Newsletter Week 5 Term 1

Our Lady of the Assumption School - 2nd March 2023

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OLA News

Ahiahi mārie

The Lenten season is now well underway and this year has been following Pope Francis' 2022 message of focusing on changing our behaviours and doing things for others.

Our students have been focused on having outward looking Lenten intentions. Our tamariki have written their own lenten intentions centered around making others' lives better and these were then offered up at our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. Our Lenten intentions now sit in our foyer and will go to Mass with each team so that these intentions are also offered up at Mass.

"Let us not grow tired of doing good" " When we sow for the benefit of others, we share in God's own benevolent love: "it is truly noble to place our hope in the hidden power of the seeds of goodness we sow, and thus to initiate processes hose fruits are reaped by others" (Fratelli Tutti, 196). Sowing goodness for the benefit of others frees us from narrow self-interest, infuses our actions with gratuitousness, and makes us part of the magnificent horizon of God's benevolent plan".

Ngā mihi nui

Janet and the Team @ OLA

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Welcome to Our School

We are delighted to welcome the following new children to our school:

Eleganza - Room 1

Rafa - Room 8

Slip 'n Slide

Oh, what a lot of fun Rutherford and Sheppard Teams have had on the Slip n Slide this week! Thank you so much to Mr Wallis and the PAL's for organising this hugely enjoyable event. A reminder that tomorrow children from Batten Team and Hillary Hub can have a go, so remember to bring your togs and a towel!

School Swimming Sports (Years 5-8)

Although the weather was not great, we managed to hold our senior school swimming sports last week at Wharenui Pool. It was wonderful to have parents and caregivers there to cheer the children on. A big thank you to our parent helpers, Cynthia Cody, Ann Garton, Jo Dunning, Trish Boyle, Mike Hyslop, Kathryn Eagle, Maria Morley-Bunker, Nicole Hanning, Siobhan Marshall & Pamela Campbell.

Congratulations to the following children who have qualified to attend the Zone Swimming Champs, which will be held at Selwyn Aquatic Centre on Friday 17th March 2023, at 9:45am.

Year 8 - Tandia, Maclane, Lily, Jessica, Sophie, Archie & Tom

Year 7 - Arie, Jahmia, Katie, Freya, Sebastian & Connor

Year 6 - Harper, Elena, Lucy, Freya, Ollie, Hudson, Sean, Rafferty & Finn

Year 5 - Lydia, Isla, Elle, Mila, Savannah, Isaia, Isaac & Tommy

Coding in the Rutherford Team

Today in Room 11 and 12, Felicity, from Office Max, came to introduce coding to our Tamariki. What an incredible opportunity it was!

“I liked pretending to be a car” said Declan.

“I liked teaching Indi how to drive” said Caleb.

“I liked making the code for Indi to follow” said Chloe.

Blue Day Fundraiser

Thank you to every family who supported "Blue Day" by wearing something blue to school on Friday and donating a gold coin. We are delighted to announce that we raised $1,024.20.

Walk or Wheel Week

We are again taking part in the Christchurch City Council's Walk or Wheel Week, from 6th - 10th March. This is another great opportunity to have fun and keep our children active. The plan for the week is as follows:

Move it Monday - Encourage tamariki to get moving. Start your walk or wheel week with an active commute to school.

Travel Together Tuesday - Celebrate by walking and wheeling to school with your friends and whanau..

Whacky Wednesday - Decorate your bike with something bright; look bright, be bright, stay bright.

Thoughtful Thursday - Help the planet. Walking and wheeling helps create a healthier planet! How else can you help our environment?

Funky Feet Friday - Dress your feet. Wear your funkiest footwear - think wheelies, gumboots, football boots or jazz up your trainers with glitter, tinsel, feather - go wild!

As part of Walk or Wheel Week we are very excited to have won the opportunity to have Pedalmania Bikes visit our school on Tuesday 7th March, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. They will bring a selection of strange, clever, crazy and bizarre pedal powered bikes for the children to ride. To participate in this activity children must bring a bike helmet to wear. If your child does not have a helmet, Pedalmania have a small number for them to use.

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Team Masses

Each week our different teams take a turn celebrating Mass at OLA Church. Each Mass begins at 11 a.m. and all parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend.

Batten Team - Friday 3rd March

Hillary Hub - Friday 10th March

Rutherford & Sheppard Teams - Friday 17th March

Batten Team - Friday 24th March

Hillary Hub - Friday 31st March

School & PTA Working Bee - Saturday 18th March

Come and help us make our environment more attractive for our tamariki.

We would love some help to paint the fence around the field and get our vegie gardens, fruit trees and hen area tidied up ready for another year of growing by our Garden Club.

When: Saturday 18th March, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – please give any time that you can - 30 mins or a few hours. All help is gratefully accepted.

What to bring:

  • If helping with the fence, please bring a large paintbrush. If you bring a paint sprayer, please ensure that the paint only goes on the fence and not our neighbours property – houses, cars etc.
  • If you are helping with the garden, please bring either weeding/digging tools for pruning and if anyone knows how to repair the compost bins that would be amazing!

The PTA will be putting on a sausage barbecue towards the end.

Please RSVP to so that we have an idea of numbers for the barbecue

Congratulations to Hudson

A big congratulations to Hudson in Room 12 who received a gold medal for competing in the South Island Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champs.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art which revolves around the traditional Japanese Jujutsu that believes a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution.

Well done Hudson!

Staff Awards

Our congratulations to Frances Chum and Danielle Marston for being awarded the following certificates at the Christchurch Catholic Schools Commissioning Mass held at the Pro Cathedral on the 21st February 2023.

Frances Chum - Diocesan Certificate of Attainment in Religious Studies

Danielle Marston - New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies – RE

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a service that our school has operated for over 13 years. This service provides support by way of meals to any of our school or parish families. The service is funded by our School Board and we have a group of parents who make up batches of meals, which are then frozen and distributed to families as required.

Helping Hands is a is a confidential service. Please advise your child's teacher or the principal, Janet Cummings, if you need some support by way of meals or you know someone who does.

NZpray2day App

NZpray2day is an app designed for older primary school children and their whānau to help them enter into the richness of the ancient Christian cycle of seasons, saints and readings.

It is available free of charge from Apple Store and Google Play.

We encourage families to download this and use it to facilitate discussion and prayer with your children .

Principal's Awards

Each fortnight at assembly we acknowledge our children's outstanding work in the classroom by awarding a Principal's Award to one student in each class. Congratulations to all our award recipients in Week 1.

Rutherford & Sheppard Teams

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(back row, from left) Harrison, Allie, Lewis, Joseph and Mayme-Lola & Niamh

(front row, from left) Daryll, Olivia, Violet, Sofia, Isaac

Batten Team & Hillary Hub

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(back row, from left) Charlie, Saskia, Lyla, Niamh and Violet

(front row, from left) Daniel, Emman, Juan, Phu, Mila, Vienna

Upcoming Events

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PTA News

  • This coming Monday, 6th March, we invite any parent/guardian who is interested in joining the PTA or being a friend of the PTA. Meetings are held in the staffroom starting at 7p.m. It is our AGM, so the perfect time to get to know what we do!

  • Our Easter Raffle is currently being organised. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for further information.

  • Secondhand Uniform Sales - Wednesday 8th March between 2:45p.m. and 3:15p.m.
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Job Vacancies

Hoon Hay School currently have a vacancy for a part-time caretaker for 2 days a week (Monday & Tuesday, 6:30am to 2pm). To view the full job description and to apply, click here.

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch is looking to fill the full-time position of Personal Assistant to the Bishop. To view the full job description and to apply, click here.

God Bless

Janet and the Team at Our Lady of the Assumption School

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