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Inspiring a love of learning

Educating students for success in the 21st Century is a responsibility Marsden Whitby takes seriously.


Our vision is to develop confident, independent learners who think creatively and who are challenged to reach their academic and personal potential in a warm, caring Christian environment.  The culture of the school is one where students, supported by their teachers, are open about their desire for academic and personal achievement and work positively to reach their goals.  Students are proud of their own successes and the success of others. 


Academic programmes at Marsden Whitby have been developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and cover the essential learning areas of the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.  In addition, Religious Education and Leadership are explicit programmes of learning at Marsden Whitby.


We aim to provide every student with a broad, well-balanced, general education commensurate with their ability.

Technology is integral to the school curriculum. Students have individual logins and are encouraged to bring their own digital devices. They can access the Marsden virtual campus (MyMarsden) from home or other remote locations. 


Academic and pastoral staff work together to ensure that the progress of individual students is carefully monitored and that their particular needs are met. Provision is made for gifted and talented students both within the classroom and through appropriate external programmes. Learning support is also available for students with special learning needs.

Positive and respectful relationships underpin teaching and contribute to a supportive learning environment. Senior students speak enthusiastically about the sense of community and the strong school spirit.

2015 Education Review Office