School Communication

Below you can read the latest newsletters, latest notifications, upcoming events and other communication information from Our Lady of Lourdes School Palmerston North.

Latest Notifications

Cross Country Thursday 2/6 assistance on the day –

Wed May 25 10:09am

Kia ora all, we are looking for adults to help us walk to and from school to Monrad Park for the Cross Country. We will be leaving school at 10am and returning approximately 12.30pm. We will see what the weather is like and may bring the junior children back earlier. Please email or ring the office if you can help.

Many blessings

OLOL staff

A message for our Netball players – netball practice is cancelled after school today. Game time will be sent out as soon as draw comes out.

Tue May 24 09:55am


Tue May 10 01:02pm

Hello families.  Hydrotech Group will be performing Wastewater Pipe Inspection work the length of Shamrock Street between Tuesday 10th May to Friday 13th May 2022.

The hours of work will be between 7.30am to 6.30pm, during which time traffic management may be in place to assist traffic. Access to parking outside the school will be possibly be very limited during these times.

They are hoping to clear the road by the school during drop off and pick up times but if this is not the case then please drive carefully onto the school grounds to pick up your child.  Staff will be available to help direct your child and keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation while we navigate this issue for the rest of the week.

Blessings and kind regards OLOL Staff

Blessing of our new block – this Sunday 15 May

Mon May 09 08:46pm


Sunday May 15th following the 9.30am mass

We welcome you all to our official opening blessing for our Junior block. We will meet at the front of our school and Fr Joe will share a blessing on this wonderful modernised block. Further details to follow.

Blessings for your evening

Welcome to Term 2. We hope the term break has gone well for you all.

Sun May 01 05:08pm

We look forward seeing you again tomorrow. We will have our wonderful Road Patrollers out for the start of the term and hope we can continue with this for now. We encourage those children from Year 4 upwards to continue to wear their face masks – teachers will be continuing to use them. We ask anyone who comes onto the school grounds to also do so to better protect our school family as we head into the cooler months

We have many wonderful things planned for the term – please see our newsletter this week for these dates. This includes cross country, planned trips to the Cathedral, Matariki celebrations, and three way conferences later in the term.

We are so excited to see you all again tomorrow

Easter blessings



Wed Apr 13 04:40pm


Kia ora koutou, Hello everyone…

You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight. We have been asked to keep things the same for the last day of the term tomorrow.

The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection. 

We wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.  

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick. 

We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

Ngā mihi,

Easter blessings to you all

The staff at OLOL





Tue Apr 12 03:59pm

Hello there.  This message is for anyone waiting for Scholastic Book Club orders. I have received an email from Scholastic Book Club explaining that they are having freight delays beyond their control. 

Their warehouse is working to despatch them to you before the end of term.  However it is possible that some schools may not receive their orders until school returns.

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.

Kind regards Karen Worsley

Good morning on this day of Peace for the Ukraine.

Fri Mar 25 09:58am

Thank you all for your amazing generosity. We are just counting this up and will let you know as soon as our leaders and Mrs Worsley have a total. We only have half of our school population today so we are truly grateful. Our children today prayed their little hearts out for peace in the Ukraine. You would be so proud of them – we are.

Abundant blessings to you all – 

The team at OLOL

Thank you everyone for your generosity – we have raised $255 for Caritas Ukraine. Blessings for your day. OLOL staff

Fri Mar 25 09:57am


Fri Mar 18 01:14pm

Good afternoon to all our families.

We currently have 15 children at home who have tested positive for Covid 19.  Another 27 children are isolating at home due to being a household contact or are unwell with non covid related illnesses.

We ask that you monitor your child carefully over the weekend for any symptoms and please keep your child at home if they become unwell.

If your child is isolating due to being a household contact and at any time they test positive could you please contact the school office and inform Karen.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.

Kind regards

Karen Worsley


A gentle reminder that our school day begins at 8.55am for your child.

Thu Mar 17 01:32pm

We know that for us all there are many things happening in our busy lives and we appreciate this.

We are just writing to share that we are seeing an increase in children arriving late to school which is unsettling for the child as well as the classroom environment. Many rich conversations and checkins with children happen before school as well as during our classroom prayer time first thing in the morning.

We will now be closely monitoring arrival times of children and will be in touch to discuss this further should we need too.

Thank you for support of your child’s learning and our school.



Covid update for March 14 –

Mon Mar 14 09:52am

We just wanted to share that we are beginning to see an increase in numbers of children away due to testing positive over the weekend or being a household contact. All of our staff are well for now and classes are open, with teachers beginning to place activities on Seesaw for those at home. There is also Reading Eggs, Mathletics and Stepsweb as well as the hard pack activities to use.  Please keep in touch with the school as we are required to notify the Ministry of Education with our daily case numbers. We thank you all for your support and kindness.




COVID UDATE: Positive case in Room 5 this morning

Fri Mar 11 10:02am

We have been notified this morning of a positive case in Room 5. The child has been at school all week. We have other children isolating who have not been at school. Please watch for the following:

Symptoms of COVID-19:

A new or worsening cough
Sneezing and runny nose
A fever
Temporary loss of smell or changed sense of taste
Sore throat
Shortness of breath
Pains in the stomach

For more information on COVID-19, go to

Blessings to you all



Wed Mar 02 12:50pm


Dear parents, whanau and caregivers

We are informing our school community that we have just been notified that two children have tested positive for Covid 19. These children are in Room 4 and Room 5. They have not been at school since last Thursday. There has been no direct contact with the school for six days.

The health and wellbeing of our learners, staff and community remains our top priority, and we need to be especially vigilant at this time.

What you need to do:

You and your household should watch closely for symptoms
If any develop, get tested immediately
Then, stay at home until you receive the result
If you have had your first two vaccinations, then get your booster as well.

What we’re doing:

We’re remaining open
We will be supporting any students self-isolating with distance learning
We are adopting appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures consistent with requirements for the red light traffic system
We will communicate with you if the situation changes and there is a known risk of infection from school.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

A new or worsening cough
Sneezing and runny nose
A fever
Temporary loss of smell or changed sense of taste
Sore throat
Shortness of breath

For more information on COVID-19, go to

We thank you all for your support and kindness.

Abundant blessings to you during this season of Lent

The team at OLOL



As a school we use the Seesaw app to communicate how we live, love and learn the Mercy Way in each classroom. You can contact your class teacher for a link to your child’s private learning journal early in the school year.

You can log into Seesaw here

Here are the links to the classroom blogs

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Our Lady of Lourdes School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.