Term 2  Week 10  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

Kia ora – Thank-you
Thank you everyone for your patience and kindness as we come to the end of Term 2. We all wish you and your whanau a safe school holiday and we will see you on MONDAY 22nd JULY.

Three Way Conferences
Last week we had over 90% attendance for these all important learning conversations. Thank you for your partnership as it is only together that we will make a difference.

Welcome To Our New Board
The Board members mentioned below have been nominated for the following roles
Board Chairperson – Maria Amey
Deputy Chairperson – Janine Jensen
Treasurer – Janine Jensen
We wish them God’s blessings in their mission.

A fabulous first meeting was held with many exciting plans in store for our school. The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our school, especially our wonderful team of whanau who are on our school’s PTFA.

Aroha Ki To WhanauWelcome
To Mia to the Superheroes and her whanau to our kura. Many blessings to you.

School Notices

This week

Wednesday: 5.30-6.30pm
Vision Setting & Inquiry Expo
Come along and share in your child’s wonderful learning  – your child is looking forward to spending this time with you.

During this time we will also ask you to fill in a simple form so that we can know what is important to you.  This will include questions like:

Our Mercy School Values are: 
(please rank in order of importance to you and your whanau   …1 to 6)

    • Respect – Te Tapu o te Tangata

    • Social Justice – Tika

    • Compassion – Aroha

    • Service – Rato/Awhina

    • Hospitality – Manaakitanga

    • Excellence – Panikiritanga

For more information on our Mercy Sister Founders take a look at this link

Combined Schools Mass
30 tamariki will be traveling to St Peters to join with St Mary’s, Foxton and St Peters for a combined mass at  10.30am.


1.This year all Catholic schools in New Zealand will be taking place in this. We ask that your child brings a gold coin donation for this wonderful cause.


2. Leading Lights Celebration – Wheels Day
To celebrate those tamariki who have made the right choices, your child can bring anything with wheels – a scooter, a skate board, roller skates, bikes etc. We ask that your child also brings a helmet for their safety.

3. School Disco – Winter Wonderland Disco
Friday 5th July, 6pm – 7pm
School Hall
free entry
lollies, chippies, glow sticks available to purchase for $1 each.

What a lovely way to end a fabulous term.

Over the Holidays

A lot of exciting things are happening over the holidays in our kura.

Four staff are undertaking post graduate work to further develop their Catholic leadership and understanding.

In Week 2 of the holidays our school server is getting transferred over to the Cloud which will give us that added security. We also hope to have new learning devices throughout the school to support your child.

Furniture for the three rooms in the senior block will be arriving and ready for the new term. Our junior rooms are our focus for a major upgrade in the coming months.

Looking Forward to Term 3

As a school we will be using the School Evaluation Indicators to Notice, Investigate and Collaborate moving forward. The staff will begin a review to develop a Local Curriculum. We are looking forward to working with you to develop our learning programmes.

We are working on the school website and facebook page during Term 3.

Again thank you and blessings
Mā te Atua koe e tiaki, e manaaki


Y5/6 Draw  Saturday 6th July, 2019 
OLOL Champions – Riverdale defaulted
OLOL Magic vs  Milson Defence   Court 2 @ 9.45am
Good luck Magic!


The Board members mentioned below have been nominated for the following roles
Board Chairperson – Maria Amey
Deputy Chairperson – Janine Jensen
Treasurer – Janine Jensen


Thank you for the wonderful turn out of whanau who made our meeting last night.
A reminder about the :

Disco – Friday July 5th
Theme: Winter Wonderland
Time: 6-7pm
For sale: Glow sticks, chips and lollies.

Fertiliser Drive – Fundraising
Thank you to the 7 families who returned their Fertiliser form with offers of help on 10th August  – many hands make light work. We know everyone is busy however we have over 100 families and your response and support would be appreciated.  Ringing list helpers: Please send in all orders. If you need more time to finish please do this over holidays.

Next meeting: 5th August @7pm

Community Notices

St Peter’s College Open night
August 8th at 6p.m.   for  years  7 – 13.  All welcome.

Term 2 Dates 

Week 10
M Jul 1     Badminton (United)
W Jul 3  Inquiry Evening/ Vision setting
Fr Jul 5     Mufti mania – NZ Catholic schools
                   PTFA – Disco

Week 1    22-26 July
Week 2    29-2 August
Week 3    5-9 August
Week 4    12-16 August
Week 5    19-23 August
Week 6    26-30 August
                OLOL Has Talent
Week 7    2-6 September
Week 8    9-13 September
Week 9    16-20 September
                  Conservation Week, linked with LAUDATO SI
Week 10    23-27 September

Living   Learning   Loving

Did you know we are a Mercy School?
Read and find out more…

Catherine McAuley lived in Ireland in the 1800s. 
She loved God very much, and she prayed everyday.
Catherine was sad to see so many young women with no place to live.  She saw children with no clothes or shoes to wear and some children did not have enough food to eat. She also saw young women with no jobs, and young children too poor to go to school.
When Catherine McAuley was left an inheritance, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money. She built a large house in Dublin.  She called the new house the House of Mercy.

Soon other young women came to help Catherine.
Catherine and her team of helpers did a lot of things to help other people:

  • They cared for children who had no parents
  • They cared for young women who had nowhere to live
  • They set up a school for poor children
  • They cared for people who were sick and dying

Catherine built the House of Mercy in Baggot Street where many rich people lived.  She did this so the rich people would notice the poor people. Catherine knew that this is what God wanted her to do. She decided that she and her many helpers would became Sisters of Mercy.

The Sisters of Mercy promised God that they would help to look after the sick, the poor and that they would provide education for children and young women. The Sisters of Mercy became known as the “walking Sisters” because they were always out and about in the community.

These Sisters of Mercy were our founding Sisters for our school. That is what we stand for and this is our purpose – to develop young people who will care about others and make a difference in their community serving with a Kind Heart full of love and compassion. Please see the link below for more information


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