Term 3  Week 5  2019

Kia Ora Whanau

Kei te pehea koutou? We hope you are all well…

We hope you are keeping yourself warm over these colder days. We all had a wonderful time at the Wildbase Recovery and have learnt so much about the importance of caring for all of God’s creatures.
This week the staff have also been busy learning. With support from the Board of Trustees we are working with Pania Kawana to support our learning in and around Maori Cultural Competency. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Our new Whanau Leaders were announced at Monday morning Assembly. They are now part of  OLOL Kura/School Council and we look forward to growing these young people.

Mercy Value of the Week

Respect –  Te Tapu o Te Tangata

School Notices

Whanau House Leaders
Congratulations to our leaders for Term 3 and 4…
Whanau 1 – Pompallier : Carissa, Fleur (Deputy)
Whanau 2 – McAuley: Kelroy, Tala (Deputy)
Whanau 3 – Ongley: Sophie, Tyler G (Deputy)
Whanau 4 – Bernadette: Te Huiatahi, Sitaliana (Deputy)
Whanau 5 – St Vincent: Haydon, Brianna (Deputy)
Whanau 6 – St Francis: Veiana, Jarrod (Deputy)

Whanau House points Week 5
Whanau 1 – Pompallier: 19
Whanau 2 – McAuley: 29
Whanau 3 – Ongley: 26
Whanau 4 – Bernadette: 25
Whanau 5 – St Vincent: 32
Whanau 6 – St Francis: 27

Mrs Rooney’s Final Assembly
As a kura/school, we want to say thank you to Mrs Rooney for all that she has done for us all over the last 42 years. She has been a fabulous steward of the school. You are all warmly invited to a special assembly on Thursday August 29th at 2.15pm. A shared afternoon tea will take place following this.

Every Day Counts
Thank you for your support of your child’s learning – we value all that you do. 
Our Lady of Lourdes school has the following procedures in place regarding attendance. Please note these below:

  • 90-100%          Attendance is monitored using the school management system.
  • 80-90%            Parents to be contacted to see how our school can work with you to support you and your whanau.
  • Below 80%    Agencies to be contacted if there is no  improvement in attendance. 

We all need to work together for your child to succeed well. Being present at school is one tool to achieving this.

Basic Facts Ladder
Congratulations to Teresa , Tavita and Litien who have moved onto the next stage of the Basic Facts Ladder.

Timestable-a-thon – Tuesday September 10th
Remember to keep working on these in the coming days. We have seen an improvement in all Maths activities.Keep up the great work at home.

OLOL has Talent
Another wonderful date to put in your calendar.
Auditions for our final concert take place on Tuesday 24 September.
We encourage any tamariki to come forward and share their gifts and talents.

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
We really enjoyed our visit to Wildbase last week. When we got back to school we decided that we wanted to find out more about our native lizard the Tuatara, so we will be inquiring into this over the next week or so as well as predators that endanger our native birds and how we can prevent this. We continue to build up our reading, writing and numeracy knowledge each day.

This week the Rainbows project work is around what human’s eat compared to food that birds eat as we were very interested in this during our visit to the Wildbase Centre last week.  This may lead to exploring food chains in animals which relates really well to our Inquiry theme, God’s Creation. In maths we have started gathering data and analysing it using tally charts and bar graphs.

Last week’s Inquiry visit has inspired us to investigate more into each bird that was there.  We are also enjoying learning how to pronounce the Maori names for these birds too. In maths, we have started to make connections to what we know already about statistical investigations and learning how we can collect data and represent our findings.  Well done to those in our class who are learning their times tables by using their Sumdog account (usernames and passwords can be found glued into their poetry books).

Last week during our visit to the Wildbase Centre we were privileged to witness a Kereru being released back into the wild. This was a definite highlight of our trip and we were so lucky to be the first class ever to witness a release. We have been using this experience to help us write a newspaper report following the events of the day.

United enjoyed our visits to Wildbase last week. United went to the Assumption Mass last Thursday and some of our students participated in reading the Prayers of the Faithful. The behaviour of the children at both events was superb. Our Rippa and Netball teams are looking forward to the Catholic Schools Tournament in Feilding on Wednesday.

United at the Wildlife Base Recovery Centre. What an amazing learning experience for us all. We are all thinking of ways we can be Jesus; heart, hands and voice in our world.


Saturday 24th August
OLOL Champions v CSNS  CET 5  10.30am
OLOL Magic v Linton  CET 2   10.30 am

Year 1/ 2 netball notice has been handed out to those students who are interested. Please return your permission slips to Mrs. O’Connor in The Nest by Friday 6th September.

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


Quiz Evening
Friday September 27
7pm with Supper included
6-8 people per table
$15 per person
All proceeds to support our school playground.
Come along for a fun night getting to know our community.

Term 3 Dates 

Week 5:Aug 19-23 – RESPECT
 Working with Pania – Maori Cultural competencies
W  Ripper Rugby/Netball @ St   Joseph

Week 6: Aug 26-30 – SERVICE
W      Maths development with Dinah Harvey
          Knitting club
Th     Mrs Rooney’s last day at school
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 @10.15-11am
        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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