08.06 15 April 2008
FOCUS: Anzac Poppies
Dear Parents / Caregivers
SPECIAL CHARACTER BADGES: During Term One the following students were awarded special character badges for displaying
Christian Values:- Leah Bergman, James Green-Thompson, Joshua Lozano, Lexi Kiriwi, Campbell Griffin, Tanysha Courtenay,
Gemma Macaskill, Mikayla Thompson, Gaby Mendoza, Alex Harrison, Mabel Ng, Mitchel Ter Weijden, Lexi Kiriwi, Michael Hough,
Charlotte Ambrose and Patrick Cabasag.
BLESSING: May Wisdom be in our minds, and in our thinking; May Wisdom be in our hearts, and in our perceiving; May Wisdom be
in our mouths, and in our speaking; May Wisdom be in our hands, and in our working; May Wisdom be in our feet, and in our walking;
May Wisdom be in our bodies, and in our loving; May Wisdom be with us all the days of our lives.
REFLECTION: There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace
of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else. Peyton Conway March.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson.
ST MARK’S JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP is holding their next event at Our Lady Star of the Sea School Hall on Saturday 19 April from
2.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Just bring $1 to help cover the costs of afternoon tea.
WYD FUNDRAISING HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – Our WYD Pilgrims will run a holiday programme for 5-12 year olds on Tuesday 22 &
Wed 23 April. Each day will run from 9am-4pm with earlier drop-offs and late pick-ups possible. Enrolment forms with further details
can be found in the Church Foyer.
THANK YOU to all the parents who helped with the Year 6 camp including the cleaning team:- Mrs McLinden, Mr Petch, Mr Robinson,
Mr Williams, Dr Forbes, Mrs Laroche, Mrs Heath, Mr Griffin, Mr Kalapu, Mr Murti, Mr Ubels, Mr Wong, Mrs Hough, Dr Ng, Mrs
Casabag, Mr Dignadice, Mr Ambrose, Mrs Lim, Mrs Thompson, Mr McElwee, Mr & Mrs Reyes & parents, Mr Auman, Mr & Mrs
Monteiro, Mr Lomibao, Mrs Appel, Mrs Rongo-Kea, Mr Jamieson, Mr Lopez, Mrs Holgado, Mrs Albertson. A special thanks to the
Camp team: Mrs McKenzie, Mrs Grant and Mrs Wood. Parents can be very proud of their children. It was great to see the way pupils
challenged themselves and persevered in order to complete some of the harder activities.
Also a big thank you to parents who continually help during the term by putting books away, helping in junior classes, book mending
and shelving in the library and on day trips. Without your support our school would not run so smoothly.
CONGRATULATIONS to Patrick McElwee in Room 6 who was a winner in the Design a Stamp Competition. Patrick received a book
of Hoyts cinema passes.
KIDS WITH INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL - KIP
The KIP programme is for Kids with Incredible Potential. It is a social skills programme which supports children (8-12years) who with
additional support to grow in confidence, organizational and/or interpersonal skills will help them achieve to their full potential.
The programme is run over 3 months and includes a 3 week stay at Te Puna Waiora (excluding weekends).
The children are encouraged to practice their new skills at home and school which is supported by parents, teachers and mentors.
Children who have been on the KIP programme have such a fantastic time that many ask to come back the following year.
St Marks has been offered the opportunity to take part in this programme in Term 2 this year. There are limited spaces and a few
selected children will be invited to take part. If you feel strongly that your child would benefit from participating or would like to hear
more about the programme please contact your class teacher before the end of Term 1.
Letters will be sent home shortly to invite children to attend the KIP programme.
POPPIES FOR ANZAC DAY: St Mark’s School is once again acting as a collection point for the RSA selling
Poppies for Anzac Day. Please bring a gold coin donation to receive a poppy from Monday 7 April through to
Thursday 17 April. National Poppy Day is being celebrated on Friday 18 April this year.
SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE OPEN DAY: This year Sancta Maria held their Open Day on Thursday 10 April. As Year 6 were on
camp week Sancta Maria are holding a supplementary afternoon specifically for St Mark’s families. This will be held on Wednesday 16
April between 4.00 and 5.00 pm. The Principal will give an address at 5.00 pm. Enrolment applications for 2009 for all year levels
open on 10 April 2008 and close on 31 May 2008. Priority is given to Catholic students who reside inside the school’s geographical
FUNKY FRIDAY – to be held this coming Friday 18 April. Come dressed up in funky gear and join Mrs Zeeman and Mr B. Please
bring $2.50. Parents please do not go to too much trouble – this is a dress up day – beads, hats, scarves or clothes from your
PTFA : “Eating Apples for Health” promotion is now well underway. There is still time to order apples, please collect an order form
from the school office if you require one. “Entertainment Books” have been sent home. Please send your copy back to the school if
you are not going to purchase it. Extra books are available at the school office if you have friends or family who are interested in
purchasing a book. On May 27th in the Parish Centre Parents Inc are holding a workshop on “Bring up Boys to be Great Men”. More
information will follow.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: A reminder not to travel up the exit road when dropping off and collecting children from school. This is a one
way road. Please also remember to pull in to a car space and stop your car when children are exiting and entering your vehicle.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING The next meeting for the Board of Trustees tonight, Tuesday 15 April, at 7.30pm in the staff room.
WINTER UNIFORM. Optional from 5 May to 30 May. Compulsory from 3 June [after Queen’s Birthday weekend].
GIRLS: Tartan culottes worn with a peter pan fleecy white long sleeved blouse and green tie [only available from the Uniform Shop];
maroon v/neck jersey [available from Howick Knitwear, 1/113 Vincent St, Howick]; white ankle socks or dark bottle green tights. Year
1 & 2 black shoes [Velcro/buckle/lace up]; Years 3-6 black shoes [lace up with low heels] – [all shoes are available from Milan’s
[Howick]; Hannah’s [Pakuranga]; No 1 Shoe Warehouse [Botany]. High heeled shoes and boots are not acceptable. Hair ties to
be black, white, maroon, dark green or school uniform fabric.
THE PROSPECT OF HOWICK: For the months of May, June & July dine in the restaurant and the total amount spent will be turned
into points for our school. Monday’s and Tuesday’s earn double points. Our school will be in the draw to win prize money to put
towards resources for our school.
SCHOOL BANKING: School banking takes place each Wednesday morning at 8.30 am in the Lyons Den.
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts offers a April School Holiday programme which includes “Arty” programmes. For further
information email Victoria@tetuhi.org.nz or phone Victoria Chidley on 5770138 ext. 7708.
Kidactive are offering courses which have an educational, coaching or adventurous element for the school holidays. For
further information contact Lucy Fitzgerald on 0800KIDACTIVE or email email@example.com
The Winter Baseball League is looking for students Ages 8 – 15 to join a team. Muster days are Sat 10 May & Sun 11 May.
For further information contact Chris Sullivan on 5762888 or visit www.aucklandbaseball.co.nz
The Bruce Mason Centre and Phineas Phrog Productions are presenting the Princess and the Pea from Monday 21 to Friday
25 April. Book for tickets through Ticketmaster on 9709700 or visit www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Learn to play golf in the April School holidays. Open to all children 7-17 years. For further information telephone 2650581 or
visit the website www.thefirstteenz.org
Tues 15 April 7.30 pm BOT Meeting
Wed 16 April Supplementary Afternoon at Sancta Maria College for Yr 6 Students – 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Friday 18 April Funky Friday – Mufti Day – Last Day of Term 1
Monday 5 May Term 2 begins
Friday 16 May Science Roadshow at Farm Cove – Senior School
Thursday 29 May ICAS Science
Monday 2 June Queen’s Birthday