Term 1   Week 8  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to Holy Week, the most important week of the liturgical year. We welcome you to our re- enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Thursday starting at 2.15pm.

School closes for the Easter break on Thursday at 3pm following our Stations of the Cross and we return to school on Wednesday, March 30th.

Have a happy and holy Easter.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Perseverance – U tonu-tanga

Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast.
It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear to stop you.

We practice  u tonu-tanga  when we:

  • perseverancethink before deciding to commit to someone or something
  • pace ourselves
  • set goals and stick with them until they are completed
  • take one step at a time, remaining steady
  • don’t let doubts or tests blow us off course
  • stand by our friends and loved ones

Reflection of the week


Next Sunday is Easter Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the dead.

Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ lives among us.

Prayer: God of everything that lives, we are happy today because Jesus was dead and now he is alive, and through our baptism you give us a share in his life.
By what we do and say, make us true sisters and brothers of Jesus and of each other, and so live together forever and ever.

Appreciation Spot


Congratulations to those children who made their First Reconciliation last evening and a big THANK YOU to Ms Brown and Father Vaughan for preparing them for this sacrament.

School Notices

The Way Of The Cross
On Holy Thursday, March 24, the whole school will be dramatising the Way of the Cross,  Jesus journey to his crucifixion at Calvary. This will take place around our school grounds starting at 2.15pm.
Each child will need to be dressed as the people were at that time. To keep this simple a dressing gown with a tea towel around the head is sufficient for the boys and a long piece of material to wrap around for the girls are some suggestions.
We invite you all to join us for this solemn event too.

Staffing News
The Board of Trustees has approved Jane Dravitzki’s secondment to the Catholic Education Office for the rest of the year and welcome Emma Clapperton (nee Hehir) who will be relieving in Room 3 for the rest of the year.
Aimee Reid has tendered her resignation as she and her family have moved to Whakatane. We thank her for her commitment and dedication during her time here at Lourdes and wish her all the best for the future.

Winter Uniform
Students may change into their winter uniform after Easter.   All students must be in winter uniform by the beginning of term 2.

School jacket (unnamed) Size 10 has been in the school office for several weeks (maybe after our visit to Wellington).


Y5/6 registration forms are due back please.
The Year1/2 season will start on May 17 and runs for 8 weeks. This is held on Tuesday afternoons at CET Arena. Registration forms for this grade come home today.

Touch Uniforms
Please return all uniforms in a clean condition by tomorrow Wednesday 23rd for a refund.



Mother’s Day Raffle
Prize: Mystery Pamper Hamper
Donation of prizes are welcomed. Please contact Alicia on 021 139 3900.
Each family will be given 2 books with 5 tickets in each this week to sell at $2 a ticket. These must be sold and returned by May 2 please (the start of the term 2).
The raffle will be drawn at our disco on May 6.
All funds raised will be going towards playground equipment.

Mufti Day
15 April (Friday) Gold Coin Donation $1, funds raised to go to PFTA

Disco- Superhero themed
6th May (Friday) Prizes for best dressed, dancing and all round awesomeness. Shout out for Parent helpers on the night please.


Board Of Trustees 2016
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. Our returning officer is Kath Rooney.

The timeline for the election of the new Board is:
Main roll closes noon           Wed 4 May
Call for nominations by        Frid 6 May
Supplementary roll closes    Wed 18 May
Nominations close noon       Frid 20 May
Voting papers sent by            Wed 25 May
Election day-poll closes noon   Frid 3 June
Votes counted                          Thurs 9 June
Board takes Office                  Frid 10 June

Community Notices

Fundraising Quiz Night
Friday 8th April
7pm onwards, 7.30pm Quiz Start
The Verdict Cafe,Palmerston North. Nibbles provided  
Raffles and spot prizes on the night.(If you know of anyone who would like to provide prizes or sponsorship please let us know!)
Drinks available to purchase at a cash bar.
Table of 6 people $90
Singles register at $15 and we will find you a team!
Prepayment (to confirm nibbles/tables) before 1 April 2016 please.
Proceeds to go towards covering costs of our epic journey (The Mongol Rally July – August 2016).
Contact Matt (027) 326 0732  Or Becky (021) 854 075 to register your team.

The Buzz Holiday Programme:
Brochures relating to this programme are on the table in the foyer of the school office.

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

Parenting Place
Parenting Roadshow :  Top 10 tools for co-operation
March 23rd at 7.30pm. – 9p.m.   $5 ticket
For more information contact Rachel Bowen 0211672267   or email

This Weeks Photos

Fishy Business in Explorers

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Upcoming Dates

March 25 -29 Easter break
April 15 End of term

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