Term 1  Week 3  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

We have made a very positive start to the new year and it was great to finally get our athletic sports held!

This Thursday the teachers are looking forward to meeting you all at our conferences and discussing the way forward for your children on their educational journey here at Our Lady of Lourdes School.

This week we also welcomed Tim and Harold the giraffe to our school. 

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 practise 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 practise
  • don’t try to do everything
  • develop our special gifts

Reflection of the week  

Both the readings this Sunday focus on a willingness to forgive others, even when they mistrust us, and, in both readings, we are presented with the only motive for this: God.

The Gospel tells us of the golden rule – “Treat everyone the way you would like them to treat you.” We are presented with many examples of this: forgiving slander, forgiving physical abuse, forgiving greed and selfishness – in short all actions of our enemies, those who hate us.

We are commanded  not only to forgive, but to act positively in these situations. Love your enemies, pray for them, lend to them. And why? Because that is the way God treats us!

School Notices

Sacramental Programme
If your child has been baptised in the Catholic Church, is 7 years old or over and has not made the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or First Communion there is a welcome/information meeting this Sunday 24 February after 9.30am Mass (about 10.30am) for anybody who is interested in taking part in the Sacramental Programme this year.

School Reminders
Please do not come into the school grounds to collect or drop off your children and please use the kea crossing when crossing the road.
We have talked to our students about these things and ask for your support also.

Swimming Carnival
On March 15 (pp March 18) we will be holding our swimming carnival  in our school pool. Juniors  12-1.15pm and seniors from 2-3pm. You are all warmly invited to attend.

Life Education
We are so excited to be at Our Lady of  Lourdes School!
We feel so lucky to be able to share in the student’s learning around how we are all special and unique, developing positive relationships, being a great friend, and showing kindness, empathy, and resilience.
Please feel free to come and see me anytime about what Life Education has to offer, and I look forward to hearing what learning is being shared at home. Take care everyone and have a spectacular rest of the week!
Love from Tim and Harold

Parish/School Mass & Picnic  Sunday 3rd March
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 to our school and parish as well as welcoming us all to the new school year.
Mass will begin at 9.30am and will be followed by a picnic and swim.
Children do not have to wear their school uniform to this mass.

Misplaced Uniform
Please check to see if your child has mistakenly brought home Corbin Straker’s grey shirt and shorts. They are clearly named.


P.N. Indoor Sports Arena 
Are running a Junior Indoor Netball competition.   Competition run from 25/2/19 to 5/4/19 (Term 1 competition).   Monday afternoons (years 5-8)   Cost is $36 per game per team or $6 individually per game.  To register as a team or individually please contact us on 356 2543  email or call in at 180 Church St.

Weetbix TRYathlon
OLOL has registered for the Weet-Bix TRYathlon this year. It takes place on Tuesday 19th March and is open for 7 – 15 year olds. If you enter through the school you get a special entry price and it gives the school an opportunity to win spot prizes. You can enter your child on this website  If you require more information come and see Mrs Moor or visit


PTFA Annual Meeting
March 4 at 7pm in the staffroom. We invite all members of our school community along to this meeting and hope to see some new faces. Ideally it would be wonderful to have representatives from all our cultural groups.
Your attendance does not mean you have to be on the committee. We just want to hear from you any ideas you may have for enhancing and building on our school community.

Community Notices

Malamalama Moni After School Programme:
Monday – Friday 3p.m. – 5p.m.  They provide refreshments, van pick up and drop off, homework support, access to computers, sports, performing arts, fund activities and games.   
Open day TODAY Tuesday  at 4.30p.m.  All are welcome to register your children.   For more information contact Gwynne on 021713730 or call the office on 356 8284 and ask for Sepa.

Shining Stars Pre School Music Group.   
Every Thursday (during term time) 9.30a.m. in the Cathedral Lounge.  Music Session followed by morning tea.   Everyone is most welcome.   Contact Steph on 027 440 8544 for further information.

St Vinnies Shop in Rangitikei Street, opposite Countdown, have a very good selection of children’s and baby clothing, shoes, bedding, books games, toys etc. Items of clothing cost $1/item, shoes 50c/pair, books 50cents each, so great bargains and all in very good condition. Come in and see what we have to offer.

The SVDP Shop, at 248 Rangitikei St, urgently requests donations of ball dresses and short “after five” for the Massey University students First Year Ball. We are the only Op Shop invited to the Massey Market Days on 19th—22nd, due to the work we put in last year. Please support Vinnies and help out the students as well.

Living   Learning   Loving


Tim & Harold

Athletics Day

Upcoming Dates

Feb 21

2pm-8pm Conferences
Feb 28 9.30am-12.30

Year 1&2 Tabloids @OLOL

March 3


School/Parish Mass & picnic

March 4



March 6

Ash Wednesday

March 7


Year 3&4 Tabloids @ St Mary’s

March 15 (pp March 18)

Juniors 12-1.15pm
Seniors 2-3pm
Swimming carnival
March 15 9.30am – 12.30

Year 5&6 tabloids @ St Joseph’s

March 19

Weetbix Triathlon

Apr 4

Learning Expo

Apr 10

First Reconciliation

Apr 12

End of Term

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