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 our new students Cole Manning, Alexander Evans and Austin Ng who started at St Mark’s recently.

 Marae Visits23rd August (Room 6, 7, 1 and 11)
Sausage Sizzle24th August $1.50 each
Farm Cove Music Festival28th and 29th of August 7:30-8:45pm
Koanga Festival1st and 2nd September
Photolife School Photos5th September
Catholic Schools Cross Country11 September (Saving Day 13th September)
PTFA Disco14th September
Catholic Schools Chess Competition19th September
Mission Day26th September



Dear Lord, Creator, Thank you for the world you have created.  Help us to share our gifts, talent and be appreciated of our world and the people in it.  Amene


AWESOME – It is a wonderful experience to see something that takes your breath away.  It may be a beautiful night sky, the majesty of a mountain, the might of the ocean or the music of a dawn chorus.  We call this emotion ‘awe’ and researchers have discovered that feelings of awe can actually make our bodies and minds healthier and stronger.

For our own well-being, we need moments when we are stuck with wonder.  For that moment, time seems to stop and we experience feelings of pleasure, amazement and excitement.

Often our deepest feelings of awe are found in simple moments of nature – the intricacy of a butterfly’s wing, a perfect rose, a thunderstorm, a waterfall, galloping horses in a paddock, a new born baby.

We all need to find feelings of awe in the world around us.  We can do this by exploring our natural world and learning more about it, getting a sense of something bigger than ourselves, opening our eyes to the wonders around us.

How can we find moments of awe?  Spend time out of doors – there are marvels at every step.  Visit an aquarium to learn about the vast world under the seas.  Change your routines so you see different places and views.  Watch people doing amazing things – in sports, in works of art, in dance and music.  Many people do incredible things and they are around us every day.

A child gazes in wonder at the moon.  Our world is full of such wonders as long as we keep our eyes open and our minds full of curiosity.

There are lots of good things in our world.  There are lots of great things.  There are also many things that are truly awesome.  Before you use that word again, try to find something that has filled you with the inspiring feeling of awe.

“Nothing is permanently perfect.  But there are perfect moments and the will to choose what will bring about more perfect moments.”  Mary Balogh, Simple Perfect

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”  Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows


As you know, we recently had our Review from the Catholic Schools Office.  The reviewers were Philip Mahoney,  Mr Neil Laurensen and Mrs Jane Hahn.    The main points from the reviewers External Review Report stated:

  • Children respond to learning in many ways – shown through mime, drama, ICT, art, prayer, research and reporting back.  Children self-evaluate at the end of each strand and this page goes home to whanau.
  • St Mark’s Catholic School has a shared understanding of their Catholic spirituality which is based on the charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions.
  • A positive environment where all are included and encouraged.
  • The School’s spirituality can also be seen in the way staff and students relate to each other and how visitors are welcomed initially by the staff in the front office and then by all staff and students.
  • The values are known by the students, are prominently displayed around the School are are lived.
  • Our Mission Statement is lived.  The School Mission Statement is:  “Our School will provide the best education in a Catholic Environment.”
  • The Principal, staff and the BOT work to build strong relationships with families and the Parish.
  • The children are aware that as students of St Mark’s School they are also a valued part of St Mark’s Parish.
  • The Principal is ably supported in her role by a strong Senior Management team of two Assistant Principals (AP’s) – one for the Junior School and one for the Senior School.
  • St Mark’s School is an authentic Catholic community whose vision is “To provide a Christ-centred, challenging, safe, happy learning environment where self-confident children achieve success in all areas of the curriculum.”
  • All staff members are positive role models who live the School’s values and in whom students see the face of Christ.
  • The School is well resourced for the teaching of RE and there was evidence of digital devices and programmes being used to support teaching and learning.
  • All students have a RE exercise book.  These are bright and attractive.  The work is well marked and there were pertinent comments made by the teacher, the pupil and their whanau.
  • All classrooms were attractive and vibrant learning environments and reflected the work being done on the current strand.
  • The School has worked hard to build its relations with families.  They have embraced the number of new immigrant families moving into the area who see the School community as their extended family.
  • The PTFA hold many social and fundraising events for the students and their families.
  • St Mark’s Catholic School endeavours to provide meaningful opportunities for the students to show that they care for others who are less fortunate than themselves.
  • The School provides many opportunities for students to contribute actively in the life of the School, taking responsibility as monitors and leaders in the classroom or in the wider School.
  • The School recognises Maori as tangata whenua and the commitment the Church has made to bicultural partnership.
  • The BOT they are ably led by an experienced Chairperson and they take their role of governance seriously.  They are proud of their School and know that the students receive a good Catholic education.
  • The BOT are diligent in their annual self-review of Catholic Special Character and in their annual report to the Proprietor.
  • The Principal and DRS and other teachers are active witnesses of their faith in the School and in the Parish.


To Emerson and Fletcher Strevens who are representing St Mark’s in our new St Mark’s Ski Team.  Good luck with your upcoming competitions.

Also congratulations to Brooklyn Peters and Leiyah Curtis who have been selected to play in the New Zealand Tag20 U12’s mixed team and will be competing in the Tag20 Rugby Oceania Heritage Cup in Melbourne from 30th November till the 2nd December 2018.


If you have any school uniform at home that your child has borrowed from our sick bay, could you please send it back to school with your child.  The sick bay is desperate for school uniform donations of shorts,shirts, culottes etc if you have any at home that you no longer need we would be grateful.  Thank 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: Reflect on Term Goals

Last weeks focus was:  Participate and Contribute

We would like to congratulate the following children who have been recognised at assembly:

Respect for Others:  Stephanie McCormack, Mikaela Bangalan, Isha Ocampo, Gabriel Heruela, Noah Hamilton, Derek Eugenio, Sahara-May Mafi, Room 1, Michael McGinty, Bao Phan, Chantelle McIntyre, Eliza White, Adam Muggleston, Adam Masaryk, Cross Country Team, Finlay McGinty

Respect for Self:  Catalina Samarasinha, Amy Nguyen, Sam Pienaar, Emerson Strevens, Justine Ubaldo, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Ava Neems, Senior Dance Troupe, School and House Captains who spoke to CSO reviewers, Sahara-May Mafi, Elaine Liu, Scarlette Wardle, Isha Ocampo, Sophia Tan,  Ryan Massey,Valerie Perez, Kayne Gemmell

Respect for the Environment:  Ivan Stowers, Noah Hamilton, Brooklyn Peters, Leiyah Curtis

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


Our thoughts are with the Schuster family who have a grandad having surgery today.


We are looking for a parent/grandparent one day a week to help our chess team at lunchtime.  We need someone to train the children at playing chess to prepare them for the Catholic Schools Chess Competition being held on the 19th of September at St Paul’s in Massey.  We normally finish in the top 3 so it would be sad not to have a team enter.  You do not need to attend the competition if you are not able.  Please let the school office know if you are able to help.


St Vincent de Paul are desperate for cans at the Parish.  St Vincent de Paul distribute food parcels to those in need.  Please donate either at the Parish or the school if you are able.  Thank you.


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.


This Kindy is situated in the heart of the Eastern Region of the Diocese of Auckland.

It opened in 1999, on St. Luke’s Day and it was blessed by our Bishop Patrick Dunn D.D. in the year 2000.

The Marian Early Childhood Centre is an Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and it is  located in Panmure beside St. Patrick’s Church.  We cater to children from 2 to 5 years of age.  The Centre operates Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The Kindy was created for and has been faithfully serving, the young children in the Catholic parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland in the East..  We are a Catholic Early Childhood Centre and we follow the Catholic Early Childhood Religious Education Curriculum Statement.  Our programme is guided by the Catholic Liturgical Calendar and focuses on Catholic values and virtues.  Please phone: 5705690 or visit Cyril at19A Sunset View Road, Panmure.

Educational piece from the Principal.

Mathematics at home – YEAR 2

Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns

Help your child to:

  • find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood; eg find 7, 17 and 27 on letterboxes
  • count forwards and backwards starting with different numbers (eg 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, then back again)
  • make patterns when counting forwards and backwards (eg “5, 10, 15, 20 then 20, 15, 10, 5 and 30, 40, 50, 60 or 12, 14, 16, 18, …”)
  • do addition and subtraction problems by counting forwards or backwards in their heads (eg 8 + 4, 16 – 3)
  • count the number of poi in a kapa haka performance learn their ‘ten and…’ facts (eg 10 + 4, 10 + 7) double and halve numbers to 20 (eg 7 + 7 is 14, half of 14 is 7).

Here’s a tip – being positive about mathematics is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school.

Use easy, everyday activities

Involve your child in:

  • sorting (washing, odd socks, toys, cans) while tidying up
  • telling you what their favourite things are – food, sport, colour reading – notice and talk about numbers.
  • ask questions about the pictures like “how many birds are there?”
  • a shape and number search together wherever you are, like numbers of shoes, shapes of doors and windows.

Here’s a tip – mathematics is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child.

For wet afternoons/school holidays/weekends

Get together with your child and:

  • use mathematics words during play (treasure hunts, obstacle courses, building huts) – “under’, “over”, ‘between”, ‘around”, “behind”, “up”, “down’, “heavy”, “light’, ’round”, “your turn next”,”before”, “after”, “left” and “right”, “square”, “triangle” – you can use your first language
  • play with big cardboard boxes using words like “inside”, “outside”
  • play games and do puzzles; eg jigsaws, “I spy something that is longer, bigger, smaller than…”
  • do water play using different shaped containers and measuring cups
  • bake – talk to your child about the recipe/ingredients and how many pieces you need to feed everyone
  • dance to music and sing/clap to favourite songs make and play stick games with tī rākau or newspaper rolls play with a pack of cards – make up addition and subtraction problems using numbers to 20 look at a calendar – “how many days/weeks until an event?”, “how many days in the month?”, “how many weekends?”.
  • Encourage your child to look for patterns.

Here’s a tip – the way your child is learning to solve mathematics problems may be different from when you were at school. Get them to show you how they do it and support them in their learning.


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.


“Better to be a few minutes late than DEAD on time”.  Also please be alert in the carpark and refrain from reading your phone while you are with your children.  Please set a good example.

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.

Adults please use the pedestrian crossing – set a good example to our children.

Please ensure you use our ‘ONE WAY’ system in the carpark and keep our children safe.  Entry is from Pakuranga Road ONLY and exit is a left turn into Fortunes Road ONLY.  Please DO NOT exit onto Pakuranga Road.  This causes chaos in the carpark and is dangerous to those using the carpark.  Please help keep our children safe.

 No right turn out of our exit.  Please TURN LEFT only at the Pakuranga Park Village exit.  If you need to go right, please turn left and go around the round-a-bout and come back down Fortunes Road.


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The Farm Cove Music Festival is being held on the 28th and 29th of August at at Elm Park Primary School from 7:30-8:45pm.  Tickets are $8 each and are limited to 2 tickets per participating child.  There is a maximum of 300 tickets for the entire festival and the office will be taking pre orders for these tickets.  They will strictly be on a first in first served basis so please come into the office and pre purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  The tickets will be available for collection in the afternoon of the 27th August from the school office or they will be sent home with your child – whichever you prefer.  Ticket sales close tomorrow, Thursday 23rd August if you have not already preordered yours.  Thank you.


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.

I’d like to let you know about an opportunity for your students to attend a school holiday camp for young writers, called “Write like an Author”, (www.writelikeanauthor.com).
It is an internationally acclaimed writing course that teaches young writers the skills and techniques that professional authors use to create their stories.
During the camp, each participant will develop and write an original creative story under the guidance of well-known author and writing coach Melinda Szymanik.
The camp will be held at Sancta Maria College during the school holidays, starting on Monday, October 8, 2018 and running until Thursday, October 11, 2018.
The camp is ideal for young people who have a dream of becoming a published author or anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9am to 4pm each day.
The course fee is $195.00, which includes a discount for early registration.
The number of places on the camp is strictly limited.
If you’d like more details about the camp please email me and I will be happy to answer any questions, or send you some further information.
Brian Falkner  brian@brianfalkner.com
Children’s Author
Fathers’ Day gifts from Ezlunch

It’s time to celebrate dads – and how better than to get them something a little different, and not socks!

Place an order with ezlunch for delivery 27th August – 31st August and be in the draw to WIN ONE OF TWO $50 Gift Vouchers to gift to Dad on Fathers’ Day.  The winners will be notified by email and/or phone on Friday 31st August.  Good luck!

If you have any queries, reply to this email or call the Helpdesk 8am-4pm school days, on 0800 EZLUNCH (or 09-475 5287) or email helpdesk@ezlunch.co.nz.