OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL T4 W8

TE KURA O TO MATOU WAHINE O RUATA

HELLO, KIA ORA, KIA ORĀNA, MĀLŌ E LELEI, TALOFA, NAMASTE, KUMUSTA...

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to Week 8: Wiki te aru


Welcome to the last full week of school for 2022. Next Wednesday, December 14th, the school closes at 12.30pm for the year please arrange for your child/children to be picked up at this earlier finishing time.


We have had a wonderful year, with exceptional children, wonderful learning and activities, and amazing support from our families/whanau.


As you are aware our talented Mrs O'Callaghan will begin her maternity leave in January. We have been blessed to have Mrs O'Callaghan share her many gifts and talents with us all and especially her Technology and Place Based learning skills with us all. We wish Mrs O'Callaghan, her husband Michael and baby to be all the very best for their exciting days ahead.


Today, Mrs O'Callaghan and myself are heading up to St Peters to work with a range of teachers to develop a Year 1-13 Place Based Learning Curriculum for the Catholic schools. This is all part of our Palmerston North Catholic Kahui Ako work we are part of.


Nativity Play 2022

If your child or children are interested in being part of this year’s Nativity play please contact Donna Brown; pastoral@pncathedral.org.nz. The play will take place on Christmas Eve during 6pm Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.


We have adapted our school programme for our children. Please see the following dates:


Wednesday December 7th - Singing for our Senior Parishioners

Thursday December 8th - School Athletics fun morning with School Whānau House Tug of war challenge and relays

Friday December 9th - PYJAMA DAY AT SCHOOL FOR EVERYONE

Saturday December 10th - WORKING BEE from 9-12pm for those who can make it

Monday December 12th - WHEELS DAY AT SCHOOL - children can bring any wheels to school, skateboard, roller skates, scooters and bikes (we ask that children bring any safety gear that is required)

Tuesday December 13 - Graduation Mass for Year 6 and their families from 6-7.30pm

Wednesday December 14 - Last day of Term 4 - final assembly @11.30am, which will be held outside. SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE YEAR @ 12.30pm - please arrange to have your child picked up by 12.30pm


*Forms being sent home on Wednesday - CONTACT DETAILS - please update all contact details for your child/children and sign the back of the form. Even if there are no changes to your contact details please sign and return to school by Friday.


STATIONARY lists for 2023 - These will be heading home next Monday and we will look to put these on line as well.


ADVENT GIVING TO ST VINCENT de PAUL

Every year we give back to St Vincent de Paul for everything they do for many of us. We ask that each family brings in one non perishable food item that we can give to this wonderful group of volunteers at Christmas time.


Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki/May God keep and bless you


The OLOL Team

CONGRATULATIONS - WHAKAMIHI

COMPLETING THE BASIC FACTS LADDER

We are so very proud of four amazing learners/ākonga - for completing Level 8 Basic Facts ladder - which is an amazing achievement. Congratulations/ Whakamihi to Milo, Andrick, Mikaela, and Eleanor - 250 points for you Whānau Houses. Keep up the fabulous work.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ROAD PATROLLERS - thank you to these wonderful children who have lived with Mercy this year showing service keeping our children safe as they cross the road morning and night.


AND OUR STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

To our wonderful Mrs O'Callaghan who is has handed in her Masters Thesis - a number of years of hard work.

Whakamihi to Mr Anderson and Whaea Donna for completing their final paper in the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies - Religious Education - woohoo!!! We are so proud of you.

To Mrs Moor for finishing her first year at Massy University working towards her ESOL certificate qualification.

And to Mrs Cheetham, Whaea Frayne, Mrs Sheenan, and Mrs Gilligan for completing Level 1 Māori course of 100 hours.

We are always looking to develop our capacity and capability further and we are blessed to have a staff that are always looking to improve.

WEETBIX TRIATHALON - 21st March 2023

An OLOL School team has been setup for the Weetbix Triathalon on 21st March 2023.


If you wish to register your child for this event please register under the 'OLOL School' team NS you will save a little on postage costs for your entry pack.

We will not be organising this as a school team rather it will be up to parents to organise transportation and supervision. We'll let you know more once children have enrolled.

School Holiday Programme

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.

https://kellysports.co.nz/kelly_events/view/15006

TERM DATES 2023

TERM 1 DATES 2023 - Tuesday January 31st - Thursday 6 April (Easter)


Term 1 -School office open from 9am - noon January 25, 26, 27 and 30th


Tuesday January 31 - First day of school for 2023

Monday February 6th - WAITANGI DAY - school closed

Sunday February 12th - Our Feast Day school mass @9.30am, open fun morning

Wednesday February 22 - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 23rd FebYear 1 & 2 Tabloids hosted by St Josephs Feilding,

Thursday 2nd MarchYear 5 & 6 Tabloids hosted by OLOL

Wednesday 8th March Year 3 & 4 Tabloids hosted by St James

Thursday April 6th - Holy Thursday


OTHER COMBINED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DATES

  • Year 5/6 RIPPA RUGBY and NETBALL Tournament @ St Mary's Wednesday, August 16th. (postponement day - August 23rd)


SCRIPTURE READING COMPETITION

June 6th @ 6pm at St Mary’s Yr 5/6


Term 2 - April 24 (Teacher Only day), 25th ANZAC day - Term 2 begins April 26-June 30

Term 3 - 17 July - 22 September

Term 4 - 9 October - December 14 (to be confirmed)

Br Peter Bray's upcoming tour

Brother Peter Bray FSC, the Kiwi Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University, will make a NZ speaking tour on behalf of the bishops to all our Catholic Dioceses early next year, to talk about the Holy Land, his work with his students, and the lives of other ordinary Palestinians. In preparation for the tour, he is making three videos; the second has just been issued. It is very powerful. View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R17kia53-GY

Go here for more information about the videos and Br Peter’s speaking tour:https://www.catholic.org.nz/news/media-releases/brpeter-video2/

Br Peter’s hopes to start his speaking tour about 24 January, likely starting in Hawkes Bay, followed by Palmerston North, Taranaki, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Auckland and Whangarei, ending about 8 February. The NZCBC will make his firm itinerary available when it is settled.

David McLoughlin

Communications Adviser, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference

Te Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa

Mobile: 021 611 052

www.catholic.org.nz

F: facebook.com/CatholicNZ