Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

This term we are replacing the word respect with care, although the indicators that fall out of the word ‘care’ will be the same.
i.e. 1. Care for self, 2. Care for others, 3. Care for our environment.

By caring for ourselves we will always do our best (using our gifts) at work and and play; we will keep ourselves healthy by making good choices about our safety, what we eat and how we choose to react to different situations.

By caring for others we will be kind and let others share their ideas, include them in work and play, be tolerant of each others cultures and differences.

By caring for our environment we will continue to take care of all animals, trees, flowers etc.  We will ensure we pick up rubbish to prevent harm to our waterways and the animals that live in or near.    We will keep our classrooms tidy and use the equipment and books carefully.

These three important components of ‘care’ should be carried through to your child’s home life so that they develop into good citizens.


We would like to welcome the following new students to our school:   Zenobia Li, Phoebe Li, Laylor Kemp, Isla Hmailton, Luis Antonio, Jakob Yang, Olivia Yang, Ashel Mayadunnage and Raynal Mishra.

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:    Caring for Others – Michael McGinty, Edward Hicban, Nicole DeGuzman, Noah Hamilton, Faith Stowers.
Caring for Environment – Merle Engelmann.

May all who belong to my family – whanau, my class, my school, my parish my country, be blessed with gifts from our Gracious God.  May we share our gifts with others, be tolerant and take on new challenges; may we make wise choices and look after the environment, so that we all may live in joy and peace through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Altar Server’s Roster (is available in the foyer of the Church)
Marriage Encounter – Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage.  Attend the Marriage Encounter Weekend 23-25 Sept PH: 0800 362 686 or em
Free DoCat.App    A great free app, a catechism from Pope Francis about the social teaching of the Church written for young Catholics

Maths Meeting    
Wednesday 10th August at the Parish Centre

St Mark’s is holding a maths information evening on Wednesday 10th  August.We are lucky to have Mrs Anne Milburn a maths expert who will lead this information meeting.  This year we have been trialling a new way of teaching maths and we would encourage one parent from every family to attend.

The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm and finish at approximately 7.30pm.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

PTFA Sausage Sizzle
Friday 5th August
Sausages in bread $1.50
2 August    PTFA Meeting 7pm
5 August    PTFA Sausage Sizzle
8+9 Aug     HPPA Dance Festival
23 Aug       BOT Meeting 7.30pm
23+24 Aug  HPPA Choir Performance
26 August   Daffodil Day
2 Sept         PTFA Sausage Sizzle
13 Sept       HPPA Interschool Senior Cross Country
16 Sept       PTFA Disco
23 Sep        Loud Shirt Day (Mufti)  and last day of term
Last Day of Term 3:   Friday 23 September
First Day of Term 4:   Monday 10 October
Last Day of Term 4:   Friday 16 December
KidsLink have a great event coming up for teachers and parents on Dyslexia.
They have 2 wonderful speakers who work with children with the ‘Dys and that’s’ and have some great top tips as take home messages.


‘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
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 to signup or for more information.
Marian Early Childhood Centre –  offers faith-based early learning in a caring Catholic environment.  Kindy  Hours 8.30-4.00pm Monday to Friday.   Visit them at 19a Sunset View Road, Panmure  Ph: 570 5690
Disability Connect – Seminar for families raising children with a disability, seminar will be about education legal issues.  RSVP  Ph: 636 0351 Seminar is on Wednesday14 September, 7-9pm at HIghland Park Community House, 47 Aviemore Drive
SPANISH LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS by Latin American teacher with over 25 years of experience.  Small groups or one to one sessions.  Lessons for adults also available. For further info contact 5760371 Alternatively you can email me to
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES SPONSORSHIP SCHEMEThe Attendance Dues Sponsorship Scheme – has been created to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues, for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

The purpose of the sponsorship scheme is to allow parents or caregivers facing financial hardship another option to seek relief where they may be reluctant to approach their school for help.

The existing financial hardship scheme – operated by your school – is also available to parents or caregivers facing hardship and we do encourage families facing financial difficulties to please contact your school office.

Application forms are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Schools Office Website: (go to Property and Finance / Finance / Attendance Dues)

If you have any queries or require assistance with the payment of attendance dues under the sponsorship scheme, you are invited to phone in confidence, Carol Krebs (Ph. 360 3069) at the Auckland Diocese office.

Applications to the sponsorship scheme for 2016 attendance dues will be accepted by the Auckland Common Fund Ltd up to November 2016.

Catherine M Rivers (Mrs)   

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