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.


A special welcome to new students and their families.  Thomas Derejian, Eloise Clapperton, Leigh Ferrer, Eneretta Afoa, Jason Seo, Joshua Seo and Samantha Sotto.


Our condolences go out to the King family, Bulay family, Strevens family, Schuster family and the Tuaputa family who have all recently lost members of their families.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Uniform Shop Open Second Hand only1st March, 15th March, 29th March 8:30-9:30am
Jubilee Meetings 28th February, 7th March, 14th March, 21st March, 28th March  All welcome7:30pm
PTFA Meeting5th March 7pm  February – All welcome7:30pm
BOT meeting19th March, 21st May, 25th June 7:30pm
PTFA Family Fun Night1st March 5:30 – 7:30pm5:30-8pm
Parish School Sunday Mass10th or 17th March (TBC)10:00-11:00am
Interschool Swimming Sports14th March
PAID UNION MEETINGThursday 21st March – school will close early at 1pm
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.


Now is the time to free the heart

Let all intentions and worries stop

Free the joy inside the self

Awaken to the wonder of your life

Open your eyes and see the friends

Whose hearts recognise your face as kin

Those whose kindness is watchful and near

Encouraging you to live everything here

See the gifts the years have given

Things your effort could never earn

The health to enjoy who you want to be

And the mind to mirror mystery

John O’Donohue


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

A Lenten Reflection

Give up complaining – focus on gratitude

Give up harsh judgements – think kindly thoughts

Give up discouragement – be full of hope

Give up bitterness – turn to forgiveness

Give up negativism – be positive

Give up anger – be more patient

Give up pettiness – become mature

Give up gloom – enjoy the beauty that is all around you

Give up jealousy – pray for trust

Give up gossiping – control your tongue

Give up sin – turn to virtue

Give up giving up – hang in there!


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.  Please see information on school open days/enrolments under Community notices near the bottom of the newsletter.


There will be a paid union meeting on Thursday 21st March.  This meeting has been called to address the huge workload and massive teacher shortages across Auckland and other parts of the country.  The school will remain open with a skeleton staff to supervise those children who are unable to be collected but would appreciate as many children are collected at 1pm as possible.  We will provide a reminder closer to the time.


Congratulations to all those who represented our School in yesterday’s Softball Field Day.  St Mark’s Diamonds won three games and lost one and St Mark’s Saints drew two games, had one win and one loss.  All students displayed good sportsmanship.  We thank our parent helpers Mr Hamilton, Mr O’Callaghan and Ms Wong (Haydens mum) for helping with supervision.  We also thank those parents who helped with transport Mrs Gemmell and Mrs Masaryk and Mr Zheng.

We thank Mrs Kippen for getting our swimming squad ready for the interschool sports and all of her helpers on the day.  They will be competing on the 14th March.


Invoices will be sent out in the next week 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.


Please find below information about our School Fees – with explanations of both compulsory and donation requirements.

School Dues and Contribution: – Thank you to all the families that have cleared their school accounts for 2018 and also to the families that have kept up their automatic payments over 2018. Our school dues are compulsory and that goes directly to the Catholic Schools Office (Diocese), while your contributions help us run our school and to enhance our Catholic Character. The Development Goal Contribution is going towards new playground equipment as our old playground equipment needs replacing. Please come and see the office if you need further information or automatic payment details. The breakdown is as follows for 2019 invoices which will be issued shortly:
Compulsory (GST Inclusive)
Attendance Dues:                                     $440.00 per child
Religious Education Resource:                  $10.00 1 child per year
(Term 1 ONLY)                                    $16.00 [2 children per year]
$30.00 [3 children per year]
$32.00 [4 children per year]
Catholic Special Character Contribution:       $50.00 per child per year

School Development Goal:   $80.00 [1 child per year], $100.00 [2 children per year], $120.00 [3 children per year], $140.00 [4 children per year]

Family Contribution:  $180.00 [1 child per year], $220.00 [2 children per year], $240.00 [3 children per year], $260.00 [4 children per year]

Total for 2019: 
1 Child – $760.00
2 Children – $1,316.00
3 Children – $1,860.00
4 Children – $2,392.00

Families are welcome to pay their school accounts term by term or set up an automatic direct debit weekly or fortnightly. Details will be included in your statement/invoice.

Attendance dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 and a condition of enrolment at St Mark’s School.  Attendance Dues are charges for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.  Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.  Attendance Dues are collected by St Mark’s School on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland.  The attendance dues collected by St Mark’s School are forwarded to Auckland Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic integrated schools in the Diocese of Auckland responsible for the collection of attendance dues.

Attendance Dues payable for 2019 school year:  Primary

Y0-Y8 $110 per term ($440 per year) including GST.  Attendance Dues can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, per term or by regular instalment.  More information is available from the school office, please see Sujata Naik regarding attendance dues if you require further information or need any assistance.

Special Catholic Character Contributions

The Catholic Special Character contribution is a voluntary donation of $12.50 per term ($50 per annum) per student.  This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to St Mark’s School by the Catholic Education Services Board.  No contributions are made by the Government for these services.  The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic Education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools.



IMPORTANT:  Please ensure that you and your children use the school crossing.  Please do not stop in the middle of the driveway and let your children out.  Please park your car first.  Also please ensure that all children are using their own seat belt and booster seat.  New Zealand law states that all children must be restrained, not sat on the lap of another passenger.   Booster seats must be used until the child is 148cm tall.  Please keep your children safe.

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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 5’s focus is:  Respect for self and others:  Using kind words and actions

Week 6’s focus is:  Respect for our self and others:  Listen to other and wait to speak

Week 7’s focus is: Respect for Self:  Participate (eg. camp, jump jam, singing, prayers, Mass, games)

Ka pai rawa!

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



Our hard working PTFA have arranged for the annual Family Fun Night this Friday from 5:30-7:30pm.  Please bring a picnic if you wish and some drinks (beer and wine if you choose).  It is a bike night theme so bring along your bike, decorate it and be in to win best dressed bike.  There will be a sausage sizzle, hot chips and pizza available for purchase on the night.  See you there!


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


Writing at home

Make writing fun

  • Encourage your child to write about their heroes, tīpuna (ancestors), sports events, hobbies and interests to help keep them interested in what they are writing about
  • Play word games and do puzzles together. Games and puzzles such as crosswords, tongue twisters and word puzzles help build your child’s knowledge of words, spelling, thinking and planning skills
  • Start a blog about a family interest. Find a topic you’re both interested in and set up your own blog.

Here’s a tip – be a great role model. Show your child that you write for all sorts of reasons. Let them see you enjoying writing. Use your first language – this helps your child’s learning, too.

Write for a reason

Encourage your child to write:

  • Suggest your child is responsible for the weekly shopping list, equipment list for weekends away and holidays, task lists for the week
  • Encourage your child to write to others – emails, letters, texts, postcards. It will help if some of what your child writes about is for others
  • Short stories or a journal – on paper or on a computer – can help them to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, in their family, on the marae, in the world, at sports events and on TV
  • Report on a new baby or pet addition to the family. This might be a slide show, scrapbook, page on the computer
  • Make an argument in writing for a special request – trip, event, present etc
  • Draw up written contracts for agreed jobs; eg Every day I will…(make my bed, do one lot of dishes, and when I complete the contract I can choose…).

Here’s a tip – keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, anytime.

Talk about your child’s writing

  • Talk about ideas and information they are going to write about. Talk about experiences, diagrams, graphs, photos, treasures and taonga, waiata, pictures, whakapapa and material that your child is planning to use for school work. Discussing the information and main ideas can help their planning for writing and their understanding, too
  • Share enjoyment of their writing. Read and talk about the writing that your child does. Give praise for things they have done well and say what you liked and why – this all supports their learning
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet to find out more about what they mean. Talk to family and whānau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words
  • Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events, song lyrics or letters and emails. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. Use it as a way of starting conversations. Listen to their opinion, even if you don’t agree with it.


Sacrament Programme for Confirmation starts 3 March.  Enrolments for the Confirmation Programme ended on 21 February.

St Vincent De Paul Society is in need of cereal – weetbix, long life milk, milo and all canned food. Thank you once again.

World Day of Prayer – You are invited to join in worship and fellowship on Friday 1st March 2019.  This will be held at St Columba Presbyterian Church at 10:30am.


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


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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)


Sacred Heart is having their open day on Tuesday 5th March for enrolments for boys for 2020.

BARADENE COLLEGE – OPEN EVENING will be held on Thursday 7 March, 2019 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.  Enrolments for Year 7, 2020 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 15 March, 2019.  A limited number of place in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 15 March, 2019.

St Kentigern Girls School:  Girls in Year 6 from all New Zealand schools are eligible to apply for the scholarships which provide fees assistance for education at Saint Kentigern Girls’ School in Year 7 and 8.

Information and a Scholarship Application is available on our website http://www.saintkentigern.com/girls-school/apply/sc/

Scholarship applications close on Wednesday 6 March 2019 and all applicants must sit a scholarship test on Wednesday 20 March 2019.  Please contact me if you would like further information or have any questions.    Nicky Clapp (Mrs)  Principal’s PA / Admissions   Saint Kentigern Girls’ School

a world of opportunity for girls…  ( Phone + 64 9 529 5750 | : Email nicky.clapp@saintkentigern.com  

Web www.saintkentigern.com | * Post PO Box 28399, Remuera, Auckland 1541


Sancta Maria College Open Day

and Enrolments for 2020

 Wednesday, 13 March 2019

3.30pm – 5.30pm in the College Auditorium

Enrolment applications for 2020 for all year levels

will open on Wednesday 13 March 2019 and close on Thursday 30 May 2019 at 4.00pm.

All are welcome to walk around our school or join one of the guided tours taking place from 3.30pm until 4.30pm and collect an Enrolment Application Pack for 2020.

The Principal’s presentation will commence at 4.45pm in the auditorium.

319 Te Irirangi Drive, Botany South T: (09) 274 4081  E: admin@sanctamaria.school.nz










“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






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