Our Lady of Lourdes School T4: W1

Newsletter: 19 October 2021

HELLO, KIA ORA, KIA ORĀNA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA, NAMASTE, KUMUSTA...

Welcome to Term 4 - we hope the first week back at school has started well for you and your child. We loved hearing all about the wonderful things you all go up to in the Term 3 break. We are full steam ahead here at school. We began the term with a lovely outdoor blessing of our children/tamariki and then a blessing for our new playground additions. It was a lovely way to begin the term.

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The Rosary in 2 Minutes

CATHOLIC CHARACTER

The month of October is when we pray the Rosary with our children. This is a beautiful prayer that our children enjoy praying at all times. There is an attached link above to find out more about this lovely prayer opportunity. Pray this at home with your child during the month.


MISSIO_NZ

In many countries where one finds the Catholic Church, October is the Month of Mission. Prayers are offered for the missionary work of the Church as inspired by Matthew 28:19

"Go and make disciples of all nations."

The faithful are encouraged to be more aware that we all are missionaries, find what gives meaning to our lives, and share it. One may find inspiration in the lives of outstanding persons, like Catholics who lived well their lives. An example is St. Thérèse of the Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower or Thérèse of the Child Jesus.


There is an attached link to Pope Francis message to us all. "To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May his compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples."

Fakaalofa lahi atu! We are Celebrating Niue Language Week!

This year’s theme for Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week is Kia Tupuolaola e Moui he Tagata Niue which means May the Tagata Niue thrive.

Kia tupuolaola e moui he Tagata Niue, reminds us of the importance of our Pacific languages and cultures and how they contribute to spiritual, emotional, physical and social wellness for prosperity and wealth in the home, community and nation.

This year’s theme reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing

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UNIFORM FOR THIS TERM

As we are in Term 4 we change over to our summer uniform usually by the 26th October. That is a white short sleeve polo shirt for the girls and the grey short sleeve polo shirt for the boys. As you are aware we are in the process of swapping over our uniform which will be available at Academy Apparel on Broadway Avenue. There is very little left at The Warehouse. We do have donated items here at school for you to look at. There is also the option for your child to wear their PE top if you cannot get either of the other two tops. We will keep you informed as we hear anything about the progress of our new uniform. Please know we fully understand and we are just gently working through this process.

AUSTRALIAN MATHS COMPETITION

At the end of last term we celebrated a number of our children/tamariki who participated in the University of Canterbury competition.(see the image below) These tests are set at a very high standard and we congratulate all those that participated. The below children/tamariki earned the following:

Ameila I - EXCELLENCE In English

Milo - Achieved in Maths, English

Alex - Achieved in Maths

Mikaela - Achieved in English

Corbin - Achieved in English

Mia - Achieved in English

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STEPS WEB LEVEL 6 Completed - WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! 100 house points coming your way.

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TOUCH RUGBY HAS BEEN CANCELLED THIS TERM

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TERM 4 DATES

October

  • 18th - First day of Term 4
  • 25th - Labour day - school is closed this Monday
November
  • 1st - All Saints Day
  • 2nd - All Souls Day - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - make sure you look fabulous
  • 25th - Senior overnight camp
December
  • 9th - Year 6 Graduation mass - if we are under Level 2 conditions this would be for Year 6 children and families only. There may be a limit of four people per family. We will share more details as the term progresses.
  • 14th - Final day of the year - school closes at 1pm