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 our new student and their family – Olivia San Diego.

Book Week19-23rd August (Dress up parade 23rd August)
BOT Meeting27th August
Te Tuhi Room 129th August
Koanga Festival30th August
Art Exhibition30th August
ICAS Exams2-20th September
Photolife6th September
Junior School Cross Country10th September (Saving Day 12th September)
Mufti Day and Food Festival13th September
PTFA Disco20th September


Our congratulations to the Tuaputa family who have a new baby.

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.


God, thank you for giving me another day. Let me face my troubles today – the big and the small – with a happy heart filled with Your unending love. Let me appreciate the moments of joy You send me this day. Let me see the cares of others as an opportunity to bring Your great compassion to those who most need it. And God, I know that You see and know all things – all of the world’s loveliness, and all of its harshness too. So on this day that you have given me, I ask that I may bring Your joy with me as I share myself with others. And I pray that You will be warmed by the happiness of Your children. Finally, God, let me never forget that in all things, in gladness or sorrow, You who are all love and joy and hope are always by me side. Amen



Two heaped cups of Patience

One heart full of Love

Five handfuls of Generosity

Two headful of Understanding

A dash of Humour

Sprinkle with Kindness

Add plenty of Faith and mix well

Serve spread over a Lent or better still over a Lifetime

And spread happiness to everyone you meet!


It was a wonderful occasion to attend the celebration of the Sacrament of Ordination at the Cathedral recently. We were very proud of our children from both the School and Parish Choirs who sung like Angels. Congratulations to both choir trainers, Mrs Rita Furivai and Mrs Angel May Frost. Father Martin Wu also said his first Mass at St Mark’s Parish on Saturday night and credits the teachers and the Parish community for his calling to Priesthood. Our motto ‘Seek and You Shall Find’ was significant as he journeyed towards Priesthood and the struggles he has had on his life journey. We are very proud that one of our ex students has become a Priest and it is significant that this has happened on our 40th anniversary year.


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 and ways of being.

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.


Congratulations to Juliana Valdez on her speech of Climate Change that won the APPA Tagalog Speech Competition.

We also thank her parents for their support in training Julianna to such a high standard and to Mrs Marianne Stacey for being so supportive and co ordinating the Finals which were held in the Parish Centre today.

Thanks also goes to our judges Mr Carlo Camus from Skids Mellons Bay and Mrs Coradel Gulla.



A big thank you to Shahina and Anil Oberoi from Barfoot and Thompson who have generously donated drink bottles for our basketball teams and soccer team.

Also a big thank you to Supervalue in Flatbush for donating bottles of water for our sports teams.


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.


Best wishes to our Ski Team who are racing over the weekend of 2nd-4th of September. Best of luck to Emerson Strevens, Fletcher Strevens and Hayden Kwan. Thank you to Mrs Strevens for organising.


Due to the clash of dates with Sancta Maria opening evening and APPA Choir Festival, Sancta Maria have kindly changed the date to the 6th of November from 6-7pm for their open evening.


We are developing a space in Room 8 for STEM (Science, Technology and Maths) and we will require some household goods including a one or two ring elements, clean fabrics, wool, knitting needles, shoe boxes etc. A full letter explaining more will come out tomorrow.


Congratulations to our team who ran so determinedly, many striving to overtake right to the finish. We were 3rd school on overall points. A big thank you to all the wonderful parent helpers.

Top 20 place getters

Year 4

Girls – Eva Gemmell 1st, Mikhayla Townsend 5th, Sherene Rolle 6th, Valentina Wells 14th, Naomi (Yr 3) 20th.

Boys – Liam Donnellan 18th

Year 5

Girls – Marthina Taboada 11th, Melissa Jackson-Potter 15th

Boys – Emerson Strevens 4th, Lucas Masaryk 8th, Bailey Robson 10th, Hayden Kwan 16th

Year 6

Girls – Ellay Peters 10th, Ishara Samarasinha 11th, Camryn Davis 12th, Zoe Regis 13th, Jiayi Chen 18th

Boys – Noah Hamilton 18th

Team Results

Year 4 Girls 1st Team

Year 5 Girls 3rd Team

Year 5 Boys 2nd Team

Year 6 Girls 3rd Team

Overall Team Results – St Mark’s 3rd team (1st Bucklands Beach, 2nd Elim)


A lovely dinner was had last week for the outgoing Board of Trustees members as a thank you to them all for all their governance over the many years. Thank you to all board members for your ongoing support and guidance.

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: Siennah Andrews-Harvey, Makee Enricoso, Angel Pallewatte, Michael McGinty, Rico D’Sylva, Room 11 students, Luca O’Callaghan, Angel Pallewatte, Amelia Chan, Kattalaya Simpson, Isla Hamilton, Joshua Ernstzen, Gabriel Heruela, Luis Antonio and Noah Hamilton

Respect for Self: Patrick Malden, Sarah Ernstzen, Vinnie Wells, Stephanie McCormack, All students who took part in the Interschool Cross Country

Respect for the Environment: Jacob Fischer, Room 1 students, Cherise Didier Serre, Gaby Fernandes and Fredrick Furivai

EDUCATION PIECE – Year 6 Reading

Make reading fun

  • Have discussions together about books – read the books your child is reading
  • Encourage Internet research about topics of interest – notice what they are keen on
  • Make your home a reader-friendly home with plenty of books, magazines, newspapers that everyone can read – look for books and magazines at fairs and second-hand shops. Ask your family or whānau if they have any they no longer want
  • Share what you think and how you feel about the characters, the story or the opinions in magazines and newspapers you are reading. It is important that your child sees you as a reader and you talk about what you are reading.

Here’s a tip – encourage your child to read every day. Make reading fun and praise your child’s efforts, all the time.

Read together

  • Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do, no matter how old they are. You can use your first language
  • When you are reading to your child, you can talk about words or ideas in the text that your child might not have come across before
  • Children are often interested in new words and what they mean – encourage them to look them up in a dictionary or ask family/whānau about the meaning and origin.

Here’s a tip – keep the magic of listening to a good story alive by reading either made up, retold or read-aloud stories to your child – with lots of excitement through the use of your voice!

Keep them interested

  • Help your child identify an author, character or series of books they particularly like and find more in the series or by the author
  • Talk about the lyrics of songs or waiata, or the words of poems your child is learning, and see if there are any links to who they are, and where they come from
  • Think about subscribing to a magazine on your child’s special interest, eg animals, their iwi, kapa haka or sport, or check out the magazines at the library, or on the Internet
  • Go to your local library to choose books together. These might be books your child can read easily by themself. They might be books your child wants to read but are a bit hard – you can help by reading a page to them, then helping them read the next one
  • Play card and board games together – the more challenging the better.

Here’s a tip – be a great role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading – whether it’s the newspaper, a magazine, a comic, a cook book or a novel. Read in the language that works best for you.

If you have missed my news that was announced by the Board of Trustees at the end of week one, I am retiring at the end of 2019.  After 17 years at our fantastic School, it is time to hand over this responsibility and privilege to another.  I thank all the teaching staff, support staff, board of trustees and PTFA and our many volunteers for their hard work and extra effort to support our students and our wonderful school to ensure our students receive a broad holistic education.

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. Thank you for supporting your child in their journey to become lifelong inquirers.


The Howick and Pakuranga Dance Festival was a great success. Well done to the St Mark’s dance troupe and a big thank you to Miss Christina Davis and Mrs Ingrid Manickum for training the troupe.


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


A reminder to be considerate of other drives and stick to the one way system in the carpark to ensure the safety of your child/our children. Please be considerate as others back into carparks or take their time to be careful in the way they are pulling in or out of parks. Displays of stress of anger does not help anyone. Please keep calm and exercise understanding.


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.


Sacramental of Anointing – This year our Friendship Group anointing Mass will be held on Saturday 24th August at 11am.  There will be no 9am Mass.  We are inviting the parish to join us and you are invited to bring a plate and joint us for a shared lunch following Mass.  Any inquiries please contact Megan 021 901 379.

Baptism – Baptisms take place at St Mark’s on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.  Those to be Baptised will be presented to St Mark’s at Mass the week before their Baptism.

Mothers’ Prayer Group – A group of mothers are meeting to pray specifically for children, grandchildren and the gift of Motherhood.  If you would like to come and join us, we meet at St Mrak’s Parish on Tuesday 13th August, 1:30-2:30pm.  Please come and pray for all children.

St Vincent De Paul Society is in need of milo and tins and would appreciate your help.  Thank you for your generosity.  There is also a basket inside the front door of the school where items can be dropped off.


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 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

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


HOWICK SAILING CLUB – NEW SEASON – It has been cold and wet, but when the sun shines it reminds us that it’s time to plan for summer. The Howick Sailing Club is once again offering Learn to Sail courses on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, starting on October 23. These very popular courses aim to give girls and boys aged 8 to 12 basic skills and enjoyment of this lifelong sport , in the great marine environment right on our doorstep. Our small group instruction has been very successful in the past, and we are especially pleased to have new Optimist sailing dinghies to make the experience even better. The cost per student is $250 for a minimum of 6 weeks. Registration is online. Sailors who have done the first Learn to Sail course and want to keep developing their skills, have fun on the water, and try a bit of racing, will have sessions on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. Ring Malcolm on 0276494912 if you would like more information. You can also follow us on Facebook.

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

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