How is the Marsden Primary School day organised?
Your child's first day at school
When your child starts in the Primary School, please go directly to their class or to the Primary School Office. They will meet their buddy and their teacher who will show them where to keep their belongings.
Your child will need a snack for morning tea and lunch in a clearly labelled lunch box and drink bottle with water. Please also bring a named pencil case. Their stationery will be provided. The school day starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3:15pm.
How is the day organised?
- 8:30am: Children arrive, organise belongings
- 8:45-9:05am: Chapel (Mon, Wed & Fri)
- 8:45-10.25am: Morning lessons (periods 1 and 2)
- 10:25-10:45am: Morning break
- 10:45-12:30am: Morning lessons (periods 3 and 4)
- 12:30-12:50pm: Lunch time (eat)
- 12:50-1:30pm: Lunch time (play)
- 1:30-3:15pm: Afternoon Lessons (periods 5 and 6)
- 3:15pm: Dismissal time
In the interest of safety, children arriving at school prior to 8:15am should be supervised by a parent until 8:30am, as staff require time to prepare for the day and attend morning briefing meetings.
All children from Year 1 onwards, are encouraged to develop a greater measure of autonomy and responsibility for their own possessions. Please encouarge the children to enter the grounds and/or their classroom by themselves as they grow older. Younger children grow in independence by unpacking their own bag and hanging up their blazer in their locker.
Three mornings per week Primary School children attend a Chapel service, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. e introduce the Virtue or Character Strength of the week on a Monday, have a bible based service on a Wednesday and are joined by our Preschoolers for the Friday Story session. The Chapel service is 15-20 minutes long and begins at 8:45am. All students attend. Parents are most welcome to attend.
Each Friday there is a Primary School Assembly immediately after the Chapel service around 9:05am. At Assembly, certificates are awarded by class teachers for excellent work completed during the previous week. Teachers and children and encouraged to share work of which they are especially proud. Sport results, House points, class work and other school results are shared at this time. Parents are welcome to attend.
Each Friday there is a coin collection in the Chapel. The donations contribute to the wellbeing of our sponsored World Vision Child, Babli, and her village.
Student Run Assembly
Every Friday there is a Primary School Assembly immediately after the Chapel service, beginning around 9:05am. At Assembly, certificates are awarded by class teachers for work completed during the previous week. Teachers and children are encourages to share work of which they are especially proud. Sport results, House points, class work and other school results are shared at this time. Each of our classes takes a turn running Assembly. Parents are welcome to attend. This finishes around 9:30am.
We complete each term with a Eucharist service at St Mary's Church to which parents and whānau are warmly invited. Details will be in the newsletter nearer the time.
Baptism & Eucharist
Our Marsden School Chaplain runs preparation courses for Baptism and Eucharist for girls in Years 5 and 6. This usually takes place in term 3. Further details will be advised nearer the time.