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. Noah Kumar, Todaishe Chirenje, Kiera Longerstaey, Katelyn Made and Amelia Liuanga.


To teachers, support staff, PTFA, Coaches, Camp Committee and Jubilee Committee.  Thank you for your time and sharing your expertise over Term 1 to make St Mark’s School a vibrant and successful school.  A particular thank you to Jenny McKenzie who headed our Camp Committee (Rita Furivai, Julie Kippen and Arminda Wood) and ensured that our camp ran very smoothly and was a challenging but safe experience for all our year 5 and 6 students.  Thank you to Kerrie Hunt whose fingers worked overtime in getting all the Health and Safety and forms filled out in a timely manner.

A big thank you to our Jubilee Committee that the three events over the two day weekend ran successfully and were well organised and enjoyed by everyone from five years old to 95 years old.  Our small but vivacious committee who need to be individually named and thanked are Arminda Wood, Rosemary Grant, Megan McColl, Glenys Smith, Maureen Bell, Rennel and Jemima Bulay, Catherine Rivers and Anna O’Brien.  Some photos will be included in this newsletter and there will be more photos in our magazine at the end of the year and our website by the beginning of term two.

Feedback from our Community has been overwhelming positive with people telling us they will be looking forward to the 50th Jubilee.  It was great to see The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions fully involved along with our first and second Principals (Sr Mary Maitland [known as Sr Barbara] and Sr Margaret Monaghan) attendanced all events.  They were also joined by Sr Carmel Cole, Sr Mary Ellen and Sr Anne Sklenars.

Thank you to those that helped out over the three days at camp.  Matt Hamilton, Angelique Robson, Joe Massey, Anna O’Brien, Karyn Radich, Ephraim Tuaputa, Rebecca McGinty, Paul Siao, Philomeno Lobo, Bronson Davis, Noeleen Winsor, Melanie Neems and those who came for one or two days, Paul Clarke, Shane Pienaar, Rosemary Grant and Danny George.  Also thank you to those who helped transport our students to and from Carey Park.

Thank you to our Basketball Coaches Mr Paul Siao, Mrs Emily Blake and Dale Babaran.  We will have three teams entering the competition in term 2.

Uniform Shop Open Second Hand only12th April, 3rd May, 17th May, 31st May 8:30-9:30am
PTFA Iceblock FridayFriday 5th April
Tip Top Fun DaySunday 7th April 10am Edgewater College
Cultural FestivalThursday 11th April
Last Day of Term 1Friday 12th April7:30pm
First Day of Term 2Monday 29th April
Soccer Field Day7th May
PTFA Girls Night Out Movie NightFriday 10th May
Junior Stardome Trip13th May
PTFA Meeting14th May Parent Talk and AGM  – All welcome 7-8:30pm7:30pm
BOT meeting21st May, 25th June 7:30pm
Catholic Schools Day27-31st May (day to be confirmed)
Netball Field Day29th May
Rugby 7’s Field Day29th May
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 3rd June
Teacher Only DayTuesday 4th June – NO SCHOOL
Hockey Field Day25th June, Saving Day 27th June

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.


Dear Lord,  Our day to day lives can be so busy that we forget to stop and thank you for all that is good in our lives.  Our blessings are many and our hearts are filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see everyday wonders of creation.  We thank you for those things in our lives that may seem challenging and unfair but in the end you give us the strength to rise above them.  We grow and learn each week and we thank you for Your unconditional love.


Psalm 20:4 – May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.


St Mark’s School has a policy of no Birthday celebration food to be bought to school, ie. no birthday cakes, sweets, drinks, shared food etc.  Due to the risk of students with allergies this is the schools policy.  Thank you for your understanding.

IMPORTANT:  Please ensure you use our one way system in the carpark.  Be polite, be patient, let cars back out of their car parks.  Set an example to our children.  Thank you for your co-operation.

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 9’s focus was:  Respect for self:  Take care of our belongings

Week 10’s focus is:  Respect for our self and others:  Respect for self and others at all times

Week 11’s focus is: Respect for Self:  Be honest

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

Respect for Others: Gabriel Heruela, Tomaz Zheng, Vianca Vasallo, Fredrick Furivai, Patrick Malden, Maio Furivai, Joshua Ernstzen, Rico D’Sylva, James Bremner, Caitlin Rayner, Georgia Wilson, Xavier Naidoo, James Pienaar, Sean Oliphant, Ishara Samarasinha, Noah Hamilton, Merle Engelmann, Justine Ubaldo, Jannina Matanguihan, Akeshi Jayawardana, Ethan Tigley, Angel Pallewatte, Jacob Tigley, Nicholas Jackson-Potter, Ceana Francis, Rita Schuster, Takunda Chirenje, Jethro Matanguihan, Drish Danny, Amelie Chan, Mikhayla Townsend, Samantha Radich, Stella Harrop, Brooklyn Peters, Edward Hicban, Franco Antonio, Ryan Curtis, Zoe Regis, Justin Real, Naomi Latu, Orlando Peters, Luis Antonio, Krishav Naidu, Luca O’Callaghan and Marthina Taboada

Respect for Self:  Michael McGinty, Jaiyi Chen, Tyrell Schuster, Ean Siao, Kiera Longerstaey, Jason Seo, Edward Hicban, Franco Antonio and Eva Gemmell

Respect for the Environment:  Ryan Massey, Ishara Samarasinha, Grace Broun, Taina Cook, Ezra Granich, Bernyce Perez, Laylor Kemp, Sarah Ernstein, Amelie Chan and Edward Hicban

Ka pai rawa!

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



Thank you to everyone that has ordered from the Scholastic catalogues so far this year.  I hope you enjoy your purchase.  Did you know: there is no obligation to order, there are 5 gold coin books each issue, 20% of every order goes to the school to purchase books for the library.  So far this year we have raised $285 for our library.  Thank you.  Torie Fischer, Book Club Co-ordinator


We have had many instances recently where children have forgotten to bring their lunch to school.  Please check your child has a packed healthy lunch in their bag and that they have sufficient food to last the day.


Ex student Antonija Tvrdeich-Kasum has been chosen as Tutor leader for her class at Howick College and got into the Black Squad Netball team.  Congratulations Antonija!


Writing at home – Year 5 – Make writing fun

  • Help your child write about their heroes, sports events, tïpuna (ancestors), hobbies and interests. This helps them stay interested in what they are writing about
  • Play word games and do puzzles together to help your child learn more about words and spelling
  • Have interesting paper and pens available or help them make a special book to write in
  • Write to your child, or give them jokes, cartoons or short articles you think they’ll like to read from the newspaper
  • 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, or talk to family and whānau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words.

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

Talk about your child’s writing

  • Talk about ideas and information they are going to write about. Talk about experiences, diagrams, graphs, pictures, photos 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 to support their learning.
  • Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write
  • Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events or an email. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.

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

Write for a reason

  • Encourage your child to write emails, invitations, thank you letters, poems, stories or postcards to friends, family and whänau – make it fun.
  • Ask your child who they would like to write to. It is helpful if what they write is given or sent to others
  • Ask them to write a story to read to a younger sibling
  • A diary or journal – on paper or on a computer – can help your child to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, at home, in the world, on the marae, at sports events and on TV.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand something they are writing about, ask them to explain.


Diocesan Job Vacancy – Executive Secretary of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.  Part Time Catholic Chaplain for Auckland City Clinics, Prison Chaplain – to view the full advertisements and position descriptions for the above roles, please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz under Administration and staff vacancies.

Caritas Lenten Reflection Programme 2019.  Anyone else interested in meeting is welcome to meet in the church following the 6:30 Mass this Sunday.  Any queries contact Joanne van Heerden on 021 114 3374 or mcheerden@gmail.com.

Invitation to our Parish Recollection – Reflections of Holy Week on Holy Tuesday 16th April from 7-9pm.  All welcome.

Working Bee – Washing of windows and general tidy up of the property on Sat 13th April from 10am.

New Organists Wanted – We will need some new organists.  Please contact the Parish Office 576 7959.

Holy week and Easter ceremonies timetable: Passion Sunday 14th April 5:30pm, 8:30am, 10am, procession 6:30pm.

Monday 15th April – 6:30am, 9am, 7:30pm (Charism Mass St Patrick’s Cathedral)

Tuesday 16th April – 9am Mass, 7-9pm Parish Recollection

Wednesday 17th April – Mass 9am

Holy Thursday 18th April – Reconciliation 9-10am, (no morning Mass), Mass of the Lord’s Supper Adoration 7:30pm

Good Friday 19th April – Tenebrae 9am, Stations of the Cross 10:30am, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3pm

Holy Saturday 20th April – 9am Morning prayer, 7:30pm Easter vigil

Easter Sunday 21st April – Mass 8:30am and 10am

Easter Monday; Mass 6:30am Liturgy of the Word 9am


Entertainment books went home with students yesterday.  These are available in book form or digital form.  At $70 each they are fantastic value.  If you do not wish to purchase the Entertainment book, please return it promptly.  If you do wish to purchase the book please fill in the slip enclosed in the envelope and return it with the envelope to the school office asap.  If you wish to purchase the digital form, please follow the instructions on the notice enclosed in the envelope.  Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!


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


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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)










EXPRESS YOURSELF has been a huge hit in our Schooling Community! Express launched last year starting as a free holiday programme sponsored by the Local Manurewa Board which then branched into Schools across Auckland. We have worked with over 500 students since our launch and would love to work with you moving forward.  Follow our link for sneak peak into our world note video is filled with CUTENESS!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ_3fk4gJbI&t=1s  Spots are filling quick for term 2 & 3 however, we would love to offer your Rangatahi – Express Yourself! A hip hop dance programme focused on the mental, physical and emotional development of our Rangatahi through hip hop dance.   Jordan Ikitule – 0211098028, Director of Imitate Me Dance Community

WEIRD, WILD AND WONDERFUL is happening at Highland Park Library over the school holidays.  Lots of free events.  Please go to www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for more information. 

BOOK NOW!  – Novelty Cake Decorating, Cup Cake Creations, Soap Making, Crazy Clay – Make & Glaze
Wildlings Puppet Masks, ***MASTER SERIES***, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, DETAILS & BOOKINGS, uxbridge.org.nz

JUNIOR TOUGH GUY AND GAL CHALLENGEExtreme off road running event, Auckland Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July,  Get Kids Active Charitable Trust and Event Promotions are excited to have the Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge series back for 2019.  This is a chance for Primary  aged kids to get involved in NZ’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them.  All competitors will receive a finishers medal, Hell Pizza voucher and the chance to experience the challenging obstacles, incredible venues, hot showers and spot prizes.  For more information visit:  www.eventpromotions.co.nz or email aimee@eventpromotions.co.nz


Edventure Outdoors- School Holiday Camp:  Based in Pauanui but with pick up points throughout Auckland. We will be surfing, snorkelling, Hot Water beach & Cathedral cove, fishing, tramping and much more. Our camps aim to teach kids about bush and water safety through immersing them in high interest activities with qualified and experienced staff.  April 15th – 18th, OSCAR available, $425, 8-14 yr olds, book at www.edventure.co.nz  Mark Bridger, Edventure Director, mark@edventure.co.nzwww.edventure.co.nz, 02102241576

“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