Term 2   Week 8  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to Week 8.

The teachers have now completed writing their reports and these will be ready for distribution at the beginning of week 10 in time for you to have read before coming with your child to their conference.                    Hopefully you have all booked in to come.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Forgiveness – Muruhara

Being forgiving is giving someone another
chance after they have
one something wrong, knowing that everyone makes mistakes. It is making amends instead of taking revenge.
It is important to forgive yourself too.
Forgiving yourself means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because of a mistake.
Forgiveness is moving ahead, ready to act differently, with compassion for yourself and faith that you can change.

We practice muruhara when we:forgiveness-bear

  • remember that everyone makes mistakes
  • take responsibility for our own mistakes
  • share our feelings without taking revenge
  • stop giving uncaring people the chance to hurt us
  • accept people without judgement or criticism
  • make amends instead of punishing ourselves with guilt

Reflection of the week


Jesus sent his disciples out as bearers of his gifts to others- the gifts of peace, healing and salvation. We too are meant to be bearers of Christ’s gifts to others. But we must first possess these gifts before we can share them with others.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Megan Murrell, Jenny Joseph, Fiona Wilson and Nick Wilson for accompanying the senior syndicate on their pilgrimage to the Cathedral last Thursday.

Thank you to Maria Amey, Victoria Bell, Glenda Patchett, Hayley Gilberd and Catherine Scoon for their coaching and managing of the Year 3/4 netball teams whose competition is now over for the season. They reported that both teams did very well.

School Notices

Congratulations to Tamara who has moved up the basic facts ladder.

Explorers & The Hive are going to mass this Friday at 10am and invite their family along to join them.

Groundsperson Position
Applications are invited for the ground person position here at Our Lady of Lourdes school commencing at the start of the new term, July 25 .
Hours of work are 8-10am Monday to Friday.

Job description and application forms are available from the school office or here on our website from Wednesday onwards.

Catholic Schools Kapahaka Cultural Festival
On Friday,  July 1, our senior kapahaka group will be performing at the Kapahaka Cultural Festival which is being held at Crossroads, 220 Church Street starting at 1pm. Each school has been asked to donate a basket of non perishable food items which will be donated to St Vincent de Paul, so I ask that each member of the group to bring along a suitable item for this please.

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
These are to be held in the last week of the term on the 6th & 7th of July. Please note that school closes earlier at 2pm on Wednesday 6 so we ask you to make arrangements to have your child picked up by that time. Those with children at after school care will need to let their providers know.
Confirmed times will come home on the 28th of June.

Book Club  
Closes 28th June at 9a.m.

Caritas Mufti Day
On the last day of this term, July 8, we are holding a gold coin donation mufti day, along with many other Catholic primary schools in New Zealand. Money raised goes to repair the school buildings and to construct new toilets at St John Bosco primary school in the Soloman Islands.

Interschool Cross Country
Last Thursday a group of our Year 5/6 children competed in the interschool cross country event over a tough 3km course. Our team was: Johnny McKay, Alesha Alexander, Paityn Fraser, Maggie Field, Ava Bunning, Ethan Denby, Joshua Harrison, Keagan Doherty, Jordan Brown and Jodie Aitken. The runners all tried their best and we had 4 finish in the top 30. The behaviour was first class at the event.  Thanks to Amy Linton, Ange Field and Kath Denby for transporting and supporting the children.
A very special thanks to Jen McKay who acted as our school representative and supervisor.

St Peter’s College Production
On Wednesday,  June 29, United will be walking to the Globe Theatre to watch the SPC matinee performance of their production “Down The Rabbit Hole”  This will start at 12.45pm.

Jersey (small) & Jacket (8) named “Maggie”or “Field”   Please check at home.


Thursday 23rd June, 2016
OLOL Lightning vs    College St Jaguars     Ballroom 3   5.15p.m.
OLOL Lightning on duty   Ballroom 3    4.45p.m.

OLOL Storm vs   College St Tigers     B&M 1    4.15p.m.
OLOL Storm on duty B&M 1  3.45p.m.

Year 1/2  Tuesday June 21. CET Arena on Pascal Street
OLOL Comets  vs   Whakarongo Swifts      Ct 7   4pm
OLOL Shooting Stars  vs    Ashhurst Rua     Ct 6     4pm

Year 5/6  Saturday June 25
OLOL vs  Hokowhitu Stars


Fertiliser Drive:   20th August  
Urgent:    We still need help with the ringing lists please.

Community Notices

St Peter’s College Production ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’
Performed at the Globe Theatre.
Wednesday 29th June – 7pm
Thursday 30th June – 7pm
Friday 1st July – 7pm
Adults $10 and Students $8

ACROSS   Respite Caregivers Needed
Children of all ages and from al backgrounds may need time away from their family for many different reasons.   We are looking for dedicated people who have a small amount of time to offer to parents who need respite.   If you have a large heart, are caring and patient and would like to find out more about becoming a respite caregiver then I would love to hear from you.  Contact Karlyn Sullivan-Jones  3567486  or email for more information.

St Albans Primary & Intermediate School Holiday Programme.  
July  11-15 & 18 – 22
Winter Wonderland.   Brochures in School Foyer.
More Information phone 3579411  or

This Weeks Photos

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Year 3/4 netball teams
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Year of Mercy Pilgrimage


Upcoming Dates

June 29  6.30pm BOT
July 1  1-4pm Catholic schools Kapahaka festival
July 6 & 7 3 way conferences
July 8 Mufti Mania
July 8  3pm End of Term 2
July 25  8.55am Term 3 begins

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