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EventDate & Time
Junior Swimming, Rm’s 2,3,4Monday 2nd November – Wednesday 11th November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 12th November
Children’s Mass 10:30am in the Parish ChurchSunday 15th November
Swimming Rm 1, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11Thursday 19th November
Special Helpers Morning Tea from 11amFriday 20th 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 11:30amFriday 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 Learning – 11:15am in the ChurchTuesday 8th December
Christmas-themed mufti, shared lunch and fun dayWednesday 9th December
Last day of term – school closes at noonFriday 11th December

“Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.”  Proverbs 16:20


Kia Ora St Mark’s Catholic School whānau

Term 4 has started well and it is wonderful to be enjoying the finer weather that comes with spring.  Our learners are wearing their summer uniforms with pride, but I would like to see all children remembering to wear their hats.  Melanoma in NZ is a real threat and most exposure to the sun occurs in childhood.  Wearing a hat saves lives as does the use of a protective sunscreen.  

As we are approaching what is predicted to be another scorching summer, please protect your child and family from the impact of our damaging NZ sun by remembering to: Slip on a shirt, Slop on the 50+ sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade or shelter, Slide on some glasses to block out sun. — ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide’.

Term 4 is proving to be an action packed, busy term with learners enjoying swimming, cricket and Jellybeans music as an integral part of the school’s curriculum.  Classes and co-curricular groups are busy preparing for various end of year events with the junior school learning hymns, scripts and songs for the Nativity and the senior school preparing items for our Celebration of Learning (Prizegiving) and Thanksgiving Mass.

The school’s Senior Leadership Team has been busy planning staffing and classroom compositions ahead of the 2021 school year.  There are going to be some obvious changes to the school’s ‘traditional structure’ that will see three distinct learning ‘zones’ that will include: a Year 0-2 hub with 3 classrooms; a Year 3-4 hub with 3 classrooms and a Year 5-6 hub with 3 classrooms.  These ‘hubs’ and ‘zones’ are yet to be named and we will be seeking student voice in helping to do so.

At this stage however, I can advise that our Year 0-2 hub will be in the area that is currently occupied by Rooms 4, 5, 6 and 7; our Year 3-4 hub will be in the area that is currently occupied by Rooms 9-11 and our Year 5-6 hub will be in the area that is currently occupied by Rooms 1-3.

I am confident there will be other really positive, well-informed changes ahead to ensure continuous school improvement with learners at the heart of all we do here at St Mark’s Catholic School.

As always, if you have any questions whatsoever about your child’s learning and wellbeing at school, please do connect with your child’s teacher in the first instance or direct urgent matters in confidence to Mrs Hodgson, Mrs McKenzie or myself.

Your friend in Christ

Tracey Kopua


Special Catholic Character

During the month of November, Catholics all over the world pray especially for the faithful departed. November commences with the special feast days of All Saints and All Souls. Our school children were invited to write the names of special people in their lives who are now at eternal peace with Jesus in heaven. These names were posted onto hearts and placed on a remembrance tree during a special liturgy on Monday afternoon.  All of these special intentions will be remembered during November prayers in the Parish Church.

Room 10 is to be commended for leading the liturgy with reverence and pride. Special thanks to Mrs Dias-McAllum and the RE team for fantastic coordination and collaboration.

Below are some photos from the liturgy.


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 little learner, Lara.


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.  The bank account details are:  St Marks School BOT.  12 3056 0004135 00


You are warmly invited to attend the following ‘End of Year’ celebratory events. It will be wonderful to come together as a family of faith after the year we have endured and/or survived!

Junior school Nativity 

All are welcome to attend this annual fixture on Friday 27 November at 11:30am at the Pakuranga Park Village Community Centre.  Park in the school grounds.  Year 6 students will direct you to the venue.

Those attending are encouraged to stay behind afterwards to enjoy a BYO picnic lunch (and shade) with our school children. 

Yr 4-6 Celebration of Learning (Prizegiving)

This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday 8th December at 11.15am in the Parish Church

One notable change to previous year Prizegiving events is that every child will be acknowledged in some way at this Celebration of Learning as well as the usual recognition of any special or outstanding achievement across a variety of school activities.  We encourage the attendance of at least one family member in joining us for this most special occasion.

Whole-school Thanksgiving/ Year 6 leavers Mass

Please join the school community for a special celebration of the Eucharist in the Parish Church on Friday 4th December at 11.00am.  At this Mass, we will formally bless and thank our Year 6 school leavers and Mrs Ross.


Our school’s governing board (BOT) is in the early stages of reviewing the school’s Charter to inform the next phase of strategic decision making. Our BOT is seeking your thoughts, ideas and feedback to shape our school’s future direction. Thanks in advance for taking time to complete this initial survey. Our BOT will look forward to face2face consultation in the new year.

You can access the survey by following this link:


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.



Our Summer Uniform is now compulsory.  Please ensure your child has the correct uniform on.  Our uniform shop will be open this Friday from 8:30 to 9:15am.  See below for details of where to buy new uniform at NZ Uniforms in Botany South.


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:


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.





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.


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: Julian Wang, Samantha Radich, Fletcher Strevens, Olivia Tran, Cole Manning, Austin Ng, Jack Sturgess, Liam Antonio, Annika Tigley, Jason Seo, Joseph Mafi, Fredrick Furivai and Jehan Solanga Arachchige.


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 DATES 2020/2021

Term 4 – Monday 12 October – Friday 11th December (School closes at noon after Mass)

Term 1 2021 – Wednesday 3rd February – Friday 16th April (8th February Waitangi Day, 1st April Teacher Only Day, 2nd April Good Friday, 5th April Easter Monday, 6th April Easter Tuesday)


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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