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A Culture of Care

Marsden has a strong commitment to a school-wide system of care for the wellbeing of our students. It is part of the special character and philosophy of the school. Our focus on the personal development of students includes encouraging:


  • A feeling of success and enjoyment
  • Confidence and self-belief
  • A sense of responsibility for themselves and others
  • A positive, self-reliant attitude to learning


Marsden recognises the need for a proactive, preventative approach to mental health to help students flourish psychologically and socially, as well as academically.


Through the delivery of the curriculum and our pastoral programmes we will equip students with the knowledge and skills to foster positive emotions, engage in and appreciate new learning, value and build caring relationships, develop a sense of purpose and meaning, and pursue worthwhile endeavour.


Heads of Senior and Middle Schools, Deans, Associate Deans, form teachers and tutors are on hand to help deal with concerns of an academic, co-curricular, or personal nature, or with stress-related problems, and we have a full-time nurse on site. Other professionals available for one-on-one conversations with students and parents include the Academic Director, Head of Subject, Careers Advisor, Guidance Counsellor and Chaplain.

Health and Wellbeing Team

Our Health and Wellbeing Team are (left to right):

  • Registered counsellor, Sarah Richards
  • Chaplain, Sarah King
  • Nurse, Amanda Woodbury
  • Educational psychologist/registered counsellor, Amelia Volkerling

We take a team approach to supporting our students and maintain a professional level of confidentiality at all times.



Operoo is a parent driven system to collect medical and emergency information, trip permission slips and forms for dissemination. The system provides parents with a secure way to share necessary medical information required by the school in the care of their child. If you are a new parent to Marsden you will receive an email from Operoo to register your details, as part of your enrolment process.

Please update Operoo if your child’s medical details change. If you have any login queries, please contact us on 476 8707.

Feel free to contact any of us if you have any concerns.

Head of Middle School and Interim Head of Senior School

Dianne Smith
Head of Middle School, Interim Head of Senior School, Year 10 Dean
(04) 476 8707