Term 3  Week 5  2020

Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Bula vinaka, Namaste

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

I hope this stunning day finds you happy and well.  It is pleasing to see how many New Zealanders are responding with kindness to this latest outbreak.

At Alert Level 2 we continue to emphasize the importance of:

  • Good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Stay away if sick (we will ring you if we have any concerns.)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily.

Our planned conferences will be postponed this week.  We will look to the middle of September for the rescheduling of these.  We will get confirmed dates to you in the next week.

Please note that school will close as normal at 2.55pm this Wednesday.

Your Child’s  Seesaw Account 
Please make sure you link into your child’s Seesaw account. It is where you can see your child’s learning in real time and also any messages/notifications from your child’s teacher.  Please contact Karen in the office if you need help connecting to your child’s Seesaw account.   Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.   

Blessings – Caroline and the team

Religious Education

As Mary prayed to God, we pray now together:

We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may always share God’s special love and care.   
We pray for our parish, our family and friends: that we may give thanks for all that is good and do what we can to make the world a fairer place for all.

Closing prayer: God of life, help us to do what you ask of us, and to praise you for your goodness. May we love one another as you love us, especially those who are in need. Amen.



School Notices

Mercy Awards

Discoverers One:
Edith for showing our Mercy value of Excellence by doing her best especially in reading and writing.

Discoverers Two:
Justo for always showing his Mercy value of Excellence in his learning.

Senio for showing Excellence in his writing.  Well done for showing your Mercy value in your learning.
Martina always shows the Mercy value of Respect in the classroom.  She does this by listening to others ideas and looks after the resources in our classroom.

Bella for her Mercy Value of Excellence. She has shown determination and perseverance in her learning and shown amazing progress.
Charlotte-Jane for her Mercy Value of Service. She always looks out for others and uses her kind hands, kind words and kind heart.

Mahi Tahi:
Emily for her Mercy Value of  Service in Mahi Tahi. She actively looks for ways to help around the classroom and the school.   
Kellan for showing his Mercy Value of Excellence. He tries his best in all he does and is beginning to take more risks in his learning more confidently trying new things.

Angelina for always showing the Mercy Value of Respect towards adults and her peers.
Tyler for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Hospitality by offering to help others and making barista quality coffees.


From the Classrooms

Discoverers – Ms Brown & Mrs O’Connor,  Ruma 1 & Ruma 2
Discoverers are now back in two separate rooms and our play based discovery is having a wee bit of a break so we can adhere to Level 2 requirements. Discoverers Rua are going to be looking at Nursery Rhymes for literacy. Lots of rhyming words, word patterns and reciting rhymes for oral language. Please continue to check in on Seesaw for daily work activities and notices. This is a fantastic way to check in on your student’s learning.

Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3 
Last week we really enjoyed taking part in the Maths Week challenge and seeing how we could better our score each day.  Wow Believers try their best and take risks with new learning. 
In our written language we are learning to use more descriptive language eg. by using adjectives to help build a picture in the reader’s head.

Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
We have been learning about language features in our writing, here are some great tidbits:
Nirai: He stared up at the ferocious flying fish.
Caitlin: The thunder was a loud stampede.
Ruby: A stomping rumble came from the sky.
Luke: The cloud was black cotton candy.

Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7  
Mahi Tahi have been working hard in maths learning and practising their times tables. They are now applying this knowledge to help them solve word problems and more complex multiplication and division problems. They also enjoyed the challenge of Maths Week and playing “The Chase”.

Chiefs – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8 
We began our ‘Creative Friday’ activities last week. The kids enjoyed choosing their own activities which involved: Practicing dances for OLOL’s Got Talent, coding and creating robots using Lego WeDo, painting, drawing and creating music on Garageband.


Year 5 &6  Ripper Rugby/ Netball Tournament
This has been postponed this week. We are looking at an alternative date.

Unfortunately Year 5 and 6 netball has come to an unexpected end for this season due to Level 2 restrictions.

We would like to thank the coaches, managers and everyone who came along to support these wonderful teams. They have done our school proud and have shown Mercy values in action every Saturday when they came on to the court.

Well done team Magic and team Champions. There is an end of year Tournament on Saturday 13th September. We will notify you about this.

Note – NO Basketball this Thursday. All Primary School Basketball is suspended while we are at level 2 due to Covid 19.

Practice: Every Monday 3.30 – 4.15pm at the Highbury Whanau Centre.

Our wonderful Coach Karen has completed some outstanding work for our PMP programme. The junior children are showing such progress in our fine motor skills development.

Term 3 Dates

Week 5 – Aug 17-21

Week 6 – Aug 24-28

Week 7 – Aug 31-Sep 4
Fri 4 – Teacher Only Day – school closed.

Week 9 -Sept 14-18
Tue 15 – Champions League Football OLOL vs St. James

Term Dates for 2020
Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September

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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