Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What is Attitude?    Having Attitude means looking at what happens from a positive angle.  Aim for an attitude that sees a glass of water as half full not half empty.  Oscar Wilde showed the attitude when a friend asked him how well his play had gone on the night.  Wilde’s reply “Oh, the play was a great success, but the audience was a failure”.  A fisherman displayed the attitude when he said “fishing is getting better.  Yesterday I went out for four hours and caught nothing, today it only took me three hours to get the same result.”

Choose to be positive.  A positive attitude has positive spin-offs. In many areas of human activity, success and achievement are more a result of attitude than of knowledge or technical skill.  Maintaining a positive attitude makes a challenge a productive experience, moves a seemingly immovable obstacle, improves our confidence, helps us take in our stride all that befalls us.  Positive attitude has another tremendous side effect: it is contagious.  Others catch it.  It’s probably fair to say that attitude can’t be taught, it has to be caught.

Congratulations to both the junior and senior dance troupes who performed at Elim College last week.  They both entertained and thrilled the audience with their high energy performances.   Thank you to Mrs Tracee McKenzie, Miss Anitra Roberts and Mr David Sasis for training our dancers to such a polished level.  Well done!

Catherine M Rivers

We would like to welcome the following new students to our school:  Jovie Lau in Room 10, Rita Schuster and Stephanie McCormack in Room 4.We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Self –  Franco Antonio, Jannina Matanguihan, Ellay Peters, Gabriel Heruela , Camryn Davis, Angel Pallewatte, Kingston Tuaputa, Cyprus Causer, Jake MacLennan, Tayla Spence, Emmanuel Tsang, Zenobia Li, Jovie Lau and Phoebe Li.
Caring for Others –  Spencer Viernes, Liam Marks, Tyrell Schuster, Joshua Ernstzen, Hannah D’Silva, Angelina Joji, Bronson Wharepapa, Justin Real, Tayla Spence, Diyala Chandrasekera, Malte Engelmann, Cayden Andrews, Kristine Guerrero, Alicia McGivern, Leo Jeon and Conor Pawadyira.

Kindness Never Fails – Have you been kind?
Have you been patient, loving and forgiving?
Jesus has said that anyone who gives even a cup of water in His name will not lose their reward.
For the Lord looks into your heart.  He knows what you have done and why.
He never forgets even the smallest kindness done in His name.
Your kindness never fails because you have been a witness for Jesus, and He never forgets any of your kind acts done in His Name!

Dear God, you call us to live lives that matter,  lives that change our world for the better. Give us eyes that see the needs of others and hearts that reach out to meet those needs. Help us, Lord, to recognise and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of those we live and work with. May your Spirit move through each of us to strengthen and enrich our St Marks school community. Amen.

Climate Workshop – Saturday 20 August 10am-4pm Lotofale’ia Methodist Church.  34 Orly Ave, Mangere.
Register at
Wedding Anniversary Mass – celebrated on Wednesday 24 August, 7.00pm.  Contact Hazel Ph: 576 7692 or Yasmina Ph: 533 3107
Baptism Preparation Programme – Held on Tuesdays 23 & 30 July at 7.30pm. Please enrol at the Parish office.
Thanksgiving Mass – with Bishop Dunn on Fri 9 Sept – 7pm at St Mary’s Church Avondale.
Executive Officer – Vacancy with St Vincent de Paul at their Otahuhu Centre.    Ph: 270 4088

Thank you to all parents for putting in Scholastic Book Orders. The school does receive 25% of orders towards rewards that are then used for fantastic school resources, and the teachers and library are very grateful for the support.
You can order any time online (or when the booklets are given out)

This Sunday there will be a Children’s Mass at St Mark’s Parish 10.00am, Sunday 21st August.  We hope to see as many of our students and parents there.
Dear Parents and Caregivers, all children in the school choir were last week given a notice about the music festival next week.  If you have not already pre-ordered your tickets you need to do so immediately as we pre-orders close on Wednesday 17th August and there are no door sales.
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August
Elm Park School, 46 Gossamer Drive, Pakuranga
7.30pm – 8.30pm approx

Choir members need to be there at 7.00pm, Mrs Rivers will be there to meet them.   Tickets are now available to pre-order from the office.

Maximum of 2 tickets per child
$8 for adults and $4 for children (14yrs and under)
Please send your name, child’s name and room number, money and a note with the required number of tickets and your preferred performance in a named and sealed envelope to the school office by Wednesday 17th August
(Please also indicate on the note if you want to be on the waitlist for any additional tickets).
The tickets are pre-ordered and will be available for collection from St Mark’s school office on Friday 19th August after 3.00pm.
There is a very limited supply of tickets available and the pre-ordered tickets are on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.
We have been advised that NO DOOR SALES will be available
Senior School Cross Country will take place on Friday 26th August. This is the same day as our Daffodil Day mufti day.
Senior students to come dressed in suitable PE gear/shorts/tee shirt/trainers etc.
Parent Help is also appreciated, any parents that can assist please arrive by 1.30pm and advise the school office in advance please (so we can allocate areas).
21 Aug       Children’s Mass at St Marks Parish 10.00am
23 Aug       BOT Meeting 7.30pm
23+24 Aug  HPPA Choir Performance At Elm Park
26 August   Daffodil Day (mufti day)
26 August   Senior School Cross Country – 1.35pm
2 Sept         PTFA Sausage Sizzle
13 Sept       HPPA Interschool Senior Cross Country (Saving Day 15 Sept)
21 Sep        Junior School Cross Country 1.35pm (Saving Day 22 Sept)
23 Sep        Loud Shirt Day (Mufti day)  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
‘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.
Auckland Family Day – Saturday 20 August 2016, 11am-3pm Mangere Arts Centre
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