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Event Date & Time Queen’s Birthday holiday (School is closed) Monday 1st June Life Education on-site 8-12th June PTFA Meeting in the staffroom ALL WELCOME Tuesday 9th June BOT meeting in the staffroom Tuesday 16th June 7:30pm Sancta Maria College applications close Friday 19th June Mufti-Day last day of term Friday 3rd July School closes at 2:50pm First Day of Term Monday 20th July
OUR SPECIAL CATHOLIC CHARACTER
This weekend marks two significant feast days for our Catholic community. Annually on 31st May, the feast of the Visitation is celebrated. This year, on the same date we will also celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost.
The gospel stories connected to these important feast days are a ‘must know’ for all Catholics.
The words of the ‘Hail Mary’ are found in Luke’s gospel (1:39–56) which tells the story of the Visitation. We learn that Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth who is also with child (John the Baptist).
Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter season and is celebrated 50 days after Christ’s glorious resurrection. Also known as the Feast of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Sunday commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus Christ.
REQUEST FROM THE MOE
Request from the MOE to collect weekly attendance data from all schools across NZ
The Ministry of Education and the National Crisis Monitoring Centre are reporting on levels of attendance during the COVID -19 period and have requested weekly attendance data from all schools across NZ. Data will be used to:
- find out which groups of students and schools have been most affected by the lockdown so support can be targeted.
- inform and support Ministry planning for students and schools returning to normal operation, and
- evaluate and report on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by the Ministry to respond and manage its response to COVID-19
Our school will be sending weekly student attendance data to the Ministry from 29th May.
SCHOOL REPORTS & SPORTS
- Due to Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ there is no written report this term. An abbreviated version of our mid-year report will be available during School/Whānau Conferences in the second week of Term 3.
- This term’s HPPA sports and cultural fixtures have been cancelled due to Level 2 restrictions.
COVID-19 LEVEL 2 UPDATE
The nation will remain in Level 2 until a further ministerial announcement is made in June. We will be maintaining our Level 2 health and safety site plan in relation to pick-up/drop-off; staggered break times; sanitising/hygiene practices; restricted site access. If you need to enter the school building, please remember to sign in at the front office.
OUR VALUE FOCUS – RESPECT
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: Respect for others, waiting my turn, listen to others in the classroom and playground, wait to speak (everywhere and always)
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST LEARNERS
An especially warm St Mark’s welcome to Theodore, Lewis and Olive (Charlie C’s sister) to ‘BIG’ school. Our newest 5 year olds have joined Mrs Ross’ class in Room 4.
SUBMITTING TAX DONATION RECEIPT TO IRD FOR REIMBURSEMENT
You will have received a tax statement via email for donations collected in the 2019 financial year. You are able to claim a tax credit by completing a IR526 form.
The IR526 form can be accessed here: https://www.classic.ird.govt.nz/forms-guides/number/forms-500-599/ir526-tax-credit-claim-form.html
FOLLOW THE SCHOOL ON FACEBOOK
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: https://www.facebook.com/st.marks.catholic/
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
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.
GOOD NEWS/PB4L AWARDEES
Acknowledging learners who always see a need and respond. Congratulations: Oliver Karkkainen, Paige Sibulo, Ceana Francis, Ellen Socorin, Room 1, Ivan Stowers, Vianca Vasallo, Elenor Vi, Ashel Mayadunnage, Nicholas Jackson-Potter, Ezra Granich, Max Manning, Liam Donnellan, Laura Jackson-Potter, Jack Sturgess, Austin Ng
ENROLMENTS FOR 2021
If you have a child who will turn five in 2021 please let the office know and we can send an enrolment pack home with their older sibling. It is very helpful to know numbers for our class planning for 2021 so we would really appreciate to know if you have another child starting at St Mark’s in 2021.
SCHOOL PICK UP AND HEALTH AND SAFETY
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.
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
New school uniform can be purchased from NZ Uniforms, Bishop Dunn Place, Botany South.
TERM DATES 2020
Term 2 – ends – Friday 3rd July (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)
Our on site guitar lessons and art classes are recommencing. Guitar started this week and the art classes will recommence on Wednesday 10th June. Art will only be on Wednesday for this term.
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ezy Lunch – orders will start up again when we are in Level 1. Copy link below to view their menu – https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/pdf/school/st_marks_catholic_school_pakuranga/Menu.pdf
FANTASTIC ART CLASSES (age 5 – 13+)
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, www.artacademy.co.nz