OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL T4 W2

TE KURA O TO MATOU WAHINE O RUATA

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

Nai mai, haere mai, welcome to Week 2/wiki te rua. We hope you all enjoyed the longer Labour Weekend. This week we welcome Rachel to our junior room, sister of Leah in Room 3 - abundant blessings to you and your family/whanau.

As you can see from the calendar/dates below, we have some wonderful things coming up. The board met last Wednesday and we have planned out key things for next year following our survey from the Wellbeing evening we had. Please see the update from the Board below.


BAPTISM/WELCOME: This Sunday, October 30th, at the 9.30am mass, we welcome 6 of our children/tamariki into the church. We are so very excited and thrilled to join with them on this special sacramental journey.


RECONCILIATION: Thursday November 10th at 5.30pm - for some this will be the first time they will be making this special sacrament.


FIRST COMMUNION: Sunday November 13th - this is a huge celebration for our children and their families - please join us for the 9.30am mass.

Whaea Donna is working on dates for next year for those who are thinking about beginning their Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion journey - please reach out at any time as we can help you with this.


If your child is in year 6 and is attending St Peter’s College next year there is a grant available to assist with costs such as travel, uniform, stationery and technology. This funding comes from our OLOL Parish and families can apply for it each year that your child attends St Peter’s College.


Please contact Donna Brown, Pastoral Coordinator, pastoral@pncathedral.org.nz, 0212295753 for more information.


TERM 4 DATES

Tuesday October 25 - School Library bus

Thursday October 27 - National Shake out day

Friday October 28 - Middle school Eel trip - thank you to those who are able to help on the day - it will be lots of fun!!!

Sunday October 30 - Welcome to the church - come along and support our children

Monday October 31 - Pet Liturgy Parade/Blessing 2-3pm - more information below

Tuesday November 1 - All Saints day - school will attend the 10am mass

Wednesday November 2 - All Souls mass @10am

Thursday November 3 - Basketball session #1with Coach Miles

Saturday November 5 - Parihaka remembrance

Tuesday November 8 - Fire Engine visit at 2pm

Thursday November 10 - Basketball session #2 with Coach Miles, Reconciliation @5.30pm

Sunday November 13 - FIRST COMMUNION, all welcome, please come and join our school

Tuesday November 15 - Library Bus

Thursday November 17 - Basketball session #3 with Coach Miles

Saturday November 19 - Working Bee at 10am-3pm / please see note below

Monday November 21 - Swimming begins this week (weather permitting)

Thursday November 24 - Basketball session #4 Coach Miles

Friday November 25 - SCHOOL ATHLETICS at 9.30-11.30am at school (more details next week)

Thursday December 1 - OLOL Christmas in the Park - picnic dinner at school

Friday December 2 - Road Patrollers movie

Tuesday December 6 - Okatia Junior rooms trip - Place Based learning

Wednesday December 7 - OLOL Senior mass/children performing for our wonderful parishioners

Monday December 12 - Whanau fun day

Tuesday December 13 - Graduation Mass for Year 6 and families

Wednesday December 14 - Final mass @11.30am, SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE YEAR @ 12.30pm


Please make sure you continue to read the newsletter to keep up with everything that is going on. Ring Karen in the office if you have any further queries


Breakfast club is thriving with children/tamariki enjoying this healthy breakfast of Weetbix and milk every day now!!! From our meeting/hui and the question around the Lunches in School, we made contact with this amazing organisation - unfortunately as it was when it first began, we do not meet the criteria. As a board we will now offer Breakfast every morning as well as organising fresh fruit for all our children.


Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki

May God keep and bless you


The OLOL Team

MALO NI - Welcome to Tokelau Language week

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PET BLESSING LITURGY - MONDAY OCTOBER 31

We are so excited to have this once again in our school. This will begin at 2pm on the back field. It is exciting to hear of the many family pets that are coming along. Can you please contact the office by phone or an email to let us know if your child is bringing an animal for the afternoon so we can organise this accordingly. For the safety of all a reminder that animals will need to be on a leash or in a cage for their time at school.


IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PET - THAT IS OKAY WE HAVE A PLAN !!!😊

We do not want any child to miss out on this excitement, so next Monday your child could bring along their favourite soft toy, teddy bear, toy animal and we can share and celebrate these wonderful creatures with our school community as well.


Starting time 2pm - with a welcome to our school/kura

A brief liturgy and blessing for our precious pets and soft toys

A walk around to view our special creatures.

FROM OUR BOARD

Thank you for your feedback at our recent evening - we have taken your ideas and voice into consideration as we move the school forward. The following areas were common themes that we have looked into initially.


Lunch in schools request- As mentioned above our school does not fit the criteria. At our Board meeting it was decided we would offer breakfast and fruit everyday to support our healthy food in schools. We will keep in touch with the Lunch in Schools organisation.


Annual Plan: The Board are working on our goals for next year and will share these priorities with you next week for your input and feedback.


Working Bee: Saturday November 19th: 10-3pm

We are planning to complete a range of things to improve our school on this date. We are looking to paint the caretakers shed, and spare wall, replace wood by front paths, water blast swimming pool shade sail, sand and paint front seats, paint side of the neighbours garage by the back path and a general clean and tidy up. If you have some spare time during the day and able to share your skills then we would appreciate your help. Board members will be overseeing each task over the day and as we know many hands make light work. Lunch will be provided.


Signage around the school: We have contacted Awesome Art who is helping with this to make our Catholic values, wellbeing and who we are and what we are about more visible for our children, families and community.


Bicultural: Our school is a crown entity and we have a responsibility to uphold the 4 articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This year, as part of our Catholic Kāhui Ako, we have a focus across our Catholic schools of learning more. Four of our staff are undertaking a Level 1 Māori course with the aim that staff will gain Level 2 by the end of 2024.


Multicultural events: We have put together a draft Promotion/Engagement plan which has a planned Multicultural event in Term 1. We will put the plan in place in the next few weeks and we will share this with you. We are looking for ways to be more inclusive of our 13 cultures in our school.

For more information, parents have enrolled their children as:

1.5% African

1.5% Cook Island

12% Indian

.76% Latin American

11% Maori

36% New Zealand

2.3% Other Asian

1.5% Other European

11% Samoan

12% South East Asian

1.5% Tokelauan

7% Tongan

We are truly blessed to have this rich cultural diversity.


High Achievement: We are blessed at our school to have very high achievement rates through all levels of our school. You would have seen the below mid year data. We will share our end of year data with you in November. We are also working to develop your child's end of year HERO report showing progress in all 8 curricula areas.

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MEET OUR AMAZING BOARD OF TRUSTEES - CONTINUED

We are truly grateful to those in our community and school who have offered their gifts and talents to serve on our Board of Trustees. See below for the first introductions of this wonderful team

OUR CATHOLIC/KATORIKA FOCUS

This week our wonderful Mrs O'Connor is leading us with our liturgy - with our focus on the month of the Rosary. Our children, staff and board are all praying this special prayer.

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY EXAM RESULTS

We are keeping this in for one more week as we are just so proud of these wonderful young achievers - in case you missed it last week!!!

Last term we had some amazing children/tamariki who said YES to a new learning challenge. This assesses children from across New Zealand in Maths and English. We are always proud of our all our children who have many gifts and talents - let us congratulate these wonderful Year 5/6 in Maths and English:

Kiwi English

Merit - Milo, Oliver, Amelia,

Achieved - Mia, Luke, Mikaela, Leiana, Charlotte Jane

Participated - Kellan, Stella, Cameron S


Kiwi Maths

Merit - Mikaela, Milo,

Achieved - Mia, Andrick,

Participated - Amelia, Oliver, Cameron S, Luke, Kellan

THREE MORE FABULOUS BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOU TO GET TO KNOW

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NEW WORLD SUPPORT AND NEW TOKENS NOW AT PIONEER NEW WORLD

Thank you for your ongoing support for our school through shopping at New World. We truly appreciate it.

TERM DATES

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - 14th December @12.30pm


TERM 1 DATES 2023

Term 1 begins - January 31st.