Term 1  Week 5  2020

KIA ORA WHANAU, kei tau rangimārie ki ā koutou – peace be with you all

We hope the term is going well for you all. We have some busy weeks ahead and we will do our best to keep you in touch. We will also use our school Facebook, School App and post this newsletter on our webpage.

Religious Education


FIRST Sunday of Lent – (let us all pray more during this Lenten season…)

Jesus had to make some choices. First, he had the choice to either rely on God or turn stones into bread. Even though he was very hungry, Jesus chose to trust in God. Jesus was also offered all the kingdoms of the world if he turned away from God. It must have been very tempting to choose all the riches of all the kingdoms and to have power over them. But Jesus chose to worship God. 

Sometimes we can make really good choices, like Jesusdid. We can choose to give something up in Lent to remind ourselves of Jesus in the desert. It can also remind us of people around the world who are hungry or do not have what they need. Remember this week to look out for chances to make good choices – like Jesus did – and build a better world.( Fr Joe)

Mercy Service Awards

Discoverers 1To Maddison for showing her Mercy Value of Hospitality while being an excellent role model to others.
Discoverers 2 To Justo for excellence in all areas of his school work and trying his best at whatever he does.
Believers  – To Patience and Jeffrey for showing service in our classroom, by keeping the ipads and laptops tidy and locked away at the end of each day
ArohaTo John for always showing service to others and the classroom. He puts the needs of others first and shows a compassionate character on a daily basis.
Mahi Tahi –  To Ollie for the many ways he demonstrates  service in the class and around the school
Chiefs/RangatiraTo Sammy for always showing the Mercy Value of service by being helpful without ever being asked.

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 104
McAuley: 116
Ongley: 121
Bernadette: 113
Vincent:  141
Francis: 103
Congratulations to  Vincent

Mathletics Gold Certificates
Congratulations to Aldous  and Lio  from Chiefs/Rangatira on achieving a gold certificate in Mathletics. These will be presented next Monday at assembly.

HEALTH UPDATE: Please see the latest update for schools to promote to our communities
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:
*wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
*cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
*put used tissues in the bin.
Encourage staff and students to stay home if unwell.
We are still focused on keeping it out, and now stomping it out through track, trace and contain. It’s important we all continue to be alert but not alarmed.

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             
FRIDAY MARCH 20th – Rooms 2,7,8.

We will be leaving at 9am by bus. We welcome you to join us. Please make your own travel arrangements if you are able to join us. We will meet in front of the marae at 9.35 and organise ourselves for the welcome. A reminder that women should wear a longer dark coloured skirt and men should wear long pants. We ask that every child brings a  gold coin donation for the koha for this day. The school will cover all other costs. Please make sure your child has morning tea and lunch for the day.
The Outline for this special moment
9.45am – Powhiri/ Welcome – Pōwhiri, the ceremony used to welcome visitors onto the marae, was traditionally a way of finding out whether people were friends or enemies. Different marae have slightly different protocols depending on their iwi or area, but the same formal roles and structure.
10.45am – Morning tea
11am – Kaupapa ((talks and activities around the awa/river, harakeke/flax work and learning about the Marae)
12.30pm –  Lunch
1pm – Kaupapa  continues      
2.15pm – Begin our travels home
For the day we would like to invite people in our community to support us with the Karanga (a Māori woman replying to the call of welcome) and a male speaker to speak in Māori on our behalf. Please let the office know if you are able to support us with this.
Pōwhiri process (further information)
When the manuhiri (our school and families)  have gathered outside the marae, the tangata whenua (people of the land/marae)  begin to call them onto the marae. When the guests are on the marae, usually on the courtyard in front of the wharenui (meeting house), whaikōrero (speeches) are given, followed by waiata (songs). A koha of money (usually in an envelope) is given to the hosts, and then the guests and hosts hongi (press noses) and harirū (shake hands) in greeting.

Everyday Matters: Attendance at Our Lady of Lourdes School 
Keeping kids in education is vital for their success at school and later in life. The research tells us that the fewer days students are at school, the less chance they have of achieving. Missing school isn’t just about missing learning, it’s also about all the other opportunities that are missed – every day matters!
For the sake of your child’s learning and wellbeing you will be contacted if we see patterns of lateness or non attendance. The expectation is that your child will be at school everyday unless you have contacted us.
If you are intending to be away for a period of time – you need to let the classroom teacher know. We thank you for making your child’s education a priority.

Life Education Trust
From this Thursday

We are so excited to be coming back to Our Lady of Lourdes school to see all our friends again! We absolutely loved our visit last year and this year promises to be even better! We feel very privileged to be sharing in the students learning around getting on with others, how we can show resilience, and what it takes to be a great team member and leader.
Life Education aims to inspire learners and their families to make positive decisions around their well-being and is a charitable trust that receives no government funding. If you would like to support our worthy cause, we have the following items for sale until Tuesday next week:
Harold flag pens @$1              
Harold soft toy keyrings @$7

Harold drink bottles @$10       
Large soft toy Harolds @$20

A reminder to those of you who aren’t yet connected to Seesaw please do as this is a great opportunity for you to see the fantastic learning taking place in our classes.
Teachers have sent home the invitations that enable you to connect, however if you didn’t get one please see the class teacher.

Permission Form 
The new Permission Form for 2020 will be coming home in today’s newsletter.
We ask that this is completed for children in your family.  Blessings and thanks.

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
Reminder: To change your alert subscription to your child’s new class, use the menu button (top left corner), select “Alert Subscriptions” then tick the groups you want to receive alerts from.

From The Teachers/Kaiako

Room 1/2: Discoverers – Mrs O’Connor, Ms Brown, Mrs Cheetham, Miss Jemma
We’ve been busy blowing bubbles, finding out how they get their colours, what keeps them afloat, where they go and then writing about them. We also began our Lenten journey so watch out for Lenten promises coming home for you to talk about with your tamariki. We’re being confident and safe in and around the swimming pool and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been learning at our upcoming carnival next Monday.

Room 3: The Believers – Whakapono – Mrs Pedley
Last week we started off our Lenten journey for 40 days.  On our own footprint we have written about what we will try to ‘take up’ for Lent.  We have all given the thumbs up to our Classroom treaty, meaning we agree to our class rules, to help us to all be learners.  Each of us have used visual art to represent our own fingerprint. This week we are looking forward to learning all about ‘What makes a good friend?” by the help of Tim and Harold from Life Education Trust.

Room 6: Aroha – Miss Penman
Keep an eye out on Seesaw for our mihi recordings – we have been practising hard! We have also been working on a visual presentation of our mihi which will be displayed in the classroom from next week.
We can’t wait for Life Education and Harold the giraffe later this week, we will be looking at Resilience, Leadership and Getting along with others.

Room 7: Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor
As we have begun lent I have presented the tamariki with the Caritas Lent Action Plan. This is a challenge to make a difference in others lives by making small changes in their own daily actions. I look forward to seeing how many of the challenges they can complete during lent. 
We are also very excited about the return of Harold and Tim and looking to learn from them.

Room 8: Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson
We’re looking forward to the return of Life Education and Harold the giraffe later this week. We have been working on place value in maths and will now look at addition and subtraction. Adding specific adjectives will really make our writing stand out, so we have been using the thesaurus to improve our vocabulary. Lastly, just another friendly reminder for parents/whanau to pay the S100 for the Year 6 El Rancho camp by March 9th please, which is next Monday!!!


Year 3 and 4 Tabloids
This Thursday 5th March

Children to wear PE gear to school. They will leave school just after 9am and travel by bus

Future Ferns Netball
Those students wishing to play netball this season please return your forms to Mrs. O’Connor by this Thursday 5th March. No late entries accepted as this holds up the registration process. Thank you.


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.


Term 1 Calendar 

Week 5: Mar 2-6
W 4-  Buddy mass  (Rms 2/8)
Th 5-  Year 3/ 4 Catholic Tabloids: St Mary’s
Fr 6- Harold Assembly – replaces the Buddy class assembly

Week 6: Mar 9-13
M 9-    Swimming Expo/Demonstration
            Senior rooms from 11.30-12.30pm,
            Junior rooms from 12.30-1.15pm

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
Su 15 – Sacramental programme Session #3

Week 7: Mar 16-20
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.

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


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