Information for Parents

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 environmentph-church 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.


Facilities

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.


Uniform

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. Some school uniform items are available from the school office. The rest can be purchased from The Warehouse.

Summer

Girls:
  • Tunic ($90 from school office only)
  • White, short-sleeved, open neck blouse/polo                                                                          ($16 School office-sizes 8-14 )(The Warehouse)
  • Black roman sandals or T-bar shoes with white ankle socks
  • Navy Aussie brim sunhat (The Warehouse)
Boys:
  • Grey school summer shorts  ($12 school office-small sizes ) (The Warehouse)
  • Grey, short-sleeved shirt (The Warehouse)
  • Black roman sandals
  • Navy Aussie brim sunhat (The Warehouse)

Winter

Girls:
  • Tunic ($90 from school office only)
  • Gold, long-sleeved, polo shirt ($23 school office )
  • Navy blue v-neck jersey ($65 school office -sizes 87-97) (The Warehouse)
  • Under knee navy socks or navy tights (The Warehouse)
  • Black leather school shoes
  • School jacket ($56 from school office only )
Boys:
  • Grey winter shorts ($35 school office)
  • Grey winter long trousers (optional)
  • Gold, long-sleeved, polo shirt ($23 school office)
  • Navy blue v-neck jersey ($65 school office -sizes 87-97) (The Warehouse)
  • Navy knee-high socks ($10 pr school office)
  • Black leather school shoes
  • School jacket ($56 from school office only )

Sports

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

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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

Cultural

Our Lady of Lourdes is very proud of its Kapahaka and choir groups both of whom participate in a wide range of cultural events.20150807_182843

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


Sport

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.


Fees and Donations

Attendance Dues

The attendance dues are set by the Catholic Schools’ Board Limited and used to fund improvements to Catholic schools. The 2017 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 2017 the school donation is $40 per child ($10 per term) to be paid by the end of term 1.


Enrolment

To enrol your child

Enrolments are accepted from Year 1 to 6 (5-11 years). Enrolment packs are available from the school office. Students whose families have established a religious connection with the Catholic Character of the school will be given  a preference certificate. Non-preference enrolments are restricted to ten percent of the maximum roll and depend upon vacancy at the time of enrolment.

Enrolment Procedures

  1. Ring the office and the office manager will help you commence enrolment procedures. This will include an interview with the principal.
  2. If you are Catholic you will need to arrange a meeting with the parish priest who signs the preference certificate. Please bring a copy of your own or your child’s Baptism certificate if you have one.
  3. Once completed please return the enrolment forms along with your child’s birth certificate to the office for processing.
  4. If your child is a New Entrant you will receive information regarding our transition to school programme called “Fledglings” which begins about 4 weeks prior to their commencement.

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