellington College for a number of years and prior to that, she taught elsewhere in New Zealand and the UK. Margaret has been involved in curriculum development with the Ministry of Education, resource development and assessment practice for NZQA and she has been a subject examiner. She has also tutored in English literature at Victoria University.  More recently, her work with international students led to a post-grad qualification in teaching ESOL.

A Meaningful Life

In a 2013 sabbatical, Margaret took up volunteer work at Rimutaka Prison, tutoring prisoners who had extreme literacy problems. She also got involved with Changemakers, an organisation that teaches refugee women to drive.  Both of these experiences reinforced for her how privileged we are at Marsden and how important it is to help our girls make the most of their gifts and talents so that they can live meaningful and constructive lives.


She is an avid reader, film goer, traveller and a weekend walker.