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From the Director of Primary

Dear Parents and Whānau    

Well this is my final newsletter – and how quickly the time has gone! I have absolutely loved being a part of the Marsden family for the last 19 years and have been so privileged to play a little part in your children’s lives. I will miss every single one of them, but am absolutely sure they are in very good hands. We have a first class and dedicated staff who take seriously the pastoral and educational care of all our students.   

I would like to leave you with two influences of mine. The first is a picture of Dame Whina Cooper taken by photographer Michael Tubberty, and her words urging us to   

Take care of our children. 
Take care of what they hear, 
Take care of what they see,
Take care of what they feel. 
For how the children grow, 
So will the shape of Aotearoa.     

And secondly, a favourite whakataukī of mine:  

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. 
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.  

I wish you all the very best for a relaxing holiday break.   

Ngā mihi maioha
Celia McCarthy

Primary Mid Year Reports

Reports will be available on Saturday 6 July.  To view, login to the MyMarsden portal.  If you do not know your login details please email

MASC Holiday Programme July Holidays

We will be running a holiday programme in the 3rd week of the July holiday break 22 - 26 July. Here is the programme for the week.
  • The holdiay programme runs from 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea are provided but children need to bring their own lunch. Its is also recommended children bring a water bottle
  • The holiday programme costs $55 per day per child
  • This programme is for Marsden students (and siblings) in Years 1 - 8
 If you would like to enrol your child please email

MASC End Of Year Holiday Programme

We will be running a holiday programme when school finishes on 6 December on 9 - 13 December. This year we thought we would continue it for a second week - please could you let Jo Sherlock know if you would be interested in us running it from 16 - 20 Dec (or part of this week)

Winter Food Drive

The cold weather and increased costs that come during the winter months have an effect on many families and individuals across the Wellington region. Our school would like to help, by collecting food for the City Mission, which is quickly running out of food stocks. Next week, the last week of term, we would like to encourage each student to bring one item of food for our collection. we believe we could help 40 families with this food drive. 

The most needed items are: Peanut Butter, Marmite/Vegemite , jam, sugar, milk powder, canned fish/meat, tinned fruit, biscuits, tinned vegetables, tinned and packet soup, pasta sauces, rice, 2 Minute Noodles, muesli bars, body wash, deodorant. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chaplain Sarah King

Artist in Residence Exhibition Invitation - 28 June 6pm-7.30pm

You are invited to the opening of the 2019 Artist in Residence Exhibition 'In the Round' by illustrative artist Margaret Tolland, who has been working with our students this year. The Exhibition consists of large works by Margaret featuring the views from eight 'conservation champions' associated with Karori's Zealandia, as well as student work. All works will be for sale with a percentage from the sales returned to the Artist in Residence programme. The Exhibition runs from 28 June-20 July. Please find your invitation here.

A Taste of Marsden Cookbook

The MPA project for a new edition of A Taste of Marsden Cookbook is now underway.  Our goal is to have the new cookbook available to order in time for a Christmas delivery.  To achieve our goal, we need your help.  We know there are some wonderful cooks out there and are calling for your favourite, tried and trusted recipes from our community.  The recipes will be tested by the dedicated recipe committee for selection. We will mix a blend of recipes with a sprinkling of nostalgia for old Marsden favourites while including a modern twist with local ingredients and some international flavour.  We are looking forward to sampling your culinary delights!   Please send us your favourite recipes to   
Can you please kindly share your favourite recipes for:
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Vegetarian
  • Baking and desserts 
We also still need your recipe suggestions for breakfast, soups and salads, lunch box ideas and drinks.   
Please include in the subject heading the recipe category and name of the dish.  

If you would like to be involved in this project please contact Karin MacKinnon at

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop's last day of business in Marsden Village was Wednesday 19 June.  

From the start of Term 3 (Monday 29 July) uniform can be purchased at the new premises, NZ Uniforms, 168 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011.

Rowing Coach Position

See the attached information about a vacancy for a Rowing Coach position. Please circulate this to your friends.

Marsden Friends of Hockey Movie Fundraiser

Please join us for a fun night at the movies while supporting hockey at Marsden!  
Movie Premiere "Yesterday" 
Sunday 30 June 2019  

Our annual movie fundraiser night is on Sunday 30 June.  It will be the premiere of Yesterday, a British musical comedy, directed by Danny Boyle, and written by Richard Curtis. It stars Himesh Patel as a musician who, after an accident, finds himself in a world where he is the only person who knows of The Beatles, and becomes famous performing their songs as his own.  Lily James and Ed Sheeran co-star.    

It is sure to be a sharp, witty and fast-paced movie! A link to trailer is here:   

When:  Sunday 30 June 2019 - Seated by 5.45pm - Movie starts at 6:00pm
Where:  Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn Cost:  Tickets $20 each   Book your tickets online here:   

Spread the word to all your friends and families.  We have some amazing spot and raffle prizes and, of course, lollies!   

Marsden Friends of Hockey works alongside the school to help grow participation and excellence in hockey at Marsden. Please email if you are interested in learning more.

Primary Lunch Orders

here is a link to the items available and prices


Please notify the school by 8.30am of your child's absence or lateness.  Please email or call 476 8792 Ext 701.  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 Primary Director.