Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary

Our recent Parent Interview evenings were a great success! Thank you parents for your time coming to school to celebrate your daughter’s progress and achievements so far this year, and to hear how you can support them at home. I would like to also thank our committed teachers for the extra work that is involved with making parent interviews a really worthwhile and positive experience for all.  

This week there have been communications sent to parents via email and Seesaw regarding our school’s potential response in relation to the Coronavirus.  On Tuesday, we sent a Seesaw post to parents sharing our plans for an online platform of learning that can be delivered to our primary students remotely if in the event of our school closing. Our aim is that the girls feel comfortable with accessing their learning independently at home. On Wednesday, we sent an email asking for parents to provide information about their daughter’s access to technology as we are conducting a student technology audit. Please respond to Jo Sherlock by the end of day on Friday so that we can analyse the information received and support families in any ways that may be needed.This afternoon teachers are sending home a pack with an exercise book and other materials which will go alongside the online learning, including reading books for our junior students. Please look out for a Seesaw post today sharing more information from teachers about this, and please check your daughter’s school bag if they do not show you the pack when they get home.

Positive education, which includes exploring the character strengths and virtues, are important and valuable parts of our learning and teaching at Marsden. Last week we explored Bravery and this week have been exploring Respect. These character strengths and virtues are celebrated and focused on in and around the school, and the girls are very confident in identifying what they mean for themselves and others. The gorgeous hydrangea artwork and display in the Year 1 classroom (photo shown above) is a visible example of how, on a daily basis, we are focusing on positive education, respect for others and being the best we can be in all areas.

A reminder that we regularly update the News page on the Marsden Ultranet and there have been a couple of fabulous recent Primary posts that you may be interested in seeing. Our Media Gallery is also a wonderful way of keeping up to date with what is happening in our Primary School.

Ngā manaakitanga

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Week 8: Respect  - Margot Fisher Year 2

Margot you are always doing the right thing! You listen carefully when others are talking, showing them respect.
You think and act in a positive and respectful way. 
Ka pai! 

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 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).

Parking issues

We have received complaints from the local community about parents before and after school using the curve in the road, between the entrance to Fancourt Street and the pedestrian crossing, for dropping off or picking up Marsden students. This section of the road is marked with yellow lines and it is illegal to park on yellow lines. Parents are blocking the exit of St Mary's ECC car park and reducing the visibility of people on the pedestrian crossing. They are also cutting off cars coming down Fancourt St to join traffic and confusing drivers on Karori Road. This is a dangerous practice, especially with children using the pedestrian crossing. 

To ensure the safety of everyone in this area and on the crossing, please park in the correct parking places only. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Mufti Day Friday 27 March

This will be our first mufti day for the year. Students to bring a gold coin donation.
This is to raise funds for the Cancer Society. The girls were to take part in Relay for Life event at school, to raise money for the Cancer Society. Although the whole Relay for Life event has been postponed we are going ahead with the mufti day fundraiser and the money will go to the Cancer Society.

Golf lessons - Karori Golf Club

We are looking to organise golf lessons after school (3.30-4.30pm) one day per week at Karori Golf Club for our Year 3-6 girls. If your daughter is interested in learning how to play golf and would benefit from small group coaching, please contact Jennifer Ioannou at for more information.

Karori Road Patrol - parent volunteers needed

We’d like to reinstate a manned road patrol on Karori Rd but at this stage we do not have enough parents able to supervise this. The proposed times that the crossing would be manned are 8.15am to 8.45am and 3pm to 3.30pm. Please contact Jo Sherlock if you are able to help at all

After School Care Programme - MASC

We have a lovely new superivisor running our after school care programme; Elia. We still have some spaces available on most days of the week. Here is an example of the structure of the programme this year:

3.15pm - 3.35pm free time
3.35pm - 4.00pm homework
4.00pm - 5.00pm playground
5.15pm - 6.00pm library session

Contact Jo Sherlock ph: 476 8707 if you would like to book a day or more -  casual places also available on the day. 
Here is a link to more information about MASC

Uniform Cardigans and Jerseys for sale

We have some Primary cardigans (small only) and jerseys (size 77cm only) available (various sizes) for $20 & $25. These are available now from the Primary School office email

Scholarships for 2021

Marsden Scholarship applications for 2021 are open. Year 6, 7 and 9 Scholarships are open to existing students, for more information and to apply please visit the Marsden website.

Keeping our Community Healthy

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

The health of our students and staff is a priority for Marsden. As is normal procedure, if your child is unwell or showing signs of being unwell, we ask that you keep them at home. Sending sick children to school results in infection spreading and unhappy children. We will request that any child displaying signs of illness is collected immediately.

If your child displays symptoms of illness such as sore throat, high temperature, cough and respiratory issues please consult a medical professional immediately. We urge you to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages.

As a school, we will also ensure good hygiene practices are taught and that sanitation of tables, door handles and light switches is of a high standard.  We have sanitiser dispensers at school however, if you wish, you may send your daughter to school with their own hand sanitiser.


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.