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.


Congratulations to those that have made their First Holy Communion:  Makee Enricoso, Ishara Samarasinha, Hayden Kwan, Mario Furivai, Fredrick Furivai, Jeffrey Gulanes, Bailey Robson, Caitlin Rayner, Lucas Masaryk, Brooklyn O’Brien, Patrick Malden, Ezabella Lanuza, Ryan Massey, Thomas Petrov, Carole Chen, Lucas McGinty, Donnell Bailili, Jacob Tigley, Sam Pienaar.


Please keep the following people in your prayers.  Kerrie Hunt who has recently lost her father, Marjorie Crisp and husband and David Stark and family.  Thank you.


We welcome new student Mia Tupou, Rachael McCormack, Jayden Torres and Braeden Gedult


Home Language Speeches19th June1:40pm
Maori and Pasifika Consultation Evening21st June6:30pm
Hockey Field Day26th June Saving Day 28th Juneall day
NZEI Union Meeting27th June – school closing earlypick up from 1:15pm


Yesterday 5th June was ‘World Environment Day’.   It is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and local action for the protection of our environment.  It is an issue close to the heart of Pope Francis.   This week we focus on our Environment.



What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?

Pope Francis invites us to change direction by caring for our common home which ‘is like a … beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace.’

‘Young people demand change.  They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded’.


Celebrate Nature: Be inspired by her beauty.  Visit a local park, beach or volcano – try a new path or cycle way or rejoice at the changing nature of your garden.

Educate ourselves to love the earth: Remind yourself where your food comes from – can you grow some or buy seasonally and locally?

Protect nature: We need to use land sustainably, plant more trees, prevent polluting our waterways, protect animals and fish responsibly.

Buy green:  Your purchasing decisions are powerful.  Choose re-useable products and give preference to ethical companies whose products are certified to provide some protection for people and the environment.

Live simply:  Consider the choices you make around the way you move, shop, eat and talk about the choices you make – start a conversation to encourage others or learn from them what is important about sustaining a great future.

Conduct business ethically:  Companies should make fair profits, pay fair wages and pay fair tax.  Economic growth is only possible in a finite world if it is environmentally sustainable.

Use energy with consideration:  Switch off power when not required.  For simple ways to save money on energy bills and make your home warmer and healthier see energywise.govt.nz/at-home/simple-ways-to-lower-energy-bills.  Support fossil fuels divestment.

Travel wisely:  Plan car trips, make sure your tyres are at the right pressure, carpool when you can (download the Auckland.smarttravel.org.nz app to find travel buddies near you), walk, cycle or take a bus, ferry or a train rather than drive.  Think of buying a smaller car (to reduce emissions) or an electric one.  If you fly choose the “offset your flight”  option.

Watch your waste:  Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and compost all waste you can.  Planning and storage help to reduce food waste and save you money.

Tread gently on the earth:  Treasure the resources we have – water, natural minerals, fossil fuels and plants all add to the beauty and balance of our environment.  For more ideas see www.livelightly.nz 

Pope Francis urges us to believe that we can make a difference:  “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.”



Father, foster in us a love of your creation:  animals small and tall; the soil, trees, plants of every hue; water, mountains, deserts too.

The wisdom to care for our earth and to nurture our young to do the same.

The sense to use only what we need without excess; to share more, covet less.

The understanding that ‘being’ is more important than ‘having’.

And the grace to live in harmony, with one another, with nature, with You.


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: Playing in the correct areas and looking after the Environment

Last weeks focus was:  Keep it clean, tidy and undamaged

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:
Respect for Self :  Sahara-May Mafi, Noah Hamilton, Leah Clarke, Sophia Neems, Bridget Southon, Aaron Chan, Patrick Malden, Ellay Peters, Darius Fepale-Manu, Malosi Taoa, Jacob Tigley
Respect for Others : Ellen Socorin, Kazia Coster, Sam Pienaar, Jeffery Gulanes, Lucas McGinty, Jethro Matanguihan, Ellay Peters, Julian Wang, Rita Schuster, Takunda Chirenje, Indumini Wickramarachchi Kottalage, Finlay McGinty, Isha Ocampo, Daniella Bremner, Stephanie McCormack, Kayne Gemmell, Mikaela Bangalan, Liliana Cisaria
Respect for Environment :  Aaron Chan, Sean Pawadyira, Errol Townsend, James Bremner, Xavier Naidoo, Paul Bazar, Tristan Apalisok, Liliana Cisaria, Alicia Roman-Baza

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



World Youth Day Auckland 14 and 15th July – Register now for World Youth Day Auckland held on 14 and 15th July!  All those between ages 10-35 are welcome to come along with your parishes/colleges or groups.  To access volunteer, individual group registrations go to www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/youth-young-adult-ministry/world-youth-day/wydak18/.

The Treaty – and the Connectedness for the many Cultures of Aotearoa New Zealand with SUSAN HEALY.  Fridays 15 and 22nd June 7-9pm $15 for each night.

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



Writing at home

Writing for fun

  • Talk about interesting words with your child, especially ones that are fun to say, like “hippopotamus” or “ringaringa”. Short and simple games could involve finding how many little words can be found using the letters in the word ‘elephant’
  • Work together on the small word games found in the children’s section (or word section) of the newspaper
  • Make up a story or think of a pakiwaitara (legend) or traditional tale and act it out with costumes and music, write down the names of the characters or tïpuna (ancestors)
  • Make up a play with your child. You could help your child to write the play down. Use puppets they design and make themselves to give a performance to the family

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

Writing for a reason

  • Writing for a real purpose can help your child want to write.For example, writing invitations, typing emails or writing and posting small notes
  • Personalising notes by cutting, decorating, sticking or stamping are great skills for coordinating fingers and being creative. Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too
  • Encourage your child to write what they need to pack for a holiday, dictate your shopping list to them, or get them to write a list of jobs that need doing.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand what your child’s picture or story is about, ask them to explain.

Supporting your child’s writing

  • Talk to your child about what you are writing – let them see you making lists, writing emails, filling in forms
  • Keep envelopes, banking slips, forms you don’t need so that your child can do their own ‘grown up’ writing
  • Display your child’s writing where others can admire and read it
  • Play with words. Find and discuss interesting new words – this can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk to family and whānau members to learn the whakapapa (origins) of the words.

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. You can use your first language – this helps your child’s learning, too.


We are looking for an extra judge to assist with our Home Language Speech in the Filipino languages.  Please let the office know if you are able to assist with judging.  Judging will be at St Mark’s School in the afternoon of the 19th June.


The school mobile number is 027 9630 100 – please use this to TEXT in your child’s absence detailing reason for absence and your child’s name and room number.  Please do not phone this number.  It is for texting only.  If you want to phone your child’s absence please do so on the land line Ph: 576 5296.  Many thanks for your help.


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.


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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.


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


AUCKLAND DIOCESE TE IWI MAORI KATORIKA HUI – Enhancing Mana Maori and Maori Leadership in Te Hahi Katorika.  8.45am – 4pm Saturday 23 June St Francis Xavier Church Hall, 63 Park Ave Whangarei.  Cost $20 including lunch.  Register by 10 June with Martha Dawson marthadawson.68@gmail.com or Marilyn Williams Marilyn1@actrix.co.nz.   Travel assistance from Auckland contact Rangi Davis 021 0274 7185 or rangi.davis@gmail.com



Get ready for summer!  Swimmers usually make great progress during our block courses. They retain the skills they learn by swimming a few days in a row. All levels and abilities are welcome. Lessons are 30 minutes and swimmers will swim at the same time every day.

Email farmcoveswim@gmail.com to secure a place.   Monday 16 July to Friday 20 July 2018 from 9am to 7pm (5 days)

3 swimmers per class – $80 per swimmer, 2 swimmers per class – $120 per swimmer, Private lessons (one on one) – $240

Calling all LEGO® Lovers, Sunday 17 June 10am – 4pm we have the LEGO® Fan Display with competitions to enter (up to the age of 13), plenty of LEGO® to play with, Displays to see and you can talk to the creators who are proud to exhibit their models.  Tickets $8.  See http://www.fundraisingevent.co.nz for more information (free parking!) Kohia Terrace School, 3 Kohia Terrace, Epsom, Auckland.

“North Shore Sport Stacking Club – The North Shore Sport Stacking Club (cup stacking) – has set its meet up dates for the year. The meet ups are held at Bayswater School Hall, 181 Bayswater Avenue, Bayswater and are FREE for anyone, any age (3-60+), wanting to go along and learn to sport stack. Cups, mats and timers are provided for those that don’t have their own sets and free coaching is also given by current members of the NZ Black Stacks team. The dates are as follows:

Sunday 10 June, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Sunday 8 July, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Sunday 12 August, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Sunday 9 September, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Sunday 14 October, 2.00pm-4.00pm

We look forward to seeing you there. This is a fun-filled family afternoon.”


Edventure Outdoors- School Holiday Camps

These July school holidays we are running 2 awesome camps.  Tramping, rock climbing, possum trapping, team building challenges, hot pools and much more.

Edventure Outdoors Camp, Mt Pirongia, July 9-13th

Edventure Winter Camp, Aongatete lodge, July 16-20th- 8-14 yr olds, – OSCAR available

– Pick up/drop off AKL, BOP, Waikato

Book at www.edventure.co.nz or email mark@edventure.co.nz


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.