Notices: Preschool & Primary

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Dear Parents and whānau

 “He taonga te mokopuna, kia whaᾱngaio, kia tipu, kia rea.” 
A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish  

With this week being Māori Language Week, there has been an emphasis at Marsden on using te reo as part of our lessons throughout the day, including a morning karakia, every day interactions, song and poi dance. This has been enjoyed by both teachers and students and we will continue to look at ways to embed te reo into our classrooms.  

A second highlight this week was our senior pen pals surprising Year 4 students in the playground this morning.  Our Year 4s were so excited to finally met - it is wonderful to see relationships strengthening between the primary girls and their buddies throughout the school as a result of the initiative.
Our girls also participated in the Emergency Smart Saint John Training this week.  The training was an excellent reminder for families to show their daughter’s how to use a phone and give their address to the emergency services. 
Congratulations Emma Lowden, Alyssa Bai, Ila Hayward and Daisy Clements for outstanding teamwork to win the Interzone Swimming Relay Race for Year 4.  A great achievement.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Christine Barlow
Acting Director of Primary

Reminder: Hockey Prize-Giving

 We'd like to encourage all players and their families to attend the hockey prize-giving on Sunday 22 September from 5pm.  

This is our chance, as a hockey community, to celebrate the season together!  Not only do we acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the players with 'MVP' and MIP' awards, we also thank the managers, coaches, families and volunteers, without whom hockey wouldn't happen.  

When:   5pm - 6.30pm, Sunday 22 September 2019
Where:  Samuel Marsden Cultural Centre

Pizza for players and light refreshments for families provided.
RSVPs for catering purposes - players, don't forget to RSVP via your team managers and let them know if you will be attending and if you have any special dietary requirements. 

Primary New Entrants Info session

Tuesday 24 Sept 3.30pm

If you know of families interested in the Marsden Primary School please let them know about our New Entrants Information Session on Tuesday 24 September 3.30pm in the Primary School. Preschoolers and siblings are welcome.This is a lovely opportunity to meet teachers, ask questions and see the Primary School.They can register here.

2020 Enrolments

It is that very busy time of year when we are enjoying meeting with new students and their families, and sharing their excitement about starting at Marsden next year.  So often they tell us that they are interested in Marsden because they know members of our community and have heard great things about the school from them, or they know current or past Marsden students and want their own daughters to be just like them!  Thank you to all the members of our community who do so much to share the Marsden story.  If you have friends or family who may be interested in joining us next year, please encourage them to get in touch with us as soon as possible as decisions around classes, subject selection and timetabling are being made over the next few weeks and we are best able to cater for all of our students’ needs if we can include them in the processes early.

Also just a gentle reminder that if, for any reason your daughter will not be returning to Marsden next year, we do need a full term’s notice, in writing.  Late notification of withdrawal will incur fees in lieu of notice so please let us know in writing, to the Principal, by the end of this term.

Leave During Term Time

The School App can be used for notifying absences to the office of daily illness and Drs appointments but should not be used for notifying leave during term time.  Any request for leave during term time needs to be directed to the Director of Primary in writing for approval. If approval is given you will need to liaise with your daughter's teacher well in advance to ensure that she catches up on missed work.

Marsden's Trash to Flash

In Term 4 The Technology Department is organising:
Marsden's Trash to Flash! 
Term 4 - Year 7-9 two day event: 18 and 19 November. 2019

New Zealand's well-known culture of sustainability and backyard inventors has a new opportunity to shine!In the spirit of recreating, recycling and building communities, Marsden's Year 7 to 9 are going to work for two days looking at ways they can transform our culture of “throw it” into a celebration of "fix it, grow it or make it better." The event is designed to encourage local craftspeople, artisans and community members alike to share their skills and create new things from rejected items. It's also about being nice to the planet by finding ways of valuing what we have got already available to use, rather than having to import and buy everything new.

If you or a family member or friend have a skill or time to spare, we would love your help.  We are looking for people who can  upholster, quilt, knit, crotchet; weavers, flax weavers, foragers, garden to table planting horticulturalists, bee keepers, bike fixers, go cart makers and electricians. If you would like to help for a day or two please contact Sarah Wirth, Head of Department -Technology

Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook Page

You can now buy, sell, and trade Marsden uniforms online through the new Marsden Uniform Resale Facebook page! This page is a handy way to recycle and reuse gently used Marsden uniforms. 

This page is for used uniforms only. New uniforms and accessories can be purchased at New Zealand Uniforms on Thorndon Quay in Wellington or online at

To access and use the page you need to be a member, as the page is a closed group. To join the group, open Facebook, search for the Marsden Uniform Resale page, and request to join. One of the administrators will grant you access to use the page. 

Marsden Uniform Resale is administered by the Marsden Parents' Association in coordination with Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. The page operates outside the charter of the MPA and the school and neither organisation makes any representations, guarantees, or claims related to uniform items bought, sold or traded on the Marsden Uniform Resale page. 

MASC Holiday Programme October Holidays

We will be running  a holiday programme in the second week of the October break on 7 - 11 October. Here is the programme for this week.
  • The holdiay programme runs from 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea are provided but children need to bring their own lunch. Its is also recommended children bring a water bottle
  • The holiday programme costs $55 per day per child
  • This programme is for Marsden students (and siblings) in Years 1 - 8
 If you would like to enrol your child please email Jo Sherlock

Uniform Cardigans and Jerseys

Due to the closure of the uniform shop we have some brand new Jerseys that we cannot sell through NZ Uniforms & as such we are offering them at a 50 % discount.

These will be available on a first in first served cash or charged to the school account. 

Cardigans $20.00 each
Extra Small (6) Small (6) Medium (3)

Jerseys $25.00 each
72 cm (12) 77 cm (8) 82 cm (6) 92 cm (2) 97 cm (2)
Parents can pick them up from Christine Allen in the Accounts Office .

MASC End Of Year Holiday Programme

We will be running a holiday programme when school finishes on 6 December for 2 weeks 9 - 13 and 16 - 20  December. Please email Jo Sherlock if you would like to enrol

Primary ICAS Dates

2 Sep Digital Technologies
5 Sep Science 
9 Sep Writing 
12 Sep Spelling 
16 Sep English 
19 Sep Maths

Marsden Friends of Football Newsletter

Please see the attached Marsden Friends of Football newsletter, taking particular note of the upcoming end of season fun event on Monday 16 September 4pm - 5.30pm.


On Tuesday 17 September Year 3 to 6 students are going to be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington City from 7:30pm to approximately 8:30pm for Artsplash.

It is a tremendously exciting event where orchestras, bands and schools come together from around the Wellington region to sing and perform together.In preparation for this Years 3 to 6 will be rehearsing for the Artsplash concert at the Michael Fowler Centre, in Wellington City at 12:00pm - 1:45pm on that day. We will be leaving by coach from Vera Street at 11:25am rehearsing from 12pm - 1:45pm and then returning to school for approximately 2:00pm. 

Your daughter will need to wearing her winter uniform, black tights and shoes with hair tied back. 

For the evening performance, the drop off and pick up place is in the corridor outside door 30. Please can you drop your daughter off between 7:00pm and 7:10pm for the 7:30pm performance.

Jenny Gould

Marsden Prayer Matters

Our School Chaplain, Sarah King convenes an email prayer group for our school. Each week she sends out an email with some prayer requests and a list of students and staff to pray for during the week. The prayer requests are confidential, and no names are used. If you would like the group to pray for something in particular, OR you would like to pray with this group, contact our Chaplain, Sarah King, 

A Taste of Marsden Cookbook – Your Favourite Recipes Still Needed

The MPA project for a new edition of A Taste of Marsden Cookbook needs your help to meet our goal to have the new cookbook available in time for a Christmas delivery.  There is a great team of volunteers dedicated to this project but we still need your recipes in all categories.  We are also trying to include more ethnic recipes to reflect the diversity within our school community.  We would be very grateful if you could take some time to share your recipes with us.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could  talk to your girls at Marsden and see what they would like included.  

Please send them to: 

If you have any queries or would like to help out please contact Karin MacKinnon

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.