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
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 and can sit at the front of the church with parents or their teacher.
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
BOT Meeting26th November 7pm
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
Uniform Shop OpeningFriday 15th November, Friday 29th November (8:30-9:30am) and Thursday 30th January (9:15-10am)


Recently, we have celebrated All Saint’s Day on 1st November where we joined the Parish at 9am.  In Catholic Theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beautiful vision in Heaven.  On this day we give God thanks for the lives and deaths of his Saints including those who are ‘famous or obscure’.  We believe that through the Communion of Saints we can be helped by the Saints because of the good they have done while they were on earth can be shared with the living.  This means that people can pray to Mary and all the Saints including the good people they have known, to help them when they are in need.  Children often pray to their grandparents who could now be in Heaven and who have helped them while they were on earth.  This is because we believe in the Communion of Saints and they know that the love and concern of their grandparents is still present even though they are no longer on earth.


Dear Holy Saints of God,

We join in prayer of praise to yours over these days.  With you we sing of God’s goodness, rejoice in God’s mercy and celebrate God’s incredible love for us.  Tech us to live as you lived – always thinking of others, rejoicing in God’s gifts and closely following Jesus, our friend.  Blessed are you, happy are you, all you Holy Saints of God.  Pray for us too, knowing that someday we too may stand before You and be among God’s Holy one.  Amene


Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hands in everything.  Your talent is God’s gift to you.  What you do with it is your Gift back to God.  Leo Buscaglia


Please keep Peli Fisi’iahi in your prayers.  This is Cooper’s big brother who is unwell at this time.


Congratulations to our raffle winners from the Food and Fun Festival.  The were, 1st prize: Peter Roylance and Roberto Tan who both won a trolley full of groceries each and 2nd prize: Kristin Prendergast and Leigh Ferrer who won a large box of groceries each.   Chandni Bedhesi won the delicious Christmas cake.   Congratulations to all.

A big thank you to Mr Michael Jackson-Potter for the signage for our school promoting our value statement ‘We follow Jesus with our ABC’s and 3 R’s’ and for the large signage for the Food Festival.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all involved in our Fun and Food Festival on Sunday.  We raised over $10,000.  We would like to thank the PTFA and Mrs Zuzana Masaryk for their organisation behind the scenes and on the day.  We also thank Catherine Verner and Patrice Hamilton for counting the money and providing eftpos facilities.  To all our staff and SKIDS who helped out on stalls including raffles and money collection, a big thank you.  We would like to thank Cherry Enricoso and Presciosa Calacsan and helpers for running the Filipino stall, Mr and Mrs Furivai, Mata White and Mrs Young for running the Pasifika Staff, Angelo and Jeremy from SKIDS who managed the Jumpy Castle,  Mr and Mrs Francis and Mrs Pallewatte and helpers who ran the Indian and Sri Lankan stall, Theresa Tsang, Jessica Chin, Meike Engelmann, Natalia Widjaya, Mrs Gemmell and helpers who organised the Asian Fusion and Chiffon Cakes Stall,  Matt Hamilton did the Hot chips, Eammon and Anna O’Brien, and Frank and Ethaleen Lanuza for doing the  Kiwi BBQ, Preshani Pillay, Sarah Tuckerman and Mrs and Mrs Pillay for leading the South African Stall, Charlotte from SKIDS who did the face painting,  Mrs Radich and Zuzana Masaryk who organised the cakes and sweets,  Victoria Fischer who did Bric a brac with Angelique Robson, the clean up crew and the parking wardens Mr and Mrs Rivers, Mr Radich, Mr Townsend, Adam Masaryk and Daniel Radich, Shane the electrician  who looked after the electrical feed to stalls.  It was a massive effort and we thank you all very much for your support.  A special thank you to those that came and set up on Friday and Saturday.   Also a big thank you to Michael Jackson-Potter and Nick Chan for doing all the signage.


Congratulations to ex students: Emma Sim-Smith who has been awarded Dux of Sancta Maria College for 2019 and Francesca Adams who has been chosen as Head Girl of Sancta Maria College for 2020.

Congratulations to Louisa McGinty as she has been chosen for a lead role at the Sacred Heart Musical for 2020.  This is a great honour as Louisa is only a year 9 student at Baradene College.

Congratulations to Ryan and Vinny Curtis for being selected for Counties Under 12 boys and Under 10 mixed team Touch Rugby.  Congratulations to Ellay Peters for being selected for the Under 12 girls for Counties Touch Rugby.

Congratulations also to Fletcher Strevens who came 9th in Junior Boys Ski Competition and Emerson Strevens who came 22nd in the Senior boys Ski Competition.  Congratulations.  Unfortunately Hayden Kwan was injured on the first day of the event and could not compete.


If your child is going to be absent, please inform the office first thing in the morning either by texting us on 027 9630 100, giving your child’s name and reason for absence, filling in the absentee form on our website or phoning us on 576 5296.  If your child is taking extended leave, please fill in the ‘Extended Leave Application Form’.  This is available from the office or from our website.


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 belief 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.


Wero Challenge – what a great day was had by our Y6 students who took part in white water rafting and river crossing a the Vector White Water Park.  They proved they can take on a challenge and put their ABC’s into practice.  We thank Mrs McKenzie for organising and the teachers and parents who transported our students.  See photos!


A big thank you to all our library stocktake helpers, Meike Engelmann, Victoria Fischer, Anna O’Brien, Lydia Gutierrez, Ethaleen Lanuza, Nick Chan and Jessica Chin for a fantastic job.


If you have a child who will turn five in 2020 please come to the office and get an enrolment pack or let us know and we can send it home with their older sibling.  It is very helpful to know numbers for our class planning for 2020 so we would really appreciate to know if you have another children starting at St Mark’s in 2020.

If you have a student (not year 6 this year) who you know will be leaving St Mark’s at the end of the year, please let us know as this helps us to plan our classes for next year.  Thank you.


Another successful Mission Day was held in week 1 of term 4.  We raised $2363.20.  Half will go to our  sister school that ‘The Sisters of our Lady of the Missions’ run in Nirmalalaya in Southern India and the other half will go to Papal Missions – Children Raising Money for Children.  Thank you to all the parents for their support and to the senior children (Y4-Y6) for all the efforts they put in to run their own stalls.


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 at 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:   Room 1, Jiayi Chen, Jacob Calacsan, Samantha Ubaldo, Gaby Fernandes, Abigail Fischer, Boika Hale, Phoenix Naidu, Edward Hicban, Fredrick Furivai, Afa Taoa, Gabriel Heruela, Ean Siao, Aaron Chan, James Bremner,  Shireen Rolle, Eloise Clapperton, Gaby Fernandes. Merle Engelmann, Joshua Ernstzen, Ryan Massey

Respect for Self: Lucas McGinty, Gaby Fernandes, Tyrell Schuster, Caitlin Rayner, Mikhayla Townsend, Samantha Radich

Respect for the Environment:   Laura Jackson-Potter, Jiaxuan Chen, Sophia Neems


Please note that EZ Lunch will not be starting back up with deliveries in 2020 until the 5th of February.

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 2 Reading – Reading at home

Make reading fun

Reading at home needs to be fun and easy – something you both look forward to, a time for laughter and talk.

  • find a comfortable, quiet place away from the TV for the 2 of you to cosy up and read for 10-15 minutes
  • if you or your child start to feel stressed, take a break and read the rest of the story aloud yourself – keep it fun
  • make some puppets – old socks, cardboard tubes, cut-outs on sticks – that you and your child can use to act out the story you have read. Or dress up and make it into a play
  • play card games (you can make the cards yourself)
  • read songs, waiata, poems and rhymes – sing them together, too.

Here’s a tip – when they are reading, your child will still be coming across words they don’t know. When this happens, you could remind them to think about what they already know to do when they get stuck. If that doesn’t help you might ask “What word would make sense that starts like that?” or “What do you know about that word that might help?” If they still can’t work it out – tell them and praise their efforts.

Take your child to the library

  • help them choose books to share
  • find other books by the same author or on the same topic (or look for more information on the web – you might have to be the reader for this one).

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.

Talk about reading

  • Talk about the story and the pictures, other stories you have read, and experiences you have both had that are like those in the story
  • Sometimes you can be the listener, sometimes the reader and sometimes you can take turns. They might like to read to the cat, the dog, their teddy or a big brother
  • All children like to be read to, so don’t stop reading to them – no matter how old they are
  • Encourage your child to read all sorts of things – the TV guide in the newspaper, street signs, food labels. Simple recipes are great – you get to eat what you’ve read about, too.

Here’s a tip – talk with your child all the time – and give them time to talk with you. You can use your first language.

  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.


Month of Holy Souls – November is the month we remember our deceased family and friends.  Name sof family and friends may be placed in the basket with the purple cloth placed in front of the Altar.  Please do not put money in the basket.  Donations may be handed directly to the office.  At every Mass in November we will pray for them.

Gluten Free Holy Communion – If you are a coeliac, we have gluten free host available.  Please see the priest before Mass.

St Vincent De Paul is in need of spreads, cereals and coffee.  We are now gathering goods for our Christmas hampers.  Many thanks for your donations.

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Cards for sale at the Parish office @ $2.50 a packet of 5.

Mothers’ Prayers Group –  A group of Mothers is meeting to pray specifically for children, grandchildren & the gift of Motherhood.  If you would like to come and join us, we meet at:  The Homestead Cafe (beside the Historical Village) for a Christmas Lunch at midday.  Please R.S.V.P. Mary 027 2989112 This is followed by our prayer meeting in St. Mark’s Church on Tuesday the 12th November 20191-30 p.m. until 2-30p.m.  Please come and pray for all children.  Thank you.


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 DATES 2019/2020

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

Term 1 for 2020 will start on Thursday 30th January at the usual time


Supporting Success in your School $500.00  –
If you’re a parent, staff member or a member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $250,000 or more, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Click here for information on supporting your school


“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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