Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary

As Term 3 draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone who has made this term a wonderful time of learning and teaching in the Primary School, whether it has been face to face or online. This week our Speech and Drama girls have had their exams. The examiner shared with me that she has been so impressed with our girls, how well they have prepared for their exam, their friendliness, and concern and support for others. It is always pleasing to hear such positive feedback from external people when they come to Marsden Primary.

Today we started the day with a virtual Assembly. If you would like to view our fabulous student-led Assembly put together by Year 5, click here. Thank you Mrs Barlow and Year 5 for organising this for us - you’ve done an outstanding job! 

As shared in the Assembly, our Year 6 Leaders are currently organising ‘Book Week’ for next week which includes a variety of activities including a Book Character Day on Thursday 30 September which we are all looking forward to. This term our 6C of Education has been ‘Creativity’. We will be showcasing our learning about our favourite book characters and displaying our creative skills at the parade next Thursday. We will take lots of photos and share them in the Media Gallery and on Seesaw.

Another highlight today has been the Year 5/6 Chapel Choir performing in the Main Foyer. Thank you Mrs Gould for all your hard work preparing the girls so beautifully. The girls loved the opportunity to sing this morning and we are thrilled to be able to share the recording with parents here.

I wish all families a wonderful and safe school holiday break. The staff and I look forward to seeing the girls back at school for Term 4 on Tuesday 19 October as Monday 18 October is a staff only day.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Character Strength: Curiosity - Flora Lundbak, Year 1

Flora you love asking questions and always add great value to our classroom discussions. You find the world around you an interesting place and you are always wanting to find out more. You share fascinating news with the class. You share with such excitement and enthusiasm that your classmates are totally transfixed on what you have to say. 

Covid Vaccinations Available

The Karori Medical Centre has a vaccination centre operating out of Karori Mall and they have delivered around 15,000 vaccinations. They want to let the communities know that you can now come in and be vaccinated.  No appointment is required - you can walk in, along with family members. They are open between 9.00am – 12.30pm then 1.30pm to 4.00pm Monday - Thursday. If there is a lot of demand then they can open up on a Friday for a one off event. For any queries please contact Lyn Allen, Practice Manager, Karori Medical Centre.

End of Term Church Service

Unfortunately, as we are still at Alert Level 2, we have had to cancel our End of Term Church Service at St Mary’s next Friday 1 October. 

Term 4 Chess Opportunity for Years 3-6

We are inviting interest from girls in Years 3-6 who would like to be part of a chess club held at school during Monday lunchtimes. Scott Wastney is available to come to Marsden for an hour to work with the girls. The cost depends on the number interested, however, we are aiming for $10 a session. If you are interested, please complete a registration form from your daughter’s teacher which will be given out to girls on Monday.

Farewell to St Mary's Parish Hall

The St Mary's Parish Hall is to be demolished in November to make way for a new Family Centre.  Many of our families and Old Girls will have years of memories tied up in the Hall and the the Parish invites you to a farewell afternoon on Sunday 26 September 12 noon at 170 Karori Road. There is no cost to attend, but, in these Covid times, registration is appreciated. Please use this link to register for this famlly friendly event.

Change to Summer Uniform

Summer uniform is to be worn after Labour Weekend (Tuesday 26 October).

Updating Contact Details

If your contact details or your daughter’s information have changed our records will need to be updated.  There are several options available to do this:

MyMarsden Portal
Under Quicklinks, click the link “Update personal information”
Here, you can update your own information (contact details, work and background information) as well as your daughter’s information (emergency contacts, mobile number, personal email address).

You can email the school with your changes at

You can phone the school on 476 8707 and advise us of any changes of details.

If your email address has changed it will also need to be updated in Operoo.  We do not have access to your profile to do this.  You will need to log in to Operoo and go to the link to update your profile. 

Primary Term 4 Sports Registrations

Both Padder Tennis and Tennis coaching registrations are now open for Term 4 via the Marsden Sports site. If you would like your daughter to get specialised coaching in either of these sport please click on the appropriate link.

Padder Tennis is an excellent entry level sport that teaches the basic fundamentals of Tennis, as well as help, improving hand eye coordination.

Tennis Coaching We are focusing on Tennis coaching for Years 6-8. The purpose of this is to help student’s with a transition to either Secondary school tennis or Inter Club tournaments and there are opportunities to represent Marsden at a number of events like the AIMS Games. 

Get 1 Give 1 Campaign

Marsden Secondary School has been raising funds for the Anglican Missions' Get 1 Give 1 campaign. We were shocked to learn some of the health and social inequities that developing countries face in accessing the Covid 19 vaccination:

• Vulnerable countries will take years to fully vaccinate their populations
• Developing countries do not have the kinds of healthcare systems that can cope with the virus' spread, and are susceptible to a higher death rate
• People in low income countries who become ill with Covid 19 are unable to provide for their families - their daily income is their daily bread
• An estimated 10 million children in low income countries are at risk of never returning to school, continuing the cycle of poverty with an uneducated population
• The pandemic has seen a rise in domestic violence throughout the world
• Poor and overcrowded countries don't stand a chance of socially distancing, causing the rapid spread of the virus

We wanted to live out the worldwide Anglican Church’s 3rd and 4th Mark of Mission: To respond to human need by loving service AND to transform unjust structures of society. It costs $10 to purchase, distribute and vaccinate 1 person in a developing country. Primary School parents are welcome to be part of this campaign by using the Give a Little site here:

The money will be given to the Covax Alliance - the official channel to donate money that will provide vaccinations to struggling countries. As I told the school, this pandemic will not be over for anyone until it's over for everyone.

More information about Get 1 Give 1 can be found on the Anglican Missions website:
Sarah King

Dropping Off at Level 2

During Level 2 we request that children are dropped off at the student entrance after 8.15am as teachers are preparing for the day and attending early morning meetings. They are not always in the classroom to supervise children before 8.15am.

Further Bus Information - Routes 671 and 678

We have had a recent communication from Metlink regarding the cancellation of some bus routes that our students use, effective Monday 6 September. Metlink reassures us that students will still be able to get to school on time using alternative options.
The routes impacted are:
  •  Route 671 to the Wellington Railway station – students can instead use Route 2 services from Marsden Village to Lambton Quay and complete the short walk to the Railway Station.
  • Route 678 Moa Point – this service has discontinued. Marsden students can instead use Route 2, or 30X (which includes a transfer onto Route 2 before the Railway station.    
Whilst we are confident that Marsden students have good options to get to school and into town, the safety of our students is paramount. When you have had the opportunity to review the available Route 30X and 2 timetables (they are not all currently displayed as buses are not operating under Alert Level 4) as they may apply to your daughter, please get in touch with us if you’d like to organise a bus buddy for her. She may of course have one already. 

We are able to connect families interested in sharing transport. We understand that some families do this already. Please contact Katherine Priddle at if you are interested in this, or in being a family coordinator for your area. 
Please find our bus timetable information here.

Later Morning Departure Time #677 Bus

From Monday 9 August the #677 School bus will be leaving 10 minutes later. It will now leave Island Bay at 7.30am so the planned arrival time at school is now 8.15am - 8.20am.

Primary Lunch Orders

We will be continuing using email to order lunches from the cafeteria. The list of items available is here
To order lunch please email: and use your child's name and Year level as the reference. 
Bank account: 01 0505 0309441 01 Fine Cuisine

Family Zone (Cyber Safety)

Family Zone brings together the best cyber safety people, organisations and technology into one easy to use service. Family Zone empowers you with extensive tools to manage your kids’ cyber activity at home and out and about. And in a world first innovation, Family Zone gives you access to the recommendations and ongoing support of cyber safety experts. For more information click here


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 476 8707 and choose the option for Absences.  You can also communicate your child's absence via the School App.  Messages may be left 24 hours a day.  Parents are asked not to request leave or time out of school for students during the term unless absolutely necessary.  If an absence is required the request should be made well in advance, in writing, to the Principal.  Dental and medical appointments and driving lessons should be made outside of school hours.  

2021 Term Dates

For 2021 Term Dates see here.