Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

Our Lady of the Assumption School - 22nd September 2022

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OLA News

It has been lovely to see school events and events with other schools happening again.

Our swimming sports, that had been postponed from March, were a great success and it was great to see children giving of their best and to witness some very close races! Congratulations to all our place getters.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori was celebrated in many ways across the school and a highlight was our Kapakaha and Hoon Hay School's Kapahaka performing for each other. What talent there is across both schools. We enjoyed being able to connect with our neighbours again.

We are also very proud of our Y8 Epo8 team who placed 5th out of 12 teams in the EPro8 competition last night!

Congratulations too to Xanthe who represented us so well at the Aims Games and achieved a 3rd overall.

And of course our lovely PTA are able to go ahead with the senior and junior discos.

Remember that this Monday the 26th is a public holiday and we will be closed that day.

Enjoy the long weekend with your whānau.

Janet Cummings

Senior School Swimming Sports

Our senior school had a great day down at Wharenui Pool yesterday for their annual swimming sports day. We are really proud of all our tamariki who gave of their best in all their events and congratulations to all our place getters. For a full list of the results, please click here.

Senior school swimming is usually held at the beginning of the year and the children who qualify in the top three go on to represent the school at Zone Swimming, however this event was cancelled due to Covid restrictions in place at the time. We are really pleased that we were able to make this event happen for our tamariki.

Many thanks to Mrs Grant and all the parent helpers for making this event a great day.

EPro8 Challenge

The semifinals of the EPro8 Challenge were held last night and our Yr8 team (Amy, Millie, Mira and Bella) had qualified to compete.

They had to build a concert themed activity which consisted of different types of concert areas. This involved lots of calculations. They had to build a drum set, but unfortunately ran out of time to complete it. They were awarded bonus points for having a tidy work space.

Overall the girls came 5th out of 12 teams. They were only 10 points off qualifying for the finals. Well done girls - we were all very proud of you!

Kapa Haka

As part of our Maori Language Week celebrations, the OLA Kapa Haka group and the Hoon Hay School Kapa Haka group performed together in our school hall. The performance was scheduled to be outside so that both schools could watch, however the inclement weather meant that it had to be performed inside our school hall. Both schools were able to watch the performance via Zoom in their classrooms.

The OLA performance is entitled 'A Te Karakihi' and you can view it by clicking here. A huge thanks to Mr Grant for all his hard work in preparing our tamariki.

Aims Games - Xanthe

Xanthe from Hillary Hub competed in rock climbing at the AIMS Games in Tauranga earlier this month. The AIMS Games is a national sporting event for intermediate aged children.

There were four days of competition, which involved about 30 climbs over 4 days.

The finals were a combination of the results from the three different disciplines: top rope, bouldering and speed. Xanthe qualified in the top three for all rounds and finished 3rd overall. What an outstanding achievement Xanthe!

PTA Disco

The PTA School Disco on tomorrow in the school hall.

Juniors (Yrs 0-4) 5:30 p.m. – 7pm

Seniors (Yrs 5-8) 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m

Entry to the disco is free, however there will be drinks, chips and glow products available to purchase. Please see price list below.

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Monday 26th September - Public Holiday

The government have declared Monday 26th September a public holiday in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II. Our school will be closed on that day.

New School Board

The Board election process has now concluded and we are delighted to announce that the elected board members are: Pamela Campbell, Edwin Nystad, Julia Shallcrass, Kimberley Swinburn and Nimo Vili.

Cans for Christmas

Our Young Vinnies are once again organising our schools support of the Cans for Christmas Appeal. They are collecting cans, non-perishable food items and toiletries.

Please drop your donated items into the office on or before Friday 23rd September. Thank you for your generosity.

School Uniform

A reminder that all children must be wearing the new style school uniform by the beginning of 2023. For a full list of our school uniform please visit our website or click here.

New Enrolments

If you have a child that will be starting school in 2023, please ensure that you have enrolled them at the school office. If you are unsure, please contact the office on 338 9503 and they will be able to check for you. Enrolments for 2023 should be in by the end of Term 3 so that we can plan for when each of our new entrant classes start. Please click here to view our website enrolment page.
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Road Safety

We are noticing a drop in crossing roads safely during pick up and drop off times. This is very concerning as we have had a near miss reported to us; a truck had to break hard to avoid two of our students crossing Hoon Hay Road outside the church. Taking a couple more minutes to cross at the controlled crossing is much safer for your tamariki.

We will be talking to our students about this however it would be great if you also could remind them to use the controlled crossings as this is the safest way of crossing the very busy Hoon Hay and Sparks Roads.

There is a light controlled crossing outside our school for the safe crossing of Sparks Road and there are 4 safe ways of crossing the intersection of Hoon Hay and Sparks Roads. A kea crossing point is also due to be constructed on Maryhill Ave at the end of this month.

Thank you for your support in keeping our children safe.

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Piano Lessons

Jenny Keogh, one of our lovely Learning Assistants, is a qualified piano teacher. She currently has places available for children who would like to learn the piano. If you are interested, please contact the school office.

Dental Services Over the School Holidays

Priority for Community Dental Service appointments during the school break will be for immediate dental needs at the following clinics:

  • Woolston Community Dental Clinic, 11 Hopkins Street, Christchurch

  • Hornby Community Dental Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Christchurch

  • Timaru Community Dental Clinic, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

To access these appointments, call our Contact Centre on 0800 846 983 noting that priority is given to children with immediate dental needs.

For any dental advice please call the Contact Centre on 0800 846 983 or email

Principal's Award

Every fortnight we celebrate the amazing work that happens in our classrooms by awarding a Principal’s Award to a student in each class. Congratulations to our award winners this week!

Rutherford Team

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Sheppard Team

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Batten Team

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Hillary Hub

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PTA News

Thank you to all the families who helped with the delivery of the phone books last weekend.

The PTA will be holding a School Disco on Friday 23rd September 2022 in the school hall. (Jnr 5:30 p.m. – 7pm, Snr 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.). Entry to the disco is free, however there will be drinks, chips and glow products available to purchase.

PTA Break the Rules Day will be held on Friday 30th September. You will be allowed to come to school and pay for the rules you break. You can wear casual clothes, nail polish, face paint, hair chalk, wacky hair, chocolate treat in your lunchbox, juice instead of water, bring a teddy bear to school and more.... More details will be advised closer to the event. Funds will go towards team end of year activities.

The next PTA meeting will be on Monday 7th November at 7pm in the school staff room. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Events

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God Bless

Janet and the Team at Our Lady of the Assumption School

Church Notices

2023 Attendance Dues

Attendance Dues per child for 2023 will be $520. (Incl Special Character contribution of $60).

The cost per child each Term will be $130.

For more information please contact the parish office:

Community Notices

Community Notices

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