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 Flynn Verner for winning the Bucklands Beach Intermediate year 8 Cross Country.


Please keep the following people in your prayers.  Kerrie Hunt who is currently unwell and is in hospital. Also for the Lijo, Ocampo and Tuaputa Families who have recently had bereavements in their family.


We welcome our new students Lucas Del Rosario and Arcy Peralin.


Maori and Pasifika Consultation Evening21st June Thursday6:30pm
Sausage Sizzle – $1.50 each22nd June FridayLunch time
Hockey Field Day26th June Saving Day 28th Juneall day
NZEI Union Meeting27th JuneIf possible please pick up from 12:30-1:30 Please sign child/ren out at office and pick up from playground.


As part of our positive behaviour we are all following Jesus through our ABCs and 3 Rs. At the moment we are  practicing respect for self and others and our environment. In respecting others we remember that Jesus taught:

“You are my eyes to look upon the world, You are my voice to speak out, you are my hands to reach out and touch my people you are the face of God.”


In reflecting on respecting others we pray for the world:

‘Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness. And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all peoples as our neighbours. Let the earth nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven. Amene’


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:Respect for Others

Last weeks focus was:  Respect for Others, Respect for self.

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:
Respect for Self :  Samantha Radich.
Respect for Others : Afa Taoa, Jeffrey Gulanes, Fredrick Furivai, Mikhayla Townsend, Brooklyn O’Brian.
Respect for Environment :

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.

Educational piece from the Principal.


To meet the expected level your child will be learning to:

  • Use their writing to think about, record and communicate experiences, ideas and information.
  • Write by themselves for different purposes.
  • Know that their writing needs to be suited to the audience.
  • Read and change their writing to improve it, most of the time.
  • Notice mistakes and correct them in their writing (spelling, grammar, punctuation), most of the time.

What you can do at home:

  • 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.

Write for fun:

Help your child to:

  1. Leave Messages in the sand on the beach.
  2. Send a message in a bottle.
  3. Do code crackers, word puzzles, crosswords, word finds – these are all fun to do together.

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.

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.


Congratulations to all the students who participated. We had such a high standard of Filipino speeches, the following were the most outstanding:

1st Place Mikaela Bangalan

2nd Place Sophia Tan

3rd Place Ezabella Lanuza


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


“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.