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EventDate & Time
BOT meetingTuesday 28th July 7:30pm-9:30pm
School/Family InterviewsWednesday 29th July 3:30-5:30pm
School/Family InterviewsThursday 30th July 1:30-7pm SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12:30
Coffee, Cake and Korero with the PrincipalFriday 7th August – 2pm-2:45pm
HPPA Inter-School Cross CountryTuesday 11th August
Whole School MassFriday 14th August – Feast of the Assumption
Assembly Rm 3, 4 & 9Friday 14th August 2pm
Children’s MassSunday 16th August 10am
School closes at Noon – Teacher Only AfternoonFriday 21st August SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON
Koanga Festival @ Sancta MariaWednesday 2nd September 6pm
HPPA Inter-School Speech FinalsTuesday 8th September
Assembly Room 1, 6 & 11Friday 11th September
Maori Language Week14-18th September
Junior School Cross CountryThursday 17th September
Coffee, Cafe & Conversation   with the PrincipalFriday 18th September 2-2:45pm
Last Day of Term 3Friday 25th September – fun themed day TBC
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

REMINDER – School closes at the earlier time of 12.30pm next Thursday for our School/Whanau interview evening. If you require SKIDS care, please book on-line:

PLEASE NOTE – On Friday 21st August, school will close at noon for staff only planning and professional development.  SKIDS care will be available from noon on this date.


I can’t quite believe we are fast approaching the month of August and we are into the second half of the school year.  My first two terms at St Mark’s have been like no other and I don’t think anyone would have imagined the newly appointed Principal leading the school through a global pandemic!  It has been such a different and challenging year for us all and I am especially proud of our St Mark’s school community for the courage, patience, trust, goodwill and resilience shown.  During my short time at the school, I have come to appreciate the strong sense of family at St Mark’s and I just love spending time with your amazing children. 

Term 2 ended on a real high with Cross Country and Wheels/Mufti-day.  It was just fabulous to see so many family members turn out to support their children at Cross Country and to drop-off and collect bikes/scooters.  Thanks again for your aroha and care.

During the school holiday period, some initial property works were undertaken.  If you have been onto the school grounds recently, you will notice many of the overgrown and unkempt planting areas have been cleared.  The plan going forward is to have low maintenance, well presented, colourful garden areas established with more shade, shelter and seating.  The addition of a prayer/reflection space will also enhance our Catholic environment.  Some new drink fountains have also been installed, albeit in the wrong colour.  We will have the correct fountains in the next couple of weeks or so.  I will keep you informed as property works proceed.

This term we have altered our bell times ever so slightly too.  This allows for a longer morning tea and shorter lunch – a change that came directly from gathering ‘student and staff voice’.                                                                                                     Our new break times are: Interval 11.00-11.30am   Lunch 1.00-1.50pm  

Please also note that the school day starts at 8.50am.  Students should not be dropped off until 8.30am at the earliest unless signed in at SKIDS.  Teachers open their classrooms at 8.30am, allowing 20 minutes for the children to settle in and prepare for the day ahead.  The school day concludes at 2.50pm.  Children not collected by 3.10pm are taken to SKIDS.  If for any reason you are running late, please contact the office.

 I am hosting a ‘Coffee, Cake and Conversation’ session on Friday 7th August.  I am really keen for our community to mix and mingle and get to know one another a little better.  At a recent PTFA meeting, one of our proud mums mentioned that she didn’t really know many of the other families, hence the reason for getting involved with the PTFA.  This struck a chord with me and I would very much like to see strengthened connections to enhance our sense of family.  I promise good cake, so I am very much looking forward to seeing you at 2pm in the staffroom on this date.  If this proves popular, we may need an alternative venue! Again, watch this space.

Please ensure you have booked in to see your child’s teacher next week.  These meetings provide an awesome opportunity to work in closer partnership and to celebrate learner progress and achievement. 

Your friend in Christ

Tracey Kopua



Lord, as we commence this new school term, make us ready, attentive and available to hear you. Thank You for the gift of being able to rise each day with the assurance that You walk through it with us. Thank You for the gifts of creativity and uniqueness, and the energy to put them to good use. Amen.



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:

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


As Term 3 rolls around all too quickly, we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption which falls on the 15th of August.  The school is celebrating the 9 am mass, on August 14, in the church.  We would love you and your whanau to join us at this celebration, if possible.

On this day of obligation, we also celebrate the feast of Euphrasie Barbier, the founder of the RNDM schools in the Pacific.  Euphrasie  decided to help the Marist Fathers with their work in the South Pacific.  On the 15 th August 1861, she founded a new congregation of The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM – Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions).  Euphrasie Barbier’s religious name was “Mother Mary of the Heart of Jesus”.  The charism of our school reflects the RNDM charism of Contemplation, Communion and  Mission. 

Across the school we are working on the Sacrament Strand.  A Sacrament is a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. Depending on the year level, students will learn about the meaning, the rites and rituals practised with sacraments and what each of the 7 Sacraments mean. 

I encourage you to discuss and comment on your child’s Religious Education when you receive their RE book. 

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Beverley Dias McAllum

Director of Religious Studies 

Have confidence in God, be humble, love, pray and be very kind.   (Euphrasie Barbier 1867)


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 self and others – Sit while you wait after school and during eating time (inside/outside eating). Hands up when you have finished eating.


An especially warm St Mark’s welcome to Samara (Rm 4), Harper (Rm 4), Ricci (Rm 2) and Luca (Rm 1) who joined our school community this week.  We also welcome returning student Louisa to Room 9.


Please book your meeting time for next week’s School/Whanau learning conferences. A reminder that school will close at the early time of 12.30pm on Thursday 30th July.

Follow this link:

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If you cannot access the on-line booking platform, please call the office to arrange a meeting time.

It is with sadness that the school farewells long standing PTFA Chairperson, Zuzana Masaryk.  Zuzana and her family are relocating to the UK due to an awesome employment opportunity that will see them being closer to their loved ones in Europe.  Zuzana is to be thanked for working tirelessly to fundraise for our school and to organise so many community events.  We wish the Masaryk family abundant blessings as they take this exciting step in life’s journey.  At a recent PTFA meeting, Sarah Tuckerman accepted the Chairperson role. Thank you Sarah.



Two teams will represent St Mark’s in a local tournament commencing Thursday 30 July. Thanks to the families who have volunteered their awesome support to coach and manage teams.                                                                          

Team 1 – STARS                                                                                                                                                                      Coach: Anthony Strevens  Manager: Cherry Enricoso

Team members: Emerson, Tyrell, Tyler, Kingston, Jethro, Jacob C, Jacob T, Princeton, Mateo and Cooper

Team 2 – SAINTS                                                                                                                                                         Coaches: James Townsend and Matt McGinty  Manager: Quintelle Townsend

Team members: Mikhayla, Lauren, Videlle, Yonah, Marthina, Maria, Ivan, Michael, Errol, Hayden and Vinny

FUTUREFERNS – Year 3 and 4 Netball                                                                                                                              Thanks Mr and Mrs Neems for your support to coach and manage our team who will be participating in a ‘Learn how to play’ tournament on Tuesday afternoons at the HPNC.

Team members: Ariana, Sarah G, Kazia, Chloe, Ceana, Bernyce, Annika J, Alice P, Keshiya, Rhaella, Samantha S, Davina and Imani   



During Term 3, Jellybeans Music teachers will be on-site every Friday. Each class will enjoy a series of music and movement lessons.


We are keen to strengthen the connections across our community. Please join the Principal for coffee, cake and conversation (C,C,C) in the staffroom on Friday 7th August from 2 – 2.45pm in an effort to get to know one another a little better.


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:  Jiahao Weng, Caitlin Rayner, Lev Carbado, Cole Manning, Gaby Fernandes, Jack Sturgess, Hayden Kwan,  Marthina Taboada, Giovanni Gutierrez, Stella Harrop, Lilly Grace Massey, Hannah D’Silva, Bernice Siu, Samantha Ubaldo, Ivan Stowers, Elenor Vi, Isla Hamilton, Jeffrey Gulanes, Mario Furivai, Lucas Masaryk, Jacob Tigley, Sherene Rolle, Fredrick Furivai, Samantha Radich, Marie Tsang, Olivia Yang and Ariana Neems.


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.


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.


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


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)


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

Ezy Lunchorders will start up again when we are in Level 1.  Copy link below to view their menu –


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, 

Our group meetings are back in the real world! We use fun, adventure and friendship to build girls’ confidence and life skills. Join us today and bring more awesome to your daughter’s world at a reduced fee. #youbetheguide.




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