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.

It is hard to believe that we already  half way through the year. While the teachers and I  have looked at your child/ren’s progress we are also mindful of the Catholic Character and gospel values they display. We are very proud of those who are awarded at each Monday’s assemblies because of the everyday ways they display the way they ‘Follow Jesus’. Another important part of our report is the key competencies which are skills we all need to be successful in work and in play. These skill sets are developed as we go through life but we ask that you also help children experience times when they are expected to self-manage, think (creatively, critically and with care), problem solve and relate well to others in different circumstances.

To the BOT and PTFA , Thank you from everyone at school for all your efforts and work. We also thank all the coaches and managers for our different teams/groups this term – For Rugby: Mr Hamilton, For Netball: Mrs Kippen, Mrs Fuurivai, Mrs Davis, Mrs Visser, Mr Clarke, Mrs Curtis. For Soccer: Liam McElwee, Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Kippen, For Hockey: Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Grant, Mrs McIntyre, Alicia Roman-Bazar, Kayne Gemmell, Adam Muggleston, Chantelle McIntyre, Mikaela Bangalan. For Basketball: Stars team-Mr Siao, Mr Hicban, Zuzana Masaryk, Saints team-Mr and Mrs Curtis, Angels team-Anthony Strevens, Mrs Emily Blake. For Dance: Mr Sasis and Mrs Davis. For Choir: Mrs Furivai, Mrs Cranwell. For Kapahaka: Hemi and Mrs Manickum. We thank all teachers and support staff for their hard work over this term.


Congratulations to all three of our basketball teams for making it to the finals!


Please keep the following people in your prayers,  Kerrie Hunt who is currently unwell and the Schuster Family who recently had a bereavement.


We welcome our new students Isabella Petrov, Justine Ubaldo, Samantha Ubaldo and Bea Ubaldo.


Life Education Van2nd – 6th JulySchool time
Mission Mufti Day5th July ThursdayAll day
 Senior Cross country 5th July Thursday 1:30pm
 Dance Festival at Elim College 6th and 7th August more details to follow 6:30pm-8:30pm


End of Term Prayer

We thank you Lord, for this term.

For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.

Be with us as we spend our time with our family and friends.

Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.

Help us to be practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us,

to give time and effort to help others.

To be peacemakers in our family.

Keep us safe in our activities, give us good rest and good fun.

Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.

We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents

and a community that cares for us.

May we always be conscious of you in our lives.


Blessing for Wisdom

May Wisdom be in our minds, and in our thinking;

May Wisdom be in our hearts, and in our perceiving;

May Wisdom be in our mouths; and in our speaking;

May Wisdom be in our hands, and in our working;

May Wisdom be in our feet, and in our walking;

May Wisdom be in our bodies, and in our loving;

May Wisdom be with us all the days of our lives.


“The most certain sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness”

“Without God and goals and a plan to achieve you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination”

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 Environment.

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:
Respect for Others : Ava Neems, Valerie Perez, Chloe Dangatan, Bryan Bautista, Katreena Chetty, Scarlette Wardle, Kayne Gemmell, Adam Muggleston, Alicia Roman-Bazar, Chantelle McIntyre, Mikaela Bangalan, Bridget Southon……And all Hockey Players.

Respect for Environment : Aaron Chan

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/.

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:

  • Work towards writing at curriculum level 3.
  • Show how they are thinking about, as well as describing their experiences.
  • Use the information that they have got from talking, listening and reading about the topics in the curriculum.

To meet the standard your child will be learning to:

  • Use different ways to think about, plan organise and communicate experiences, information and ideas.
  • Use words and phrases that are about a topic and chosen for the audience.
  • Choose the best way to express their message or ideas in writing.
  • Organise their writing, use detail to support main ideas and paragraphs to group their ideas.
  • Improve the clarity and impact of their writing, often after feedback from others.
  • Check their own writing for correct spelling, and punctuation.
  • Choose the best way to publish their writing, including computer technology, print, charts and diagrams.

Writing At Home:

Make Writing Fun

  1. Writing about their heroes, sports events, tipuna(ancestors), hobbies and interest helps your child to stay interested in what they are writing about.
  2. Play word games and do puzzles together to help your child learn more about words and spelling.
  3. Have interesting paper and pens available or help them make a special book to write in.
  4. Write to your child, or give them jokes, cartoons or short articles from the newspaper you think they’ll like to read.
  5. 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 to family and whanau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words.

Talk About Your Child’s Writing

  • Talk about ideas and information they are going to write about. Talk about experiences, diagrams, graphs, pictures, photos and material that your child is planning to use for school work. Discussing the information and main ideas can help their planning for writing and their understanding, too.
  • Share enjoyment of their writing. Read and talk about the writing that your child does. Give praise for things they have done well to support their learning.
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write.

Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events or an email. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.


The Junior school thoroughly enjoyed a visit from recently published author Heather Haylock. The Children loved Heather’s up beat environmental story “Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter”, about penguins that were rescued during the Rena shipping disaster.


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



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.