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EventDate & Time
Senior School Cross CountryTuesday 30th June
Caritas Mufti Day/Wheels DayFriday 3rd July
Last Day of Term 2Friday 3rd July
Photolife in SchoolWednesday 22nd July
Beginning of Term 3Monday 20th July
School/Family InterviewsWednesday 29th July 3:30-5:30pm
School/Family InterviewsThursday 30th July 1:30-7pm
Coffee, Cake and Korero with the PrincipalFriday 7th August
Whole School MassFriday 14th August
School closes at Noon – Teacher Only AfternoonFriday 21st August
Last Day of Term 3Friday 25th September
First Day of Term 4Monday 12th October
Staff only DayFriday 23rd October
Labour DayMonday 26th October
Last Day of the YearFriday 11th December SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON

 

OUR SPECIAL CATHOLIC CHARACTER

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 

We celebrated the special feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday.

In Catholic churches and homes, one of the most popular images of Jesus is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the image of God’s love revealed in the pierced heart of His Son. It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end.

Christ’s sacred heart represents love:  the divine love our Lord shares with the Father and Holy Spirit in the Trinity; the perfect, divine love which God has for us; and the genuine human love Christ felt in His human nature.

SCHOOL/FAMILY PARTNERSHIP     

We are keen to strengthen the connections across our community.  Next term, there will be opportunity for coffee, cake and conversation at school in an effort to get to know one another a little better.  Our first coffee group meeting is scheduled for Friday 7th August from 2pm in the staffroom – please save this date.

PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

The Sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion will be celebrated on 30th August 2020 at 12.30pm in the St Mark’s Parish Church.  Bishop Michael Geilen has confirmed that he will preside over the ceremony. 

For families of children preparing to receive their blessed sacraments here is the timetable:

DateSessionTime
26 JulyParent’s Session3:00 – 5:00pm
2 AugustChildren’s Session 14:00 – 5:00pm
9 AugustChildren’s Session 24:00 – 5:00pm
16 AugustChildren’s Session 34:00 – 5:00pm
23 August                Rehearsal                                            

(Confirmation and 1st Communion)                 

4:00 – 5:00pm
30 AugustConfirmation and 1st Holy Communion12:30pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  

Are you able to support our school’s co-curricular programme?  Perhaps coaching a sports team, playing chess, or facilitating an arts/craft/book club?  If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.   Please contact Tracey on 027 576 5296 OR email: tkopua@stmarks.school.nz

MUFTI DAY/ WHEEL’S DAY – Friday 3rd July

Students are encouraged to wear mufti and bring their scooter, bike or toys with wheels to school on the last day of term. We will be collecting monetary donations to support CARITAS on this same day as we were not able to have our annual lenten collection due to COVID lockdown.

SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES

Year 3 and 4 Netball   The school has been presented with an opportunity for Year 3 and 4 children to ‘have a go’ at netball at a local club.  This includes weekly training sessions and fun games against other schools/ groups.  We would need a coach to pursue this.  If you are able to support, please let the school know asap.

Year 5 and 6 Basketball   The school will be entering one Year 5/6 team into a local, weekly Basketball tournament.  Games will be played at Pakuranga College on Thursday nights.  If your child is interested and can fully commit, he/she is welcome to attend a trial this Thursday at St Marks from 4 -5pm on the school court under the shade canopy.

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 & the environment – Keep classroom, corridors & cloak bays tidy (zip up bags) Care for your own and classroom & school property.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST LEARNERS

An especially warm St Mark’s welcome to Stella Chang, Elli Chang, Quinn Hodgetts, Benjamin Lawson and Annelise Broun.

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/

CROSSING NEWS

A big ongoing thank you to our team of parents who supervise the crossing in the morning.  A special thank you to Zuzana Masaryk who has helped for many years.  We wish her and her family all the best on their return to Europe.

WANTED:   A parent to replace Zuzana on Friday mornings 8:20-8:50am.  Please contact the office.  Starting Term 3 if possible.

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:  Devan Patel, Estelle Mafi, Room 11, Tyler Mitchell, Ellen Socorin, Kazia Coster, Rushadi Magalage, Taina Cook, Dante Afoa, Brent Palad, Keshiya Perera, Alice Prendergast, Ava Margison-Butler, Sophia Neems, Dinuk Jayatilaka, Lilly Massey, Tyrell Schuster, Laylor Kemp, Naomi Latu, Arcy Peralin, Samantha Radich, Merle Engelmann, Mikhayla Townsend, Bailey Robson, Valentina Wells, Gaby Fernandes, Sam Pienaar, Caitlyn Rayner, Samantha Ubaldo, Rita Schuster, Elenor Vi, Isla Hamilton, Ivan Stowers, Grant Dumlao, Carlos Tiongson and Vinny Curtis.

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

Term 3 – Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September (Friday 21st August – school closes at noon)

Term 4 – Monday 12 October – Friday 11th December (School closes at noon after Mass) (Labour Day Monday 26th October), Teacher only day Friday 23rd October (Full day)

COMMUNITY NOTICES

Victoria Fisher (our very talented parent helper) is available for clothing repairs and alterations at a very reasonable price.  Trousers, skirts, dresses, zips, curtains, school uniforms, repairs etc.  Please contact Victoria for your repairs and alterations on                   027 836 1812.

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 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 jordan.morrison@musiqhub.co.nz

Ezy Lunchorders 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

Join New Zealand’s premier Irish Dance studios with classes available for dancers of all ages in one of our three Auckland locations:  Ellerslie, East Tamaki and Papakura.
Run by experienced and qualified dance teachers, our lessons are fun and engaging while learning the unique art of Irish Dance.
Paula Doyle TCRG ADCRG
Leeann Doyle, TCRG
Directors & Owners of the Doyle Academy

FANTASTIC ART CLASSES (age 5 – 13+)

Realistic Drawing Skills for Kids – Term 3 classes 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 

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