Our Lady of Lourdes School T2:W4

Newsletter: 25 May 2021

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI

We hope the term is going well for you all. We had the most wonderful liturgical celebration for those who made their First Communion on Sunday. We are so very proud of Dani-Nicole, Emily, Max, Maddison, Tausolia, Daniel, AJ, Skyler and Pollyanna for undertaking this special time in their faith journey.


SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY - FRIDAY 28th at Takaro Park. We will be walking to this event. Children can wear their school PE uniform and footwear suitable for running to school on this day. Please ensure your child has some healthy snacks, a full water bottle and a winter jacket to wear in between races to keep warm.


10am: Morning tea snack, final organisation at school

10.30am: Leave school - walking in buddy classes (approximately 15 minutes to walk)

11am: FIRST RACE begins (we cannot give specific times, however please see the order of races below) The junior races should take approximately 10 minutes.


  • Year 1 Girls and Boys

  • Year 2 Girls and Boys

  • Year 3 Girls and Boys

  • Year 4 Girls and Boys

  • Year 5 Girls and Boys

  • Year 6 Girls and Boys


1pm: We will be walking back to school and will return by 1pm


Each child will need:

  • Wear to school full, correct school PE uniform and sneakers (each child will need to wear footwear for running)

  • a drink and some healthy snacks

  • a jersey and/or jacket (to keep warm)


COMMUNITY MEETING/HUI - Wednesday June 9th @5.30pm

We want to hear your ideas as well as share what we are up to.

Where: School staffroom

Ideas: Update on property, discussion on our uniform, planning for Matariki, planning for Term 3 - health meeting.

CATHOLIC CHARACTER - PENTECOST

We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church. Pentecost is a particularly special feast for us as a Diocese, because of the Holy Spirit which we are consecrated to and which our Cathedral is named after.


Opening Prayer

God of all, you sent your Spirit to be with the disciples, filling them with joy, peace and courage. May we also be filled with your Spirit, be brave and share your peace in our world. Amen.


GOSPEL: John 20:19-23

It was evening on the day Jesus rose from the dead, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews.

Jesus came and stood among them and said,
“Peace be with you.”
After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again,
“Peace be with you.
As the Father sent me, so I send you.”
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them;
if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

FERTILISER DRIVE

FERTILISER DRIVE - a wonderful annual fundraising event SATURDAY AUGUST 7th

We are looking at running this wonderful event again this year. The money raised from this event helps us to upgrade our school. i.e., in 2021 we have purchased a new swimming pool cover and new filter, in October this year there will be new additions to the playground and with the money raised this year we look to also upgrade our fitness track.

We need a team of wonderful volunteers to make this happen. We need people to help with:

  • Phone lists - ring people on the list and record their orders
  • Pamphlet drops in your neighbourhood - each child will have 20 to drop in their street
  • Collating orders
  • Picking up the fertiliser bags in a truck and bringing these to school
  • Support on the day with the delivery of the fertiliser bag orders (locally)
  • Donating food for morning tea for all our workers and families

A note will be heading home today and we ask that you fill in one way in which you can help the school with this.

Acts of the Apostles: What is Pentecost? | What's in the Bible?
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MERCY AWARDS FOR THE WEEK

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Leo - for always using the Mercy value of Hospitality when he welcomes others to his play in the classroom and playground

RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Heidi - for always showing the Mercy Value of Compassion especially when she is being a good friend. WAY TO GO!

RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Heaven - for showing the Mercy value of Respect, by the way she listens to her friends learning ideas and also her teachers. WHAT A KIND HEART!

RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Pollyanna - for showing the Mercy value of Excellence in inquiry time, researching her name and making a wonderful presentation for the class. SUPER PROUD OF YOU!

RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Bella - for showing the Mercy value Excellence in her willingness to try everything to the best of her ability and the success she is experiencing because of this. KA PAI, BELLA.

RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Kynan - for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Hospitality through his friendliness and enthusiasm to all. We so appreciate your KIND HEART.

SPORTS UPDATES

We have many of our children/tamariki playing a range of sports either for our school or associated clubs.


  • Tuesday - all table tennis teams are playing at 3:45pm today
  • Thursday - our two basketball teams are doing really well in this code and we are so proud of them, both of the teams having a win last week. Thank you to our wonderful coaches and whanau
  • Saturday - our two netball teams will still have their coaching although there are no games for the next two weeks with the venue being booked.
  • Many of our children/tamariki are living out their Mercy values playing football or rugby and we love hearing how you went on the weekend.
  • Sunday - We have children/tamariki who have joined with four other schools for hockey. They are very proud to tell us how they went on Monday.


We thank you all and your wonderful families/whanau for your support and dedication to this.

SCHOOL UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS

It was wonderful to see so many of our children in their winter uniform. A reminder that from Term 2, children are in winter school uniform. This is as follows:

For boys/tama - winter grey shorts, long sleeve gold top, navy jersey, navy blue long socks and black shoes.

For girls/tamawahine - school pinafore, long sleeve gold top, navy jersey, navy blue long socks under the knee or navy tights. White socks are for Term 1 and 4 ONLY.

WINTER JACKET: any navy blue jacket.

SHOES: For Terms 2 and 3 these should be black shoes, not boots please.

PE SHORTS: We are aware that the school PE shorts are not available from The Warehouse. Please use any navy shorts that are suitable for school.

HAIR: A reminder that all hair should be natural in colour. If hair is touching the collar then this will need to be put up for safety and hygiene reasons.

NAIL POLISH: A reminder that nail polish is for home, the weekend and the holidays. Thank you for supporting us in keeping our school uniform expectations.

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MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK

  • POMPELLIER: 122
  • McAULEY: 33
  • ONGLEY: 64
  • BERNADETTE: 72
  • VINCENT: 75
  • FRANCIS: 116

NEW WORLD TOKENS PIONEER HIGHWAY

We truly appreciate all your wonderful support with this great opportunity to raise money for our school. Please pass this on to your families. You will receive a token for every $50 spent.... this money will go towards improving our school playgrounds. The Board have begun the first stage, purchasing two new pieces of equipment and extending the original area.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TERM 2 DATES - WINTER UNIFORM BEGINS THIS TERM

    • May 28: SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY at TAKARO PARK. First race starts @ 11am - please note change of venue (no longer at Monrad Park)
    • June 7: Queens Birthday - SCHOOL CLOSED this day
    • June 8: Inter school Cross Country
    • June 9: Community meeting/hui - school staffroom @ 5.30pm
    • June 28: School Interviews from 3.30-5.30pm
    • June 30: School Interviews from 1.30-7.30pm (School closes 1pm this day)
    • July 2: MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
    • July 9: MUFTI MANIA/ with all Catholic schools in New Zealand
    • July 9: Last day of the term