Term 3   Week 4  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

We have two things to be very proud of this week:  our Year 5 team gaining 3rd place in the Manawatu Schools Mathex Competition and our school winning the ‘Kind Hearts’ Schools video challenge. Go Lourdes!

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Rangimarie – Peacefulnesss
Peacefulness is an inner sense of calm.
It comes especially in quiet moments of reflection or gratitude.
It is getting very quiet and looking at things so you can understand them.
Peacefulness is a way of approaching conflict with others so that no one is made wrong. It is being fair to others and yourself.
Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love.

We practice rangimarie when we:

  • create inner peace with a regular time to pray, meditate or p-peacefulnessreflect
  • use peaceful language even when we are angr
  • speak gently and respectfully
  • avoid harming anyon
  • appreciate differences
  • find peaceful solutions to every problem

Reflection of the week

The readings on Sunday remind us that we must be prepared to do whatever is required if we want to enter God’s kingdom of Heaven. We must be willing to humble ourselves and to be happy to get in at all.

Jesus said the kingdom belongs not to the rich, but to he poor; not to the well dressed, but to the clean of heart; not to the powerful but reflection16-24those who show mercy; not to the pampered and the privileged, but to those who suffer in the cause of right; not to the famous and the celebrated, but to the obscure and lowly who know how to serve.

It’s a warning against presumption.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Jen McKay and Laura and Tina Meehan for transporting our teams to the Mathex Competition.

Many thanks to Wendy Lyons and Ange Field for their coaching and managing of the Year 5/6 netball team this season.

School Notices

Congratulations to our Year 5 Mathex team (Kahu , Kiwa , Leah & Jordan) and Mrs Sheehan for coming third in the Year 5 Manawatu Mathex competition. A great achievement.
Well done to the Year 6 team: Johnny, Lopeta, Blake and Cate.

Board Of Trustees
As part of its consultation regarding the reduction of trustee numbers from 5 members to 4, a discussion will take place at the Board meeting to be held at 5.30pm tomorrow, August 17. You are all warmly invited to be part of this discussion.

Parish/School Mass & Pancake Breakfast
On Sunday, September 4, at 10am, we are holding our parish school mass and pancake breakfast.
It is expected that all our students and their families attend this mass so I trust you have it marked on your calendars.

Paid union Meetings for Teachers
The Government has announced a proposal to dramatically change the way schools are funded. Principals and Boards of Trustees would have to make trade-offs between teaching staff and other costs schools face.
Teachers are very worried that the global budget would lead to:
•fewer teachers and larger class sizes
•less job security for teachers
•lower quality teaching
•fewer hours for teacher aides and support staff
•more complex financial work for Boards of Trustees
The Government’s current funding review is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better fund education. NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA are the unions that represent more than 60,000 teachers and support staff from birth to year 13. They have asked all members at our school to attend meetings in September to hear more about the proposal and help determine the education sector’s response.
The meetings are paid union meetings, which means our school will be closed on Wednesday September 14 between 1.30 and 3pm while staff attend the meeting.
It is important for union members in our school to attend these meetings to have a say about how we get better funding, not bulk funding.
We encourage you to pick your child/ren up at 1.15pm that day. If this is impossible, please contact the school as early as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements for your child.

Book Fair
Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the School Library  3.15p.m. – 3.45p.m.   Bring your family, your friends.   Browse and buy some books.   Look forward to seeing many of you there.

School Production
We are in full swing for our production to be held at the Speirs Centre at Boys High School on September 19 and 20 starting at 7pm.
Tickets: Adults $5  Children $2
These will be ready for purchase in a couple of weeks time.


Thursday 11th August, 2016
OLOL Lightning  bye

OLOL Storm vs   Central Normal Warriors  B&M 2    5.15p.m.
OLOL Storm on duty B&M 2  4.45p.m.


Fertiliser Drive:   20th August. This Saturday 
Come on everyone. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Be here between 8 and 9 am to pick up and deliver a load. It will only take an hour of your time.

Community Notices

This Weeks Photos

Our Mathex teamsIMG_3987 IMG_6812

Upcoming Dates

August 20 8-11am Fertiliser Drive
August 23  9 -12pm Y6 orientation visit to SPC
August 24 Rippa Rugby / Netball  (@OLOL)
September 4 10am Parish/school mass & Pancake breakfast
September 19/20  9.30-12pm Production
September 23  3.00pm End of Term
October 10 8.55am Term 4 begins
October 12  5.30pm BOT
October 17 Kids for Kids Concert
October 24 Labour Day
October 29 BOT Conference

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