Term 3   Week 10  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to the last week of the term.

I take the opportunity to thank the staff and the support of parents who have provided many exciting learning opportunities for our students over the term.

Have a wonderful break and I’ll see you back for the start of the fourth and final term on Monday, October 16.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Enthusiasm – Kai-ngakau

Enthusiasm is being inspired, full of spirit.
It is being cheerful and happy.It is doing something 
wholeheartedly, with zeal and eagerness – giving 100% to what you do. 
Being enthusiastic is being excited about something, 
looking forward to it. 
It comes from having a positive attitude.

We practice kai-ngakau when we:

  • let ourselves enjoy looking forward to something
  • think of imaginative ways to get things done
  • do things wholeheartedly
  • smile, laugh and enjoy what we do
  • enjoy the wonders of life
  • are full of positive spirit

Reflection of the week

Next Sundays readings focus on the mercy of God for sinners. In their earlier history the Israelites tended to think almost exclusively in communal terms: communal guilt, communal punishment.

In his reading Ezekiel presents the corrective to that extreme; individual responsibility for individual sin. The truth is in the balance of the two.

The major focus, however, as seen in the Gospel reading, is that God always allows the freedom and opportunity to change.The Gospel parents this in parable form. Sometimes we say yes and we don’t act. Sometimes we rebel and say no – but later have a change of heart and act! God is primarily interested in our final option! God does not hold past sin against us. God hopes and waits for our obedient response.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Darren Birch  and Paora Pomare for coaching and managing the basketball team this season and thank you to Ms Brown the teacher in charge.

Thank you to those who came to view the art exhibition last week and for all your positive feedback.

School Notices

PTFA Mufti Day
This Friday. Gold coin donation.

OLOL’s Got Talent
You are welcome to come and watch our talent show this Friday from 2.15pm.

Summer Uniform
Summer uniform from the beginning of Term 4 or at the very latest after Labour weekend.
Hats are compulsory for Terms 4 and 1.  These are available from the Warehouse.
We have a supply of boys summer shorts Sizes 3, 4 & 6 at $12 pr.  Also girls white polos Sizes 8, 12 & 14 at $15 each (good quality UPF 25). 

Calendar Art
Order forms for these will be coming home early next term.

Learning and Assessment Books (LAB)
Please return them before the end of the term.

Bad Language
We have had some complaints about students using bad language in the playground. I have spoken to the senior classes about this and also at assembly yesterday.
The students excuse is that they hear this at home!
Please be aware we will not tolerate the use of bad language at school.

Driving Into the School Grounds
A further reminder that this is not permitted before and after school.
Please do not be offended if you are approached about this.

City Library books  
To have the school return them they will need to be at the school office by 9a.m. tomorrow Wednesday 27th Sept.  After this time you will need to return  yourself to the City Library.


uniforms to be returned please before Friday.

Touch Rugby 
Registration notices were due back yesterday.

Congratulations to OLOL Storm who won their grade this season. A great effort team.


Lunch on Line  
Pita Pit on Fridays.

Quiz Night
Saturday 11th November.
Register a team of 6-8 people.
See OLOL Parents & Family facebook page.

*Parent helpers needed on the night.  Please let the P.T.F.A. know if you are available to help!!   Free supper provided.

Community Notices

Inquiry Evening  RCIA  (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)  (City Wide)
Tuesday 3rd October 7.30p.m. – 9p.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Gathering area, Shamrock Street.   
A gentle evening of information and questions that will introduce the RCIA process for those who seek Baptism or those who come from another Christian tradition who wish to be formally received into the Catholic community.   
Please extend this invitation to any family members, friends, associates or neighbours who may be interested …  Come along with them on October 3rd.

The Buzz Primary & Intermediate Holiday Programme
October 2nd – 6th and   9th – 13th, 2017   
Games, Crafts, Challenges, Stories, Bouncy Castle and more.
Cost:  8.30am-3pm $27   8.30am – 4pm $30  8.30-5.30  $35(including food)
For more information email  the phone/text 0278432899.   To book a place please follow the enrolment instructions on website

2017 Diocesan Jubilee Mass
Parishioners and friends are invited to the Annual Diocesan Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North on Tuesday October 10th at 5p.m.
This year jubilarians are:    Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60yrs); Brother Bill Arch SM (60 yrs);  Brother Raymond Kelleher SM (60 yrs);  Fr Dominic Heslin (55 yrs); Fr Paul Kerridge (55 yrs); Fr Fergus Reeves (55 yrs);  Fr Terry Carr (50yrs);  Fr John Mori SM (50yrs);  Fr Joe Grayland (25 yrs); Fr Kevin Neal (25 yrs).
After Mass there will be hospitality for everyone in the Cathedral Gathering Area.   All Welcome!

This Weeks Photos

Art Exhibition

Upcoming Dates

Sept 29 3pm End of Term 3
Oct 16  8.55am Term 4 begins
Oct 23 Labour Day
Oct 25  5.30pm BOT
Oct 29  10am Children’s Liturgy Mass
Nov 8  9am School photos
Nov 11 PTFA Quiz Night
Dec 13  7pm End of Year Mass/Graduation
Dec 14  12pm Final assembly
Feb 7 New school year begins

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