Marsden Principal

Narelle Umbers joined Marsden as Principal in January 2018.

Background

Narelle comes to us from Peninsula Grammar, a prestigious co-educational independent school of 1,400 students in Melbourne, where she was a Deputy Principal. Previously she held a number of senior positions at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, another leading independent school and has spent time in corporate roles.

 

Narelle is a highly qualified teacher of Mathematics and Information Technology and holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a Master of Education (University of Melbourne). She also has a Graduate Diploma in Computer Education from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education and completed a New and Aspiring Leaders Programme through the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016. Her passion is developing young people.

Kindness and the Marsden Spirit

Kindness is a quality Narelle values highly. She believes in being kind to oursevles, being kind to each other, giving back to the wider community and also being kind to the environment. The Marsden Spirit, based on the four pillars, resonates with her and she is enthusiastically committed to championing Excellence, Resilience, Creativity and Giving. "I am excited to play my part in laying the foundations for Marsden students to take their place in the world." 

The Great Outdoors

Personally Narelle has played netball extensively, likes swimming at the beach, hiking and skiing. In her words "I love anything outdoors, so I'm keen to explore all that New Zealand has to offer in this regard". She is joined in Wellington by her husband. Between them they have three grown up children.

I am excited to play my part in laying the foundations for Marsden students to take their place in the world.