Our Lady of Lourdes School T1:W11

Newsletter Week 11: April 12, 2021


Welcome to the last week of Term 1. We have had a wonderful term full of many wonderful learning opportunities and growth. Our Mercy values hold us together as we LIVE, LOVE, LEARN the Mercy way. We thank you all for your amazing support and we look forward to working with you in Term 2.

THIS FRIDAY - MUFTI DAY - Wear something red as a sign of RESPECT for our ANZAC's. Please bring GOLD COIN donation that will go towards the local Poppy appeal.

In the afternoon our Whanau Leaders will be organising activities for all to participate in. Below is a favourite book of ours - ANZAC Ted.

Term 2 is looking quite busy already. Please note down the dates that we have posted in this newsletter. We try our very best to give you notice of upcoming events. Keep an eye out for your child's Seesaw notifications as well as teachers post regular updates on there.

Anzac Ted Video


We are beginning the process of reviewing our school uniform. This will take us some time and we will keep you in the loop as we move forward in this process.

From Term 2, children will wear the winter school uniform. This is as follows:

For boys/tama - winter grey shorts, long sleeve gold top, navy jersey, navy blue long socks and black shoes.

For girls/tamawahine - school pinafore, long sleeve gold top, navy jersey, navy blue long socks under the knee or tights. White socks are for Term 1 and 4.

PE SHORTS: We are aware that the school PE shorts are not available from The Warehouse. Please use any navy shorts that are suitable for school.

HAIR: A reminder that all hair should be natural in colour. If hair is touching the collar then this will need to be put up for safety and hygiene reasons.

NAIL POLISH: This is for home, the weekend and the holidays. Thank you for supporting us in keeping our school uniform expectations.


We welcome Phillippa to our Board of Trustees. We thank those parents who put their names forward. Phillippa will be a great asset to us all.

The board are beginning much overdue work on the playground. A significant amount of money will be spent on upgrading what we have. The children have spent time reviewing what they would like and by the end of the year we will have a swing and additional climbing tower. Every year we will continue to add to this.

Our building work is going to plan and over the holidays they will make significant progress. Colour schemes have been selected inline with our Whanau House colours and our Mercy tradition.


Please support this wonderful opportunity to raise money for our school - and pass this on to your families. You will receive a token for every $50 spent.... we will put this money towards improving our school playgrounds.


Gospel: John 20:19-31

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”

In his disciples' presence Jesus performed many other miracles which are not written down in this book. But these have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life.

Gospel reflection: After Jesus’ death the disciples were scared and hiding from people who they thought would hurt them. They thought that the people who put Jesus to death, could also come to hurt them because they were Jesus’ friends and believed in him.

But then Jesus came and stood in the room they were in – the real Jesus. Jesus came to give his disciples peace, hope and bravery to face the future. He tells them to be strong and go out into the world to tell others about the good news of the gospel.

What can we do to make the world a more peaceful place ourselves? How will we spread the message of peace that Jesus brings this week?

We can start with our own family, friends and neighbours. We can be kind to others and help anyone who is feeling afraid of something. We can be that person who makes them feel brave and happy again. And then we may find that we feel braver and happier too!

Closing prayer: Loving Jesus, you came to your friends when they had lost hope. Help us always to believe in you and to spread your hope and peace wherever we go. Amen.

MATARIKI - celebration of our Māori New Year - FRIDAY JULY 2

As mentioned in our last newsletter we are hoping to celebrate this Māori New Year.

For those who are able to please join us:

  • Starting the day at 7.15 - we watch the sunrise together
  • Liturgy - to give thanks for all that we have in this wonderful country of ours
  • Breakfast - shared kai at 8am approximately
  • Class and Whanau Group activities from 9-1pm
  • As the school day begins earlier, the school finishing time for this day will be 1pm. For children/tamariki who need to be here until 3pm, there will be teachers available on the school premises.
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  • POMPELLIER: 1167 **** Our Leading Whanau Group after Term 1
  • McAULEY: 1075
  • ONGLEY: 995
  • BERNADETTE: 1011
  • VINCENT: 1041
  • FRANCIS: 1124
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    • May 2: First Communion class #1
    • May 3: Term 2 begins
    • May 9: First Communion #2
    • May 16: First Communion #3
    • May 17: Road Safety week
    • May 19: Kind Hearts Day
    • May 21: STAFF ONLY DAY - joining with all Catholic schools in the Kāhui Ako. SCHOOL CLOSED.
    • May 22nd: Practise for First Communion (in the afternoon, time to be confirmed)
    • May 23: First Communion day
    • May 28: SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY at Monrad Park
    • June 7: Queens Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED this day
    • June 8: Inter school Cross Country
    • June 25: Seesaw Reports out for your child
    • June 28: School Interviews from 3.30-5.30pm
    • June 30: School Interviews from 1.30-7.30pm (School closes 1pm this day)
    • July 2: MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS (see above for information)
    • July 9: MUFTI MANIA/ with all Catholic schools in New Zealand
    • July 9: Last day of the term

The Buzz Holiday Programme

The Buzz Holiday Programme, for primary and intermediate aged children, runs from Monday to Friday 19-23 April and Tuesday to Friday 27-30 April 2021, from 8.30am - 5.00pm, at St Albans Presbytery Church, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North.
All activities are on site (so you always know where your child is), and there are no hidden costs.
Free breakfast is included 2 mornings per week, and lunch, morning and afternoon tea daily, at no extra charge.

Cost: $30-40 per child per day (depending on hours booked).

WINZ subsidies available.

For more information: Visit thebuzz.org.nz (you can register online from the link on this page), email thebuzzholidayprogramme@gmail.com, or phone/text 027 ‘The Buzz’ (027-843-2899)