Term 3  Week 8  2019

Kia Ora Whanau,

kei tau rangimārie ki ā koutou – peace be with you all

Kei te pehea koutou? How are you all? We hope that this newsletter finds you and your whanau keeping warm over these cooler days. We are seeing a few illnesses at our kura so please keep your child at home if they are unwell. We are also updating our Immunisation Register and will be ringing whanau to confirm if your child has been registered or not. This is part of a Ministry requirement that all schools keep this up to date.

Pastoral Community Support Network
With today’s newsletter we are sending home a letter to share with you that the Board of Trustees with your support would like to re establish our Pastoral Community Support network. There are a couple of questions that we would love to hear feedback on and then an opportunity for you to volunteer some of your time, gifts and talents to support our kura. We will collate all this information and then we will be in touch. We hope that with everyone’s support we would be able to share this responsibility among many. We thank you in advance for your support. Ka wani ke! (Awesome)

Pastoral Community Support Network Questionaire

Māori Language Week
Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori
The chosen theme for 2019 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say 
Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying
‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose. Every New Zealander can help strengthen our language. Kia Kaha!

Mercy Value of the Week

Social Justice – how are we the heart, hands, feet and voice of Jesus in our kura

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

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 some cash to help with the cost.We look forward to seeing you.

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: 81
McAuley: 112
Ongley:  80
Bernadette: 91
Vincent: 111
Francis: 101
The House winners for the week receive an extra 15 minutes free time at the end of morning tea. There will be an additional incentive at the end of the term as well.

Basic Facts Ladder
Whakamihi, Congratulations to Gabriel and Selyndah who have completed the Basic Facts Ladder and to Ben who has moved up a stage.

This term there has been a focus on learning Basic Facts. We thank you for your partnership and support with your child’s learning.
The timestable-a-thon was held today. It has been a wonderful  success as it has been great to see the progress the children have made. Thank you for supporting the tamariki at home.
Can all sponsorship money raised  for play equipment please be taken into the office by Friday.

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.

School Photo Envelopes
Next Thursday, our annual school photos are taking place. We have just received the envelopes in which to place your order. If your would like to order an individual, family or class photo then please return them with the required money by next Tuesday. Orders can also be taken online.

From The Classrooms

The Nest
We began Maori Language week with the legend ‘How Kiwi Saved the Forest’ which ties in beautifully with our Inquiry.
We will focus some Inquiry around the kiwi.
We are loving our new TV and whiteboard! We continue to work on God Our Creator in R.E.

Last week we made an amazing roller coaster during Discovery Time so our project this week is looking at roller coasters around the world and finding out how they work.  We are also taking a look at Social Justice week and practicing our Te Reo greetings and phrases.

This week we will be looking closely at Māori Myths and Legends and basing our story writing and visual arts around them.  We will continue to present our Inquiry learning about Native birds. On Friday our class will attend Mass at 10am, please join us.  We will be unpacking the readings during R.E learning times this week. Our focus is: How God speaks to us through the scriptures and how God’s Grace is at work in the Church.

This week, we too are looking at Māori myths and legends. This will support our learning for Māori language week. We are especially looking at the myths that feature Maui. We are also continuing our research into our endangered native species and the pests that put these creatures in danger.

We have noticed a massive improvement in the recall of times tables as we have been practising for the Times Tables A Thon. We will be learning our basic facts in Te Reo this week in preparation for a Group Amigos challenge on Friday/Ramere. In literacy, the learners are highly engaged by our persuasive writing topic of ‘Animals Should Be Kept in Zoos’ with many arguments both for and against the topic being strongly debated!!!


Netball Uniform returns. Would all Year 5 and 6 netball players who have not returned their netball uniforms please do so, cleaned and handed into Mrs Worsley in the office. Ngā whakapainga,  Mrs O’Connor


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

Th   School Photos
Sun School/Parish Mass, 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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