What we wanted for our son was a school that could help him cultivate a sense of self-awareness and self-efficacy as he moved through the turbulent adolescent years to adulthood. A key way to do this was to gauge the quality of the relationships within a school. Even at our visit we were impressed with the degree of respect that is evident between students and the staff. Our son has now been at Marsden Whitby for two years, and we are delighted. The staff members each have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the students, which means that they design the curriculum activities to best engage those students’ interests. I am sure that this, in turn, fosters the students’ motivation to apply themselves to the fullest. 

 

Not all students can be ‘top of the class’; however, what the team at Marsden Whitby does very well is place high importance on each students’ persistence, engagement, and enthusiasm. I believe that this means that most students are more focused on consistently improving their own learning and skills, rather than worrying where their performance sits in relation to their peers. The students are also encouraged to make their own special mark on the school and wider community; ideas and diverse opportunities for leadership are actively encouraged here!

 

Another thing, that has impressed us, is the school’s focus on citizenship, and values such as respect and integrity that sit alongside that. It is quite hard to explain the richness and depth of the social climate at Marsden Whitby; suffice to say that they truly and authentically emphasise the importance of students’ development of character as well as the other facets of learning.

 

Anita Mortlock, Lecturer, VUW

It is quite hard to explain the richness and depth of the social climate at Marsden Whitby; suffice to say that they truly and authentically emphasise the importance of students’ development of character as well as the other facets of learning.

Anita Mortlock, Lecturer, VUW 2015