Term 2   Week 9  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

The shortest day has passed but I’m sure that there are many cold wintry days still ahead! I hope you are all managing to keep warm and dry.

This week on Wednesday night we have our first meeting of the new board and on Friday our senior kapahaka group are performing at the Catholic Schools’ Whanaugnatanga which is always a wonderful  event to be part of.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Compassion – Pa-te-aroha

Compassion is having kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled. It is caring deeply and wanting to help, even if you don’t know them. It is being kind and forgiving to someone who has hurt you.

We practice pa-te-aroha when we:

  • notice when someone is hurt or needs a friend
  • imagine how they must be feeling
  • take time to show that we care
  • ask how they are and listen patiently
  • forgive others when they make mistakes
  • do some service to help a person or an animal in needcompassion

Reflection of the week


In the Gospel this Sunday Jesus sent out 72 of his disciples. In this way he was involving
them in his work. On entering a house their first words were to be “Peace to this house.” They were to be ambassadors of peace.

Without peace nothing is possible. Peace is the key that opens the door. Once the door is
opened , who knows what may happen? Peace is a positive thing. It implies openesss, friendship and good will. Peace breaks down barriers of suspicion, fear and prejudice.

At the end of mass we are sent out with the words “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord”. Having received the peace of Christ we are sent out as ambassadors of that peace to others.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to those of you who came forward to help with the ringing lists for our fertiliser drive:
Maria Amey, Claire Walsh, Hayley Gilberd, Glenda Patchett, Tina Jarvis, Sarah Harrison, Alicia White, Nick Wilson, Cheri Birch, Margot Pomare, Kyla Lyons, Tracy Torok, Catherine Scoon, Wendy Lyons.
Thank you also to those who offered to deliver pamphlets but we are now advertising in the Guardian so will not need your services .

School Notices

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
Applications close at the end of this week.

Catholic Schools Kapahaka Cultural Festival
This 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. I have asked each student participating to please bring this in by tomorrow.
Thank you to those who have offered help with transport.
We will only need your help at this stage if the weather is unsuitable for walking.

NZEI Meeting
The teachers attended a paid union meeting yesterday at 4pm.

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences July 6 & 7
Confirmed times are coming home today.
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.
Thursday we finish at the usual time of 3pm.
Those with children at after school care will need to let their providers know.

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
Congratulations to our Year 6 girls team who gained third place overall. A wonderful achievement girls.

St Peter’s College Production
Tomorrow 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.
We will take a bus if the weather is unsuitable for walking.

Grandparent/Grandfriends Liturgy
On Thursday, July 28 (first week back next term) we are holding a special liturgy in honour of our grandparents/grandfriends. This will start at 2.15pm in the hall.
Each child will be bringing home an invitation to their grandparent or grand friend for this, but this is advanced warning so you can plan ahead.
As we will be having afternoon tea to follow I ask each school family to  provide a small plate for that on the day please.
I will also need  volunteers to help with the afternoon tea. Let me know if you can help.

Farewell Assembly for Des
You are welcome to join us in our farewell assembly for Des to be held on the last day of the term, Friday,  July 8 at 2.15pm.


Thursday 30th June, 2016
OLOL Lightning vs  Linton Bulls     Ballroom 1   5.15p.m.
OLOL Lightning on duty   Ballroom 1    4.45p.m.

OLOL Storm vs   Parkland Silver    B&M 1    3.45p.m.
OLOL Storm on duty B&M 1  4.15p.m.

Year 1/2  Tuesday June 27. CET Arena on Pascal Street
OLOL Comets  vs  Hiwinui All Stars     Ct 7   4pm
OLOL Shooting Stars  vs  Trite Dazzlers      Ct 6     4pm

Year 5/6  Saturday July 2
OLOL vs   Junior Te Kawau Adidas  B& M Ct 1    10.30am

Year 3/4:    Please return netball uniforms to office.


Fertiliser Drive:   20th August  
We will need help with delivery on the morning of August 20. Can you help? It takes only 1-2 hours of your time but is well worth the effort for our school.    Ringing lists:   If you have not already sent back your ringing lists.     A reminder to get them back to the office as soon as possible.  Thank you to those who have already done so.

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


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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