Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Please give us your feedback!   Early last week we sent out a homework survey via email.  We need your feedback to make an informed decision around homework.
New research shows that homework may not support the child’s learning, so this term we had reduced homework with only the essentials i.e. reading, spelling, basic facts/mathletics.  The survey only takes 2 minutes and we would really appreciate it if you can please take the time to fill it out so we have direction for term 4.

Congratulations to all those who performed in St Mark’s talent showcase.  What a great evening.  You were all great entertainers.  I would like to thank Mr David Sasis, Mrs Ruth Cranwell, Mrs Tracee McKenzie, Miss Anitra Roberts, Hemi and Mrs Imelda Owen for their work with the performers.
Well done to Mrs Sarah McIntyre who was our compere for the evening and to all members of the PTFA for their ongoing support.

Also, congratulations to Sophia Tan who achieved third place in the APPA Year 5/6 Tagalog Speech Competition (Auckland wide)  Sophia is a year 4 student so this was a great result.

I would also like to thank all of our coaches and managers for all of ours sports teams for all of their hard work over the last two terms.   We have had fantastic results again and great sportsmanship was shown by all of our teams.   Our basketball teams are in the finals this week with the Eastern Basketball Competition and our football team plays Star of the Sea this Friday at 1.00pm at St Marks for the Challenge Cup.

I have been selected to go to China as part of a New Zealand Principal’s Delegation.    I am looking forward to the trip and hope to develop a sister school relationship while I am there.

On Wednesday the HPPA Inter School Senior Cross Country will take place across the road at the Pakuranga Athletics track (at Lloyd Elsmore Park).  We host the morning cluster and compete against 10 local schools.  The morning will commence with year 4 students and finish up with year 6 races.  Please come down for half an hour to support your child.

Kind regards
Catherine M Rivers

We would like to welcome Adam Masaryk (Rm 11) and Lucas Masaryk (Rm 3) who started school here at St Mark’s last week.

Other News:   Congratulations to the following students who are recognised for showing our school values:
Caring for Self    Bao Than, Donnell Ballili, Jannina Matanguihan.
Caring for Others    Marco Leung, Miguel Antonio, Ines Roman-Baza, Flynn Verner, Leo Jeon, Diyala Chandrasekera, Ronan Prakash, Tymara Fepale-Manu, Yohan Solanga-Arachchige, Noah Jamieson.
Caring for Environment     Eva Gemmell, Carmel Francis, Prescila Yambao, Emma-Rose Granich, Mikayla Power.

For a positive attitude to all parts of school life – Paul Bazar, Sophia Tan, Cyprus Causer, Katreena Chetty and Sean Barry.

A Closer Look
If you sit on the bank of a river, you see only a small part of its surface.  And yet, the water before your eyes is proof of unknowable depths.  If you look at a sunset, you might see only the disappearance of daylight.  If you look beneath, you may see darkness opening the splendour of stars.    If you look at illness and disease, you might see only physical diminishment.  If you look beneath, you may see it as a teacher bringing you vital wisdom.  If you look at a broken relationship, you might see only a harsh ending.  If you look beneath, you may see the courageous seeds of new growth.  If you look at lost dreams, you might see only disappointment and doubt.  If you look beneath, you may see the stuff that new dreams contain.   If you look at the death of a loved one, you might see only pervasive sorrow.  If you look beneath, you may see that love lives on forever in the heart.  If you look at yourself, you might see only tarnished unfinishedness.  If you look beneath you may see your basic goodness shining there.  If you look for the divine being, you might see mostly unresolved questions.  If you look beneath, you may be astounded at the availability of divine love.
Taken from:  Circle of Life, Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr

Send out your Spirit in all Creation and fill the world with your glory.   Fire us with your power.  Light us with your word and feed us with your living Bread.
O God, as you sent your Son, send us into this your world with your compelling love.  Help us by your Spirit, to share your Gospel of love and forgiveness, of justice and peace, of compassion and care.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Year 4
Merit                                     Mikaela Bangalan, Kayne Gemmell
Chantelle McIntyre
Credit                                   Chloe Dangatan, Conor Pawadyira
Distinction                            Sophia Tan
High Distinction                    Adam Muggleston

Year 5
Credit                                    Kristine Guerrero, Samuel Hong, Sean Pawadyira
Distinction                             Alicia McGivern

Year 6
Credit                                    Nathan Chin, Liam Marks, Cinyee Poot

Year 4
Distinction                           Adam Muggleston, Sophia Tan

Year 5
Credit                                  Cyprus Causer
Distinction                          Alicia McGivern, Sean Pawadyira

Year 6
Credit                                  Nathan Chin, Cinyee Poot
Distinction                         Liam Marks

What a wonderful night we had for our St Mark’s Showcase!
Our Kapa Haka, Choir and Dance Group performed beautifully along with some individual and other group performances – you can all be very proud of your achievements.
It was great to see so much talent and a big thank you to the PTFA for organising this event.


Car Park
We still have ongoing concerns in and around the car park.   Please drive safely and slowly and remember to reverse into car parks. DO NOT call out to your child to come over to your vehicle, they must use the crosswalk and not run across the car park.  Please also be patient when exiting the car park, there are often queues.


Fill a bottle, save a life!
Help us share the truth with women and teens who find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy.    We would like families to donate coins, notes or cheques to help the fill the bottles (there will be a bottle in each class).    Your gifts will help the work of Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centres








PTFA news   – next meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th October in the school staffroom.   We always welcome new members and any one is welcome to attend!

BOT news – next meeting will take place tonight at 7.30pm in the staff room.  The first meeting in term 4 will be the 25th October. Parents and Caregivers are always welcome to attend.

All students in Kapa Haka will be given a notice tomorrow (and Mokos and a brochure on Friday) about the Koanga Festival on Saturday at Pigeon Mountain Primary School  (this is a change in venue)

  • On:  Saturday 17th September
  • At:   Pigeon Mountain Primary School, drop off zone is on Wells Road (there are two entrances one on Wells Road and one on Loloma Drive).
  • Arrive 1.10pm to Rm 17
  • Tickets
    There are no ticket sales.  Entrance is by koha (gold coin donation).  Please try and be seated at least 15 minutes before St Mark’s performs so that you get a good seat.
    Children must arrive at 1.10pm.  Please walk your child to room 17 and leave them with the teachers in charge.  Please do not wait in the room, as it is too crowded and we have enough teachers to dress the children.  Seating is limited, so get there early to see our group perform.
  • Refreshments
    Food and beverages will be on sale throughout the day.

    Children must arrive in their Kapa Haka uniforms, with clothes to change into after the performance.  CHILDREN MAY NOT GO HOME IN THEIR UNIFORM.  All children MUST bring their hanger, with their name and number attached.

  • MISSION DAY   Friday 14 October (first day of term 4)
    On Friday of our first week back in Term 4 our annual Mission Day will be held.
    This is a special day for our children where pupils in the Senior School organise stalls and competitions.  All money raised goes towards the Missions.
    We also have stalls selling books, games, toys, small cakes and home made sweets.  Please do not send broken toys, games or ripped books.
    It will be a mufti day [$1] and games and competitions will range in price from 20c to $1.
    Pupils will receive a further notice about Mission Day activities during the first week of term.  However, we felt that many people would prefer to know now, so they can sort out unwanted toys, games and books during the holidays.
    Thank you all for your continued support each year for our Mission Day.
    13 Sep       Stopwork Meeting – school finishes at 12.30
    14 Sep       HPPA Interschool Senior Cross Country Morning only
    (Saving Day 15 Sept)
    17 Sep        Kapa Haka Koanga Festival at Pigeon Mountain Primary
    21 Sep        Junior School Cross Country 1.35pm (Saving Day 22 Sept)
    23 Sep        Loud Shirt Day (Mufti day) bring a gold coin donation and wear bright coloured clothing, and last day of term

    14 Oct        MISSION DAY (first Friday of term 4) 

    Last Day of Term 3:   Friday 23 September
    First Day of Term 4:   Monday 10 October
    Last Day of Term 4:   Friday 16 December
    Workshop topics: Your Self  Image / Skin Care / Fun Fashion Ideas /
    Create Nail Art / Self Esteem & Dealing with Bullies /
    Team Building games / Leadership Skills
    Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October
    9:30am – 3pm each day – $80 for the 2 days
    Contact Sarah McIntyre on 021-477321 or
    Find us on facebook @StageworksPersonalDevelopmentWorkshops
    ‘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.
    Netball School Holiday Programme – Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre. Week 1 Monday 26/09/2016 Friday 30/09/16 or Week 2 Monday 3/10/2016 Friday 7/10/2016    Mornings Only 9.30am – 12.30pm bring morning tea & a water bottle. Must wear suitable clothes & joggers. Must register by: 21 September 2016 Email: Phone: 09 534-7571 $25 per day Chq/Cash/Direct Credit 12-3132-0079375-00 Reference (SHP + Name)
    FOOTBALL FOR CHILDREN is running a holiday program during the second week of school holiday in October   This soccer holiday program will be from Tuesday October 4th till  Friday October 7th.    
    WHERE :  22 WELLS ROAD, BUCKLANDS BEACH ( field at PIGEON MOUNTAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL )   WHEN : 4 Oct. – 7 Oct. from 9;00 till 2.30pm (the kids can be drop off at 8:30 and be picked up by 3pm)   COST : $120 for 4 days (SIBLINGS go HALF PRICE) or $40 per day. This holiday program is open to all the kids from different schools (so even a friend of your child or a family member can join)  also for any football beginners who would like to have a go, learn something new and have fun during the school holiday.  Your kids will be learning soccer skills,  playing fun games based on skills and every afternoon we will be playing a huge football tournament on our inflatable fields . If the weather stays with us, on the last day we will have a big water fight =). This is a great chance to learn more about football and also have so much fun with our coaching staff during the holiday.   If you register your child before September 19th you will receive a FREE shin pads on the first day *must register for all 4 days to get shin pads. 

    Pakuranga Tennis Club   SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME    Fast track your tennis with Gary Hale and Steven Koszegi. Beginners are welcome, we can supply racquets if you do not have one. Non-members are welcome.
    26 – 30 September 2016
    3 – 7 October 2016
    Session 1: 9-10am 5-9 year olds
    Session 2: 10-11.15am 10-13 year olds
    Session 3: 11.15am-12.30pm 14-18 year olds
    $10 per person per day. No need to register just turn up on the day and make payment to Coach Gary.
    Totara Park Pony Club – An Introduction to Pony Ownership and Pony Management – School Holiday Course.  11 years to 14 years
    Monday 3rd October and Tuesday 4th October.   10 years and under
    Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 6th October.
    Where: Totara Park Pony Club 251 Redoubt Rd
    When: 9.30am – 3.30pm Cost: $175
    Enquiries to: Renee Leslie 020 4052 3227 Em:
    Special Abilities Dance Class    Tuesday Evenings 6.15pm-7pm, Term 4 fees $60  (try a class for free in Term 3)
    Children’s After School Dance class Wednesday’s 3.15pm-4pm,  Term 4 fees $55   (try a class for free in Term 3)
    All Classes are held at Elm Park Primary School Hall
    46 Gossamer Drive, Pakuranga.   Bookings Contact : Natasha Sharp Dance teacher.  Ph 021793018
    Artz On Show Holiday Workshop  ENROL NOW for our MOTOWN “70’s & 80’s” Workshop!    Epsom (Central Auckland), Howick (East Auckland) and Westlake (North Shore) – 26th – 30th September 2016
    Southwell (Hamilton) – 3rd – 7th October 2016

    The Real You Inside Out For Woman By Woman  knowledge to empower you to be the best version of you!  5 guest speakers talking about Organisation and Time Management, Exercise, Mindfulness, Styling, Food, Make up.  At the Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Sat 17 September 2016 from 7-9pm.   Tickets $40,

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