Our Lady of Lourdes School T1, 2022

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome to Term1: Week 5


Blessings to you all on this SHROVE TUESDAY, the day before ASH WEDNESDAY. We know there is a lot going on for you all at the moment and we continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We are very fortunate that we have had no direct Covid positive cases in our school to date, and we are truly grateful for this. We continue to have split interval and lunch times, keeping our classrooms well ventilated, using good hygiene practises and giving our children/tamariki opportunities to get outisde.

We pray for peace and calmness here in our beautiful part of the world and for those affected by what is happening in other parts. As we say to the children here - we are Jesus' heart, voice and hands - let us do all that we can to live with MERCY, COMPASSION, RESPECT, HOSPITALITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE and STEWARDSHIP as we are all part of this precious world.

Please know we will be in touch if we get a positive case in the school. Last Friday, children all received their hard packs for when they may need to isolate, which we will add to should that be necessary. Teachers we will use the SEESAW app to keep in touch with you if and when we may need to move into a mixture of onsite and offsite learning if our numbers are split for those at home and at school. Please make sure you check in with our school app (SchoolAppsNZ), our website or facebook. We will also send home emails should that be required as well.

Again, our thanks for your support as we journey together in these uncertain times. You are always in our prayers.

Go gently, take good care of each other, being a person of MERCY in our world.



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LENT and CARITAS resources

The theme for Lent 2022 is Building Dreams Together: Called to be Peacemakers. (How truly appropriate with everything that is going on ) In our changing world we need to come together and find ways of realising our dreams. There is always hope of transforming our world for the better when we are guided by peace, love and justice in our lives.
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Attendance Dues Information – March 2022

❖ 2022 attendance dues invoices/statements will be emailed to families this week (if we have an email address on file). If no email address is held, invoices/statements will be sent via Post. If you do not receive an invoice/statement, please contact us so we can reissue one to you.

❖ If you make a payment on or before the 31st March 2022 that includes a voluntary catholic character donation of $5.00 or more, a donation receipt will be emailed/sent by post in April, for you to claim a tax rebate.

❖ If you wish to set up a regular payment plan, please contact the Attendance Dues team to discuss payment options. Our contact details are as follows: ▪ 0800 200 208; or


❖ Our bank details for payment:

▪ Name of Account: Diocese of PN

▪ Account Number: 02-0630-0237950-04

▪ Reference Number: “please ensure you enter your account reference number

❖ One off payments by credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard only) can be made using our website: www.pndiocese.org.nz/education/dues.

❖ Attendance Dues charges for 2022 are:

$465.00 for each Primary Student (Year 0 – 8).

$930.00 for each Secondary Student (Year 9 – 13)
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A global invitation

During this significant time in the Church’s history, Pope Francis invites ALL of us to reflect on our faith journey and share our vision for the future of the Catholic Church. Our diocese is currently asking people to share their voice and to listen to one another as part of this process.

This is an invitation to participate and explain how your school community can be part of this important moment.

Getting Involved

The Catholic School community, including all staff, students and whānau, is a very important part of the Diocese of Palmerston North. We hope as many people as possible from across our school communities are able to be involved in the local phase of the Synod, which is currently underway.

Involving whānau

In addition to the participation of students in this process, we would love to hear the important voice of our whānau/families connected to our schools. Below are some ways that you might be able to share this opportunity with your students' whānau.

  • Information for whānau/families could be included in newsletters and through your school app. An example blurb is included in the ‘Classroom Resource’ and on our website. You are welcome to adapt or add to. You could also share this video invitation with parents in your digital communication to your school community: https://youtu.be/A7l3OE7JVkU

Contact us at synod@pndiocese.org.nz or visit our webpage https://pndiocese.org.nz/synodinschools for resources, information about how to make submissions and downloads.

Thank you for all that you do.


To whānau/families in the Diocese of Palmerston North



  • Wednesday March 2nd - Ash Wednesday - we hold liturgies in each of our rooms
  • Thursday April 14th - HOLY THURSDAY
  • Friday April 15th - Good Friday - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE TERM BREAK
  • Monday May 2nd - FIRST DAY OF TERM TWO
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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)

VACANCY- The Diocese of Palmerston North

The Diocese of Palmerston North is looking for an experienced Accounts Administrator to work with the team in the collection of attendance dues for Catholic schools in the region. For a job description email Mary Sutton on msutton@pndiocese.org.nz or for more information please contact Mary on 06 354 1780 ext. 849