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EventDate & Time
Maori Language Week14-18th September
Cricket programme #1 Rm 1,6,7,9,10,11Tuesday 15th September
Junior School Cross CountryThursday 17th September  NO SIDELINE SUPPORT
Coffee, Cafe & Conversation   with the PrincipalFriday 18th September 2-2:45pm POSTPONED
Cricket programme #2 Rm 1,6,7,9,10,11Tuesday 22nd September
Senior Dress Up Day – Theme Ancient CivilisationsWednesday 23rd September
Last Day of Term 3 Mufti Day – wear your Onesie or PJ’sFriday 25th September
School HolidaysMonday 28th September to Friday 9th October
First Day of Term 4Monday 12th October
Mission Day/Mufti DayFriday 16th October
BOT meeting from 7:30pm in the staffroomTuesday 20th October
Swimming Starts Rooms 1,6,7,9,10,11Thursday 15th October
Koanga Festival at SMC TBCThursday 22nd October
Staff only Day – SCHOOL CLOSEDFriday 23rd October
Labour Day – SCHOOL CLOSEDMonday 26th October
Labour DayMonday 26th October
Junior Swimming, Rm’s 2,3,4Monday 2nd November – Wednesday 11th November
Sancta Maria new parent eveningTuesday 3rd November
Last Day of the YearFriday 11th December SCHOOL CLOSES AT NOON


“Let us walk together taking care of each other and of Creation, our common home.” Pope Francis


Thank you for the wonderful way you are continuing to support and follow our school’s safety guidelines and practices during this time.  Whilst school drop off and pick-up are a little different for now, I hope you continue to sense a spirit of welcome and support albeit from a distance.  I also hope you feel confident to have your children back at school knowing there are safety measures and practices in place. 

I wish to acknowledge our dedicated teaching and support staff who worked tirelessly from home and here at school during Level 3.  Their planning, preparation and organisation of rich learning tasks, zoom calls and hard-copy packs was greatly appreciated, as was their support in preparing the school for re-opening. 

I continue to be amazed with the way our St Mark’s students are coping with the changes and challenges of Covid.  Learning and activity schedules have certainly been impacted this year but our students and staff have embraced this ‘new normal’.  Recent assessment results indicate that the majority of students at St Mark’s have maintained their high levels of academic progress and achievement despite approximately 40 school days off site and learning from home.  The resilience and ‘can do’ attitude of our community is indeed something we can all be proud of. 

As you know, we are to remain in Level 2.5 for at least another week.  This sees current site restrictions still in place. Junior Cross Country will proceed without sideline support, however we will endeavor to post lots of photos to the school’s Facebook page. Whilst not ideal, I know the children will enjoy the experience regardless.

On a slightly different safety note, I urge you to keep abreast of your child’s on-line activity. During ‘lockdown’ we became aware of a group of senior students engaging in ‘hang out’ type chat rooms where they were exposed to inappropriate language with some content suggestive of bullying. I have subsequently heard from a parent that her child was discluded from private chats with classmates and this made her child feel sad, uncomfortable and anxious.  As this is happening at home, there is very little the school can do. Please do ensure you have ongoing conversations with your child/children about respect for self and others on-line. 

Netsafe provides excellent resources and tips for parental controls that can be accessed here. This staying safe online guide and some of their printed resources may be useful. 

Have a blessed week everyone!

Your friend in Christ



Our condolences go out to the Tuaputa family who have recently lost a grandparent.


The school’s BOT and leadership team are currently planning for 2021. In order to assist with class placements and staffing, please contact the school as soon as possible if your child will not be returning to St Mark’s Catholic School in 2021 (with the exception of Year 6 school leavers). If you wish to discuss any matters relating to 2021, please arrange a meeting with Tracey Kopua, our school’s Principal.


Special Character:  

On the 8th of September, we celebrated the Birthday of Mary, Mother of Jesus. We honour and are inspired by this faith-filled woman, who was guided by the Holy Spirit and said ‘Yes’ to God, making her the first disciple. 

The school had a Liturgy to mark this special day.


Thank you Mrs Bannister and Room 6 for this gorgeous collaborative Art 

Loving God, you give each of us a special role in our lives and want us to use the gifts we have been given. Help us to use the gifts of the Spirit like Mary did so that we may produce fruit in great abundance. May we be inspired by the qualities Mary showed and look to her as a model of kindness and goodness, patience and peace and love and joy. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen 

Strand focus: 

Across the school we are focusing on the God Strand.

The Junior School will integrate this with their Topic and learn and understand that Change is inevitable, but God and his love for us never changes. 

The Senior School is looking at the Early Church and how the Word of God spread over the ages. 

Catholic Social Justice Week: Schools across the country focused on Catholic Social Teachings from Sept 6 – 12.  CARITAS, an organisation was formed as a response injustice, and an unfair distribution of resources all over the world. The principles of the organisation are based on the Gospel values such as love, peace, justice and current social problems. At St. Mark’s, the lessons were integrated with our learning.  There is an awareness of the need to help others, even if in a small way.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Beverley Dias McAllum

Director of Religious Studies 

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” – Billy Graham


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, others and the environment – Keep classroom,  corridors and cloak bays tidy (zip up bags). Care for classroom and school property (return library books.)



  • Coffee, Cake and Conversation with the Principal scheduled for Friday 18th September will be rescheduled for a date in Term 4 if Covid levels are lowered.   
  • Due to so many unpredictable factors given the global pandemic, the annual FOOD FESTIVAL scheduled for the first weekend in November is cancelled.
  • Our school Athletics Day to be held at the Howick Pakuranga Athletics club in Lloyd Elsmore on Wednesday 14th October has been cancelled.
  • HPPA Inter-school Touch Rugby scheduled for Tuesday 20th October has been cancelled. 


Mission Day will be on Friday 16th of October.  More information will be sent out next week about the event so people can have a sort out of donations of old toys and books in good condition for the juniors trading table.


An especially warm St Mark’s welcome to our newest learners:  Olivia; Sean; Lucas; Juane;  Alvino;  Ferila;  Chloe and Wesley


The nation will remain in Level 2.5 until a further ministerial announcement is made next week. We will be maintaining our Level 2/2.5 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. 


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:  Kingston Tuaputa, Patrick Malden, Jethro Matanguihan, Mia Topou, Alice Prendergast, Sarah Ernstzen, Abigail Fischer, Yonah Poblete, Dinuk Jayatilaka, Jeffrey Gulanes, Melissa Jackson-Potter, Gaby Fernandes, Fredrick Furivai, Mario Furivai, Michael McGinty, Oliver Karkkainen, Caitlin Rayner, Georgia Wilson, Rita Schuster, Jiaxuan Chen, Ellie Chang, Hayden Kwan, Eva Gemmell,  Lev Cabardo, Thomas Joseph, Carl Sotto, Bernyce Perez, Jacob Fischer, Princeton Cabasag, Jacob Tigley, Elenor Vi, Isla Hamilton, Eliana Chanda, Nicholas Jackson-Potter, Paige Sibulo, Olive Coad, PJ Faafoi, Taina Cook, Sam Pienaar, Samantha Radich, Luke Stowers, Jack Sturgess, Oliver Lopez Perez, Mateo Enricoso, Fletcher Strevens, Giovanni Gutierrez, Tyler Mitchell, Stephanie McCormack, Bailey Robson, Sophia Neems, Bridie Ryan, Leo Ryan, Samantha McGinty, Mikhayla Townsend, Tyrell Schuster, Samantha Sotto, Samantha Ubaldo, Samya Taboada and Merle Englemann.


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 3:05 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.  Please REVERSE into the carparks at pick up and drop off time.


Anna O’Brien will be the coordinator for St Mark’s this year and will register our team. She will provide some training for the participants with tips for the transition area (eg: changing from swim to bike to run) as NO parents are allowed in the transition area while the race is on and therefore it is important for the participants to know what to do by themselves. Dates for this training session will be organized once all entries are submitted. It is very important that participants who have not completed the tryathlon before attend this session and bring their bikes with them.

Event details: Wed 2nd December at Mountfort Park, Manurewa

Starts with a swim held in the indoor pool located at the Aquatic Centre beside the park. The pool is 25m in length. Tryathletes are mostly able to reach bottom during the short swim; however, everyone is encouraged to give swimming a go! The Transition Area is located at the back of the Aquatic Centre. The bike part is around Mountfort Parks’ surrounding roads and the run is around the field

Approximate Distances (Age 7-10): Swim 75m, Cycle 3km, Run 500m

Approximate Distances (Age 11-15): Swim 150m, Cycle 6km, Run 1km

Entry fee is $45 per child (if registered before 12 November) or $50 (full price).

As part of their Official pack they will receive:

  • Official Kids TRYathlon T-shirt / Swim Cap / A Kit Bag and the Official Medal.

The Closing Date for your child’s entry is Friday 20 November.

All entries MUST be completed online using our unique school URL:

Payment is to be completed online.    If you have any questions please contact:  Anna O’Brien – or on 027 948 1428.


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


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

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


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, 

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