Our Lady of Lourdes School Term 4
The last for 2021
HELLO, KIA ORA, KIA ORĀNA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA, NAMASTE, KUMUSTA...
Sophie A, Keira, Jayde, Kynan, Andrew, Imogen, Alex, Isla
Kiwipaarie, Petra, Matthew, Gwyneth, Sana, Aron, Pio
Neve, Samuel, Maiva, Connor, Nita
John, Chloe, Corbin, Sophie W
CLASSROOM SET UP FOR 2022
Next year we are having three learning HUBS in our school. The teachers will be planning collaboratively running parallel classrooms. We will have a Year 5 and 6 HUB, a Year 3 and 4 HUB and a JUNIOR SCHOOL HUB. This is a very exciting move which will allow for crossing over of children and utilising teachers skills. We have a fabulous team of teachers who are busy planning for the year ahead.
In Term One - we have a busy term with:
- Setting new classrooms, expectations, emphasis of the Gospel teachings of Jesus, further work on our LIVE, LEARN and LOVE Mercy values and getting to know the special person of Catherine McAuley who founded the Mercy sisters.
- We have the opening of our new block on February 13th - the Feast of St Bernadette.
- We have a big season of important liturgical events in our church - Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter.
- We will be investigating our Turangawawae - OUR PLACE.
- In addition - we have the Life Education bus from February 22nd - with a health lens. This will be supported with further work on Zones of Regulation that began this year.
- We have Swimming for the first six weeks - followed by Athletics.
- Our senior camp will be in Term 1 now - further details will be out early in the term.
- We have a marae trip planned for the middle and senior hub later in Term 1.
- We have Catholic School combined Tabloids during the term - so as you can see, an exciting, life giving term ahead for us all.
May this season of Advent bring you Hope, Peace Joy and Love. Until we meet in 2022 - 'May God bless you and keep you all well, and safe'
The team at Our Lady of Lourdes.
WINNING WHANAU HOUSE FOR 2021 - POMPELLIER
A letter from Cardinal John Dew
In this Advent season, and as we come towards the end of another calendar year I am hearing so many people commenting about what a strange and challenging year it has been, and what a disruptive time we are living in as Covid continues to affect everyone.
Many are saying that Christmas is going to be different, and they are wary of gatherings and of travelling. I hope that the following prayer will help us to pause, pray and reflect. Whatever life brings us our challenge is to reflect and find the presence of God in whatever the event is or whoever the person is.
God in the return to a simplified Christmas; God in the advent of extravagant joy: may we, who are so accustomed to connecting happiness with an accumulation of things, receive the gift of valuing the connections we already have.
May a stripped down celebration and a slower pace to the holiday reveal the treasure that was ours all along.
And may we find in the strangeness of this year’s Christmas the wonder that was present in its first incarnation. Amen. Corrymeela Community in Ireland
As I thank you all for the work of this year, for your supportive prayer and for all that you do in parishes, schools and colleges, or whatever your work may be throughout the diocese, I assure you of prayers of gratitude.
I pray in the final words of the above prayer that you may find “the wonder that was present in its first incarnation”.
I remember reading many years ago these words of G K Chesterton: “There are plenty of things to wonder at in this world what is lacking is wonderment”.
Despite COVID-19 and the many challenges it has put before us, despite vaccine certificates, contact tracing, scanning in, face masks, social distancing, double vaxing and booster shots, I do hope that this Christmas is filled with wonder. Jesus Christ is present in our world, will always be present. We give thanks. May a stripped down celebration and a slower pace to the holiday reveal the treasure that was ours all along.
And may we find in the strangeness of this year’s Christmas the wonder that was present in its first incarnation.
With abundant blessings for a Meri Kirihimete
CONGRATULATIONS TO CLASSROOM MERCY WINNERS for 2021
Discovers: Fatu,Thea, Harlow, Jordan
Believers: Max W, Edith
Aroha: Jeffrey, Oliver D
Mahi Tahi: Tyler, Sadella
Rangitira: Jayde, Neve
100 Whanau House points will be added to next years Whanau points.
Congratulations to you all
DATES FOR 2022
School will be open from Tuesday January 25th from 9-1pm for all inquiries
- Wednesday February 2nd - School begins @ 9am for all children
- Monday February 7th - Waitangi Day recognised - school will be closed
- SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13th - BLESSING OF OUR NEW JUNIOR AREA
- MONDAY FEBRUARY 21st - Kāhui Ako Staff Only day - all Catholic schools closed
- Tuesday February 22nd - Life Education is here for the week
- Thursday February 24th - Year 1/2 Catholic School Tabloids @ St Josephs, Feilding
- Wednesday March 2nd - Ash Wednesday
- Thursday March 3rd - Year 3/4 Catholic School Tabloids @ St James
- Thursday March 10th - Year 5/6 Catholic School Tabloids @ OLOL
- Thursday April 14th - HOLY THURSDAY
- THURSDAY APRIL 14th - END OF TERM ONE
- Friday April 15th - Good Friday
Children's Ministry Appreciation Party hosted by the Citywide
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Ngā manaaki o te wā! – Greetings of this day!
To celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of your children into the various ministries of the church in 2021, there will be a Children’s Ministry Appreciation Party hosted by the Citywide Young Families Ministry.
Your child/ren are invited.
When: 16th December 2021
Where: Bowlarama, 94 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
Time: 5:30pm -8pm
What to bring:
- Clean socks for bowling shoes
- Water bottle
In order to satisfy our strict Health and Safety protocols, your registration for this event is mandatory.
If you have any questions about this event, please be in contact with Basia McIntosh, Young Families Minister firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 0820 3750.
Young Families Minister
Diocese of Palmerston North
DATES for 2022
Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July
Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4 - Monday 17th October - 14th December (to be confirmed)
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