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Our girls develop a love of music through a rich classroom programme.


Marsden Primary classes enjoy weekly music lessons with our talented specialist teacher. Students explore and acquire skills and knowledge in the elements of music in a fun and stimulating way. At each year level there is also an instrumental focus including the ocarina for the juniors, the strings initiative to learn violin or cello in Years 3 and 4, recorder in Year 5 and ukulele in Year 6. 

There are opportunities for performing in small groups, as soloists at our Chapel services or at our musical soirees for parents. The Primary Orchestra plays at our concerts and for keen singers there are choirs. We also run lunchtime groups throughout the year focusing on percussion, recorders and orchestra. 


We stage a major production every second year which involves all Primary students. This is a highlight in the school calendar. We alternate this with our involvement in the massed choirs of Artsplash. 

Pirates vs Mermaids

Pirates vs Mermaids

Private instrumental lessons with specialist musicians are available during school hours.


As well as the weekly Physical Education programme with our specialist P.E. teacher, Marsden Primary students can join our school teams in:

  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Miniball
  • Badminton

Senior Marsden students and parents support us by coaching, managing and refereeing.

Head of Primary

Jo Burns
Head of Marsden Primary, Director of International Students
(04) 476 8707

Enrolments KARORI

Leigh McCathie
Enrolment Registrar
(04) 476 8707
Contact me to arrange a tour

Our girls enjoy the friendly rivalry of inter-school exchanges throughout the year with other Primary schools. They also participate in a variety of Wellington-wide sports festivals.


Marsden students compete in qualifying competitions at school then go on to represent us in Western Zone and Interzone athletics, swimming and cross country events.

Inter-house Sport

Girls belong to one of three Primary Houses, Fitzherbert, Innes and Sprott, proudly led by their Year 6 Captains and Deputies. 

House spirit is evident at inter-house sports events where competing chants ring out across our sports field. Points awarded during the year culminate in a House trophy presented at the end of year Prize Giving.

Emphasis is placed on ‘enthusiastic participation’ and 'achieving personal bests' in the cross country, swimming and athletics House events.

Preschool girls and boys enthusiastically join the Primary to take part in cross country and athletic sports.

Speech and Drama

We offer Marsden Primary students from Year 3 Speech and Drama lessons with accredited specialist teachers. The aim of these classes is to give the girls the ability to express themselves with clarity, confidence and courtesy as individuals and in groups.


Students may sit Speech New Zealand exams at the end of the year.