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 – Kattayela Simpson


A huge thank you to Fr Oliver for his commitment to Catholic Education and to our school.  We have appreciated his input at Board meeting and visits to the classrooms at our school.  We welcome Fr Sherwin who is replacing Fr Aro.  Fr Sherwin is starting on May 19th.  Fr Aro’s last day will be the 18th of May.  There will be a special leaving Mass on the 18th of May at 5:30pm.  Please bring a plate to share for Fr Aro’s farewell.

Uniform Shop Open Second Hand only3rd May, 17th May, 31st May 8:30-9:30am
Soccer Field Day7th May
Paid Union MeetingSchool will be remain open with a skeleton staff (no formal lessons)

from 1pm.  If possible please make alternative arrangements for your child

to be collected at 1pm.

PTFA Girls Night Out Movie NightFriday 10th May 6pm
Junior Stardome Trip13th May
PTFA Meeting14th May Parent Talk and AGM  – All welcome 7-8:30pm7:30pm
BOT meeting21st May, 25th June 7:30pm
Sausage Sizzle24th May
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
Movie Night – Trinity Church Hall14th June 6PM
Hockey Field Day25th June, Saving Day 27th June
Sausage Sizzle28th June


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families recently affected by the many accidents over the last month and the most recent in Taupo of whom were related to families at St Marks.


In the holidays Sherene Rolle participated in Waterfront half marathon event in Mission Bay and  was placed as 53rd out of 153 kids.  It took her 11 minutes to complete the 2K run.  Congratulations Sherene, that is a great achievement.

Congratulations to Mikhayla Townsend and Errol Townsend who entered an ‘Upstart Magazine’ competition and won Mikhayla’s a class set of  Mighty Beanz and also to Errol’s class who received some for participation.  I am sure they all are enjoying playing with them.

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.


We thanks the Lord for our mums, whose smiles can light up our hearts. Whose laughter can dry up our tears and for their never faltering love, can take away our fears.  We  thank you for your love and guidance, and for everything you do.  This world is a better place because of mothers and mums just like you.  We thank GOD for giving us our special Mums and ask Him to Bless them each and every day, as they help us on life’s journey making sure we find our way.


The early Church Father St John Chrysostom has been quoted with the words:  “Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this required transforming greed into gratitude.”

Gratitude and gratefulness are not just words but concepts and emotions.  The words “Thank You” are taught to children when they receive something – even if they are not happy with what they are receiving; it is a question of politeness and respect towards the giver.

Gratitude, however, is more than just saying ‘thank you’.  Gratitude doesn’t have to be expressed by words but we can use signs, symbols or actions.  Gratitude is connected to grace, appreciation and goodness.  Sincerely expressed gratitude creates positive energy and some people say it is contagious.   What has been a virtue in Christianity and many other Faiths, is today also recognised by science:  people who are grateful and express their gratitude are happier, healthier and have a more positive outlook to life than others who are not happy with what they have.

Being grateful and happy with what we have doesn’t hinder us to improve and to learn.  As Catherine McAuley said to her sisters:  “try to be good today but better tomorrow”.

The concept of gratitude is often compared to the concept of mercy and generosity.  Gratitude comes from the heart and doesn’t need to be re-paid.  In today’s society, there are many institutionalised reminders of being grateful.  Days such as Thanksgiving Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day have become more an incentive to purchase gifts rather than truly acknowledging God or a special person in one’s life for the gifts and positive emotions received that are beyond what was expected.


On Thursday 9th May there will be a Paid Union Meeting.  The school will remain open with only 2 staff members from 1pm on this day.  See more details in the yellow form that is coming home today.  Please return it to the office ASAP advising of pick up time for your child/ren.  We will have skeleton staff (2 staff members only) who will supervise any children unable to be collected early on this day.  It would be much appreciated if you can make arrangements for your child to be collected by 1pm on this day.  School will resume as normal on Friday 10th May.  Thank you for your support in this matter.


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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Also please ensure that if you are chatting with other parents after school, please ensure that your child/ren remain sitting on the seating area provided.  It is far too dangerous for them to be running around play tag etc with cars moving about in the carpark.  The school is responsible for their safety while on the school ground and ask that you help us to keep your children safe.  Thank you for your co-operation.

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 the environment:  Sit while you wait after school and during eating time and hands up when you have finished eating, and Milk carton reminders.

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

Respect for Others: Ryan Massey, Sarah Gulla, Isla Hamilton

Respect for Self:  

Respect for the Environment:  Merle Engelmann, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Luca O’Callaghan, Hayden Kwan, Ryan Massey

Ka pai rawa!

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



The BOT Triennial elections are coming up.  Nominations are being called for to join our Board of Trustees.  Nomination will close at noon on 24th of May.  Please consider applying for one of the positions on the Board of Trustees.  Election day is the 7th June, votes will be counted on 13th June and elected trustees will take office on the 14th of June.


Thank you to Mr Matt Hamilton for offering to coach the Rugby Under 35kg side for upcoming games against other schools.  However, we need another parent who is able to coach the Under 45kg team.  If we don’t have a parent coach we will be unable to enter the Under 45kg team.  Please let Mrs Rivers know if you are able to help.  The competition starts on Wednesday 29th May.   Training will take place during lunchtime as do the games.


Room 1 and room 11 children will use the front carparking/court area in the winter Terms 2 and Term 3.  This area will be blocked off from 11am to 2:40pm for PE at playtime and lunchtime use.  Please park at the side or front of the church during these hours.

Please ensure that senior students (Year 4-6) have their PE gear with them every Friday.


Writing at home – Year 4 – making writing fun

  • Writing about their heroes, sports events, tīpuna (ancestors), hobbies and interests helps your child to stay interested in what they are writing about
  • Help your child to leave messages in sand on the beach, send a message in a bottle, do code crackers, word puzzles, crosswords, word finds – these are all fun to do together
  • Make up a story or think of a pakiwaitara (legend) and act it out with costumes and music. Write down the names of the characters or tīpuna (ancestors)
  • If you or someone in your family has a computer, encourage your child to use it to write, email and publish or print for pleasure (emails, birthday cards, poems, jokes, letters, pictures with captions). Or you could use a computer at the library.

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

Talk about your child’s writing

  • Get your child to talk about their writing and share it
  • Cut out words and letters to make stories, codes, poems, puzzles and more…
  • Play word games together
  • 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 with family/whānau to find out more about where the words come from.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand what their story is about, ask them to tell you more about it. Use questions they will want to answer.

Write for a reason

  • Get your child to help write the shopping list, invitation lists for family events, menus for special dinners, thank-you cards when someone does something nice
  • Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too. Have a special place to keep your child’s writing at home (notice board, fridge, folder). You might frame a piece of writing and hang it up, too.

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. Write to them sometimes, too. You can use your first language – this helps your child’s learning, too.


Mothers’ Prayer Group – A group of mothers are meeting to pray specifically for children, grandchildren & the gift of Motherhood.  If you would like to come & join us, we meet at St Mark’s Parish on Tuesday 14th May, 1:30pm until 2:30pm.  Please come and pray for all children.

Baptism Preparation Programme (for children under 5 only).  Programme is for parents with children 5 years and under.  Our next course will be held on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to enrol at the Parish Office.

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women warmly invites you to our next meeting on Tues 30th April at St Anne’s Parish Hall, Manurewa.  For more info contact Grace 577 3479 or visit the website www.dove.org.nz

Married couples marriage encounter weekend 25-26 May at St Francis Retreat Centre, Mt Roskill.  Book now.  Phone Christine & Davis Sloan 372 3581 or email david.christinesload@gmail.com

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – on the first Friday of every month.  All night vigil (after 7pm Mass, Friday 3rd May to 9am Sat 4th May) in the Church.  If you wish to pray before the BLessed Sacrament during the night,m please put your name on the board in the Parish Foyer.


Entertainment books went home with students at the end of last term.  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)


Please support our hardworking PTFA.  There are still some tickets available for the movie night Friday 10th May.  Tickets includes a wine or small popcorn and a soft drink.  There are also spot prizes on the night.

Also our Parenting Talk about Internet Safety on the 14th of May with guest speaker Pauline Spence.  We look forward to seeing you there!











Extreme 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

Beginning Experience Grief Resolution Weekend – 14 – 16  JUNE  2019 – Weeks commencing Tuesday 23 April – Friday week ending 31 May 2019.  ALONE AGAIN?  Widowed, Separated or Divorced?   The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organization with the motto a “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”.  The retreat will help you work through your painful loss.  The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.  Date Friday evening 14 to 16 June Sunday afternoon. Cost $325 or early bird price of $295 if paid by 3 May.  Includes accommodation, meals and materials.  Contact Carol evenings 0210169-0222 or Bev (09)298-9943.  Visit www.beginningexperience.org.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:  Suitable for 6 years and older only.   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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