Term 2   Week 1  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to the first week of the new term.

I hope you all managed to get some time in the holidays to relax with the family. Weren’t we blessed with lovely weather?

This term we look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Day on May 16 and participating in the Catholic School Cultural festival later in the term.

We have our school cross country at the end of week 5 so training starts for that now.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Friendliness – Whaka-hoahoa

Friendliness is being a friend. It is taking an interest in other people. It is going out of your way to make others feel welcome or to make a stranger feel at home. When you are friendly, you happily share your belongings, time, ideas and feelings. You share the good times and the bad times together. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

We practice whaka-hoahoa when we:

  • p-friendlinesslike ourselves and realise we have a lot to offer
    • smile and greet someone we don’t know
    • get to know someone and let them get to know us
    • show an interest in others
    • show caring when a friend needs us
    • are friendly to people who look and act different

Reflection of the week

As we near the conclusion of the Easter season, this Sunday’s readings focus on our future
life with Christ. It is a life with the risen Lord which begins here on earth and culminates in our being imageswith him forever.

Prayer: God in heaven, as you and Jesus are one, so share his life with us, we pray, that we may all live as friends. Take away our selfishness and pride; let nothing come between us, so that the world may know that Jesus came from you and now lives with you forever and ever.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along to our Expo at the end of last term. I witnessed first hand the delight on the faces of your children when you came in to see their work which was lovely to see.

Thank you also to Higgins for donating sand to replenish our sandpit and to Martin Palenski for delivering it.

School Notices

Michael Mangan Concert
This Wednesday Michael Mangan  a composer of liturgical music for children is performing a concert for all our students. The cost of this concert is $5 per head and this will be covered by your activity donation.

Outstanding RE & IT fees and Activity Donation
Accounts were posted out last term to parents for outstanding monies.   We will be following up these accounts with a phone call over the next few weeks.  Thank you.

First Sacrament Programme
Just a reminder to all children who are making their First Communion this year that the first session is this Wednesday 4th May at 6.30pm in the foyer of the church.

Basic Facts
Congratulations to Finn  who has reached stage 7 on the basic facts ladder.

School Cross Country
This is to be held on Tuesday, June 7, at Rangitane Park which is off Maxwell’s line starting a 1pm.

Several classes have reported sightings of headlice just prior to the school holidays.  If we are to keep on top of this, we require very family to be vigilant. Please check your children’s heads regularly and treat if necessary.
We do have a robi comb here at school for you to use if you wish. Just come and ask.
If cases go untreated I will have no option but to get the health nurse involved.

Scholastic Book Club
Order forms home today.  Closing date is Thursday 19th May at 9a.m.


Year 5/6 netball team practices to be held Thursdays after school from 3-4pm starting this week. Please bring your sports shoes.


Mufti Day Proceeds
$181.50 was raised . Thank you for your support.

Mother’s Day Raffle
A reminder that raffle books were to be returned yesterday. Get them in quickly if you have forgotten!! There are still loads outstanding!!!
The raffle will be drawn at our disco THIS Friday, May 6.
All funds raised will be going towards playground equipment.

Disco- Superhero themed 
THIS Friday Prizes for best dressed, dancing and all round awesomeness. See separate notice re time, cost and guidelines.

“OLOL Parents and Family” Facebook page link

Next meeting – June 13 at 7pm


Board Of Trustees 2016
You would have received a nomination form and information at the beginning of the school holidays on the upcoming Board election.
We invite interested parents along to our next Board sub committee meetings to be held on May 9th starting at 5.15pm in the staffroom. There will be a question and answer session at the start of these meetings whereby candidates can discuss with existing members the ramifications of being on the Board of Trustees. After that you are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meetings or leave if you so wish.

Community Notices

Have you sent in yours? Due in by May 12.

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

Shining Stars Pre School Music Group
Every Thursday (during term time) at St James School Hall commencing on 12th May, 2016.  Everyone is most Welcome.    Contact Steph 0274408544 for further information.

This Weeks Photos

“Into the Deep”

Upcoming Dates

May 6 Disco
May 9 5.15pm BOT subs
May 16 Catholic Schools Day
May 23 6.30pm BOT Meeting
May 29 10am First Eucharist
June 6 Queens Birthday
June 7 School Cross country
July 1  1-4pm Catholic schools Kapahaka festival
July 6 & 7 3 way conferences

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