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 students and their family – Rushal Magalage and Rushadi Magalage.


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Junior School Cross Country10th September (Saving Day 12th September)
Mufti Day and Food Festival13th September
PTFA Disco20th September
Mufti Day Wheels Day27th September


Psalm for Spring

Let all the earth proclaim Your greatness O God creator of all living things

Bless our God – you bright blue skies and scurrying clouds

Bess our God – you budding trees bursting with life

Bless our God – you rhododendrons and azaleas

Give praise to God you majestic magnolias

Give praise to God you happy nodding daffodils

Give praise to God you hyacinths and tulips

Let all that is within us give honour to our creator

Let all that is within us show our thankfulness

Let all that is within us celebrate this season of Spring

Bless our God you newly born animals

Give praise to God all people who love this season

Let all that is within us sing in thankful celebration


Spring, the time when the Earth brings forth all its new life and hope renews itself. The days are longer, the air is warmer and everyone starts to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun and each other. Daffodils and crocus break through the softening earth; the trees have new buds and a definite hue of green; and the robin sings with great joy. It is a time for all to shake off the “dust” of winter and renew the hope in our lives.


Thank you to parents and everyone for the support for Kapa Haka and teachers Ingrid Manickum, Hemi and Imelda Owen (costumes).

Our bi-annual Art Exhibition was truly amazing and a visual spectacular.  Thank you to Bruna Bannister and Shireen Monteiro for coordinating with a huge effort from Ingrid Manickum and the rest of the teaching team to display the art to a high standard.

Thank you to Victoria Fischer for all her help throughout the year especially for taking on Scholastic and the Uniform Shop.

Thank you to Yvonne MacLennan who continues to help with putting books away in our readers room.

A thank you to Nick Chan, Meike Englemann and Anna O’Brien who help Shireen Monteiro in the Library consistently and also a big thank you to Shireen for organising book week, complete with two authors visits from James Russell and Melinda Szymanik.  Mrs Monteiro and Mrs Rivers would like to thank the school community for their tremendous support of the Book Fair and Book Week.  What an amazing response we’ve had to all the events especially Book Character Dress up Day.

A percentage of the Book Fair proceeds will go towards updating our library collection to buy some popular titles.

Special thanks to our volunteers Leona Massey, Meike Engelmann, Matt Hamilton, Nick Chan, Victoria Fischer, Olivia Muggleston, Rosemary Grant, Pearl D’Silva, Anna O’Brien, Zuzana Masaryk, Angelique Robson and St Mark’s staff who helped make this event a big success.

Also this term we have had Cross Country and a visit to Te Tuhi for Rooms 1 and 11.  The Zone Cross Country was well organised by Jenny McKenzie with Julie Kippen as support.


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 classes and 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.


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.

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:

Our recent focus has been:  Playing in the correct areas & sharing winter play areas.

Respect for Others: Ellay Peters, Jannina Matanguihan, Mario Furivai, Book Fair poster helpers, Jiahao Weng, Georgia Wilson, Mikhayla Townsend, Bailey Robson, Jethro Matanguihan, Caitlin Rayner, Ryan Massey, Ethan Tigley

Respect for Self: Patrick Malden, Edward Hicban, Zoe Regis, Julianna Valdez

Respect for the Environment: Noah Hamilton, Joshua Ernstzen, Mario Furivai

EDUCATION PIECE – Year 5 Reading

Reading at home

Talk about their reading

  • Ask your child what they are reading and talk about their ideas: What is the ‘picture’ they have of particular characters? Are there people like that in your family or whānau? What do they want to find out from the book? What are the important messages? What do they think is going to happen next? What else do they need to know to understand the story or topic?
  • Talk about books on similar topics. This helps your child to pull together ideas from different places
  • Talk about different types of stories that are read or spoken. Newspaper articles, internet sites, whakataukī (proverbs), comics, bible stories, songs, waiata or novels will each have different points you can talk about together. Find a newspaper article you’re both interested in and talk about what it means to each of you
  • Help your child to share their thinking. Get them to share opinions and talk about why they think that. Listen, even when you don’t agree with their ideas.

Here’s a tip – give your child space and time to read. Reading longer books they have chosen needs plenty of time.

Read together

  • Find out information together from different places. For example, manuals, dictionaries, the Internet, magazines, television guides, atlases, family tree information, whakapapa
  • Play games that involve reading in a fun way
  • Encourage your child to read to others
  • Younger brothers and sisters, whānau or grandparents are great audiences for practising smooth and interesting reading out loud
  • Visit the library regularly. Help your child choose books they’re interested in (about hobbies, interests or who they are and where they come from) or encourage them to get books out that are about what they are studying at school. They may need you to help by reading to them, as well
  • Find books of movies or TV programmes. It can help your child to learn different ways to tell the same story if they read the ‘stories’ they have watched.

Here’s a tip – help your child to link stories to their own life. Remind them about what they have done when a similar thing happens in the story.

Be a reader yourself

  • Talk about what you are reading and why you are enjoying it or what is challenging about it. Read a book to your child that they might find difficult but want to read, and talk about it as you read. Use your first language whenever you can – it can help your child’s learning
  • Read the same book or magazine as your child. You can then share your ideas about what you have read. You could talk about why the authors made the choices they did when writing the story.

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.

 Ka pai rawa!

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



A reminder to be considerate of other drivers 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 or anger does not help anyone. Please keep calm and exercise understanding.


Please pray for all sick people.  We also require a Pastoral Care parents group who are able to help out cooking meals, doing some errands etc when parents or children are very sick.  Please see our DRS Mrs Beverley Dias or the office if you are able to help in any way in times of need.


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 Programme 2019/2020.  Enrolment forms are now available for parents/caregivers who wish to enrol their child for the Sacraments in 2019/2020.  This will commence on 20th October.  All enrolment forms to be handed in to the Parish Office by Monday 14th October 2019.  They can also be left in the box provided in the foyer from this week on the table.  Please enrol early.  Young people in Year 3 and above who have been baptised Catholic may e enrolled.


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.


Term 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

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



“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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