Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to all those who have helped in a multitude of ways over the years; putting class readers away, library, trips, supervision and transport, coaching and managing sports teams, reading to children and parent help.

Congratulations to our St Mark’s STARS TEAM who won the Eastern Year 5/6 Basketball Final.  We played the Eastern Dragons and won convincingly 27-12.   We thank Mr Chris Barry who coached and Mrs Flor De Guzman who managed the team,  well done all!!!

ADVENT – Sunday 4th December was the 1st Sunday in Advent.  Advent means coming, and in the time of Advent we are waiting to celebrate the coming of Jesus to live with us.  Sometimes Jesus is given the special name ‘Emmanuel’, which means God be with us.

God waits to be with people and that is why God sent his own son to become a human being, Jesus of Nazareth.   In that way the Lord Jesus, a human child, could be with the people.  So Emmanuel means God is with us through God’s own son Jesus.  Advent is a special time of waiting.  
Most people do a lot of waiting – waiting for dinner or a favourite TV  programme, waiting for a turn in a game, waiting for loose teeth to fall out, waiting for birthdays.  While we are waiting for things to happen, we have all sorts of waiting thoughts – longing, hoping, wishing, wondering, looking forward and feelings – tired-ngenge, excited-harihari, joyful-koa, angry-riri, impatient-porangi, bored-hoha.  We can be busy, helpful, kind, selfish or cross.
There are good days of waiting that makes the waiting time happy and worthwhile, and there are bad days of waiting that make ourselves and others miserable.
Advent should be a happy time, because we are waiting for someone wonderful – Jesus-Emmanuel.
Suggestions For You At Home – as 4 weeks is a long time to wait. You could mark off the days on a special calendar and remind children to tick off or open a day and remember that we are counting down the days as we wait to prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus.   We could also put out a Christmas crib and make an advent wreath – lighting a candle each week.

PRAYER
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours.  Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in my a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy.  I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in mr the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Others –    Jaimie Vasallo, Ines Roman-Baza, Caitlyn Rayner, Adam Muggleston, Olivia King, Christian Misic, Sophie Cranwell, Kristine Guerrero, Mikayla PowerWe would like to ask for prayers for Farrel Visser (Ronan’s Mum) who is very sick, also for Waverly Granich (Emma Rose’s sister) who is also unwell at this time.

We would like to congratulate the following students on their General Knowledge Quiz results:
1st           Liam Marks
2nd          Einstein Siao and Sean Pawadyira
3rd           Johannah Matanguihan and Luca Cisaria

We would like to congratulate the following past students:
Sancta Maria College –  Jordan Sim-Smith, Year 13 DUX Award (Saint Catherine Trophy for Academic Excellence) AND University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship.   Niel Kulkarni, Proxime Accessit (Runner-Up DUX) AND University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship.   Kelly Feng, Year 12 Saint Catherine Trophy for Academic Excellence.
Macleans CollegeVihingum Siriwardane
Pakuranga CollegeArvin Lim, Year 13 Top Scholar
We also congratulate Robert Furivai for the Nautilus Leadership Award for Senior Male Pasifika Student

PRAYER
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours.  Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in my a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy.  I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.
Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in mr the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord.
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Others –    Jaimie Vasallo, Ines Roman-Baza, Caitlyn Rayner, Adam Muggleston, Olivia King, Christian Misic, Sophie Cranwell, Kristine Guerrero, Mikayla PowerWe would like to ask for prayers for Farrel Visser (Ronan’s Mum) who is very sick, also for Waverly Granich (Emma Rose’s sister) who is also unwell at this time.

We would like to congratulate the following students on their General Knowledge Quiz results:
1st           Liam Marks
2nd          Einstein Siao and Sean Pawadyira
3rd           Johannah Matanguihan and Luca Cisaria

We would like to congratulate the following past students:
Sancta Maria College –  Jordan Sim-Smith, Year 13 DUX Award (Saint Catherine Trophy for Academic Excellence) AND University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship.   Niel Kulkarni, Proxime Accessit (Runner-Up DUX) AND University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship.   Kelly Feng, Year 12 Saint Catherine Trophy for Academic Excellence.
Macleans CollegeVihingum Siriwardane
Pakuranga CollegeArvin Lim, Year 13 Top Scholar
We also congratulate Robert Furivai for the Nautilus Leadership Award for Senior Male Pasifika Student

 

School Magazine 2016
Once again St Mark’s Catholic School have put together a magazine depicting the school year.  We have a new look magazine this year!
The magazine needs to be pre-ordered and all children have been sent home an order form.   Your child will receive the magazine on the last day of Term 4 (Friday 16 December).
100 copies of the magazine have been ordered, this will be on a ‘first in – first serve’ basis.

 

PARISH NEWS
Reconciliation Rite II  –  Reconciliation will be celebrated at:   15 DEC Our Lady Star of the Sea, Howick 7pm.  15 DEC Immaculate Conception, Ellerslie 7pm.  16 DEC St Bernadette Mt Wellington 7pm.
Simbang Gabi  at St Mark’s Church, Dec 15-23 2016.  Literally means “Night Mass”, Simbang Gabi is a novena (9 day series) of dawn masses practiced by the Roman Catholics of the Phillipines from 16th to 24th of December in anticipation of Christmas.
Singers for Christmas  St Marks Parish Choir is looking for singers to join the choir for Carol Services and Midnight Mass.   Contact Liz Bauld 530 8523 or Neil Grant 570 2713.
Christmas Raffles   St Mark’s Social Group will be raffling two baskets of Christmas goodies on the weekends of the 4th and 11th of December.  Any donations would be appreciated and can be left at the Parish office.

 

Congratulations to the Valdez family, Julianna in Room 3 has a healthy baby brother born on the 30th November.

 

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.

 

UNIFORM SHOP
During the school holidays we will open on Friday 27th January from 10am-11am.

 

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.

 

Last Week of School
Next week is our last week of term, your child will be given an envelope that will include their school report and their stationery list for 2017.
Year 5 students that will be year 6 next year please keep of hold of your reports – these are normally required by your chosen Intermediate School/College when you complete your applications next year.

 

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
Please be reminded to clear your school account for 2016 by end of term unless you have prior arrangements or automatic payments (please disregard if your fees are already up to date).
If you are unsure about your account balance, please contact Olivia Muggleston (09-5765296) from 12.30 to 3.30pm daily or email omuggleston@stmarks.school.nz
Please do not hesitate to contact our principal, Catherine Rivers or the parish priests, Father Emile or Father Carlo if you require further assistance or help with your attendance dues.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Warm regards
Olivia Muggleston
Accounts Administrator

 

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
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

 

END OF YEAR EVENTSSenior 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
STAGEWORKS 2 DAY XMAS WORKSHOP
Tues 20th & Wed 21st Dec 9:30am – 3pm each day
TWO fun filled and creative days for your daughters!
Workshop includes:   Making Xmas Food Treats / Fashion Fun / Creative Artwork / Team Building  and lots of FUN activities to boost happy self confident young women.    Workshop Fee: $70 for the two days
Contact Sarah stageworks@xtra.co.nz for enrolments and please note places are limited.“Come along to the NPH Latin American Christmas Market on the 18th December, 12-4pm at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall. Great food, entertainment and gifts. Donation entry for NPH, helping orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. www.nph-nz.org

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.

 

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