Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

Year 1-3 Poetry Recital
This week we had our annual Year 1-3 Poetry Recital. We are delighted with how well our girls did in their presentations. Congratulations to Nellie Clements (Year 3) who was awarded the Marsden Old Girls’ Association Cup as well as Samyra Ranchord (Year 1), Mallika Bernau (Year 2) and Kristen Young (Year 3) who were all awarded highly commended. A big thank you to Karen Richards and Sean O’Connor, our Librarians who were our judges. Both Karen and Sean were very impressed with how confident the girls were presenting in front of everyone and how clearly they spoke. Ka pai, girls!!

Kiwiana Day - Thursday 24 September
To celebrate the end of this fabulous unit of inquiry, next Thursday 24 September the girls will be engaging in Kiwiana activities in their House groups. The activities, which have been organised by the Student Council, include rugby ball passing, lamb petting, gumboot throwing and jaffa rolling down our school driveway. Year 1 and 2 will be sharing their Kiwiana Play in the Auditorium at 2pm and Year 5 and 6 are looking forward to the other classes playing their kiwiana board games.

A reminder that next Thursday girls are invited to wear mufti clothes that express what Kiwiana means to them and we are having a sausage sizzle lunch. 

Term 4 Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day - Thursday 22 October
We are looking forward to this wonderful event next term. Invitations will be going home next Thursday 24 September for girls to give to their grandparents and special friends. 


9am Service at St Mary’s Church
10am morning tea in Cultural Centre 
10.45/11am classroom time with grandchildren
11.45/12pm depart Marsden 

Guests are asked in the invitation to please RSVP by Monday 12 October.

Kate Fitzgerald, our fabulous Parent Coordinator will be in contact soon with parents regarding organisation of this event - we would love all students to bring a small plate of food and parent volunteers to help with the set up. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Primary School Refurbishment 
We are thrilled with the results of our recent school refurbishment. The girls’ lockers have had the final details added with the beautiful hydrangea patterning, the soft seats outside the Year 3 and Year 6 classrooms have been installed and pin boards have been put up. The girls are very pleased with the changes and are taking great pride in our new environment. A huge thank you to Karen Richards who has managed the design of the refurbishment. We are very grateful to you!!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Anahera Johnson, Year 5; Character Strength: Forgiveness

Anahera, you set a great example to your peers through your ability to show forgiveness to others if they have made mistakes. You show empathy and care towards others and a willingness to give everyone a second chance. Well done Anahera!

Enrolments for 2021

Enrolments for new students entering in 2021 are now due. We will be making decisions to waitlist or open new classes for our larger intake years (6, 7 and 9) soon, so please encourage those interested in Marsden to get in touch with us as a matter of priority. 

Please direct friends or family interested in enrolling for 2021 to Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 or email

Padder Tennis Holiday Programme

Paul Grubi who ran our Padder Tennis lessons is holding a holiday programme for Years 3 - 6. This is at the Salamanca Tennis Club 5 - 9 October. 

Marsden Rowing Club Fundraiser - Last Orders

LAST ORDERS – over 120 cases sold.

Thank you to all those that have supported Marsden Rowing and the wine fundraiser.  There is still a chance to order but be in quick.

Marsden Rowing Club, with the support of Eurovintage Limited, are raising money throughout Term 3 to support our 2020/21 rowing programme & infrastructure. We have a lovely selection of wines in 6 bottle cases to tempt your taste buds. Wines from Ata Rangi, Te Mata, Neudorf, Babich, Maude, Pegasus Bay, Louis Roederer, to name a few. See the full selection and prices here.  

Please place your orders by completing the google form WINE FUNDRAISER. We will send you a confirmation email confirming your order along with payment instructions. Once money is received, we’ll pass on the order to Eurovintage, who will process and dispatch your order to any address in NZ, free for orders over $160 in total.

If you like the look of any individual wine in our mixed cases we are happy to quote separately for these.  Please contact us at

Thank you for supporting Marsden Rowing Club!

NZ Uniforms Thorndon Quay Store - Closed for Stocktake

The NZ Uniform Thorndon Quay Store will be closed for Stocktake from Sunday 27 September to Tuesday 29 September, and will re-open at 9.00am Wednesday 30 September.  They apologise for any inconvenience.


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 Principal.  Dental and medical appointments and driving lessons should be made outside of school hours.  Leave requests for Primary School students need to be sent to the Director of Primary.

Coronavirus Information

All updates and communication to parents regarding the Coronavirus can be found here.

How we communicate what at Marsden

Please see here for the ways we communicate with you at Marsden. It is very important you are aware of where you can find information, that you are receiving Marsden information, and that we have your up to date contact details. Please call us on 476 8707 (phone has been forwarded off-site) if you need to update your details. A reminder, please download the School App to your phone, it is the SchoolAppsNZ app. 

Emergency pages - these can be found both on MyMarsden (i-SITE menu) and on our website (About section).

2020 Term Dates

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December