Monday, January 24, 2011


Kia ora everyone, my name is Mr Marks and I am very proud to be a new member of the Pt England whanau. I will be teaching in room 15 during 2011 and cant wait to meet everyone on the 7th of Feb.

So, a little bit about me then. I love all sports and spend as much of my spare time as possible surfing with my wife (who is nearly better than me) and relaxing at the beach. I go to the Warriors whenever I can, I support Waikato and the Chiefs and I watch NBA online everyday as I love basketball. So you will definitely see me out on the fields whenever I get a spare moment.

I have had a great summer holiday so far with the highlight being a day at the beach with my wife. We woke up early, chucked the surfboards on the roof of the car, turned the stereo up and cruised to Hot Water Beach for a surf and a day in the sun. When we got there the sun was out the surf was really big and we were straight into the water. While catching our breaths sitting on our surfboards out the back of the waves, my wife suddenly screamed and nearly fell off her board as a big long grey shape jumped out of the water right beside her. It was a dolphin and there were two of them. So while we sat on our boards in the surf on a beautiful sunny day our two new friends dove, circled, jumped and splashed around us. It was a truly magical experience, especially considering we both caught our best waves ever on our surfboards.

So that’s just a little bit about me for now. Enjoy the rest of your holidays, make the most of each day and I look forward to posting again soon and introducing the rest of the 2011 Room 15 family.


  1. Welcome to Pt England School Mr Marks. Room 15 kids will be very excited when they find out you are their teacher.

    I love your surfing story. I spent the Summer in the Coromandel and also have a dolphin story. I just happened to have my video camera with me, so if you click here you will see the visitors to our boat.

    Have a great year

    Mrs Burt

  2. Hi Mr Marks i liked your story about you surfing with your wife im glad that you are at pt england i hope you had a great hoilday.

    ps love raeleen and sarona rm 14.

  3. Thanks Raeleen for your kind words, I look forward to reading some of your blog posts during the year.

    Mr Marks

  4. Hey Mr Marks

    That was a very nice piece of writing to describe yourself and to tell us what you did in the holidays. That would of been very nice to see some dolphins and Welcome To Pt England.


  5. Hello everyone in room 15 its great to read your blog.My name is Mrs Binns and I went to University with Mr Marks - you are very lucky to have such a great teacher.I am also a teacher at Royal Oak Primary school teaching year 4 children.I will show them your blog tomorrow and see if they would also like to leave you a comment.Good luck and keep up the good work.

  6. Ki Ora Mr Marks and all the kids in R15
    My name is Bridgid Fowler Im a Yr 5/6 teacher at Linwood North School in Christchurch. Our teaching staff are coming to visit your school and see how you guys are using ICT etc on the Tuesday after Queen's Bday weekend. I just wanted to say hi and say I cant wait to see your school, I have heard such great things about your school! And Im especially interested in your Year 5 and 6 classes of course! Take care, meet you soon
    Mrs Fowler!

  7. Hello Mr. Marks, My name is Lisette and I am a student at NYIT in NYC. My Professor is familiar with your school and she asked that we look at some of the blogs your students created. I enjoyed reading some of their stories and their paintings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Your story is entertaining as well, how lucky are you and your wife to have had such a wonderful experience with dolphins...

  8. Hi Mr Marks. My name is Semi are you have a good time at home i am it cool i went Skatepark with my brothers i am very have a good time i wsih you have a good they from semi.


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