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.


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Mufti Day Wheels Day27th September
Last Day of Term27th September
Wero White Water Park Year 6 only16th October
Swimming starts Rm 1,6,7,9,10,1117th October – every Thursday
Mission Day18th October
Athletics Day Lloyd Elsmore Park Seniors23rd October
Labour Day28th October
BOT Meeting29th October
Fun & Food Festival3rd November Sunday
Junior Swimming Starts4th November – 8 consecutive days


Great God, give us Wisdom, that we may always use our minds to think and plan what is Good.  Give us Wisdom that is peaceable, that we may live in trust and friendship with all who come into our lives.  Give us Wisdom that is gentle, that we may be quick to praise and to sympathise.  Give us Wisdom that is is open to reason, that we may be understanding, willing to listen, open to truth and courageous enough to grow and change.  Give us Wisdom that is merciful, that we may be sensitive the the joys and sufferings of others and trusting enough to allow them to be merciful to us.  May we live good lives.  Amen


Reading from Colossians  3: 12-14

God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people.  So be gentle, kind, humble, meek and patient.  Put up with each other and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you.  Love in more important than anything else.  It is what ties everything completely together.


Thank you to our Basketball Coaches.  Paul Siao, Matt McGinty and Dale Babaran and Emily Blake.  And also thank you to our team managers, Mrs Theresa Siao, Cherry Enricoso, Rachel Strevens and James Townsend.  We also thank our Rugby coach Matt Hamilton supported by James Townsend (when he was available).  We also thank Mrs Kippen for coaching the lunchtime Netball team.  There was a long list of thank you’s in our last newsletter and we thank you all again for your work in the first half of the term.


Please pray for these who have passed away and their families.   Our condolences goes out to Ceana Francis and family whose grandfather passed away in India.   Afa Taoa’s grandfather also passed away recently.  Also Rev Monsignor Brian Arahill who died early last week.  May they rest in peace.


Congratulations and a warm welcome to Mrs Tracey Kopua who will start next year as our new Principal.  Mrs Rivers will do a handover at the end of the term or in the holidays.  Thanks everybody for their support over the last 17 years which has helped our school compete in all areas at the top level and ensured our Gospel values remain strong.

Congratulations to Mario Furivai who competed on behalf of St Mark’s in the Howick and Pakuranga Zone Championship in the set speech category.  Mario represented our school very well and came third equal.


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.


During the holidays, please ask your children to clean their rooms and their bags out so you can return any books on the first week of school as we will be doing a stocktake in week 2 of Term 4.  This would be very helpful as teachers will do a tidy up of desks on the last day.  Any lost books are charged at $15 each to replace.


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.

Please be a considerate driver and STOP a the STOP sign at the village turn off to their main admin department.  Also remember that parking on the yellow lines is an offence and disrupts traffic flow.


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: Cole Manning, Ron Enricoso, Braeden Degult, Liam Antonio, Eloise Clapperton, Fredrick Furivai, Luis Antonio, Dinuk Jayatilaka, Gabi Puthur, Jeffrey Gulanes, Justin Real, James Bremner, Mateo Enricoso, Princeton Cabasag, Ryan Curtis, Dante Afoa, Jack Sturgess, Rita Schuster, Leigh Ferrer, Rafael Gutierrez, Eliana Chanda, Sarah Gulla, Mario Furivai, Joshua Ernstzen, Takunda Chirenje, Beatrice Agudo, Zoe Regis, Merle Engelmann, Elenor Vi, Thomas Petrov, Sherene Rolle, Ivan Stowers, Phoenix Naidu, Krishav Naidu, Bernice Siu, Tyrell Schuster, Ryan Massey, Akeshi Jayawardana, Imani Kannangara, Gaby Fernandes, Cherise Didier’Serre, Lilly Massey

Respect for Self: Julianna Valdez, Franco Antonio, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Julian Wang, Sophia Neems, Ivan Stowers, Tyrell Schuster, Jiahao  Weng, Bernice Siu, Hannah D’Silva, Yonah Poblete, Marie Tsang, Lev Cabardo, Jason Seo, Camryn Davis, Jiaxuan Chen, Lilly Massey, Merle Engelmann

Respect for the Environment: Aaron Chan, Julian Wang, Lucas McGinty, Cherise Didier’Serre, Gaby Fernandes, Zoe Regis


Please send your child to school with a healthy packed morning tea and lunch each day.  Create good healthy eating habits in your child.  Carrot sticks, yoghurt, sandwiches, wraps, sushi, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, home savoury baking like bacon scrolls, cheese and vegemite scrolls, chopped up fruit, rice,  etc.  Please avoid packaging as we are a waste wise school.  Please also send only bottles of water to school.  No juice or soft drinks.

EDUCATION PIECE – Year 4 Reading

Reading at home – Read and talk together

  • Get your child to tell you about what they are reading. Who is their favourite character and why? Is there anyone like that in your family? What do they think is going to happen? What have they learnt from their reading? Does it remind them of any of their own experiences?
  • Help your child with any words they don’t understand – look them up together in the dictionary if you need to
  • Read recipes, instructions, manuals, maps, diagrams, signs and emails. It will help your child to understand that words can be organised in different ways on a page, depending on what it’s for
  • Read junk mail – your child could compare costs, make their own ‘advertisements’ by cutting up junk mail or come up with clever sentences for a product they like.

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.

Read with others

  • If your child has chosen something to read that is too hard at the moment, take turns and read it together
  • Reading to younger brothers or sisters, whānau or grandparents will give your child an opportunity to practise reading out loud
  • Encourage other family members to read to and with your child – Aunty, Grandma, Koro
  • Playing board games and card games is important, too
  • Choose games that everyone wants to play – make them challenging, not too easy.

Here’s some tips –

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!

When they are reading, the most common difficulty your child is likely to have is working out the meaning of new words, phrases and expressions. To do this your child will use their knowledge of words and word patterns (eg prefixes, suffixes and root words) to help build meaning. You may need to remind your child to read back and forward for clues to help their understanding of what they are reading. Talk with your child about the meaning.

Take your child to the library

  • Help your child to choose a variety of books they want to read
  • Help them look for books about topics they’re learning about at school
  • Get your child to choose a book that you can read to them (listening to you read helps them with their reading)
  • Encourage your child to retell favourite stories or parts of stories in their own words.

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

 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.


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 be enrolled.

St Marks Catholic Parish has an opening for a Parish Secretary.

This parish team role is primarily focused on providing daily communication and support to the parish priest, being the primary interface with parishioners, and includes office administrative but non financial duties and some clerical support to the Parish Pastoral Coordinator.

Candidates will need to have good communication and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and Social Media platforms will be helpful. Enjoy working in a team environment which interfaces with a wide variety of people that helps to create a happy and efficient Parish office.

Office hours are 9am to 3pm daily but can be flexible as required by the candidate and the parish team. For further information please contact Christine Donnelly, telephone 027 231 1251. Please note applications close on Monday the 7th of October.

Pastoral Co-ordinator Vacancy – St Marks Parish, Pakuranga

St Marks is a happy Parish and is looking for a person to join our Parish team.  This full time role is to assist and coordinate all Pastoral and Sacramental Programmes for St Mark’s Catholic Parish .This person will ensure the best welfare and wellbeing of its Parishioners through the support of the Parish Priest through leading and overseeing Parish programmes such as RCIA, RCIT, RCIC, youth programmes, Liturgies and all Parish communications.

As the Pastoral Co-ordinator you will have the following skills;

Knowledge of Liturgy, Sacramental programmes and an ability to work with the wider Parish groups in other pastoral activities.

A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and Social Media platform will be helpful.

For further information please contact Christine Donnelly, telephone 027 231 1251. Please note applications close on Monday the 30th of September.


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)



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.

“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

Christina Ferens wrote “Little Calf and Friends” for her young grandson who was born with cystic fibrosis.  Break-through medication has been available overseas for five years.  She writes now to ask for two minutes of your time to sign the petition for its funding by the NZ government, because we shouldn’t leave children to suffer and the impact of cystic fibrosis on young families is huge.   Wonderful if you could network this link: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_89942/petition-of-edward-porter-publicly-fund-kalydeco-medication?signed=truerinciple  Thanking you most sincerely,  Christina Ferens


TUTORS:     Kelly Scott (Deputy Principal HCYT),  Libby Giddey (Trained Primary teacher)

Other tutors/assistants  (All are either trained drama tutors or qualified school teachers) 

WHAT:             Five days of drama and art/craft activities around the theme.

WHEN:             Monday 7th October – Friday 11th October

TIME:               9AM TO 3PM – Children may be dropped off from 8am.

WHERE:           29 Granger Rd, Howick

WHO:               Primary & Intermediate aged children

COST:              $25 per day

BOOKINGS:     Phone 537 4943,    Postal address:       HCYT, P.O Box 38 400, Howick

Cheques  payable to H.C.Y.T. please.  No refunds once programme has started.

BRING:                        Lunch (We provide morning tea only)


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