Notices: Preschool & Primary

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary

Thanks to those who came along to our Primary Parent Coffee Evening on Tuesday night. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with you and for you to connect with the teachers and with one another. If you were unable to make the evening, please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s teacher if you have any questions.

Learning takes place everywhere and our teachers have been working hard to organise engaging and effective curriculum-based teaching and learning that extends beyond the classroom walls. We have a range of EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) opportunities for the start of the school year for the girls to enjoy and benefit from and I would like to thank the staff for their commitment in ensuring the activities are well planned and highly worthwhile.

Thank you to our amazing teachers, Liz Woolley and Kate Feary and parent helpers, Kate Harvey-Green, Zara Johnson and Adam Sims who have been at Year 6 Camp in Paraparaumu since Wednesday and are travelling back to school this afternoon. We appreciate all the organisation, effort and energy that goes into making a camp such a successful experience for the girls, and we are very grateful to you all for your fantastic contribution. We look forward to seeing the girls back at school and hearing their stories about personal challenges and adventures.

Years 1-5 are excited about their EOTC Week next week! On Tuesday, Years 1, 2 and 3 will be visiting Pātaka in Porirua studying the harbour and first settlers to the area and learning about the history of certain Māori artefacts. On Thursday they will visit the Settlers Museum in Petone followed by Battle Hill in Pauatahanui for lunch. The girls will also be involved in a Cultural Day on Friday and we thank the parents who are preparing to share about special aspects of their cultures with the classes.

On Tuesday, Years 4 and 5 are travelling to Upper Hutt for a skating experience, visiting Maidstone Park for lunch, followed by H2O Xtream for the afternoon. On Friday they are fortunate to visit Zealandia for the morning and will walk back to school after lunch.

We wish our Years 1-5 girls enriching experiences next week whilst learning about themselves, each other, the local community and our local histories.

Ngā manaakitanga

Jennifer Ioannou
Director of Primary

Meet the Director

Thank you to those who have already registered for this event. This will give us an opportunity to meet together in a small group where I can fill you in on my background and experience, as well as my vision for Marsden Primary, and to hear from you about what your aspirations are for your daughter(s) and the school. 

For those still wanting to register please select a date/time from the list below and RSVP to Jo Sherlock at

Wednesday 19 February 7.00pm-8.00pm
Thursday 20 February  5.00pm-6.00pm
Thursday 27 February 2.15pm-3.15pm; 7.00pm-8.00pm

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

Family Picnic - Friday 21 February 5pm Primary School Lawn

Bring your whānau and join us for a wonderful evening with our school community. Students going on the Fiji Service Trip in July will be selling burgers, sausages and drinks to raise money for the St James School in Levuka. See you there!

Karori Road Patrol

We’d like to reinstate a manned road patrol on Karori Rd, and in order to do this we are asking for parent volunteers to supervise trained students (probably Years 5-8 students) and 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

Primary Parent Coordinators

We are looking for volunteers for the Parent Coordinator role for each Primary class. We would also like to have a team of volunteers to help with catering for Primary school functions. Please could you email Jo Sherlock if you are able to help out in any of these areas or if you would like to be a classroom coordinator. 

Last year we had a very helpful and willing group of coordinators and “Many hands make light work” was indeed the case.  We have found that having several Class Coordinators has meant that each person has been involved in some of the activities but not required for all of them.  We usually only have two meetings a year to delegate the various jobs.

Uniform Cardigans and Jerseys for sale

We have some Primary cardigans and jerseys available (various sizes) for $20 & $25. There 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.

Marsden Old Girls who are current parents

Morning coffee on Friday 21 February in the foyer. Please see the attached invitation.

Community Notice

There has been some suspicious and harmful behaviour occurring around Ben Burn Park over the past week, with children targeted. Police have been notified.

Keeping our Community Healthy

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 as the year starts and that sanitisation 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.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in this matter.

Open Morning - Wednesday 18 March

We are holding our first Open Morning for the year on Wednesday 18 March. Please let families considering Marsden (Preschool, Primary and Years 7-13) know they are warmly invited to come along. For more details and registration information please see here

Primary Music Term 1

I am so pleased to be back and working with the girls again. We have an exciting term ahead with three different opportunities for the girls to get involved in on top of our normal specialist teaching class programme.

Our normal Junior Choir for Years 1 - 4 will be running from Week 3 and the Year 5/6 Chapel Choir will be starting on Friday 21 February at 8am in the Primary Music Room.

Primary orchestra will begin in Week 5 on Wednesday 26 February in lunchtime for those students who are already playing an instrument.
Finally Music Club on a Friday lunchtime will start on Friday 28 February and all Year 1 - 6 students are invited to come to the Primary Music room after the lunch bell at 12:50pm to enjoy exploring percussion instruments.

If you would still like to enroll your daughter for private music lessons with our wonderful itinerant music teachers, then please complete this link to register: 

Please feel free to contact me regarding any music queries.

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Speaking on 25 February 2020

We are delighted to be hosting Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the Arrowsmith Programme, on Tuesday 25 February at 7pm.  Our invitation is open to anyone interested in the links between education and neuroplasticity or has a child who would benefit from enhancing their learning and general well being by improving their cognitive functions.  Barbara will be presenting her fascinating talk about her cognitive training programme and personal journey. 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. 

Over the past 5 years since the Arrowsmith program was introduced at Marsden, we have seen amazing results in the students who have participated in the programme. Both academically and in self-confidence. Arrowsmith also compliments Marsden's Visible Wellbeing approach beautifully. 

Marsden has 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. 

If you'd like to attend Barbara's presentation please RSVP here. 

Communications from Marsden

There are a number of ways we keep you up to date with what is happening at school, please see the details here. Please sign up to the School App and if you are already signed up just a reminder to change your notification groups for 2020. 

New Bus Route

After considering all options, Marsden has decided to hire a private bus to cover the route previously served by Metlink school bus #670 which was cancelled for 2020 by Metlink. This new bus will begin in the eastern suburb of Seatoun and make the following stops en route to Marsden:

Strathmore Park
Oriental Parade
Railway Station

Please find all the details and registration information here:

Marsden Prayermatters

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 to pray with this group OR you would like the group to pray for something in particular, contact our Chaplain, Sarah King,

2020 Term Dates

Term 1
Friday 31 January 2020 – 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). 
Monday 3 February – All students back to school, Preschool, Primary and Secondary.
Thursday 9 April (Last day of Term 1)Note: Easter and Anzac day occur in holiday time.

Term 2
Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December


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.