We love the rich diversity our International Students bring to Marsden.

Our Programmes

International students at Marsden join regular learning programmes with local students and are fully immersed in the life of the school. Additional English language support is part of the timetable.


Both the Director of International Students and the Dean of International Students welcome all new arrivals and help them settle into our school. Students are met at the airport.


Our orientation programme includes the following:

  • Introduction to a 'buddy' student to help new students find their way around.
  • A meeting with the Deputy Principal to plan a personal study programme.
  • A visit with the Principal.
  • Introduction to school rules, procedures, counselling, support systems.
  • Familiarisation with the school layout, timetable and resources.
  • Internet access and ID Card.
  • Provision of school stationery lists and a school handbook.
  • Help with arranging the purchase of a school uniform.
  • Learning about local systems such as transport, banking, mobile phones etc.
  • Regular meetings in the International Hub.

Cross Cultural Creativity

Creativity, problem-solving, sustainability and wellbeing are important principles guiding innovation in curriculum and approaches to learning at Marsden. Year 10 international design student Minkyung and classmate Amy worked together to design and create a beautiful Korean hanbok, using New Zealand food packaging. Read more ...(20/10/2020)