Term 3  Week 8  2020

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

We welcome three new tamariki/children to our school. Abundant blessings to Heidi, Annika and Clara. We are so very excited that you have joined our school.

Wednesday 9th – school will be closed from 12.30pm. Please make arrangements for your child.
Thursday 10th – from 3.30pm
We ask that parents sanistise on entry to the classrooms. Teachers will follow the 2m guidelines. Please go straight to your child’s classroom. We have all the information we require to be able to track and trace people should we need to do this. If you are bringing other children then please get them to sit with you. We look forward to seeing you all this week.

Tongan Language Week
Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is on from Sunday 6 September to Saturday 12 September 2020.
The theme for Tonga Language Week is:
“Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni”.
Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through Prayer and Faith”

Religious Education

Catholic Social Justice Week
Social Justice Week 2020 takes place from 6-12 September. The theme of our Social Justice Week resources is “Easy as CST: Unlocking the Church’s Potential” / “Māmā Noa, Pēnei i te CST: Te Tuku i ngā Pūmanawa o te Hāhi kia Whai Hua.” They focus on Catholic social teaching (CST), which provides a moral framework to guide our decisions and actions.
Mā te whiriwhiri tahi ka puāwai ngā pūmanawa o te tangata
Together weaving the realisation of potential

In 1891, at the height of the industrial revolution in Europe, there was a great and growing gap between rich and poor. At this time, Pope Leo XIII wrote a letter, Rerum Novarum, that focused on the condition of workers and just wages. Since that time, Church leaders including Popes and Bishops have written encyclicals (letters) and messages to the Church and wider community. These contain fundamental principles which the Church believes should underpin a healthy society, politics and economy which concern all people. They have addressed different social challenges that face our communities, including human life, rights and responsibilities; poverty; refugees, asylum seekers and migrants; environmental justice; indigenous peoples; and international development and peace.

This formal body of writing forms the basis of CST. It draws on the Scriptural traditions of the prophets who spoke out against injustice, and it follows the teachings and example of Christ and the tradition of the early Church leaders and saints.


School Notices

Mercy Awards

Discoverers One:
 Exodus: for showing our Mercy value of Excellence by writing amazing stories and creating fantastic artwork.

Discoverers Two:
Hayven: for showing the Mercy value of Excellence in her reading and alphabet learning.

Stalone: showed the Mercy value of Compassion when playing with his friends in the playground last week.
Pollyanna: for showing Excellence in all areas of school learning, especially with her writing.

Dani-Nicole: for her Mercy Value of Excellence. When she comes to school she makes sure she is ready and organised for the day and is trying her best in all subjects.
Connor: for his Mercy Value of Respect. He has settled into Aroha class well this term and we are lucky to have such a kind and hard working student join us at Lourdes.

Mahi Tahi:
Stella: for her Mercy Value of Excellence in Mahi Tahi. She always ensures she is ready for learning and gives her best in all that she does.
Andrick: for his Mercy Value of Excellence  in Mahi Tahi. He is making good choices for his learning both on the mat and at his desk.

Corbin: for showing the Mercy Value of Excellence by finding evidence for his point of view in writing arguments. 
Aldous: for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence by finding evidence for his point of view in writing arguments.

Congratulations to Matthew  on his Gold certificate in Mathletics, his second for the year!!!

Netball  Uniforms
A reminder please that if you have not returned your Netball uniform to please do so as soon as possible. They can be handed in at the office. Year 6 uniforms to be returned after the Netball tournament.

Property Upgrades
Our school is truly blessed to have major building work to improve and modernise our junior block.  This week we will begin to shift furniture and equipment.  Room 3/ Believers will be working in the library and the two junior rooms will be working in the hall from the last week of the term. We thank you in advance for your support.

From the Classrooms

Discoverers – Ms Brown & Mrs O’Connor,  Ruma 1 & Ruma 2
This week is Social Justice Week!  We are learning about being Stewards to this earth that God has given to us.  We will be taking part in lots of discussions and activities about this topic using books, video clips, Ipad activities on Seesaw and worksheets.  So have a look out for what we have found out in the next few days. 

Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3 
‘How to care for God’s creation’ has been our God strand focus this term, so this week’s focus for Social Justice will help remind us about the actions we have decided to do as a class e.g. pick up rubbish around our school,  tidy up after ourselves.  Last week we enjoyed writing Thank you letters to Sarah from Horizons.  Check these letters out on Seesaw.

Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
In Social Justice Week we are focusing on Stewardship and Human Dignity. We will be learning more about these principles throughout the week and how we can respect others and the earth God created.

Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7  
Mahi Tahi have been learning about the water cycle and writing explanations of all the stages. We were fascinated to learn that there is the same amount of water on earth now as there was when God created the world.

Chiefs – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8 
Chiefs have been learning about the water cycle and are  making practical and computer models to demonstrate our understanding of this.

Community Notices

Term 3 Dates

Week 8 – Sep 7 -Sep 11   Social Justice Week
Wed 9 – Conferences – school will be closed from 12.30pm. Please make arrangements for your child.
Thur 10 – Conferences – from 3.30pm
(Conferences will continue as long we stay in Level 2. We can track and trace through the interview App. We ask that you sanitize on entry into the classroom. A reminder these are for 15 minutes – as we need to be mindful of people in and out of the school)

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

Week 10 – Sept 21-25
Fri 25 – Last day of term

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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