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.


Welcome back all and a special welcome to new students and their families.  Petelo Afoa, Orlando Peters, Oliver Lopez Perez, Chelsea Tiongson, Carlos Tiongson, Alexander Borovikov, Liam Ang, Laura Jackson-Potter, Ceron Zheng, Tomaz Zheng, Yonah Poblete, Basil Jenson, Stella Harrop, Minna Harrop, Imani Kannangara, Paul Moscoso, Jacob Fischer, Abigail Fischer and Sofia San Diego.


Congratulations to Danielle D’Sylvia on the birth of her beautiful baby girl.  Mum and daughter are well.


This year we are trialling family/whanau meeting in the place of the meet the teacher evenings over two days, the 20th and 21st of February.  Each family will be allotted a 10 minute slot similar to our two or three way interviews we have had previous years.  We would like you to talk to us about your expectations for your child and share any worries or knowledge that will help our teachers teach your child.  We would like all parents to come and talk with their teacher/s.

At this time the teacher will not be reporting on your child’s progress but will be getting to know you and your child better.  We will set up a booking system in school interviews on the 12th of February.  We will notify you of the interview code so you can book your appointment online.

I will report our success against our goals in the next newsletter and set our goals for 2019 across our school.

Uniform Shop Open Second Hand only1st February, 15th February, 1st March, 15th March 8:30-9:30am
Jubilee Meetings7th February, 14th February, 21st February, 28th February, March meetings TBC  All welcome7:30pm
PTFA Meeting5th February – All welcome7:30pm
Year 5 and 6 camp meeting for parents14th February 7pm
BOT meeting19th February 7:30pm
Meet the Teacher whanau evening20th February 3:10-5pm
Meet the Teacher whanau evening21st February 1:30-7pm
Beginning of School Mass & Whanau picnic22nd February 11:30am Mass followed by the picnic in school grounds, please bring your own picnic 11:30am
Junior School Trip Howick Historic Village26th February (TBC)
PTFA Family Fun Night1st March (TBC)5:30-8pm
Senior Swimming Trials25th, 27th, 28th February (TBC)
Parish School Sunday Mass10th or 17th March (TBC)10:00-11:00am
Interschool Swimming Sports14th March
BOT Meeting19th March7:30pm
Year 5 and 6 Camp25th, 26th, 27th March
40th School Jubilee – 30th – Sacred Heart 6:30pm – 11:30pm

Jubilee Mass with Bishop Pat Dunn- 31st March

30-31st March 2019-former staff, pupils, friends welcome.  For information ring 576 5296 or email admin@stmarks.school.nz or  www.facebook.com/events/801455726909171/

ENROLMENTS FOR 2019 or 2020

If you have a child who will turn five in 2019 or 2020 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 future class planning for 2019 and 2020.  We would really appreciate having this information early.


Gracious God, our families/whanau and teachers are your gift to us.  We want you to be a the centre of our lives together.  We want our children to know that your loving presence surrounds them every day, wherever they are.  We ask your Holy Spirit to be with us as we come to know you better through working with our children.  Guide us in our role as parents and teachers.

Give us patience, understanding and gentleness.  Teach us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus our brother.  Let us be his human face on earth.  Bless our teachers, families/whanau and students all now and forever.  Amen


“We follow Jesus through our ABC’s and 3R’s is our values/PB4L statement.

We would love you to reflect and reinforce this at home.  Remember, having a positive attitude and giving ‘things a go’ underlines all learning and many of life’s challenges.  As Winston Churchill stated “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”.  We acknowledge this and see in all situations that students who are prepared not only to have a go but to keep practicing a skill or learning, will master it eventually.  We acknowledge that learning new skills can be hard but if we are positive and prepared to have a go and keep at it we will succeed.

We ask you to encourage and explain to your child to keep trying because in most instances people are not going to get it right the first time.  Remember ” it will be hard at times – but it is even harder if you don’t want to and easier when you do want to”.

Catherine Rivers



Room 1      Mrs Jenny McKenzie – Associate Principal Senior School

Room 2     Miss Christina Davis

Room 3     Mrs Trish Hodgson – Associate Principal Junior School

Room 4     Mrs Lorraine ross

Room 6     Mrs Bruna Bannister

Room 7     Mrs Ingrid Manickum

Room 9     Mrs Rita Furivai

Room 10   Mrs Beverley Dias

Room 11    Mrs Julie Kippen

Mrs Marianne Stacey – Senior Teacher Release in Room 1 and ESOL

Mrs Arminda Wood – RE & Language teacher in Room 12

Mrs Emma Osborne – Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs Sue Topping – Beginning Teacher Release

Mrs Cheryl Beattie – Senior Teacher Release Room 3

Mrs Heather Kape – Literacy Support/Resources

Mrs Shireen Monteiro – Teacher Aide/Library

Mrs Imelda Owen – Teacher Aide

Mr Alan Pattison – Caretaker

Mrs Kerrie Hunt – School Secretary/PA to the Principal

Mrs Catherine Verner – Administration

Mrs Sujata Naik – Accounts/Office Administrator

Mr Ivan Ah Wa – School van driver

Mrs Tricia Matatini – School cleaner


To parent of Year 6 students.  All year 6 students should ring or pick up a prospectus from the schools you wish your child to attend in Year 7.  Many Catholic Schools close their roles in March/April for the 2019 enrolment year.  Please double check.


Invoices will be sent out in the next few weeks for 2019.  Payment can be make by automatic payments weekly, fortnightly or term by term.  Please do not hesitate to contact Sujata Naik (12:30 onwards) if you have any concerns.


DATE:  25, 26 and 27th March 2019



Passport, Firearms Licence, NZ Citizenship Certificate, or NZ Certificate of Identity


NZ Drivers Licence, 18+ card, NZ Full Birth Certificate (issued before 1998), Community Service Card, IRD number, NZ Issued utility Bill, NZ Employee Photo Identification Card, NZ Teachers Registration, NZ Electoral Roll Record, or International Driving Permit

Thank you for your support for our School Camp!


IMPORTANT:  Please do not use the teachers carpark.  When backing our your may hit a child of another car.  (This has happened already this year).

As it is so hot, we would like every child to bring a water bottle.  For junior school we ask that you send a small fruit or vegetable snack to school for a small ‘brain break’ in the morning block.

Examples of this could be carrots, celery or cucumber cut into small pieces, broccoli heads or fruit such as blueberries, small tomatoes, apples (quarters) etc.  We are a water only school and we are environmentally friendly so ask that you do not send shop packaged foods, biscuits etc.

Do you know about the importance of water?  Water is essential to ensure our body’s functions are maintained.  Fluid is contained in many of the foods that we eat but it is also important to drink plenty of fluids everyday.  The Ministry of Health recommends water as the best choice for young people.  The reality is that with a market saturated with a range of fizzy and energy drinks, high in sugar and often caffeine, water and milk are often not the popular choice for young people.  We are a water only school and those who enjoy milk will be offered it at break time twice per week.

  • Young children often need to be reminded to drink
  • Tap water is free and readily accessible;  it is also the best choice for hydration and dental health.
  • 100% fruit juice does contain nutrients, such as Vitamin C; however, these juices are often high in sugar and most children can gain these nutrients from a healthy diet.
  • Both exercise or hot weather will increase the amount of fluid needed

Also, we ask that all children wear their school sunhats at playtime and lunchtime as sunscreen on its own is not enough to protect your children’s skin.  Melanoma skin cancer is the biggest ‘cancer’ killer in New Zealand.

Please 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.

We ask that you consider being on duty with the children on crossing or bus patrol.  Times for crossing patrol are 8:20-8:45am and or afternoon 2:50-3:10pm.  Bus patrol is at 2:50-3:10pm.


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Good News/PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning)

We follow Jesus through showing a positive Attitude, Behaviour and Care and our 3 R’s.

Week 1’s focus is:  Respect for self and others:  Show respect during prayers

Week 2’s focus is:  Respect for our environment:  Keep it clean, tidy and undamaged (Corridors and cloak bay-zip up bags)

Week 3’s focus is: Respect for Self:  Wearing the correct uniform (Hat, footwear)

Ka pai rawa!

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



We have some school magazines still available.  If you would like to secure your copy please send $20 to the school office.


New school uniform can be purchased from NZ Uniforms, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany South.


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 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

Term 2 Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July (Mon 3rd June Queens Birthday)

Term 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

Term 4 Monday 14th October to Friday 13th December (Mon 28th October Labour 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.

GUITAR LESSONS AFTER SCHOOL:  Would you like lessons with a music tutor with many years of teaching experience? You can enroll your child in guitar or ukulele lessons at St Mark’s School!

We deliver a fun varied and structured curriculum. Students learn songs in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. For more information please contact Jordan Morrison on 021 132 7024 or at jordan.morrison@musiqhub.co.nz


Yvette Nicholls | Communications and Engagement AMETI Eastern Busway 20 Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010
P 09 355 3553 | DDI 09 447 4128| M 021 825 611 www.at.govt.nz   Yvette.Nicholls@at.govt.nz

Construction on the AMETI Eastern busway is scheduled to begin in March/April 2019. This new transformational transport project will provide better public transport connections, faster journey times, more travel choices and improved safety.  During construction, there will be some disruption to major routes – particularly during morning and afternoon peak traffic times, around Lagoon Drive and the Panmure end of Pakuranga Road.  Plan a better journey through the construction: AT.govt.nz/travelplaneast


Dear parents,

Just letting you know our soccer programme is back at St Mark’s Catholic School in Term 1 – 2019.  It will be every Friday after school, starting on February 22nd.  If you would like to join our programme you can register online  https://www.ffcacademy.co.nz/events/st-marks-pakuranga-after-school-programme-term-1

If you have any other questions please send us an email or call 021 332 256.  Like our NEW Facebook page – FFC Academy NZ for new info and updates. You can also win some cool prizes =)

Like our Facebook page for weather updates and cancellations (if you don’t have a facebook page you can always see it by midday on our website)  You can also follow our instagram:   ffc_academynz


Thank you and see you all back on the 22nd =)

Kind Regards,  Rudy Mozr, Manager

FFC Academy NZ

Mobile: 021 332 256

Website:www.ffcacademy.co.nz  Email: rudy.mozr@ffcacademy.co.nz          admin@ffcacademy.co.nz


Enrolment Process – SACRED HEART

Enrolment at Sacred Heart College is primarily for students in Year 7 and 9 for day boys and Year 9 for boarders. Limited places are available in other year levels.

We are now offering online enrolments which will be accessible for families from Wednesday 12 December on our Enrolment page on the Sacred Heart College website. Please read the Enrolment Information page first. There are a number of forms that need to be downloaded, filled out and scanned to your device before you begin the online Enrolment Application. If you do not have access to a scanner, or will find this difficult to complete online, please contact Mrs Nicola Thomas from 29 January 2019 on 529 3660 ext 714, or email enrolments@sacredheart.school.nz.

Once ready to enrol online, please click on the Online Enrolment tab and follow the instructions on the page.

Please Note: Online Enrolment does NOT apply to International Students or Endeavour Scholarship Applications.   Please go to the International tab for information on International Student enrolment.
Please click on the Scholarships tab for information on Endeavour Scholarships.

Special Character  – Consistent with the special character of the College, preference is given to families with an established connection with the Catholic Church and in accordance with the revised guidelines approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand in 2003.

 Enrolment Timeline – The enrolment process is conducted on an annual basis and the following timeline operates for 2019:

Open Day and Tours of the College: Tuesday 5 March 2019

Sacred Heart College has an Open Day on Tuesday 5 March 2019. The Principal’s welcoming address is held in the Auditorium at 1pm. Tours of the College are being conducted at 11.45am and 1.30pm. Prospective students and their families are welcome to attend, but do NOT need to register first. Parking is only available at Gate 3 or on the street for Open Day. Please click here to download the Open Day flyer.

Applications for Day Boy and Boarder Enrolments close for the following year of entry, and are governed by the enrolment scheme. Enrolment Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Day boy Interviews, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019
The Principal and enrolment interview panel will interview qualifying day applicants. These applicants will be advised of their interview time by mail approximately two weeks prior to the interview. Interview times will not be changed unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Boarder Interviews, from Thursday 23 May 2019
The Director of Boarding begins conducting Boarding Interviews. Late applications are considered at any time of the year, dependent on vacancies available.

Notification of places for Year 7 and 9 day boys will be advised by the end of Term 2. Boarder applicants will be notified from early in Term 3.

All enrolment enquiries can be directed to:

Mrs Nicola Thomas
Enrolment Officer
250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie
Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Phone: 09 529 3660 ext.714

Kind regards, Nicola Thomas, Enrolment and Scholarship Officer

250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie, Auckland 1071, Ph: 529 3660  extn 714, www.sacredheart.school.nz


Real Madrid player Clinics NZ that are being hosted in Auckland, April 2019. The clinics are delivered by coaches from the most successful club in the world Real Madrid and are suitable for children of all ability levels, aged 7 to 14.

CLICK HERE to view the website for the clinics.

Real Madrid Foundation Clinics NZ

Malcolm McPherson

M Sports


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