Term 3  Week 4  2019

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

Tena Koutou Whanau…Blessings to you all for the week ahead.

Feast of the Assumption : Thursday 10am mass for our school
In celebrating the Feast of the Assumption, the Church recalls how Mary’s life on earth ended.  However the gospel story that is put before us is that of the visitation – the wonderful encounter between two women pregnant with salvation.  
The Feast of the Assumption is the Patronal Feast of the Church in New Zealand.  It is a time when we recall the origins of the Catholic Church here in our country, when Bishop Pompallier, as he celebrated the first Mass on New Zealand soil, dedicated this mission to the Assumption of Mary.

Miss Jemma Smith to our junior school as one of our wonderful support staff team. We wish you many wonderful days at our kura.

We also say Kia Ora to Mrs Karen Worsley who will be Office Administrator. She is looking forward to being part of our staff and serving our school community.

Our wonderful Mrs Kath Rooney will be taking leave from Friday August 30th. We will have a farewell Assembly on Thursday August 29th. 

There will be a Parish/School Mass for Mrs Kath Rooney on Saturday September 28th (TBC).

Value of the Week

Kind Hearts Trust is committed to supporting schools to build a strong kindness culture alongside, and enhancing, their own school values and the unique and special culture of their school and school community.

School Notices

Mercy House points Week 5
Whanau 1 – Pompallier : 12
Whanau 2 – McAuley: 14
Whanau 3 – Ongley: 18
Whanau 4 – Bernadette : 15
Whanau 5 – St Vincent (de Paul) : 16
Whanau 6 – St Francis (of Assissi): 19

Home/School Challenge
What an amazing start to this wonderful opportunity to grow our Home School Partnership programme. We have been so pleased to see how positive your child is about this. We have been sent video clips of whanau playing card games to support Maths learning at home. Many of our tamariki have completed all of their tasks and we are very proud of them. Developing these habits will support your child in later years. A little bit each day will pay off – and what a lovely way to spend time as whanau. Blessings and thanks for all of your support.

Maths Challenge Week 8  – TIMESTABLE A THON
In Week 8, we will be holding a Maths Challenge for all tamariki. This will be centred on our focus of raising Basic Facts knowledge in our school. Today we will be sending this information home.  All raised funds will be going to developing our school courtyard.

Knitting Club
Knitting club is on again this Wednesday at lunchtime in Room 4 (after eating).

Basic Facts Ladder
Congratulations to Gabriel for going up another stage. We look forward to hearing of more tamariki.

From St Peter’s College
A reminder notice to families to send in their enrolment applications to St Peter’s for 2020 intake now.  Applications should be received before the end of the month.

From The Classrooms

The Nest
I am excited to be back in the classroom after a few weeks away.
We will be working on a similar format to Rainbows where I will be discovering students interests and setting up ‘stations’ to develop and foster these while while concentrating on their learning in the areas of numeracy, oral language, reading and writing.
Please continue to support your students’ learning at home through their alphabet knowledge ’Bird Word’ learning and Basic Facts as well as daily reading.

For the next few weeks the Rainbows will be trialing ‘Learning through Play’ leading to ‘Project Work’ in the classroom.  This means that from Tuesday to Friday the tamariki will start the day with ‘Discovery Time’. We will then start formal learning with prayer time.  Throughout the day we will be focusing on a Project that has been developed from the children’s interest during their Discovery Time. All the core subjects will still be taught formally but they will be based on the Project theme.  This helps the learners to make connections and to put their learning into context. Learning through play can help schools realise the vision of The New Zealand Curriculum to develop confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.” (The NZ Curriculum Online).  We are excited to begin this learning journey in the Rainbow room.

The Believers
During Science/Inquiry learning, we have started to wonder about how we can attract more native birds to our school environment?  We have looked at how birds homes are built and what features they need, to help care for their needs. We can’t wait for our visit to the Wildbase Centre on Thursday.
In R.E we are using our senses to help explore God’s Creation and knowing that God’s creation is everywhere we look. 
Thank you for your support in daily home reading, poetry and Basic facts/Times tables practise.

We have been learning all about multiplication and division for Maths. We have been talking about using facts that we know to help us solve multiplication problems that we don’t know. We have also been using facts that we know to work out division problems. We have also been talking about how our environment is a treasure that we have to look after and protect. As a class we looked at Laudato Si, a letter from Pope Francis to us all and how the Pope has called us to look after the world we live in. An important message for us all.

United 1 and 2
We have been looking forward to our visit to Wildbase and beginning our Inquiry into  ‘God’s creation’ focussing particularly on New Zealand native birds and animals. We continue to work on showing and living our Mercy Values and being role models for our younger tamariki.


Netball  -Saturday 17th August
OLOL Champions v Russell Street  CET 5 10.30am
OLOL Magic v Parkland  CET 2 10.30 am

Touch Rugby
Mrs Moor needs three more Under 8 players to make a second team please get your registrations in by tomorrow if your child is interested in playing.


Fertiliser Drive – Thank you
Thank you to all those that worked behind the scenes prior to Saturday and then on the day.

Special thanks to:
Mrs Rooney who directed the team with her knowledge and skill
All of the organisers before the event – we know how much time goes into ringing and sorting – THANK YOU!
To all of our volunteers who came and helped – with a special thanks to the Butturini family for the truck. We certainly earnt the lovely baking that was dropped off.
Thank you Hayley Gilberd for organising the run – the maps were a wonderful help!
To Corrina – thank you for sorting out the banking.

We raised approximately $3500. 

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 4: Aug 12-16 – KINDNESS
T,W,Th  WildLife Park visit for 2 classrooms each day
Kindhearts Day – Seniors
Th Feast of the Assumption Mass @10am

Week 5:Aug 19-23 – RESPECT
W Maths with Dinah
     Ripper Rugby/Netball @ St   Joseph

Week 6: Aug 26-30 – SERVICE
Sun  Fathers Day

Week 7 Sept 2-6 – SOCIAL JUSTICE
Maori Language Week

Week 8 Sept 9-13 – SOCIAL JUSTICE

Th School Photos
      Champions League Soccer
Sun Pancake Sunday – Passionist Families hosting

Week 10 Sept 23-27 – HOSPITALITY

T   OLOL has Talent auditions
F   OLOL has Talent performances
      PTFA – Quiz Evening
Sat  Parish/School Mass @ 5.30pm for Mrs Rooney (TBC)

Blessings and thanks for all you do

Caroline and the team

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