Notices: Primary

Message from the Director Marsden Primary

Kia ora te whānau Marsden Primary 

We have had a wonderful week of fabulous visitors to Marsden Primary. On Tuesday, author Beverley Randell visited the Junior classes and the girls recognised her books about Baby Bear and loved meeting her. She very kindly presented Marsden with a copy of the first book she ever wrote called 'John'. Vane from the ASB Financial Literacy Programme visited on Wednesday and taught classes who hadn’t already had lessons delivered online. On Thursday, the Karori Fire Brigade visited the Junior classes (as seen in the Media Gallery). The firefighters shared with the staff how impressed they were with the girls’ knowledge and enthusiasm. Well done, girls!

Reporting to Parents

We will be releasing our Primary School Mid-Year report comments on Seesaw next Wednesday 1 July in the afternoon. Reports will be in a PDF format attached to your daughter’s Seesaw page. There will be four comments written by the classroom teacher: Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Creativity (which is one of the 6Cs for Education). Please note that in the End of Year Report, there will be specialist teacher comments and a General comment included.

The curriculum levels in relation to year groups are described in the diagram above. As you can see from the diagram, students in Years 1 and 2, are expected to be working within Level 1 and moving into Level 2 when they are in Year 3. Students in Year 4 are expected to be working in Level 2 and moving into Level 3 when they are in Year 5, etc. Teachers may reference the curriculum levels in their comments for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. For example, a sentence could say: Mary is working towards the expected curriculum level for a Year 6 student; or Jane is working within the expected curriculum level; or Aly is working above the expected curriculum level for Year 3. 

We look forward to sharing with you a written progress update on your daughter’s learning, followed by Learning Progress Interviews on Monday 24 August and Thursday 27 August.

Te Reo Māori lessons

We are very fortunate to have Sarah Molisa teaching te reo Māori in the Primary School until the end of the year. Te reo Māori is in addition to weekly kapa haka lessons. Sarah Molisa started lessons this week and will be teaching the colours, numbers up to 100, and shapes as revision and also teaching verbs such as run, hop, skip. Sarah will use these verbs as directives through fun games and songs. For the younger classes, girls will learn or revisit pepeha and the older classes will expand their pepeha to include more whānau and landmarks. They will also learn a karakia kai. Classes will move at different paces so Sarah will adjust and add more new learning as we move through the next term.
We look forward to our girls continuing to develop their understanding of te reo Māori, and we are very grateful to Sarah Molisa for sharing her knowledge and expertise with us.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Jennifer Ioannou
Director Marsden Primary

Student of the Week

Curiosity: Hannah Jones, Year 6

Hannah takes an interest in exploring and discovering. She displays a strong desire to know or learn something. Hannah likes following through with an unusual or interesting object or fact. She retains and often shares with the class an amazing bank of fascinating information. 
Ka pai, Hannah!

Primary Cross Country

Tuesday 30 June (pp Thursday 2 July)

Parents are very welcome to come along. This will be held on the main school field next to the gymnasium.

The timetable for the day is as follows: 
1:40pm - House chants and warm-up
1:50pm - Year 3
2:00pm - Year 1 and 2
2:10pm - Preschool
2:20pm - Year 4
2:30pm - Year 5
2:40pm - Year 6


Year 1-6 Reports will be available on Wednesday afternoon 1 July via Seesaw.
If you have forgotten your login details for the portal or Seesaw please email   

End of Term Service

Friday 3 July 
Parents are warmly invited to join us at our End of Term Service on Friday 3 July at 9am in St Mary's Anglican Church (across the road from the school). Tea and coffee will be served at the conclusion of the service.

Open Morning 14 August

If you know of a family interested in a Marsden education please invite them to our next Open Morning on 14 August, between 8.45am and 12pm. Registrations can be made here.    

Enrolments for new students entering in 2021 are now due. We will be making decisions to waitlist or open new classes for our larger intake years (6, 7 and 9) soon, so please encourage those interested in Marsden to get in touch with us as a matter of priority.    

Please direct friends or family interested in enrolling for 2021 to Enrolment Registrar Leigh McCathie on 476 8707 or email

Morning Drop Off

We have noticed a number of girls arriving at school very early in the morning unaccompanied. Due to it currently being very dark and cold, we are concerned that this is a health and safety matter as there is no guarantee that there are staff members onsite at that time. A gentle reminder that our school procedure is that Primary students who arrive at school before 8.15am are required to be supervised by an adult. As teachers need to prepare for the day and attend morning briefing meetings, girls should not be left in the classroom but they are able to wait in the Primary library until 8.15am if they are supervised by the adult dropping them off. Many thanks for your support.

Parent Social Event

All parents (Preschool to Year 13) are welcome to join us for drinks, nibbles and chatter on Thursday 30 July at 7.30pm in the main foyer, Te Manawa o te Kura. See the attached invitation here.

Proactive Physiotherapy

Marsden and Proactive Physiotherapy are offering a school-based physio clinic one day a week from Monday 22 June 2020. This service will be free to students and they will be able to book sessions during school time. For more information about the clinic and bookings click here.

The clinic will offer students the Four Corners of Health approach alongside specific physiotherapy specialist skills. Proactive's four corners are Health Function, Mindset, Nutrition and Sleep. To find out more information about Proactive click on their website.

MASC Holiday Programme

We are running a MASC holiday programme in the 3rd week of the July holiday break 20 - 24 July. This is for Marsden families in Years 1 to 8. The hours are 8am - 6pm and the cost per day is $50. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided but students will need to bring their own lunch. We are currently putting together a programme of fun activities and this will be sent out shortly. Please email Jo Sherlock if you would like to enrol your child. 

MASC (Marsden After School Care)

We still have some places available in our After School care programme MASC. Here is a link to more information about this. The MASC programme is for Marsden students and their siblings from Year 1 to Year 8. Each day there is a variety of activities on offer, to suite the age group and energy levels of the students. There is a designated homework session each day, so your child's work is tackled by the time they get home. There are also opportunities to take part in art and craft sessions, as well as being physically active and having down time. A healthy afternoon tea is provided. 

If you would like to enrol your child please email Jo Sherlock: to book a place.

Year 6 Netball

If your daughter is in Year 6 and is keen to play netball this year, please contact the the netball coordinator Kathrynn Petrie Training will be one lunchtime a week, and games are on Saturdays around lunchtime at Marsden. The season runs from 25 July to 26 September.

Kathrynn Petrie |
Sports Coordinator 


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.

Marsden Virtual Prayer Wall

Did you know that the number of google searches for the word "prayer" has increased exponentially throughout the world and for all religions during the lockdown? It seems that people are more interested in connecting with the sacred during the time of uncertainty.

In response, Marsden has developed a prayer wall for us to record our prayer requests. The link to the page is  . Simply click on the + sign at the bottom of the page, write your subject, and write your prayer request or thanksgiving.  It is helpful to share your concerns with others who you know will pray for you and it can help you connect with the divine. 3 rules - keep it short, don't mention any names, and write prayers of thanksgiving as well as prayers for help. This Virtual Prayer Wall is open for students, staff and Marsden whanau. Go for it Marsden, let's pray for each other!

Coronavirus Information

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

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 (phone has been forwarded off-site) 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).

2020 Term Dates

Term 2
Wednesday 15 April – Friday 3 July

Term 3
Monday 27 July – Friday 25 September

Term 4
Tuesday 13 October - Thursday 10 December