Notices: Preschool & Primary

MASC End of Year Holiday Programme

We will be running a MASC Holiday programme on Thursday 6 Dec from mid day when school finishes for the year. And on Friday 7 Dec, Monday 10 to Friday 14 Dec 8am to 6pm.  This is for Marsden students in Years 1 – 8 and siblings. Here is the programme for each day. The cost for each day is $55 except Thursday which is $35. You will need to provide their lunch and a drink bottle. Please let Jo Sherlock know if you would like your child to attend:

Back to School Information 2019 and Communications from Marsden

We are currently putting together the Back to School 2019 information. You will receive an email by mid-January to confirm this is complete, however feel free to browse the information at any time. It can be found on the MyMarsden Back to School 2019 page. Please note that the MyMarsden pages contain school information you may require, please browse the menu items. 

Please see the Communications from Marsden document re how we communicate with you at Marsden, we hand this out to new families starting at Marsden but you may find this useful too. A reminder to change your notification groups on your School App for next year. If you don't have the School App please download it, and it would be great if you could also follow our Facebook page for school news. 

2019 Music Lessons

We are changing the way you apply for itinerant music lessons for 2019. Attached is a letter with a hyper link or QR code to a form which we ask you complete and send through. If your daughter would like to do more than one music lesson, please could you kindly contact Celia McCarthy on an individual basis to discuss whether this is a viable choice as too much time of the classroom, in some cases, can have a negative academic effect on progress due to the amount of time out of the classroom.

Speech and Drama lessons 2019 (Years 2-13)

or the details of our Speech and Drama lessons please visit this page. Registration forms can be found in the same place, registrations close 7 February 2019.

Volunteer Form 2019

Many volunteers assist at Marsden each year.  All help, of whatever kind, is deeply appreciated.  If you can assist in 2019 please fill in the attached form, deliver it to Reception or email it to  Please note, Primary School parents will also be offered the opportunity to volunteer in the Primary School in other ways too.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours in January 2019

Wednesday 30 January 10am till 12pm (Second hand drop offs only)
Please make sure you have completed the 2nd hand form attached and a member of staff has checked that all items are clean, current and in good order to resell.  All items need to be washed and dry cleaned.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours for Public before School Starts 2019

Monday 4 February 9am till 2pm Tuesday 5 February 9am till 2pm
Normal hours resume week beginning Monday 11 February.

Advent Tree and Calendar

Steer away from the tacky Bob the Builder/Barbie Advent calendars - Chaplain Sarah King has some fantastic advent Calendars for sale.    
The Advent Tree is assembled and each day in December decorations are added to scenes around the tree, part of the Christmas story is read, there is a mystery map of Bethlehem to navigate, and then a question to discuss.  It is a fun and interactive way of remembering the Christmas story in the lead up to Christmas Day.  The pack is $10.  To order yours, contact Sarah at

Advent Calendars with a New Zealand theme are also available.  No chocolate, no Bob the Builder or Barbie - a beautiful New Zealand nativity scene with windows to open which tell the Christmas story.  These are $5 and you can order yours by contacting Sarah at 

Looking for a House to Rent

We have a family arriving from Australia to join the School next year.  They are looking for a home to rent in Karori, Kelburn, Ngaio, Northland, Khandallah, Thorndon or Oriental Bay.    

Preferably the house would be unfurnished however that may be negotiable.  They are in a position to take the property now, or any time early next year.  If you know of anyone who has a property to rent, or is going overseas and wants to rent their house, please contact Jennie Johnstone on 021 544 505 or

Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving

The Primary Carol Service and Prizegiving is on Monday 3 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 Thursday 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.

Marsden Gala

Thank you so much to all those FANTASTIC people who have volunteered already; too many names to list here but you know who you are!    

The Gala is a much anticipated community event with a key purpose of raising money for the school.  Gala 2019 is no different and we are happy to share that funds raised will go towards refurbishing Marsden's Intermediate block, this will include new lockers and lighting.  We hope we can go some way towards raising the $100,000 required.   

Deli delights
We hope to have 1000 items prepared for our Deli Stall, so any keen cooks please get in touch (our email is below) and we still need any small, glass jars you might have.  As before, please drop at Upper or Primary School receptions.    

Donation drop off times
It's not too late for a Spring Clean!  So please think of us if you are sorting out your cupboards.  If you can help with sorting donations in preparation for the Gala, please let us know.  We will have access to the Old Gym once school has finished, so the following donation drop off dates have been scheduled:  
Sun 9 December 2018 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 3 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 10 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 17 February 2019 10.30am -12.00pm 
Sun 24 February 2019 10.20am -12.00pm   

As always, please feel free to contact us with any ideas, donations or offers of help: marsden.gala@gmail.comKath and Kalyani Gala Convenors

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 Thursday 7 February – Friday 12 April  
 Term 2 Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July  
 Term 3 Monday 29 July – Friday 27 September  
 Term 4 Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December