Term 1  Week 1  2020

Kia Ora Whanau,

We all hope that the start of the year has been kind to you and we look forward to a year of LIVING, LEARNING and LOVING the MERCY WAY.
We have many exciting things coming up this term, so please mark these in your calendar.
Our first mass starting on
SUNDAY MASS FEBRUARY 9th – the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The parish has invited the other parishes of Foxton, Rongotea and Shannon to share in this fabulous feast day.
We ask that every family brings a plate to share for morning tea. We have sports activities and the pool will be open after morning tea.
Blessings and thanks.

Important Information
Please find the attached forms with this week’s newsletter.
This includes:
-An update of personal contact details
-Preferred times for our ‘Meet the teacher – Three Way Conferences’
Download forms here.

We ask that parents only use the school office to contact their child during the day. We are aware that some children have been receiving messages via smart watches and using emails during school time. This takes their attention away from school work which is our priority in the short time we have.  Our school digital devices will not be used until the signed form is returned – for all of our safety.
Thank you in advance for your time and support.


Religious Education

A look at our Beatitudes from Matthew’s Gospel – Chapter 5



School Notices

Kia ora and Welcome to our new children/ tamariki to Our Lady of Lourdes school
We welcome Oscar, Rubi, Skylar, Justo, Dhiya, Isobela, Jewel, Quinn, Angelina, Alaina, Caitlin, Aron and Nirai.
We are so excited that you have joined us.

Our Management and Teaching Staff for 2020
Michael Anderson- Deputy Principal(Senior), Teacher Year 5/6 (Rm 8)
Donna Brown- Director Religious Studies(DRS), Teacher Year 0-2 (Rm 1)Discoverers
Colette O’Connor- Deputy Principal(Junior), Teacher Year 0-2 (Rm 2)Discoverers
Caroline Deazley-Gilligan- Principal
Julie Moor- Scale A Teacher Year 4/5 (Rm 7)Mahi Tahi
Davinia Penman- Scale A Teacher Year 4/5 (Rm 6)Aroha
Helena Pedley- Scale A Teacher Year 2/3 (Rm 3)Believers-Whakapono
Corina Cheetham- Part time teacher
Anna Davis- Part time teacher
Support Staff
Kathy McKenzie- Cleaner
David Ravenhill- Caretaker
Louise Sheehan- Teacher Aide
Frayne Smith- Teacher Aide
Jemma Smith- Teacher Aide
Karen Worsely- Office Administrator

Whānau House Leaders for 2020
1. Pompallier:  Cooper & Fleur
2. McAuley: Tala & Corbin
3. Ongley: Tyler & C.J.
4. Bernadette: Sita & Sammy
5. Vincent: Brianna & Naretta
6. Francis: Jarrod & Lio
May God bless them in their roles this year

Swim Safe
A reminder – as we are a Sunsmart school we ask that our children wear a rash top/light cotton t-shirt with their togs.
Sunscreen is imperative and we have purchased sunblock for each classroom.

Please apply sunblock to your children in the mornings before school for extra protection.

Front Fence
We are having a new front fence built.
We ask that you walk your child across the school crossing and then carefully walk in the front driveway.
We ask that no one drive in before or after school for the safety of all.
We appreciate your support.

Coronavirus Advice From The Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Education:
The Ministry of Health and Education has contacted all schools in regards to the Coronavirus.

Advice for an unwell child
Anyone who is unwell should not be at school.
If you have a particular concern about your child, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.

Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages including Mandarin and Cantonese.
The incubation period is up to 14 days, which means a person can have the virus but have no symptoms for up 14 days.

Length of stay at home period
For child who may be at high risk of exposure because they have travelled recently to Wuhan or Hubei province in China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we ask you to delay the start of their school year for 14 days or delay attending their early learning service and stay home.

Authority to prevent a student’s attendance
If your child attends school or an early learning service while showing symptoms, they may be asked to return home by the Principal of a state school, an early learning service provider or home-based educator.

Keeping you and your family well
In terms of keeping yourself and your family well, the Ministry of Health suggests the following:
*regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
*covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
*staying home if you are sick
*avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
*if  you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

Public health units/district health boards
You can contact your local public health unit/district health board if you require further information:
Public Health Unit contacts – Ministry of Health


Here we have Petra beside the beautiful Mercy Cross that was designed by her grandfather, Owen and Uncle Douglas. Thank you to their company ‘AWESOME ART’ for this special taonga/treasure.






Keeping in Touch
A reminder on how to keep up to date with all the latest happenings in school…
*SCHOOL APPS NEW ZEALAND – Our Lady of Lourdes
*Newsletter – please read every week
*Our Lady of Lourdes school Facebook page
*Our school website


Term 1 Dates 

Week 1: Feb 3-7
M 3 First Day of school: Welcome Assembly
Th 6 Waitangi Day – school closed
Su 9 Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 4 parishes
Mass and School picnic, swim

Week 2: Feb 10-14 
T 11 Feast Liturgy, Whanau Day shared lunch (invitation)
Fr 14 Happy Valentines Day everyone
OLOL Swim Fundraising

Week 3: Feb 17-21
W 19 Buddy Mass Rms 8/ 3
Th 20 Goal Setting from 1pm – 7pm School closes 12.30
Fr 21 Assembly #1 (Rm 8/3)

Week 4: Feb 24-28
W 26 ASH WEDNESDAY; Lent Begins
Th 27 Year 1/2 Catholic Schools Tabloids @ St James  
Life Education Bus

Week 5: Mar 2-6
Life Education Bus M-W
T 3 Kahui Ako Meeting
W 4 Buddy mass #2 (Rms 2/6)
Th 5 Year 3/ 4 Catholic Tabloids: St Mary’s
Fr 6 Phonics Early Words Course: Colette, Donna, Jemma
Assembly #2 (Rms 2/6)

Week 6: Mar 9-13
M 9 Swimming Carnival TBC
T 10 OLOL Tryathlon @ 5.30pm – Community event
W 11 Year 6 Camp begins – W, Th, Fr
Th 12 Year 5/6 Catholic Schools Tabloid – St Joseph’s
Fr 13 Marae Visit – Rms TBC 

Week 7: Mar 16-20
T17 – Swimming Carnival (PPD)
W 18 – Weetbix Tryathlon –
Fr 20 – Marae Visit – Rms TBC

Week 8: Mar 23-27
W 25 Buddy Mass #3 (Rms  1/7)
Th 26 GRIP Leadership Year 6
Fr 27 Assembly #3 (Rms 1/7)

Week 9: Mar 30- Apr 3
M 30 Diocesan Centre Office staff day
T 31 Diocesan Centre Support Staff day – Louise, Frayne, Jemma
Th 2 School Athletics Day

Week 10: Apr 6-9 – HOLY WEEK 
M 6 Mass of the Oils – Cathedral @6pm
T 7 School Athletics PPD
Th 9 HOLY THURSDAY – Stations of the Cross

Term one ends – Blessings and thank you everyone.

Term dates for 2020

Term 1: Monday February 3 – Thursday April 9

Term 2: Tuesday 28th April (Monday closed for observed ANZAC day) – Friday July 3rd

Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (TBC)

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


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