Any Questions Regarding NCEA and Results Please Email

Any Questions Regarding NCEA and Results Please Email

Marsden Newsletter
Papa pānui rorohiko
Term 4 Week 9
5 - 8 December 2016 /
2017 Term Dates
Term 1 Wednesday 1 February - Wednesday 12 April
Term 2 Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July
Term 3 Monday 31 July - Friday 29 September
Term 4 Tuesday 17 October to Thursday 7 December
Virtue: Peacefulness
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding
Albert Einstein
Forthcoming Dates
All term dates and key dates are located on the Marsden School Calendar on Marsden Whitby Calendar. Please check for your activities. The Calendar will be updated weekly prior to the Newsletter coming out. Where applicable Calendar entries will show the year groups they relate to. You can choose day, week or month views.
Forthcoming School Trips and Events
Wednesday 1 February, 2017
Term 1 begins
Monday 6 February
Waitangi Day – School Closed
Wednesday 8 February
Meet the Teacher Evening 7-9pm
Monday 13 February
School Class Photos
Friday 17 February
School Athletics Day
Tuesday 21-Friday 24 February
Year 9 Camp
Thursday 23 February
NCEA Information Evening, 7pm
Employment at Marsden Whitby
We are looking for someone to work part time in our library, four hours per week. A Job Description is attached to this update. If this is you, or someone you know, please contact Karen Richards giving details of relevant experience. / Message from the Director
What an absolutely superb Prize giving this week. Such a joy to see the school community getting together to celebrate the myriad successes of our students across a wide variety of fields. A truly memorable experience. A full list of all prize winners is attached to this week’s update.
Also many thanks to our 2016 Student Leadership team and welcome to the Student Leaders for 2017!
Head Boy and Head Girl Michael Lennon Winton and Katie Daly and Deputy Head Boy and Girl Nico Hackner and Gabrielle Embury. A full list of the 2017 Student Leadership Team will be on the website shortly.
N Pictures 2017 Student Leaders IMG 3367 JPG
These past few weeks have been quite trying, with earthquakes and floods to contend with, and so we wish all our families a restful and restorative summer break. Here’s to another exciting year for Marsden Whitby in 2017!
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
Anne Winnall
NCEA Results

The last export to NZQA has happened and these results should now appear for students using their student login. If there are any errors in these grades, it is important that Sharron Morgan is notified immediately so that any necessary corrections can be made. Some students are still finishing internal assessments and these results will be added after Monday 12 December.

Results from the resent NCEA examinations will be available to students using their login in mid-January. Shortly after that students will receive their examination papers back through the post. Included with this will be instructions on how to apply for any reconsideration or remarking of these papers and the due dates for this process. Students are welcome to seek their teacher’s advice on whether or not they should send their papers in for reconsideration or remarking.

Any questions regarding NCEA and results please email

End of Year Reports

Reports for Year 7-10 students will now not be available until Thursday 15 December; we have had a technical glitch that needs to be addressed. The instructions to access the parent portal reports are attached for your information. If you have forgotten your User ID and/or Password, please contact Sharron Morgan at . Please be aware that Sharron is away at the Duke of Ed tramp until Wednesday 14 December so will be unavailable during that time.

2017 Timetables Years 11-13

Students have received a draft timetable today indicating their classes for next year. These have been generated from the subject choices made at the end of last term. A full timetable will be given to students at the beginning of next year and also uploaded to the MyMarsden parent portal. If you have any questions about these please email

2017 Stationery Lists

Your son/daughter’s 2017 stationery list is now available on the Marsden website and is also attached. Online orders will be available with OfficeMax at from Friday 16 December.

Careers Information

Please see our Careers Information page on Ultranet which is updated weekly for the latest details and the dates of the upcoming events.

Student News

Our student achievements, school activities and pictures are found on our news page at Marsden Whitby News & Events.

Congratulations to Becky Hawthorne (Y13) who was 1st in her age group at the Wellington Splash and Dash (swim run) event on Wednesday night and then 1st U20 in the Wellington Tri Club Sprint distance champs on Sunday.

Thomas Lee (Y11) competed in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series competition last weekend in Auckland undertaking the 2.7km Harbour Crossing. Thomas’ time was 42 mins 42 secs swimming from the Viaduct Harbour to Bayswater Marina on the North Shore and he came in the top 100 out of the 600 competitors.

Congratulations to Hayley Thompson (Y12) named Best Overall Dancer at the Big Air Reign end of year prize giving and presented with a fabulous trophy.

Uniform Shop

Second hand clothing may be dropped off at our Karori campus between 9am and 10am on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January 2017. A uniform exchange form can be found on the school website and this must be completed at the time of depositing clothing. Please note we cannot accept any clothing without a completed form.

All blazers, tartan skirts and pinafores must be dry cleaned and in good, re-saleable condition. All other clothing must be laundered and pressed. Please contact Sonja Braddock with any queries over the Christmas period at . The uniform shop will re-open for general purchases on Friday 27 and Monday 30 January 2017 between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

Uniform Shop hours for 2017: Monday 8am – 9am

12pm – 5pm

Wednesday12pm – 5pm

Community Notices

Please click here for this week’s community notices. They include:

  • Summer Songwriting Workshop with Christine White. 10am-4pm 18th and 19th with concert on 19th at 6pm (Dinner that night will be provided and snacks during day - kids to bring lunch). An exciting youth development programme for Senior Youth in Porirua January School Holidays 2017. This will be the 7th Annual Leadership programme organised by the Spirit of Rangatahi Charitable Trust, PO Box 12648, Wellington . 0274 853 128 Programme to be held in Porirua East, at Chapel Hall (Champion/Hereford St) starting on Wednesday 4th January 2017 for the Senior Youth (14-18yrs old). Starts Wed 4 Jan to Fri 20 Jan 2017, week days 9am -3:30pm. It's all free to those who Step Up (including lunch and m/a teas). Flier and registration here Senior Youth age 14-18 years old. A chance to learn more about leadership skills and have fun, students must be 14-18 yrs old. This programme is designed especially for young Sport and Cultural leaders and aspiring Pacific/Maori youths interested in leadership. Final Concert: Fri 1pm 20 Jan 2017. 0274 853 128
  • Summer Drama Classes for Youth - Kids4Drama are holding master classes for kids and teen over the summer holidays. This is a great opportunity for students to learn off industry professionals and further their dramatic skills while still having lots of fun! Book before 20th December and go in the draw to win a free term of drama classes for 2017. Contact to book your space or for more information.
  • The Māori Education Trust provides scholarships for Māori undertaking secondary and tertiary study. The secondary scholarship programme is made up of the following scholarships: RJ Graham Scholarship, Rose Hellaby Scholarship, Sister Annie Henry Scholarship, Tī Maru Māori Trust Secondary Boarding Scholarship, VW & LM Rosier Scholarship. Secondary school students can apply online or download an application form from our website Alternatively, an application form can be posted. Secondary applications and supporting documentation must reach the Māori Education Trust by 4.30 pm, Friday, 24 Hui-tanguru (February) 2017. Attached is the secondary scholarship flyer.