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 – Brynner Viliamu, Luke Stowers, Benjamin Moffat, Fletcher Hamilton and Carl Sotto.

BOT meeting25th June, 30th July (TBC) 7:30pm
Sausage Sizzle28th June
Soccer v WakaarangaMonday 1st July
Soccer v Botany DownsTuesday 2nd July
Mufti ManiaFriday 5th July – see page 2 for details
Last Day of Term 2Friday 5th July
First Day of Term 3Monday 22nd July
Senior School Cross Country ChampsWednesday 31st July (Saving Day 1st August)
AMC Maths1st August
Dance Festival7th and 8th August
Interschool Cross Country13th August (Saving Day 15th August)
Rugby v Wakaaranga16th August


Our condolences go out the the Yang family who has had a family member pass away in Beijing and to Ruth Leafberg whose husband has passed away.


On Friday 5th of July, please wear your normal clothes/mufti (ie not school uniform) and bring a gold coin to support us buying a new water tank, new toilets and resources for Doputz Primary School in Papua New Guinea to get it up and running once again.  This is a joint venture between Catholic Schools in New Zealand and Caritas and we would very much appreciate your support.


A big thank you to Sanitarium who have donated up and go’s for our basketball teams and rugby teams.  Also Bunnings East Tamaki who have donated drink bottles for our basketball teams, Yummy apples for donating apples for our recent movie night and Pakuranga United Rugby Club for donating 2 rugby balls.  Thank you to Quintelle Osthuizen (Mikhayla and Errols mum) for organising all of these donations.


We are pleased to announce our new Board of Trustees.  They are as follows:  James Townsend, Gavin Coad, Peter Masaryk, Mieke Engelmann and Abigail Evans.  We also congratulate the following Bishops Representatives:  Jose Gutierrez, Nazley Ernstzen, Martin Ryan and Fr Sherwin Lapaan.  Also our staff representative was re-elected and remains Lorraine Ross.


Congratulations to the young people from our school who received their First Holy Communion this weekend.

Lev Cabardo, Amelie Chan, Jannina Matanguihan, Jethro Matanguihan, Sophia Neems, Jacob Calacsan, Hannah D’Silva, Cherise Didier’Serre, Liam Donnellan, Gabriella Fernandes, Giovanni Gutierrez, Lily Massy, Amiel Morales, Zoe Regis, Eduardo Roman-Baza, Leo Ryan, John Santoyo, Ean Siao, Julianna Valdez, Julian Wang and Georgia Wilson.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2019 or 2020

Do you have a child turning 5 in the next 12 months?  St Mark’s would appreciate it if you are able to come in and collect an enrolment pack.  This helps us plan our upcoming classes.  Many thanks.


First Communion – As you take part in the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation for the first time today, know that you will carry the Lord’s blessing and love with you forever.


May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His Love and the joy of His life.


Please ensure that you collect your children promptly at the end of the school day.  School finishes at 2:50pm.  Any children still remaining at school at 3:10 will be sent to SKIDS.  SKIDS will charge for their services for anyone who is there for more than 7 minutes.

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.

The Ministry of Health’s guidance on food related choking in young children outlines the risk of certain foods and the way these foods can be prepared and consumed by infants and toddlers.  In some cases, removing food items is necessary and there are steps that can be taken to make high-risk food safer for younger children.  Changing the texture, removing skins, grating, cooking, or mashing are some ways of making food safer that presents a risk when swallowing.  This information can be found at:  https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/food-activity-and-sleep/healthy-eating/food-related-choking-young-children

GOOD NEWS/PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning)

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

Previous weeks focus has been:  Respect for others, self and the Environment – Keep hands and feet to myself, using kind words and actions and playing in the correct areas.

This week’ focus is:  Respect for Self:  Wearing the correct uniform and it being clean and tidy.

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

Respect for Others: Justin Real, Beatrice Agudo, Samantha Sotto, Siennah Andrews-Harvey, Ellay Peters, Michael McGinty, Ishara Samarasinha, Rita Schuster, Samantha Ubaldo, Afa Taoa, Tommy Derejian, Samantha Radich, Grahame Leafberg’s funeral representatives

Respect for Self:  Eshan Samarasinha, Samantha Ubaldo, Kyan Kioa, Jacob Tigley, Patrick Malden, Ceana Francis, Etienne Jiang, Camryn Davis, Star of the Sea Authors group, Bernice Siu, Gaby Fernandes, Siennah Andrews-Harvey, Nicholas Jackson-Potter, Lucas Siu

Respect for the Environment:  Ryan Massey, Merle Engelmann, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Sherene Rolle, Ishara Samarasinha, Jacob Tigley

Ka pai rawa!

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



On Wednesday 26th of June Home Language Speeches will be held in Room 5 at 1:35pm.  Parents of participants are welcome to attend.


School starts at 8:50am every morning and finishes at 2:50pm each afternoon.  The office will be open from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day.  Children should arrive from 8:30 onwards and be ready in class by 8:50am.  Please ensure your children are at school on time and collected on time.  Also please ensure your child remembers to pack their lunchbox in their school bag.  Thank you for your support.


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.

EDUCATION PIECE – Year 2 Writing

Make writing fun

  • encourage your child to write – on paper or on the computer. It is OK for you to help and share the writing. Give lots of praise
  • enjoy the message and don’t make your child anxious about spelling or neatness
  • make a photo book and get your child to write captions
  • scrapbooks are fun, too. Old magazine or newspaper pictures about a favourite subject, dogs, your family, motorbikes or the latest toy craze, pasted on to blank pages – with room for captions or stories, too
  • play with words. Finding and discussing interesting new words can help increase the words your child uses when they write. Look up words in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk to family and whänau to find out more about the meaning and the whakapapa (origins) of the words.

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.

Give them reasons to write

Help your child to:

  • write lists – ‘Things I need from the shop’, ‘Games to play when I am bored’, ‘Things I want to do in the holidays’. The last one can be cut up and go into a box or bag for a lucky dip when the holidays finally arrive
  • write out recipes or instructions for other people to follow (especially fun if the instructions are for an adult)
  • keep a diary, especially if you are doing something different and exciting. Your child can draw the pictures or stick in photos. Their diary could be a webpage on the computer
  • write letters, cards, notes and emails to friends and family and the Tooth Fairy – you might write replies sometimes, too
  • cut out letters from old magazines and newspapers to make messages write secret messages for others to find in their lunch box or under their pillow.

Here’s a tip – display their work. Put it on the fridge. Be proud of it. Share it with others.

Talk about their writing

  • Make up a different ending for a favourite story together and get them to write it down
  • Ask them to write about pictures they draw. Get them to tell you the story
  • Keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, any time.

Here’s a tip – don’t worry if your child’s letters are sometimes backwards or words are misspelt at this age. The important thing is that they have fun writing at home and are making an effort.


Eucharistic Convention Auckland 2019 – Theme:  Take Courage – 12 -14 July at Sacred Heart College (250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie).  Youth night (Friday) – Koha $5.  Eucharistic Convention (Sat & Sun) – Koha $30 per day, $50 for both days.  For more information www.auckland.eucharist.nz or Eucharistic Convention Auckland 2019 facebook page for the iTicket link.

Christian Meditation Retreat – Meditation and Becoming Human, led by Fr Peter Murphy.  Meditation as a path to fullness of life, July 26-28, St Francis Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road.  For further information phone Vincent 424-2293 or vincentmarie12@gmail.com.  Cost $280

Quo Vadis (Where are you going) Gathering.  Eucharist, sharing and discerning on diocesan priesthood with Bishop Pat and Fr Sherwin Lapaan.  The next gathering is on Saturday 6th July 10am till noon at Pompallier Centre, 30 New Street, Saint Marys Bay.  All men aged 17-27 years welcome.  RSVP to aucklandpriests@gmail.com.


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!


We now have some new school ties available from the onsite school uniform shop or from the school office.  They are $13 each.

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


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Term 2 Last day of term 2 is Friday 5th July

Term 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

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


NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:

– Lost property, Theft for a public place or car,  Intentional property damage,  Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 – Things that are Happening Now.

Vodafone Competition – Sing your way to win part of a total prize pool of $13K

As proud technology partners, Vodafone are helping to spread the word about 105.

Check out the New Zealand Police 105 song, then re-create your own version. Get your colleagues involved. Simply film it, then upload to vodafone.co.nz/105 for the chance to win part of a total prize pool of $13,000 from Vodafone.

Visit 105.police.govt.nz to hear the song or visit vodafone.co.nz/105 find out more about the competition

The Highland Park, Howick, Pakuranga and Botany Libraries are having many different activities over the school holidays.  Kids Movie Club, Ice Experiments, Robots Rule, Optical Illusion.  For more information see our community board or go to www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

HCYT (Howick Children’s & Youth Theatre) having upcoming performances with Mrs Wishy Washy & Other Stories and The Pied Piper.  for Booking phone 537 4943 or email hcyt@xtra.co.nz.  For more information see our community board.

“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.


Piano/Keyboard lessons are available after school.  They are held in the Music Room by Mrs Ruth Leafberg on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Lessons are from 2:50-3:20.  Small classes of up to 6 students.  Price is $8.50 per lesson.  Phone Ruth on 576 7406 to enrol.

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

Ezy Lunch – copy link below to view their menu – https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/pdf/school/st_marks_catholic_school_pakuranga/Menu.pdf



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