Our Lady of Lourdes School T4: W6

Newsletter: 23 November 2021


Blessings to you all as we make our way through Week 6. We hope the newsletter finds you all well and happy. Just a reminder that if you come onto school grounds that there is a requirement to scan or sign in at the office and to wear a face mask. We are all working to keep our school and parish community well and safe. We thank you for your kindness and cooperation in this matter.


It is with excitement that we share the teaching staff for 2022 with you.

Junior school

Mrs O'Connor - Deputy Principal of the junior school - Room 1, Year 0/1

Mrs Corina Cheetham - Teacher in the junior school - Room 2, Year 1/2

Mr Matthew Clark - A new teacher joining us - Room 3 - Year 2/3. (Mr Clark is so very excited to join our team and he brings many wonderful gifts and talents to our junior team)

Middle school

Mrs Julie Moor - Teacher - Room 4, Year 3/4

Mrs Helena Pedley - Director of Religious Studies, (DRS)- Room 5, Year 3/4

Senior school

Mrs Davinia O'Callaghan - Room 6, Year 5/6

Mr Michael Anderson - Deputy Principal of the senior school, Room 8 - Year 5/6

We continue to have the wonderful Mrs Anna Davis as our part time teacher. We also congratulate Mrs Davinia O'Callaghan who now has a Tagged Teacher position within our staff.


SWIMMING: As part of the Health and PE Curriculum we are incredibly fortunate to have our own school swimming pool to support water safety and skills. We hope to open the pool tomorrow for classes to use for children to develop water confidence and fun in the pool.

Please make sure your child brings to school from tomorrow:

  • A named swimming bag
  • Named swimming togs (rash vest if possible as we are also a sunsmart school)
  • A named towel

Please check that your child can change themselves and go through how to keep all their belongings in their swimming bags.

Blessings and thanks to you all


As a school we are focusing our prayers on the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy this week. Alongside this we are working through the Communion of Saints as we learning we are all saints , with a small 's' here at Our Lady of Lourdes.

The works of mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus. They give us a model for how to treat others, as if they were Jesus in disguise. Offering works of mercy with sincerity show we are living like Jesus, with our kind hands, kind words and kind heart.

The Works of Mercy are more than just an obligation. They are performed as acts of love for our neighbour and as a response to our deep love for God.

They show how we can live Jesus’ Law of Love.


We learn of Jesus’ Law of Love and the Works of Mercy so that we can live out his lessons in today's world.

Help us to do this as a team through the ideas we have discussed and the actions we have planned.

May our compassion for others help us to bring Your love into the world.

Help us have a fun and safe week of learning & games.

Bless our efforts to show your mercy and love to the world.


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NEW SCHOOL UNIFORM UPDATE - some items available for purchase

We are very happy to inform you that some items of our new gender neutral school uniform are available to purchase in store and online at Academy Apparel, 82 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North.

The items currently available for purchase are:

  • short sleeved polo shirts
  • Skorts
  • PE shorts
  • PE tops
  • Sun hats (navy)
  • Socks (navy/white)

We are now 'phasing in' our new gender neutral school uniform over the next 2 years. This means for the next 2 years your child can wear the current school uniform or the new school uniform.

We do ask that by the start of the school year 2024 all students be dressed in the full new school uniform.

Blessings from OLOL Staff


The last day for Scholastic Book Club orders needs to be earlier than usual this issue to allow for the books to be delivered before the end of term.

I will process the orders on Friday 26th November so please have your online and cash orders in by Thursday 25th November.

Thank you

Karen Worsley

Office Administrator

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  • 25th - Senior overnight camp
  • 9th - Year 6 Graduation mass -
  • 14th - Final day of the year - school closes at 1pm. We will have a final prize giving assembly on this day

Jubilees of Ordination 2021

The annual Diocesan Mass to celebrate the priestly ordinations will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North, on Tuesday 30th November at 12.05 pm.

The Jubilarians this year are Bishop Peter Cullinane (60 years, 23/12/1961), Fr. David Moore SM (60 years, 6/7/1961), Fr. Marcus Francis (20 years, 24/2/2001), Fr. Manoj Mathew IC (10 years, 6/10/2011).

Parishioners, guests, and friends are welcome to attend. Besides the 100 allowed in the Cathedral there will be provision for overflow. Because of Covid 19 restrictions this year we are not able to have hospitality in the Cathedral gathering area after the Jubilee Mass.

Chris Reilly

Diocese of Palmerston North

Children's Ministry Appreciation Party hosted by the Citywide

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Ngā manaaki o te wā! – Greetings of this day!

To celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of your children into the various ministries of the church in 2021, there will be a Children’s Ministry Appreciation Party hosted by the Citywide Young Families Ministry.

Your child/ren are invited.

When: 16th December 2021

Where: Bowlarama, 94 Cuba Street, Palmerston North

Time: 5:30pm -8pm

What to bring:

  1. Clean socks for bowling shoes
  2. Water bottle

In order to satisfy our strict Health and Safety protocols, your registration for this event is mandatory.

Please click this link to register.

If you have any questions about this event, please be in contact with Basia McIntosh, Young Families Minister bmcintosh@pndiocese.org.nz or 021 0820 3750.

Basia McIntosh

Young Families Minister

Diocese of Palmerston North

DATES for 2022

Term 1 - Wednesday February 2nd - Thursday 14th April (Friday 15th is Good Friday)

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - 14th December (to be confirmed)


Does your child love music?

Are you looking for an awesome Holiday Program for your kids?

Then we have the program for you! Epic Music Academy is running an OSCAR approved EPIC holiday program these school holidays.

To check out all the info, our highlights video and to sign up, head along to our website : epicma.nz/holiday-program

Palmerston North City Council

Please avoid the Te Awe Awe/Albert St intersection in the morning, and find a different way to school.

Council is urgently fixing a manhole near the roundabout. While the intersection will be open it will be operating under stop/go and this will cause considerable delays.

They’ve asked us to share this message with you and encourage you to find another route to school in the morning.

They’ll be posting updates on the council facebook page.

Thanks for your patience.

Madi McNeur
Marketing and Communications Administrator

Palmerston North City Council
Te Marae o Hine − 32 The Square
Private Bag 11034, Palmerston North 4442