Parent Communication

Marsden Primary has an open–door policy, which means that our teachers are accessible and can be easily contacted. They are always happy to catch up and let you know how your daughter is progressing. You can pop in or email your child's teacher, for a longer meeting please make an appointment via Jo Sherlock on 464 2033 or email jo.sherlock@marsden.school.nz.

Addresses

It is very important that all changes of address and phone numbers be notified to Jo Sherlock in the Primary School Office as soon as possible. Parent coordinators from each class will produce class phone lists. Please let Jo Sherlock know within your child's first week if you do NOT wish to be included in these lists.

Class Coordinators

The Class Coordinators liaise between the teacher and the parent community and arrange for additional help for trips or classroom activities. They encourage the integration of new parents into the Marsden community. They can arrange morning teas, parent evenings or other gatherings. There is a form that will be issued in the first few days where you may indicate your interest.

CareMonkey

CareMonkey is the system we use to liaise with you about out-of-school trips. The system provides you with a secure way to share necessary medical information about your child, required by the school. If you are a new parent to Marsden you will receive an email from CareMonkey to register your details. Please update CareMonkey if your contact details or your child’s medical details change.    

Marsden Newsletter

Every Friday (during term time) parents will receive an email link to the Marsden Newsletter. This can also be accessed via the Marsden School App. The Marsden Newsletter will detail upcoming events and notify you of any changes to plans. It also has a link to the School Calendar, MPA information, community notices and our news pages where we celebrate student events and achievements. It is recommended that you look at this regularly. You can find a direct link to the Primary School notices here or hover over News on the menu and choose Newsletter, Notices: Primary and Preschool.

Parent Interviews

Across the Primary School, parent–teacher interviews are held twice a year in Term 1 and Term 3. These are different from the three–way interviews held by some schools and involve only the parents and teacher. The Library is usually open on these days so that your child(ren) can remain there while you attend the interview(s).

Parent Portal

MyMarsden Portal enables you to access your child’s timetable, subject list, and reports with ease. Your accounts – invoices and receipts are also available.  Each parent/caregiver who has indicated to the school that they wish to receive student/school information, will have their own login.  New families to the school will receive login details via an email at the beginning of Term 1. You can access the portal here or from the MyMarsden home page (green button with spider web on it).

Reports

Curriculum focused reports and a summary of PAT and STAR results (at appropriate year levels) will be available to you twice a year via the Parent Portal (details above).

SeeSaw

Marsden Primary uses Seesaw digital portfolios, to keep parents up-to-date with their child's learning. They can view samples of work, see short videos of class events, and comment on their child's posts. The immediacy that this tool grants, is appreciated by many of our parents, and wider family too who can log in, even from overseas to see their child's special moments. 

School App

School App - Our School App allows for efficient and timely communications of school information. It is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Please download it if you have not already done so. Downloading instructions can be found here. With the start of a new year please remember to update your notification groups (your child will be in a different Year group now and may be doing different activities) – just go to the menu on your App, choose ‘Notice Subscriptions’ and touch the buttons to change.  

The Marsden School Parents' Association

All parents automatically become members of the Marsden Parents' Association. Joining the committee and attending monthly meetings is an ideal way to make new friends in the Marsden community. The MPA extends a special invitation to our Primary parents so that all parts of the school are represented. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. Contact details of the MPA Committee members can be obtained from the Primary School office or can be found here.