Term 2  Week 3  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers/Whanau
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Kia Ora, Talofa, Namaste, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Musta, Suo-stei, Kia orana, Malo ni

Welcome to Week 3

I hope the term is going well for you. We are now are moving into our colder months and with this comes the usual coughs and colds. Please look after yourselves and go gently.

Congratulations to St Peters on their outstanding achievement at the recent O’Shea Shield Competition. This is a public speaking Competition that is competed for each year by the 17 secondary Catholic Colleges in the Wellington and Palmerston North. We are very proud to share that St Peters was awarded the Bishop Viard Memorial Trophy Competition Runner Up.

We are reviewing our part of the Kind Heart school programme. We are talking to children about having a kind heart, kind hands and kind words. This links well with a recent message from Pope Francis in which he shares that:

“We must dare to be different, to point to ideals other than those of this world, testifying to the beauty of generosity, service, purity, perseverance, forgiveness, prayer, the pursuit of justice and the common good, love for the poor, and social friendship,” he said.

A note for our past students: Thank you for coming in to see your past teachers and school. We enjoy the opportunity to hear about your new adventures, however we ask that this happens before or after school as the teachers are very busy teaching and at all times we need to know who is in the school.

Health and Safety procedures
A review is being undertaken of the Health and Safety procedures at school. There are two areas that are a focus for this week.
Police Vetting – a review of these has been undertaken. If you have contact with our children in any capacity, then you will be asked to complete a Police Vetting form. This is inline with the Vulnerable Children’s Act and our Health and Safety procedures.
Sports contracts and expectations: If your child is in a sports team then a contract outlining our school’s expectations will be sent home this week for you to discuss with them. We ask that these are sent back to the office please.

Blessings and thanks for all you do
Caroline and the team


It has been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in May. … It was during the Middle Ages (11th century) that the idea of giving the month of May to Mary began with an old tradition, the “30-Day Devotion to Mary”, which was originally held August 15 to September 14. Mary is Mother – your mother, my mother, everyone’s mother – and because she cares for all of us day-in-and-day-out without fail, interceding for us in even the tiniest matters.

For that, she deserves an entire month in her honour.

Kia Ora and Welcome to…

James and Zaraia who have joined our school. We wish them and their whanau many happy school days here at Our Lady of Lourdes.

In your child’s classroom this week

THE NEST: The Nest are brainstorming ideas for materials we can use to build towers in our classroom.We have looked at photos of towers around our city and comparing what is the same/different about them. In numeracy some are learning patterns to 10, knowledge of teen numbers and solving addition problems.We made some beautiful Autumn trees with leaf rubbings from the many shaped leaves we collected in the playground

THE RAINBOWS: We have been investigating some wonderful new resources we have purchased for our Inquiry Unit> They are collaborating, investigating and developing skills in planning and building.

THE BELIEVERS: This week we are writing explanations; on how we built our towers, during last week Hook In challenge.  Mrs Pedley is busy assessing individuals on their reading progress and is seeing great results from students.

THE SUPERHEROES: This week in the Superhero class we are learning about our fact families in maths.

IN UNITED: This week we are working on using different multiplication strategies to solve problems.


Congratulations to the following students who are wonderful examples of KIND HEARTS and ACTIONS in our school:Teresa, AJ, Kellan, Leviticus, and Koen.

School Notices

First Communion
The first session for the First Communion candidates took place on Sunday. Our next session is in two weeks time on Sunday 19th May after 9.30a.m. Mass.

Board of Trustee Elections
Nominations open 10th May and close on 24th May.
Election Day Friday 7th June, 2019.
An Information Evening this Thursday May 16th at 5.30pm – we look forward to sharing with any interested parents and community what being on the Board entails.

Introducing Alicia

Alicia White would like to introduce herself as the newest member of Century 21. For every client who lists and sells their property with her, she will donate $500 to our school. Further information can be found on our Information Board.

Cross Country
This is taking place on Tuesday May 28th at Monrad Park. We will walking down the children. We will be leaving school from 12.30 to begin our races at 1pm.

We are working on a date for ‘Our Lady of Lourdes has Talent’.  As you can see our calendar is getting full so we will notify you of a date shortly.


Many of our sporting codes have already begun competitions. We thank our community for helping us with this.

Y 3/4 Netball Draw for this Thursday May 16th
OLOL Superstars vs CNSN Stars   3.45pm Court 12
OLOL Allstars vs Riverdale Tui    4.40pm  Court 8
Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before your game.

OLOL Magic Netball    Coach Veronica
Practice on Wednesdays after school 3p.m. – 4p.m.  Must wear sports shoes.


Thank you for the PTFA for all that you do for our children and school. The key focus for this year will be on our junior and senior playground, which we are very grateful for.

After our Cross Country the PTFA are providing 1 free sausage for every child to warm them up after being outside.
In Week 10 there will be a school Disco which will be a lot of fun for all as a way of celebrating a wonderful term of work.

Community Notices

Term 2 Dates 

Bully Free Awareness Week
T May 14       Library Bus for all classrooms
TH May 16    BOT Information Evening @5.30

Week 4: PRAYERS for MARY
W May 22     National Story time Event
Fr May 24     Board nominations close
                       Junior Liturgy @10.40 am in classrooms

                    School Cross Country
W May 29  STRIKE DAY – school will be closed
                     Board of Trustees meeting @5.30pm
TH May 30 NZ Playhouse Performance

Week 6
M Jun 30      Queens Birthday – SCHOOL CLOSED
T Jun 4          Scripture Reading Competition(Seniors)
                        Library Bus
                        Cross Country PP date

M Jun 10     Numeracy PD – United
W Jun 12     Interschool Cross Country
F Jun 14       New Board takes Office

Week 8
M Jun 17     Badminton (United)
T Jun 18      Soccer Tournament (Seniors)
W Jun 19     Kapahaka Whanaungatanga
F Jun 21      Senior Mass
S Jun 23      Parish/School mass

M Jun 24     Reports sent home
                       Badminton (United)
T Jun 25       Library Bus
W Jun 26    STUDENT CONFERENCES 2-7.30pm

Week 10
M Jul 1     Badminton (United)
W Jul 3  Inquiry Evening/ Vision setting
Th Jul 4    Board of Trustee Meeting
Fr Jul 5     MUFTI MANIA – NZ Catholic schools
                   PTFA – DISCO

Living   Learning   Loving

Hook In for this Term’s Inquiry Unit – tower challenge

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