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 – Mia Longerstaey, Quinn Pinpin, Jonas Leung, Louisa Siu and Jessie Wang.

We also welcome our new teacher Mrs Rosemary Moffat who is teaching a Year 1 class in Room 5.

BOT meeting29th July 7:30pm
Choir RehearsalTuesday 30th July
Senior School Cross CountryWednesday 31st July (Saving Day 1st August)
AMC MathsThursday 1st August
Dance Festival7th and 8th August
Interschool Cross Country13th August
Rugby v Wakaaranga16th August at St Marks
Book Week19-23rd August (Dress up parade 23rd August)
Koanga Festival30th August
Art Exhibition30th August
Photolife6th September


Our condolences go out to Father Green’s family and his friends.  Fr Ray Green was the foundation Priest at St Mark’s Parish and it was his vision to build St Mark’s School over 40 years ago.  We will always fondly remember him and acknowledge his dedication, hardwork and foresight.

Also our condolences go out to Sarah McIntyre and her family, Kazia Coster’s family, Camryn Davis’ family and Patrick Malden’s family.


Our mufti day on the last day of term raised $315 for Doputz Primary School in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.  Thank you, this was a great effort and will help the community provide new water tanks and toilets for the school and repair existing classrooms.


Derek Ng, the Business Development Manager of Mathletics has contact us to say that Room 1 at St Mark’s Catholic School won the Mathletics Open Month Class Week Challenge.

Room 1 enjoyed their prize of $100 worth of pizzas on the last day of term.


In the holidays we received a letter from Carey Park in response to cards and writing on the benefits of camp sent by St Marks’ students.   Quote from the team at Carey Park “Thank you so much for all those lovely cards, it was a great memory of the wonderful time we spent with you at camp in March.  They were so creative and colourful and look so good hanging on our office wall.

Thanks for sending through your benefits of camp as well – they were fantastic.  We totally agree with everything you said.  We also believe every year 5 & 6 student should come on camp.  You guys are such good writers and we loved all the wonderful adjectives you used to describe camp.  St Mark’s Catholic School was a joy to host and seeing you participate in all the activities was amazing.  We are constantly encouraged by the bravery and confidence you showed in trying new things and facing your fears.  We are glad you enjoyed all the activities and enjoyed the yummy food we made.  We are excited to have St Mark’s fearless kids back at Carey Park for another big adventure in the future!”

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.


Loving God, mother and father of all, we ask your blessing as we all engage in another term of work.

Be our near companion, spread the road before us with beauty and adventure.

Give us, on the journey, a heart wrapped in wonder that we may see your presence in all things and in all whom we meet.

You call us to serve You and your people in the midst of a busy world.  When we struggle, help us.  When we stumble, hold us.  When we fall, lift us up.

Give us hearts full of love.  Strengthen us to share this love with those whom you have called to share the journey.

We make our prayers through Christ, your Son, Amen


Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn,

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn to respect.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and those around them.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with encouragement, they learn to be confident.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with recognition, they learn it’s good to have a goal.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with expectations, they learn to live up to them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place to live.

If children grow to know and love God, they understand they will always be listened to.


SPECIAL CARING AWARDS – On Wednesday 24th July, Bishop Pat Dunn assisted by Bishop Dennis and Father Bernard Kiely and Pa Tate, celebrated the annual Catholic Caring and Awards Mass.  Our recipients were Afa Taoa, Noah Hamilton and Joshua Ernstzen who were chosen by their peers as showing caring hearts and actions including outreach.  We were very proud of these students and acknowledge that many others show care, outreach and are generous in spirit.  It also was Bishop Pat’s 25th anniversary as the Bishop of Auckland. We congratulated him and the children were lucky enough to have a photo taken alongside him after the ceremony.

This is a reminder that our overarching statement for our values and expectations are that: We follow Jesus through our ABC’s and 3 R’s.

Attitude – we have an expectation that children will have a positive attitude and always try their best.  Children will come to understand that a positive attitude will guarantee better performance and achievement in life.

Behaviour – that we like to see at St Mark’s self-management and includes self-discipline, good manners, displaying belief in God and in self.

Care –  showing kindness and helpfulness and being compassionate towards others.

Respect for Self – wearing the uniform with pride, keeping themselves clean and tidy, setting goals and taking time to reflect against goals or feedback and feed forward.

Respect for Others – listening effectively to others points of view or ideas.  Showing tolerance of those of different Religions or of different cultures etc.

Respect for the Environment – Looking after you own and others property.  Helping to keep their school grounds and their homes clean and tidy.  Being careful not to litter, damage trees or your surroundings.


A reminder:  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.

GOOD NEWS/PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning)

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

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised at assembly for respect of Self, Others or the Environment:

Respect for Others: Eshan Samarasinha, Eva Gemmell, Mikaela Townsend, Lilly Grace Massey, Georgia Wilson, Caitlin Rayner, Samantha Radich, Tyler Mitchell, Michael McGinty, Joseph Mafi, Cooper Fisi’iahi.

Respect for Self:  Naomi Latu, Samantha Ubaldo, Lauren Anthony, Gaby Fernandes, Patrick Malden, Siennah Andrew-Harvey, 

Respect for the Environment:  Kazia Coster, Rita Schuster, Latai Liuanga.

EDUCATION PIECE – Year 1 Writing

 Make writing fun

  • Help your child write an alphabet letter, then go letter hunting in your house or in a book to find that letter
  • Let your child see you writing – you can use your first language
  • Encourage them to write shopping lists or make birthday cards
  • Water and a paintbrush on a dry path and a stick on sand are fun ways to write letters and words.

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

Give them reasons to write

  • Write to each other. Write notes to your child and leave them in interesting places, like their lunch box. Ask them to write a reply
  • Help them email, text or write to family, whānau or friends
  • Work with them to put labels on special things – like the door to their room or their toy box.

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

Talk about their writing

  • Talk about the letters in your child’s name and where the name comes from.
  • Help them create a scrapbook with pictures. Encourage them to write stories under the pictures and talk to you about them.
  • Ask them to write about pictures they draw – on paper or on the computer. Or get them to tell you the story and you write it under the picture.

Here’s a tip – talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand what your child’s picture or story is about, ask them to tell you about it.

Encourage writing

  • Have felt pens, pencils, crayons and paper available
  • Put magnetic letters on the fridge – ask what words they can make with the letters.

Ka pai rawa!

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



At St Mark’s we will be celebrating our love of reading and books with Book Week and Scholastic Book Fair which runs from 19th-23rd of August.  During this week, we will have special events and activities and wrap up our book week with a book character dress up parade.   Dates and times will be communicated in the upcoming weeks.  Thank you for supporting your child in their journey to become lifelong inquirers.


The Howick and Pakuranga Dance Festival in on Wednesday 7th of August and Thursday 8th of August at Somerville Intermediate.  Tickets are available from the office.  They are $5 each.  Children under 5 are free if they are sitting on a parents lap.


Realisticus Art Classes are being held at St Mark’s now on a Wednesday and a Thursday.   Book online at ArtAcademy.co.nz


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.


Baptism Preparation Programme – Enrolments are invited at the office and in future Baptismal ceremonies will be held on a Saturday.

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 Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland.  For further information contact Vincent ph 424 2293 or vincentmaire12@gmail.com.  Cost $280


Entertainment books are still available in book form or digital form.  At $70 each they are fantastic value.   If you wish to purchase the digital form, please go to the entertainment book website and order there, selecting St Mark’s as the recipient of your sponsorship.  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.


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 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

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


Farm Cove Intermediate enrolments for 2020 – we have a few prospectuses in the office for Farm Cove Intermediate.  Please feel free to come and collect one if you are intending for your child to Farm Cove next year.

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.

“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

Pakuranga Athletic Club would like to invite local primary school children to join us for a practice run at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Saturday 3rd August at 2pm.  The course set up will be similar to the course for the upcoming HPPA inter schools races.Please sign in at the clubrooms at 2pm, run will start at 2.30pm.  Parents must stay and supervise their children at all times.  Spot prizes after the run and hot chips, chocolate milk and drinks available from the bar.Please wear school sports uniform and appropriate footwear for running (barefoot allowed).  School Sports Co-ordinators are welcome to attend and help on the day.  The JXCR Committee will set up the course and organise marshals, first aid and spot prizes.Clubrooms are located beside the track at Lloyd Elsmore Park, entrance at 36/38 Cascades Road

‘Behind the Screens’ FREE Presentation for Parents  (in collaboration with the Parenting Place) Monday 29 July, 5.30pm – 6:45pm, Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre, Howick College.  We only have a very limited number of seats left for this FREE technology presentation next Monday evening. Register via the Howick College website – http://www.howickcollege.school.nz/news/upcoming-events/ – if you wish to attend, learn about tools tips and strategies on how to support their child with managing social media, online bullying, gaming addiction, inappropriate content and parental control. Please encourage them to come along to this FREE presentation.

Pakuranga United Rugby Club are starting up  a new indoor netball programme for Year 3 & 4 students.  Contact the club for more information.

INFLATABLE SOCCER –Just letting you know our soccer programme is back at St Marks School in Term 3 – 2019.  It will be every Friday after school, starting on August 9th.  This term we have a special running – 5 week programme for only $65!  If you would like to join our programme you can register online at: https://www.ffcacademy.co.nz/events/st-marks-pakuranga-after-school-programme-term-3

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  PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ON OUR WEBSITE A DAY BEFORE THE FIRST SESSION THAT THE SESSION STARTS ON THE SAME DAY AS MENTIONED IN THIS EMAIL, DUE TO WET WEATHER OR SCHOOL EVENTS THERE MAY BE LITTLE CHANGES (e.g starting a week later)  Thank you and see you all back on the 9th =)

Kind Regards,

Rudy Mozr, Manager, FFC Academy NZ

Mobile: 021 332 256, Website:www.ffcacademy.co.nz, Email:  rudy.mozr@ffcacademy.co.nz



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