OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL T4 W1
TE KURA O TO MATOU WAHINE O RUATA
HELLO, KIA ORA, KIA ORĀNA, MĀLŌ E LELEI, TALOFA, NAMASTE, KUMUSTA...
Nai mai, haere mai, welcome to Week 1. We are so excited to have you join us this term.
We welcome Charles and Eliza to Okatia 1 - we wish you and your family /whanau many happy school blessings. We also welcome Miss Smith to our school - as our new entrant teacher/kaiako. We are thrilled you have joined our team.
HUB, HERO and HEALTH
Our wonderful Middle and Senior Hub will be host an evening for families today TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER at 5.30pm. If your child is in Room 4,5,6 or 8 please come along.
You will have the chance to look around classrooms, your child can share their learning and then the teachers will talk to you about their programmes for Term 4, the Health Curriculum and how to use the HERO app effectively.
TERM 4 DATES
Tuesday October 18 - Middle/Senior school Parent evening 5.30-6.30pm
Sunday October 23 - Mission Sunday
Monday October 24 - LABOUR DAY - school closed
Tuesday October 25 - School Library bus
Thursday October 27 - National Shake out day
Friday October 28 - Middle school Eel trip
Sunday October 30 - Welcome to the church - come along and support our children
Monday October 31 - Pet Liturgy Parade/Blessing 2-3pm
Tuesday November 1 - All Saints day
Wednesday November 2 - All Souls mass @10am
Thursday November 3 - Basketball session #1with Coach Miles
Saturday November 5 - Parihaka remembrance
Tuesday November 8 - Fire Engine visit at 2pm
Thursday November 10 - Basketball session #2 with Coach Miles
Sunday November 13 - FIRST COMMUNION, please join our school
Tuesday November 15 - Library Bus
Thursday November 17 - Basketball session #3 with Coach Miles
Monday November 21 - Swimming begins this week weather permitting
Thursday November 24 - Basketball session #4 Coach Miles
Friday November 25 - SCHOOL ATHLETICS 9.30-11.30 at school
Thursday December 1 - Christmas in the Park
Friday December 2 - Road Patrollers movie
Tuesday December 6 - Okatia Junior rooms trip - Place Based learning
Wednesday December 7 - OLOL Senior mass/children performing for our wonderful parishioners
Monday December 12 - Whanau fun day
Tuesday December 13 - Graduation Mass for Year 6 and families
Wednesday December 14 - Final mass @11.30, SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE YEAR @ 12.30pm
As you can see we have a busy term ahead - but an exciting one. Please make sure you continue to read the newsletter to keep up with everything that is going on.
Breakfast club is thriving with children/tamariki enjoying this healthy breakfast of Weetbix and milk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki
May God keep and bless you
The OLOL Team
PET BLESSING LITURGY - MONDAY OCTOBER 31
All creatures - great and small welcome:
- Parents/caregivers please arrive at school from 1.45pm with your pets, liturgy to start at 2pm.
- There will be a set up area under our trees on the field
- We ask animals to be on a lead or in a suitable carrier/cage, no free range animals
- We ask dogs to be muzzled or kept at a social distance
- All animals to be under the control of an adult
- This will be completed by 2.45pm
NUIE LANGAUAGE WEEK
This year’s theme for Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week is - Fakatūleva e Vagahau Niue mo e Tau Aga Fakamotu ma e Tau Atuhau, which means - Sustain Niue Language and Culture for Future Generations.
Vagahau Niue has been registered with UNESCO as an endangered language, so one of the challenges is the preservation of Vagahau Niue and Niue culture.
It is vital that we preserve, sustain and maintain the vagahau Niue and culture for many generations to come. Niue leaders and community groups are working hard to explore, discuss and formulate strategies to ensure that the vagahau Niue and culture are protected and sustained for future generations.
MEET OUR AMAZING BOARD OF TRUSTEES - THE FIRST THREE IN OUR TEAM
We are truly grateful to those in our community and school who have offered their gifts and talents to serve on our Board of Trustees. See below for the first introductions of this wonderful team
PARENT REP CHRIS LONG
Hi there, my name is Chris Long and I’ve recently joined the OLOL Board of Trustees as a Parent Representative. My wife Jess and I are very grateful that Grace our daughter goes to OLOL and look forward to our son Henry joining in 2024.
The Mercy Values and Special Character of the school are something we really enjoy. I look forward to meeting more parents now that Covid has run its course and we can be a little more sociable in our interactions.
PARENT REP SARAH WICKHAM
Kia ora, I’m Sarah Wickham
I have recently taken a position as a Parent Rep on the BOT. I have a 17 year old stepson, Nikora who attended OLOL and two daughters, Harlow, in year 2 and Piper who will start in June 2024.
I bring to the board a background in sales and finance, and currently, I’m a Director of a Plumbing and Gas Fitting business with my husband, Nick. My family and I love the special character and focus on Mercy values that we have here at Our Lady of Lourdes. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in and around school over the coming weeks.
PRESIDING MEMBER - MARIA MURROW - AMEY
Hi, I am Maria Murrow-Amey, I have been on the BOT for 9 years, I am the current Board presiding member and a proprietor representative,
My husband Jason & I have been married for 20 years and we have 4 children, aged from 12-18yrs, all my children have gone through OLOL school, I am also a past pupil and have belonged to the OLOL Parish for 34yrs.
I love being involved in OLOL school, we are very fortunate to have a wonderful teaching staff and an amazing school community, it is very rewarding to be part of the schools future and growth.
OUR CATHOLIC/KATORIKA FAITH FACTS
Week 1: 17 Oct-21 Oct
The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer and we have a focus on the rosary in October each year. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and, added by Saint John Paul II in 2002, the Luminous Mysteries.
On Monday 17 October we celebrate the memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch. The second Bishop of Antioch, Syria, this disciple of the beloved Disciple John was consecrated Bishop around the year 69 by the Apostle Peter, the first Pope. A holy man who was deeply loved by the Christian faithful, he always made it his special care to defend "orthodoxy" (right teaching) and "orthopraxy" (right practice) among the early Christians.
Term 4 Rosary/welcome.pptx
Nau mai, haere mai ngā tamariki WELCOME TO TERM 4 We have a wonderful term lined up - Basketball, learning, swimming, Learning, Athletics, end of year graduation mass and LEARNING!!! We welcome Miss Jemma Smith to our kura Live, Learn, Love the Mercy way
UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY EXAM RESULTS
Last term we had some amazing children/tamariki who said YES to a new learning challenge. This assesses children from across New Zealand in Maths and English. We are always proud of our all our children who have many gifts and talents - let us congratulate these wonderful Year 5/6 in Maths and English:
Merit - Milo, Oliver, Amelia,
Achieved - Mia, Luke, Mikaela, Leiana, Charlotte Jane
Participated - Kellan, Stella, Cameron S
Merit - Mikaela, Milo,
Achieved - Mia, Andrick,
Participated - Amelia, Oliver, Cameron S, Luke, Kellan
I am writing to ask if you could find some time to highlight moments with the children in your school to share something about Mission Sunday. It's a day that we celebrate our being missionaries, for we all are baptised. You will find some materials on our website (Mission Sunday 2022 - MissioNZ). Our Mission Poster shows how good leaders lead. They are the first ones at prayer. It was taken in Rome. Pope Francis gathered them to pray for the end of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Please download the poster from the website and hang one or the other in a prominent place in your school. If you do not have a coloured photocopier in your school, I will be more willing to post you some copies.
Some other resources are in the other MISSIO Offices like Australia (Catholic Mission Homepage) Ireland (Home - Missio Ireland) Canada (https://www.missionsocieties.ca) Germany (missio – International Catholic Relief Organization | missio (missio-hilft.de)) Austria (https://www.missio.at) England (https://missio.org.uk). I hope you find some stories that may interest some children in your school. You never know,one day one or the other child from your school could be a missionary.
God bless you.
Fr Bernard Espiritu, SVD
THREE MORE FABULOUS BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOU TO GET TO KNOW
PARENT REP - DARYL-ANNE GEORGE
Kia ora koutou
My name is Daryl-Anne. This is my first time being a board member and I am a little nervous. However, I fully look forward to being a parent representative for OLOL Board of Trustees.
My two moko, Stalone and Tiffany both currently attend OLOL with my eldest moko, Kelroy already been through the school and is now at St. Peters.
I absolutely love the peaceful nature of the school which is a reflection of the Mercy Values that are taught within the school. I love that they attend OLOL.
PROPRIETOR REP - MATTHEW KEENAN
Hi my name is Matthew Keenan and I am one of the Diocese's Proprietors Reps on the BoT.
I have 2 kids at OLOL, Milo, who is one of the house leaders of Pompelier and is in Yr 6, and Edith who is in Mrs Moors Yr 4 class.
Of all the things a school can be, I am most pleased with the community and environment that Caroline and the teachers provide here. It is a supportive and encouraging place, with strong values and the many cultures and families at its heart. This is something that I hope to support as a member of the Board of Trustees so that the school continues to grow and produce good kids.
PARENT REP - PHILLIPPA MAPUILESUA
Phillippa Mapuilesua here, married to Toetu. Our daughter Charlotte-Jane will be year 6 in 2023 and has blossomed at OLOL. Our baby turns 2 in January and we look forward to her attending OLOL in 2026.
I am currently Head of Science at Manawatu College in Foxton and enjoy Netball and Basketball. I have been on the board for a year now and am excited to continue as a parent rep.
WELL BEING SURVEY - Thank you for your contributions
WellBeing /Health Survey
WELL BEING SURVEY 2022 QUESTION 1 The Mercy values are evident at Our Lady of Lourdes school 8 Responses / Electronic feedabck 13 Paper responses: Stongly Disagree Disagree Neutral - 1 Agree - 2 Strongly Agree - 10 Overall percentage Strongly Agree - 15 = 71.5% Agree - 5 = 24...
WEEKLY WELLBEING IDEAS - AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Taking time to notice and be grateful for the good stuff every day increases your chances of getting through hard times, and can make you happier in the good times.
Gratitude magnifies positive feelings and experiences and prevents us from taking things for granted. Not only does practising gratitude improve our mental health, but it can improve the quality of our relationships as well as our physical health.
Whether it’s friendships, weekends, pets, crunchy peanut butter or a flushing toilet, there are lots of small (and not so small) things we can all be grateful for.
We love these tips from the book, The Gratitude Project - How the science of thankfulness can rewire our brains for resilience, optimism, and the greater good, edited by Jeremy Adam Smith, Kira Newman, Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner, PhD:
Health benefits of gratitude
Across two decades of research, gratitude in its various forms seems to have wide-ranging benefits for our mental health, our relationships, our physical health, and our self-improvement.
In one study, more grateful participants reported fewer health problems (such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory infections, and sleep disturbances); in another, more grateful participants reported fewer physical symptoms (including headaches, dizziness, stomachaches, and runny noses). People of all ages and various nationalities who have more grateful dispositions have fewer health complaints than their less grateful counterparts.
Taking time to smell the roses
Grateful people also notice the fragrance of the coffee, the bread baking in the oven, the aroma of a new car—whatever gives them pleasure. Loyola University psychologist Fred Bryant finds that savouring positive experiences makes them stickier in your brain and increases their benefits to your psyche—and the key, he argues, is expressing gratitude for the experience
It’s so easy to get used to the good things in our lives that we really need to put effort into appreciating them, even when they’re little things. Gratitude helps us savour our positive experiences and prevents us from taking things for granted. And tasks like the gratitude journal are an easy way to encourage the regular practice of gratitude.
Perhaps this suggests that writing gratitude letters produces better mental health by shifting our attention away from toxic emotions, such as resentment and envy.
Be grateful for people and experiences, not just things
If you want to cultivate a more grateful disposition, buy more in the way of experiences and purchase fewer possessions. This does not mean that you need to swear off all material goods and live the life of an ascetic. By all means, continue to enjoy your material possessions. Just shift your expenditures a bit more in the experiential direction and a bit less in the material direction, and you’re likely to find yourself enjoying the many psychological benefits that come with being more grateful.
Our Health Curriculum Statement
Health Curriculum Statement
OUR LADY OF LOURDES HEALTH CURRICULUM STATEMENT We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good (Gen1:31). I hangia tātou kia ōrite to tātou āhua ki to te Atua, ā, he pai tātou. THE PURPOSE The Board of Trustees, along with the staff, will develop an explicit '...
NEW WORLD SUPPORT AND NEW TOKENS NOW AT PIONEER NEW WORLD
TERM 4 UPCOMING EVENTS
October 17 - Term 4 begins
October 18 - Middle school hub, HERO evening
October 25 - Public Library bus
October 27 - Basketball with Coach Miles for all classrooms. Every Thursday for 4 weeks.
National Shakeout - school participation
October 30 - Welcome to our parish - six of our children are participating in this
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 2 - All Souls Day
November 15 - Public Library bus
Term 4 - Monday 17th October - 14th December @12.30pm
TERM 1 DATES 2023
Term 1 begins - January 31st.
Location: 96 Shamrock Street, Takaro, Palmerston North 4412, New Zealand
Phone: +64 6-358 9727