Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Our term is flying by and we have a lot to be grateful for. Congratulations to the following students who were awarded certificates at yesterday’s assembly for their excellent results in ICAS (University of New South Wales), Writing and Spelling.

CHOIR:     Wonderful singing was displayed by our talented choir as part of the Farm Cove Music Festival over 2 nights last week.   Our students represented our school well both in the quality of their performance and their self management over the two nights.
A big thank you to Mrs Ruth Cranwell who helped form the choir and conducted on the night.   You all did so very well and we are very proud of you.

BASKETBALL:  Our term 3 basketball teams (year 3-4 and 5-6) are doing very well and at this stage we are looking to play the finals later this term.  It is great to see our children growing in skills and have a great team spirit.  A huge thank you to the team managers, coaches, score keepers and parent support.  You are all wonderful.

Also, well done to Emmanuel Tsang who won the North Island  Figure Skating Championship on Saturday.  She will now compete in the National competition.

Catherine M Rivers

We would like to welcome the following new students to our school:  Ceana Francis and Samuel Paulo who have started 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 –   Olivia Yang, Remy Majsa, Malosi Taoa, Jan Matanguihan, Jannina Matanguihan, Jacob Baluga, Keshav Chaudhary, Ishara Samarasinha, Steven Marchant.
Caring for Others –   Kristine Guerrero, Trinity Tuineau, Phoebe Li, Lili Cisaria, Cyprus Causer, Liam Hawkey, Laylor Kemp, Antonija Kasum, Olivia King, Hope Stowers, Remy Majsa, Mikayla Power, Conor Pawadyira.
Caring for Environment – Jacob Tigley, Caitlin Rayner, Merle Engelmann, Aita Ah Wa, Eliza White, Emma Rose Granich, Maria Tuineau.
Well done everyone, you show our values in everyday ways.

Please reflect on our migrants – we live in a world in which international migrants are growing faster than the world’s population.   Pope Francis reminds us that “Welcoming others means welcoming God in person” which is very relevant for us.  Many of us have migration stories – so it is our turn to be “Welcoming”.  This years Social Justice Theme is “Fostering a Culture of Encounter” and Caritas is highlighting issues facing migrants and refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand.
To read more information about Caritas’ work visit

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 Mark’s community.  Amene.

Senior School Speech Competition
Congratulations to the following students for their wonderful speeches!   Isabella will go on to represent our school at the HPPA Speech Competition.
Year 6
1st  Isabella Samarasinha
2nd  Trinity Tuineau and Liam Marks
3rd  Sean Barry and Nathan Chin
Year 5
1st  Noah Jamieson
2nd  Athena Lo
3rd  Alicia McGivern and Sean Pawadyira
Year 4
1st  Adam Muggleston
2nd  Mikaela Bangalan
3rd  Conor Pawadyira


SCHOOL CAR PARK – We had an accident in our car park last week.  Please be courteous in the car park and ensure you are reversing into car parks.   Also remind children to use the crossings (you should not under any circumstances be ‘calling out’ to your child across the car park to run over to your vehicle).

We have a number of items for sale (other than uniforms) in our school uniform shop.
Crockery $1.00 per piece
Plastic Bag Holder $5.00 each
Heat/Cool Bag $5.00 each

The school uniform shop is also asking for donations of used uniforms, all profits made from the sale of second hand uniforms go straight back to the school, last year the profits were used for a reading programme.  We really appreciate any items that you can donate as this assists the school and parents.
We are still looking for someone to take over the overall running of the uniform shop.  Please see the school office or a member of the PTFA for more information.

REMINDER:   Parents please ensure that the Junior school return all their readers and please protect them by keeping them in their book bag.

Maori and Pasifika Cultural Group
Mrs Furivai with the support of Mrs Bannister would like to rekindle a Pasifika/Maori cultural group for students.  This group will get together in the Music Room every Friday during term time starting Friday 2nd September 3-4pm.  If your child would like to take part please pick up a permission slip from the school office.

KAPA HAKA – Koanga Festival 17th September
This year the Kapa Haka group will again perform at the Koanga Festival on Saturday 17th September.  A notice has gone home with all Kapa Haka members today – once additional information is received another notification will be sent home to the group to advise which classroom to drop them to.

2 Sep         PTFA Sausage Sizzle
9 Sep         Talent Showcase, Pigeon Mountain School
14 Sep       HPPA Interschool Senior Cross Country Morning only
(Saving Day 15 Sept)
17 Sep        Kapa Haka Koanga Festival
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


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