Paula Wells, Principal's Blog

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Issue: 2022

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Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 8
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It is my pleasure to be bringing you the last school newsletter of 2022. At this time of year, it is not uncommon to reflect...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 7
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The school might be somewhat depleted in number presently with seniors continuing with their examination schedule; however,...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 6
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Dorothy Dyett celebrated her 100th birthday with a special party and a fabulous concert in Marsden House last Sunday. The...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 5
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NCEA external examinations are now a week in and have calmly commenced. When not actually in examinations, learners have been...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 4
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The season of celebrations continue as we welcomed parents and caregivers to join us at the Year 13 Chapel Service and breakfast...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 3
Ten months in to Principalship at Marsden still qualifies me as a new girl. I quantify this claim insomuch as I have not yet experienced a full calendar...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 2
Study after study has shown that girls who attend single-sex schools benefit significantly from a learning environment dedicated to girls, not only because...
Principal's Blog: Term 4 Week 1
Welcome to Term 4. I hope the school holiday break has been restful and rejuvenating, and that our learners are energised at the prospect of returning...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 9
Education is a hot topic in the media presently, with ongoing commentary of a much-maligned current state, ranging from poor attendance statistics to declining...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 8
It was quite the celebration at Chaplain’s Assembly this week, with the removal of the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) enabling the entire upper...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 7
Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Anglican Church, and the Head of State of New Zealand and 15 other Commonwealth countries, has died. The indomitable...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 6
In last and this week’s newsletter, our Visible Wellbeing spotlight highlighted the characteristic of grit, how demonstrating grit brings perseverance...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 5
Peeking through my office window this Daffodil Day, the shape of Johnson’s Hill is barely visible, slightly etched amidst shrouding Karori mist on...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 4
One of the most beautiful things about a Marsden education is the joy to behold when students are involved with the thing that makes their hearts sing....
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 3
In welcome news this week, NZQA has announced an adjustment to credit requirements for NCEA in 2022, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 disruptions. Although...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 2
Of late, I have been experiencing the privilege of meeting families and interviewing students who are seeking enrolment at Marsden for 2023. I have been...
Principal's Blog: Term 3 Week 1
Welcome to Term 3. I hope that the holidays have been a restful and rejuvinating time, and that students have fully recharged their batteries and are...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 10
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Welcome to the final newsletter of Term 2. Students are doing a remarkable job of remaining focused on their learning and assessment...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 9
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With the world now opening up to New Zealanders, there are many in our community who are now taking advantage of international...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 8
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Marsden was honoured to be invited to the official reception for visiting Samoan Prime Minister, and Marsden Old Girl, the Right...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 7
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Despite the eventuality that is the arrival of wild winter weather, the overriding atmosphere at Marsden is nothing other than...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 6
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Happy Queen’s Birthday weekend, all the more significant with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations having begun....
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 5
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This week I was pleased to be able to congratulate the students on a fabulous Marsden swimming sports last Friday. It is incredible...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 4
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We were delighted with the attendance at Open Day last Sunday. The school was a hive of activity with visitors gathering to learn...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 3
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This Sunday we host our Open Day between 2pm and 4pm for prospective Marsden students and their families. We are delighted with...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 2
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This term is very much a fresh start. A renaissance of sorts. It is fair to say that last term was fairly tumultuous to say the...
Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 1
I hope the school holiday break has been a welcome change of pace following the relentlessness of the first term and the challenges it has posed to students,...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 11
Welcome to the final newsletter of Term 1. My first term at Marsden has brought great satisfaction, despite the obvious disruption of continually being...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 10
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Research tells us that girls and women under estimate both their abilities and their IQ in comparison to their male counterparts....
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 9
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Welcome to Hybrid Learning at Marsden for students in Year 7-13. We have been watching the Omicron surge for some time with a...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 8
Last Monday we celebrated International Women’s Day and we were pleased to be participants at the virtual annual International Women’s Day...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 7
At Marsden, we deliberately teach coping mechanisms to assist with the building of manahau/resilience that contributes to assisting our students in living...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 6
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You will be more than aware that Omicron is here and that we currently have some cases, and some isolating due to being household...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 5
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Thank you for your ongoing patience with us as we navigate the constant shift and change of our Covid-responsiveness and our responsibilities...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 4
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As you will be aware from previous communications, we have poised ourselves in readiness for Omicron exposure across our Marsden...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 3
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At Marsden, we encourage and support every learner in doing their very best in all endeavours, and in preparing them for exciting...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 2
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It was such a delight to welcome new students to Marsden on Tuesday morning. Newcomers were paired with buddies before spending...
Principal's Blog: Term 1 Week 1
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It is my great pleasure to be communicating with you as the newly inducted Principal of Marsden. I have been looking forward to joining...
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