Nai mai, haere mai, welcome to Week 8 - Welcome to Maori Language week

We are racing through the term with three weeks to go until the school holidays. The children really responded well to our Social Justice week, with many conversations taking place and links made to the Gospel teachings of Jesus and our Mercy values.

Please see the latest from the Ministry of Education in light of the news yesterday afternoon.

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

We truly thank you for your support in regards to mask wearing in and around our school over the last few years. We are now at the stage where mask wearing is no longer required.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.


Thank you again for your support with our first fundraising event the Fertiliser Drive.

We are now fully into the Pie Drive and we have had wonderful support so far - hopefully you have received an order form as these have been sent home.

We have a long list of things we would like to do in the school - another swing in the playground, another basketball hoop, sports uniforms and jackets... the more we make the more we can do for our school.

JUNIOR HUB EVENING FOR ROOMS 1,2,3 on Wednesday 14th September from 5.30-6.30pm.

  • We will begin with Karakia/welcome/ students sing a Waiata
  • You will then have 10-15 minutes to look around the around classroom with your child sharing their learning on walls and in books.
  • Mrs Cheetham to discuss our junior programme - this is what it looks like, what we are doing for the rest of the term, how we plan.
  • Miss Smith to speak about our HERO management system and how it works for staff, setting student goals and updating progress on these goals, how parents can access this, and how they can communicate with school.
  • Mrs O'Connor to talk about Health Curriculum Statement. Every two years we are required to check in with our school community to share what we are doing. Approval has been sought and given by the Board of Trustees as required before we begin teaching these programmes. We will share what is planned.
  • Question time
  • Any parents who need help with setting up the HERO app we can assist you after the meeting.

The Middle and Senior Hub will host their evenings later in the term.


Tuesday - Kelly Sports working with our Middle and Senior children supporting them with Wellbeing activities.

Wednesday - Te Awhina, Room 6 and 8 to Takaro Stream - see details below

- Junior evening for children and parents from 5.30pm

Thursday - Books in Schools Tour - Rooms 4,5,6,8

Breakfast club is thriving with children/tamariki enjoying this healthy breakfast of Weetbix and milk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Mā te Atua koe e tiaki, e manaaki

May God keep and bless you

The OLOL Team


Every child have been given their School Photo Order Form envelopes from Brendan Lodge Photography.

If you would like to order a class, individual or family pack photo please complete the order form with the cash or direct credit payment (bank account details on the envelope) and return to school by TUESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER.

Please note a seperate envelope is required for each child's photo order.

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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Wellington Catholic Social Services are accepting donations to support the victims and communities impacted by the recent floods and slips in Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman regions. Donations made to Catholic Social Services will be combined with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and sent to the mayoral funds across the affected regions.

To donate to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand – online through their Emergency Fund: www.caritas.org.nz/donate-online or via Caritas bank account: 03-0518-0211216-00. For a receipt call (04) 4961742.

To donate to Wellington Catholic Social Services – online using their Donation page:


or via CSS bank account: 02-0560-0213864-00. For a receipt call 04 3858642

Please include your first and last name as reference and insert ‘Floods’ as the code.

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Room 6 and 8 Stewardship work

Next Wednesday on the 14th of September, Te Awhina Year 5/6 classes are going to Takaro Park to clean the stream and surrounding area. We are working with the Manawatū River Source to Sea initiative. This is to help us with our river inquiry this term, and becoming stewards protecting our local environment.

Students can wear PE gear to school this day and bring gardening gloves if they can (some will be provided).


Below is a draft order of events for this exciting evening - we hope you have it booked in your calendar. We will begin at 6pm so make sure you have an early, easy tea.

Welcome, Karakia, health and safety in the events of an emergency

* Opening Act - Kapahaka

* Junior Hub Performance Rooms 1,2,3

* Whanau Wellbeing Question #1

* OLOL’s Got Talent performers

* Whanau Wellbeing Question #2

* OLOL’s Got Talent performers

* Middle Hub Performance Rooms 4,5

* OLOL’s Got Talent performers

* Whanau Wellbeing Question #3

* OLOL’s Got Talent performers

*Senior Hub performance Rooms 6,8

* Wellbeing Kete Winners drawn

* OLOL’s Got Talent winner announced

We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event.


We are now moving on to our second Fundraiser event. The eldest child in every family has bought home an order form.

Please enclose the correct total of money owed when handing in your order by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th. The delivery date of the pies to school is the 29th of SEPTEMBER 2022.

We ask that families collect the money for their orders and then bring the completed order form and money to the school office by the due date - September 19th

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Attendance Dues Information

Attendance Dues Information – September 2022

  • Thank you to all families who have made payment or made contact and organised payment arrangements for Attendance Dues this year.
  • The 4th and final statement for Attendance Dues 2022 and any arrears for this year and previous years will be emailed or posted by the end of this week. Emails will be sent from Diocese of Palmerston North Attendance Dues Team dues@pndiocese.org.nz and may appear in your junk/spam folder.
  • 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.
  • The due date for payment is on 30th September 2022 unless payment arrangement is in place.
  • We are happy to advise payment options that will help your family to pay your Attendance Dues. Please contact the Dues team before 30th September 2022 to discuss this with you.

Our contact details are as follows:

0800 200 208; or


Thank you to Mainland Foundation

We are a 'paper 4 Trees' school. Everyday we recycle our paper and every week these get collected. This adds up and twice a year we are given free native plants and tress thanks to Mainland Foundation.

We have been truly blessed this year as Oderings and Jess, Roen's mum, supported our school with the planting at the front of the Room 5 and around the side of the office. We are so grateful and looking forward to seeing these grow. Please support these two wonderful businesses who support us.

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Thank you for your ongoing support for our school through shopping at New World. We truly appreciate it.


Monday September 5 - SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK

Thursday September 8 - OLOL HAS TALENT auditions

Wednesday September 14 - Te Awhina (Senior Hub) stream clean up - Takaro Park

Thursday September 15 - Books in schools tour visit for Rooms 4,5,6,8

Monday September 19 - Year 6 overnight stay at Forest Lakes, last day for Pie order forms & money

Tuesday September 20 - Year 6's return from Forest Lakes

Monday September 26 - Public Holiday - school closed

Tuesday September 27 - OLOL HAS TALENT/WHANAU HUI EVENING, every child will have an opportunity to perform, last day for photo order forms

Thursday September 29 - SCHOOL PHOTOS, Pie Order delivery day

Friday September 30 - LAST DAY OF TERM 3


Does your child love music? Are you after fun child care in the school holidays? Then The Epic Holiday Program is the place for you!

We run an OSCAR approved holiday program through both weeks of the school holidays teaching a range of instruments and doing a heap of awesome activities. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please head along to our website : www.epicma.nz or email us at epichp@epicma.nz for more details.


The Kelly Sports Manawatu holiday programme is back, held at College Street Normal School.

The programme is designed for ages 5-13 and is action-packed fill games, sports and activities.

We want to see as many children as we can getting active and give every child a sporting chance.

Attached is a brochure, and here is a link.


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TERM 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 @12.30pm(to be confirmed)


Term 1 begins - January 31st.