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.

Photolife School Photos5th September
Room 11 & 9Te Tuhi
Room 10Te Tuhi
PTFA Disco14th September
Catholic Schools Chess Competition19th September
Junior Cross Country20th September, Saving Day 21st September
Mathex25th September
Mission Day26th September


God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.



An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great.  So just focus, and keep aiming.

CONGRATUATIONS – All Blacks Sanitarium Competition 

Congratulations to Patrick Malden and Julian Wang who won the Sanitarium Weetbix competition.   The prize was ‘Breakfast with the All Blacks’.  Well done!

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: Take care of your belongings

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 Others:  Finlay McGinty, Scarlette Wardle, Elaine Liu, Akeshi Jayawardana, Sahara-May Mafi, Adam Muggleston, Mikaela Bangalan, Sophia Neems, Lorenz Moehler, Akima Culaton.

Respect for Self:  Lilly-Grace Massey, Joshua Ernstzen

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


Our thoughts are with Miss Davis whose grandmother passed away last night.


We would like to know what the community thinks about cutting the school newsletter down to once a month instead of every two weeks.  Please could you send feedback to:  khunt@stmarks.school.nz   Many thanks.


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.

Educational piece from the Principal.

Mathematics at home – YEAR 3

Talk together and have fun with numbers and patterns

Help your child to:

  • find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood
  • name the number that is 10 more or 10 less than before or after a number up to 100
  • make patterns when counting in groups (skip counting) forwards and backwards, starting with different numbers (eg 13, 23, 33, 43…, …43, 33, 23, 13)
  • try making different types of patterns by drumming, clapping, stamping, dancing or drawing patterns that repeat
  • find out the ages of family or whānau members
  • do addition and subtraction problems in their heads using facts to 20 eg 10 + 4, 15 – 7
  • use groups of 10 that add to 100 eg 50 + 50, 30 + 70.

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:

  • telling the time – o’clock, ½ past, ¼ to
  • learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • repeating and remembering telephone numbers they use a lot
  • reading and sharing a book. Ask them questions about numbers in the story – use the number of pages as a way to practise number facts, too
  • doing a shape and number search when you are reading a book or looking at art (like carvings and sculpture)
  • helping at the supermarket – ask your child to get specific items (medium-sized tin of red beans, 2 litres of milk, 250g of mince).

Here’s a tip – talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together.  Use the language that works best for you and your child.

For wet afternoons/school holidays/weekends

Get together with your child and:

  • play games – board games, card games and do jigsaw puzzles
  • make your own advertising pamphlet – cut out and sort images to go on it, make pretend money to spend
  • grow seeds or sprouts – measure the growth each week
  • fold and cut out paper dolls and other repeating shapes
  • trace over repeating patterns (eg kōwhaiwhai patterns)
  • go on a treasure hunt – make a map with clues and see who can get to the treasure first
  • dance to music and sing/clap to favourite songs – make up a dance sequence each – can you copy each other?
  • both take turns closing your eyes and describing how to get from the front gate to the kitchen, from the kitchen to their bedroom, from home to school
  • do timed activities. You hold the watch and they count how many times they can bounce a ball in a minute
  • play guess and check games (use different shaped jars) – how many beans, buttons, pegs in the container?

Here’s a tip – the way your child is learning to solve mathematics problems may be different to 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.


We are looking for support

We will shortly be renewing the advertising section of our emailed newsletters. The newsletters are used throughout the year to keep our families and school community informed regarding school activities.

Should you, or anyone you know, like to place an advertisement on the school’s newsletter please contact Craig Neeve of Newsletters Unlimited, ph (09) 817 3867, or email newsletters@xtra.co.nz.

This is a great way to keep your business in front of the local community and also help our school.


Please be advised that if you do unsubscribe from our newsletters, you will not receive any notifications if ever there was an emergency, ie. lockdown at the school.  If you do unsubscribe accidently please resubscribe.


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.

More information aucklandlive.co.nz/show/air-play

The Auckland Rugby Union has given us 700 tickets to this Fridays game between Auckland and Tasman at Eden Park and we would like as many of you there as possible.
Could you please get the word out to your students and staff members.
Please let me know how many tickets if any you would like and I will drop the tickets off to your office.