Term 3  Week 7  2019

Kia Ora Whanau

It is hard to believe that we are in Week 7 already. Thank you for supporting our kura by getting your tamariki to school everyday. EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL COUNTS! We are currently looking at your child’s progress and their Attendance rate to date. We are seeing a direct connection to these two factors – we need to work in partnership to make everyday count for your child.

Social Justice Week
Each year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. This year from the 8th to the 14th of September we focus on fairness.
Na, ko ngā mea katoa e pai ai koutou, kia meatia e ngā tāngata ki a koutou, meatia hoki e koutou kia a rātou. Matiu 7:12
Do unto others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12

In the 1920s, Cardinal Joseph Cardijn developed the See-Judge-Act method as a way to reorient one’s life toward social justice and solidarity. This method, grounded in Catholic social teaching, is a way of looking at a situation, analysing it, and taking appropriate action. It is divided into three sections:

  • See – Tirohia    helps us name what is causing us concern.
  • Judge – Wānangatia  is a moment of discernment. We analyse the situation and make an informed judgment involving reflection,
  • Act – Mahia  is making a plan for action, providing resources and ideas on how to act in solidarity and empower those who live with injustice.

Mercy Value of the Week

Social Justice – Laudato si

On Monday Mrs O’Connor shared with us a letter from Pope Francis titled Laudato Si  This is a letter to everyone here on earth. Please use this link to find out more

School Notices

Parish / School Mass
This is at 9.30am on Sunday September 22.
There is a pancake breakfast afterwards organised by our Passionists Whanau groups.
Please bring a gold coin for the food.

Service of thanks for Mrs Rooney
Please join us for this on Saturday, September 28th at 5.30pm mass.

Mercy Whanau House points Week 7
Our Whānau House points that are being given throughout the week.
It is very pleasing to see our tamariki working towards earning their Mercy cards by showing our values.

Pompallier: 62
McAuley: 73
Ongley: 55
Bernadette: 60
Vincent: 73
Francis: 72
The House winners for the week receive an extra 15 minutes free time at the end of morning tea

Basic Facts Ladder
Congratulations to Chloe S who has moved up a stage Basic Facts Ladder.

Timestable-a-thon – Tuesday September 10th
How are your sponsors going – this is taking place next week – details coming to you this week of what this will look like. 

OLOL has Talent
Another wonderful date to put in your calendar.
Auditions take place on Tuesday 24 September.
The Talent Show is on Friday from 12:30 – 1:20pm.
We encourage any tamariki to come forward and share their gifts and talents.

Book Club Orders
Apologies we have just found out that these were due today. We will hold this until tomorrow, so please get these to us ASAP tomorrow morning.

From The Classrooms

The Nest
We are really enjoying our Discovery Time each morning which is helping with oral language, motivation for writing and numeracy as well as social skills with working as a group. This week we will also be carrying on with our rich numeracy task we started with Dinah Harvey last week. A rich numeracy task covers many of the strands, Measurement, Algebra and Geometry as well as number.

It’s Spring!  We are going to find out what animals are born in the Springtime this week.  We are also super proud of ourselves as we celebrate our success in moving up the Reading levels.  All of the groups are making steady progress. Thank you for supporting reading and our Project work at home.

We are making connections in all curriculum areas; ‘Our Common home and God’s creation’.  We have been looking at Spring animals and how we should care for them eg lambs and calves.  We have been collecting data about cows and then making and tasting milkshakes. In writing time we will be writing up step by step instructions on how to make our favourite flavoured milk shake.  Keep checking out Seesaw for more updates on our learning.

In the Superheroes we have ‘adopted’ endangered New Zealand native species. This week we have been diligently researching about our chosen animals, their environments, threats and what is being done to help them. We are putting our information together and displaying it in a variety of ways.

United have begun their inquiry into a native NZ bird using our new devices to do this. We are practising our research skills of scanning, skimming and summarising in our own words what we have learnt. They are looking forward to presenting what they have found out creatively. Every Wednesday the senior syndicate participates in an Arts Extravaganza of either visual art, music or drama and the tamariki are enjoying participating in this.


Year 5 and 6 netball  finished for the season with a Festival Day held last Saturday.
Thank you to team coaches Ali MacGillivray and Veronica Amey for all your input, managers Nick Wilson and Maria Amey for your support and help with teams and to the many parents, whanau and supporters who each week went along to support the teams.

Presentation of certificates to Year 3/ 4 and Year 5/ 6 players will be at Monday assembly  Week 9 September 16.

Year 1 and 2  A 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.


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.

Community Notices

We have our Student Concert coming up in 2 weeks time.
This is a first for us, and is a chance to showcase some of the awesome students who learn with us!
We would like to extend a welcome to any staff who would like to come and check it out, as well as any parents who are interested.

When: Saturday 14th September. 1pm-2pm
Where: Grace City Church, 12 Morris Street
Who: Anyone who wants to come to watch!
Cost: $5 per head excluding performing students. Profits to go to charity.

Term 3 Dates 

Week 7 Sept 2-6 – LAUDATO SI – Care for our Common Home

Week 8 Sept 9-13 – SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK
Maori Language Week
M Cubby house spending time in our kura

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

Week 10 Sept 23-27 – HOSPITALITY

T     OLOL has Talent auditions
Th   Whanau Hui (More information to come)
F      OLOL has Talent performances @12.30 – 1.20pm
         PTFA – Quiz Evening
Sat   Parish/School Mass @ 5.30pm for Mrs Rooney

Term 4 Dates
Inqiry: The Arts and Inspiring People linked to our Communion of Saints
W 1: Oct 14-18
Th   Shakeout Day
S      Noa Marae for staff and BOT members

W2: Oct 21-25 – Observations

W3: Oct 28-Nov 1 –
M    Labour Day (school closed)
F      All Saints Day,
Sat  Nov 2: All Souls Day

W4:Nov 4-8

W5: Nov 11-15

W6: Nov 18-22

W7: Nov 25-29

W8: Dec 2-6 –
Th: Inquiry afternoon

W9: Dec 9-13  –
TH  Cultural/Christmas Evening  5.30-7.30pm

W10: Dec 16-20 –
M     Kura Fun day,
T      Graduation Mass,
W    Reports Home

Blessings and thanks for all you do supporting our kura

Caroline and the team

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