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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Swimming starts Rm 1,6,7,9,10,1117th October – every Thursday
Mission DayFriday 18th October
PTFA MeetingStaffroom Tuesday 22nd October 7pm
Athletics Day Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Wednesday 23rd October
Labour DayMonday 28th October
BOT Meeting29th October
Fun & Food Festival3rd November Sunday
Junior Swimming Starts, Rm 2, 3, 4, 54th November – 8 consecutive days
Children’s MassSunday 17th November 10am.  We would like to see all children and their parents.  Children to be in school uniform.
Choir Dress Rehearsal Town HallTuesday 19th November
Interschool AthleticsWednesday 20th November
Choir PerformanceWednesday 20th November – evening performance
Mrs Rivers Farewell Mass22nd November 1pm in our Parish Church
Weetbix TryathalonWednesday 4th December
Junior LiturgyFriday 6th December
Prize GivingMonday 9th December 7pm in the Parish Church
Junior Beach TripThursday 12th December
Last Day of Term & Leavers MassFriday 13th December


Loving God, Mother and Father of all, We ask your blessing as we engage in another term of learning, work and play.

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 your love.  Strengthen us to share this love and help us make wise choices and be good sportsmen, and work with those whom you have all to share our class, school and life journey.

We make our prayer through Christ, your Son,



Love is the foundation of … PRAISE

The dictionary defines praise as:  “To express approbation; to commend the worth of; to glorify, especially God, by homage.”  It comes from the Latin “pretium” [“worth”] and “pretiare”, meaning “to prize, to have an appreciation for.”  We all want to hear another person sincerely commend our worth.  Praise reminds us that we are important.  It is nourishment for a healthy self.  Genuine praise is cherished, needed, welcomed and remembered.  To love someone is to reveal to them their value and help them discover that they are precious.  – Jean Vanier, founder, The Arch.


If you are praying the full Rosary, reflect on the Luminous Mysteries.

The Luminous Mysteries begin with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.  From then on, Jesus began to do great things.

In the Second Luminous Mystery we go to Cana in Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine so that the people could have a good time.  Mary said “Do whatever Jesus tells you.”

The Third Luminous Mystery calls us to go with Jesus through the towns and cities of his own country.  The light of his love shone on everyone he met, especially the poor and the sick and those that others looked down on.

On one of those journeys, Jesus led his friends up a high mountain.  They saw him shining in light, and he promised they would share his light too.  This mystery is call the Transfiguration.

Just before he died, Jesus had supper with his friends and he gave himself to them in bread and wine.  “This is my body,” he said.   “this is my Blood.”  In the Fifth Luminous Mystery we remember the Holy Eucharist.

How wonderful to follow Jesus in the Luminous Mysteries.  We were baptized too, and God wants us to do great things.  We can bring joy to people, like Jesus did, especially to those that other look down on.  This is a beautiful world where we live.  Let’s always see it lighted up with the beauty God gave it.  Finally, let’s always go to supper with Jesus and receive him in the signs of the Eucharist.

The Luminous Mysteries remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world.  Pray the Luminous Mysteries.

October is the month of the Rosary and at this time we pray to Our Lady:- Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for our sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

As Catholics we have a special place for Mary, the mother of Jesus.  We remember October is the month of the Rosary. Please pray a decade of the Rosary each night at home.


Please pray for Lyn Visser (Ronan Prakash’s Great Grandfather, and Jordyn Fisi’iahi (Cooper’s sister) who are both unwell at this time.


Thank you to Preshani and her mum for organising the South African stall and for Precy Calacsan and her helpers for heading the Filipino stall.  Could all other stall holders please either come in and see Mrs Rivers or phone/email the school over the next two weeks and let us know what you will require for your stall, ie. bbq, gas rings, cutlery, gloves, hair nets for hygiene purposes etc.

Also, does anyone have a portable bbq we could use on the day.  We will also require 2 more gas rings and 1 microwave.  Please let the office know if you are able to help.

Many thanks to all those stall holders for all your efforts so far.  It is much appreciated.


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.


Please do an intensive search at home for any school library books and return by Monday 21st October.  If you are able to help Mrs Monteiro with the stock take on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday next week, please let the office know.


This week on Friday is our annual Mission Day.  This is a special day for our children where pupils in the Senior School organise stalls and competitions.  All money raised goes towards the Missions. ie children supporting children.  Morning tea will be followed by a  liturgy at 10:40 then the Senior School will set up their stalls.  This part of our day is for the school children only.

We have stalls selling books, games, toys, small cakes and home made sweets.  (Please do not send broken toys, games or ripped books).  Due to previous years generosity, there is always some baking left over.  At the end of the day, Mrs Rivers and the School House Captains will sell any left over products and baking so parents too can bring their small change.

Thank you all for your continued support each year for our Mission Day.


Across the school we ask for your support to help lift our student’s listening.  These ideas and games can be played once or twice a week or during the the weekend.  Listening and memory skills can be enhanced by practice and your children will benefit from regular exercises and playing these games, at least once a week.  The following activities will help to provide practice for children’s memory, auditory discrimination and concentration skills.  Also you can explain to your children that the mind is rather like a muscle, in that it can be ‘exercised’ and ‘strengthened’ and that these activities are designed to provide that exercise!  Some games you can play to help your children develop:- Concentration! (listening, concentration and memory); Item Mission (listening and memory); Digits Forwards (listening and memory); Digits Backwards (listening, concentration and memory).  Drawing, following directions given verbally (by speaking i.e. giving the direction, pausing after each direction while your child draws).


SWITCH TO WATER – Feel the difference.  Small changes can lead to big benefits.  Sugary drinks cause overeating, tooth decay and erosion, weight gain, health risks and damages bone health.  At St Mark’s we encourage water bottles only.  Please do not send any sugary drinks or juices to school with your children.


Please remember to STOP at the new judder bar installed on the exit road and to also STOP at the exit onto Fortunes Road.  Please only TURN LEFT onto Fortunes Road.

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:  Keep classrooms, corridors and cloak bays tidy.

Respect for Others:   Samantha Radich, Gaby Fernandes

Respect for Self: Eva Gemmell, Fletcher Hamilton

Respect for the Environment:   Room 11 – tidiest classroom for the term (nominated by Tricia Matatini)


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 3 Reading

Reading at home – Make reading fun

  • Have fun singing along to karaoke songs or playing board games together
  • Read to your child every day. You can use your first language
  • Have a pile of reading materials available – library books (non-fiction and fiction), kids’ cookery books, simple timetables, newspapers and magazines, catalogues and any other reading that supports your child’s current interest
  • Encourage your child to retell favourite stories or parts of stories in their own words. Play card games (you can make the cards yourself) and board games together.

Here are some tips –

When they are reading, your child will be working at solving unfamiliar words by themself. If they need help you could ask them to work their way across the word looking for things they know that might help. At this level, reading involves bringing everything they know together to solve problems and build understanding. If they can’t work it out – tell them and carry on with reading.

If you or your child starts to feel stressed by what they’re reading, take a break and read the rest of the story aloud yourself – keep it fun.

Make it real

  • Reading makes more sense if your child can relate it to their own life. Help them to make connections between what they are reading and their own lives and experiences. For example, “that’s a funny story about a grandad – what does your grandad do that makes you laugh?”, “We saw a big mountain in that book, what is our mountain called, and where did the name come from?”
  • Look for opportunities for your child to read wherever you are – signs, advertising billboards, junk mail, recipes
  • Show your child that reading is fun and important to you by letting them see you reading magazines, books, newspapers.

Find out together

  • Visit the library often and help your child to choose books about topics that interest them
  • Talk with older people or kaumātua in your family about interesting stories and people from your child’s past that you could find out more about together
  • Ask your child questions (and support them to find the answers) to widen their reading experiences. For example, “What’s the quickest biscuit recipe?”, “What time is the next bus to town?”
  • Help your child with any words that they don’t understand – look them up together in the dictionary if you need to.

 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.


The Joy of Discovery – Following the Footsteps of Jesus with Fr Sherwin.  Come Follow me! says the Lord.  The joy of discovering the richness of the Holy Land and growing in faith.  Through this pilgrimage.  15-29 June 2020 via Seoul Korea.  Limited number.  Email Laura Yap at laura@skytrain.co.nz for more information.

Training Seminar for Church Volunteers (Important and Must!).  11th  November 2019, Tuesday 7-8:30pm.  St Marks Parish Hall.  This is for those volunteers who haven’t done this very important and necessary seminar.

Baptismal Programme:  Preparing for baptism in the Parish:  22 October and 29 October (Tuesday) 7:30pm Parish Board Room.

Rosary Prayers – Thursday, Friday at 8:30am and Saturday at 8am.


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 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

FFC ACADEMY – We are excited to invite your child to a new 7 week Saturday Morning programme which we run together with our partner club – Bucklands Beach Association Football Club.  We will be hosting the Saturday Morning programme together with BBAFC in Term 4 2019.    

DATES: Saturdays – October 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.   TIME: 9:00am – 10:00am.  Where: Rogers Park, Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2012.  Price: $120. This Saturday Morning programme is open to all kids from different schools (so even a friend of your child or a family member could join it) and to all players of all abilities aged 5-12 years. We will make different groups for elite kids and for all football beginners who would like to have a go, learn something new and have fun on Saturday Mornings.  Your child will be learning football skills, playing fun games based on skills and we will also be playing a big football tournament in our inflatable fields.  This is a great chance to learn more about football and also have some fun with our coaching staff. 

Sign up at: https://www.ffcacademy.co.nz/events/ffc-academy-bucklands-beach-football-club-saturday-morning-programme-1 or you can give us a call on: 021 332 256 or email:  admin@ffcacademy.co.nz  Like our Facebook page FFC ACADEMY NZ  for more information and chances to win some cool prizes!  You can also follow us on Instagram; ffc_academynz.  If you have any other questions, please contact us.  Thank you and have a good day.

Rudy Mozr, Manager, FFC Academy NZ, Mobile: 021 332 256, Website:www.ffcacademy.co.nz

Email:  rudy.mozr@ffcacademy.co.nz                admin@ffcacademy.co.nz






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