Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,Care For The Environment
In October we celebrated the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the great Saint who draws our attention to the gifts of creation.
However, while we all enjoy the clean air, clean water, sparkling sandy beaches, green hills, grassy valleys and beauty of the mountains we remember that God’s creation is a gift to us and each of us is responsible for it’s care.
The Feast of St Francis coincided for me with the Laudato Si, the encyclical from our Pope which raises the question of the survival of our planet.  We all need to be proactive and not rely on others to fix it.
We as a school recycle paper, grow and care for vegetables, flowers and we are building up our own orchard.  We also have compost bins and a worm farm.  However we need our St Mark’s parents to support our children in wrapping their lunches in paper or using paper bags in place of glad wrap to help care for the environment.

Please do not send pre-packed biscuits but send two or three biscuits in lunch wrap paper and fruit.

Our fruit scraps can be recycled into our compost bins which in turn can be used to fertilise our gardens.
Pope Francis states “man has slapped nature in the face” and we all need to put a halt to ruining our beautiful environment now.
In his Laudato Si Pope Francis reiterates that the care of the planet so that we can all continue to enjoy it is part of the Church’s teaching and understanding about the Common Good.
Our Pope asks us all to take affirmative action which can be as small as recycling consistently or using paper in place of glad wrap; to help ensure we don’t leave an uninhabitable planet for another generation.

Pope Francis – on the Environment
“We appeal to all people of goodwill to consider ways of living less wastefully and more frugally, manifesting less greed and more generosity for the protection of God’s world and the benefit of His people.”

CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We would like welcome to our school Olivia Mishriki who started in Room 4 last week.We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Self –      Jack Adams, Mikayla Power
Caring for Others –  Lincoln Tuaputa, Isabella Samarasinha, Elaine Liu, Oli Hawkey, Joe Beuth, Prescila Yambao, Olivia King, Hope Stowers, Leo Jeon, Gabriel Heruela
Caring for Environment –  Aita AhWa, Samantha Radich, Merle Engelmann, Thomas Petrov, Jethro Matanguihan, Ryan Massey, Mikhayla Townsend, Lilly Massey, Caitlin Rayner, Sophia Neems

Congratulations to Alicia McGivern who received Distinction on her classical ballet, grade 3 exam – we are very proud of you.

Congratulations to our past students at Sancta Maria College who have done themselves, their families and St Mark’s proud:
Dux  Jordan Sim Smith
Proxime Accessit (Runner Up) Niel Kulkarni
We also acknowledge Kelly Jung who took out many academic prizes, well done to you all!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Solanga Arachchige family – Jehan and Yohan recently lost a grandparents.   Also to the Mayadunnge family – Ashel’s Grandfather is very ill at this time.

REFLECTION
Holiness is being holy.  Strictly speaking only God is holy.  God’s holiness is acknowledged in worship of the Church

PRAYER
Enfold me in your Love.  God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, enfold me in your love.  Excite me with your joy.  Surround me with your peace.  Wait for me with your patience.  Gift me with your generosity.   Fill me with your faithfulness.  Help me to engage with care of our planet earth. Strengthen me with your self-control.  Help me to be more holy, so I may bear fruit to my family and others around me.

PARISH NEWS
Month of Holy Souls – November is the month we remember our deceased family and friends.  Names of family and friends may be placed in the basket with the purple cloth placed in front of the Altar.  At every Mass in November we will pray for them.
St Vincent de Paul Society – Would appreciate donations of Coffee, Milo and Tea.  Thank you for your generosity.
Altar Services Training – If you have been confirmed and received your 1st Holy Communion you can apply for training for an Altar Server.   Please call the Parish Office on 576 7959, training will be on Saturday 19 November 2-4pm.

I would like to congratulate the following students on their ICAS English and Maths Results.ICAS MATHEMATICS

Year 4     

Credit                    Kayne Gemmell, Caitlin Ong, Sophia Tan
Distinction             Julian Listiawan
High Distinction     Adam Muggleston, Sophia Tan

Year 5

Merit                     Cyprus Causer, El Ay Farmand, Jaimie Vasallo
Credit                   Sophie Cranwell, Kristine Guerrero, Samuel Hong, Zenobia Li,
Athena Lo, Jan Matanguihan, Alicia McGivern,
Distinction            Phoebe Li, Sean Pawadyira

Year 6

Merit                    Joe Beuth, Jayda Curlett, Leo Jeon
Credit                  Sean Barry, Rachel Chen, Malte Engelmann, Johanna Matanguihan,
Einstein Siao
Distinction           Nathan Chin, Cinyee Poot

ICAS ENGLISH

Year 4     

Credit                  Paul Bazar, Liliana Cisaria, Conor Pawadyira Valerie Perez
Distinction           Adam Muggleston

Year 5

Merit                   Zenobia Li
Credit                 Kristine Guerrero, Athena Lo, Sean Pawadyira
Distinction          Alicia McGivern

Year 6

Merit                  Remy Majsa, Johannah Matanguihan, Louisa McGinty
Credit                Rachel Chen, Malte Engelmann, Liam Marks, Cinyee Poot

University of Otago
Dunedin Maths Problem Challenge
This is a problem challenge with 5 sets of problems throughout the year.  The problems are intermediate level but schools are invited to enter Year 6 students.  We also entered a few Year 5 students.

Results
Merit Award
Liam Marks, Malte Engelmann, Sean Pawadyira, Sophie Cranwell, Johannah Matanguihan, Keshav Chaudhary, Phoebe Li, Rachel Chen, Jayda Curlett, Nathan De Guzman, Flynn Verner, Alicia McGivern, Louisa McGinty, Kyle Chandrasekera, Leo Jeon, Jaimie Vasallo

Excellence Award
Cinyee Poot, Nathan Chin, Einstein Siao, Sean Barry, Jan Matanguihan

Cinyee was also awarded a $25 book voucher prize for being one of the top Year 6 students in New Zealand.

We would like to acknowledge the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation & Community Swim Programme, our year 3-6 students are currently enjoying the swimming lessons provided by this wonderful foundation.The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation is a charitable trust, aimed at encouraging the young people of Auckland’s area of greatest need to pursue a more active lifestyle through sport and physical recreation that would lead to a fitter, healthier and more caring community.
2017 Carey Park School Camp
Camp Dates: 20 – 22 March (2 nights, 3 days)In 2017 all year 5 and 6 students will go on our bi-annual school camp.  Recently a notice was sent home with all year 5 and 6 students about Police Vetting for any parents helpers.  Many parents have already handed in their completed forms along with a copy of their drivers license, thank you.     To any parent/caregiver that wants to assist at camp you MUST be vetted prior to coming to camp.   The deadline for the forms to be handed into the office is on Tuesday 29th November.
More information about parent help options will be given out when the camp notices are distributed in 2017.

PARKING AROUND THE SCHOOL
Thank you for those who parked and let off students in a safe way this morning.  Please help us look after your children by ensuring they cross on the marked, supervised pedestrian crossing.   We have received a letter from Auckland Transport advising they will be doing regular checks at schools with regards to safe parking.   Parking restrictions are in place near schools for a reason.  They protect our communities children against possible injuries.  Please choose safe parking over convenience at all times.  If you park in the front and side of the church please drive in and out using the one way system and going back down to Fortunes Road.To keep our bodies and brains hydrated please bring water bottles to school.   Fresh water is the best drink to keep us functioning at a peak level.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wed 09 Nov  Selected children meeting the BREAKERS basketball team
Wed 16 Nov  Interschool Athletics at Lloyd Elsmore (for selected children)
Fri 25 Nov     PTFA Ice Blocks for sale
Fri 02 Dec     Junior Liturgy, 11.30am at Pakuranga Park Village
Wed 07 Dec  Parent Helpers Morning Tea
Wed 07 Dec   Weetbix Try-athlon
Mon 12 Dec   Senior School Prize Giving (at St Mark’s Parish Church) 7pm
Fri 16 Dec      End of Year Mass 11.30am, 1.00pm finish, school closes at 1.30pm.  (No after school care on this day).2017 Events
20-22 March Year 5 and 6 School Camp
2017 TERM DATES
Term 1  Tuesday 31 January –  Thursday 13 April  (Friday 14 April is Good Friday)
Term 2  Monday 01 May – Friday 05 July
Term 3  Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September
Term 4  Monday 16 October – Friday 14 December (tbc)
END OF YEAR EVENTSJunior School End of Year Celebration Yrs 1-3
Friday 2nd December
Meet at St Mark’s School at 11.15am and walk over to Pakuranga Park Village
11.30am

Senior School Prizegiving Yrs 4-6
Monday 12th December
St Mark’s Parish Church, Pakuranga Road
7.00pm

End of Year Thanksgiving & Leavers Mass Yrs 1-6
Friday 16th December
St Marks Parish Church, Pakuranga Road
(please come to the school at 11.15am and walk over together)
11.30am

Last day of school:
Our school van will depart to Sancta Maria at 1.10pm
There will be no Howick & Eastern (school) bus on this day.  There will be NO after school care available on this day.Note: Mass usually finishes on the last day at approx. 12.45, children can be taken home after Mass and school will be closed from 1.30pm.

COMMUNITY  NOTICES
Free Park Fun Day    
Friday 18th November, Elm Park, Gossamer Drive, 3pm-5pm.    Sports games, colouring, relays, Basketball inflatable, great fun for the whole family!   Follow us on Facebook Out and About Auckland or email  outandabout@clmnz.co.nz for more info.
Kia Maia Te Whai / Dare to Explore summer reading programme for Auckland Libraries:Looking for fun, FREE ways to keep your tamariki learning and building their reading skills over summer? Sign up for ‘Kia Māia te Whai – Dare to Explore’, Auckland Libraries’ summer reading programme for ages 5-13, at 54 libraries across Auckland – starts Monday 12 December. Along with fun summer challenges in English and Te Reo Māori to stretch your brain, we’ve got books and graphic novels to hook in readers of all ages. Plus, come along to free activities at your local library through the holidays! Visit http://aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for more details.

‘The Desert Princess’  easy to care for succulent gardens that are great for gifts, these are currently on display at our school office.  Please contact Diana Subido on PH 021872253 or email thedesertprincess@yahoo.co.nz
Keyboard Music Lessons – with Ruth Leafberg, on Monday and Wednesday after school in the Music Room, only $8.00 for a 30 min session.  Enrolment forms are available from the school office.
Guitar Lessons – Guitar Lessons are available after school on Tuesdays. There are spots available for complete beginners. Please contact Jordan on 021 132 7024 or at jordan.morrison@musiqhub.co.nz to signup or for more information.KIDSLINK   We have our next event: ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ on Thursday 17th November at 7pm.   3 wonderful speakers which teachers and parents can attend. (Auditory Processing, Visual Processing, Co-ordination and Motor Skills) http://www.kidslink.co.nz/events/

Disability Connect are delighted to announce our last two Work and Income Supports related to Disability Seminars for the year. Please click here to see the flier.  To book please contact us on 09 636 0351 or admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz.  Please provide a phone number and email address when booking.

SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE – UNIFORM POP UP SHOP
Saturday 26 NOVEMBER 2016
Elizabeth Michael will operate a uniform ‘pop up’ shop at Sancta Maria College on Saturday 26 November in the auditorium.  This is a great opportunity for families to purchase all their school uniform requirements.
WHERE:  SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE – AUDITORIUM
WHEN:  SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TIME:   10.00AM  – 1.00PM
cash, eftpos and credit cards
Fitting rooms and Elizabeth Michael staff will be available