Notices: Primary

Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

We have been focusing on the Character Strength of Leadership in the Primary School. On Monday at our Chapel Service, we explored the qualities of a great leader and announced our Term 1 Year 6 Leaders. We also discussed the 
4 P’s of being a great leader: leaders have a clear purpose and focus on the reason for what they are doing; they focus on people by giving their time to others; they show perseverance by working hard and achieving; their performance is through their thoughts, words and actions. 

The Staff in the Primary School are passionate about providing students with a range of leadership opportunities across all Year levels. As senior students of the Primary School, our Year 6 girls hold the key leadership roles. Student voting occurs each term to determine who is chosen to take on these important roles in our school.

Congratulations to the following girls who are our Primary School Leaders for Term 1 and were acknowledged on Monday at our Leadership Service.

Head Girl - Ruby Fitzgerald
Deputy - Anahera Johnson
Head of Council - Evie Hunter
Deputy - Scarlett Hungerford
Head of Fitzherbert - Alyona Elshout
Deputy - Kynzie Simpliciano
Head of Innes - Beth McClanahan
Deputy - Billie Nightingale
Head of Sprott - Emma Lowden
Deputy - Ila Hayward

We also have Year 6 leaders who are Librarians, Council members and ICT Monitors. We thank the girls for taking on these leadership roles. We know they will shine and do an outstanding job for their peers and Marsden Primary.

Movin’March starts on Monday 1 March – Let’s Get Movin’! 

Last year Marsden Primary became a Movin’March School and we have signed up for the initiative again for 2021! This Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) initiative has been highly successful over the years encouraging children and whānau to become more active travelling to and from school each day.  

As a family we encourage you to think about how you might get to and from school during March (and the rest of Term 1!) We encourage girls to walk, bike or scooter up to the school gate (all wheels will need to be walked/pushed through the school grounds). Wheels should be left in the Primary School courtyard for the day (outside the Year 1/2 and Year 3 classrooms). Helmets will need to be brought inside and left in the girls lockers. 

Check out Micro scooter’s safety tips for safety suggestions. 

Thank you to Jackie Brown and Tina Sturland who are leading this fantastic initiative in our Primary School.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Character Strength: Kindness - Tessa Samuel, Year 1

Tessa you show kindness to others, especially those new to Marsden. Even though you are new yourself and are learning the Marsden ways, you always go out of your way to make sure your friends know what to do. Ka pai, Tessa - we are so pleased you are at Marsden Primary!

Please Do Not Drive onto the School Grounds

The safety of our students and staff is paramount.

Parents are once again requested not to drive onto the school grounds when delivering or collecting students. Students must be dropped or collected outside the school grounds at all times – including for early morning practices and following after school activities - unless the student has an injury/incapacity which means that they cannot walk from the gate into the school. In these circumstances exceptional arrangements must be made in advance and agreed with the Principal or the Director of Marsden Primary. 

To maintain safe walking routes for students at the beginning and end of the school day: 
  • the Vera Street entrance is closed between 3pm – 4pm
  • the Donald Street entrance is closed between 8am – 4pm
  • the Marsden Ave entrance is closed between 7.45am – 9am and 2.45pm – 4pm 
School entrances may be patrolled during these times and/or coned off. Our roadways are used extensively throughout the day by pedestrians, including our younger students, so if you are driving onto the school grounds for any other purpose please use the Marsden Avenue entrance only and adhere to the speed limit (walking speed only).

Please also respect our neighbours and their rights to quiet enjoyment of their properties. Turning in, or driving onto, their driveways or garden areas should be avoided. Many roads adjacent to the school feature broken yellow lines - which means stopping or parking is illegal – doing so causes obstruction or danger to other road users, whether these are drivers, cyclists, pedestrians or buses. 

Please observe all such traffic signs, at all times.

Keeping our Kids Safe Online Free Documentary Screening - 4 March

Parents are invited to a screening of the documentary - Our kids On Line, Porn, Predators  and How to Keep them Safe by Rob and Zareen Cope on Thursday 4 March from 7pm - 8.30pm in the School Auditorium.  Please see attached invitation for more details.

Marsden Open Morning - 5 March

Our first Open Morning for the year is on Friday 5 March. This is for families considering a Marsden education and includes the opportunity to hear Narelle speak and a tour with one of our senior girls, plus opportunities to talk with students and staff. It is a lovely way to experience the school, see the warm friendships our girls have, the teaching and support and our spacious green environment. If you know of any families interested in joining us now or in years to come please extend our invitation to visit. They can let us know they are coming here.  

The Marsden Pop Up Gala is coming!

Sunday 14 March 2021 11am – 2pm

Please keep dropping off your donations of gently loved toys and clothing, plants, books, deli contributions, tombola gifts, so our volunteers can sort them.

Drop off Details
At the Main Reception during school hours.
Next drop off Saturday 6 March 10am - 12pm 
Entrance to café beside Chapel or to the Swainson Room in Marsden House.
The school is CLOSED on the weekend of 27/28 February for drop off donations.

The Designer Clothing Stall
We are looking for quality, mens, womens and childrens clothing. This is by far our most profitable stall each year thanks to the generosity of our Marsden families. So, if you haven't worn it, loved it, looked fabulous in it for the past year please consider donating!! We take sports clothing, shoes, jewelry, scarves, all accessories from labels like Country Road, Trenery, Ruby, Seed, Sportscraft, Nike, Lululemon and many more. There are some fabulous items already pressed and priced.

If you are having difficulty getting your items to school please email Danielle or Dawn at and one of the team would be happy to arrange a pick up.

Toy Donations
We need more toy donations please! Your donation of toys for the upcoming pop-up Gala Day are gratefully accepted. Please drop at the Main Reception during school hours or to 15 Fancourt St, Karori (leave on front doorstep, any day 9am - 5pm). If you have any over-sized toys you'd like to donate please email prior to organise delivery. 

Girls are being asked as part of house and form competitions to bring in small items for the Tombola stall – toiletries, small bars /bags of lollies, small bottles /cans of soft drinks, chocolate bars, old jam jars filled with fruit bursts tied with ribbons etc.  We aim for lots of  small items. House captains will be ready to collect and take your names, and form class at morning tea every day . Storage at the top of the internal stairs outside the Auditorium.

We are asking for plant donations to be kept at home until Saturday 13 March. Drop off on the Saturday is outside the Upper School Music Corridor. Garden related products also welcome.

Baking and Deli
We are happy to store your long life wonderful baking products at school before the gala. We would love donations of sugar and lemons . All can be dropped off at Main Reception.

Some beautiful produce has already come in. Thank you so much. To all  those with talents in making jams chutneys, hummus, muffins, lemon curd  etc. We would love you to make up your favourite recipes for the deli stall.  Drop off to Marsden Reception.

Cakes Sweets and Healthy Treats
Please think about baking your signature bakes.  

Healthy Treats
Jacqui would love your healthy baking. For more details please contact Jacqui Jago:

House Stalls
House Captains are asking for small donations and items for their House Stalls and raffles. There is a House competition on Gala day. Students receive House points for their donations and for their participation on the day.  Students can give donations to their House Captain. Thank you for your support.

Just a reminder, this year we are NOT holding a white elephant/garage sale stall and whiteware is not accepted. 

Thanks for your support. Any queries to with any ideas, donations or offers of help.

Volunteers Needed for Test Assistance with Students

We need more wonderful volunteers from our community to add to our reader/writer group. If you have availability during the school day and are interested in supporting students in this way, we would value your time. Please email Kate Fitzgerald for more information,

Scholarships for entry in 2022

Marsden Scholarships for new and current students entering Year levels 6, 7 and 9 in 2022 are now open. This includes the Year 6, 7 and 9 Academic scholarships, Year 9 Cultural, Sporting and Old Girls' Scholarships and the Year 7-13 Māori and Pasifika Scholarship. 

You can find all Scholarships details on our website, and apply online. Further upper school Scholarships for students currently not at Marsden are also detailed, in case you know of a family considering Marsden in 2022 who may be interested.

Marsden Prayer Matters

Chaplin Sarah King prepares an email with prayer requests at the beginning of each week. The requests are confidential, and no names are used. If you would like to be part of this prayer team, email and she will add you to the group. Sarah is also happy to pray individually for students and families if you would like to contact her.

School App

Stay connected with our School App, please download it to your phone if you haven't already done so. You can send school absences via the School App, access the school calendar, read the newsletter, and we may send important notifications via the App. Search for 'SchoolAppsNZ' and then 'Samuel Marsden' or 'Marsden', for more detailed instruction please see here.  Please call us on 476 8707 if you need to update your details.


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.  


For 2021 Term Dates see here.