Term 1  Week 3  2020


Sacramental programme 
If your child(ren) is/are 7 years old or over and have been baptised in the Catholic Church we invite them to continue on their faith journey. 
The Sacramental programme is an opportunity for your child(ren) to take part in Reconciliation and receive Holy Communion after completing the sessions held on Sundays after 9.30am Mass. 
We are holding an information evening tomorrow night (
Wednesday 20 February) at 5.30pm in the Church.  We would love to see you there as you support your tamariki’s faith journey.

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 161
McAuley: 185
Ongley: 169
Bernadette: 128
Vincent: 185
Francis: 166
Congratulations to McAuley and Vincent

Goal Setting Conferences 
A Reminder that school will be closed from 12.30pm this Thursday. Please make arrangements for your chld/ren to be collected.
We look forward to meeting with you all.

For those children in Discoverers 1: please see Mrs O’Connor, in Room 2 and for those in Discoverers 2, please wait in the hallway by Room 1 for Ms Brown.

Craft Group 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 Play Based Learning activities as well as new cushion covers for the library.


Te Rangimarie Marae information
Over the last two terms we have been working with Whaea Pania to build our Cultural Competencies. We have been building our relationships with Te Rangimarie Marae in Rangioutu and this term we will be taking our school to visit the marae.
This will take place on two Fridays. Friday March 13th – Rooms 1,3,6 and Friday March 20th Rooms 2,7,8.
We will be traveling by bus there. We will keep you updated as the time nears.

A Safety Message
This week our driveway will be out of use. We ask that when the driveway and gates are completed that   you do not use the driveway in the mornings and afternoons as your child’s safety is a priority for us all. We thank those parents and families who respect this. We will continue to have cones at the front of the driveway before and after school as a safety measure.  It has been noted that people are also parking in front of driveways – please follow the road rules and wait patiently for spare park.

Keeping in Touch
A reminder on how to keep up to date with all the latest happenings in school…
*Newsletter – please read every week

*Our Lady of Lourdes School Facebook page

*Our school website

*SCHOOL APPS NEW ZEALAND – Our Lady of Lourdes
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From The Teachers/Kaiako

Room 1/2: Discoverers – Mrs O’Connor, Ms Brown, Mrs Cheetham, Miss Jemma
We are all settling in well in the Discoverers.  We are establishing routines and learning to be independent.  We are also learning about our Mercy Values and what they look like in our school environment.  It’s been exciting to have all the construction work going on around us. We have enjoyed watching the diggers and trucks and exploring the jobs that they do. It’s amazing to see the different forms of discovering that the tamariki have done in and around this topic.  Sign up to Seesaw to check out their fantastic discoveries!

Room 3: The Believers – Whakapono – Mrs Pedley
During the last two weeks we have been getting to know each other and building on positive relationships within the classroom. In doing this, it helps set a good foundation for the year. We are looking forward to sharing our Beliefs, Achievement and Goals with you all this week and telling you why we are so lucky to be in the Believers Classroom this year, at this Friday’s Buddy Assembly.  Thank you to the families/whānau who have used the QR code to sign up to seesaw.

Room 6: Aroha – Miss Penman
We’ve had a really great start to the year in Aroha. We’ve made a Class Treaty and have started unpacking “Aroha” and our Mercy values. We’ve been looking at our friendships and what responsibilities we have in the Senior Syndicate. We’re looking forward to sharing our goals for the year with you at the conferences on Thursday.Aroha have started looking at Cybersafety and how to use the devices in a responsible way, we’re looking forward to the opportunities to further our learning with these.

Room 7: Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor
The children have made a great start to the year. We have been working on developing an understanding of what Mahi Tahi means and how this will impact our learning this year. Tamariki used the Mercy values to create our Class Treaty which everyone will sign and agree to.  Being able to go swimming everyday is enabling the children to develop their water confidence.

Room 8: Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson
The children have been working on establishing the rules and routines so the classroom can operate successfully. We created a Chiefs/Rangatira Treaty which included the following: Show Our Mercy Values, Use Kind Hands, Feet, Voices and Hearts like Jesus and Be The Role Models and Leaders at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Term 1 Calendar 

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-  Road Patrol refresher training
             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 1,3,6

Week 7: Mar 16-20
T17-     Swimming Carnival (PPD)
W 18-  Weetbix Tryathlon –
Fr 20- Marae Visit – Rms 2,7,8

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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