From the Principals pen…

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the recent 7.8 earthquake, especially those in Kaikoura, North Canterbury and Marlborough.   We feel for those with love who are recovering and clearing up following the earthquake and those who are anxious in the face of  possible future quakes.

We are mindful of Pope Francis’ message to the recent World Humanitarian Summit where he reminded us to allocate the suffering “through severe solidarity and a true, profound respect for the rights and dignity of those suffering.”

MUFTI DAY  30 NOVEMBER – Gold Coin Donation
As we know, Kaikoura is the area most affected therefore we will be having a mufti day next Wednesday for St Joseph’s School Kaikoura to help them with relief efforts after the earthquake.   All children are to come dressed in mufti clothes (not school uniform) and give a gold coin donation.

PRAYER after an earthquake
Creator God, at times such as this, when we realised that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we imagined, we plead for your mercy.
As the things we have built crumble we know too well how small we truly are on this ever-changing, ever-moving, fragile planet we call home.  Yet you have promised never to forget us.  Do not forget us now.
Today, so many people are afraid. They wait in fear for the next tremor. Comfort them O God, in this disaster.  Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still, and shelter them under your wings when homes and offices no longer exist.
Pierce too, our hearts with compassion, we who watch from afar, as our friends and relatives experience misery upon misery.  Move us to act swiftly this day, to give generously every day, to work for justice always, and to pray increasingly for those without hope.
And once the shaking has ceased, the images of destruction have stopped filling the news, and our thoughts return to lifes daily rumblings, let us not forget that we are all your children and they, out sisters and brothers.  We are all the work of your hands.
For the mountains leave their place and the hills be tossed to the ground, you shall never leave us and your promise of peace will never be shaken.               ISAIAH 54.10   adapted by Diane Macalintal

CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Self –       Donnell Balili, Victoria Chirenje
Caring for Others –   Room 11 librarians, Hope Stowers, Faith Stowers, Stars Basketball Team, Jehan Solanga, Oliver Hawkey, Kyle Chandrasekera, Tayla Spence, Tristan Apalisok, Jannina Matanguihan, Cady Lim
Caring for Environment –  Aita AhWa, Eliza White, Darren Wee, Mikaela Bangalan, Isha Ocampo.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Caitlin Ong whose grandfather passed away last week.

We would like to congratulate one of our past students, Ethan Verner who has been named as House Captain and School Prefect at Macleans College for 2017.  Well done Ethan, we are very proud of you.

We would like to congratulate the following students on Australian Maths Competition Results:

Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
Year 4  

Proficiency               Donnell Balili
Credit                       Sophia Tan, Ronan Prakash
Distinction                Julian Listiawan, Adam Muggleston

Year 5

Proficiency              Angelina Joji, Elay Farmand, Cady Lim, Cyprus Causer
Credit                      Samuel Hong, Kristine Guerrero, Athena Lo, Phoebe Li,
Alicia McGivern, Ethan Karl
Distinction               Jan Matanguihan, Sophie Cranwell, Sean Pawadyira

Year 6

Proficiency            Joshua Marchant, Flynn Verner, Oli Hawkey, Rachel Chen,
Sean Barry,  Johannah Matanguihan
Credit                    Joe Beuth, Keshav Chaudhary
Distinction             Cinyee Poot, Liam Marks
High Distinction     Nathan Chin

PARISH NEWS
Youth and Altar Services Christmas Party   Sat 3 Dec 2pm-4pm
Volunteers Christmas Party  Sat 10 Dec 7pm – 9pm
Baptism Preparation Programme   Last course for 2016 will be held on Tuesday 22nd and 29th Nov at 7.30pm. Enrol at the Parish Office.
Singers for Christmas   St Mark’s Choir is looking for singers to join the Choir for the Carol Service and Midnight Mass.  Practice is on Tuesdays at 7.30pm starting 29 November.  Contact Liz Bauld 530 8523  Neil Grant 570 2713
Families in Crisis  Advent is just two weeks away.  It is a time of hope.  We journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.  What an appropriate time to pray for ‘FAMILIES IN CRISIS.’ We reach out in love and compassion and gentleness.  At the masses this weekend members of our community will suggest how we can make this a time of simple prayer for ‘FAMILIES’.

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.
IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE VETTING FORM (and included your drivers license) BY 29TH NOVEMBER YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY TYPE OF PARENT HELP AT THE SCHOOL CAMP

ABSENTEE TEXTS  027 9630 100
Dear Parents and Caregivers, when you txt your child’s absence, please make sure you let us know the reason they are absent e.g. tummy bug, cough/cold, funeral etc.    We need to know this information for our reporting systems.
Thank you for your co-operation.
BEFORE and AFTER SCHOOL CARE (ASC)
We ask that all parents, grandparents and caregivers discuss any incidents that occur with their children in ASC with the staff at ASC (Liz, Trina or Tim).   Parents, grandparents and caregivers should not be speaking to children that are not theirs about any type of issue or incident.
PTFA will be selling ice blocks at during lunch this Friday!
25th November

$1.50 each

UNIFORM SHOP – DONATIONS
We would appreciate any 2nd hand uniforms to be donated to the school uniform shop.  Bring in your summer or winter uniforms at any time to the school office.
The uniform shop is run by our PTFA and any money that is made from selling 2nd hand uniforms goes straight back into the school by way of reading programmes and resources.
We really do appreciate the donations.
STRINGS MUSIC PROGRAMME 2017Sancta Maria College would love to get a small string group underway in each feeder school (Sancta Maria Primary, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Mark’s).

Each group would be for violin and cello and have approximately six to eight players.

Colour Strings is a violin and cello system developed in Finland to “set-up” well rounded musicians based on the Kodaly methodology of music.   Whilst the programme is aimed at years 1 and 2, we would like some years 3, 4 and 5 to start playing, so that over the next 2 or 3 years they can go to Sancta Maria College (SMC) ready to join their Orchestra.   Students will have weekly individual and group lessons promoting self-confidence and well being. Students will progress through four stages/books over two years and will be able to join the orchestra or play in ensembles by the second half of their second year.

Students from all schools (including SMC) would aim to give a concert toward the end of the year to build collegiality.

Cost $30 per week invoiced per term + cost of books.
Please see the school office for more information or enrolment forms.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Fri 25 Nov     PTFA Ice Blocks for sale
Wed 30 Nov  Mufti Day for St Josephs Kaikoura – bring a gold coin donation
Fri 02 Dec     Junior Liturgy, 11.30am at Pakuranga Park Village
Tue 06 Dec   Junior School – Cockle Bay Beach Trip
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 15 December 2017
                                                              (this is a change from last times newsletter)
END OF YEAR EVENTS

Junior 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
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.

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