Term 3  Week 9  2019

Kia Ora Whanau,

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

Pastoral Community Support Network
Thank you to all of you who have shared their thoughts and time in and around this lovely initiative. It is those small Acts of Kindness that we want to grow in our school community. We are just gathering this new information and will be in touch next term.

Immunisation Register
Thank you for your support as we look to update our Immunisation Register.
A gentle reminder to bring in your child’s Immunisation Certificate and we can photocopy it for you.

Information for Schools in the MidCentral District
Measles is a highly infectious disease that spreads very easily from person-to-person through the air. It can cause serious illness.

Immunisation: The best protection against measles is vaccination and it is free for those who need it. You can protect both yourself and the community by getting vaccinated – two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR) are all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community.
The MMR vaccine is part of the national immunisation schedule. It is usually given at ages 15 months and 4 years, but the first dose may be given at a younger age where there is a high likelihood of exposure to measles. Please talk to your GP practice for further information.It is recommended that anyone between the ages of 4 years and 50 years who has no documented evidence of vaccination against measles, is vaccinated.  Vaccination is not usually provided to people over the age of 50 years, as people born before 1969 are highly likely to have caught measles as a child, and will therefore be immune.

Immunisation Registers (Primary Schools only): All primary schools are required to keep an up-to-date immunisation register of all children attending. The register provides an ongoing record of who has been immunised for what disease, and when the vaccination occurred.  Parents – If you have not provided this information to the school please do so at your earliest convenience.

Mercy Value of the Week

Excellence – Panekiritanga

The mercy value of excellence is about trying your very best in everything that you do. It doesn’t matter if something is new and really hard, or something you do every day – you give it 100% effort every time.

School Notices

School Photos
This Thursday our school photos will be taken. After the staff photo at 8.45am we will be going through the classrooms starting at the junior end of the school. We ask that all tamariki wear a clean winter school uniform, along with their navy jersey, navy socks and well presented hair. Please have your child on time on Thursday as we will be going through the classroom photos quickly and we will not be able to go back to redo these. All tamariki are required to be at school by 9am.

Parish / School Mass
This is at 9.30am on Sunday September 22.
We look forward to seeing you all at our ‘School Mass’ and Pancake breakfast this Sunday. It will be a lovely whanau and parish time and we ask that you bring a donation to help with the cost of this. We will look forward to seeing you at this school community mass.

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: 110
McAuley: 124
Ongley:  95
Bernadette: 131
Vincent: 160
Francis: 129
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.

Healthy Eating School – No Sweets 
As of Term 4 we will be promoting our Healthy Eating and drinking expectations. As a staff, we will be using our Mercy points and class incentives as a way to positively reinforce expectations from now on.
We also ask that you support us in this. One way in which to do this will be to leave sweet treats at home for home ie birthday treats, cakes etc – so that families can monitor what their children are eating in the future. 
Again thank you in advance for your support.

OLOL has Talent
Auditions will take place on Tuesday 24 September from 1-3pm with Mr A and Ms Brown as the judges.
Please note the Talent Show is now from
11.30am – 1pm on Friday 27.
We encourage any tamariki to come forward and share their gifts and talents. Mr A will be asking for names very shortly. Dance, Mime, Singing, Drama, acting… we look forward to seeing all of our gifts and talents.

Thank you for your amazing support!!! We raised over $1500 dollars!!
We thank you for your partnership and support with your child’s learning. We had some amazing tamariki who raised significant amounts. We will purchase new equipment for the middle courtyard area for Term 4. And it is wonderful to see the improvement in your child’s basic facts too!

From The Classrooms

The Nest
It’s Spring and so we are discovering what happens at this time of the year…using our 5 senses to help us discover all about God’s great creation and what changes happen in Spring. This also works in well with Conservation Week and our responsibility in taking care of God’s creation.

This week we are still researching roller coasters.  We are also talking about what happens in Spring and we have a birds nest near our classroom which is exciting to hear and watch! 

We all really enjoyed taking part in our class Mass last Friday.  Thank you to the families that supported us with the music. We could see ‘Grace’ in the Church happening within us all.  Our Inquiry of N.Z Native Birds is continuing this week and we are enjoying finding out interesting facts. Each learning pair will be working on presenting their information. 

This week we have been focusing on patterns for mathematics. We have been identifying patterns in numbers and finding the rule. We have also been thinking about our favourite things to do in nature. We wrote a story and drew a picture and will be entering these into the department of conservation “Conservation Week” competition.

In United we have carried out a statistical investigation involving coming up with a question, data gathering through a frequency table or tally chart and presenting data using a range of displays including bar graphs, pictograms, dot plots, pie graphs, stem and leaf and line graphs. The learners then interpreted the data including working out the mean, median, mode and range.


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

St Vincent de Paul Society
“SVDP invites pupils, staff and families to their annual Festival Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Owen Dolan on Tues 24 Sept 2019 at 6pm in the Cathedral of The Holy Spirit’’.

Term 3 Dates 

Th   School Photos
Su 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
Sa      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,
Sa  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 –
W    Service/Fun day, reports home
Th   Graduation Mass 7pm-8.30pm
F      Last day of term, school finishes 12.30pm

Blessings and thanks for all you do supporting our kura

Caroline and the team

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