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EventDate & Time
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 22nd October
Koanga Festival at SMC from 6pmThursday 22nd October
Staff only Day – SCHOOL CLOSED – NO SKIDSFriday 23rd October
Labour Day – SCHOOL CLOSEDMonday 26th October
Summer Uniform is CompulsoryThursday 29th October
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 29th October
Junior Swimming, Rm’s 2,3,4Monday 2nd November – Wednesday 11th November
All Saints/All Souls liturgy at 1:50pmMonday 2nd November
Sancta Maria new parent eveningTuesday 3rd November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 5th November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 12th November
Children’s Mass 10am in the Parish ChurchSunday 15th November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 19th November
BOT meeting from 7:30pm in the staffroomTuesday 24th November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 26th November
Junior School Nativity rehearsalThursday 26th November
Junior School Nativity at Pakuranga Park Village – parents welcome, time TBCFriday 27th November
HPPA Inter-School AthleticsFriday 27th November
Junior School Beach tripTuesday 1st December
Weetbix TryathlonWednesday 2nd December
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 3rd December
Thanksgiving/School leavers Mass 11am in the Parish ChurchFriday 4th December
Year 4-6 Celebration of Leaning – time TBCTuesday 8th December
Christmas-themed mufti, shared lunch and fun dayWednesday 9th December
Last day of term – school closes at noonFriday 11th December


In accepting the position as Principal of St Mark’s, I always knew 2020 would be a year of many firsts.  With this said, Friday’s Mission Day was one of the ‘firsts’ that I will never forget.  The day started with a beautiful liturgy led by Father Sherwin to bring the school together in prayer and contemplation.  Father Sherwin reminded us of the importance of being missionary disciples in the witnessing of the Gospel through loving acts of care, generosity and service.  After the liturgy, the school was transformed into a buzzing market place with an array of stalls, food kiosks and fun activities for all to enjoy.  It was a fabulous occasion that allowed students to display leadership, creativity and innovation whilst fundraising for our sister school in India. 

I extend sincerest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the senior students and their families for preparing the games, activities, posters, floats, treats and prizes for the various ‘market stalls’.   I can’t forget to mention those who donated toys, books, home baking and treats for the junior stalls outside Room 4 – huge thanks!  To the many parents, family members and staff who gave of their ‘helping hands’ to set-up, pack-down and BBQ, you are simply amazing and I appreciate each and every one of you – humblest thanks!

I am pleased to announce that a total of $2396 was collected.  I know the children of Nirmalalaya School will benefit greatly from this most generous donation.  Well-done St Mark’s Catholic School community!

Your friend in Christ


Below are some photos of the children at Nirmalalaya School



Our condolences go out to the Margison-Butler family who have recently lost a grandparent.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15


Special Character:  

Congratulations to the students of our school who received the blessed sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation on Sunday.

We congratulate the students attending St Mark’s Catholic Church in Pakuranga:

Lauren A; Princeton C, Hannah D; Mateo E; Rhaella E; Leigh F; Ceana F; Eva G; Isla H; Oliver K; Kiera L; Elijah M; Stephanie M; Michael M; Amelia P; Sherene R; Jason S; Jehan S; Raymond S; Samantha S; Carlos T; John T; Mikhayla T; Marie T; Beatrice U; Samantha U; Vianca V; Kazia C; Hannah W; Olivia Y.

We congratulate the students attending Holy Family, Korean Catholic Church in Flat Bush:

Stella and Ellie


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: Kind actions and words. Keep hands and feet to yourself


An especially warm St Mark’s welcome to our newest learners:  Conaghan and  Emerald


Our latest statements were emailed out last week.  If you have already paid off your school fees then you would not have received an email.  Please can you arrange to have your Attendance dues cleared before the end of Term 4 to allow us to do our final end of year accounts tidy up.  If you are having difficulty in paying your Attendance dues please contact the office on 576 5296 to discuss options.


A reminder that Rooms 2, 3 and 4 will start their 8 day intensive swimming on Monday 2nd November to Wednesday 11th November.  Thank you to those that have already paid the $65 for the swimming.  If you have 2 children going the cost has been reduced to $100 for both.  For those that have yet to pay our bank details are:

St Marks School BOT – 12 3056 004135 00.


This year our junior nativity play will be on Friday 27th of November.  We will confirm the time closer to the event.  All parents welcome.


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:


From Thursday next week Summer Uniform is compulsory.  Please ensure your child has the correct uniform on.  Our uniform shop will be open tomorrow from 2:30 to 3pm.


A reminder, please do NOT turn right or go straight ahead at the end of the driveway exiting onto Fortunes Road.  Please TURN LEFT ONLY.  You can then go around the round-a-bout and come back down Fortunes Road if necessary.  Please do not hold the traffic up at the village.  Thank you for your co-operation.





Celebrating Success – Our senior school speech competition was held on the last week of Term 3. Well-done to these place winners: 

Year 4

1st – Isla Hamilton

2nd – Grace Broun

3rd – Paige Sibulo/ Nicholas Jackson-Potter

Year 5 

1st – Kiera Longerstaey

2nd – Vianca Vasallo

3rd – Cooper Fisi’iahi

Year 6

1st – Mario Furivai

2nd – Fredrick Furivai

3rd – Ezabella Lanuza


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).

A reminder for those with pre-schoolers to collect an enrolment pack and to pop into the office to arrange a pre-school visit and a meeting with the Principal.  

If you wish to discuss any matters relating to 2021, please arrange a meeting with Tracey Kopua, our school’s Principal.


Christmas Collection for our Parish Foodbank – Give if you can!

We are encouraging and accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and Christmas treats for the St Mark’s Parish Food bank. This is a way to support many local families who are struggling and may have to go without at Christmas time. 

We will continue to collect items until Wednesday 9th December. Thanks in advance for your generous support.



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: Georgia Wilson, Ceana Francis, Eva Gemmell, Paige Sibulo, Laylor Kemp, Sam Pienaar, Ryan Massey, Brooklyn O’Brien, Gaby Fernandes, Michael McGinty, Lev Cabardo, Cooper Fisi’iahi, Leigh Ferrer, Caitlin Rayner,  Room 1 & 11 (Mission Day helpers), Devan Patel, Tyler Mitchell & Ivan Stowers, 


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  

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, 

A message from the SPCA

Each year we receive thousands of unwanted cats and kittens at our Auckland Centre, and we would like to work together with the community to help stop the cat population growing.

We desperately need to reduce the number of kittens coming into our care and we would really appreciate if you could help.  By working together we can make an impact on the number of unwanted kittens being born.

Here’s a quick overview of how the programme works:

  • Owners register online through our website The form is found under services/desexing services (SPCA Snip ‘n’ Chip form).
  • They will need to enter their address to confirm eligibility (all owners within the Auckland Council regional boundaries).
  • If they have a CSC or Gold Card they will receive an automatic email with an individual voucher code and contact details of their chosen vet clinic.
  • NON card holders will be provided with a link to our online shop where they will be able to purchase $45 desexing vouchers.
  • NON card holders will receive an email receipt for the vouchers they have purchased, as well as contact details of their chosen vet clinic.
  • Owners will be instructed to show their CSC or Gold Card to the clinic to ensure eligibility, and owners with paid vouchers will need to show their receipt.
  • Vouchers (free or paid) are valid for 3 months.
  • There is a limit of 10 FREE vouchers per registration if they have a valid card, but they can buy extra $45 vouchers if they have additional cats.

Bookings for this programme are now open.

Community Services Card or Gold Card holders who do not have access to the internet (or a friend, family member or public resource that can help), may call our desexing line 09 256 7310 and one of our staff can complete the registration over the phone on their behalf.

We understand that sometimes families find it challenging to get their hands on a carry cage to take their cat to the vet, and this usually means that they miss out on using this service.

To help with this, we have a very limited number of reusable cardboard carry cages available.  If you have a family at your school that is need of a carry cage for this campaign, please reach out to me.  If you have any questions regarding this programme, please ask.

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