Term 4  Week 4  2019

Kia Ora Whanau,

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

We have a busy week ahead but a fabulous one. We are so excited with all that is going. We are in the process of analysing data which is looking really strong – we will share this with you next week. We have prayer observations happening today. Today we have children going off to participate in the Interschool Table Tennis tournament followed by our Information evening tonight. On Friday we have our first Market Lunch time led by our Student Leaders. We will be selling iceblocks, baking and fruit kebabs. Everything will be $1 and profits will go to CARITAS. We will try and keep you informed as we move through the weeks as much as we can. Please ring the office if you have any queries – we welcome your phone call. 

Blessings from us all 

The team

Mercy value of the week 

Respect – Te Tapu o Tangata

Mr Anderson led a lovely liturgy yesterday explaining what this could look like and sound like here at our school/kura. He also shared a wonderful clip of our amazing children/tamariki who showed RESPECT in the Champions League final for Soccer. We respectfully performed our school haka to St Mary’s and then we were respectful when they did their one.  Below is the link if you would like to watch this.

School Notices

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.

Mercy Whānau House points 
It is very pleasing to see our tamariki working towards earning their Mercy cards by showing our values.
Pompallier: 502
McAuley:  658
Ongley: 558
Bernadette: 751
Vincent: 717
Francis: 671
Congratulations Bernadette whanau house.

Kind Hearts Mercy Awards
Congratulations to the following children/tamariki:
The Nest:
Bailey  For excellence in trying her best at story writing and reading.
Alpheus  For showing respect towards others during class learning time.
Cody  for his Kind heart and voice.  For showing his Mercy Value of Excellence especially in his Reading.
Lui for always using the Mercy Values of Service and Respect.  You always work hard to keep our classroom tidy!
Milo  for showing excellence in learning and is always happy to share his thinking with others in a respectful way too.
Tyler   for showing service in our classroom by making sure his class job is done without being asked.
Savanna  for her great attitude towards learning and the improvements and perseverance she is showing in her learning.
Samuel   for the way he is showing more confidence in sharing his ideas with the class and also a willingness to take a risk and give things a go.
Naretta   for striving for the Mercy Value of Excellence in her work.
Neve  for her perseverance in her written work.
Litien  for showing service in class and looking for ways to be helpful.
Monty   demonstrating persistence in completing tasks.

Our Children/Tamariki of the week
Congratulations to Matthew and Jarrod who achieved their GOLD MATHLETICS level this week.
We also say kapai to Koen, Charles and Sammy who were selected for the Kind HEARTS Voucher winners
To our Players of the Day: we are proud of your wonderful participation in all sporting codes.
To the hard working Table Tennis team representing our school at the tournament this week

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 $1 each. All funds will be going to Caritas and the Kind Hearts movement.

Assessments, Reports, Classes for 2020
All teachers have been working tirelessly to complete all data for children. This is now in with me and I am analysing our school wide trends. I will share this with you next week. Reports have started and these will go out during the last week. We are in the final stages of completing classes for next year – we will begin with six classrooms and during the year most likely open an additional classroom. Again we will attempt to be as transparent as we can – our data is looking strong.

New Entrant Hearing and Testing Consent Forms
Those families  in The Nest who have yet to return their consent forms that were sent home on Monday can you  please return by Thursday before checks take place.
Thankyou from Mrs. O’Connor

School Assemblies  
Week 6 – The Rainbows and United 2 (22nd Nov)
Week 8 – The Believers and United 1 (6th Dec)


Our Lady of Lourdes come from behind at half time to win the Champions League!!!
St. Mary’s was the venue for the final of the Champions Football League between St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Lourdes last Wednesday at 2pm.  St. Mary’s had the whole school in support of them, while we had a small group of loyal fans travel down. After each team performed their respective hakas the game was on!!  Buoyed by the large crowd St. Mary’s made a ferocious start and quickly got on top leading 1 – 0 at half time. In the second half OLOL came out firing!! After unfortunately missing a penalty OLOL began to dominate and captain Haydon blasted home the first goal!! OLOL launched wave after wave of attack and finally that persistence paid off when Danny smashed home the winner!! It was a tough and exciting game where each team gave 100%. Player of the day was Litien  for breaking up the St. Mary’s onslaught. Thanks to our fans and especially Maria and Letitcia  for the transport. Our first challengers next year will be St. Josephs.

Selyndah  takes out the School Table Tennis Championships!!
Congratulations to Selyndah for winning the overall table tennis championships after defeating Gabriel Josfat in an exhilarating final.  Well done also to Gabriel for thumping to victory in the boys event. The team representing OLOL today in the interschools were: Boys: Gabriel, Tavita, Jarrod and Tyler. Girls: Selyndah, Veiana, Tala and Brianna.
Last year the girls won the inter school event and the boys came third so no pressure!!!

From The Teachers/Kaiako 

The Nest
This week we will begin working on our Pepehas which will tell people who we are and where we and our whānau originate from.
We continue through our Inquiry and we are learning about how we keep ourselves safe and taking care of others.

This week we are talking about looking after others, including our pets and how we can keep ourselves safe.  We are still working on our Pepehas and would like to find out more about where each of us and our whānau come from. 

Wow what amazing results Mrs Pedley has received through testing and data collecting over the last few weeks.  You should be proud of your children as they have all achieved in the core curriculum areas. We have also continued on our journey of knowing our Pepehas and have started to learn them off by heart.

We have been engaging in lots of learning in writing this week. We learned about haiku poetry and had lots of fun clapping out the syllables to make sure our haiku poetry fit the criteria of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Thank you so much to those that came along to see us share our creations in assembly!  

United completed some wonderful descriptive writing pieces on Fireworks last week. Here’s some highlights:
Whoo”,  the crowd cheers watching the multi coloured fireflies shimmer. – Leviticus 
“Fizz, crackle, snap, pop!”screamed the beautiful, brilliant flowers as they beamed across the black, night sky – Brianna 
Catherine Wheels begin to sparkle like a magnificent marigold – Veiana 
Suddenly, it exploded into particles in the atmosphere smoke was spreading everywhere making everyone cough – Ashin 
Waiting with excitement bottled inside, the crowd summoned the lights to sparkle up the night sky like a circus extravaganza. – Sophie


We have a fabulous group of parents who work incredibly hard for our school to support our school in all those extra things. Last week our PTFA met and from this meeting they have generously donated the following:
$2500 towards our Year 6 camp fees in 2020
$2500 for technology for the hall/church areas
$15000 for new playground equipment – amazing!
We are truly grateful for this  – and we ask that you continue to support them in all that they do for our school/kura.

Your child has completed a wonderful piece of Artwork.
These will be available to order and pay online from November 15 – November 27th. These will make wonderful Christmas gifts. We are just in the final process of sorting this so further details will follow this week.

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. 
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, Week 5: Nov 11-15  Respect
T    Table Tennis interschool competition 
       Road Patrol Training for year 5s.
       WHĀNAU/ FAMILY info evening
Th  Vision and Hearing screening
        Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm
F     Leading Lights Fun Day
Library is now closed for the year

Week 6: Nov 18-22  – Inspiring People/Saints
F    Camp fundraiser – market lunch items – $1 to buy

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

Week 8: Dec 2-6 – Advent Week 1
T    Seniors Dinner 1.15pm (whole school to perform items for the elderly of our       parish)
F    Road Patrol movie
      Assembly Rooms 3 and 6   

Week 9: Dec 9-13  – Advent Week 2
W     Parish/Thanksgiving evening for all helpers
TH    Culture and Christmas Carols fun evening for all – BOOK THIS ONE IN
F       Sports/Awards Liturgy and assembly

W10: Dec 16-20 – Advent Week 3
W      Service/Funday – PTFA to support us
Thanksgiving Mass for Year 6 children/tamariki 7pm
F        Final Day of School – school closes at 12.30pm

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

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