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, Mabuhay, Sawadee, Kumusta, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Maith, Sawubona, warm greetings to you all.

Holiday Building: Our wonderful shade canopy has been erected over the holidays.  It looks amazing and is such an asset to the school.  The finishing touches are being done to the stage area and it it connected up with a sound and lighting system.  Thank you for ongoing support of our PTFA and BOT to have enabled us to complete this project.

The PTFA is now looking at new line markings for basketball, netball, tennis and handball to go under the shade canopy and they also are investigating the costs of new basketball hoops.

Please support our upcoming Food and Fun Festival on the 11th of November 9:20-12:30 at the school under the new shade canopy and on the field.  We look forward to seeing you there.  The proceeds from this will go towards updating our equipment on the playground as parts of this are coming to the end of their useful life.


In the mid term both Room 9 and Room 10 had new carpets laid and during these last holidays the BOT have updated Room 9’s furniture installing modern work stations.





Mrs Carleen Blucher and Ms Margaret Whitford from the Education Review Office have spent four days in our school.  Yesterday they reported back to our Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team giving very positive feedback and feed forward about all people/parties involved in our school:  Students, Support Staff, Teachers, Senior Leadership Team, PTFA, BOT and Parish Community.  While the review confirmed that we have a great school and fantastic students their finding have to be peered reviewed before the final report is released which will be in approximately one month.  We thank all those involved for their work and sharing their insights with the review team.

In the holiday, Paper Plus Howick ran a competition on Facebook.  A big thank you to Quintelle Townsend, Pearl Mascarenhas and Leona Massey who voted for our school.  We won $100 worth of books for our school Library!  We can’t wait for these awesome books to be added on to our collection.

ERO Review17th October – 23rd October
Jubilee Meeting24th October
Senior School Athletics & Room 6 & 725th October – please wear sports gear & remember sunblock, drink and lunch
Year 4-6 & Rm 6 & 7 Swimmingevery Friday up to and including 7th December
BOT meeting30th October
Uniform Shop Open 8:30-9:30 Second Hand only2nd Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov, 14 Dec, 29 Jan 2019
Junior Swimming, Rm 2,3,4,55th November-14th November (daily inclusive)
PTFA Meeting (Food Festival)6th November
Home Baking for the Cake Stall9th November
Food & Fun Festival 9:20-12:30 approx11th November
Interschool Athletics20th November
Senior School Culture Day21st November TBC
Senior School Cricket Skills Day23rd November
Last day for School Magazine orders25th November ($20 per magazine)
BOT Meeting27th November 7:30pm
Weetbix Tryathalon5th December
Senior School Prize Giving6th December 7:00pm (Parish Church)
Junior School LiturgyCommunity Centre at the Pakuranga Park Village
Junior School Beach Trip11th December
End of School Mass14th December 11:15am


October is the month of the Rosary and at this time we pray to Our Lady:- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for our sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

As Catholics we have a special place for Mary, the mother of Jesus.  We remember October is the month of the Rosary. Please pray a decade of the Rosary each night at home.


The power of a Compliment

Thomas Aquinas once suggested that it’s a sin to not give a compliment to someone when it’s deserved, because by withholding our praise we’re depriving that person of the food that he or she needs to live on.  He’s right.  Perhaps it’s not a sin to withhold a compliment, but it’s a sad impovershipment, both for the person deserving the compliment and for the one withholding it.

We don’t live on bread alone.  Jesus told us that.  Our souls too need to be fed and their food is affirmation, recognition, and blessing.  Every one of us need to be healthily affirmed when we co something well so as to have resources within us with which to affirm others.  We can’t give what we haven’t got!  That’s self-evident.  And so, for us to love and affirm others we must first be loved, first be blessed, and first be praised.  Praise, recognition, and blessing build up the soul.

But complimenting others isn’t just important for the person receiving the compliment, it’s equally important for the person giving it.  In praising someone we give him or her some needed food for their soul; but, in doing this, we also feed our own soul.  There’s a truth about philanthropy that holds true too for the soul:  We need to give to others not just because they need it but because we cannot be healthy unless we are giving ourselves away.  Healthy admiration is a philanthropy of the soul.

Adapted from Fr Ron Rolheiser


To all our students who helped raise $2236.90 on Mission Day.  “Raised by our Children for Children”.  This was a fantastic effort and our biggest so far.  Thank you to all families, whanau for all your contributions and making it an amazing day.  The funds will be split between supporting our Sister School in South India and the Papal Missions.

Congratulations to our Basketball Teams who played very hard on the last night of Term 3 with wins all around.  Well done to all students involved and their coaches and managers.

Congratulations also to our Touch Team who played in the Field Day held at Mission Heights yesterday.  They did our school proud and showed very good sportsmanship and skills.  Well done to our Year 5/6 team who included:  Leiyah Curtis, Brooklyn Peters, Ellay Peters, Annikah Schuster, Cameron Davis, Lorenz Moehler, Mikaela Bangalan, Noah Hamilton, Malosi Taoa, Bryan Bautista, Ryan Curtis and Adam Masaryk.  Also a big thank you to the coach Mrs Curtis and her helpers on the day Mr Curtis, Mrs Bangalan and Mr Hamilton.

Congratulations to Hayden Kwan who did very well in the holidays at the ‘US Kids Local Golf Tour’ for 8 year old boys Top Five.  Well done Hayden.




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:  Support and Encourage Others

Last weeks focus was:  Show Respect for the Environment

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

Respect for Others:  Room 1, Cole Manning, Bernice Siu, Isabella Petrov, Ashel Mayadunnage, Sherene Rolle, Valentina Wells, Paige Sibulo, Rita Schuster

Respect for Self:  

Respect for the Environment: 

Ka pai rawa!

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



Orders for our school magazine are now open.  The last day for orders is 25th November.  They are $20 each.  Please send money to the school office.  Also if you would like to place a business card size advert in our magazine please let the school office know.  Adverts are $50 each and help keep the cost of our magazine to a minimum.  Thank you for your support.


Our uniform shop will be open for second hand uniforms only on the following dates:  Friday 2nd Nov, Friday 16th Nov, Friday 30th Nov, Friday 14th Dec, Tues 29th January 2019.  All other uniforms can be purchased from NZ Uniform as per below.


2018/2109 Sacramental Programme (Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation).  Enrolment forms are available in the Parish Office for those who are Year 4 to Year 6.  This will begin on the 28th of October.  Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate if they were not baptised at St Mark’s Church.  All enrolment forms and permission slips together with a promise of commitment to attend all sessions need to be handed into the Parish Office before the sessions begin.

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.


 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.


Do not turn left into Pakuranga Park Village to show respect to the residents and employees.  Please continue to turn left onto Fortunes Road and come back around the round-a-bout during peak school times, ie:  8:40-9am, and 2:50-3:15pm.  This will ensure safety of your children and others travelling in your car and residents of the village.


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TERM DATES 2018/2019

Term 4 – 9 weeks
Monday 15 October – Friday December 14
Public Holiday: Labour Day – Monday 22 October

Term 1 2019

Tuesday 29th January- 12th April 2019

Wed 6th February – Waitangi Day

Friday 19th April – Tuesday 23rd April – Easter

Thursday 25th April – Anzac Day


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.

“The Marian Centre, CATHOLIC KINDERGARTEN” – 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 at 19A Sunset View Road, Panmure.

Manager Catholic Education Office

We seek a dynamic and motivated educator to take on this key leadership role within our Diocesan Office. The successful applicant will be passionate about Catholic Education, with a strong desire to support the staff and boards of Catholic Schools in their professional and faith formation, as well as to assist school communities in encouraging the participation of their families in parish life.

They will be a highly skilled communicator, with strong leadership skills, well organised, and able to prioritise, organise and manage multiple time demands. They need to be a committed team player working with and across Diocesan teams in a spirit of collaboration in the varying responsibilities of growing our faith communities.

The successful applicant will have delegated authority to act on behalf of the Bishop of Palmerston North in matters relating to Catholic primary and secondary schools of the Diocese including his proprietorial obligations under integration. The appointee will ensure that there is planning and resourcing in place to provide high quality services and programmes to support Catholic education.

The position requires regular travel throughout the diocese. All members of the Diocesan team are united in working towards the implementation of the Bishop’s pastoral priorities for the Diocese.

For further information or a copy of an information pack including job description please contact

Tony Murphy, General Manager

Diocese of Palmerston North Email tmurphy@pndiocese.org.nz Phone 06 3503820 021 925560

Dear parents,

Just letting you know our soccer programme is back at St Mark’s school in Term 4 – 2018.

It will be every Friday after school, starting on October 26th.

If you would like to join our programme you can register online  à


If you have any other questions please send us an email or call 021 332 256

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 Thank you and see you all back on the 26th =)

Kind Regards,

Rudy Mozr


FFC Academy NZ

Mobile: 021 332 256


Email:  rudy.mozr@ffcacademy.co.nz