Notices: Primary

Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki             Celebrate the rising of Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi                    Celebrate the rising of the lord of the heavens
Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau                   Celebrate the rising of the New Year

Matariki hunga nui                                          Matariki, a time to come together
Matariki ahunga nui                                        Matariki, a time of bounty
Matariki manako nui                                       Matariki, a time of aspiration

Matariki represents the Māori New Year and is a celebration of the people, the culture, the language and the spirit of those beneath the stars. Matariki is a time to reflect upon where we stand and who we are in this moment in time; it is a time of rebirth and renewal. Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.

Tomorrow is the start of Matariki. Across the country, communities are getting excited about the first ever celebration of Matariki as a public holiday. You may like to make Matariki stars over the weekend as part of your celebration and the following links could be useful:

A very warm welcome to our new student, Lily Day who joined Year 4 on Monday. We wish Lily a wonderful start at Marsden Primary and look forward to getting to know her as well as her whānau.

Western Zones Swimming 
Marsden swimmers had an awesome day at Western Zones swimming on Tuesday with great results all round from our students. Congratulations to Clara Casserley and Melinda Diao (both Year 4) who are through to Interzones on 22 September for Butterfly and Freestyle events respectively, and Jessica Mann (Year 6) who is swimming in the Year 7 Relay team. Well done, girls!

Primary School Soirée
Congratulations to our Years 3-6 girls who performed at our Primary School Soirée last night. Performances included pieces from the Year 4 Strings, Year 5/6 Chapel Choir, Primary Orchestra and there were over 30 individual / duo performances. Please click this link for lots of lovely photos.

A huge thank you to Jenny Gould for all her hard work putting the event together, to the girls’ itinerant music teachers for preparing them so well, and to Marian Campbell, our HOD Music for accompanying the performers on the night. What a spectacular evening it was showcasing our girls’ amazing talent and so nice to be able to bring our community together.

Enjoy your time together as a whānau this long weekend and we look forward to seeing the girls back at school on Monday.

Ngā manaakitanga

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Melinda Diao, Year 4; Self-regulation
For her self-control and effort in becoming a more independent learner. Ka rawe, Melinda!

Morning Drop Off

We have noticed that some Primary students are being dropped off at school as early as 7.40am. This is a reminder that Primary children should not be left at school on their own before 8am due to health and safety reasons. Staff are oftne in meetings before school and not always in the classroom for supervision.

Illegal Parking Karori Road

Its been noted that Marsden parents/caregivers are parking their cars on the yellow dotted lines next to the pedestrian crossing on Karori Road. This compromises the safety of those using the pedestrian crossing as the parked cars block drivers vision of the crossing. We ask that our families only park in the allocated parking spaces along Karori Road.

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

Campus Update

Over the course of this term you may have noticed a significant amount of scaffolding up around the campus as we fixed some new and some historical roofing issues. Work has just this week been completed on the electrical venting on the roof of the New Gym; apart from the electrics, water was leaking through a missing capping which has now been replaced; and the large vent on top of Marsden House, which was damaged by wind earlier this year, has also been replaced.

As ever, we do have a substantial programme of ongoing works and we try to ensure that any major premises work is scheduled in the term breaks to minimise / avoid impact on the operational life of the school. 

In the next break we will be carrying our routine 3 yearly refurbishment of the New Gym floor. Consequently, the New Gym will not be available for team practice or external hire for at least the first two weeks of the break. If you believe you will be affected by this closure please contact Eliott Brookes, our Sports Director.

Online School Directory – “Directory Burst”

You would have received an email about the launch of the new online Marsden School Directory. The directory contains parent/caregiver name and contact details, compiled using an app called Directory Burst. The directory is only for the use of current Marsden families and staff of the school. 

An email invitation to join the School Directory was sent out Friday morning. Please note that the invitation email comes from Directory Burst, not Marsden. 

If you wish to check or update your details, please use the Quicklink (Update Personal Information) in your MyMarsden Portal

If you have not received this correspondence or have any queries about the School Directory, please email

ICAS Competitions 2022

We are delighted to inform you that we will be offering the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.  The testing will be in August. You should have received an email with details on how to enrol your child for the ICAS tests.

What is ICAS? 
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies.  

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.  

We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.   

Learn more about ICAS here.

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 Term Dates

Please find our 2022 term and school starting dates here.

Family Zone (Cyber Safety)

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