Term 2  Week 11  2020


Welcome to Week 11 

We have some exciting news to share with you… 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MISS PENMAN on her recent engagement. We are absolutely thrilled and excited for you and Michael. We wish abundant blessings for the special time in your life.

Over the last term, we have had a focus on Wellbeing and Hauora. We felt it was important to reset our school routines and to go gently as we eased back into a new norm. This focus will always continue as we begin to ramp up our learning. Having your child at school everyday and on time will make all the difference as we begin to do this. Last week we collated school wide data on Reading and Maths. This will be shared with you in next weeks newsletter. Please make reading every night at home and practising basic facts a daily routine – it certainly pays off.

Religious Education



School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 80
McAuley: 81
Ongley: 96
Bernadette: 94
Vincent:  69
Francis:  119
Congratulations to Francis



Congratulations Jarrod and Gwen for outstanding effort with your STEPS WEB.What a wonderful way to LIVE, LEARN, LOVE the MERCY WAY!


Epic Music
‘EPIC music lessons are available in our school. If you would like to register your child to learn an instrument at school, please check our Facebook page (, website ( or talk to the office for more information. Lessons are $14.00 per week and spaces are limited.

St Peter’s Open Day/Night
Our Year 6 tamariki will be heading to St Peters on Friday 24th July. They will be picked up by bus from school at 9am and return by 1pm.
The Open Night Date is Thursday 6th August from 6pm.

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


Fertilizer Drive

From the Classrooms

Discoverers 1 – Ms Brown, Ruma 1
In Discoverers Tahi we have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum. 
We do this in small groups as well as through some of the iPad apps like Seesaw, Reading Eggs and Epic. 
This week we have begun to explore the celebration of Matariki.

Discoverers 2 – Mrs O’Connor, Ruma 1
We have been working hard to build on our reading and writing skills as well as learning our ‘bird words’ and alphabet letters and the sounds. These are helping us to be great writers and readers.
Thank you for keeping up this learning at home, it certainly is helping. That first year of school is absolutely critical for their future progress.

Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3
During writing time we have been practising adding more detail into our writing by using a range of adjectives or rhyming words. 
Each afternoon we have been taking part in “I Time” – The time of the day, where the class can choose the topics or tasks that inspire them eg kite making, puppets, construction/building, card making, visual art  etc.

Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
Aroha class have been working very hard on their cultural inquiry learning. They have been researching and learning more about their heritage. Stay tuned to see their final presentations!

Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7
Mahi Tahi have been inquiring into their culture and are deep into research ensuring they summarise their findings in their own words. They are looking forward to finding creative ways to present what they have found out and then sharing this with you.
We have also started to do some finding out about Matariki and are enjoying finding more about it.

Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8
Our whanau leaders have done a superb job of organising different activities for the whole school to enjoy on Friday afternoons over the past few weeks.
We have been working on our Culture Club inquiry practising the skills of scanning, skimming, summarising and presenting.

We are all learning about the wonderful season in our year – MATARIKI. 

Sports News

Congratulations to both teams who won their first games on Saturday.

Practice times
Wednesday for both teams
Year 6 Champions – 2.45-3.45/4pm
OLOL Magic – 3-3.45pm (approx)


Community Notices

Sport Manawatu is excited to be assisting in the delivery of two Sports Holiday Programmes these coming holidays – an indoor and outdoor programme (promo attached on school notice board) 
If you have any child in Years 5-8 at your school who you think may really benefit from this programme and needs assistance, please fill out the attached registration form and send back to Emma Carey (programme organiser)
Please be aware these spots are limited so we cannot guarantee spots for everyone.  If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me or Emma directly on 021 565 398.

Term 2 Dates

Week 11: June 22-26
Wed 24 – Board Meeting @ 6pm
Sun  28 – Children’s Liturgy – 10.15am – senior teachers and leaders will be leading this

Week 12: June 29-July 3
Fri  3 – Matariki Day and school disco afternoon – organised by our Whanau Leaders.

Term 3 Dates

Week 1 – July 20-24
Mon 20 –  school liturgy @ 9am in the hall
Fri 24  – St Peters Open Day
Sat 25 – Fertilizer Drive

Learning Conferences – August 19th, 20th – more details to follow

Term Dates for 2020

Term 2: Tuesday 28th April – Friday July 3rd
1st June – Queens Birthday – school closed

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

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


Term 1: Wednesday 3rd February  – Friday 16th April

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


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