Term 1  Week 6  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.

Mercy Service Awards

Discoverers 1 – To Daniel always showing Compassion towards others
Discoverers 2 To Dhiya for showing excellence in using her word and alphabet knowledge to help with her reading and writing.
Believers  – To Alaina for showing excellence in her swimming skills and confidence in the water.
Aroha – To Caitlin for showing compassion and kindness to all students
Mahi Tahi –  To Isla for the service she shows -actively looking for ways to help around the class
Chiefs/Rangatira – To Sophie for demonstrating excellence when using a strategy to solve a maths problem.DB37DA05-4D9D-4709-B4BF-667C48088902_1_201_a

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 124 + 65 = 189
McAuley: 97+ 195 = 292
Ongley: 209 + 65 = 274
Bernadette: 130 + 140 = 270
Vincent:  142 + 50 = 192
Francis:  233 +60 = 293
Congratulations to Francis

Mathletics Gold Certificates

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.

Your child will need to have their morning tea, lunch and a drink for the day

Wear PE uniform, sunhat/potai
Please bring a gold coin donation for KOHA for the marae

Day events
9.00am   Bus arrives, leave school by 9.15am. Parents make their own arrangements to and from the marae. We will all meet at the front of the marae.                       
*Women to wear long skirts, men to wear pants.*
9.45am Powhiri
10.45am Morning tea
11am Kaupapa – history, walk around and activities
12.30pm Lunch
1pm Kaupapa – as above
2.15pm Leave Marae – return bus back to school

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
What a stunning four days we have had at Our Lady of Lourdes school! We have been completely bowled over by   all the kindness, enthusiasm and friendship we have been shown by everyone – it has made every minute so wonderful!
The pupils have given us a wealth of ideas on how they can be a great friend, make other people’s day better and how we accept and respect other people’s points of view.
As an adult, I never cease to be amazed at the thoughtfulness of their contributions and would encourage all of us adults to allow these amazing young people to inspire us to acts of kindness, because they are TRULY INSPIRING. I have so appreciated the positive, warm and loving culture that is obvious in each class – there are some very high standards being set here which is really heart-warming and valuable – my hat is off to all involved in this. Thank you again for having us at your awesome school – can’t wait to see you all in the future – take care everyone and have a spectacular rest of the year!
Love from Tim and Harold!

Thank you so much for your generous support of our Harold merchandise – it is very much appreciated, and we would love you to go to our Life Ed Manawatu Facebook page and locate the OLOL post where you will find more photos from our visit – please leave a message, and if you like us: FANTASTIC!!

Road Safety
Thank you to all our students and whanau who are being proactive and remembering to leave school through the gate. Thank you also to those of you who are parking outside the school grounds and using the crossing. You are fabulous role models and our school patrol students thank you.

Permission Form 
The new Permission Form for 2020 went home with your child last week. Thank you to those who have returned this.  We ask that this is completed for children in your family by Thursday. Blessings and thanks.

From The Teachers/Kaiako

Room 1/2: Discoverers – Mrs O’Connor, Ms Brown, Mrs Cheetham, Miss Jemma
We have been learning about and creating fabulous koru patterns to help prepare us for our marae visit. As our swimming season draws to a close we have had a lot of fun building up our confidence in and around water as well as being safe in this area. As we journey through Lent we begin our Religious Education learning strand this week
‘Jesus My Friend’.
Discoverers 1 will be visiting the marae this Friday and whanau are welcome to meet us out there and join us for the day.

Room 3: The Believers – Whakapono – Mrs Pedley
It has been wonderful seeing all your children take part in either the Year 1/2  or Year 3/4 Tabloid sports during the last few weeks. Believers showed lots of enthusiasm, resilience  and many of our Mercy values during these sporting events. We have been practising our Mihi for our Friday visit to Te Rangimarie Marae.  We will get to experience the traditional and modern ways, when we visit our local Marae.

Room 6: Aroha – Miss Penman
The Year 4s had a great time at Tabloid Sports last Thursday, and the Year 5s can’t wait to go this week!
This week we are preparing for our Marae visit on Friday – whanau are welcome to join us. We are hoping to weave harakeke (flax) on this day, so any helpers would be greatly appreciated.

Room 7: Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor
The swimming carnival was a great success and we enjoyed sharing our swimming talents with our whānau. This now brings swimming to an end for MahiTahi as the weather is beginning to cool down quickly. We have enjoyed our lessons with Tim and Harold and are beginning to utilise what we have learnt in and around the classroom and school.

Room 8: Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson
It’s been great having Harold, Tim and Life Education back giving us strategies on how to be resilient.  The Year 6 children are looking forward to and preparing for camp at El Rancho on Wednesday. They have an activity booklet to complete and are thinking about how they can show their Mercy Values on camp while also having a fun time.  


Year 5  Tabloids
This Thursday 12th March at St Joseph’s, Feilding- the bus will be leaving just before 9am, so please make sure you are at school by 8.45am.
Wear P.E Uniform and sport shoes to school.

Future Ferns Netball
Due to minimal returns for children wishing to play and the unavailability of coaches and managers we are unable to enter any teams in the Year 3/4 competition this year.


March 16, 7pm in the staffroom.

Our Purpose
To build our community, further develop our pastoral responsibility to one another…and fundraising for those extras.
Please come and join this wonderful group who help us to build our school community

As well as increasing the school’s revenue, fundraising provides many benefits, including:
-providing valuable experience and training to students
-involving students in service to the community
-encouraging students to value equipment they helped provide
-drawing parents more closely into the life of the school
-giving the community a sense of involvement with the school.

Fundraising guidelines
The PTFA works with the Board of Trustees to raise additional funds for our school. The funds raised will then be spent on projects agreed in advance by the board and school staff and community.

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.

Community Notices

Malo ni fanau
The Tokelauan Community invite you to their fundraising concert. 

Please bring a koha for the food and the entertainment
Saturday – 4th Sunday of Lent 28 March 2020 – Dinner (Vegetable soup and rolls) and concert (6.15-7pm)
Sunday  – 4th Sunday of Lent 29 March 2020 – Brunch (Sausage sizzle for children, Vegetable soup/rolls  – adults with a traditional Tokelauan treat) 10.30-11.15am approximately.

Term 1 Calendar 

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
T 17-  Marist lunchtime cricket sessions
W 18-  Weetbix Tryathlon
Board of Trustees Meeting
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 
Athletics postponed to Term 4

Week 10: Apr 6-9 – HOLY WEEK 
M 6-    Mass of the Oils – Cathedral @6pm
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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