Term 1  Week 2  2020

Welcome, Kia ora, Namaste, Kia orana,

to Week 2 and to the Feast Day for Our Lady of Lourdes.
Today marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place. The message of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer and charity.

Today your child was blessed with water from Lourdes (thank you Corbin and Stella) and as they blessed themselves they did so with the sign of the Cross.
Thank you Ms Brown for the lovely liturgy this morning and to the staff for organising such a wonderful day where we can live, love and learn the Mercy way.


School Notices

Goal Setting Conferences Update
We are in the final stages of confirming times for this important session.
We have endeavoured to get you as close to your preferred time slots however I am sure you can understand that this can be  difficult.
Please contact the school should you prefer an alternative time to the one allocated to you.
We are looking at a digital online booking platform for conferences in the future.

Craft Group Starting This Wednesday
(9.30-11am and then join us for morning tea)
Over the next three weeks our fabulous group are modifying our Kapa Haka uniforms which we are grateful for.
If you can spare some time we would love for you to join us. 
During the term they will be creating some much needed Playbased Learning activities as well as new cushion covers for the library.

A Reminder
The school pool will be open on Friday afternoon from 3.05pm – 3.45pm to help raise funds for camp.
A gold coin donation for entry.

Novel coronavirus and wellbeing – A Message from the Ministry of Education

There are no confirmed cases in New Zealand currently. Therefore the messaging from the Ministry of Health about being alert continues to be important. You can support this by encouraging and reinforcing with children/students and families the principles of hygiene and cough etiquette (regularly wash hands with soap, covering mouth and nose when sneezing, staying home if you are sick).

However, it is ultimately the choice of parents and students as to how they protect themselves:

  • Alongside teaching hygiene practices we also need to be respectful of other cultures and knowledge of keeping others safe from disease
  • Children and student well-being is important and includes ensuring that all children and students have a safe physical and emotional environment at their service or school.

Some ways you can continue to support your community include:

  • Provide basic information about the coronavirus to your community and reinforce that this is not yet present in New Zealand note that the Ministry of Health is taking this evolving situation seriously and is working closely with other Government agencies, DHBs and emergency management teams throughout New Zealand, and with Australia
  • Follow up with parents of children and students that may be absent to check in about their health and welfare
  • Let parents know that they can ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 at any time.

Reinforce your whānau or school values

  • State what they are and that these values support the way we talk about, care for and support others. 
  • Support understanding of different lives, different perspectives, and different cultures.

Please read the information being provided from the Ministry of Health which is being updated regularly. They are the best source of information about New Zealand’s response to the virus and how to best manage any potential risk.

We will also continue to maintain the information on our website and should anything change, will update you as soon as possible by Special Bulletin (emailed to you) or through communications from our regional teams.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 

If you need further support, please do contact your local Ministry of Education office.

Contact details for Ministry of Education offices  – Last reviewed: 05 February 2020

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

Feast Day Fun

Term 1 Dates 

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

 T 18 Marist Cricket sessions begin – lunchtime  For Year 2-4 children (every week this term)

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. Children will be attending Mass that day
Th 27 Year 1/2 Catholic Schools Tabloids @ St James.   Children will be bused leaving school @9am,
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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