Our Lady of Lourdes School T2 W5

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome to Week 5

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

Talofa lava families/whanau

Welcome to Week 5 - and Samoan Language week. We are always excited to learn and grow in our understanding of our different cultures in our school/kura.


SICKNESS IN THE SCHOOL

As mentioned in a message sent out on our School App, we have had an interesting start to the week with a large number of children away due to sickness. We are increasing the good hygiene practises again in and out of the classroom. We thank you for your support.


A reminder that is so very important for us to know where your child is each school day. Please make contact with us using the school App, leaving a voicemail message or emailing Karen Worsley in the office if your child is absent from school. It is a Ministry of Education requirement that we keep explicit tracking of all of our children. Again, our thanks for your help and support with this.


CROSS COUNTRY CANCELLED FOR NOW

After much discussion, we have decided to cancel the Cross Country that was planned for Thursday. With approximately a third of our children away due to illness and working with minimal staff we can not run this. We hope to be able to run this or something similar later in the term when we have got through this latest episode of sickness in the school. Thank you also to those who offered to help on the day - it was wonderful to have all your support. We will call on you again when we have another plan in place.


CONFERENCES AND MID YEAR REPORTING

All teachers are working their way through a new reporting system in our school. We look forward to sharing this with you during Conferences later in the term and then working towards an online platform by Term 4. We will again use the electronic system for booking and this will be open from tomorrow, Wednesday 1st of June @ 9am. Please see the instructions below. These will also be posted on Seesaw.


THIS WEEK:

Monday - EPIC music, Basketball practice at the Whanau centre, Scripture Reading practice

Tuesday - Liturgy now takes places on Tuesday morning, Ki O Rahi practise,

Thursday - CROSS COUNTRY CANCELLED FOR NOW

Friday - TEACHER ONLY DAY - school is closed please keep your children at home

Saturday - Year 5/6 Netball

Sunday - Hockey games


Faamanuia le Atua/ God bless you

The OLOL Team

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SAMOAN LANGUAGE WEEK

Facts:

  • This year marks 12 years since Samoa Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • 2022 is also a significant year for the Samoan community, being the 60th anniversary of Samoa Independence. Sāmoa, officially the Independent State of Sāmoa, gained independence from NZ on 1st January 1962, which is celebrated on 1st June as its independence day.
  • Samoa has a unique historical relationship with NZ. It is the only nation that NZ has a Treaty of Friendship. The Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand is about a commitment to partnership, friendship and a mutual endeavour to obtain for Tagata Sāmoa (Samoan peoples) fuller opportunities for social progress. Language is critical in achieving this.
  • Until 4th July 1997, Sāmoa was known as Western Sāmoa. Samoa consists of 2 main islands (Savai’i and Upolu) and 4 smaller islands (Manono, Apolima, Fanuatapu, and Namua).
  • Apia is the capital of Samoa on Upolu island, and Samoa’s currency is the tala.
  • The German Empire governed the western part of Samoa from 1900 to 1914. In 1908 the non-violent Mau a Pule resistance movement arose.
  • From 29 August 1914 to 1 January 1962, New Zealand controlled Samoa.
  • On 7th November 1918, the New Zealand passenger and cargo ship Talune arrived at Apia from Auckland. On board were people suffering from pneumonic influenza (the Spanish flu). Although the Talune had been quarantined in Fiji, no such restrictions were imposed in Samoa. Sick passengers were allowed to disembark. Within 7 days the disease spread rapidly through Samoa and it was estimated that 8500 people, 22% of the population, died, with 90% of the population infected.
  • By the late 1920s the Mau resistance movement had gathered support against the growing resentment of New Zealand’s colonial rule. A peaceful demonstration in Apia on 28th December 1929 ended with New Zealand police shooting and killing a number of demonstrators. That day became known in Samoa as Black Saturday.

· Samoa has a head of state who is currently Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II, succeeding Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Efi in July 2017. The new and first female Prime Minister is Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa since 24th May 2021, succeeding Tuila’epa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi who had been Prime Minister since 1998.

  • Samoans associate with their village; there is no such thing as tribes in Samoa.
  • Samoans are the largest (184,332 Census 2018) Pacific community in NZ.
  • Samoan is a Polynesian language that belongs in the same language family as the languages of NZ Māori, Tongan, Hawai’i and Tahiti.
  • Samoan language has 2 registers: ordinary words (common language) and honorific words (language of orators | tulafale and chiefs | matai)
  • A ʻie tōga is a special finely woven mat. They are commonly referred to in English as "fine mats" although they are never used as 'mats' as they have a cultural value in Samoa.

CATHOLIC CHARACTER - LITURGY for this week

Thank you Mrs Moor for this week's liturgy on the Ascension. Such an important liturgical season for us to reflect upon. Our children are enjoying learning more about this.

FAITH FACTS FOR TERM 2

Week 5 (30 May -3 June) A week of Prayer for Christian Unity

On January 25, 1959, in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, Pope John XXIII announced his intention to convoke an ecumenical council. It was at the closing ceremony for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity…The Week of Prayer takes place in Aotearoa New Zealand between Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday (29 May-5 June). The theme this year is “We saw his star in the east, and we came to worship him”, from Matthew’s account of the Magi visiting the infant Jesus. The star of Bethlehem has meaning beyond Christmas. It is a sign that God calls his people to unity, walks with them, feels their pain, hears their cries, and shows them compassion. It reassures us that though circumstances change and terrible disasters may happen, God’s faithfulness is unfailing.

(Cardinal John A Dew

President, New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference)


Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost is the Feast where we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain the Church after the death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven of Jesus.

Pentecost is hugely significant to us as members of the Church because:

  • Without the presence of the Spirit Jesus’ mission could not have continued and the Church would not have been born.

  • The Spirit poured out gifts on people that enabled them to live as Jesus lived and build his kingdom here on earth.

  • The coming of the Spirit fulfilled Jesus’ promise to be with his followers always.

  • Pentecost enables the Spirit to live in the world, in the Church and in our hearts guiding and prompting us to make Jesus alive in the world.

PENTECOST SUNDAY MASS 5TH JUNE

On Sunday 5th June for Pentecost Sunday we are asking whanau to come to Mass in their cultural dress to celebrate this special day. Children's Liturgy will also be starting on this day.


We look forward to you joining us on this fabulous day.

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SPORTS NEWS

It was wonderful to see our children playing sport again. We have a very enthusiastic basketball team, a very hard working Year 5/6 Netball team as well as two hockey teams. Thank you to those parents who have stepped in to coach and manage the teams and to the staff who support them. All the very best for the season ahead.

FROM THE BOARD

Board Elections

The elections will now be held between 5 September and 23 September 2022, with the common (or preferred date) being 7 September 2022.

Please begin to have a think if this is something you may like to be a part of. We have three Proprietors Reps, who are the voice of the Proprietor and an active participant in church life and we have four parent Reps. We have some amazing long standing board representatives that are looking at moving on to their next adventure.


We have been truly blessed to have such a hard working team that are all about our children/tamariki - supporting our school/kura to be the best it can be. We have made significant changes in many of the physical spaces, and to our teaching and learning programmes. We look forward to moving forward together on our waka of improvement and growth.

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. Remember every $50 spent is one token for our school. We would love to be able to get another 5 Ipads in our middle hub.
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ST VINCENT DE PAUL

We are aware that some families may be struggling at this time. For any food parcels or welfare assistance, please phone St Vinnies shop on 357 6779 and a SVDP member will attend to your request.

Thank you.

Susan Learmonth

Parish Secretary

St Mary’s Parish

(Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm)

T 06 358 5614

E stmaryspalmy@inspire.net.nz

W http://www.stmaryschurchpn.org.nz/

69 Ruahine Street | Roslyn| Palmerston North | 4414 | New Zealand

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TERM TWO DATES

  • Friday June 3 - TEACHER ONLY DAY - focusing on our new reporting system- SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHILDREN
  • Monday June 6 - QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday June 23 - Matariki Dawn Liturgy, breakfast and day of celebrating
  • Friday June 24 - MATARIKI Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Wednesday June 29 - SCHOOL CONFERENCES (1-6pm) - SCHOOL CLOSES at 12.30pm, please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 12.30pm.
  • THURSDAY June 30 - SCHOOL CONFERENCES (3.30-6pm)
  • FRIDAY JULY 8 - LAST DAY OF TERM 2

TERM 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)