Term 1   Week 3  2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

We have made a very positive start to the new year and the children all seem to have settled in well.

The teaching staff enjoyed meeting those who attended our parent information evening held last night. Thank you for coming.

This Sunday we look forward to seeing you all at our school and parish mass and picnic which starts at 10am.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Excellence – Tino pai-rawa

Excellence is doing your best.
It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have.
Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose.
It is a desire for perfection.
The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.
When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.

We practice tino pai-rawa when we:

  • give our best to whatever we do
  • give our best  to relationships
  • set noble and realistic goals
  • remember to plan and practice
  • don’t try to do everything
  • develop our special gifts

Reflection of the week

The first reading this Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent, assures us that nothing can take us from the love of God.

God is on our side and we have nothing to fear. Nothing  that is now and nothing that is to come can separate us from God. The Gospel gives us a glimpse of our future glory in the Transfiguration. In the midst of the brokenness in the world, we are called to recognise Christ as the beloved Son of God and to listen to him. With him on our side, we have nothing to fear in this world or the next.


Appreciation Spot


School Notices

Parish/School Mass & Picnic this Sunday 25th February
This is our first parish/school mass for the year and all children and their families are expected to attend.
As we said at our meeting last night being part of the special character of our school means that you have made a commitment to your child or children’s faith journey.
To help them grow in their Catholic faith it is essential that they take part in our school masses and any other special events that we have during the 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.

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.
The seniors will be  in the block before lunch and the juniors after lunch (2-3pm)

Congratulations to Xzavier and Nikora who have made it into  the U11 Manawatu Softball team.
Xzavier also made it into the U13 team.

2018 Parental Permission Slips
Thanks to those who have returned these.
For those who haven’t, please return asap!

Before and After School Care Programme
The Be-Bop Programme started here at Our Lady of Lourdes School this week.
For bookings and enquiries contact Marama on : 021 993 441    email:
The programme will be running on the Tuesday after Easter even though the school is closed for instruction that day.


Year 3/4 Netball
The year 3/4 netball  is held each Thursday starting March 29th between 3.30-5.30pm at Vautier Park.
If your child is interested in playing please collect a registration form from the office.
We will need a coach and manager in order to be able to register a team.


The PTFA  is very active in supporting the school and would welcome new members, so please consider becoming a member.

We have our AGM on Thursday March 1st at 7pm in the school staffroom. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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

Fridays – Pita Pit
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

St Vincent de Paul Society
Rangitikei St seek more volunteers to work in the shop.
If you are interested please contact Toni 357 6779  or   021 0255 2619.

Parish Gathering For Worship Survey 
You are invited to have your say:
Link to children’s survey
Link to adult’s survey

Living   Learning   Loving

Ash Wednesday Mass

Year 6 students buddy time with the new entrants (tuakana teina)

Upcoming Dates

Feb 25 10am

School/Parish Mass & Picnic

March 1


Year 1/2 Tabloids @OLOL

March 8


Year 3/4 Tabloids @ St Marys

March 9


Y5/6 Tabloids @ St Josephs

March 14-16

Year 6 Camp

March 22

Fundamental Swimming Skills demo

March 25

Palm Sunday

March 29

Holy Thursday Liturgy

March 30

Good Friday

April 2-3

Easter break

April 4

school returns

April 6


Learning Expo

April 13

End of Term

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