Term 1  Week 4  2020



Thank you for your support last week at our Parent Conferences. Your time and support is truly appreciated. The Ministry of Education have put together ideas for helping your child at home. Here is one around Maths.  Our school website has further information for you to look through.

Our focus for the next 40 days will be on the season of LENT. Below is an explanation of this special season on our calendar.

Lent is the period of preparation for Easter – a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to those in need. During this time, we have an opportunity to draw nearer to God and be transformed by the Holy Spirit. The theme for Lent 2020 is Renewed by the Spirit.  Life is a journey, with mountains, valleys and unexpected challenges. We all need time to be renewed and transformed. God is the ultimate source of truth and love. Through this season of Lent, let us reconcile with God and encounter the Spirit anew so that we can continue on the ‘path of love’. 

As Pope Francis reminds us, ‘God wants to speak to the world by your life.’ (#24) Our own personal renewal should be the catalyst to bring further renewal in the lives of the people we meet. We can be the hands and feet of God, as his very ambassadors, on Earth through our words and actions. The theme for Lent 2020 is Renewed by the Spirit. Pope Francis challenges us all to be transformed and renewed by the Spirit so that we can follow the path of love. When we do this we become God’s ambassadors on Earth.

The 2020 resources are entitled Caritas in Action: Restoring Hope and Spreading Love – – this is a fantastic website for you to use.

Use this Caritas Lent Calendar for your family/whānau during Lent.
Lent2020 Action Plan

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 would love to see you there as you support your tamariki’s faith journey. We held our first session on Sunday. Please see Ms Brown or Mrs Gilligan for further information.

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 161=247
McAuley: 185=300
Ongley: 169 = 333
Bernadette: 128 = 245
Vincent:  185 = 381
Francis: 166  = 285
Congratulations to  Vincent

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,and 8. We will be traveling there by bus. Our children/tamariki are busy learning their mihi/pepeha for this. We are all very excited.

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
Thank you parents and whanau for taking the time to come and meet with us and discuss goals for your tamariki. This week we are discovering cicadas! With all that noise outside in this fine weather what a great opportunity for art, writing, science and finding out all about these summer insects.
We are also preparing our mihi mihi for our marae visit and again, thank you for sending back the information we needed to get students prepared.

Room 3: The Believers – Whakapono – Mrs Pedley
Last week we really enjoyed Pania’s visit to our classroom.  She explained what the Marae visit will look like and sound like.  We also shared our mihis with her too. Thank you for meeting with me last week too.  It was great setting personal learning goals for your children together. Well done to Believers for having the confidence to share their learning in front of an audience, in Assembly last week.  Mrs Pedley was very proud of you all.

Room 6: Aroha – Miss Penman
Thank you everyone who came to our conferences last week, it was great to meet new families and set some goals for the year. Please sign up to Seesaw – your logins were handed out at the conferences. The students have started posting their work and they would love your feedback!
This week we are doing a bit of testing to help inform our teaching. We’ve also been practising our mihis in preparation for the marae visit on March 13th.

Room 7: Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor
It was great to meet with our parents/whānau last week and set goals with the tamariki for their learning this year. We will be attending Ash Wednesday mass tomorrow as we begin our Lenten journey towards Easter. Our Religious Education will focus around using the theme of “Being renewed by the Spirit” and becoming God’s ambassadors on Earth and what this would look like in our everyday lives.

Room 8: Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson
It was awesome to meet all of the families last week and touch base regarding goals for the year. We’re doing a bit of testing across the syndicate this week to help with our teaching, so the children have been busy with that!! Just a reminder to the Year 6 parents to get any outstanding camp forms or money to the office please. The El Rancho camp is from March 11th to March 13th and promises to be lots of fun!!!


Our Purpose
To build our community, further develop our pastoral responsibility to one another…and fundraising for those extras.


March 16, 7pm

Upcoming Event

Easter raffle – call out for generous donations
Tickets $1 a ticket, every child will get a book of 10 tickets to sell.
These will go out at the beginning of Week 8… back in by the Monday of Holy Week.

Fertiliser Drive – July: This is a great fundraiser for our school.
Please let us know if you have any ideas for our year ahead.

Community Notices


Girls’ Brigade
Looking for a fun and affordable activity for your daughter?
Then come along and give Girls’ Brigade a go.
Summer programmes starting now
We have companies in:
Milson (Thursday, 4.30-6pm) – Joanne Ph: 355-3124,
Highbury/Takaro (Tuesday) – Suzanne Ph: 356 1974

Term 1 Calendar 

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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