Term 2  Week 8  2020


WELCOME TO ALERT LEVEL 1 – what an amazing place for us to be at. As a school we have done so well establishing safe routines upon entering and exiting the classrooms and school. We will still greet children in the morning for those who still wish to sanitize – this is no longer a requirement. An email was sent to you all today as well, sharing this latest information from the Ministry. We will still stagger the end of the day just slightly to help with congestion both with children and parents. The three junior rooms can be picked up from 2.50pm with the senior rooms from 2.55pm. Please know that we are here until you can pick up your children.  We will open the Duna Place gate in the morning and afternoon from Tomorrow.

At this time we also welcome Miliah, sister to Liyana to Room 2 – we wish you and your family abundant blessings. We are so excited that you have joined our school.

Religious Education

Trinity Sunday & The Body and Blood of Christ
In our church calendar we have two wonderful liturgical moments to reflect upon.
Last Sunday was ‘The Most Holy Trinity’ and this Sunday being the ‘Body and Blood of Christ’

So what does the Holy Trinity mean: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” —these are words we use every time we pray the Sign of the Cross. Even young children know them. The prayer expresses the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, that God reveals himself in Three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Patrick famously explained the Trinity by relating God in Three Persons to the shamrock. A three-leaf clover has three lobes that are unique from each other but all part of the same clover or shamrock. They are three leaves, but one leaf.

Body and Blood of Christ
By sharing in the same loaf of bread, we become one body, even though there are many of us.’
Readings for this Sunday: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a; (Ps) 147; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; John 6:51-58 
Sometimes the most basic of everyday things are the things that we often overlook or take for granted. Bread is a staple food item that we often don’t pay much attention to. but it is a very important part of our diet. Jesus was a person just like us – ordinary and special. Jesus told us that he is the bread from heaven – living bread – and he makes our lives special. During Mass we remember and give thanks for this. When we gather as a large family and share in the eucharistic meal we also share life with Jesus.




School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 136
McAuley: 168
Ongley: 146
Bernadette: 155
Vincent:  175
Francis:  149
Congratulations to Vincent

Whānau Leaders Notice for this Friday:
Bring Your Favourite Book

Our amazing Whānau leaders and their deputies have been developing their leadership and organisation skills.
This Friday they ask that every child brings along their favourite book to share with their group.
We will have fun activities to follow up with.
Next Friday – we are looking at holding a Disco during school hours. More details to follow…


Reading Eggs/Eggspress Apps
Just a reminder of this wonderful programme. The school purchased this licence for every child in the school at the beginning of the year. Your child has access to this at home. Your child’s code has been given to them in various ways. Please use this wonderful resource at home.

Mid Year Reporting
Since the beginning of lockdown the staff have been looking at more effective ways in which we can share your child’s learning and progress with you in real time. The staff are working with the Seesaw app to keep you connected with your child’s progress. We will keep this type of progress sharing with you this term. By now you have witnessed many areas of learning. By the end of the term your child’s Reading and Maths levels will be shared with you as well as a self assessment on their LIVING, LOVING and LEARNING the MERCY WAY. Next term, we will look at Three Way Conferences.

Scholastic Book Club orders
A reminder that all Scholastic Book Club orders (online orders and orders handed in to the office) need to be completed by the Friday 12 June

Diocese of Palmerston North      Attendance Dues Information – May 2020
❖ 2020 attendance dues invoices/statements were emailed out to families last week (if we had an email address on file). Those invoices/statements we were unable to email out will be sent via NZ Post this week. If you have not received an invoice/statement, please contact us so we can reissue one to you.
❖ The due date for the May invoice/statements has been extended from 29th of May to the 19th of June to allow families additional time to make payment. Any questions, please get in touch. We are only a call away.
❖ One off payments by credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard only) can be made using our website:
❖ If you had made voluntary catholic character donation payments from the 1 st April 2019 till 31st of March 2020, you will be receiving a donation receipt. The donation receipts were emailed out over the first 2 weeks of May and those with no email address have been sent via mail this week. If you have not received your voluntary catholic character donation receipt for this period, please contact us and we can email or send it out to you.
❖ We know that the last 2 months due to Covid-19 have been very testing times. We also realise that families have been impacted financially. Please get in touch. 

We are happy to advise options that will help your family regarding Attendance Dues Fees. Anne-Marie, Marcy and Mark are here to discuss options with you. 

Our contact details are as follows: ▪ 0800 200 208; or ▪

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

PITA PIT for this Friday
As a special thank you to our amazing school children the PTFA, who raised money last year, would like to shout all of you a special one off PITA PIT this Friday. In today’s newsletter there will be a form to complete with the options available. This is available for those who wish to have it.
Please have the orders in by Thursday morning. We will not be able to accept any late orders.
(Your child will still require morning tea and their own drink bottle of water)
Fertilizer Drive
We are getting underway with this wonderful fundraising event. We now need your help to ring around our previous loyal customers.
If you can spare time this Thursday  from 3.15-5pm – we will divide the phone lists and begin ringing.
Order forms will also go out with today’s newsletter.
Next week we will ask each family to give out five to their neighbours to see if they would like to order any.
All proceeds will help to upgrade our school playground which is our long term goal.

Sports News

Please ensure that any netball notices of intention to play are returned to Mrs. O’Connor by this Friday. 
This is the latest they can be returned as we need to gauge whether we are able to field teams for the Future Ferns competition. Teams need to be registered by next Monday as games begin June 20.
Thank you.

Term 2 Dates

Week 8: June 8-12

Week 9:June 15-19

Week 10: June 22-26

Week 11: 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
1st June – Queens Birthday – school closed

Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25 September
3rd September – Teacher Only Day – school closed

Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (school closes 1pm)

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


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