A Message From The Principal

Kia ora, Malo e Lelei, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Bula, 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.


We welcome our new students Jack Sturgess, Ethan Lanuza, Liam Antonio, Bernyce Perez, Dinukl Jayatilaka, Takada Mizuki, Annika Tigley, Jiaxuan Chen and Jiahao Weng.


We are pleased to announce that St Mark’s has received a very favourable ERO report.  We are in the top 5% of schools (who get a 4-5 year review) in New Zealand.  Here are some statements from the Education Review Office.

The school has a well-established and a highly inclusive school culture.  This forms a solid foundation for motivating learners to participate, contribute and progress.  A respectful and welcoming environment is very evident and supports children to build a strong sense of belonging and ownership of the school.

The school is highly effective in achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all of its learners.


The cohesive leadership team promotes high expectations and collective responsibility and care for students and staff.  Teachers are supported with relevant targeted PLD that aligns to school goals and targets.

Children benefit from highly responsive teaching and learning.  Teachers purposefully integrate key learning areas across the curriculum making links to children’s diverse cultures.  A collegial staff take a shared approach for all children’s learning and wellbeing.  This approach is underpinned by a holistic methodology for teaching and learning.

Whanungatanga is a school priority and is skilfully woven through the school, parish and wider community.  The board carefully considers its resourcing decisions to ensure that they enhance the wellbeing of students and staff.

There are many and diverse opportunities for children to learn, lead and build their experiences and skills for learning.  Teachers engage children by using high quality intentional teaching strategies.  These support students’ progress and grow their ability to take risks with their learning within a safe and positive environment.

Children progress and achieve in a learning environment which is purposefully optimistic about their potential and success.  Leaders and teachers know children and their whanau very well.  Clear symptoms and processes support collaborative teacher planning and assessment.

School data information shows that most children achieve the expected curriculum levels (NZC) in reading and maths.  This achievement has been consistent over time.  School data shows that the majority of students achieve at the NZC levels in writing.

The school effectively supports children whose learning needs to be accelerated.

There is an unrelenting focus on those children whose learning is being targeted.  All children have their learning closely monitored, including those with diverse needs and those who are learning English as an additional language.

Key strengths:  high quality teaching that encourages children to challenge themselves and think creatively; leadership that pursues strong partnerships across the school community to support equity and excellence; collective responsibility for teaching and learning that focuses on improving outcomes for all learners.

Year 4-6 & Rm 6 & 7 Swimmingevery Friday up to and including 7th December
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-15th November (daily inclusive)
Parent Information Evening-Sancta Maria14th November 5:30pm – 7pm in the Auditorium
Interschool Athletics20th November
Senior School Culture Day21st November
Senior School Cricket Skills Day23rd November
Last day for School Magazine orders25th November ($20 per magazine)
BOT Meeting27th November 7:30pm
Sancta Maria Transition morning29th November 9:30-12
Sausage Sizzle30th November
Weetbix Tryathalon5th December
Senior School Prize Giving11th December 7:00pm at Elm Park Primary School
Junior School Liturgy7th December Community Centre at the Pakuranga Park Village
Junior School Beach Trip11th December
End of School Mass14th December 11:15am
40th School Jubilee30-31st March 2019-former staff, pupils, friends welcome.  For information ring 576 5296 or email admin@stmarks.school.nz or  www.facebook.com/events/801455726909171/


Please note the date and location of our End of Year Prizegiving has been changed.  It is now on Tuesday 11th December and being held at Elm Park Primary School.


Our school Library will be closed next week for our stock take.  Could you please ensure that your children have returned all library books that have been borrowed from our library by Friday this week.  Thank you for your support.


If you have a child who will turn five in 2019 please come to the office and get an enrolment pack or let us know and we can send it home with their older sibling.  It is very helpful to know numbers for our class planning for 2019 so we would really appreciate to know if you have another children starting at St Mark’s in 2019.


May the light of your soul bless your work with love and warmth of heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never exhaust you.

May it release wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.

May you never become lost in bland absences.

May the day never burden.  May dawn find hope in your heart, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.  May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.  May your soul calm, console and renew you.  AMEN

John O’Donohue

November is the month of Holy Souls when we remember our deceased family and friends.  In our foyer and in the foyer of the Church there is a special place for your to put names of family or friends who have passed away so that we may prayer for them.  If they are placed in the purple box the school foyer we will take them to our Parish Church for you.


Be attentive to everything in your words, actions and mutual relationships; witness to respect and friendliness, without distinction of country or character in such a way that each can count on the simplicity, the candour, the sincere affection and the love you carry.

1889 Euphrasie Barbier


Our thoughts and condolences go out the Bryan Bautista’s family who have had a family member pass away.


Congratulations and a huge thank you to all involved in our Fun and Food Festival on Sunday.  We raised $7100.  We would like to thank the PTFA for their organisation behind the scenes and on the day.  We also thank our office staff for counting money and providing eftpos facilities.  To all our staff who helped out on stalls including raffles, drinks, bouncy castle and money collection.  We would like to thank Cherry Enricoso and Presciosa Calacsan and helpers for running the Filipino stall, Mr and Mrs Furivai, Mata White, Cheryl Schuster, Lautele Schuster and helpers for running the Pasifika Staff, Angelo from SKIDS who managed the Jumpy Castle, Colin Didier’Serre, Mr and Mrs Visser, Mr and Mrs Francis and helpers who ran the Indian and Sri Lankan stall, Jessica Chin, Olivia Muggleston, Mieke Engelmann, Natalia Widjaya and helpers who organised the Malaysian/Chinese stall, Matt & Patrice Hamilton and helpers who did the Hot chips and sausages, Charlotte and Anna from SKIDS who did the face painting,  Mrs Radich who organised the sweets, Zuzanna Masaryk and Sarah McIntyre and helpers who ran the cake stall, the clean up crew and the parking wardens Mr Radich, Mr Ryan and students and Mr Siao who did security for the office and Mr Warren who looked after the electrical feed to stalls.  It was a massive effort and we thank you all very much for your support.

Also congratulations go to the following ex St Mark’s pupils who have won awards from Sacred Heart College.  Ezekiel Bulay – NZ Secondary School Football Champion.  Michael Graham – The D Casey Esquire Cup for Senior Athletics Champion, The College Cross-Country Champion Trophy for Senior Cross Country and the Klaassen Family Cup for Leading Sportsman.

Congratulations to Liliana Cisaria who has been awarded the 2019 Year 7 BCL Special Character Scholarship at Baradene College.  Congratulations Liliana.

Congratulations to Roanne Apalisok (ex St Mark’s pupil) who has been selected for the third time this year to represent New Zealand in the World Junior Badminton Championships which will be held in Canada on the 2nd-20th of November.  She has recently won the Junior International Championships in Australia in the mixed doubles and came runner up for the girls singles.  If you are able to assist Roanne with a monetary donation (any amount is deeply appreciated) this can be banked directly into this account:  Account name:  Mr G A Apalisok, account number 12-3089-0375039-50.  For any enquiries please contact Gammy at:  gammyapalisok@yahoo.com or 0211 726 780

Congratulations to Camryn Davis who recently competed at the Australasian Majors Cheerleading Competition.  Her team came first and placed as ‘Grand Champions’ with the highest overall score and with the team winning a bid to compete in Hawaii next year.








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:  Keep toilet areas tidy and use correctly.

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

Respect for Others:  Michael McGinty, Cooper Fisi’iahi, Eliza White, Chloe Dangatan, Sahara-May Mafi, Aaron Chan, Adam Masaryk, Ava Neems, Elenor Vi, Bernice Siu, Viancca Vasallo and Mikhayla Townsend

Respect for Self:  Liliana Cisaria, Hannah Ernstzen

Respect for the Environment:  Austin Ng and Cole Manning

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 16th Nov, Friday 30th Nov, Friday 14th Dec, Tues 29th January 2019.  All other uniforms can be purchased from NZ Uniform as per below.


Volunteers, Youth and Altar Servers Christmas Party 2018 Sunday 2nd December 12:00pm.  St Marks Parish Council would like to invite all Volunteers, Youth and Altar Servers who serve in our Parish to a Christmas Party.  You can be assured of good food, plenty of fun, and a special visit by Santa.  All those who are attending if you could please complete your details and register your interested on the nominated clipboard in the church floyer by no later than Sunday 25th November.

St Vincent De Paul Society is in need of instant noodles, tinned fish, coffee, milo, drinking chocolate.  We are planning Christmas items for Christmas hampers and would appreciate donations for Christmas goodies.  Thank you once again.

National March for Life NZ – 8th December.  There are dangerous proposals to liberalise the abortion laws in New Zealand to remove all safeguards and to further endanger the lives of the unborn and harm their mothers and families.  Parishes, groups, families and all people of goodwill are invited to March for Life Saturday 8th December.  Gather at 2pm in Civic Square (101 Wakefield Street) ready to walk to Parliament grounds.  marchforlife.nz or phone Michael on 021 825 955.

Diocesan Job Vacancy – Marriage and Family Life Leader/Co-ordinator.  This is a part-time role of 32 hours (4 days) per week, with some evening and Saturday work.  To view the full position description for the above role, please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz under Administration & staff vacancies.

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


“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.

Director of Religious Studies 3MU

We are looking for a highly effective teacher able to lead St Mary’s College in the role of DRS, full time, permanent, commencing Term 1, 2019.

A willingness and an ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to the Special Character of the school shall be a condition of appointment.

St Mary’s College is a Special Character Year 7-13 college with a strong tradition of successfully preparing young women to make a difference through academic success, holistic education and the building of strong values. We are a forward- thinking school with a strong use of technology, excellent facilities, and supportive collegial staff.  Involvement in extra-curricular will be expected. Please state subject strengths.  Applicants must be NZ registered. Applications close 27 November 2018. Please complete an application form on website www.stmaryak.school.nz & send with CV & cover letter to pa@stmaryak.school.nz

Edventure Summer Camps.

This summer we have 3 awesome camps geared to get kids excited about the outdoors. Free transport provided from Auckland. With a focus on water safety, we have planned a range of activities including surfing, SUP, water safety lessons, as well as tramping, rock climbing, confidence courses, bush survival skills, hot pools, orienteering, team building, camp cooking and heaps more.

January 14th – 18th – Aongatete Lodge,  January 21st – 25th – Aongatete Lodge,  Jan 29th – Feb 1st – Reedwood Valley Farm

OSCAR available, 8-14 yr olds

Pick up/drop off points in Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua.  For more information or to book now visit www.edventure.co.nz email mark@edventure.co.nz or phone 02102241576.  Book before Xmas and be in to win a surfboard.


SWIMMING BLOCK COURSES – 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 21 January to  Friday 25 January 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

Tuesday 29 January to Friday 1 February from 9am to 7pm (4 days)

3 swimmers per class – $64 per swimmer, 2 swimmers per class – $96 per swimmer, Private lessons (one on one) – $192