Academic Overview

At Marsden Primary we have students who are motivated to learn and are well prepared for lessons. Our effective teaching means that they settle quickly to work, show good levels of task behaviour and skills in self management. 

Classrooms are productive environments where students cooperate well and enjoy learning. We foster the innate curiosity of young children and enable them to develop the love of learning which is essential for their future success and happiness.

The New Zealand curriculum underpins the holistic approach to learning at Marsden Primary. In the early years, the major focus is literacy and numeracy and this matches the focus in many international settings. Our Mathematics teaching is based on the carefully researched and highly successful Numeracy Project. In addition, Science, Social Sciences, Technology and Visual Arts are taught as part of the classroom programme.

Specialists teach Health and Physical Education, Music and Languages. Each class also has a weekly session with the Primary Librarian in our well-equipped Library.

Visible Wellbeing™

Visible Wellbeing™ is a whole school, integrated and evidence-informed approach to developing and sustaining student and staff wellbeing through positive education.  Practising the thinking, habits and skills enables our students to not only be ok, or do well, but to be their best – to thrive to the point that it’s evident – indeed, visible. Visible Wellbeing™ was launched at Marsden in February 2019 and we are proud to be New Zealand’s first Visible Wellbeing™ School. Read more ... 

KiVa Programme

The internationally successful KiVa anti-bullying programme is taught across the Primary School and any issues are dealt with via this programme. Our KiVa trained teachers address any issues of bullying. The programme teaches that bullying has three components: 
• Harm is meant 
• The actions are repeated over time 
• The actions come from a position of power. 
The success rate of this programme is impressive, and by working as a team with parents, teachers and students, we can help to maintain a happy school with happy children.

After six years at Marsden Primary, girls are well-prepared for intermediate or Upper School, secure in the knowledge that they are well known and their needs understood.

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