Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

I often reflect on the unique and innovative programmes and opportunities that we offer our girls at Marsden. Recently we published an article about how we deliver our Science programme in Year 5/6 and how this promotes the effective transition into the Upper School. Click here for the article: Marsden Girls Love Science

Year 4-6 Speech Competition
Yesterday, we held the finals of our Year 4-6 speech competition. Our finalists were: 
Year 4: Elizabeth Saunders, Wyn Johnson, Suzannah Hyde (winner)
Year 5: Nell Fisher, Ruby Fitzgerald, Annabel Burton (winner)
Year 6: Charlize Chan, Hannah Jones, Isabella Gollan (winner)

The girls prepared their persuasive speeches in class which is a change from previous years, choosing from a variety of topics, including, ‘Why Disneyland is the happiest place on earth’; ‘Risk taking is a part of learning’; ‘Children are not safer now than they were a generation ago’; ‘Children under 10 should not have access to the internet without permission.'

Thank you to our Principal, Narelle Umbers for having the difficult job of judging the competition and congratulations to the girls. Our three winners are pictured above.

End of  Year Student Reporting
A reminder that next Wednesday 9 December student reports will be released on Seesaw and they will also be available on the parent portal. There will be a communication going out to families in the afternoon once they are released with a “How to” document on how to retrieve the reports; please look out for it in your email inbox. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading every Primary students’ report and reflecting on the wonderful progress that they have made this year. We are very fortunate to have such engaged, positive learners at Marsden Primary and I am grateful to the staff for their commitment to their students.

Thank  You
This is the final newsletter for the year. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the effort and contributions of everyone who makes Marsden Primary the quality learning environment that it is. In particular, thank you to our teaching and support staff who consistently go the extra mile to deliver quality programmes for our students.

A big thank you also to our amazing parents and grandparents who support our school in the numerous ways that you do, for the benefit of all of our students. We thank you for choosing Marsden Primary and entrusting us to provide the best quality of education for your daughter and also for the support you give us in so many different ways.

I look forward to seeing you at the end of year events that we have next week. Please refer to the notices below.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Alyssa Bai, Year 5: Commitment
Alyssa, you show commitment in all areas of your academic, sporting and cultural pursuits. You have excellent work habits and give of your best. Ka rawe!

End of Year Events

Tuesday 8 December - Primary Celebration, 1.30pm, Auditorium.
Years 1-3 will be performing the Nativity and all parents are warmly invited to attend this service. There will be refreshments at the conclusion of this for Year 6 parents in the foyer.

Thursday 10 December - Toy Service, St Mary's Church, 11am (NB school finishes at the end of the service).
The Toy Service will begin at 11am at St Mary’s Church and should conclude about 12pm.  We ask that the students all bring a new toy to be placed in front of the altar during the service. The toys are not wrapped as they will distributed to Barnardos and will be labelled appropriately according to the age and gender of the child receiving the gift.

We warmly welcome you and your family to join us for this service. At the conclusion of the Toy Service the students will return to school and will be dismissed from their respective classrooms. The staff then have meetings in the afternoon, so there will be no supervision available for children after 12.30pm once they are dismissed from class. But we will be running a MASC programme for that afternoon.

City Mission Walk of Fame

A generous member of the Marsden family has bought a Marsden Star for the City Mission walk of fame.  Every star represents a family being helped this Christmas by the City Mission.

The stars will be displayed on the Wellington Waterfront from  27 November – 27 December. See if you can spot the Marsden Star.

Here is more information if you want to buy your own Walk of Fame Star. Star purchases close 16 December.

Changes to Ordering Lunch from the Cafeteria

From Monday 23 November Primary lunch orders are to be emailed to Elaine in the cafeteria. Her email address is: and when you place an order you then pay online in to this bank account: 01 0505 0309441 01, Fine Cuisine, and please use your child's name as the reference.  Here is the current lunch order menu and price list.

December Holiday Programme

We will be running a December Holiday Programme for Year 1 to 8 students when school finishes for the year at midday on Thursday 10 December to Friday 18 December. The cost will be $50 + gst per day and the hours are 8am to 6pm. Please email Jo Sherlock if you would like to enrol your child:  

2020 and 2021 TERM DATES

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December

Term 1 
Monday 1 February – School commences for ALL Year 7, 9 & 13 students (8.30am - 12.30pm) plus students NEW to Marsden in Years 8, 10, 11 & 12 (9.30am - 11.30am)
Tuesday 2 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Secondary.
Monday 8 February Waitangi Day holiday
Friday 2 April to Tuesday 6 April Easter
Friday 16 April Term 1 ends 
Note: Anzac Day 25 April occurs in holiday time

Term 2
Monday 3 May
Monday 7 June Queen's Birthday
Tuesday 8 June Teacher only day
Friday 9 July Term 2 ends 

Term 3 
Monday 2 August
Friday 1 October Term 3 ends 

Term 4
Monday 18 October Teacher only community service day
Tuesday 19 October All students
Monday 25 October Labour Day 
Thursday 9 December Term 4 ends


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.  Leave requests for Primary School students need to be sent to the Director of Primary.