OUR LADY OF
TE KURA O TO MATOU WAHINE O RUATA
Nga Mihi Koutou Katoa
Our Lady of Lourdes is an inclusive and growing Catholic integrated primary school catering for tamariki from Year 1-6. We are located on the western side of Palmerston North, with a bi-cultural and multi cultural mixture whanau. We are a school based on the MERCY values . We strive to live out our MERCY Values of :
COMPASSION – PŪAROHA
RESPECT – WHAKAUTE
SOCIAL JUSTICE – PĀPORI TIKA
SERVICE – RATO
HOSPITALITY – MANAAKITANGA
Reminder – Mufti Day tomorrow! Wear something red as a sign of respect for our ANZAC’s. Gold coin donation for the local Poppy appeal.Thu Apr 15 02:18pm
Order with Lunchonline at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Subway is delivered every Wednesday. Order before 9am Wednesdays www.lunchonline.co.nzWed Apr 14 02:25pm
A reminder that school closes today for Easter. We return to school NEXT WEDNESDAY. Easter blessings to you all.Thu Apr 01 12:31pm
Blessings to you all for this Holy Thursday. A reminder for your child to bring something to wear for our liturgy today.Thu Apr 01 07:59am
Hello there. We have had a few cases of nits at school – could you please check your child’s hair and treat accordingly if needed. Thank youTue Mar 23 12:38pm
St Joseph’s Day TomorrowThu Mar 18 03:04pm
Reminder to wear your PE uniform to school tomorrow and bring a family koha or a gold coin donation for Caritas. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Everything has been found!!!Mon Mar 15 01:00pm
Today, our wonderful police found the things that had been taken from school earlier this morning. Thanks also to Mr Torok who had installed cameras in our school that helped as well. Our amazing children have been wonderful helpers in Rooms 6 and 7 cleaning up. We are looking at additional security measures to keep our schhol and its belongings safe.
Thank you for your lovely kind phone calls and offers of help. – we are truly blessed to be part of this community.
Good morning parents and whanauMon Mar 15 08:06am
Just a quick note to share that in the early hours of this morning someone broke into the school. We are very lucky that there was very little taken however there is a litte upheaval in two of the upstairs rooms. We have been very fortunate that the security and police were here very quickly. We will be talking to the children this morning about this. Please keep an eye and ear out if you hear anything. Abundant blessings to you all.
Year 5 and 6 Tabloid Sports has been cancelled due to the weather.Thu Mar 11 09:09am
A REMINDER SCHOOL IS CLOSED TOMORROW FOR A STAFF TRAINING DAY. SEE YOU ON THURSDAY. BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.Tue Mar 09 09:43am
Please be careful – our road has just been resealed…go gently…Mon Mar 01 02:19pm
Year 3 and 4 Tabloids cancelled at St James this Thursday.Blessings and thanksMon Mar 01 10:08am
ALERT LEVEL 2 for OLOLMon Mar 01 09:27am
A guideline from the Ministry of Education
Alert Level 2 – All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region
Alert Level 2 began at 6am this morning, 28 February for a period of seven days.
1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.
2. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
3. Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.
4. You must have a contact tracing system in place.
This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register.
5. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
Cough and sneeze etiquette
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.
Please only come on to school grounds if you need too – we want to keep our school community safe and well.
Blessings to you all
The team at OLOL
Morena #2Today there will be no liturgy in the church – this will take place in your child’s classrooms. Blessings and thanksMon Mar 01 08:13am
Available at the school office – donated uniforms items that are free of charge for anyone who wants or needs them. Come and help yourselvesTue Feb 23 01:50pm
MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL 1Wed Feb 17 07:32pm
Moving to Alert Level 1
Kia ora koutou/ Hello all
It was great news to hear we are moving to Alert Level 1 so quickly. While new cases in the community are always disappointing to hear of, it is reassuring to see how quickly they have been identified. I am sure we are all grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and technicians in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested.
As a community we need to avoid the complacency which New Zealanders tend to quickly move into when we are at lower alert levels. Please do continue to scan QR codes and monitor closely for illness within your whanau/family.
Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our community and tamariki/children and we continue to be here to support you too.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako/teacher or me, if there is something you need assistance with.
Blessings to you during this season of Lent
The team of Our Lady of Lourdes school
TODAY’s NEWSLETTER SENT TODAYTue Feb 16 12:47pm
We hope everything is going well for you today.
We have just emailed out our new digital newsletter to you. Please check your INBOX and contact the office if you did not recieve this.
We are working to secure all parent contact details so that we can keep in touch.
UPDATEMon Feb 15 09:26am
Thank you for your support of the Level 2 Covid expectations this morning. You would have received a Seesaw message explaining that ‘Meet the Teacher Conferences’ will no longer take place in person this week for the safety of all. Teachers will be posting a video later this afternoon sharing what they were going to share with you. Please send through any information that teachers need to know about your child. We look forward to working with you and your child this year.
Blessings to you all
ALERT LEVEL 2 guidelines for the next 72 hoursMon Feb 15 06:32am
School is open for all. As mentioned in the email last night, we ask for anyone on school grounds to please use the Tracer App or Register when entering at the front gate or office. Last year most of our children were confident coming onto school and leaving school grounds by themselves and we encourage that again at this stage. We ask that you please use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit school grounds for the protection of our school community. Further information will be shared after 9am this morning. Thank you for kindness and support.
Go gently, be kind and together we can do this.
Hello all,Thu Feb 11 02:13pm
Our building work is going well. This afternoon three concrete trucks are here to support the new foundations for the flooring. One may still be here this afternoon and we will have all staff out to ensure the safety of your child.
Blessings and thanks
We are still working on connecting all the devices – here is a brief summary of our newsletter for this week as we work towards a new formatThu Feb 11 08:41am
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 2021
KIA ORA, TĒNĀ KOUTOU, HELLO, MĀLŌ E LELEI, TALOFA, BULA VINAKA…BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL
We welcome you all to Week 2 of the term. We had an amazing first week, with a lot of smiles and joy around our
school/kura. We are getting things sorted with the new organisation required with our school now part building site. Thank
you all for your patience and support. We look forward to another fabulous week of learning and new opportunities ahead.
COMMUNICATION – A REMINDER FROM LAST WEEK
Please download SCHOOLAPPSNZ and look for OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL. This is one way we keep you informed of our
happenings. Our school website can be found at: https://olol.school.nz/
Please make sure you continue to use SEESAW to view your child’s learning and progress throughout the year.
FORMS TO COMPLETE
A reminder to return these as soon as you can – thank you to those who have already. We are busy updating information
details. We will be shortly updating our current paper newsletter to a new digital format – we will let you know when this is up
TEACHER CONFERENCES – PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BOOK A TIME
You are the expert of your child and we value hearing from you and your child. We have set these up for Week 3, Monday
February 15th: 3.30-7.30pm and Tuesday February 16th: 3.30-5.30pm.
Last year we successfully trialled a digital platform for this so here is the link below to book in a brief 10 minute
Please contact the office if you need any assistance with this.
DATES FOR 2021
TERM 1: 3 February – 16 April: Easter: Good Friday – 2 April, Easter Monday – 5 April, Easter Tuesday – 6 April
(school closed) TERM 2: 3 May-9 July TERM 3: 26 July – 10 October TERM 4: 18 October -14 December
TERM ONE DATES TO NOTE
Feb 9: School Liturgy – Tuesday …liturgies now will take place in the church
Feb 12: Poolside sessions for all children
Feb 14: Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day – school mass @ 9.30am Sunday mass for all, followed by shared morning tea and a swim
Feb 15: MEET THE TEACHER CONFERENCES – 3.30-7pm
Feb 16: MEET THE TEACHER CONFERENCES – 3.30-5pm
Feb 17: Ash Wednesday – Mass in the church @10am Board of Trustees meeting @6pm
Feb 18: SACRAMENT PROGRAMME FOR 2021 BEGINS
Feb 25: Year 1 & 2 Combined Catholic School Tabloids at St Joseph’s Feilding
Mar 4: Year 3/4 Combined Catholic schools Tabloids at St James
Mar 12: OLOL Duathlon, 2-3pm, swim and run
Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY APR 2: Good Friday, APR 5: Easter Monday, APR 6: Easter Tuesday – school closed for these days.
Term 1: 2021 LITURGIES
Term 1: PARTICIPATION – Everyone has a part to build God’s Kingdom Monday Liturgy
Week 3: Feb 15-19 Ash Wednesday
Week 4: Feb 22-26 Wk 1 Lent/ Caritas
Week 5: Mar 1-5 Wk 2 Lent/ Caritas
Week 6:Mar 8-12 CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Week 7: Mar 15-19 ST JOSEPH
Week 8: Mar 22-26 5th Wk of Lent =Palm Sunday
Week 9: Mar 29-Apr 2 Holy Week
Week 10 : Apr 5-9 Resurrection
Week 11: Apr 12-16 Divine Mercy Sunday/ ANZAC Day
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL INVITATION
Welcomes you all to Mass on SUNDAY 14th at 9.30am to celebrate Our
Lady of Lourdes feast day.
DID YOU KNOW: Mary, Jesus’ mother, is the greatest saint. She has appeared to
many people over the centuries. Our Lady of Lourdes was the title she was
given after she visited Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old girl in 1858.
Bernadette lived in a very poor house in Lourdes,
France, with her parents, two brothers, and a sister. One day
Bernadette was out with her sister and a friend to gather wood for
the fire. Bernadette, who suffered from asthma and was often sick,
did not cross over the stream to gather wood on the other side with
her sister and friend. While they were gone, Bernadette heard a
noise over near a cave-like area, and she went to investigate.
There, Bernadette saw a lovely lady dressed in white who had a
blue sash around her waist and a rose on
each foot. She was beautiful!
Bernadette prayed the rosary with this lady before she disappeared.
The lady asked her to come back again. The lady appeared to
Bernadette a total of eighteen times. Bernadette was teased and
laughed at; many believed that she was either imagining the
appearances of Our Lady or making it up.
When a spring miraculously appeared after one of the visions, many
who doubted her began to believe. Those who bathed in the spring
were often cured of serious sickness or disability. Eventually, the lady
identified herself: “I am the Immaculate Conception,” she told
Bernadette. It was then that people realized for sure that it was Mary,
the mother of God, appearing to Bernadette.
We would love for you to join us…
★ School leaders to wear uniforms as you will be helping to host our Mass and
★ All other children can wear everyday clothes for Mass
★ Please bring a plate to share for morning tea…living our HOSPITALITY MERCY
★ The pool will be open after morning tea for a swim as well so bring your togs.