Term 1   Week 10  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Tomorrow I am off to the Hawkes Bay for our annual Palmerston North Diocese Catholic Principals Conference.  If you have any concerns or queries in my absence please see Mrs O’Connor or Mr Anderson.

We are celebrating Easter at the end of this term on Holy Thursday, April 13. School will finish following our Last Supper and shared meal liturgy which starts at 1.30pm in the hall.

Please remember that school reopens for Term 2 on Monday 1st May.

Enjoy your week
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Purposefulness – Whakatara-nga

Being purposeful is having a clear focus, instead of being confused or unsure of what you are doing or why you are doing it.
You are acting purposefully when you have a goal you are working toward.
You concentrate your mind and your efforts so that something good will happen as a result.
Some people just let things happen.
A purposeful person makes things happen.


We practice whakatara-nga when we:

  • have a clear vision of what we want to accomplish
  • know why we are doing it
  • focus on a goal
  • get back on track if we get scattered or distracted
  • do things one at a time and finish what we start

Reflection of the week


This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The readings focus on Jesus, eternal God who humbled himself to be identified with humankind. Those who sought their own importance humiliated Jesus and denied his identity. They put him to death, but God raised him up and proclaimed his true identity. Jesus Christ is Lord!

Prayer: God of all things, through the death of Jesus you forgive us all our sins. Let us never forget the cross because it is a sign of how much you love us.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Paora and Margot Pomare for their help with our swimming squad at the southern cluster sports and to those parents who helped with transport.

School Notices

Congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 students who represented us at the Southern Cluster swimming sports last Friday. You all put in your best effort.

Basic Facts Ladder
Congratulations to Keaghan Doherty, Sharley Temple and Jackson Torok who have all moved up the ladder. Welll done!

City and school Library books to be returned to school by this Friday 7th April.   Please check at home, if you have any of these books.  We will be returning books to the City Library on Monday.

Holy Thursday Liturgy & Shared Meal
On Thursday, April 13 starting at 1.30 pm, we invite you to join us for a commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper.
This was the meal Jesus ate with his disciples before he was arrested and began his journey to his death on the cross at Calvary.
Your child needs  a simple costume for this day, something similar to the clothing worn in Jesus time. Ideas for this include a dressing gown, with a tea towel tied around the head or a loose gown and scarf.
On this day we ask that each family provide a plate of food on a disposable plate which again would be food similar to what would have been eaten in Jesus time e.g cheese, dried fruit and nuts, pita bread, fruit, cold meat etc.
As this is one of the most important times in our Church and school calendar, we sincerely  hope many of you will be able to join us for this event. It will be held in the hall.
Anyone willing to help set this up on the day please let us know.

Following the lunch you are invited into your child’s classroom to looking at the learning they have been involved in over the term.

Learning Expo
Following our liturgy and shared meal on the last day of this term,  you are invited to go with your child to their classroom to look at the learning they have been involved in for their inquiry.

Winter Uniform
Students go into winter uniform after the upcoming school holidays.   The school is holding limited stock of boys winter shorts, $30 (Sizes 8, 10, & 12) Gold Polos, $23 (Sizes 14, 12, 10 and 1x 6)  Jerseys $65 – larger sizes only.   Plenty of boys winter socks. $10 pr.   The Warehouse will have stock of our school uniform for other sizes including girls knee hi socks.  The tunics and  PE uniform and available from school.

Please note that while at school, or on a school outing,  children are not permitted to wear anything but their school jersey or school jacket.

Activity donation, IT and RE
$66.70 per year per child.     There are still a few outstanding.   As we are nearly at the end of the term it would be appreciated if you would give this your urgent attention.   A reminder to those who said they would pay by internet and have yet to do so.  To those who made a commitment to pay this off over the last 9 weeks thank you.

Jersey named (Agnes Joseph).  Please check all school uniform items at home.


Draw for year 3/4 competition  this Thursday, April 6
3.45pm,  OLOL vs Whakarongo Steel Court 9.


Next meeting is to be held this Thursday April 6th at 7pm in the school staffroom.

Upcoming event
Hoedown – Saturday, May 13. $20 per person which includes supper znd band.
Tickets available from the school office or PTFA.

Community Notices

YMCA    OSCAR  Holiday Programmes
Brochures available from  School foyer . Please feel free to take one.

This Weeks Photos

Year 6 Camp

OLOL Triathlon

Show & Tell in Rainbows

Maths in United

Southern Cluster Swimming Sports



Upcoming Dates

April 13  1.30pm Easter Liturgy/ End of term
May 1 8.55am Term 2 begins

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