Our Lady of Lourdes School T3:W2

Newsletter: 3 August 2021


Welcome to the second week of the term. We had a fabulous first week with our Grandparents day. It was so special to have our grandparents and our parish come together. I know the children were thrilled to share the day with them. This will be an annual event moving forward - so book the first week of Term 3 next year.

Cook Islands Week

The Ministry of Education share these wonderful resources with us so that all our children/tamariki and families/whanau have a real sense of belonging in our schools/kura. This year’s theme for ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna which means, connect me to the soil of my ancestors.

The theme reflects on the journey of Cook Islands peoples in New Zealand, as well as the longing of young Cook Islanders to connect with their language, culture, and identity. Acknowledging that while community elders are fundamental to the teaching and sharing of Cook Islands language, the leadership of young people as the next wave of cultural and language experts is also critical in keeping the connection to their homelands alive.

This year’s theme also reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.



When we initially booked this meeting we did not have the date for the St Peters Open Night, which is on August 12th . The Board discussed the changing of the date so our new date is Wednesday AUGUST 18th @ 6pm

This term we are introducing this programme to our school. The evening will begin with Eric and Irirangi from the Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) at 6pm AUGUST 18th.

This will be followed by our Health Curriculum consultation which every school is required to undertake every two years.

The Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colours–blue, green, yellow, and red–to help students identify their feelings and level of alertness.

We will provide a light tea as well as a movie night for your children so you can attend. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Website for Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way project

A website has been created to help promote the bishops’ renewal of the dedication of the country to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The renewal project has the title Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Wayand runs for 12 months from 15 August.

Go here for the website: www.tearaamaria.nz

The Assumption of Mary is August 15th.
We celebrate the Week of Mary from the 14th to August 21st (we are celebrating the Octave of the Feast day).
We will begin with a light and sound show at the Cathedral on August 14th at 7.30 pm. Throughout the week the school will be involved with other activities.

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Mō Maria - An Introduction
Mō Maria - A Hymn


STEWARDSHIP/KAITIAKITANGA is our Catholic Social Justice theme for this term.

Searching the Scriptures...

Social Justice teaching is founded on firm scriptural foundations.

  • God saw everything he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
    Genesis 1:31
  • The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
    Genesis 2:15
  • Ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.
    Job 12:7-10

...And in the light of Catholic social teaching.

  • ‘Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others.'
    Pope Francis: Laudato Si’, (paragraph 159), 2015
  • ‘Our faith and our religious tradition have much to offer the world at this time, including the importance of simplicity, and of learning to give up some things that we want, so others may have what they need. Our understanding that we are stewards of God’s creation, our solidarity with the poor, and our respect for the common good make the issue of environmental justice the responsibility of every person.’
    New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference: Statement on Environmental Justice, 2006
  • ‘We received this world as an inheritance from past generations, but also as a loan from future generations, to whom we will have to return it!’
    Pope Francis, Ecuador, July 7, 2015
  • ‘Our earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive.'
    Pope Benedict XVI, July 24, 2007

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A prayer for the week

Almighty and ever-living God, e te Ariki, e te Atua ora tonu,

Help us to harness the wind, the water, the sun,

and all the ready and renewable sources of power.

Teach us to conserve,


Use wisely

The blessed treasures of our wealth-stored earth.

Help us to share your bounty, not to waste it,

or pervert it into peril for our children or our neighbours in other nations.

You who are life

And energy

And blessing,

Teach us to revere

And respect

Your tender world.


(Adapted from a prayer by Thomas John Carlisle)


A big congratulations to Caroline Gilligan who was presented with the Graduate Certificate of Leadership and Catholic Culture from the Australian Catholic University at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at 6pm Mass on Sunday.

There are many hours and a lot of hard work to gain this amazing achievement.

The Board and staff thank Caroline for her support and leadership and we are all very proud of her achievement.


FERTILISER DRIVE - our wonderful annual fundraising event THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 7th

We are all go for this Saturday. We have sold 390 bags so far - that is absolutely wonderful.

If you had volunteered to help us with our deliveries on Saturday morning we will be at school ready to start loading your trailers/vehicles from 8.15am. If you had kindly offered to donate morning tea for our Saturday morning workers this can be dropped off at the school office on Friday afternoon or from 8.15am Saturday morning.

We are looking forward to being out and about in our community and spending time with our school community getting to know each other just that little bit better.

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  • McAULEY:72
  • ONGLEY: 118
  • VINCENT: 179
  • FRANCIS: 151


We truly appreciate all your wonderful support with this great opportunity to raise money for our school. Please pass this on to your families. You will receive a token for every $50 spent.... this money will go towards improving our school playgrounds. The Board have begun the first stage, purchasing two new pieces of equipment and extending the original area.


    • TERM 3 DATES
    • August
    • 6th: Believers (Rm 3) to attend the Rosary/mass @ 9.30am
    • 13th: MATHEX Competition OLOL teams compete with other schools/ Aroha (Rm 6) Rosary/mass @ 9.30am
    • 15th: ASSUMPTION OF MARY - a week of activities at school
    • 18th: Zones of Regulation and Health Consultation Information Evening at 6pm (please note change of date)
    • 19th: Netball/Ripper Rugby Tournament (Yr 5/6) at St Mary's Palmerston North
    • 19th: Two staff to attend the ENVIRO schools day
    • 20th: Mahi Tahi (Rm 7) Rosary/mass @ 9.30am
    • 26th: Postponement date - Ripper Rugby and Netball @ St Marys Palmerston North
    • 27th: Rangitira (Rm 8) Rosary/mass @ 9.30am
    • September
    • 23rd: Whananautanga/Interschool Kapa Haka festival - Taihape Townhall
    • 29th: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DAY - details to follow
    • October
    • 1st: Last day of Term 3