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“Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.” Anonymous

Time seems to be passing very quickly and I can’t quite believe that we are into our fifth week of the school year. During these first few weeks ‘on the job’ I have been taking time to meet with each member of staff to get to know each one a little better and to tap into their different perspectives and experiences. These conversations have been most valuable and have provided some interesting insights into our wonderful school. 

Quite quickly I have been able to identify some emerging trends. There is a unanimous feeling amongst the staff that St Mark’s is a caring, supportive place to work and there is genuine appreciation of the school’s diverse community, fantastic children and loyal families. Staff members spoke confidently about the school’s strengths, namely, the Catholic curriculum, the positive relationships within and across the school and a relentless focus on high academic and behaviour standards. The word ‘family’ was used a lot to describe our school and this is definitely what I have sensed in my short time as Principal.

I have been taking time to be with your amazing children too during break times or at training on the softball diamond. Spending time in classrooms to share in the learning is really important to me and I intend to do this more regularly when I  become more familiar with the school’s day to day operations.

As your new leader, I will be keen to know what you value most about St Mark’s and the opportunities you see for continuous school improvement.  As a passionate educator, I value education that is holistic, inclusive and responsive. I believe all schools, regardless of size, decile or location,  should strive to offer a broad curriculum that allows ALL children the opportunity to discover and develop new skills and talents. I believe in making learning visible, relevant, engaging,  purposeful and fun.  I make no apologies for being unashamedly and proudly Catholic and hope to be an authentic witness to the Gospel in my love and service of St Mark’s school.

Over the next few months, it will be important for me to work with the staff and BOT to coordinate the gathering of ‘community voice’  as we work together to shape the future direction of our school. Please be reminded of the school’s ‘open door’ policy and whist the school may not literally be open, our ears are.

Your companion in Christ



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EventDate & Time
Junior School Butterfly CreekTuesday 25th February
Interschool Softball Field DayTuesday 25th February
BOT MeetingTuesday 25th February 7:30pm
Ash WednesdayWednesday 26th February – Mass in Church at 9am (Yr 4-6 classes)

Liturgy in Rm 5 at 12 noon (Yr 1-3 classes)

Sancta Maria College VisitYear 6 from 11:10am
Parent Teacher InterviewsWednesday 4th March 3:30-5:30pm
Parent Teacher InterviewsThursday 5th March 1:30 – 7pm  SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1PM
PTFA MeetingTuesday 10th March from 7pm in the staffroom
Interschool SwimmingFriday 13th March
PTFA Family Fun NightFriday 13th March
St Mark’s Family MassSunday 15th March – 10am in the Parish Church
Senior School Zoo TripWednesday 18th March
Cultural Festival @ Sancta MariaThursday 2nd April
Last Day of TermThursday 9th April
Good FridayFriday 10th April
ANZAC Day Mondayised – SCHOOL CLOSEDMonday 27th April
First Day of Term 2Tuesday 28th April


The Lenten season will commence this week with the observance of ASH WEDNESDAY. Lent is the special time of preparation before Easter. As a Catholic community we are called to pray, fast and give alms (charitable acts) during Lent.

Our school children will receive ashes on their foreheads this Wednesday and will be encouraged to ‘follow Jesus and share the good news’.  Adults receiving ashes will be invited to ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel’.

Rooms 1, 9, 10 and 11 will join the Parish community for Mass at 9am on Wednesday. The Year 1-3 classes will have a special liturgy in Room 5 at 12 noon.

You are most welcome to join us.


Learners at St Mark’s are reminded to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. To encourage learners to do this, we reference the ABCs and 3Rs.

ABCs: A – Attitude; B – Behaviour; C – Care

3Rs: Respect for self; Respects for Others; Respect for the Environment

Our PB4L focus this week is:  We listen to others and wait to speak.   We support and encourage others.


Big congratulations to the Borovikov family who have had a baby girl over the Summer break.  The Stowers family also have an addition to their family – baby Noah.  Mrs Hodgson also has had her very first grandchild born this week.   A baby girl.  Congratulations to all.


An especially warm St Mark’s Catholic School welcome to the families of our newest learners:  Ruhi Alokabandara, Ethan and Kate Ho, Devan Patel, PJ and Ina Faafoi and John and Thomas Joseph.

We hope your children settle quickly to ‘BIG school’ and feel safe, happy and supported by our staff, students and wider school community.










We congratulate Fredrick, Mario, Gaby and Ezabella who were commissioned and blessed at last Friday’s Mass.


The school uses this social media platform to share learning, post community information and to give reminders about ‘what’s on’.

Please do ensure you follow us on Facebook:


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.


Acknowledging learners who always see a need and respond. Congratulations:  

Takunda, Keshiya, Fredrick, Hayden, Jeffrey, Mario, Gaby, Julianna, Ezabella, Marthina, Julian, Eliana, Isla, Videlle, Elenor V, Sarah G, Catalina, Krishav, Paige, Eva G, Melissa, Ryan M, Lucas M, Mikayla T, Cooper, Ceana , Merle, Lilly, Kiera and Amelie.


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.


We do have a few copies of the 2019 school magazine if you missed out last year.  2019 celebrated our Jubilee year, Art Exhibition and Mrs Rivers’ last year as Principal.  It has many other interesting events recorded over the year.  The cost is $25 per copy.  Magazines are available at the office.


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.


The PTFA will be holding a Family Fun Night on Friday 13th of March.  We look forward to seeing you all there.  There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks available and also bring your own picnic.


School/Whanau Goal setting meetings

Next week on Wednesday 4th March and Thursday 5th of March, we will have our first School/Whanau Interview sessions. 

Please note that school will be closing at the earlier time of 1pm on Thursday 5th March.

If you haven’t already booked a time to meet with your child’s teacher please do so:      Event code: br8bj


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.


New school uniform can be purchased from NZ Uniforms, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany South.


Term 1 ends Thursday 9th April

Term 2 – Tuesday 28th April – Friday 3rd July (ANZAC day observed Monday 27th April, Queens Birthday Monday 1st June)

Term 3 – Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September

Term 4 – Monday 12 October – Wednesday 16th December (Labour Day Monday 26th October)


Please find below information about our School Fees – with explanations of both compulsory and donation requirements.

School Dues and Contribution: – Thank you to all the families that have cleared their school accounts for 2019 and also to the families that have kept up their automatic payments over 2019. Our school dues are compulsory and that goes directly to the Catholic Schools Office (Diocese), while your contributions help us run our school and to enhance our Catholic Character. The Development Goal Contribution is going towards ongoing property enhancements.   Please come and see the office if you need further information or automatic payment details. The breakdown is as follows for 2020 invoices which will be issued shortly:
Compulsory (GST Inclusive)
Attendance Dues:                                     $448.00 per child
Religious Education Resource:                  $10.00 1 child per yearContributions
Catholic Special Character Contribution:       $50.00 per child per year

School Development Goal:   $80.00 [1 child per year], $100.00 [2 children per year], $120.00 [3 children per year], $140.00 [4 children per year]

Family Contribution:  $180.00 [1 child per year], $220.00 [2 children per year], $240.00 [3 children per year], $260.00 [4 children per year]

Total for 2020: 
1 Child – $768.00
2 Children – $1,336.00
3 Children – $1,884.00
4 Children – $2,432.00

Families are welcome to pay their school accounts term by term or set up an automatic direct debit weekly or fortnightly. Details will be included in your statement/invoice.

Attendance dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 and a condition of enrolment at St Mark’s School.  Attendance Dues are charges for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.  Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.  Attendance Dues are collected by St Mark’s School on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland.  The attendance dues collected by St Mark’s School are forwarded to Auckland Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic integrated schools in the Diocese of Auckland responsible for the collection of attendance dues.

Attendance Dues payable for 2020 school year:  Primary

Y0-Y8 $112 per term ($448 per year) including GST.  Attendance Dues can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, per term or by regular instalment.  More information is available from the school office, please see Sujata Naik regarding attendance dues if you require further information or need any assistance.

Special Catholic Character Contributions

The Catholic Special Character contribution is a voluntary donation of $12.50 per term ($50 per annum) per student.  This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to St Mark’s School by the Catholic Education Services Board.  No contributions are made by the Government for these services.  The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic Education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools.


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.

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

Ezy Lunch – copy link below to view their menu –


Realistic Drawing Skills for Kids – Term 1 classes also now open for booking.  In St Mark’s Catholic School.  Enroll now for Wed or Thu classes.   Venue: St Marks Catholic School,  Point View School, Eastview Baptist Church.  Contact Lillibet 021 08349988, 

BARADENE COLLEGE – OPEN EVENING will be held on Thursday 5 March, 2020 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.  Enrolments for Year 7, 2021 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00pm.  A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00 pm.

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