Term 2   Week 4  2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 4.

It seems winter is descending upon very rapidly. Lets hope we don’t have too many wet school days!!

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Respect – Whaka-ute

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity.
Respect is valuing ourselves and others.
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy.
When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated.
Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which makes life more orderly and peaceful.
It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.

We practice whaka-ute when we:

  • treat others as we want to be treated
  • speak courteously to everyone
  • take special care of other people’s belongings
  • are receptive to the wisdom of elders
  • honour the rules of our family, school and nation
  • expect respect for our body and our rights

Reflection of the week

The focus of the readings this Sunday which is Trinity Sunday, is the experience of God acting in our lives in various ways. We have no adequate language for God because God is beyond any single image we may have.

We experience God in Jesus Christ who shares with us his experience of God, as creator, as redeemer and as a person of intimate relationship. Our experience of this relationship is the Spirit of God living in us.

 In the first reading, Paul tells us that because we live in the Holy Spirit, and because we are brothers and sisters of Christ, we are children of God. We too can enjoy the intimate relationship that Jesus called, “Abba” 

In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to preach, baptise and teach in the name of God – the God who is intimate like a parent, (Father), who comes as Saviour (Son),  and who lives within us (Holy Spirit). 

Appreciation Spot

Thank you to Fr Joe and Donna Brown for their work preparing the children for their First Holy Communion.

Thank you to the Birch family for donating a new basketball net.

School Notices

ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2018
Every year a picture book is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places across NZ and Australia. It is an event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.
We are participating in this event this year which will be held this Wednesday at 1pm. The story being read is Hickory, Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson, an Australian author.
Exciting news. Because we were the first NZ school to register, we will receive a copy of the book for each of our students. This will come home with them on Wednesday for you to have a read.

School Mass
The Nest & Superheroes will be joining with the parish at Mass this Friday at 10am. You are warmly welcome to join them for this.

School Cross Country
This is to be held on Friday, June1st, at Rangitane Park which is off Maxwell’s line starting a 1pm. Students will be bussed to the park however they may go home from the park with parents at the conclusion of all the races but please ensure their teacher is advised of this.
Children must be dressed in their correct PE uniform. They may choose to wear sneakers or  run in bare feet.
The PTFA will be running sausage sizzle down there for a gold coin donation.

On Friday afternoon starting at 1pm on June 22 our kapahaka group will be attending the annual whanaungatanga to be held at St Peters College. Parents and whanau are warmly invited to come along to this.

3 Way Student/Teacher /Parent Conferences
Conferences are to be held on Tuesday, June 26 starting at 2.15pm and Wednesday 27 starting at 3.15pm. 
Appointment booking slips are coming home today. Please fill out and return as soon as possible.
Please note school closes at 2pm on the Tuesday so arrangements will need to be made to pick up your child/ren earlier that day or to let your after school care providers know.

St Vinnies have some firewood to donate to any families in need of some. Please advise the school office by Friday morning if you are interested and your names will be forwarded.

Hearing & Vision Testing: June 11th at 11.30a.m.
For New Entrants who have not had/completed their B4 School check and students who have no previous screening record. 
If you do not want your child checked please inform the school before 8th June.   
If you require your child to be tested (apart from those above) you will need to contact the Vision Hearing Service on 0800153042 or (06) 3504560 for an appointment to one of their clinics.


Y5/6 Netball Draws for this Saturday May 26
OLOL Champions vs St Marys at 10.30am on Ct 2
OLOL Allstars vs St James Angels at 9am on Ct 5

Allstars results from last Saturday’s grading games:
First Game:  We lost 10-7 to Milson Force.
Player of the Day: Victoria Falevai for great intercepts & accurate goal shooting.
Second Game:  We drew 2-2 with Parkland B.
Player of the Day:  Keirah Iasona for great work in the goal circle & brilliant shooting.


Quiz night
Get your teams together and register as per details on the flyer that came home last week.

Online Lunch Ordering – 

Subway Note now on Thursdays Orders can be made and/or cancelled up to 9am on the day of delivery (Thursday).

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

Community Notices

St James Catholic School 60th Birthday Celebrations 26-27 May 2018.
Barn dance Sat May 26 6pm start $45 per person
Mass at Cathedral Sunday May 27, 9.30am followed by morning tea in the school hall and a tour of the school.
To register :

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:

Attendance Dues:
The next instalment notice plus any arrears, for attendance dues will be coming out shortly.
$111.75  Primary & $223.50 Secondary.

One off payments by credit card or debit card (Visa or MasterCard only) using website
A reminder that here at OLOL,  we will take payments on behalf of the Diocese of PN for parents who wish to make cash payments.
A receipt will be issued.

Diocese of PN  Attendance Dues:
For assistance with payment options or to set up regular deductions contact Marcy, Susan or Mark at Diocesan Office 0800200208 or email

Living   Learning   Loving

Librarians reading to the junior classes last week.

The nest working on their Matariki art

Upcoming Dates

May 30



June 1


Cross country

June 4

Queens Birthday

June 22



June 26



June 27



July 2



July 6

End of Term

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