Notices: Preschool & Primary

Dear Parents and Whānau

I want to start with thanks to those parents who gave up their time this week to help out with activities in Years 1-5, we truly appreciate this. I was lucky enough to hear some of our parents talking about their home culture and seeing the curiosity and intrigue of the juniors as they tried dates, dumplings, biltong, Berliner doughnuts and pumpkin bread. The highlight for me was seeing the pride in the eyes of their children.   

Excitement is building as the Gala approaches – Sunday 3 March 11am-2pm. Our organisers are still very keen to have some more willing helpers. If you have an hour or two that you can spare please contact Kath at Remember you can still drop off goods into the school gym, near the Vera Street entrance. We are still accepting donations – clothes, furniture, manchester, books, toys, music, crockery, cutlery, plants, exercise equipment.  The Old Gym is open for drop offs; Mon-Fri 7.30am - 3.30pm and Sundays 10.30am-12.00pm.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā

Director of Primary

Innovation Series

After a successful start last year we are excited to continue our Innovation Series.  Our first speaker this year is Elly Bray from 'Thankyou'.  Thankyou is a social enterprise that sells consumer products and commits 100% of profits to helping end extreme poverty.  Elly is part of the team that pioneered Thankyou's first ever international launch.  Her passion for making a difference is contagious as she shares the ups, downs and valuable lessons the Thankyou team have learnt together on their journey.  Elly will be speaking to Upper School students.  Parents, caregivers, your friends and colleagues are invited to attend.  Please find your invitation attached.

Less than TWO weeks to Gala day!

Sunday 3 March 2019, 11am – 2pm   
We are in awe of the amazing team we have working on getting ready for the Gala.  The Old Gym is a hive of activity as the impressive pile of donations continues to grow.  Particular thanks must go to Sally King, Susan Henry, Pamela Hunt, Pip Groom, Dawn Morrison and Danielle Chamberlain who are working extremely hard to get everything ready. We are still accepting items – Clothes, furniture, linen, books, toys, music, crockery, cutlery, plants, exercise equipment.  The Old Gym is open for drop offs: 
Mon-Fri 7.30am - 3.30pm and Sundays 10.30am-12.00pm. 

Our Silent Auction is NOT to be missed!
Place your bid on a Jonathan Adler vase, an Ans Westra print, a Ruth Pretty hamper, Trelise Cooper tote and sunglasses, Jennifer Evans dance classes, Village Goldsmith jewellery and many more fantastic items.  Our latest donation is a cosy beauty from Small Acorns a quilted velvet comforter.  Perfect for the colder weather to come.

Designer Clothing
So exciting to see our Designer Clothing Stall coming together, there are some fantastic bargains to be had, this could be one of the best Designer Clothing sales ever!  Thank you to those who have donated, keep the donations coming and do use this opportunity to 'Marie Kondo' your wardrobe - Remember 'designer' in this context includes a wide range of mid-high end brands.  Designer Clothing will once again be a three day event.   Presale - Friday, I March (11.30am - 6.00pm)    Presale - Saturday, 2 March (11.30am - 2.30pm)   Gala - Sunday, 3 March - (11am - 2.00pm) 

White Elephant
We have a great crew but many hands make light work, so if you are able to assist, we would love to have you.  Please, no more electrical goods after Wednesday 20 February as they will not have been checked by our Electrician.  We are still after a few more helpers for the weekend prior to and the weekend of the Gala too, please consider joining us.  Please contact Sally on 021 618561 with offers of help or queries.

Deli Stall 
Fantastic work from our cooks so far!  But more cooks and deli products are still needed.  To extend our range for the stall more items would be appreciated.  Browse these links and see if you can help (we have extra clean jars available): 
·         Tomato-Chilli-Jam:
·         Ruth Pretty recipes for Caramelised Almonds and a delicious Luxury Muesli:; Contact Monika for more information - 021 266 4172

Book and Music 
This is shaping up to be one of the best book stalls ever!  Great contributions are pouring in, but we can still handle more so take this opportunity to clear out your bookshelves and let someone else enjoy a good read.  We also welcome CDs, DVDs, LPs and sheet music.   Thank you for your generosity and support. Leigh – 0274 572 821 
Curry Stall
Marsden's very popular Gala Curry stall is back, with some fabulous cooks who would love donations of the following: Chicken, coconut cream, red lentils, tomato paste and basmati rice. Please contact Kalyani, if you can help –  

Cake Stall
Primary and Preschool important information - Don't miss out on House points! Preschool, Primary School Years 1 - 5 and Years 7 & 8 make a significant contribution to the Gala by baking for the Cake Stall and we hope you have received information about this, if not, please let us know as baking needs to be delivered to school on Saturday 2 March.  Each contribution earns students house points and the class that contributes the most (based on percentage) will win a PRIZE!

This year we thought we'd try something new, if you are unable to bake you can donate $20 and someone else will bake for you!  This money is to be left at either the primary or secondary reception desk in a clearly marked envelope by Friday 22 February.  Envelope to be marked: Catherine Stewart, Cake Stall Baking Alterative.  Make sure you put your daughter's name and house on it too so they get their points!  If you are able to assist with more baking, please ask your teacher for another cake box Catherine or ph: 027 630 0993

Preloved clothing 
We would love donations of more baby clothes, under 5's clothes, boys and mens’ clothing please – these are always popular items.  Just drop off at the Old Gym!
Garden Stall
Any donations of potted plants (herbs, flowers, succulents etc), hanging plants, outdoor pots, bird feeders, garden paraphernalia gratefully received!  I can arrange pick up, or drop off in Thorndon.  I’m happy to start collecting up plants from now and can look after them until the Gala and if your garden is overflowing with produce we would love donations closer to the day.  If anyone would like to share co-ordination duties or can spare some time to help out, including on the day, that would be much appreciated.  Just drop me a text. Thanks! Christina 027 565 2099
Makers of Fudge, Coconut Ice, Rocky Road, Toffee Apples, Russian Fudge please get in touch, we need you!  We need more bags of wrapped sweets donated for Sweet Stall - fruit bursts, minties... to make lolly necklaces.  Please drop off at the Upper School Reception.  Or if you'd like to make Russian fudge for our Stall attached is a GREAT recipe! Please contact Freda with any queries -   Healthy Treats Planning is well underway for our new Healthy Treats stall at the gala this year. We will be offering delicious GF, DF, vegan and refined sugar free treats. We will be selling individual treats to enjoy at the gala or take home in a wee bag. We hope you like the sound of GF salted caramel bliss balls, vegan banana gingerbread, DF carrot cake and sugar free choc mint slice for example. If you would like to bake for us please get in touch and we look forward to seeing you at our stall. Thanks for your support. Jacqui and Kate   

The Tombola is great fun when there are lots of good prizes.  We need around 700 items - small containers/packets/bags of lollies, toiletries, stationery, toys etc.  Students earn Class and House points for each item they bring.  Tombola donations will be collected between 20 February and 3 March so start collecting prizes to make this stall a massive hit with the girls again this year!  

Taking part in Gala preparations is a great way to meet other members of the school community and have a lot of fun as well.  

For Gala updates and information, including information on the fantastic pieces we have had donated to our Silent Auction, please follow the MPA Facebook page, this is the best place to stay up to date with Gala news: If you haven't signed up to help at the Gala then please do, we still have 70 positions to fill.  Click here to sign up.

Kath and Kalyani  
Gala Convenors 

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden Fundraiser with Jacinda Ardern

Join us to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talk about her love of books and the importance of reading and literature at a unique fundraising event for Katherine Mansfield House & Garden.  See the attached invitation.

Wednesday 13 March 5:30pm–7pm Marsden Auditorium
Tickets $55pp; to purchase tickets click here.
RSVP by 6 March to secure your tickets to this exclusive event, which includes a glass of bubbles and canapes.  Phone 04 473 7268

The house at 25 Tinakori Road was Mansfield's birthplace and is now a museum dedicated to celebrating the life and work of New Zealand's most famous author. This special event is being held to raise funds for developing educational programmes and resources for schools visiting the house following its scheduled redevelopment this year. 

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.  

Marsden Communications

Please see this document re how we communicate with you at Marsden, we hand this out to new families starting at Marsden but existing families may find it useful too.  A reminder to change your notification groups on your School App for next year.  If you don't have the School App please download it, and it would be great if you could also follow our Facebook page

Marsden Friends of Football - Notice of Annual General Meeting

Marsden Friends of Football welcomes all new parents to Football and Futsal at Marsden.  You are invited to join us for our AGM on Monday 4 March at 6pm, an opportunity to find out a little more about the sport your daughter has signed up for.  Our Chairman's Report is attached, which provides an overview of our goals and achievements to date.  We are actively looking for enthusiastic parents to join us on our small committee, so please contact or message us on our Facebook Page if you would like some more information.