Notices: Primary

Mrs Jo Burns
Head of Primary

Message from the Head of Primary

In Primary this week, we have been busy with production practices and costume fittings. Your teachers are busy preparing students to perform to their best! I hear from my office all the wonderful singing and rehearsals. We have a talented group of young ladies who are excited to be on stage.

Our character focus this week and next is 'Bravery'. I spoke in assembly about how we can be brave at school by taking risks and asking questions or trying something new. I shared a story about how I've had to be brave and what I learned about myself. Since Monday, I have had several students share their stories of bravery or how they have taken risks in their learning, which is encouraging to hear. We can learn much by taking risks and being out of our comfort zone.

On Tuesday, I saw our Year 5-6 netball teams competing at Hataitai in Western Zones. The girls were having so much fun competing against other schools. A busy day for them, with only one game rest between their games. A big thank you to the parents who supported our netball teams on this day. You all do a fabulous job.

Congratulations to Naomi McIntosh in Year 4, who competed in the 2022 Counties Manukau Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition. She received a bronze medal for her level 1 hoop routine. A bonus was that she was presented her medal by Commonwealth Games competitor Havana Hopman. 

Next week we celebrate neurodiversity week; we all have different experiences and view life from different points of view. Seeing life from someone else's perspective helps us build understanding, confidence, resilience and appreciation of others and therefore build inclusion. The message to us all for next week is that we are all neurodiverse, and the week serves as a reminder that no matter what our differences and challenges, everyone also has their strengths and talents. Next week, please think about doing something different to show how you can be kind, tolerant and accepting of everyone in our school community.

Tuesday 23rd August will be a Non-Uniform Day - Primary and Upper. We ask that you bring a gold coin donation supporting the Dyslexia Foundation of NZ and Autism New Zealand.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone.

Ngā Mihi

Jo Burns 
Head of Primary

Marsden Neurodiversity Week - Non Uniform Day - 23 August

This year to celebrate Neurodiversity Week students are invited to wear non uniform on Tuesday 23 August and bring a gold coin to support our chosen charities of Dyslexia New Zealand and Autism New Zealand.

Neurodiversity Week is about promoting the concept that neurodiversity is the acceptance that all humans are different, with unique minds, needs and abilities.  The human brain has a wide spectrum of functions, and any differences should be acknowledged as just another way of being or doing things.

Marsden Preschool & Primary Father's Day Breakfast - 1 September

Fathers of Preschool and Primary students are warmly invited to join their children for breakfast in the Cultural Centre at 7.15am on Thursday 1 September. Breakfast will start promptly at 7.30am and finish at 8.15am.  

This is a lovely informal occasion and an opportunity for Fathers and their children to meet socially and a chance to get to know friends.  In order to cover costs we will be charging $19 +gst for Dads, $10 +gst for children in PS - Year 3 and $12 +gst per child in Years 4 - 6 which will be added to your account.

For catering purposes we ask that you register for this event using the link below. Even if you can't make it (but we hope you can), please register so we know you have received this invitation. There is a “No I can't make it" option on the registration form:

If you have any queries please contact Jo Sherlock ph: 476 8707 or email

Marsden Prayer Matters

As a Special Character Anglican school, here at Marsden we know that prayer matters. Our Chaplain Sarah King compiles a weekly email of prayer requests, for our school prayer team to hold in prayer. The requests are for things going on around the school that week and are anonymous. If you would like to receive this weekly email, please email Sarah to join the prayer team . If you have a confidential prayer request, you can email her or contact her on 027 491 2245.

Elton John vs Billy Joel 'NZ Tribute'

Rocket Man vs Piano Man
Sunday 6 November
All Ages Show

Join one of New Zealand's favourite Duo's Cam and Sam as they perform the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel live for their award-winning Elton John vs Billy Joel 'NZ Tribute Show'. Elton & Billy are in safe hands with Cam & Sam, these professional Wellington musicians have performed on Live television, and commercial radio & featured in the Official NZ Music, iTunes and IMNZ 'Indie Music NZ' Charts on a variety of projects, between them you're in for an amazing Elton vs Billy experience.

When - Sunday 6 November 2pm-4pm with intermission, doors open from 1.30pm
Where - Samuel Marsden Auditorium, Marsden Ave, Karori
$25 Adult
$60 Family Pass 2 x Adults 2 x Children - $10 extra child
$10 Child up to 18
$20 Student
$20 Seniors

Using promo code MARSDEN will give the school a 10% donation on tickets sold.  See the attached poster.
Promo Code MARSDEN

Marsden Physiotherapy Clinic

The Marsden Physiotherapy Clinic is back up and running on Mondays 8am-10.30am in the Old Gym, PE Office.
If you would like to make an appointment please email either Eliott, or Caitlin, to book your time.
This is a free service for students. As it is covered by ACC it must be an injury that has come about from an accident only eg: playing sport, tripping over etc.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Eliott or Caitlin.

Primary Lunch Orders

We will be continuing using email to order lunches from the cafeteria. The list of items available is here. Also on Thursdays are now 4 piece packs of sushi for $5.

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


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.  

2022 and 2023 Term Dates

Please find our 2022 and 2023 term and school starting dates here.

Family Zone (Cyber Safety)

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