Term 1  Week 10  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

As this is my last newsletter as Principal of this wonderful school, I take this opportunity to thank you all for the love and support you have given me and this school over my time here. I thank God for the blessings He has brought to this place and my life and it will be forever etched into my heart.

I  leave knowing this school is in a good place and that it will continue to thrive.

Take care of each other and hold firmly to the values and beliefs that hold this place together.    

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

The Board would like to wish Jacinta Cousins all the best in her retirement. We would like to acknowledge her 32 years service to the school and community. She has made our school the warm and caring environment it is today. We will remember Jacinta for her kindness and professionalism.

We ask that God bless you, Jacinta, in your new ventures.

Our Lady of Lourdes School BOT

The staff of Our Lady Of Lourdes School would like to thank Jacinta for her leadership and loyalty. Jacinta bears witness to Christ in her daily work showing compassion, respect, kindness and love for her staff, her students and their families.Through her dedication and commitment to her role as Principal, she has grown our school into the wonderful place it is today. We wish Jacinta all the very best for the future. May God bless you Jacinta. You will be missed.

Virtue of the Week

Perseverance – Ngana

Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear to stop you. A good example is the story of the tortoise and the hare. Even though the tortoise was slower than the hare, he won the race because he persevered – he didn’t let anything stop him or distract him. He kept on going.

We practice ngana when we:

  • think before deciding to commit to someone or something
  • pace ourselves
  • set goals and stick with them until they are completed
  • take one step at a time, remaining steady
  • don’t let doubts or tests blow us off course
  • stand by our friends and loved ones

Reflection of the week

Lent has been the build up and preparation to Easter, the most important day of our Liturgical year! 

Through Holy Week, which is next week, we focus on and remember Jesus’ last moments with his friends, his journey to Calvary, and his death.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate his victory over death when he rose again! 

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. This is the day we remember when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowd was singing HOSANNA and placed palms and cloaks down before him.

On Tuesday the Torok family will be collecting the oils for our parish at the Mass of the Oils held at the Cathedral.

Thursday is known as Holy Thursday and is the time we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples and the Washing of the Feet.

Friday is known as Good Friday because that is the day that Jesus died.

Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus rose from the dead!

Wishing you all a happy and Holy Easter


School Notices

Friday 12th April.
Final assembly and farewell commences at
1p.m. in the school hall.
You are most welcome to join us for this special occasion.

Stationery Lists      Record Updates
As this year we have Board of Trustees election in June it is important that we hold the current address to send you information regarding the election.  If you did not return your stationery list at the beginning of the year with updated information,  you would have received another one with your child,  a couple of weeks ago.   Please return this as soon as possible so that we are able to check off the relevant information.  Please do not assume that we know of any change in your address or that we know that it has not changed.   We need confirmation.

For Sale
Tunic (5yrs), 2 gold polos (1 new) (4 yrs), 6 white polos, socks and a jersey that needs a mend.   Selling on behalf of a parent who has left district.  $40 the lot.

Jersey named “Maddison”.   Last week.  Please check.

Board of Trustee Elections  – 
Election of four (4) parent representatives.
Roll available at the school office for checking.
Information & Nomination forms will be sent to all parents/caregivers at the address listed on our records.
Nominations open 10th May and close on 24th May.
Election Day Friday 7th June, 2019.

Update of Contact Details
Thank you to those who took the time to return your stationery forms with the updated information.
There is still time to return this for checking off against our records.


Y 3/4 Netball Draw for this Thursday April 11th
OLOL Superstars vs Whakarongo Steel   3.45pm   Court 9
OLOL Allstars vs Parkland    4.40pm    Court 9
Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before your game.

Basketball Registrations
A reminder to please get these into the office asap.

Please note some funds will be kindly donated by St Vincent de Paul  to support children to play winter sport who couldn’t otherwise due to financial constraints.


PTFA Easter Raffle Results
1st: Ticket No 454  Charlotte-Jane
2nd: Ticket No 66   Nikita Meehan
3rd: Ticket No 321 Pollyanna
4th: Ticket No 448  Keenans

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

Mrs Cousins’ farewell Mass

Upcoming Dates

Apr 10

First Reconciliation

Apr 12


End of Term

Apr 21


Easter Sunday Baptisms

Apr 29

Term 2 begins

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