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Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Jenny Williams

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

St Mark’s Church School

Kent Favel

Kent Favel is the Principal of St Mark’s Church School, the only co-educational independent school in Wellington, which educates boys and girls from Preschool right through to Year 8. Based at the Basin Reserve, St Mark’s is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme. St Mark’s has always been a co-educational school, and this is something

which Kent proudly believes in. “Coeducational schools reflect the diversity of our society. This is boys and girls, learning and working together just like the world we live in”. St Mark’s is such a special place to Kent that this is his second time working at the school. He was Deputy Principal from 2002 to 2006, and then returned as Principal, a role he has been in since 2011.

“It’s not just a job for me,” he says. “I love St Mark’s. I couldn’t think of a better job in the world”.

We are a diverse school and this is an attribute that we value, as out of difference comes growth in understanding. We also value a broad curriculum that provides a range of opportunities for students to engage and be inspired. We see relationships as being at the heart of learning. We believe in developing relationships that nurture children to be themselves, to be cre-

ative and to take risks in their learning. We believe in the importance of developing and maintaining positive relationships with parents and community.

and respectful interactions are a feature in classrooms. Student independence and self-management are encouraged and senior students are well prepared for their transition from school to further study or employment. Diversity and individuality are encouraged whilst ensuring behaviour does not constrain the rights of other students to an excellent education. Peter Leggat has been the Principal at Onslow College since 2011. Peter enjoys the

diversity and inclusive nature of Onslow College. Most weekends you’ll find Peter supporting the many sporting codes, attending the various cultural group performances and meeting our parents who give us such great support.

Thorndon School

Alistair du Chatenier

Kia ora koutou. Thorndon School caters for students from Year 1 to Year 8. The mission statement of Thorndon School is – Developing independent and creative thinkers and learners. This is an aspiration that we really stand behind. We are a progressive school that has always been interested in any innovation that will help support our students as learners.


Onslow College

Peter Leggat

Students and staff at Onslow College enjoy considerable success in all aspects of school life. The College lives its values of working together, realising potential, mutual respect & self-management and lifelong learning. Onslow College promotes an inclusive environment for all students and is renowned for the positive staff-student relationships and large co-curricular involvement of both groups. Students learn in a secure supportive environment. Teachers know their students well

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