Our Lady of Lourdes School T2:W5

Newsletter: 1 June 2021

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI, TĀLOFA LAVA -

Welcome to Samoan Language Week - we look forward to experiencing and learning more about this culture of our school. We are all enjoying learning more about our names and cultures. We are so lucky to have so many cultures in our school and learning more about each other.


COMMUNITY MEETING/HUI - Wednesday June 9th @ 5.30pm - 7pm


We would love for you to come along...

Where: School staffroom and then move upstairs where there is more room.

Ideas: Update on property, discussion on our uniform, planning for Matariki, planning for Term 3 - health meeting.

We will begin with PRAYER/KARKIA, meet to talk, then join in a meal/kai. We welcome all your family.

Please let Karen know in the office if you are able to come along.


**CHILD/PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - 28th and 30th June**

Child/parent/teacher conferences will be held at the following times:


  • Monday 28th June @ 5.30 - 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 30th June @ 1.30pm - 7.30pm (SCHOOL DAY FINISHES @ 1PM)


To book your interview click on the link:

https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=vmdp8


When you have finished your interview/s confirmation will be emailed to you. You can return to the site and enter the event code vmdp8 again to change or cancel your interview.


If you do not have internet access please see Karen at the school office, she will be able to make a booking for you.

OUR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS FOR 2021 -

We are so grateful for the day we had at Takaro Park and the help from Coach Karen and Wendy. Thank you to our parents and families that were there to support our children/tamariki. Please see the results below. We will give out these certificates next Tuesday at our morning liturgy at 9am.

YEAR 1 GIRLS

  • First - Clara Palmer

  • Second - Heidi Quinn

  • Third - Annika Quinn

YEAR 1 BOYS

  • First - Jordan Sae

  • Second - Joseph Adams

  • Third - Fatu Sione

YEAR 2 GIRLS

  • First - Bailey Barbridge

  • Second - Skyla Field

  • Third - Rubi Stiven

YEAR 2 BOYS

  • First - Miguel Perez

  • Second - Roen Horn

  • Third - Maxx Hart & Kaiden Wishnowsky

YEAR 3 GIRLS

  • First - Maddison Scoon-Walter

  • Second - Emma Meehan

  • Third - Edith Keenan

YEAR 3 BOYS

  • First - Koen Hyde

  • Second - Elias Howley

  • Third - Cody Dusaban

YEAR 4 GIRLS

  • First - Patience Howe

  • Second - Leila Kissock

  • Third - Leiana Sae

YEAR 4 BOYS

  • First - Oliver Fage

  • Second - AJ Stevens

  • Third - Flynn Power

YEAR 5 GIRLS

  • First (Non Comp) - Bella Moor

  • Second (Non Comp) - Addie Torok

  • Third (Non Comp) - Ena Hickman

  • First (Comp) - Grace Fage

  • Second (Comp) - Maisy Duncan

  • Third (Comp) - Caitlin Ferguson

  • Fourth (Comp) - Eleanor Adams

YEAR 5 BOYS

  • First (Non Comp) - Tyler Salvador

  • Second (Non Comp) - Zion Sione

  • Third (Non Comp) - Nirai Hillman-Rangihuna

  • First (Comp) - Stelios Pekepo-Tevaga

  • Second (Comp) - Milo Keenan

  • Third (Comp) - Oliver Derksen

  • Fourth (Comp) - Kellan Wilson

  • Fifth (Comp) - William Hotereni

YEAR 6 GIRLS

  • First (Comp) - Isla Hyde

  • Second (Comp) - Jayde Butturini

  • Third (Comp) - Chloe Stewart

  • First (Non Comp) - Petra Jarrett-Sherborne

  • Second (Non Comp) - Neve Maxwell

  • Third (Non Comp) - Imogen Gallagher

YEAR 6 BOYS

  • First (Comp) - Connor Pedley

  • Second (Comp) - Alex Heavey

  • Third (Comp) - Matthew Jensen

  • First (Non Comp) - Corbin Straker

  • Second (Non Comp) - Samuel McEvoy

  • Third (Non Comp) - Pio Mavaega

CATHOLIC CHARACTER -

ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL

Every day, in the morning and afternoon, we are required by the Ministry of Education to complete attendance records for every child. We have to then track the data every week and send this to the Ministry who collate into data tables. As a school we also track absences carefully. We know that daily attendance is linked to achievement as well as developing those all important friendships and social skills that our children need.


FROM THE MINISTRY

For students to gain the numerous benefits of school, attendance is critical. Attending school helps set children up for life. Principals and their boards and staff help ensure that students, parents and caregivers all take student attendance seriously and that children go to school unless they are sick.


Nationally, the past few years have seen substantial drops in the number of students going to school ‘regularly’. Alongside a trend of high absences on Mondays and Fridays and nearing the end of term, there has been a worrying rise in the number of absences due to reported ‘illness’ and an equally worrying rise in the number of students who report ‘skipping’ school.

Because of the importance of attendance and these worrying trends, the Ministry’s collection of school attendance data has changed.


Until 2019, most schools submitted attendance data for Term 2 only. From 2020, attendance data is collected from schools every term. This term-by-term collection of attendance data is known as Every Day Matters.


*‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% attendance or higher. However, Ministry analysis shows there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance; every day matters. Every day at school has a cumulative impact on students’ learning. A child with an average of 90% attendance will miss the equivalent of one year of schooling in ten.


As a school we will be sending an email out to our families where attendance is below 90%. We know that there are specific reasons for absences and we understand this, however it is important for you to be aware of where your child's absence rate is.


Thank you

FERTILISER DRIVE

FERTILISER DRIVE - a wonderful annual fundraising event SATURDAY AUGUST 7th

We are looking at running this wonderful event again this year. The money raised from this event helps us to upgrade our school. i.e., in 2021 we have purchased a new swimming pool cover and new filter, in October this year there will be new additions to the playground and with the money raised this year we look to also upgrade our fitness track.

We need a team of wonderful volunteers to make this happen. We need people to help with:

  • Phone lists - ring people on the list and record their orders
  • Pamphlet drops in your neighbourhood - each child will have 20 to drop in their street
  • Collating orders
  • Picking up the fertiliser bags in a truck and bringing these to school
  • Support on the day with the delivery of the fertiliser bag orders (locally)
  • Donating food for morning tea for all our workers and families

A note will be heading home today and we ask that you fill in one way in which you can help the school with this.


Thank you

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MERCY AWARDS FOR THE WEEK

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Benji for using the Mercy value of hospitality when he looks after his friends on the playground and in the classroom.

RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Izrael for showing the Mercy Value of Service because he always helps to clean up the classroom

RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Roen for his resilience and participation in Cross Country training, even when he wasn’t feeling 100%. This paid off on the day! Ka pai Roen!

RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Leila - for her Hospitality Mercy Value welcoming new class members to Aroha, always with a smile and helping hand

RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Tyler - for demonstrating Social Justice when he stands for the people around the school

RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Maiva for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Compassion/Aroha through supporting others to have the resilience to complete the school cross country successfully.

SPORTS UPDATES

Another wonderful week of sports was enjoyed by all. A reminder about side line behaviour and that we are all asked to support and encourage our children and those parents who have put up their hand to volunteer - we thank you for your continued role modelling of good sports behaviour.
  • Tuesday - all table tennis teams are playing at 3:45pm today
  • Thursday - our two basketball teams are doing really well. We will try and get out at lunch times to have some practise when we can
  • Saturday - our two netball teams will still have their coaching although there are no games for the next two weeks with the venue being booked.
  • Many of our children/tamariki are living out their Mercy values playing football or rugby and we love hearing how you went on the weekend.
  • Sunday - We have children/tamariki who have joined with four other schools for hockey. They are very proud to tell us how they went on Monday.
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MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK

  • POMPELLIER: 122
  • McAULEY: 33
  • ONGLEY: 64
  • BERNADETTE: 72
  • VINCENT: 75
  • FRANCIS: 116

NEW WORLD TOKENS PIONEER HIGHWAY

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TERM 2 DATES - WINTER UNIFORM BEGINS THIS TERM

    • June 7: Queens Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED this day
    • June 8: Inter school Cross Country
    • Inter school scripture competition at St Mary's
    • June 9: Community meeting/hui - school staffroom @ 5.30pm
    • June 28: School Interviews from 3.30-5.30pm
    • June 30: School Interviews from 1.30-7.30pm (School day finishes @ 1pm)
    • July 2: MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
    • July 9: MUFTI MANIA/ with all Catholic schools in New Zealand
    • July 9: Last day of the term