Term 3  Week 1  2020

Hello, Kia ora, Kia orana, Namaste and Blessings to you all.

We have had an amazing start to the term. Gosh, it is lovely to be back with all our tamariki/children. We give a very special welcome to Amelia and Connor who have joined our school whanau/family. We wish you both abundant blessings for your time here. The Discoverers have purchased some wonderful new resources for their room – throughout the newsletter you will see them in action – it is a delight and privilege to see the wonderful learning and discovering happening with our precious young ones. Our school day for Term 3 is as follows: School begins at 8.55am, Interval from 11.15 – 11.45am, junior lunch break from 1-1.30pm, followed by the senior lunch break from 1.30-2.00pm. Throughout the day your child can take drinks of water and there are healthy brain food breaks during the day. Our school days ends from 2.50pm with the junior classes and 2.55pm with the senior classes. THANK YOU for your kindness and ongoing support. We are blessed.

Religious Education

This Week’s Gospel – Gospel reflection: a shorter form Matthew 13:24-30.  

Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the ears of corn began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’”Gospel reflection:   

Jesus is a great teacher. He teaches people by telling stories. Stories keep people interested in what he has to say and help us to understand things that are complicated. Jesus wants us to learn from him so that we can know more about God. 

We learn from all sorts of people – teachers, friends, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins and more! Learning helps us to find out more about the world that we live in and to understand how we can work together to make it a better place.

Learning helps us to know more about Jesus and the things that Jesus asks of us – like loving one another.

Learning helps us to get the skills we need for the future. So that we can be all that God knows and wants us to be. Children all around the world go to school to help them learn.

 This week, let’s give thanks to God for all the people we learn from. Let’s try to listen carefully to our teachers and our grown ups at home. And let us try to learn more about Jesus and how he asks us to treat others.

School Notices

Mid Year Data
My apologies for not having this in last term’s newsletter…we were pleased with our data considering the limited time completing structured learning as our priority was on Hauora/well being and safety in amongst the unusual times of  Covid 19. Our aim is for 85% of our tamariki/children to be achieving at AT Expectation by the end of the year. Please continue to review your child’s SEESAW activities for real time learning and progress.Reading: some strategies we are working on:
Play based learning (JUNIOR) and Project based learning (SENIOR) linked with a strong oral language programme.
PMP programme – Perceptual Motor Programme – fine and gross motor skills,
Phonics – everyday following the Yolanda Soryl programme.
Early Words – teacher aide, one to one individualised programme four days a week.
Daily teaching and learning in reading and writing –  sharing of big books and the structure of language.
Continued support of a teacher aide in all rooms.
Develop the STEPS WEB programme for the structure of language for all children – access at home as well – linking to real life assessment  – explicit teaching from Year 2 upwards, 15 minutes daily.
Continue with explicit teaching and tracking.
Explicit purchase of School Apps – Reading Eggs, Epic, story online.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR ESOL (English as a Second Language) and Well Below Priority learners.
Maths: some strategies we are working on:
In the first year of school there are three stages that tamariki/children have to master. This is a very big learning curve if a child comes in with little or no knowledge then the necessary progress is more difficult.
The junior teachers are inquiring into pre entry school data – to identify any deficits of learning.
Again, Play Based Learning and oral language to assist with understanding the Math questions.
Mileage, explicit teaching, comprehensive planning will continue in all classrooms.
Some issues with attendance: (60% or below) – Attendance under 80% is of major concern – we know that everyday at school counts.
Again a teacher aide is employed to support tamariki/children in classroom work.
Basic facts and explicit teaching and learning is the expectation four days a week.
BASIC FACTS  – By Year 5 all tamariki/children to know all of the TIMES TABLES (Multiplication and Division)
Mathletics, Prototec, Prodigy, SUM DOG, are just some of the APPS we use to engage learners in Maths.

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.

Fertilizer Drive
This Saturday July 25th
We have had a good amount of orders. We have sold 400 bags so that is wonderful. We still have 100 bags to go… so please put in your order this week. AND LET OTHERS KNOW!!!
Thank you to those who have offered to help on the day – we will ring you this week to confirm you are still available from 8am.
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…

From the Classrooms


Community Notices


Term 3 Dates

Week 1 – July 20-24
Mon 20 –  school liturgy @ 9am in the hall
Wed 22 – Hearing and Vision
Fri 24  – St Peters Open Day for Year 6
Sat 25 – Fertilizer Drive

Week 2 – July 27-31
Mon 27 – liturgy -Mercy awards to begin again for the Term
Fri 31 – Kapahaka, Whānau House Passion Projects

This Term – key dates will be finalised by next week

  • Whanau House Passion Project Friday afternoons from Week 2
  • Champions league football – August 6th 
  • St Peter’s College Ambassadors starting again
  • Reflecting on the Feast of the Assumption – Friday August 14th
  • Tamariki and whanau conferences – three way learning Sept 19/20
  • Performances by outside entertainers throughout the term
  • September 14-18th: Māori Language Week
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Has Talent – the final week – start practising 10 weeks to go!!!

Term Dates for 2020
Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
*Friday 4th September – Teacher Only Day – school closed

Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (school closes 12.30pm)


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

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


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