Term 4  Week 4  2019

Kia Ora Whanau,

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

WELCOME Fr’s Joseph and Antony from Myanmar

We pray this newsletter finds you all well as we move quickly through the term.   Our Mercy values are being highlighted through everything we do. We can see these being lived out in the Respect our children show one another and the teachers. We have high expectations of all children and of ourselves. We thank you for your support as we all work together.

Religious Education

Communion of Saints – Learning more about our saints: St Bernadette
St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children. As a toddler, Bernadette contracted cholera and suffered extreme asthma and she lived the rest of her life in poor health. On Thursday, February 11, 1858, 14 year old Bernadette had her first vision of a  beautiful lady who appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto. The woman wore blue and white and smiled at Bernadette before making the sign of the cross with a rosary. Bernadette fell to her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray. In all, Mary appeared 16 times to Bernadette. She holds a very special place in our school as does the place this all took place in – LOURDES.

Mercy value of the week 

Compassion – Aroha

Our Kind Hearts vouchers winners for this week. Ka pai/well done to Emily, Cooper and Molly. We are proud of your wonderful attitude in displaying our Mercy values. I wonder who our Kind Hearts voucher winners will be next week?

School Notices

MISSIONZ & St Vincent de Paul
Thank you everyone for your wonderful support of the Missionz. Our children were a wonderful example of ‘Children Helping Children’ We raised $340 for this wonderful cause.

Last Friday our school supported our local St Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you to those who donated food items and or money. It was a wonderful moment in which we were serving and living our Mercy Charism.

Mercy Whānau House points 
It is very pleasing to see our tamariki working towards earning their Mercy cards by showing our values.
Pompallier: 316
McAuley: 501
Ongley: 406
Bernadette: 509
Vincent: 508
Francis: 534
Congratulations Francis tamariki.

Kind Hearts Mercy Awards
Congratulations to the following children/tamariki:
The Nest:
Alpheus for his kind and caring attitude towards others in The Nest.
Zaraia  for her resilience and determination to do her best to achieve when facing a challenging task.
Jack S for always having a kind heart.  He shows the Mercy Values of Compassion and Respect.
Pollyanna for showing her kind hands and voice.  She is a loving and caring friend to others.
Sadella  showing all the Mercy values inside the classroom and in the playground. Rawa aut!
Jeffrey  knows what it looks like when showing respect to his teachers, Ka pai.
John for his fantastic attitude to learning and enthusiasm in the classroom. He shows the mercy value of respect to all the adults in the classroom. 
Diya  for always giving 100% in all areas of school life. Diya also set an amazing example of faithfulness when praying the rosary in class.
Cooper  for the excellence/panekiritanga he displays when giving his best effort to all.

School Facebook Page
Our fabulous Board, the PTFA and staff will now have the ONE Facebook page for you to see all the happenings of our wonderful school. Please find ‘Our Lady of Lourdes school’ and like and follow our page. We will be posting things regularly so that we can keep you informed. 

Leading Lights Fun day- led by our student Leaders
On Friday, Week 5:  Paperplane competition and Children Helping Children Market Day: Cakes, Fruit kebabs. All funds will be going to Caritas and the Kind Hearts movement.

Family Information Evening
Tuesday November 12 (6-7.30pm)
Topics: The Treaty of Waitangi (as requested from our first family meeting)
Developing our  Local Curriculum (as we prepare to take the whole school to Te Rangimarie Marae in 2020)
Where: In our hall  – Children are welcome.
We will share a light meal and then begin our evening.

School Assemblies
This Friday we look forward to sharing our first Assembly with the Nest and The Superheroes
Week 6 – The Rainbows and United 1
Week 8 – The Believers and United 2


Players of the Day
for our summer sports of Hockey and Touch. Congratulations to Monty, Jarrod, Iaveta, Alex and Tala. Thank you to our wonderful parents and coaches who support us every week.

From The Teachers/Kaiako 

The Nest
 We begin our Inquiry/Health unit this week looking at friendships and how we can be a good friend and helper to others like Jesus. We have been busy making our butterflies to show at assembly. The Nest have been learning about Saints and how we too can be like saints in how we speak, act and interact with others.

 This week we are learning our Pepeha’s!  We are practising saying them in front of the class and we may even try to learn them off by heart.  The Rainbows are also discovering and exploring the lives of the Saints. We are going to pick our favourite Saint which will be hard as we admire and are inspired by so many of them!

We have started to talk about what sad times look like in our lives and beginning to explore ways that help us feel better during these times.  We are also looking at how to keep safe when riding a bike, crossing the road and how to keep germs from spreading.

In the Superheroes we have been talking about what it means to have a growth mindset or fixed mindset and how this can affect our learning. We have been investigating how with practice, effort and even mistakes, we can make our brains spark, grow and change! The children have been sharing their ideas on how they are growing their fantastic elastic brains!

Each United student has been signed into google with their own email address. These are only to be used at school for learning.This will enable us to utilise the google classroom network to assign tasks, provide resources and keep track of their work. We will begin to find out about cyber safety and protecting ourselves and others when using technology.

Community Notices

A request from Fr Joe
We’re moving to a single newsletter for the four communities and we need to give it a name.  The prize is $50.00 for the best name. 
Criteria:  The name needs to catchy            
It needs to reference our four communities  

Be memorable 
The competition ends 15th November 3pm, all suggestions need to be received by then.  The new name will begin on Feast of Christ the King.

Term 4 Dates 

This Week: Nov 4-8  Mercy Value: Compassion
W     Champions League Soccer Final,  2pm at St. Marys – all the very best to our team 
Th    Final day for Ashton Scholastic online orders.
F      Assemblythe Nest and the Superheroes will be presenting this at 2.40pm.              Everyone is welcome

Next Week, Week 5: Nov 11-15  Respect
T    Table Tennis,
       Road Patrol Training for year 5’s.
       WHĀNAU/ FAMILY info evening
Th  Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm
F     Leading Lights Fun Day

Week 6: Nov 18-22  – Inspiring People/Saints
F     Library Audit begins

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

Week 8: Dec 2-6 – Advent Week 1
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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