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 congratulate Lorenz Moehler, Isha Ocampo, Sahara-May Mafi and Chloe Dangatan who were chosen by their peers for displaying care and compassion.  They will be joining Bishop Pat for the foundation Mass and Caring awards at St Patrick’s Cathedral tomorrow at 12:15.  If you would like to join them you may.  We also congratulate Annikah Iosefo-Schuster who was chosen at her previous school for the same award.  We thank these children along with many others who display special character, live St Mark’s values and Mission Statement and are such great role models.


Congratulations to our 3 basketball teams.  The Year 3/4 Angels won their final game as did the Year 5/6 B team.  Our A team ‘Stars’ were beaten by one point in the final against Shelly Park Primary but it was a brilliant game where all the spectators could not sit down as the scores went up and down until the final second.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved great results in ICAS Digital Technologies.

Year 4   Merit:  Mario Furivai, Hayden Kwan

                Credit:  Jethro Matanguihan

Year 5   Merit:  Jacob Yang

               Credit:   Gabriel Heruela,  Angel Pallewatte

               Distinction:   Aaron Chan, Ean Siao

Year 6  Credit:  Kayne Gemmell, Caitlin Ong, Valerie Perez

               Distinction:  Adam Muggleston


We welcome our new students Drish Danny, Dheer Danny, Annikah Iosefo-Schuster, Khobe Iosefo-Schuster, Nicholas Jackson-Potter, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Aden Karl, Bridie Ryan, Grant Dumlao, Marie Tsang, Ava Margison-Butler, and Ellie Lazaro.


40th Jubliee MeetingWednesday 25th JulySchool time
Caring Mass St Patrick’s CathedralWednesday 25th July 12:15pmAll day
 BOT Meeting31st July 1:30pm
 Dance Festival at Elim College 6th and 7th August  6:30-8:15pm more details to follow
 Catholic Special Character Review8th and 9th August
 AMC Maths9th August
 ICAS Maths10th August
 Interschool Cross Country14th August (Saving Day 16th August)
 Marae Visits16th August (RM 3 & 5), 17th (Rm 9, 1, 11 & half of 4), 23rd (Rm 6, 7, 10 & half of 4)
Sausage Sizzle17th August


Our prayer for our students and staff.

God, we thank you for the unique gifts of every child as the return or transition into our school – St Marks.  Fill each of us with fresh enthusiasm and a head that is excited to lean and grow.  Cover us with your enduring love, give us all grace and confidence and equip us with the ability to persevere through trails and new learning.   Give us a kind heart filled with compassion so we answer your call.  Send your Spirit upon us as we all strive to do our very best.


Reminder from Pope Francis

Pope Francis reminds us that God’s merciful love demands that we go forth into every corner of life, to reach out to everyone, even though it may cost us our ‘good name’, our comfort our status……..  He asks us to reflect “Whose hand do you need to reach out to this week?”

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: Use quite voices to show respect for others

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



A big thank you to Mr Sasis and Ms Davis for training our dancers and to Mrs Radich for making the dance tops.


Baptism Preparation Programme: The programme for parents for children 5 years and under will be held on Tuesday 24 and 31st July at 7:30pm.  Baptism’s will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.  Please enrol at the Parish office if you would like your child Baptised.

Responding to Pope Francis Environmental Challenge: The Environment/Sustainability Committee of the Diocese Justice and Commission is holding an open meeting from 10-11:30am on Saturday 28th July at Pompallier Centre, 30 New Street, Ponsonby.  All interested are invited.

Reflection ‘Taize’: Three separate evenings Friday 3rd August, Friday 5th October and Friday 14 December 7pm to 8pm to be held at Mary McKillop Centre, 56 Selwyn Ave, Mission Bay, Auckland.  The facilitator is Jill McLaughlan rsj.

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 the end of 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:

  • Make writing fun

    • Encourage your child to write about their heroes, tīpuna (ancestors), sports events, hobbies and interests to help keep them interested in what they are writing about
    • Play word games and do puzzles together. Games and puzzles such as crosswords, tongue twisters and word puzzles help build your child’s knowledge of words, spelling, thinking and planning skills
    • Start a blog about a family interest. Find a topic you’re both interested in and set up your own blog.

    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. Use your first language – this helps your child’s learning, too.

    Write for a reason

    Encourage your child to write:

    • Suggest your child is responsible for the weekly shopping list, equipment list for weekends away and holidays, task lists for the week
    • Encourage your child to write to others – emails, letters, texts, postcards. It will help if some of what your child writes about is for others
    • Short stories or a journal – on paper or on a computer – can help them to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, in their family, on the marae, in the world, at sports events and on TV
    • Report on a new baby or pet addition to the family. This might be a slide show, scrapbook, page on the computer
    • Make an argument in writing for a special request – trip, event, present etc
    • Draw up written contracts for agreed jobs; eg Every day I will…(make my bed, do one lot of dishes, and when I complete the contract I can choose…).

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

    Talk about your child’s writing

    • Talk about ideas and information they are going to write about. Talk about experiences, diagrams, graphs, photos, treasures and taonga, waiata, pictures, whakapapa 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 and say what you liked and why – this all supports their learning
    • 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 to find out more about what they mean. Talk to family and whānau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words
    • Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events, song lyrics or letters and emails. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.

    Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. Use it as a way of starting conversations. Listen to their opinion, even if you don’t agree with it.


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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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.