Notices: Primary

Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

Welcome to the 2022 school year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and summer holiday break with your families and friends.

The Staff and I are looking forward to another great year at Marsden Primary. The teachers have been busy setting up their classrooms for the new year and are feeling extremely excited about the year ahead. We are also enjoying the new carpet in classrooms which was Stage 2 of the refurbishment - the Primary School is looking very smart!

This week, the staff have been involved in Arrowsmith PD and becoming familiar with the exercise that their year level will be engaged in this year. I have personally been challenged by learning the Symbol Relations (Clocks) exercise; I’ll be working with Year 5 on it this year. 

Welcome to our new students
A very warm welcome to our new students who are starting with us on Wednesday 2 February; 

Year 1 - Eliza Au, Charlotte Dai
Year 3 - Sophie Lu
Year 4 - Lara Brooker, Samara Mudge, Sophie Phoon, Delaney Ross
Year 5 - Thea Bisley, Abigail Gallagher, Milla Hungerford
Year 6 - Ella Demler, Angie Lu, Phoebe Sims, Belle Whitehead, Harriet Witty, Katie Zeng

We are absolutely thrilled to have 16 new girls and their families join our Primary School. I know that they will settle in quickly and be welcomed by our friendly and warm community.

The Staff and I are excited about seeing the girls back at school on Wednesday. The class teachers for 2022 are as follows:  

Year 1 - Mrs Joanna Dhiru
Year 2 - Mrs Sarah Ash
Year 3 - Mrs Kate Feary Douglas
Year 4 - Miss Beth Deakin
Year 5 - Mrs Christine Barlow
Year 6 - Ms Tina Sturland

Class newsletters will be sent out by teachers on Wednesday. The letters detail the learning for the term ahead. Our 2022 Primary Handbook also includes a lot of useful information about Marsden Primary. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

COVID-19 Protection Framework Red Traffic Light Setting 
Please see the information in the newsletter about the Covid Protection Framework at Red Setting. As you will know, Year 4 and above students are required to wear face coverings in the classroom and other indoor spaces, as well as all of our staff.

At the end of the day, please pick your daughter up from the Primary Student Entrance. All parents and caregivers are required to wear face coverings and socially distance whilst on school grounds. The girls will be released to you from 3.10pm when the teachers see you waiting outside. 

I look forward to connecting with you all again next week. If you have any questions about the start of the year, please get in touch with Jo Sherlock in the first instance.

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Important Term 1 Dates

2 Feb         Term 1 starts 8.45am
7 Feb          School closed Waitangi Day observed
8 Feb          Primary Welcome Coffee Evening 7pm (online)
8 & 9 Feb   Sue Allman Primary photos (Year 1-6)
17 Feb        Speech and Drama lessons start21 Feb Y6 Leadership Service
11 Mar       Open Morning (whole school)
15 Mar       Primary Swimming lessons begin (5 weeks)
2 Apr          Save the Children Concert at Homewood TBC
8 Apr          Opera Performance Y2-67 Apr Learning Progress Interviews
12 Apr        Learning Progress Interviews
14 Apr        End of Term Easter Service St Mary’s 9am               
                    Last day of Term 1 (Normal finish time)

School Stationery

Years 1-6 stationery will be provided for the year by the school and given to the girls on the first day back. To cover this $30.00 will be disbursed to your account.

Primary School Information Evening - Tuesday 8 February 7-7.30pm - ONLINE

We invite all parents to our Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 8 February at 7pm which will be held ONLINE. The teachers will include the link in your class newsletter as well as put the link on Seesaw on the day. Please look out for this link and the teachers look forward to seeing you online on Tuesday 8 February.

Parent Coordinators

We are looking for parents to take on the Parent coordinator role for each of our Primary classes and we also need lead Parent coordinator. 
Kate Fitzgerald has been our Parent Coordinator for the last few years and she has done a wonderful job coordinating school events and liaising with the class coordinators. As her daughter is now in the Upper School, we are looking for someone else to take this role on. Some of the Primary events that Kate has overseen are Grandparents' and Special Friends Day, the Year 5/6 Disco and Staff Appreciation Day. There would be a detailed handover process as Kate has made excellent notes on the role and she is very happy to meet with the person who takes this on. If you are interested in these roles, please contact Jo Sherlock:

Whānau Picnic Postponed

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Whānau picnic while we are at Red setting. Hopefully we will be able to hold it before the end of the term.

Music Opportunities

Welcome back to 2022! 
Primary co-curricular activities will start in Week 2 in the Primary Music room. 
These will be: 
Wednesday lunch - Primary orchestra 
Friday 8am - Year 5 & 6 Chapel Choir 
Friday lunchtime - Year 1 to 4 Junior Choir 

Private music lessons 
We have an extensive range of instruments available for individual or group lessons.
Please see the link here for private music lesson details and the registration form which will need to be completed for anyone who would like to start or continue their music lessons in 2022. These private music lessons are available for Years 3 students onwards.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries. 
Jenny Gould Music Teacher 

Back to School Information

If you haven't had the chance to read our back to school information (for all Year levels), sent out in January, you can read it here.  

Sports Registrations 2022

Summer sport registrations for 2022 have now closed. Winter sport registrations close on Friday 11 February 2022. Please go to our Sports website to register.

2022 Term Dates

Please find our 2022 term and school starting dates here.


The Marsden School uniform is available from NZ Uniforms. Their store is located at 168 Thorndon Quay, Wellington, phone (04) 238 4727. The store’s business hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5.00pm, and Saturday 9am – 4pm. Uniform can also be viewed and ordered online. For first fittings making an appointment is recommended.

We have a second-hand uniform Facebook group, ‘Marsden Uniform Resale’, where good quality pre-loved uniform is offered for sale to Marsden parents and caregivers. This is only open to Marsden parents and caregivers and you need a Facebook login to access it.

Marsden Preschool - places available

With some of our older tamariki heading to school we have a few places available in the Preschool. If you have friends or family with a three year old boy or girl ready to start, please invite them to contact Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 to organise a visit. We are also taking applications for 2022/2023. Families can use their 20 ECE hours at Marsden Preschool, and we have a maximum of 20 tamariki, with a great adult to child ratio. 

Updating Contact Details

If your contact details or your daughter’s information have changed our records will need to be updated.  There are several options available to do this:

MyMarsden Portal
Under Quicklinks, click the link “Update personal information”
Here, you can update your own information (contact details, work and background information) as well as your daughter’s information (emergency contacts, mobile number, personal email address).

You can email the school with your changes at

You can phone the school on 476 8707 and advise us of any changes of details.

If your email address has changed it will also need to be updated in Operoo.  We do not have access to your profile to do this.  You will need to log in to Operoo and go to the link to update your profile. 

Primary Lunch Orders

We will be continuing using email to order lunches from the cafeteria. The list of items available is here
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

Family Zone (Cyber Safety)

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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.