Term 1 Week 3  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

We have a lot happening this week here at school. On Wednesday we have our whole school trip to the Marine Education Centre at Island Bay in Wellington and on Thursday we have our 3 way conferences starting at 2pm. Please read the details for each of these events carefully in this newsletter.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Excellence -Tino pai-rawa

Excellence is doing your best.
It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have.
Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose.
It is a desire for perfection.
The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.
When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.

We practice tino pai-rawa when we:

  • give our best to whatever we dok4615521.jpg
  • give our best  to relationships
  • set noble and realistic goals
  • remember to plan and practice
  • don’t try to do everything
  • develop our special gifts


Reflection of the week

lent-prayer-fasting-giving-works-of-loveLast Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which marked the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter.  During Lent we are encouraged to build our relationship with God and with one another. Lent can be a time of growth and transformation if we are ready to listen and answer the call. It is a time to put our faith into action. This a time when we can all think about how we can do less of ‘just the usual” and more of how can we turn  just the usual into something that is of an excellent standard. We can give our best and help others.

School Notices

Whole School Inquiry Learning Trip
Tomorrow the whole school is bussing to Wellington to visit the Marine Education Centre in Island Bay. We will be leaving school at 8am so your child needs to be here by 7.45am please. Please ensurethey go to the toilet just before leaving home.
Students are to wear their correct PE uniform and sunhat and bringtheir jersey or jacket. If they do not have their correct PE uniform then they are to wear their school uniform. They are to wear sensible footwear ie sandshoes and need a decent morning tea and lunch. A drink bottle is essential. Also sunscreen on prior to coming to school please.
It is also advisable to bring a change of clothes and a  small towel in a named plastic bag. We will not be swimming so no togs please.
Thank you to those parents who have offered their help. Each of you will be assigned 4 students to supervise for the day.
The cost of the bus as well the entry fee is funded from your activity donation. There will be a charge for those who have not paid this unless arrangements have been made with the office.

Parent/Teacher/Student Beginning of Year Conferences
These are to be held this Thursday, February 18 starting at 2.15pm.  Appointment times were sent home with your eldest child on Monday.
School will finish at lunchtime(1.20pm) that day to allow time for all conferences to be completed. Children are to be collected by 2pm at the latest please.
A reminder to please let your after school care providers know to collect your child early that day too please.

Spare Desks On Offer
We have several desks and some chairs to give away free of charge
Please let us know if you are interested.
Alternatively if you know of any organisation that could use theseplease let us know. We would like to get them off our hands as soon as possible.

This year the EC Reading Summer Reading programme completed its 19th year.  We celebrated the outstanding achievements of the following students from Our Lady of Lourdes School (past or present), who participated in the 2015/16 Summer Reading Programme run by the Palmerston North City Library and Community Living Rooms, with assistance from the Eastern and Central Community Trust:
TePatikiiki Community Library
Alesha Alexander, Teresa Alexander, Abagail Birch, Annalena Birch
Awapuni Community Library
Matthew Jensen, Olivia Jensen, Freya Patchett-Yorke

School Jacket
As we do not carry extra stock of school jackets you will need to place an order for this item of uniform.
Please see Kath in the school office within the next 2 weeks if you need to order for your child.


There are 4 weeks remaining in the 2015/16 season on the dates below:
Friday 19th February
Friday 26th February
Friday 4th March
Friday 11th March
All teams will remain in the same grades as at the end of last year.

Community Notices

St John Youth Programme.
Penguins 6-8yrs (Meet 5.30p.m – 6.30p.m. Tuesdays),
Cadets 9-18yrs  (Meet 6.30p.m. – 8.30p.m. Tuesdays).
St John Hall, Cuba Street
Badges, camps, community service, competitons, gain life skills and leadership skills.
Fee is $10 a term for the first family member, $5 a term for each additional family member.
So come along and find out what we are all about.
More information

Esplanade Day
21st February 10a.m. – 4p.m. Victoria Esplanade
Dance & Music performances, Food and Stalls.

Saturday Music Enrollment day
Saturday 20th February 2016  9.30a.m. – 11.30a.m.
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School Hall, South Street, Palmerston North  For more information (you may enrol on line)  or email  or phone 0278256927

St Vincent de Paul 
Meetings in February will be the 9th and 23rd February in the Cathedral Lounge at 5.15p.m.
All current and intending members most welcome.
Volunteers are needed at St Vinnies.  If you can spare 3 hours a week Monday to Saturday please contact Lorraine 3576779 to make a difference in your community.
We have high demand for food parcels this year already. Your donations of tinned basics fruit, vegetables etc.  rice pasta, spreads and breakfast cereals are always appreciated.

This Weeks Photos

Feast Day Fun


Upcoming Dates

February 17 8am-3pm Wellington Trip
February 18 2.15-7.30pm Parent/Teacher/Student  Conferences
February 24-26 Year 6 Camp
March 3 9.30-12.30 Yr 1/2 Tabloids @ St Josephs
March 4 Swimming carnival
March 10 9.30-12.30 Yr 3/4  Tabloids @ OLOL
March 17 9.30-12.30 Yr 5/6 Tabloids @ St James
March 25 -29 Easter break
April 8 End of term

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