Welcome to

OUR LADY OF
LOURDES

TE KURA O TO MATOU WAHINE O RUATA


Tena Koutou, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Bula Vinaka, Mauri, Namaste

Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome to Our Lady of Lourdes school/kura


Achieving the best possible academic results is a goal for all Catholic schools. In its academic standards the Catholic school is required to be “at least as outstanding’ as other schools in its area.’

(Catholic Education of School Age Children Document 2014  p18)


. We are a Decile 4 Integrated Catholic multicultural primary school catering for boys and girls aged 5 ~ 11 years from Year 1-6.

The roll stands at approximately 150-175 children/tamariki by the end of the school year. We are one of three Catholic primary schools in Palmerston North and work collaboratively with a Palmerston North Catholic Kāhui Ako for the Good of ALl.


THE CATHOLIC CHARACTER OF OUR SCHOOL/KURA

The Special Character of a Catholic School is defined in the Integration Agreement as follows:

“The school is a Roman Catholic School in which the whole school community through the general school programme and in its religious instructions and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese.”


We are disciples of Jesus and work to LIVE, LEARN and LOVE to be the HEAD, HEART, VOICE and HANDS of Jesus in our community. This is then supported by the Mercy sisters  Charism, Mission and Vision.

Latest Notifications

WASTEWATER PIPE INSPECTION PROJECT – EFFECTS ACCESS TO PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL

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

BLESSING OF OUR NEW MODERNISED BLOCK


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


Caroline

MOVING TO ORANGE LEVEL NEXT TERM

Wed Apr 13 04:40pm

THE LATEST FROM THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION – ORANGE LEVEL


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


 


 


 

OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ORDERS

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

COVID 19 UPDATE

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.


Blessings


Caroline 

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.


Blessings


OLOL Team


 

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 https://covid19.govt.nz/


Blessings to you all


Caroline

COVID 19 UPDATE

Wed Mar 02 12:50pm

COMMUNICATIONS MARCH 2nd – COVID NOTIFICATION


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 https://covid19.govt.nz/.



We thank you all for your support and kindness.


Abundant blessings to you during this season of Lent


The team at OLOL

AT HOME LEARNING PACKS

Fri Feb 25 02:01pm

Hello families.


Your child will be bringing home ‘At Home Learning Packs’ today. 


These packs are to be saved and only used if your child cannot come to school due to isolating, waiting for a Covid test result or illness.


Please contact the school office via the school app, email or a phone call if your child is unwell or needing to isolate and cannot come to school.


Thank you and enjoy your weekend.


Blessings from OLOL Staff

Phase 3 information from the Ministry of Education

Thu Feb 24 04:56pm

Kia ora koutou,


New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.


You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.


You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too.


This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.


With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.


Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.


If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.


Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.


The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.


Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.


If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch.  We are here to help.


With our support and love


The team at Our Lady of Lourdes

Covid school Update:

Thu Feb 24 08:40am

Kia ora koutou, blessings to our school community


I am sending this message because of the increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community.  At this stage, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that it has not been notified of anybody being infectious whilst at Our Lady of Lourdes.


However, 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 are preparing to support any children 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 https://covid19.govt.nz/.


We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers


Caroline and the team 


 

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