Term 3  Week 2  2020

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

Welcome to the second week of the term. We have had a great start to the term and we continue to feel truly blessed to be LIVING, LEARNING and LOVING the MERCY WAY.

School Conferences: August 19/20th: This term we are going digital in booking 15 minute teacher interviews. Please go to and enter the event code w7pyq. You will be asked to enter your name, your child’s name and class and then select a suitable time. 

Please note: school will close earlier on Wednesday 19th from 12.30pmplease make the necessary arrangements for your child. Please see the office if you need any help with this.

Religious Education

This Week’s Gospel –  Matthew 13:44-46.  
“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field. 

“Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.” Gospel reflection:   

Jesus says that the Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone has found. In Jesus’ story the person who finds the treasure hides it again, then goes away and sells everything that they own to buy the field that it is in.  Jesus is telling us that the Kingdom of heaven is a treasure that we can reach if we live our lives as God asks us to.  We all have things we treasure in our lives. Each one of us is a treasure made by God. God has created the whole world and all the people, animals, plants and other things in it. How can we look after the treasures of our world and make sure that they are there for all people to enjoy now and in the future?  We can try not to take more than we need, so that there is enough for everyone and to care for God’s world and all the people, plants and animals in it. We can try to be kind and loving, to share generously and to treat other people as we would wish to be treated.

Sunday this week: This term the Parish is holding a Children’s Liturgy Mass on the first Sunday of every month during the usual mass time.  The first one is this Sunday 2nd August at 9.30am. It will be wonderful to see you there!

Link to our Catholic Character community survey: We need your help. Please complete the short survey using the following link. We look forward to hearing your views. With thanks:

School Notices

Fertilizer Drive: A Massive Thank-you 
We had an amazing morning on Saturday with the Fertilizer Drive. Thank you to Alicia, Hayley and Mrs Worsley for the many hours you worked to organise this. To our truck driver , the many people who offered their strength to unload the truck and load up cars. Thank you to those who then went around our community delivering over 400 bags. We have made more money to put to our school playground which we have begun to organise. We are first working on fixing then creating new spaces and buying new equipment. This has been a long time coming and it is all because of our community that we can make this happen. We still have 80 bags for sale so please ask family and neighbours if they would like sheep pellets for their spring garden.

Congratulations to Matthew and Bella who achieved their GOLD CERTIFICATE in Mathletics. We are so very proud of your perseverance and excellence!
We look forward to celebrating many more of our wonderful children as they LIVE, LEARN and LOVE the Mercy way.

Mercy Awards

Discoverers One:
Max shows our Mercy value of Respect by being respectful of others and his environment.

Discoverers Two:
Rubi for showing our Mercy value of Compassion for the kind hearted ways in which she lives.
Maxx shows our Mercy value of Respect.

Jeffrey for showing Compassion  this week, when he found a friend hurt on the tennis court and knew how to get help.  
Lupe for showing the Mercy value of Excellence by the way she welcomed a new student into our school.

Andrew for showing Excellence when he challenges himself in maths – Tino pai!
Eleanor for showing Service by always helping to keep the classroom a tidy, organised environment.

Mahi Tahi:
Kiwipaarie for showing our Mercy value of Excellence by the diligent way she works.
Oliver for showing our Mercy value of Service when he actively searches for ways to help around the classroom.

Rangatira:  We have been working on Respect in Chiefs this week. Two children who demonstrated Respect at St. Peter’s College by listening, opening doors for adults, being polite and remembering their manners were Julius and Tala.


St Peter’s Open Night 
Thursday 6th August from 6pm.

Scholastic Book Club
Last day for orders will Friday August 7th.

From the Classrooms

Discoverers – Ms Brown & Mrs O’Connor,  Ruma 1 & Ruma 2
This term we have begun our Discovery learning again alongside our formal learning.  We are very excited to explore and discover our environment especially with some new equipment!  We are also starting our God strand for Religious Education.  As part of this we will learn about looking after God’s earth and his people.

Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3 
We have started to look more closely at the structure of traditional text e.g. The Three Little Pigs and how we can use this structure to create our own stories.  In Maths we are reviewing our knowledge around the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and continue to test our speed on our Basic Facts and 2, 3, and 5 time tables.  Please continue to follow your child on seesaw and feel happy to give your child  positive feedback too.  I know Believers all look forward to receiving feedback from Whānau.

Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
In Aroha we have been looking at narrative writing and getting our imaginations going! We have been reading narrative stories as well to help give us ideas and understand the structure of a narrative story.
In Maths we have been focusing on place value but will start multiplication strategies soon so get started on your times table facts! In R.E. we are focusing on “God is Love.” We have also been working on our slick basketball skills in P.E.

Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7  
Our focus for writing this term alongside writing narratives is looking at what makes up a sentence. We are learning about the different parts of a sentence such as nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions and articles etc.
We have also been working on our football skills for Physical Education focusing on dribbling, ball control and passing.

Chiefs – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8 
We had fun writing our ‘This is just to say…’ poems where we wrote about something that we perhaps shouldn’t have done and that we need to remember to use our Mercy Values next time we are faced with a similar situation!!! The Year 6s had a super time at St. Peter’s College on Friday, having a preview of all the exciting opportunities ahead, and they were well behaved!!!


practise this Wednesday after school for both teams
Draw for August 1st:
OLOL Champions v Te Kawau Flames @ 9.45am CET Arena Ct 6
OLOL Magic v Kairanga @9.45am CET Arena Ct 2

Community Notices


Term 3 Dates

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

Week 3 – Aug 3-7
Mon 3 – liturgy -Mercy awards to begin again for the Term
                 St Peter’s Ambassadors -lunchtime
Thur 6 – Champions League football@ OLOL
Fri 7 – 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 Aug 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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