Our Programmes

At Marsden we like to concentrate on literacy and numeracy, but we know that our girls need much more than this in their future lives. Creative problem solving, key thinking skills, managing self and relating to others are amongst the skills actively incorporated within our teaching.


Science, Technology, Social Sciences and the Arts form part of the classroom programme. Specialists teach Physical Education, Music and Languages. Each class also has a weekly session with the Primary Librarian in our well-equipped Library.


We acknowledge that not all students learn at the same speed and with our small classes, teachers know each child so well, they cater effectively to individual needs. This is key to keeping students challenged, both our gifted and talented girls and those needing extra support.


Director Marsden Primary

Celia McCarthy
Director Marsden Primary
(04) 476 8792 ext 848

After six years at Marsden Primary, girls are well prepared for intermediate or Upper School, secure in the knowledge that they are well known and their needs understood.

Positive Psychology Programme

The successful Positive Psychology Programme run in the main school has been extended into Marsden Primary. Primary Director, Celia McCarthy runs weekly sessions with Year 6 students, exploring concepts such as gratitude, character strengths, growth and fixed mindsets. We are excited to see how the girls have responded to these sessions and are showing signs of incorporating these ideas into their daily lives.

Learning Support

The literacy skills of all children are assessed at 6 years of age and those who would benefit from extra support have daily lessons with our Reading Recovery Teacher.

International Students

We enjoy the rich cultural diversity that International Students bring to Marsden. For these Primary students, extra sessions are timetabled to support their developing English skills.

Arrowsmith Programme

The internationally renowned Arrowsmith Programme is a schoolwide initiative that helps children and adults overcome a wide range of learning difficulties. Using principles of neuroplasticity, the programme employs techniques that focus on strengthening weak sections of the brain.


We currently employ two specialist teachers who trained in Canada to work very closely with a class of 10 students and their families. Since starting the Arrowsmith Program in 2014 the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

KiVa Anti-bullying Programme

Marsden has taken a pro-active stance to equip children with the skills to recognise and influence instances of bullying. The KiVa Anti-bullying Programme has strong academic research behind it and has won several international awards.

Our Ultimate Goal

Marsden Schools prepare children and young people for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness.

Enrolments KARORI

Sonia Stinson
Enrolment Registrar
(04) 476 8707 ext 831