Term 1   Week 4  2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

A big thank you to those who came along to our parish school mass and picnic on Sunday. Despite the weather it was a joyful occasion and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Thank you to Fr Joe and Ms Brown for their support with the mass and to the staff for their efforts in providing the games and supervising the swimming.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Diligence – Puku-mahi

Diligence is working hard and doing the best job you possibly can.
When you are diligent, you take special care to do things step by step.
You think and move carefully to make sure things will turn out right.
Being diligent is being industrious, giving all you have to give to whatever you do.

We practice puku-mahi when we:

  • pay attention to what you are doing
  • do things carefully, step by step
  • practice to the point of excellence
  • give our absolute best to what you do
  • work hard
  • don’t give up.

Reflection of the week

The first reading this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent, is the Ten Commandments which calls us to a just law which recognises our dependence on God and the rights of our neighbour. The Gospel presents a seemingly harsh Jesus. In the sacred temple, Jesus lashes out against greed and selfishness, focuses our lives on God and the things of God, and reveals himself as the true “temple.”

Jesus was harsh with those who insisted on the letter of the Law but did not live its meaning. Our hope for salvation is not found in either doggedly following the law or in material wealth but in the Resurrection of Christ.

Appreciation Spot


School Notices

Y1/2 Catholic School Tabloids
This year we are hosting the Y1/2 tabloids which are to be held this Thursday March 1st from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Please come and join us.

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)

Mufti Day This Friday
This Friday we will be having a mufti day to raise funds for Tonga following the devastation they experienced due to cyclone Gita.
Several of our Tongan students have extended family who have been adversely affected by this.
Please give generously.

Teacher’s Stopwork  Meeting
On March 19 at 2pm our teachers will be attending an NZEI stopwork meeting and we ask parents to collect their children from school by 2pm at the latest on that day to enable them to attend.
For those who are unable to arrange this please let me know as I will remain here on site.
Please note you will need to let your after school care providers know of this.

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.

Help us win science and technology equipment by voting daily at:

Donation Receipts
If you require a receipt for your donation to the school for taxation purposes, please email or phone 3589727 for your copy.
Many thanks  Kath Rooney


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 this Thursday March 1st at 7pm in the school staffroom. A light  supper 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).

Community Notices

First Children’s Mass for 2018
Our first children’s mass for 2018 will be THIS 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 having a shared finger food 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

Sacramental Programme
The Reconciliation Programme starts on Monday 5th March at 5.30p.m. in the School Library.
All children over the age of 7 are invited to join the programme.
Application forms are available in the Gathering Area or at the School Office.

Living   Learning   Loving

Parish /school  Mass and picnic

Upcoming Dates

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 19


Teachers Stopwork meeting

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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