Our Lady of Lourdes School Term 4

The last for 2021


We couldn't leave this year without sharing these final celebrations with you. Last Thursday we held our Graduation Mass which was truly special. Congratulations to these wonderful, strong Year 6 children:

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


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.


Congratulations to the winning house for 2021 - POMPELLIER. What a wonderful effort. Yesterday they shared a free swim, had an iceclock and a bag of chips. We look forward to hanging this Honours Board in our new entrance way in the new year. Well done to Maiva and Matthew for leading your team and house so well. Thank you to Donna Brown and Whaea Frayne for supporting them.

A letter from Cardinal John Dew

9 December 2021

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

Naku noa



Every year, staff select two children from each room who displayed our Mission 'To Live, Learn, Love the Mercy way.'

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

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Term 1

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
  • 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
  • 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:

  1. Clean socks for bowling shoes
  2. Water bottle

In order to satisfy our strict Health and Safety protocols, your registration for this event is mandatory.

Please click this link to register.

If you have any questions about this event, please be in contact with Basia McIntosh, Young Families Minister bmcintosh@pndiocese.org.nz or 021 0820 3750.

Basia McIntosh

Young Families Minister

Diocese of Palmerston North

DATES for 2022

Term 1 - Wednesday February 2nd - Thursday 14th April (Friday 15th is Good Friday)

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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