Newsletter Week 3 Term 1

Our Lady of the Assumption School - 16th February 2023

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OLA News

Ahiahi mārie

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the cyclone here in New Zealand and those affected by the earthquake in Turkey. We in Christchurch know what it is like to be affected by natural disasters in both the short term and in the long term recovery phase. Local Catholic primary schools have asked our Catholic colleagues who have been affected, which schools need support. When they have time to let us know, we will be holding a casual clothes day to fundraise for those affected and our tamariki will be making and sending cards and messages to them. We will keep you posted re this day.

We are fortunate that our own start to the year has been much more settled and it is lovely to see our tamariki settling into new classes, making new friends and connecting with old friends. A reminder that the Meet the Teams meetings are being held today, Thursday 16th February from 3.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. and repeated again at 5.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. so that you can choose the time that best suits your family, or if you have children in different teams you can attend both team meetings. This is a great opportunity to meet with the teachers and hear about the team's learning programmes and expectations.

Ngā mihi nui

Janet and the Team @ OLA

School Board News

Welcome back to the new school year!

We are very excited to let you know who our new Proprietor’s Representatives are on our School Board. These are Bishop Michael’s representatives and are appointed by him. We have 4 of these representatives on our board.

A very big welcome to:

Nicholas Collins

Emily Hutchison

Maria Powick

Ed Nystad

Last year Ed was elected as a parent representative and as Bishop Michael has now appointed him as a Proprietor’s Representative we have a vacancy. We met as a School Board on Tuesday night and decided to fill the vacancy by selection. You will have received a Hero notice about this on Wednesday 15th February.

Finally it is great to see, after our two years of transition, the whole school in our lovely new green and navy blue uniform. We do realise though that the we were not explicit enough in communicating our uniform shoes. We had said black traditional school shoe or black sports shoe with a black sole. By this we meant a totally black shoe. We notice that a small number of children have coloured strips or white sole parts. We acknowledge that shoes are an expensive item so request that, when you buy new shoes for your child you ensure that they are totally black.

And a reminder that long hair is to be tied back with a dark green, navy blue or black hair tie/scrunchie. If you are using a small elastic hair tie then it could also be the colour of your child’s hair.

Ngā mihi nui

OLA School Board

Welcome to Our School

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

Evelyn & Zyana - Room 1

Daniel - Room 4

Chydale - Hillary Hub

School Leaders for 2023

We are very proud to introduce our Year 8 School Leaders for 2023.
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Our Young Vinnies Group - Khloe, Sophia, Hayley, Emily and Mela

Young Vinnies serve our school by organising and running our Values Assemblies. They assist with fundraising and assist with the pastoral care of people in our community.

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Our Media Team - Reuben, Finn, Archie, Sophie and Jyla

The Media Team are our digital technology specialists. They take school photos, set up all of our digital equipment, organise the end of year slide show presentation for the prizegiving and problem solve any technical issues.

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Our PAL's - Tandia, Maclane, Violet, Mitchell and Carter

PAL's stands for Physical Activity Leaders. PAL's organise physical activities around the school and organise the sports shed and equipment.

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Our Eco Leaders - Charlie, Tom, Ben, Lily and Jessica

Eco Leaders work on increasing our sustainability knowledge and work in our garden. They also look after our lovely chickens.

Faith In Action

Putting our faith into action was evident last week with our school donating our spare desks and chairs to Christchurch Rotary who, in turn, are sending them to the Islands. Our 2023 Young Vinnie's leaders lent a hand to help stack them on the trailers. Well done Sophie, Hayley, Mela, Emily and Khloe!

School Swimming Sports (Years 5-8)

Our first sports event for 2023 will be the Senior School Swimming Sports. This event will be held at Wharenui Pool on Thursday 23rd Feb starting at 9:30 a.m. Parents/Caregivers are most welcome to come along to cheer the children on.

Children who qualify from this event will then go on to compete at the Zone Swimming Competition, which will be held on Friday 17th March, at Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

The bus will be departing Our Lady of the Assumption School at 9:05 a.m. Swimming Sports will begin at 9:30 a.m., and conclude at approximately 1p.m. If there is time, we will hold a house relay at the conclusion of the swimming sports.

Children will need to come to school in their sports shorts and house coloured shirt, with swimming togs underneath. They will also need goggles, a drink bottle and a substantial morning tea and lunch. If your child has a swimming cap, they are encouraged to wear this too.

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

We will be holding an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service on Wednesday 22nd February at 9am. If it is fine the service will be outside in the area between Room 8 and Room 2. If it is wet the service will be held in the hall.

Parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend.

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.

Rutherford & Sheppard Team - Friday 24th February

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

Car Parking

A reminder that the carpark behind the Church is not to be used for parking for school drop offs or pickups. A large number of children use this area to enter and leave the school and having moving vehicles in the area is a health and safety risk.

The car park in the BP service station and the staff carpark in front of the school are also out of bounds for school drop off and pick up times.

There is plenty of street parking available on Hoon Hay Road and other smaller side roads. The children can safely cross the road using the traffic lights on Hoon Hay Road / Sparks Road corner and on Hoon Hay Road.

Head Lice

There have been a few cases of head lice reported recently, which is very common in school communities. If you do notice that your child has head lice, please let the school office know so that we can ask families in that classroom to check their own child.

It is important that you check your child’s hair regularly, and treat for head lice if required, to help prevent head lice spreading. Check the hair of every member of the household. If you find live head lice on anyone, treat them as well. Do not treat everyone “just in case”.

It is a good idea to wash hair ties and hair brushes but you do not need to wash bedding or pillows.

For further information please click on the links below.

Head Lice Information Sheet

Ministry of Health Guidelines

School Accounts

School accounts will be emailed out to all families today. You can also view via the Hero app by clicking on the "$" sign.

Policy Review

Over a 3-year cycle all our policies are reviewed. This term the policies being reviewed are Legislation & Administration, Privacy and Official Information Requests. The instructions for reviewing these policies are as follows:

  1. Go go the SchoolDocs Website (
  2. Enter the user name (ola) and password (assume11).
  3. Click the green “Current Review” box.
  4. Select the policy you wish to review and read it.
  5. Click the blue “Start Your Review” button.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Whānau".
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Choose to either "leave a comment" or "not leave a comment".
  9. Click the Privacy Statement box.
  10. Click the blue "Submit Review" box.

If you do not have computer access, please see Carolyn or Kim in the office for a hardcopy of the document.

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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.
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Rutherford & Sheppard Teams

Front row: Henry, Zachary, Louie, Wilkie, Samuel and Aliyah

Back row: Maya, Irene and Haidee.

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Batten Team & Hillary Hub

Front row (from left): Sylvester, Seraphin and Jahmia.

Back row: Sebastian, Finn, Reuben and Carys

Upcoming Events

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PTA News

Who are the PTA?

We are a group of parents and a teacher representative who meet on the first Monday of each month to work together to help organise fundraising and events for all our children at OLA. Think Disco, Raffles and Break the Rules Day, as well as helping to contribute to new play equipment, resources, buses and end of year events.

We are a team of mainly new members (less than one year) and would welcome anyone else interested in joining us. If you can't commit to our monthly meetings, but would like to offer your help at any of our events, please join the OLA PTA Facebook page where we will post events, how you can help and any other new PTA news.

We look forward to inviting you to our next meeting on Monday 6th March, or seeing you on the OLA PTA Facebook page.

Second Hand Uniform / PE Uniform

The PTA run the secondhand school and new sports uniform sales fortnightly on Wednesdays between 2.45p.m. - 3.15p.m. where you can buy or donate current uniforms that are washed and in good condition. Our next open day is Wednesday 22nd February. Bring cash if buying please.

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Piano Lessons

Our lovely teacher aide, Jenny Keogh, is a qualified piano teacher and is available to teach your child piano in your own home.

To contact Jenny phone 027 216 6096.

God Bless

Janet and the Team at Our Lady of the Assumption School

Church Notices

First Holy Communion

Registration for First Holy Communion is now open. You must register by 1st March 2023.

Please note that the First Holy Communion programme is run by the Parish. It is no longer organised by the school.

To register please click here.

For more information please click here.

Rental Accommodation - Hoon Hay Presbytery

The house at 170 Hoon Hay Rd is available for rent - a periodic tenancy or set period agreed to with the parish.

Please contact Judy at the Parish office for details.

Phone 338 8395 or email

Community Notices

Community Notices

In Community Notices This Week: Tot's to Teens Magazine Link, Dance Classes, Drama Classes, Rugby League Registrations, Coding Lessons, School Open Day + much more.

School Links