Term 2  Week 12  2020


Well – we have finally made it, the last week of the term.  Thank you for everything you do to make our school/kura such a wonderful place. Our children/tamariki have been outstanding this term with all that has gone on. We wish abundant blessings for the two weeks break and we wish you Health, Wellness and amazing family/whānau time.


Religious Education

THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL – Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 
At that time Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you wanted it to happen.
“My Father has given me all things. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.” 

Gospel reflection: What do you remember from the reading? 
Today we hear Jesus calling all people who are working hard, who are tired and struggling to come to him. 
Jesus knows that we all have times when we find life difficult. We all have times when even though we try hard, we can’t do something. We all have times when we are tired, fed up and would like to give up. Jesus says in today’s reading that he is always there to comfort and support us. That when we are tired or finding things difficult, we can turn to him and find rest.
Just knowing that we are not alone can make a big difference when we are finding life hard. God is with us always, when we are alone, but also in the people who help and support us.
So, this week, let’s remember we can turn to God when things are hard. But also, let’s look after others who are finding things difficult and do our best to help them. We can show them that they are not alone by the way we treat them.

From this weekend Mass times return to pre Covid times: Saturday Vigil at 5.30pm and Sunday at 9.30am. We look forward to seeing you there.

School Notices

Mercy Whānau House points 
Pompallier: 61
McAuley: 64
Ongley: 82
Bernadette: 70
Vincent:  79
Francis:  97
Congratulations to Francis

The winning house for  the term will be announced at the disco.


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

We have made a fabulous start to this wonderful fundraising activity. Have you ordered your bag/bags yet? Make sure you do by the end of this week.  Thank you to all those who are ringing our previous years customers – an outstanding effort!
We need all hands on SATURDAY JULY 25th from 8am – book this in your calendar
All the family/whānau can be involved in this morning. It is a lot of fun, laughter and some great exercise too!!! We would love to see you there…

We need help with the following:

*Unloading pellet bags off the truck
*Loading up the vehicles – we can fit the bags into all types!
*Dropping off orders to homes

Please let the office know if you can help.

From the Classrooms

Discoverers 1 – Ms Brown, Ruma 1
We are continuing to learn about Matariki through stories, waiata, artwork and work books.  We are also posting some work on Seesaw and finishing up all our project, creative work that we have been doing.  We are excited about mufti day and the disco this Friday, the last day of term 2!

Discoverers 2 – Mrs O’Connor, Ruma 2
We are continuing this week with our focus on Matariki.
We are also doing this through art work, listening to Matariki stories and learning where to look for the Matariki stars early in the morning. Remember to keep checking in to Seesaw to have a look at the wonderful work your child has been doing.

Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3
Here are some examples of wonderful reports written about Matariki;

Did   you   know   that   Matariki   is    the   Maori   New   Year.   If you   wake   up  at   5 O’Clock   June  21st,   you   can   see   the Matariki.  But   if   you   can’t   see   the   stars,   it   is   bad   luck  for   you.   The   day   changes   every  year.   Matariki   is   a   cluster   of   stars.   People   celebrate   Matariki   by……..flying kites,   spending   time   with   your   family   and  singing   songs  with your   family.  How  do   you   celebrate   Matariki   with   your   family?   
By  Liyana

Matariki   is   a   traditional   Maori   New   Year.   During   Matariki   you   make   lanterns,   kites  and you   go   fishing.   If   the   stars   are   shining  brightly,  it’s   going   to   be   a   good    year.   The   seven   stars   shine   brightly   among   the   stars.
By Charles

Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
Aroha have started presenting their cultural inquiry research to the class and have shown some great learning. This week in maths they’re exploring geometry and shapes, making some tessellation artwork.

Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7
Mahi Tahi are enjoying presenting their findings on their Cultures to the class. They have worked very hard and have improved their scanning, skimming and summarising skills in the process. We are looking forward to a break to revive ready for Term 3.

Chiefs/Rangatira – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8
Whaea Frayne has been teaching the class all about Matariki to help with our understanding of the event. We’ve also been working really hard on our Culture Club inquiries, which will be presented this week.  Our Whanau Leaders are busy getting the end of term disco ready for Friday afternoon!!! Happy holidays everyone!!!

Sports News

Practice times
Wednesday for both teams

Practice times
Tuesday at the Highbury Whanau centre.


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 12: June 29-July 3
Tue 30  Basketball practise – 3.30-4.30pm at the Highbury Whānau Centre. Thanks team.
Wed 1 Netball practises
Fri  3 – Mufti day and school disco afternoon – organised by our Whanau Leaders. Small packets of goodies will be for sale – so please bring a gold coin for that. The profit will go towards activities for our children in Term 3

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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