Our Lady of Lourdes School T1:W4

Newsletter Week 4: 23 February 2021

PRINCIPAL'S / TUMUAKI'S MESSAGE

KIA ORA E TE WHĀNAU, Hello to our families...

WELCOME TO WEEK 4: Thank you all for your support as we changed levels last week - our children/tamariki were all resilient as we transferred through the Alert Levels.


We have had a stunning start to the week. This began with a thoughtful liturgy on Lent led by Mrs Pedley, followed by Alistair and EPIC music sharing their gifts and talents with us all and then performing for us all. We are truly blessed to have them in our school/kura.

This week is the First week of Lent and we have been asked to share information on what this means - every week we will share a little more.


TABLOID SPORTS YEAR 1 and 2

This week we have the start to our Catholic schools Combined Tabloids - Year 1/2 will be heading to St Joseph's in Feilding on Thursday. Please be at school by 8.45am as the bus is leaving at 9am. PE gear, hat and food for the day. A note has gone out on Seesaw.


WELCOME / NAU MAI

We are so lucky to have Hazel, Daniel, Jayson and Thea join us at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Abundant blessings to you all and your family/whanau.


UNIFORM

This year we will begin the process of reviewing our uniform. We are aware that the PE shorts are in short supply at The Warehouse at the moment. If you cannot access PE shorts then please wear any blue shorts.


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STAFF ONLY DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED ON MARCH 10th

On Wednesday, March 10th, the school will be closed for a Staff Development day around the Learning Progressions and the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) tool which supports progress across Reading, Writing and Maths.

CATHOLIC CHARACTER/ RE INFORMATION

Week 1: First Sunday of Lent

“This is the first thing the Church teaches us: Jesus always prepares us for trials, and in the trials he is with us; he never forsakes us.”

Pope Francis, Homily at San Gelasio I Papa, 25 February 2018


CARITAS LENT REFLECTION:

E te Ariki, Lord Jesus, you were prepared for your ministry by baptism and by temptation in the wilderness. As we start our Lenten journey, so too do we prepare ourselves for your death and resurrection. Be with us through our trials and give us the strength to find the path that leads us to you. We ask this in your holy name. Āmene.


Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-5abc, 6, 7cd (Lectionary for Masses with Children)


Response: Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

Show me your paths and teach me to follow;

guide me by your truth

and instruct me. You keep me safe (Response)


Please, LORD, remember, you have always been patient and kind.

Show me how truly kind you are

and remember me. (Response)


GOSPEL READING

Scripture

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15 (Lectionary for Masses with Children)

Right away God’s Spirit made Jesus go into the desert.

He stayed there for forty days while Satan tested him.

Jesus was with the wild animals, but the angels took care of him.

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God.

He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here.

Turn back to God and believe that good news!”


GOSPEL REFLECTION

As we get older, we will go on many different journeys, or trips. Perhaps you might be able to think of a journey that you have been on with your family. Jesus went into the wilderness to prepare himself, what did he do? Remembering he stayed out there for 40 days. That is a long time. What do you think he brought with him?


Jesus took nothing with him on this journey even though he knew he was going to be there for a while. He wanted no distractions. Why? Have you ever tried to talk to God when there are distractions around you? Sometimes it can be hard, even in our normal daily lives, the noise can be distracting. But Jesus showed us what to do – find our wilderness and bring nothing with us. Just us and God. God wants to hear from us, no matter what we want to say.

Jesus also shows us in this piece of scripture, that sometimes our journeys are not always easy. We must always remember that in life we will face tough decisions and may be challenged to make the right choice which could be different from others. It is through our faith that we are reminded that God is always with us, even when we think God may have gone away. Jesus shows to us that we should always keep our faith, show courage and know that God is always with us even if we cannot hear God's voice. As we journey through Lent, let us remember to listen to God’s voice and take time to prepare with God for the trip ahead over the next six weeks.

MERCY AWARDS FOR WEEK FOUR

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Liam for showing the Mercy value of RESILIENCE and EXCELLENCE in school work.

Fatu for showing the Mercy value of such JOY and EXCELLENCE in all that you do.


RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Miliah for showing the Mercy value of RESPECT by being a good role model to others.


RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Anna-Belle for showing the Mercy value of EXCELLENCE in her learning especially in reading and writing.

Daniel for showing his peers what learning should look like and sound like in the Believers classroom.


RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Nirai - for using his Mercy value of EXCELLENCE. He has started the year with a positive attitude to learning and is trying his best in his learning.


RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Hugo - for showing the Mercy Value of EXCELLENCE by the diligent great start in his work he has made this year.


Alaina - for the Mercy Value of EXCELLENCE by her diligence and the great start in her work she has made this year.


RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Connor - using the Mercy Value of SERVICE by being helpful to others around the school.

Alex - using the Mercy Value of SERVICE by being helpful to others around the school

MERCY HOUSE POINTS

  • POMPELLIER: 339
  • McAULEY: 267
  • ONGLEY: 204
  • BERNADETTE: 260
  • VINCENT: 261
  • FRANCIS: 290
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EPIC Concert

STRATEGIC and ANNUAL PLANS

This year the Board are reviewing our Strategic Goals as well as our Annual Priorities. We want to hear from you... What ideas do you have for our school, our kura.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Feb 25: Year 1 & 2 Combined Catholic School Tabloids at St Joseph’s Feilding @9.30

  • Mar 4: Year 3/4 Combined Catholic Schools Tabloids at St James @ 9.30

  • Mar 11: Year 5/6 Combined Catholic Schools Tabloids @ St Mary's @ 10am
  • Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY APR 2: Good Friday, APR 5: Easter Monday, APR 6: Easter Tuesday - (school closed Friday, Monday, Tuesday)
  • Mar 10: SCHOOL CLOSED - Staff Training Day

  • Mar 12: OLOL Duathlon, 2-3pm, swim and run

  • Mar 19: St Joseph's Whānau Day

  • Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY Apr 2: GOOD FRIDAY

  • APR 5/6: HOLY MONDAY/ TUESDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • APR 16: LAST DAY OF THE TERM