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Local Principal Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Jenny Williams, Principal since 2008, is well loved by students and the wider Marsden family. Her response “There is an extraordinary spirit in the school that I’ve felt nowhere else”. Jenny’s background is a cross-curricular and extensive one. Starting with a Science degree from Tasmania University she has held various teaching roles in maths, science and outdoor education and set up the Australian International School, Singapore. Before coming to Wellington Williams held roles as Head of Science at St Catherine’s Girls School, Head of School at Snowy Mountains Grammar School and of All Saints College. Australian born but

well settled into Wellington Williams wouldn’t swap, “I love Wellington” she says, “It’s small but edgy, with a fantastic vibe”. Since starting at Marsden Williams has focussed strongly on a service ethic and positive psychology and well-being. Top of her agenda now is 21st century learning, preparing girls for life and jobs that may not yet exist today, and a continued culture of care at school. Williams has played high-level netball, representing Tasmania, and playing state league volleyball. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, travelling, reading and cooking. That is when she is not encouraging Marsden girls.

“My message to our girls is that as well as being the best they can be academically it is important that they are good, kind, compassionate people. When they leave Marsden I want them to go out into the world not just to participate but to be leading contributors, and to find happiness in the dreams they pursue”. Visit Marsden at

Island Bay School Hello, my name is Perry Rush. Island Bay School is a special place where I am proud to be in my 12th year as the Principal. I love the modern vision of the school which seeks to nurture children for their unique talents. We approach students believing that ‘one size does not fit all’ and aim to meet individual learning needs. We also hold a diverse view of success. This can be seen in the

smorgasbord of exciting learning programmes designed to pique our students interests and provide challenge. Programmes such as ‘Philosophy for Children’, the ‘Freedom Friday’ options programme, and our ‘Reach’ programme for gifted learners, to name a few. I am very proud of my hardworking teaching team at Island Bay School who consistently challenge themselves to think

about the future and the competencies our students require to led satisfying and successful lives. Being Principal of Island Bay School is a great job. Do come and visit us!

At Mt Cook School we are building on the great work done by previous staff and school community members to create a warm, inclusive learning environment for all of our students. We aim to inspire and promote curiosity, creativity and individual growth through academic, cultural and physical achievements and the developing of social skills. We have about 265 students ( Y 1 – 8 ) and have an enrolment scheme in place that includes a

school zoning policy. Welcome to Mt Cook School. Website - Address - 160 Tory St, Wellington Phone - 04 385 9432

Mt Cook School For us Mt Cook School’s close knit community brings to mind such words as: diversity; support; vibrant; creative; multi-cultural; different; fun; This is a state school with a special approach to supporting our children to think for themselves, develop independence and confidence in their abilities as well as taking responsibility for their own learning. From our central city location we have easy access to many interesting activities the city has to offer.

Evans Bay Intermediate School My name is Louise Bray-Burns and I am privileged to be Principal of Evans Bay Intermediate School. I took up the position at the start of term 3, 2015 and was warmly welcomed by the EBIS community. This warmth of welcome is a real feature of the school for all who join the EBIS waka. Prior to EBIS I held the position of Principal at both Kapiti Primary and Hampton Hill

Schools, after leaving Tawa Intermediate as Deputy Principal. I have two children and once they were old enough, I attained my Higher and Advanced Teaching Diplomas and Master’s degree. Counselling and information technology papers were a significant part of my qualifications, and I use both extensively in my daily work. I believe professional development is

critical for staff in order to enable them to assist students to attain the capabilities they require to be successful 21st century learners.

South Wellington Intermediate School South Wellington Intermediate School is a specialist year 7 & 8 school focusing on the very specific needs of early adolescents. We retain a homeroom atmosphere with a strong link to one teacher. The homeroom teacher is responsible for Integrated Studies (English and Social Studies curriculum’s) and for maths. For other subjects students may move around the school, being taught by several teachers during the week. In this way teachers are able to teach to their special strengths, and this increased specialisation is an ideal preparation for the child’s secondary education.

All classes are arranged as mixed Year 7 and Year 8. Students will be challenged with opportunities to participate in a range of academic, cultural and arts programmes. At South Wellington Intermediate we don’t see these two years as solely a time to prepare students for High School, but rather see it as a unique and special time where the journey into adolescence is valued. Students are supported to become independent learners, thinkers and actors, and the apron strings of Primary school are loosened to allow greater autonomy, exploration, inspiration and self management. We can’t wait to share

the next two years of your child’s learning journey with you. Website - Address - 30 Waripori st, Wellington 6023 Phone - 04 9399 872


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