Term 4  Week 2  2019

Kia Ora Whanau,

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

Thank you to those who were able to come for our Family meeting (Whānau Hui) which was held last term. The focus of this meeting was to gather your voice in developing our Local Curriculum and prioritising our Health programme. We were small in numbers but mighty in ideas. We have collated all of your ideas and these are attached to this newsletter as well as our foyer area.

Following on from this, our Board and staff were incredibly fortunate to begin our journey in developing important reciprocal relationships with Te Rangimarie Marae over the weekend. Whaea Pania and her mother Whaea Lorraine supported us on this new journey along with Matua Wiremu and Whaea Treste. Many connections were made, relationships started with our next step being building those relationships with our children/tamariki in Term 1 next year.

There is a lot of information coming home in this week’s newsletter – so please read through everything  – and of course we are only a phone call away if you need any further information.

Religious Education

We continue to pray the Rosary in our classrooms throughout October. Our children/tamariki have already learnt many of the prayers and developing more understanding of the four Mysteries – Joyful, Light, Sorrowful, and the Glorious. At home, pray the Rosary, get  them to share their understanding of the Mysteries – it is a beautiful meditative prayer for us all to learn.

The Communion of Saints –
This term we are working our Communion of Saints strand. This links with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls (November 2). We are all called to be saints (with a little s) here on earth in all that we say and do. 

Mission Month: Baptised and sent –
Yesterday your child would have come home with a prayer card for the Extraordinary Month of Mission -October 2019.
We are all asked to go and make disciples of all nations. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit Te Wairua Tapu, to be courageous to bring life and light to the world. (From the heart of Pope Francis)

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
It is very pleasing to see our tamariki working towards earning their Mercy cards by showing our values.
Pompallier: 85
McAuley: 159
Ongley: 150
Bernadette: 162
Vincent:  197
Francis:  120
Congratulations Vincent tamariki.

Home-School Challenge and Whānau House points
This week we will be focusing on the Rosary and the Rugby World Cup

School Uniforms
In our office area we have a surplus of uniform items that we would like to see go out to our community families/whānau. Please feel free to come and see what you may be able to use.

Basic Facts Ladder
Tino pai to Tala, Keirah, Fleur, Brianna and Te Huiatahi for moving up a stage.

With Thanks to a Special Staff Member
This week we say farewell to our wonderful Mrs Belinda Gallagher  who has been our Library Assistant over the last two years. We wish Belinda all God’s blessings as she embarks on her new role as the Communications and Marketing Advisor for the community unit.

From The Teachers/Kaiako 

The Nest
Some of us are learning about describing words and how to use them in our writing. Edith wrote a story about the cat.
‘The cat is stripy and fat and she is very hungry so she ate an apple and I fed it cat biscuits.’ Edith Keenan

This week, as part of our Health Programme, we are learning about families and friendships and the role that they have in our lives.  We are also learning how to say the Rosary during prayer time.

In the Believers we are learning about the different properties of 3D and 2D shapes which is part of the Geometry Maths Strand.  Mrs Pedley is getting personal voice from the Believers and asking them to write about; what they have enjoyed learning about this year and what Mercy value they have had to work on over the last few terms.

We have had a great start to the term in the Superheroes. In writing we are trying to ‘show not tell’. This will make our writing more interesting. We are also learning to make connections in our reading. We can make connections between the book we are reading and our own lives as well as connections between two different books. We are enjoying finding all the different ways we can relate to and understand what we are reading!

The children have taken turns at leading the Rosary. We have enjoyed sharing our learning from last term on native birds. For reading we will be working on scanning, skimming, summarising and presenting through the ever popular itime, which is really motivating the learners to improve their research skills. We will also be learning the different parts of the wharenui/meeting house and their significance.

Community Notices

A Job Opportunity
We have a 20 hour a week job position for anyone from Our Lady of Lourdes who may be interested in a shop assistants role  (does include weekend work)
For further information please call Damian on 021565881 or (06) 3550462

Are you thinking of becoming a Catholic or interested in knowing more? 
Has your child expressed an interest in becoming baptised?
We have an opportunity planned for you to learn more about this and to explore your faith call.
We will have regular meetings after 9.30am Mass to discuss belief in Jesus, the life of the church, how the sacraments work and why they are signs of God’s great love for us.
This process takes place over several months, so that you can become familiar with the ways of the Church and so that you and/or the children have the opportunity to think deeply about this step.
If you’re interested, in this wonderful Sacrament please get in touch with either the School or the Parish office.

Term 4 Dates 

Week 2: Oct 21-25 – Charism/Mission
T   Observations – Prayer

Week 3: Oct 28-Nov 1   All Saints/All Souls
M    Labour Day (school closed)
T     Staff meeting
F      Whole school Mass  – All Saints Day
Sa    All Souls Day

Week 4: Nov 4-8  Mercy Value: Compassion
M    Lead Team meeting
T     Staff meeting

Week 5: Nov 11-15  Respect
M     Kahui Ako Dio Centre  – Staff
F      End of year data to be collated

Week 6: Nov 18-22  – Inspiring People/Saints
M    Lead Team meeting
T    Staff meeting
W   RE Planning
F     Library Audit begins

Week 7: Nov 25-29 – Mercy Value: Service

Week 8: Dec 2-6 – Advent Week 1
M     Lead Team meeting
     Staff meeting
Th   Inquiry afternoon 2.30-3.30pm

Week 9: Dec 9-13  – Advent Week 2
TH   Cultural Christmas Extravaganza 5.30-7.30pm

W10: Dec 16-20 – Advent Week 3
W    Service/Fun day
Th   OLOL Thanksgiving Graduation Mass 7-8pm
F      End of Year Assembly – Prizegiving/Year 6 Farewell 12-12.30pm

Ngā wakapainga (Blessings), Our Lady of Lourdes staff and whānau

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