Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

Our Lady of the Assumption School - 8th September 2022

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OLA News

You will notice that the newsletter looks a little different. We are currently working with Snapp Mobile to update our website and newsletter format. We hope you enjoy the more modern and streamlined look.

Thank you for all your support during this year when Covid has meant that we have had to work together to keep our tamariki and our staff healthy and well. We really appreciate how quickly you have adapted to and supported each change that we have had to put in place. We couldn't have done it without you, our school community!

Now that Covid numbers are lessening we are enjoying the return to opportunities to gather together as a school community. In today's newsletter you can read about our whole school welcome of families who are new to school, our book character day celebrating the re-opening of our school library, the Hillary Hub camp (postponed from the beginning of the year) and our upcoming swimming sports. Recently we have been able to gather with students from other schools and our senior students have been competing in the Epro8 Competition; congratulations on their exciting news - details below.

Enjoy our new look newsletter.

Janet Cummings

Welcome Ceremony

We held a beautiful Welcome Ceremony on Friday to welcome our new families who have begun their journey with Our Lady of the Assumption School in the past year. A big welcome to all our new families/whānau: Berido Family, Cardwell Family, Chong Family, Collins Family, Cruz Family, Daniel Family, Fleck Family, Griffiths Family, Guevara Family, Harding Family, Jose Family, Lock Famiy, Manly Family, Mathew Family, Mobin Family, Moran Family, Murdoch Family, Murray Family, Noby Family, Nolan Family, Paloga Family, Perks Family, Roose Family, Shino Family, Smith Family, Tinin Family & Waddell Family.

Thank you to Mr Grant and our Kapahaka for their mihi whatatau at the beginning of our ceremony. Thanks also to our students, staff and Mrs Grant who organised and led the ceremony.

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Hillary Hub Camp

Yesterday the whole school joined in to farewell the Hillary Hub as they headed off to camp at Wainui. An exciting and challenging programme of events has been planned and we know they will all have a great time. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when you return. Many thanks to all the parents who have gone along as parent helpers.

Book Character Day

To celebrate the reopening of our school library we held a "dress up as your favourite book character day." Thank you to everyone who dressed up. As you can see from the photos there were some amazing costumes and spot prizes were awarded for the most outstanding.

Thank you to Mrs Chum for organising all the staff crayon costumes!

Each class will now visit the library once a week and will be able to take out two books at a time. We are also working on making the library available to the children at lunch times on certain days of the week.

EPro8 Challenge

The EPro8 Challenge is an inter-school science and engineering competition held each year. All the Hillary Hub children took part in a within class competition and from there two teams were selected to represent the school at the inter-school competition held at Russley School. Amy, Mira, Bella & Millie were in one team and Tandia, Violet, Jessica & Jyla were in the other.

We were very proud of how both teams performed and a huge congratulations to Amy, Mira, Bella & Millie, whose team came 2nd equal out of the twelve schools competing. They will now go on to the Canterbury final.


Our whole school are currently learning marching as part of their PE curriculum. Sheppard team were lucky enough to have Emma and Katelyn come in from Marching Canterbury Association to give them some professional tips. Emma and Katelyn have been involved with marching for over 20 years and coach an U12 team called “Skellerup Royal Kilties. They really enjoy giving back to a sport that they are passionate about and they have both made lifelong friends from marching.

Te Tuna Tāone - Urban Eel Project

In the last couple weeks some of the Batten team children have been working on their Te Tuna Tāone projects with Jenny Bond. On Wednesday the 7th of September we finally presented what we have been working to classes from the Rutherford and Sheppard teams. We did five different activities: presentation, a game, a drain hunt, a story, and…the Te Tuna Tāone trailer.

For the presentation we were talking about Longfin eels and drains, then each class was divided into four groups - one for each of the remaining activities, that they rotated around.

For the Game we played Eels and Drains (Snake and Ladders). For the hunt we looked for drains and talked about what happens when rubbish goes down the drain, and we also looked for rubbish. When it came time to look at the Te Tunu Tāone For trailer we showed them the games and the T.V. The games that were on a table-like-thing showed the drains, and what happens when stuff gets poured down the drain.

It was very successful, fun and entertaining. It was good practice for when we are older and we need to be a leader in something like that. We found Jenny and Georgina to be really helpful, guiding us every step of the way. It was also fun to learn about the tuna in Te Waimōkihi and other places.

Ngā mihi nui ki a Jenny me ki a Georgina i ōna tautoko, big thanks to Jenny and Georgina for helping us with everything. The Batten Team Te Tuna Tāone Action Group is really thankful.

Senior School Swimming Sports

Students in Years 5-8 will be attending the Senior Swimming Sports at Wharanui Pool on Wednesday 21st September. The first event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and we aim to be finished by 1p.m.

The children will bus to the pool at 9:05 a.m. and need to wear their sports shorts and house coloured shirt, with swimming togs underneath. They will also need goggles, a drink bottle and a substantial morning tea and lunch. If your child has a swimming cap, they are encouraged to wear this too.

We would love to have some parent help on the day. If you are able to assist us, please email by Friday 16th September.

You are most welcome to come and watch your child swim. There will be a designated area for parents to sit.

Cans for Christmas

Our Young Vinnies are once again organising our schools support of the Cans for Christmas Appeal. They are collecting cans, non-perishable food items and toiletries.

Please drop your donated items into the office on or before Friday 23rd September. Thank you for your generosity.

School Shoes & Socks

A reminder that school uniform socks must be navy and school shoes must be black with black soles.

New Enrolments

If you have a child that will be starting school in 2023, please ensure that you have enrolled them at the school office. If you are unsure, please contact the office on 338 9503 and they will be able to check for you. Enrolments for 2023 should be in by the end of Term 3 so that we can plan for when each of our new entrant classes start. Please click here to view our website enrolment page.

Principal's Award

Every fortnight we celebrate the amazing work that happens in our classrooms by awarding a Principal’s Award to a student in each class. Congratulations to our award winners this week!

Rutherford Team

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Sheppard Team

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Batten Team

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Hillary Hub

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PTA News

Our Phone Book Delivery fundraiser in on Saturday 10th September 2022. If you are available to help deliver the phone books, please email the PTA on with your details. If your family helps out, the children are allowed to wear casual clothes to school on a date to be advised. Participating in this event also counts towards community service for the year 8 achievers award!

The PTA will be holding a School Disco on Friday 23rd September 2022 in the school hall. (Jnr 5:30 p.m. – 7pm, Snr 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.). Details on how to purchase tickets will be announced next week.

PTA Break the Rules Day will be held on Friday 30th September. You will be allowed to come to school and pay for the rules you break. You can wear casual clothes, nail polish, face paint, hair chalk, wacky hair, chocolate treat in your lunchbox, juice instead of water, bring a teddy bear to school and more.... More details will be advised closer to the event. Funds will go towards team end of year activities.

Upcoming Events

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God Bless

Janet and the Team at Our Lady of the Assumption School

Church Notices

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NZ Catholics are being urged to support the under-funded hospice and palliative care services by donating, volunteering in hospice shops and asking their members of Parliament and the Government to make palliative care a priority. Bishop of Auckland Steve Lowe, Secretary of the NZCBC, says hospices provide a free service to 20,000 palliative care patients and their whānau each year, but have to fundraise almost half the $176 million cost. Bishop Steve says: “When the public was asked at the 2020 election to support the euthanasia legislation – dubbed the End of Life Choice law – they were led to believe palliative care would be a priority choice. Instead, hospice funding has been virtually capped at a time of high inflation”.

Full details online here:

Community Notices

In Community Notices This Week: Halswell Kindy, Vaccination Event, Halswell Tennis Club, Cashmere Tennis Club, Kelly Sports Holiday Programme, Sydenham Junior Cricket, Studio One, Beekeeping, Census Jobs, plus much more