Notices: Preschool & Primary

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Save The Children Fair at Homewood

Saturday 30 November
I am looking forward to singing with your lovely daughters on Saturday at Homewood, Karori to raise money for Save the Children.

The event opens from 11:00am and we are meeting at the fork in the driveway at 11:20am for the Junior Choir to perform at 11:30am and Chapel Choir straight after. Please note the change of location. We will be finished by 12:00pm.

Parking is limited in the vicinity around the event so please make sure you leave plenty of time to arrive.

Please ensure that your daughter wears her summer uniform, blazer (no cardigan) with black shoes and her hair tied back. Please also consider sunscreen as we do not need straw hats.

Many thanks for your support.
Jenny Gould

Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving

The Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving is on Monday 2 December at 1.30pm in the 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.    

Toy Service

On Friday 6 December Marsden Primary will be holding their annual Toy Service. 

The service will begin at 11.15am at St Mary’s Church and should conclude about 12.15pm.  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.

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:

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 1-27 December. See if you can spot the Marsden Star.  Here is more information if you want to buy your own Walk of Fame Star.

Viewing Tickets - Marsden Leavers' Ball 2019

Saturday 7 December 

Viewing tickets will be available for purchase at the office from Monday 18 November. These tickets enable you to view the Year 13 girls' presentations and first dance. Arrival time for viewing 7.15pm -  8.30pm.

Tickets are $5 and there are limited numbers available, so be quick if you are wanting one!

2020 Year 7-10 Production

Next year, our junior production will be celebrating songs from Broadway musicals and will be open to students in Years 7-10.

Rehearsals will be on Thursdays after school during Term 1 and early Term 2, as well as dress rehearsals on Sunday 3 and Sunday 17 May. Performances will be Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 May.

More information will be available at the start of Term 1 for students wishing to participate. Please direct any queries to

Back to School Information 2020 and MyMarsden

We are currently putting together the Back to School 2020 information, which will be available on MyMarsden (i-SITE) from mid-January 2020. You will be sent an email mid January with a link to this page. Please note that the MyMarsden pages contain school information you may require throughout the year, please browse the menu items. 

Marsden Parents' Association (MPA)

The MPA would like to extend best wishes to you all for the holiday season. Good health to you all and if travelling please keep safe. 

The first meeting of 2020 on Thursday 27 February and includes our AGM.  

The MPA is a great way to meet other families from school and support the school in a range of events.  

The MPA assists the school with:
  • dances, mainly through providing adult supervision on the night
  • coordinating year group get-togethers and communication
  • administering the second hand uniform Facebook page
  • catering at special events, such as Open Day
  • fundraising, our main event is the Gala next held 2021.
Everyone is busy and has multiple commitments but without the help and support of the MPA many of these events could not happen.  The more people we have to help the lighter the load for everyone.

If you are interested in supporting come along to our February 27 2020 meeting or send us an email

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Speaking on 25 February 2020

We are delighted to be hosting Barbara Arrowmsith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Programme, on Tuesday 25 February at 7.30pm. We invite you to come along to the school Auditorium and listen to Barbara's fascinating talk about her cognitive training programme. If you have a child who has a learning difference such as dyslexia, processing difficulties, dyscalculia or auditory processing difficulties, we strongly recommend you attend. Marsden has some places (part time or full time) in our Arrowsmith Programme for 2020. The programme, in 2020,will be in its 6th year at Marsden and has enjoyed huge success. More details will follow in the New Year. If you'd like to attend Barbara's presentation please RSVP here. Please see the flyer here, which also includes a link to the registration form.

Advent Calendars for Sale

Advent Calendar with 25 flaps with a New Zealand theme are also available. No chocolate, no Bob the Builder or Barbie on the front - a beautiful New Zealand nativity scene with windows to open which tell the Christmas story. Please click here to see a photo of the Advent calendar. These are also $5 and you can order yours by contacting Sarah at  

2020 Starting School Dates

Term 1   
Friday 31 January – School commences for ALL (current and new) Year 7, 9 & 13 students , plus students NEW to Marsden in Years 8, 10, 11 & 12.
Monday 3 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Years 7-13.

Metlink Bus Changes in Term 1, 2020 - Route 670

Please find attached a letter providing information on public and school bus services changes which may impact some of your student's travel choices  from Term 1, 2020. In the usual circumstances we would have consulted with you on these changes. However, given operational needs and time constraints it was not possible to do this consultation and still be able to implement the changes in time for Term 1. We apologise for the inconvenience these changes may cause for some of your students. 

If you have any questions regarding these Term 1 2020 changes please email:
From: Service Design Metlink Schools  

You can also find these details and other bus route information on Buses Transport page.

Drink Bottles

In School Council this year we have been focused on our main environmental initiative of banning single-use plastic bottles in the cafeteria. Along with the Marsden Parents' Association, we have already also helped fund the installation of a water filling station inside Marsden House. In order to help fund this ongoing project and encourage students to bring their own water bottle to school, we are selling Samuel Marsden-branded drink bottles. Please see the attached photo.

They are premium-quality 500ml, double walled, vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles - they can keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. We would love it if you could buy one (or more than one!) to help support our eco-friendly initiative that will greatly benefit the school. They are $22 each.

A CareMonkey form has been sent out. If you are interested in purchasing a bottle, please reply to the CareMonkey message, indicating how many water bottles you wish to buy. The cost will be added to your account and your student can pick up her bottle at the front desk. Bottles will also be for sale at the front desk, cash only.

Thank you for your support.
The School Council

Amazing Opportunities for 2020 in the Arrowsmith Programme

The Arrowsmith Programme is for anyone who would like a boost in brain power! Over the last 5 years  we have seen amazing results and students who have participated in the programme have benefited enormously, both academically and in self confidence. Arrowsmith also compliments Marsden's Visible Wellbeing Programme beautifully. 

In 2020 we are very pleased to be able to offer part time programmes (1 to 3 periods a day) or full time programmes ( 4 periods a day)  to students. For more information and details about the Programme please see 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.

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. 

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 (4) Medium (all sold)

Jerseys $25.00 each
72 cm (12) 77 cm (8) 82 cm (5) 92 cm (all sold) 97 cm (2)
Parents can pick them up from Christine Allen in the Accounts Office .

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, 

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.