Term 1   Week 2  2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to the 2018 school year.

We welcome back our returning students and their families and extend a special welcome to those who are new to our school community.

We are all set for an exciting year of learning and the staff and I look forward to working with you and your wonderful children.

We welcome Mrs Helena Pedley who is teaching in Believers, Room 3 and Miss Davinia Penman who is in Superheroes, Room 8.

We also welcome Mrs Belinda Gallagher who is our new library assistant and Fr Joseph Grayland our new parish priest

The newsletter comes home every Tuesday and it is the chief means of communication with you. Please take the time to read it. It is also posted on our website and school App each week.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Reflection of the week

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter.  During Lent we are encouraged to build our relationship with God and with one another.

Lent can be a time of growth and transformation if we are ready to listen and answer the call. It is a time to put our faith into action. This is a time when we can all think about how we can do less of ‘just the usual” and more of how can we turn  just the usual into something that is of an excellent standard. We can give our best and help others.

The whole school will be attending the 10am mass tomorrow  for Ash Wednesday and you are most welcome to join us.

Appreciation Spot


School Notices

Before and After School Care Programme
The Bebop Programme will be starting here at Our Lady of Lourdes School next Monday, February 19.
It will be held in Room 4.
For bookings and enquiries contact: 021 993 441     

Parish/School Mass & Picnic  Sunday 25th February
We extend an invitation to all members of our school community to join us for our parish/school mass and picnic to be held in our church and school grounds.
This is our first parish/school mass for the year and all children and their families are expected to attend. It our way of welcoming the new families and staff to our school and parish as well as welcoming us all to the new school year.
Mass will begin at 10am and will be followed by games and a swim. The parish will provide cooked sausages, bread, sauce, plates and forks. Please bring a salad to share and your own drinks.
Children do not have to wear their school uniform to this mass.

Parent Meet The Teacher & Information Evening
This is to be held on Monday, February 19 in the school hall starting at 7pm for parents only.
At this meeting you will meet all the teachers, be given information about our school’s charism and values along with some information about the curriculum.
Parents will also be given resources and information about how to support their child at home with their learning. 

We would like at least one parent/ whanau member to come to this meeting as it will help to set you and your child on their learning journey for 2018.

2018 Parental Permission Slips
These are with this newsletter. Please fill out and return by this Friday.

Fundamental Skills for Swimming
On Thursday, March 22 (weather permitting) we will be holding our junior and senior fundamental swimming skills demonstration for parents and whanau.
More information re times to follow.

If your child is going to be absent from school please ensure you ring the school office by 9.30am.
We need to know why students are absent as details must be entered onto our school management system.
If you don’t let us know then your child has to be marked as truant.

If your child is turning 5 in the next couple of years please ensure their name is down with Kath in the office.

Thank you for your continued support in purchasing stationery from the school.
We realise that the  prices for stationery are higher than the larger retailers charge but our prices stay the same throughout the year and all profits go back to the students.
If you would like to pay monies owing to the school by internet banking the number is: 03-0726-0610377-00. Use your family name as reference.

A reminder that the stationery list needs to be completed and returned with updated contact information to the school office regardless of whether you bought the stationery through the school or not.
The  RE, I.T. and Activity amounts need to be paid as soon as possible.
The cost for the Stardome of $6 per student was paid from your activity donation.
Should you have any difficulties with either stationery or the fees please see Mrs Cousins.


Touch starts again this Friday 16th February and there are 4 games, finishing on Friday 9th March.  Please ensure that your child attends the final 4 games of the season.


Online Lunch Ordering – 
Monday – Subway (Begins Monday 19th Feb)
Orders can be made and/or cancelled up to 9am on the day of delivery (Monday).

Friday – Pita Pit (Begins Friday 23rd Feb)
Orders can be made and/or cancelled up to 8:30am on the day of delivery (Friday).

Please remember to change/update your child’s details if they have changed classrooms etc

Community Notices

First Children’s Mass for 2018
Our first children’s mass for 2018 will be on Saturday March 3rd at 5.30pm here in our parish church.
We will be celebrating the gospel story of the “Woman at the well” and NZ Children’s Day which is on Sunday March 4.

Please contact Lorraine Wilson 021 2227 802 if you wish your child to be involved in the mass.
We are hoping to have a shared BBQ tea afterwards.
Practice for the mass will be on Saturday, March 3 from 3-4.30pm for all those involved, here in our church.

Many thanks – Lorraine Wilson

This Weeks Photos

Welcoming our new students at assembly on Monday

Stardome here today as a ‘hook in’ for our space inquiry

Epic Music lessons began today

First Library Bus day today

Upcoming Dates

Feb 19 7pm

Parent Information Evening

Feb 25 10am

School/Parish Mass & Picnic

March 2


Year 1/2 Tabloids @OLOL

March 3

Swimming Carnival

March 8


Year 3/4Tabloids @ St Marys

March 9


Y5/6 Tabloids @ St Josephs

March 14-16

Year6 Camp

March 22

Fundamental Swimming Skills demo

April 6


Learning Expo


End of Term

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