Notices: Preschool & Primary

Mufti Day

This term’s mufti day funds raised will go to the NZ Music Foundation.   "The New Zealand Music Foundation aims to make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders in need, through music. Whether it be providing performance opportunities for disabled children, or organising choirs to provide music therapy for people suffering cognitive loss – this charity makes a big difference in many people's lives."     

Thursday 22nd November - bring a gold coin for the NZ Music Foundation.   

Come dressed with anything to do with music.

Primary Music Term 4

We have a wonderfully busy term coming up and below are some of the events which some or all of the girls will be involved in. Caremonkey forms for the relevant events will be released soon for you respond to and please contact me if you have any queries.   
Many thanks for your ongoing support. 
Jenny Gould    

Chapel Choir  - Kids Sing at St Marks, Basin Reserve On Thursday 15 November, the Year 5/6 Chapel Choir will be participating in the annual Kids Sing at St Marks School, Basin Reserve. The coach will depart from Vera Street at 9:50am and will return the students by 12:45pm.  For the event, full summer uniform, including black shoes and tied back hair will be needed.  
International Christmas Fair On Saturday 24 November, both Junior Choir (Years 1 - 4) and Chapel Choir will be performing at the British High Commissioners residence in Homewood Avenue, Karori as part of their International Christmas Fair. This is fundraising for Save the Children. The girls are to make their way to the side lawn to sing. You will need to go up the drive, bear right at the house and we are on the side lawn overlooking the tennis courts. 

For the event please can your daughter wear summer uniform with blazers, black shoes and hair tied back. For times please see below: Junior Choir (Year 1 - 4) - arrive at 11:20am and performing at 11:30am - 11:45am 
Chapel Choir (Year 5 and 6) - arrive at 11:35am and performing at 11:45am - 12:00pm  

Nativity Performance at St Theresa's Parish Hall On Tuesday 27 November, Year 1 - 4 will be performing 'Rock the Baby' nativity at St Theresa's Parish Hall, Karori. We will be walking to St Theresa's and will leave school at approximately 10:30am and arrive back by 12:30pm at the latest.  

Advent Tree and Calendar

Steer away from the tacky Bob the Builder/Barbie Advent calendars - Chaplain Sarah King has some fantastic advent Calendars for sale. 
The Advent Tree is assembled and each day in December decorations are added to scenes around the tree, part of the Christmas story is read, there is a mystery map of Bethlehem to navigate, and then a question to discuss.  It is a fun and interactive way of remembering the Christmas story in the lead up to Christmas Day. The pack is $10.  To order yours, contact Sarah at

Advent Calendars with a New Zealand theme are also available.  No chocolate, no Bob the Builder or Barbie - a beautiful New Zealand nativity scene with windows to open which tell the Christmas story.  These are $5 and you can order yours by contacting Sarah at

Position Available – Groundsman/Gardner

We are looking for a motivated person to join our custodian team who will be required to work with a high level of independence outdoors.  Please refer to our website for a job description.  To apply for the role please forward a covering letter and your CV to  Applications will be considered as they are received.

Looking for a House to Rent

We have a family arriving from Australia to join the School next year.  They are looking for a home to rent in Karori, Kelburn, Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Thorndon or Oriental Bay.    

Preferably the house would be unfurnished however that may be negotiable.  They are in a position to take the property now, or any time early next year.  If you know of anyone who has a property to rent, or is going overseas and wants to rent their house, please contact Jennie Johnstone on 021 544 505 or

International Christmas Fair at Homewood

Homewood are hosting their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 24 November 11am to 3pm. Here is a link to a flyer about this lovely day...psst Peppa Pig will be there!

Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving

The Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving is on Monday 3 December at 1.30pm in the auditorium. Years 1-3 will be performing the Nativity and all parents are warmly invited to attend this service. There will be refreshments at the conclusion of this for Year 6 parents in the foyer.

Toy Service

On Thursday 6 December Marsden Primary will be holding their annual Toy Service. The service will begin at 11.15am at St Mary’s Church and should conclude about 12.15pm.  We ask that the students all bring a new toy to be placed in front of the altar during the service. The toys are not wrapped as they will distributed to Barnardos and will be labelled appropriately according to the age and gender of the child receiving the gift.   

We warmly welcome you and your family to join us for this service. At the conclusion of the Toy Service the students will return to school and will be dismissed from their respective classrooms. The staff then have meetings in the afternoon, so there will be no supervision available for children after 12.30pm once they are dismissed from class. But we will be running a MASC programme for that afternoon.

MASC End of Year Holiday Programme

We will be running a MASC Holiday programme on Thursday 6 Dec from mid day when school finishes for the year. And on Friday 7 Dec, Monday 10 to Friday 14 Dec 8am to 6pm. The cost for each day is $55 except Thursday which is $35. You will need to provide their lunch and a drink bottle. 

Please let Jo Sherlock know if you would like your child to attend:

Year 5 & 6 Disco

The Year 5 and 6 Disco is a long-standing tradition at Marsden Primary, it serves as a farewell celebration for our Year 6 girls and a great way to finish off the year!  The disco is on 16 November and the theme this year is Masquerade.    

Marsden Gala

Marsden Gala Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019 Time: 11am-2pm The Gala is coming! Last year our school gala raised nearly $70,000!  A huge sum which went towards a number of great new initiatives at Marsden, including our Waihanga - Makerspace.  We hope 2019's Gala will be just as successful.  

Next year there will be over 30 stalls with old favourites such as the Deli, Designer Clothing, White Elephant and Cake Stall back, alongside a couple of new stalls; Healthy Treats, Silent Auction, Fruit Smoothies and French Crepes to name just a few!

Stall coordinators are still needed for Sweets, Crafts, Candy Floss, Children's Clothing and more, as well as cooks for the Deli, green-fingered sorts for the Garden Stall and crafty types for the Craft Stall.  If you can, please do get involved - we really can't do it without you!  

Please contact us with any ideas, donations or offers of help:

Do you need your uniform fixed?

Hems, buttons etc. Students from Year 10 and senior Design Technology classes are going to be sewing for social action and are putting on a fundraiser for the charity Little Sprouts which supports families in need of clothes and baby items.    

To get your uniform fixed, bring it in on mufti day (date to be notified) later this term. $5 for large fixes and $2 for buttons and other small items.  

Changes to 2019 Term Dates

Please note slight changes to 2019 term dates (in Terms 1 and 4):  Term 1 Thursday 7 February – Friday 12 April  Term 2 Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July  Term 3 Monday 29 July – Friday 27 September  Term 4 Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December

Bus Monitors

Year 12 and 13 students have now been elected as Bus Monitors for morning and after school rides.  If your child would like some assistance with catching the bus please contact