It is so wonderful to be at school, seeing all of our amazing children/tamariki eager to be with their teachers and friends and to begin with to relearn school routines. We are truly so proud of all that has been achieved during these unknown times – and we are incredibly grateful for you all.
The focus for this week is on:
- Well Being and Haura (physical, mental, social and spiritual needs)
- Living, Learning and Loving with our Mercy values
- Rebuilding those close connections with our children
- Settling into a new norm as school is not quite back to what it was
Next week the senior management are reviewing the long term plans and assessment schedules and we will share this with you when this is completed.
Jesus came back from the grave and spent 40 days with his beloved disciples. He taught his dear students many things and told them that he would visit again.
He said, “Soon, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit and receive the power of God. You will tell my story to the people in Jerusalem and to people all over the Earth.”
Jesus blessed his disciples. Then as they look at him Jesus became surrounded by bright light. He was taken into the heavens, and he disappeared.
Jesus says Good-bye!
Adapted from Acts 1:1-10
We are always looking at ways in which we can be improving as a school. We have sent you a link to a survey for you to share what has gone well during the time your child/ren have been at home and what areas we could review. Your voice is important to us. We are also getting the voice from the children as well. We want to get it right for our school community.
A Safety Message
Thank you all for your support as we implement these new hygiene guidelines. Our children are adapting really well. We are currently splitting morning teas and lunches so that less children and staff are in the one area. Our staggered ends of the day are to also help with this.
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
Last Wednesday the Board met virtually from 6pm. Key points from the meeting:
We begin every meeting with prayer and Board formation. We are working through the ‘Catholic Education of School Age children’ https://www.catholic.org.nz/about-us/bishops-statements/catholic-education-of-school-age-children/ . We looked at #57-64: Te Religious Education Programme, Values and Virtues # 65-73
Review of the 10 Year Property Plan – the Board have a plan set out in which maintenance and upgrades need to be carried out:
*Agreed to the long awaited pool upgrade – paint, pump, filter, new handrail.
Junior block – $100,000 has already been set aside for a number of years to upgrade the five junior classrooms. It has now been agreed with the Diocesan that a much larger modification is required. They and the Ministry are supporting us with this. Plans have been finalised and the building work will begin in Term 3. This will take approximately three terms. We will keep you updated as further information is available.
We are reviewing the ANNUAL PLAN as priorities have changed. We will share with you the draft update in the next month.
Term 2 Dates
Week 6: May 18-22 Laudato Si
Mon: First day of school for all at Alert Level 2
Thurs: Ascension of Jesus
Week 7: May 25-29
Sun: Pentecost 31st May
Week 8:June 1-5
Mon: Queens Birthday weekend
Week 9: June 8-12
Week 10:June 15-19
Week 11: June 22-26
Week 12: June 29-July 3
We are currently reviewing the school calendar. We will add information as it comes in.
Term Dates for 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28th April – Friday July 3rd
Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25 September
- Teacher Only Day September 3rd – school closed
Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (TBC)