OUR LADY OF
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 sister’s Charism, Mission and Vision.
REMINDER – School finishes at 12.30pm tomorrow, please make arrangements to have your child picked up at 12.30pm on Wednesday. BlessingsTue Jun 28 12:16pm
OLOL School Conferences – Room 4Mon Jun 27 11:30am
Good morning. Unfortunately Julie Moor is unwell and is not expected to return to school this week. This means she will not be able to attend any booked conferences this week.
If you have booked an appointment with her please check your emails for information regarding this.
So sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and please feel free to contact the office for clarification on this matter.
Kind regards Karen Worsley
Last day for Scholastic Book Club online and office orders is – MONDAY 20th JUNE. Blessings for your day.Fri Jun 17 11:26am
BOARD ELECTIONS PARENT UPDATETue Jun 14 03:13pm
14 June 2022
SchooI Board Parent Election 2022
Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 4 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.
We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.
Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.
Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7th September.
We look forward to your participation in this process.
89 Nazareth Avenue | Middleton | Christchurch | PO Box 414 | Christchurch 8140
P (03) 338 4444 | Cell 021 399 744 Web www.cessl.org.nz
Good morning families, please take good care with this rough weather.Mon Jun 13 09:13am
We have a number of children away for different reasons – Covid, a nasty virus, a tummy bug and this weather. We will do everything to keep your child well and safe in these times. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. The team at OLOL
REMINDER OF SCHOOL CLOSURE DATESThu Jun 02 11:31am
School is closed tomorrow (Friday) for a Teachers Only Day. Monday is Queens Birthday and school will also be closed this day.
We hope you all enjoy your long weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday next week.
Blessings from OLOL Staff
CROSS COUNTRY CANCELLED FOR NOWWed Jun 01 09:56am
After much discussion, we have decided to cancel the Cross Country that was planned for Thursday. With approximately a third of our children away due to illness and working with minimal staff we can not run this event safely. We hope to be able to run this or something similar later in the term when we have got through this latest episode of sickness in the school. Thank you also to those who offered to help on the day – it was wonderful to have all your support. We will call on you again when we have another plan in place.
Talofa families, we hope your day has gone well. It is certainly getting colder and wetter out there.Mon May 30 08:21pm
We are just letting you know we have a lot of illness at school at the moment with over 50 children and teachers away with various illnesses – Covid, a virus with headaches including temperatures and aches as well as some with a tummy bug. We thank you for your support and know we are doing everything we can to minimise the spread. We ask that you keep your child at home if they are unwell as we work to get on top of this.
Go gently, stay warm
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.
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
WASTEWATER PIPE INSPECTION PROJECT – EFFECTS ACCESS TO PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOLTue 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 MayMon 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
MOVING TO ORANGE LEVEL NEXT TERMWed 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.
Easter blessings to you all
The staff at OLOL
OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ORDERSTue 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