A Message From The Principal

Kia ora, Malo e Lelei, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Ni sabula, Mauri, Suosday, Sat Sri Akaal, Tajba Filghodu, Xin Chao, Ni Hao, Guten Tag, Sawadee, Kumusta, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Maith, Sawubona, warm greetings to you all.


Last Day of TermFriday 13th April2.50pm
First Day of Term 2Monday 30th April8.45am
BOT MeetingTuesday 22nd May7:30pm
PTFA AGM24th May 20187:30pm


REFLECTION:  “The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.”  Basil C Hume



The veil of darkness

Transformed to the brightest light.

The most dreadful end

Became the most beautiful beginning.

The depths of despair

Fade to reveal hope everlasting.

The curse of death

Defeated by eternal life.

Thank you Lord, for the wonder of Easter.

Good News/PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning)

We follow Jesus through showing a positive Attitude, Behaviour and Care and our 3 R’s.

This weeks focus is to: Be Honest

Last weeks focus was:  Participate (eg Jump Jam, Singing, Mass, Games)

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:
Respect for Self : Akeshi Jayawardana, Cameron Wilson, Angel Pallewatte, Raheel Mishra, Alicia Roman-Baza
Respect for Others : Mikaela Bangalan, Eliza White, Kayne Gemmell, Bao Phan, Dante Senio, Isha Ocampo, Caleb Mendoza, Hannah Ernstzen, Katreena Chetty, Danijel Tvrdeich Kasum, Oliver Burnet, Finlay McGinty, Alice Predergast, Rafael Gutierrez

Thank you to all our wonderful parents/whanau who continually help in a variety of ways to help our school deliver the best education and extra curricular activities.  Thank you to those who work in the library putting readers away, have assisted with transport for zoo trips, swimming and the culture group.  We also thank all our BOT and PTFA members for all the extras they do.

Catherine Rivers – on behalf of all staff at St Mark’s Catholic School



Please ensure you follow the carpark rules and cross rules.  We have had several instances of poor behaviour in the carpark recently.  Please help us keep our children safe.

REMINDER:  Due to many students having allergies in our school and due the the new health and safety regulations, we are no longer able to allow cake/sweets/pizzas to come into the school for student’s birthday celebrations.  We will celebrate your child’s birthday individually as per each classes routine.


Please talk to your children about bringing toys to school.  We do not wish children to bring handballs etc to school.  They will be confiscated.  Thank you for your co-operation.


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Our wonderful team of volunteers in the school uniform shop are looking for another person to join their team as a back up volunteer.  The uniform shop is open on Friday mornings (term time) from 8:30 to 9:30.  If you are able to assist please see the uniform shop staff on a Friday morning.


To help children retain reading and maths over the holidays, please play games with them.  Monopoly, uno, 500, cranium, operation, cluedo, hop scotch, writing with chalk on your footpaths etc etc.


Term 1 – 11 weeks
Tuesday Jan 30th – Friday 13 April

Easter: Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April
and Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday)
School holiday: Saturday 14 April – Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).

Term 2 – 10 weeks
Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 4 June

Term 3 – 10 weeks
Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September

Term 4 – 9 weeks
Monday 15 October – Friday December 14
Public Holiday: Labour Day – Monday 22 October


Our school accountant is retiring after many years of loyal service.  We are looking for an accountant to take over starting in 2019.  A handover from our current accountant will be done in 2018.  This involves approximately 30-40 hours per month with some months being lighter than others.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in this position on 576 5296 or email at admin@stmarks.school.nz


Keyboard Music Lessons – with Ruth Leafberg.  Enrolment forms are available from the school office – classes after school on Monday and Wednesday in the music room $8.00 per child group lesson.
Guitar lessons: Guitar lessons are available at St Marks.  The lessons are half an hour group lesson of up to 5 students that take place on Tuesday afternoons.  There are currently spaces available in a beginners group right after school.  Please contact Jordan on 021 132 7024 or jordan.morrison@musiqhub.co.nz if you are interested or would like more information about the lessons.