Information for our Whanau


Special Character

Our Lady of Lourdes is proudly Catholic.

The school exists to provide the best possible education for our Students. This means that we set out to provide an environment which enables students to reach their full potential – intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially and which allows students to experience the satisfaction  and rewards of living
and learning as active members of a Christian community. The spiritual values that we live by are based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and all students take part in the Religious Education programme.


There are six full teaching spaces. In addition to the teaching spaces we have a library and a large School Hall. The administration facilities include an office for the Principal, secretary, a staffroom and a separate general office. There is also a large field, a junior and a senior playground, netball / tennis courts and a swimming pool.


Our Lady of Lourdes School is a uniform school and all pupils are required to wear their correct school uniform. Summer uniform is worn in terms one and four and winter uniform is worn in terms two and three. The PE uniform is available only from the school office. The rest can be purchased from The Warehouse.


  • Tunic
  • White, short-sleeved, open neck blouse/polo
  • Black roman sandals or T-bar shoes with white ankle socks
  • Navy Aussie brim sunhat
  • Grey school summer shorts
  • Grey, short-sleeved shirt
  • Black roman sandals
  • Navy Aussie brim sunhat


  • Tunic
  • Gold, long-sleeved, polo shirt
  • Navy blue v-neck jersey
  • Under knee navy socks or navy tights
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Grey winter shorts
  • Grey winter long trousers (optional)
  • Gold, long-sleeved, polo shirt
  • Navy blue v-neck jersey
  • Navy knee-high socks
  • Black leather school shoes


  • School sports top ($34)
  • Blue shorts ($19)
  • only available at school office

Miscellaneous Items

  • Hairties: school uniform colours only (gold, navy, white, black)
  • Hair: unnaturally dyed -NOT permitted
  • Jewellery: watch and plain ear studs only
  • Nail polish: NOT permitted


Our Lady of Lourdes is very proud of its Kapahaka and choir groups both of whom participate in a wide range of cultural events.

A major school production is staged every three years involving all students and we hold a cultural day every three years.


We are an active school with two fitness breaks daily and regular physical education lessons each week. A wide range of sporting codes are offered to students at Our Lady of Lourdes as long as we have enough members to field a team and have parents/caregivers who are willing to coach and manage the teams. We have strong links with the Marist Sports Club.


Parent/Teacher Communication

A mutual co-operation between  home and school will help ensure that your child’s experience at school is an enjoyable one. It also offers your child security in the knowledge that both home and school are working together for the child’s best interests. To this end if there are any matters that concern you, involving your child at school, we’d be more than happy to meet and discuss these with you, in the hope that they may be resolved.

A school newsletter is sent home  with the youngest child in the family each Tuesday. This is also on our website.

Face to face conferences are held at the beginning of the year and again at mid year. A written report is sent home at mid year and at the end of the year.

Attendance Dues

The attendance dues are set by the Diocese of Palmerston North  and used to fund improvements to Catholic schools. The 2018 dues are $447 incl. GST a year per student. The payment of dues is a condition of enrolment but, in the case of hardship, these can be reduced or waived in consultation with the principal and the Parish Priest.

School Activities Donation

The Board of Trustees asks parents to pay a voluntary contribution towards the provision of additional services and activities which directly benefit students. These include sports equipment, cultural activities, performers in school and bus trips. In 2018 the school donation is $40 per child ($10 per term) to be paid by the end of term 1.


Information for Parents Seeking Enrolment at Our Lady of Lourdes School

The significance of this goal for all Catholic educational institutions was re-affirmed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008: “First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.”

We welcome your enquiry.

1.Catholic State Integrated schools select preference students on the following grounds. 

a.The agent for determining preference is FR JOE GRAYLAND, as the Parish Priest, and/or the Parish Pastoral Coordinator.

b.The criteria to be used by Proprietors, and their authorised agents, when determining whether or not the parents of a child have established such a particular or general religious connection with the Catholic Special Character are: 

5.1 The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.

5.2 The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith. 

5.3 At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised. 

5.4 With the agreement of the child’s parent/legal guardian, a significant familiar adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church. 

5.5 One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.

2.State integrated schools have open places for non-preference students.

a.This school has a maximum of 25 places. 

b.There are currently 2 places likely to be available from 2020-2022

Non-Preference places criteria:

      • The applicants accept that they will be coming to a school of Catholic Special Character and that their place in the school is conditional on their participation in the programme.
      • The applicants accept that they will be required to pay Attendance Dues as set by the Proprietor of the Diocese of Palmerston North and these are not voluntary.

Non- Preference Criteria that apply to this school.

      • The siblings of non-preference students already in the school. 
      • The children of staff who seek to enrol their children.
      • Non-preference students coming from another integrated school with the same special character.
      • Children who live within one kilometre of the school and who want to participate in the special character programme of the school. 

Non-preference students who cannot enrol immediately may choose to be placed on a waiting list. Students on this list are wait listed by date and number and will be contacted if places become available. At the end of the calendar year the list is removed and people apply to be reinstated on the waitlist for the following year.

The Board of Our Lady of Lourdes school

Enrolment information is also available for this school in hard copy from our school office.

The encounter with Christ and a growing knowledge and understanding of his teaching naturally lead to a “new life characterised by all that is beautiful, good, and true; a life of Christian witness nurtured and strengthened within the community of our Lord’s disciples, the Church”8 . This progression from encounter, to growth in knowledge and to Christian witness is the framework of the disciple’s journey

We look forward to you becoming part of our faith and learning community.