Principal's Blog: Term 2 Week 3
Friday, 5 May 2023
Kia ora whānau
The Marsden Management Board are a group of loyal and committed professionals who give their time and expertise to governance responsibilities, with a number of sub-committees led by those with specialised knowledge and experience. We are incredibly grateful to our Management Board for their loyalty and service; their benevolence stemming from a love of the school. There have been some changes to the composition of the Management Board this year, with Board Chair Juliet Dobson passing the leadership responsibilities to current Marsden parent, Sarena Saunders. We thank Juliet for her leadership and guidance across her tenure, and congratulate Sarena on being elected to the chair. Juliet now joins our Trust Board. We have also farewelled two Board members, Chris Banks and Willow Sainsbury, and sincerely thank them for their contributions and wise counsel over time. A more recent addition has been parent Euan Hogg who brings significant property management and development expertise. Welcome Euan. We also welcome new Marsden Old Girls' Association (MOGA) Chairperson, Pam McConchie, who now also sits on the Management Board, having taken the reins from predecessor, Jo Prescott. A full list of the Marsden Management Board can be found on our website here

The Board has given consideration to their current composition as a skills-based group of governors and have identified areas where additional support would complement their current membership. Should members of our current parent community be interested in expressing an interest in joining our Management Board, specifically in the areas of financial management or cultural diversity, we would love to hear from you. Please email Board Secretary, Alison McManus, by way of introduction and include a brief CV to assist the Board with the discernment process. Previous governance experience would be beneficial but is not a requisite.

Meanwhile, Marsden students continue to flourish and thrive, with some outstanding accomplishments recently to hand with two New Zealand representatives named. Deputy Head Girl, Sarah Guiney, has been named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Netball Team who are preparing for trans-Tasman fixtures in Australia, and Esme Olney-Boyd has been selected for the New Zealand U17 Girls' Indoor Cricket team, who travel to Dubai to play in the inaugural Junior World Series later in the year. These are phenomenal achievements for these talented athletes who bring exceptional work ethic and outstanding attitudes to their respective sporting endeavours and bring us so much pride. Ka rawe Sarah and Esme.

As an Anglican school, we have taken time to pay homage to the King's Coronation, with King Charles III now acknowledged as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. At chapel, we learned about the Coronation ceremony itself and explored aspects of historic symbolism that will be part of the pageantry of the Coronation. We also entered into the spirit of the celebration with some fun and frivolity, with some magnificent costumes on display at our red, white and blue Coronation themed festivities.

We are thrilled with the uptake of registered visitors for our Open Day this Sunday, 7 May 2-4pm, and we look forward to providing a glimpse into the life of a Marsden student to those who are interested in learning first-hand what sets a Marsden education apart. Walk-up's welcome.