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.


We welcome new students Netanya Chanda and Fletcher O’Brien


Soccer Field Day – Saving DayThurs 17th Mayall day
All in winter uniformMonday 21st May
BOT MeetingTuesday 22nd May7:30pm
PTFA AGMThursday 24th May7:30pm
Mass  –  Room 9 and Room 3Wednesday 22nd May
Netball and Rugby Field DayTuesday 29th May, Saving Day 31/5 (Netball, Saving Day 1/6 Rugby)all day
Queens Birthday Public Holiday4th June NO SCHOOL
Mass – Room 11 and Room 75th June
Home Language Speeches19 June (note date change)1:40pm
Hockey Field Day26th June, Saving Day 28th Juneall day
NZEI Union MeetingWednesday 27th June – School closing earlypick up from 1:30pm


BLESSING:  God our Creator, we ask your blessing; for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility; for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting; for those who are tired or stressed; for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family; for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty; for those whose children have physical, mental or or emotional disabilities; for those who have children they do not want; for those who raise children on their own; for those who have lost a child; for those who care for the children of others; for those whose children have left home; and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.  Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.  Amen


A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.  Dorothy Canfield Fisher


A belated Mothers Day Prayer:

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end.  May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.  We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time, or patience.  We ask you to bless them with your own special love.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.  Amen

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: Move quietly, respecting others space.

Last weeks focus was: Waiting my turn, Listen to others and WAIT to speak

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:
Respect for Self :
Respect for Others : Adam Masaryk, Liam Donnellan, Sam Pienaar, Gabby Puthur, Brooklyn Peters, Jethro Matanguihan, Chantelle McIntyre, Liliana Cisaria, Adam Masaryk, Scarlette Wardle, Kayne Gemmell, Danijel Tvrdeich-Kasum, Mikaela Bangalan, Lucas Siu, Room 10 Librarians
Respect for Environment :

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



Please note that all students are to be in their winter uniform by next Monday 21st May.  Also please ensure that they wear the correct school shoes, not sports shoes.

Please ensure that you contact the school office by phone, or via text (027 9630 100) by 9am if your child is going to be absent.  It is most important that the school office knows if your child will not be attending school on any given day and the reason why.  Sick, appointment, family matters etc.  Also if your child is late to school please ensure that they come to the office and report in as this will avoid any unnecessary distress to the parent by us phoning to find out where your child is and you have already dropped them at school but they arrived after the roll was done in class.  Thank you!

Home language speeches will now be held on the 19th of June at 1:40 in the school.  Please advise if you will be attending.  Thank you.

Please be aware that the NZEI (Teachers Union) are having a paid union meeting on Wednesday 27th June, (Week 9).  The school will remain open however there will only be a skeleton teaching staff and if you can pick your child up for the afternoon please do so at 1:20-1:30pm.  There will be more information later in the term but put it in your diaries now.


MEASLES – The Ministry of Education is reminding schools and parents to be aware of the risks of measles.  Over the past month, measles cases have been reported in Auckland and other parts of the country.  Immunisation is the best protection against measles and it is free!  Anyone who is unsure if they are fully immunised against measles can be vaccinated for free at their GP.  For further information contact Healthline 0200 611 116 or 0800 466 863.

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

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.


Writing at home

Write for fun

  • Writing about their heroes, sports events, tīpuna (ancestors), hobbies and interests helps your child to stay interested in what they are writing about
  • Help your child to leave messages in sand on the beach, send a message in a bottle, do code crackers, word puzzles, crosswords, word finds – these are all fun to do together
  • Make up a story or think of a pakiwaitara (legend) and act it out with costumes and music. Write down the names of the characters or tīpuna (ancestors)
  • If you or someone in your family has a computer, encourage your child to use it to write, email and publish or print for pleasure (emails, birthday cards, poems, jokes, letters, pictures with captions). Or you could use a computer at the library.

Here’s a tip – keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

Talk about your child’s writing

  • Get your child to talk about their writing and share it
  • Cut out words and letters to make stories, codes, poems, puzzles and more…
  • Play word games together
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk with family/whānau to find out more about where the words come from.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand what their story is about, ask them to tell you more about it. Use questions they will want to answer.

Write for a reason

  • Get your child to help write the shopping list, invitation lists for family events, menus for special dinners, thank-you cards when someone does something nice
  • Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too. Have a special place to keep your child’s writing at home (notice board, fridge, folder). You might frame a piece of writing and hang it up, too.

Here’s a tip – be a great role model. Show your child that you write for all sorts of reasons. Let them see you enjoying writing. Write to them sometimes, too. You can use your first language – this helps your child’s learning, too.


Pentecost Sunday 20th May – There will be clipboards on the table this weekend for your to put your name down to pray a “Prayer of the Faithful”.  This is an opportunity for all people to pray in their mother tongue.  Please fill in your name, time of Mass you attend and language spoken.  We will provide a prayer for you to translate and contact you.  Please provide your email address and phone number:  Contact the Parish Office 576 7959.

Preference Card Signing will be on Fridays between 9:45-11am.  Outside of these times an appointment should be make with the Parish Priest.  Please bring along a copy of the child’s baptism certificate.

St Vincent De Paul Society is in need of Weetbix, cereals, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, spaghetti, Milo and jams.  Over past months we have helped 73 adults and 89 children.  Thank you for your generosity in helping families in need.  St Vincent De Paul Centre, Otahuhu also need donations of beds, couches, tables and chairs and blankets.  We pick up and deliver to those in need.  Please phone 270 4088.

Trinity Series – Relating to oneself, relating within God, relating between God and ourselves with Helen Bergin op. Thurs 17 & 24 May, 10am-12 noon $15 each or 3 talks for $40 including morning tea.

The Laudato Sl Pledge Talk 1:  Pope Francis call for an ecological conversion. What does this mean for all of us?  with Fr Neil Darragh – Tues 22 May 7-9pm & repeated on Wed 30 May 10am-12 noon.  $15 (talk 2 in October)


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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 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.


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


Keyboard Music Lessons – with Ruth Leafberg will start in Week 2 on Wednesday.  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.



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