Term 1   Week 5  2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 5. Half way through the term already!

This week our Y3/4 students go to their Catholic tabloids at St Marys and Y5/6 to St Josephs in Fielding. Let’s hope the weather is kind to them.

We will also be having a senior and junior ‘pool party’ for our mid term ‘Leading Lights’ treat this Friday so make sure all students have their togs that day.

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

Thank you to David Carey who won a set of sports equipment for our school from money raised through the iPlex Charity Golf Tournament held recently.



Thank you to Karen Manninen who takes a senior swimming group each day 

forextension lessons.







Thank you to all those who helped run the very successful Y1/2 Catholic Sports tabloids last week.


School Notices

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
We raised $254 for Tonga.
Thank you all for your generosity and support.

Easter Tuesday
Please note that Easter Tuesday, April 3 is a school holiday.

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 early finish.

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

A reminder to those who have obtained items from school and were to pay on the internet.
Your early attention to this would be appreciated.


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.
Registrations are due in by March 20.

We will need a coach and manager in order to be able to register a team.


Thank you to the following for joining our PTFA Committee this year: Wendy Lyons, Hayley Gilberd, Sheree Power, Rebecca Hayman, Corrinna Bunning, Erin McCavana, Ashleigh Mcpherson, Alicia White, Ange Field, Jen Illston, Kelly Fage, Marie Butterini, Jacinta Cousins, Michael Anderson
Congratulations to the following office bearers:
Chairperson: Wendy Lyons, Vice Chair: Jen Illston
Secretary/ Media : Ashleigh Mcpherson
Treasurer: Ange Field

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

Diocese of PN  Attendance Dues:
Invoices coming to families early March.
Primary school charges for 2018 $447.
Instalment dates March, May, July and September.
You can arrange a weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment arrangement from your bank or credit/debit card may be entered into which would give till the end of year for full payment.
For assistance with payment options or to set up regular deductions contact March, Susan or Mark at Diocesan Office 0800200208 or email

Be-Bop Before and After School Care Programme
here at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
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.

Lido Wave Rave
Friday 16th March 7p.m. – 9p.m. for 8yr  to 14 yr olds. 
Entry fee $9   Free pizza, inflatables and a chance to win a brand new bike.

Living   Learning   Loving

Year 1/2  Tabloids

Upcoming Dates

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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