Term 3  Week 1  2019

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

Kia Ora and welcome to Term 3. It is wonderful to see you all again. We are looking forward to a wonderful term full of Curiosity, Creativity, Collaboration and 21st century learning skills.

Mercy, Charism and Values
We began the term investigating our Mercy values that underpin all that we are at Our Lady of Lourdes. The foci for every week are:
Week 1 – school charism
Week 2 – Mercy
Week 3 – Vision, Mission and Charism
Week 4 – Compassion
Week 5 – Respect
Week 6 – Service
Week 7 – Social Justice which will be linked to the Social Justice week through Caritas
Week 8 – CARITAS reflection
Week 9  – Excellence
Week 10 – Hospitality
This will be linked to a new Behaviour Living and Learning programme. It is truly a blessing to see our tamariki using the Mercy values language in our kura.

Miguel in the The Nest
Brooklen to The Rainbows
Oliver in The Believers
Jack in the United classroom
Mrs Emma Clapperton to the Super Heroes
We welcome you and your whanau to our kura

Over the Holidays
It has been a very busy set of holidays. We thank PC Media and DTSL for their knowledge and support. We have shifted from our old school server to be working now in the Cloud. The Board have invested heavily into new IT resources throughout the school to support your child in developing 21st learning skills. These include:
A new projector for the hall
One to one devices now in the three rooms upstairs – (50 new Chromebooks, 50 new Ipads.)
All new interactive smartboards to be installed in the classroomsNew Apple Desktops in all classrooms

All three junior rooms now have additional Ipad tools to support their learning. Alongside this your child will be bringing home the NETSAFE guidelines for you to talk to with your child. Alongside this we are working on developing a local school curriculum and look forward to sharing this journey with you.

School Notices

New Things In Term 3

Whanau House Names
We currently have six Whanau groups which meet together twice a term. We are looking at developing this further and will vote on names for each group which will be linked to the history of the school. You and your child will have the opportunity to vote these names next week.

Student Leaders
We are also looking at ways to develop leadership capabilities in our Year 5/6 tamariki. There will be one leader for every Whanau Group who will be part of a new Student Council.

Mercy Points
Every day your child will have the opportunity to gain Mercy points for their Whanau House. The House with the most points every week will get an additional incentive as agreed by the Student Council.

Positive Behaviour for Living and Learning
Over the next two weeks we will be redesigning our Behaviour Management plan, linking in our Mercy values and expectations. We will share this with you and your child next week.

Home/School Challenge
Starting next week, we will begin a new Homework partnership with you and your child. We are going to be focusing on Maths, using the Mathletics/Prodigy/Prototec Apps and developing a daily reading log. In addition to this our focus for the next six weeks will be on basic facts and the timestables leading to our Maths Challenge later in the term.

There will also be a Principal’s Inquiry/Service Challenge for your child to participate in as well. Further details to follow next week.

Maths Challenge Week 6
In Week 6, we will be holding a Maths Challenge for all tamariki. This will be centered on our focus of raising Basic Facts knowledge in our school.

Knitting Club
Knitting club starts week 2 on Wednesday 31st July at lunchtime in Room 4 (after eating).
Please bring your knitting needles and wool or $2 to purchase some if you don’t have any.
See you there! Miss Brown

Important News
Resignation of Kath Rooney
We are writing to inform you that our very long standing, highly efficient and much respected Mrs Kath Rooney has shared that she will be leaving this term. Kath has been the backbone of the school for over 42 years and we truly appreciate all that she has done for Our Lady of Lourdes. We will begin the process of advertising for this position and we will keep you up to date as this progresses. A farewell for Kath will most likely take place in and around the first week of September depending on how the application process progresses.

Please see the following Job Application for Office Administrator:


Our Lady of Lourdes school is seeking a dynamic, flexible, efficient Office Administrator to join our busy Catholic primary school.

The position involves supporting the day to day running of the school. This includes working alongside the principal to ensure the smooth running of the school. Administrative tasks include processing payments, staff wages (knowledge in Novopay would be an advantage)word processing tasks and general administrative skills. As important is the ability to work collaboratively to ensure the children, staff and families feel there is a professional warm, friendly and passionate administrator as the first face, voice and heart of our mercy school. Hours of employment to be negotiated however will most likely be from 8.30am – 3pm

If you have the ability to work in a diverse role, have previous administrative experience, and would like to be part of our school, please send in a Covering Letter and a recent Curriculum Vitae with three referees. This job closes Friday August 2nd at 5pm.

All applications should be addressed

Confidential: Office Administrator

Attention: Principal 

Our Lady of Lourdes School


OLOL Champions v AOK Magic @ 9.45 Court 5
OLOL Magic V Te Kawau Shiners @9am Court 2



A reminder about the :

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 3 Dates 

The focus for this term is on learning… and we will attempt to keep our calendar free of interruptions so that your child can maximise their learning in all curricula areas.

Week 1: July 22-26 – HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL
F Year 6 students to St Peters Action Day

Week 2: July 29-Aug 2 – MERCY VALUES

W Knitting clubs starts
Sat Board of Trustees Conference

Week 3: Aug 5-9
W Board Meeting

Week 4: Aug 12-16 – KINDNESS
W,Th,F WildLife Park visit for 2 classrooms each day

Week 5:Aug 19-23 – RESPECT
W Maths with Dinah
     Ripper Rugby/Netball @ St   Josephs
Sun Fathers Day

Week 6: Aug 26-30 – SERVICE

Week 7 Sept 2-6 – SOCIAL JUSTICE

Week 8 Sept 9-13 – SOCIAL JUSTICE

T OLOL has Talent auditions
Th School Photos
      Champions League Soccer
F OLOL has Talent

Week 10 Sept 23-27 – HOSPITALITY

Living   Learning   Loving

The children also had a lot of fun on our final day being Wheels Day.

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