St  Mark’s Catholic School
334 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
PO Box 82 106, Highland Park
Tel:  576 5296      Fax:  576 2701  

Email: admin@stmarks.school.nz
Absentee Text only:  027 9630 100
www.stmarks.school.nz

Junior School
(Year 1-3)
Meet the Teacher Night
Thursday 18th February
6.30pm at St Mark’s School
(please note the change in time)

Beginning of Year Mass & Family Picnic
Friday 26th February
11.30 am Mass   followed by a picnic in the school grounds

(bring your own food)
PTFA also selling ice blocks

PTFA NEWS   Meeting on Tuesday in the school staffroom at 7.00pm.
Gala – collections are underway for our gala, if you can assist with anything please contact the office on admin@stmarks.school.nz or phone 576 5296

PTFA Family Fun Night
Friday 4th March
5.30-7.00 pm
On the field at St Mark’s School
Food, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase

A big thank you to Mr Malinda Chandrasekera who has taken on the role of coach of our year senior school cricket team.
If there are any other parents or caregivers who can assist Mrs Rivers with softball please let the office know.

SCHOOL FEES
School Dues and Contribution: – Thank you to all the families that have cleared their school accounts for 2015 and also to the families that have kept up their automatic payments over 2015. Our school dues are compulsory and that goes directly to the Catholic Schools Office (Diocese), while your contributions help us run our school and to enhance our Catholic Character. The Development Goal Contribution goes to our multipurpose space/ school hall fund. Please come and see the office if you need further information or automatic payment details. The breakdown is as follows and the 2016 invoice has been issued last week:
Compulsory (GST Inclusive)
Attendance Dues:                                 $412.00 per child
Religious Education Resource:         $10.00 1 child per year
(Term 1 ONLY)                         $16.00 [2 children per year]
$30.00 [3 children per year]
$36.00 [3 children per year]

Contributions

Catholic Special Character Contribution:   $50.00 per child per year

School Development Goal:         $80.00 [1 child per year]
$100.00 [2 children per year]
$120.00 [3 children per year]
$140.00 [4 children per year]

Family Contribution:                    $180.00 [1 child per year]
$220.00 [2 children per year]
$240.00 [3 children per year]
$260.00 [4 children per year]

Total for 2016:
1 Child – $732.00
2 Children – $1,260.00
3 Children – $1,776.00
4 Children – $2,284.00

Families are welcome to pay their school accounts term by term or set up an automatic direct debit weekly or fortnightly. Details were included with your statement/invoice.

Thanks,
Olivia Muggleston,   Payroll / Accounts Administrator
Email:  omuggleston@stmarks.school.nz

COMMUNITY NOTICES 
Sancta Maria College – Open Day and Enrolments for 2017  will be held on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and close on Monday 30th May 2016.  Priority is given in accordance with the school’s enrolment scheme (refer the Sancta Maria College website).    All are welcome to walk around our school or join one of the guided tours and collect an Enrolment Application pack for 2017.   The Principal will address visitor’s philosophy and values in the auditorium at 4.45pm.
‘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 $7.50 for a 30min session.  Enrolment forms are available from the school office  (starts again on 15 February).
Guitar Music 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

UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS 
Thu 18 Feb        Junior School – meet the teacher night at 6.30pm at school
Tue 23 Feb        HPPA Softball Field Day at the Howick Softball Club
Thu 25 Feb        Junior School trip to Botanical Gardens (half of juniors to go on this day)
Fri 26 Feb          Beginning of school Mass 11.30 followed by family picnic (bring your own food)
PTFA will be  selling ice blocks
Tue 01 Mar        Junior School trip to Botanical Gardens (remaining half of juniors to go on this day)
Fri 04 Mar          PTFA Family Fun Night   5.30-7.00pm at St Mark’s School, fun, games and food!
Fri 25 Mar          Good Friday (no school)
Mon 28 Mar      Easter Monday (no school)
Tue 29 Mar        Easter Tuesday (no school)
Sat 02 Apr       St Mark’s School GALA
Fri 15 Apr          Last day of Term 1
Mon 02 May      First day of Term 2

Catherine M Rivers (Mrs)
PRINCIPAL

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CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We have a number of children who have started at St Mark’s over the last two weeks –
Tyler Mitchell, Lilly Grace Massey, Lev Cabardo, Ivan Stowers and Julianna Valdez.
We warmly welcome our new students and their families into our St Mark’s Community.
REFLECTION
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy.  Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person, reveals the mystery of God.Letter from Pope Francis
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy.   It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion.  For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubiless that is to have the mercy of God at its centre.  It shall be  A Holy Year of Mercy.  We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words:  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”  Pope Francis

PRAYER
A special blessing for parents and caregivers – May the mystery of God enfold you.  May the wisdom of God uphold you.  May the fragrance of God be around you.  May the brightness of God surround you.  May the wonder of God renew you.  May the loving of God flow through you.  May the peace of God deeply move you.  May the moving of God bring you peace.  Joy Cowley

PARISH NEWS   Sacramental Programme 2016 –  Enrolment forms are available for children aged year 4 and above for the Sacraments in 2016.    Forms must be handed in by Monday 22nd February 2016. Sessions start on 28th February.Baptism Preparation Programme –  the next course will be held on Tuesdays 16th and 23rd February at 7.30pm.   Enrol at the Parish Office.