Term 1  Week 6  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

This Friday, weather permitting, we will be holding our annual swimming carnival. This is an opportunity for whanau to come and see the progress students have made with their water confidence and skills.
If wet this will be held over until Monday. After that the pool will be closed for the season.

On Friday morning United will be going to St Josephs in Feilding by bus for the catholic school Year 5/6 Tabloids. A busy day for them!

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Confidence – Manawanui

Confidence is having faith in something or someone. It is a kind of trust. When you have self confidence, you trust that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens. When you are confident in others, you count on them. Confidence in God is a sense of trust that your Creator loves you and watches over you as you go through life.

We practice manawanui when we:

  • remember that we are worthy, whether we succeed or fail
  • are willing to try new things
  • learn our own strengths and weaknesses
  • use the gifts God gave us
  • practice until we master something
  • think positively

Reflection of the week

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter.  During Lent we are encouraged to build our relationship with God and with one another.

Lent can be a time of growth and transformation if we are ready to listen and answer the call. It is a time to put our faith into action. This is a time when we can all think about how we can do less of ‘just the usual” and more of how can we turn  just the usual into something that is of an excellent standard. We can give our best and help others.

School Notices

On Friday morning,  March 15, the United children are participating in tabloid sports with the Catholic Schools throughout the Manawatu. The event is to be held at St Joseph’s School, Feilding.
We will be travelling by bus leaving at 9am and returning at approximately 1pm.

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

Uniform Reminder
Sports shoes/sneakers are NOT to be worn as school shoes.  Black sandals or black school shoes please, as per uniform list.
Also a reminder to make sure that your child is in the correct school and P.E. uniform at all times.

A case of chickenpox in the school has been reported.

Year 6 Camp
The 2019 year six camp took place at El Rancho, Waikanae last week. Thanks to the PFTA for helping to subsidise the cost of the trip. The children were really supportive of one another and gave everything a go, putting into practice the school virtues as they completed activities and performed duties. The activities included the rock wall, raft building, kayaking, rifle shooting, archery and horse riding. Many thanks to the parents Darren Birch, Laura Meehan, Clare Walsh, Jamie Walter and Bryan Yorke who went above and beyond supporting myself, El Rancho staff and the kids, getting the dishes spotless and winning the dodgeball challenge with ruthless efficiency!!!
Michael Anderson


Future Ferns Netball Years 1- 4
There is an information night Monday 18th March at 5.30p.m. Vautier Park.   This is open to all parents and coaches, who would like to know more about this netball programme.  If you are interested in coaching our schools teams this is something to consider.
Year 3/4 Netball
Registrations close this Friday 15th March.   Teams are registered on Monday.   Definitely no late registrations.  Please pay your fees at the office.   Mrs O’Connor.

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


Easter Raffle
We are asking each family to donate an item for this.    
Ten  tickets for each family to sell came home yesterday. $1 per ticket. If you didn’t receive it from your child please check their bag. Once sold please return the money and sheet to the school office in the envelope provided.
Next PTFA meeting is to be held on Monday, March 25th at  7pm in the staffroom. Please join us.

Community Notices

Lenten Group For Parents
Come and try a Lenten group before you collect your children from school.
Held in the Church foyer. Tuesdays: 2-3 pm.  March 12th – April 16th (6 weeks).
Come once or every time.   Cuppa included. 
For more information please contact:  Patricia Daws 02102383006

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.

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 19
th—22nd, due to the work we put in last year. Please support Vinnies and help out the students as well.

Living   Learning   Loving

Year 6 Camp

Upcoming Dates

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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