Term 1 Week 5  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Our campers arrived back safely on Friday and by all accounts had a wonderful time. Many thanks to all those involved with this. (see the appreciation spot)

This Thursday, our Y1 & 2 students are off to St Josephs in Fielding for their Catholic tabloids. The bus fare for this is paid out of the activity donation.

On Friday we have our swimming carnival.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Diligence – Puku-Mahi
Diligence is  working hard and doing the best job you possibly can.
When you are diligent, you take special care to do things step by step.
You think and move carefully to make sure things will turn out right.
Being diligent is being industrious, giving all you have to give, to whatever you do.

We practice puku-mahi when we:

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    •  pay attention to what we are doing
    • do things carefully, step by step
    • practice to the point of excellence
    • give our absolute best to what we do
    • work hard
    • don’t give up

Reflection of the week


2077807Sunday’s Gospel focuses on God’s loving response to our conversion. In this story God is compared to a father who rejoices when his child returns home. The story tells us that we can never be truly happy when we turn away from God. When we realise that and want to go back, God is always there waiting to meet us with open arms.

God looks for those who are lost. 

Prayer:  Lord our God, you are like a father waiting for your children to return home. Teach us to be sorry for all we have done wrong, turn back to you, and be happy as you forgive us.
We pray to you through Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Maria Amey, Willie McKay, Andrew Ball, Jamie Walter, Wayne Field, John Worsley, our wonderful camp parents and to Mr Anderson, the teacher in charge.

School Notices

Swimming Carnival
This Friday, March 4, we are holding our swimming carnival here at our school pool.
The seniors (United and Explorers) start at 11.45am and the juniors (The Nest, Rainbows, The Hive) start at 2pm.
You are all invited to join us for this event.

First Sacrament Programme
Any children who are 7 or over and have not yet made their First Reconciliation or First Communion are invited to join in the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish First Sacrament Programme.  Information sheets about the relevant dates/times and application forms are available at the school or parish office.  If you would like more information please see Father Vaughan or Ms Brown (room one) as they are facilitating the programme this year.

Camp Raukawa
The Year 6 children spent three days at YMCA Camp Raukawa last week. The activities were challenging and included high ropes, kayaking, a climbing tower and archery. Many students pushed themselves to their limits through overcoming fears to complete these tasks. It was very pleasing how the children supported and encouraged one another throughout. The students were prompt and efficient in completing their duties which included all meals. They were a pleasure to take and were a credit to themselves, their families and the school. Camp Raukawa was also a lot of fun with unstructured games such as four square, cricket  and a tennis ball catching game proving popular. Thanks to the parents who accompanied us Maria Amey, Andrew Ball, Wayne Field, Willie McKay, Jamie Walter and John Worsley.

Driving Into The School Grounds
Driving into the school grounds before and after school is not permitted. We expect and appreciate your cooperation with this.

Blokes Event
This has been postponed until Wednesday, March 9 as Friday night clashed with Touch. 

Board Of Trustees 2016
We have been very well served for the last three years by a Board of Trustees comprising of: Kathleen Palenski, Gerard Searle, Maria Amey,(Proprietor’s Appointees) Janine Jensen, Michelle Greatorex, Darren Birch and  Renee Strawbridge (elected members), Colette O’Connor (staff Rep)Jacinta Cousins (Principal)
The term of office for the elected members and staff Rep finishes in June of this year and so we will be looking to form a new Board to guide us through the next three years.
If you are interested or want to find out more about being on the Board, please call into the office to pick up an information booklet.


Touch    Friday 26th February
OLOL Hurricanes v Takaro Maia,  4pm,  12A
OLOL Hurricanes v  CNS Storm,  4.30pm,  11A

OLOL Tigers v CSNS Chiefs,  4pm,  15A
OLOL Tigers v Roslyn Warriors,  4.30pm,  14A

OLOL Raiders v Whakarongo Storm, 4pm,  2B
OLOL Raiders v CNS Roosters, 4.30pm,  2A

OLOL Sharks v Tiritea Tornados,  5pm,  11A
OLOL Sharks  v Hokowhitu Hammerheads,  5.30,  12A


Our AGM has been set for Monday, March 7 at 7pm in the school staffroom. All are most welcome to attend and we hope to see you all there.

Community Notices

Marist Junior Rugby
Registration Days for Junior Rugby will be taken at the Marist Clubrooms Pascal St on the following dates and time.
Sunday 13th March 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Wednesday 16th March 5p.m. – 7p.m.
Saturday 19th March 11a.m. – 3p.m.
$40 per player.   All New Players Welcome.
All enquiries please contact Mark on 0275538007

Tawa Loop
Come along to celebrate the Year of Mercy with a walk around the Tawa Loop track at the Manawatu Gorge.   The walk, held previously for the Year of Faith, was a great success and a lot of fun.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to honor Saint Joseph.    Gather at the carpark on the Ashhurst side of the gorge at 10.30a.m. on Saturday 19th May.   From there we will walk the Tawa Loop Track and stop halfway for a picnic lunch before viewing the Great Slip Lookout.   Then we complete the Loop and finish about 2p.m. back at the carpark.   Everyone is welcome.   Please bring sensible shoes and your picnic.   Any queries please contact Fr Marcus Francis ph 3585614 or 02102283349 or email

This Weeks Photos

Camp Raukawa


Upcoming Dates

March 3 9.30-12.30 Yr 1/2 Tabloids @ St Josephs
March 4 Swimming carnival
March 4 5-6pm United whanau activity at school pool
March 7 7pm PTFA AGM
March 9 5 -6pm Blokes Event at School Pool
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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