Our Lady of Lourdes School T1:W8

Newsletter Week 8: 23 March 2021

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI to Week 8

Thank you for the wonderful support of our St Joseph's day on Friday. It was lovely to see so many of our families/whanau.

We welcome to our school/kura: Paris, Leo, Roen, Lorena and Hautoni - we are so happy you have joined our school/kura.

FIRST RECONCILIATION THIS THURSDAY at 5.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes

Over the last few weeks there have been children preparing to make their First Reconciliation. We wish them well on this sacramental journey. They will be joining with children from the Cathedral for the evening.

Blessings to Daniel, Skyler, Max, Emily, Maddison, Pollyanna, Anna-Belle, Dani-Nicole, AJ, and Tausolia.

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

You would be aware that we have a spare Parent Representative space on our Board of Trustees. Today your child has bought home a brief letter and Eligibility Form explaining this further. Please check you child's bag.


Home Learning Policy

Home learning is an extension of the school programme and supports, enhances, and consolidates teaching and learning. It provides a positive link between home and school.

Teachers:

  • outline expectations, routines, and suggested time requirements for home learning to students and parents at the start of the year
  • set home learning that reflects students’ individual needs and changing ages and stages and reinforces teaching and learning
  • set home learning that incorporates the vision, values, key competencies, essential learning areas and principles as expressed in The New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • ensure students understand their home learning tasks and can work independently, where possible
  • communicate home learning concerns to parents.

Students:

  • are responsible for their own home learning
  • understand their home learning tasks and work as independently as possible.

Parents:

  • encourage and support their children
  • provide feedback to the child and the teacher
  • communicate with the teacher if their child is unable to complete the home learning, or if family or other circumstances take priority


IDEAS FOR HELPING AT HOME

The Ministry of Education have put out a wonderful resource for whanau to support their children's learning at home. Please see the attached link.

You also have access to:

Kiwi Kids News - a great resource for those in Room 6,7 and 8. Children have access to this every week.

Reading Eggs for our junior children - a wonderful resource to support their literacy skills

EPIC - a library at your disposal... this is an absolutely wonderful activity from our junior children to our seniors

Mathletics - basic facts,

Prototec: Maths basic facts - working on speed and accuracy.

NEW WORLD TOKENS

Please support this wonderful opportunity to raise money for our school - and pass this on to your families. We get a token for every $50 spent.... we will put this money towards improving our school playgrounds.

CATHOLIC FORMATION FOR US ALL

Week 5: Fifth Sunday of Lent


“There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God." Pope Francis, Twitter, 18 Nov 2014


OPENING PRAYER

E Hehu Karaiti, Christ Jesus, you came to draw all people to yourself. You knew that there would be suffering on your journey, but you trusted in God’s plan, even to the point of death. May we come to share your faith as we follow you throughout our lives. Āmene.


GOSPEL READING

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 12: 24-25, 32-33

Jesus said to Philip and Andrew,

“You know that if you do not bury a grain of wheat, it stays just as a grain of wheat.

But if you bury it in the ground, it grows and becomes many grains.

“In the same way, people try to hold onto their lives will lose them.

But those who are willing to give up their lives will live forever.

And when I am lifted up, I will bring all people to me.”

When he said this, Jesus was telling them how he was going to die.


GOSPEL REFLECTION

In life we may respond to situations in different ways to our friends. To help us understand a little better, think of a seed and what a seed grows up to be. If we were to dig up that plant or tree that grew from that initial seed, what would the roots look like?

This scenario is a lot like what we hear Jesus talking about in this passage. He explains that the grain of wheat must die to allow the plant to grow. He knows that he is going to die and be resurrected and as a result life will be different for everyone.


It is through understanding this situation and responding to it, that we are able to see Jesus’ death as the starting point for change. If we were to hold on to the seed and not let it grow into a plant, we are not allowing ourselves to be open for our own growth and understanding. Change allows us to reflect on what has gone before us and how we responded, and at the same time look forward to the future. Through accepting the invitation that Jesus gives to us in this reading, we too can be seeds and be part of the new and better life that we can share with others, especially during the season of Lent.


ST JOSEPHS DAY RAISING MONEY FOR CARITAS: We raised over $200 to send through to Caritas to continue to support those in need.


Recent Events

While many aid agencies are pulling out, Caritas Syria has continued its current three-year project in Aleppo, aiming to support 70,000 people in need.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the virus spread through Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Caritas Bangladesh worked hard to contain the impact and adapted their activities to focus on testing for COVID-19, while promoting hygiene awareness and building hand washing stations throughout Cox’s Bazar. They also provided soap and hygiene kits. Hundreds of thousands of masks and food assistance packages were distributed safely throughout the region too.

In South Sudan, extra food was given to families to help them cope while travel and public gatherings were suspended.

Caritas Lebanon helped more than 46,200 people in the capital, Beirut, and provided them with more than 38,200 hot meals in the first nine days after the blasts. More than 4,500 people received medicines and first aid, hygiene kits and food kits were also distributed. Support continues to all those affected.

MERCY AWARDS FOR WEEK 8

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Jordan - for his amazing modelling of the Mercy values of Respect and Excellence. Tumeke!

RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Hayven - for the outstanding way she shows our Mercy values of Compassion and Excellence to her younger peers. Tino pai!

RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Evan for his Mercy Value of Excellence in his learning, he always gives his very best and never gives up. Just like in his running last week too!

RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Caitlin - for her Mercy Value of Excellence in her work. She always works hard and tries her best.

RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Addie - for demonstrating her Mercy Value of Excellence and her developing resilience.

RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Samuel M - demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence through improving work habits and using initiative in different curriculum areas.

MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK

  • POMPELLIER: 196
  • McAULEY: 149
  • ONGLEY: 211 ***
  • BERNADETTE: 194
  • VINCENT: 160
  • FRANCIS: 147
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Mar 23: Stream visit for the senior school

  • Mar 28: Palm Sunday

  • Mar 29: Chrism Mass at the Cathedral - senior leaders to represent our school at midday

  • Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY - Stations of the Cross @ 2pm for the school

  • Apr 1: Mass 7pm -Leaders to present the oils from the Chrism mass

  • Apr 2: GOOD FRIDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED - Mass at 3pm

  • Apr 4: Dani-Nicole's Baptism at 9.30 am mass

  • Apr 5/6: HOLY MONDAY/ TUESDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • Apr 7: School mass at 10am

  • Apr 16: LAST DAY OF THE TERM


TERM 2 DATES


  • May 3: Term 2 begins
  • May 17: Road Safety week
  • May 19: Kind Hearts Day
  • May 23: First Communion
  • June 7: Queens Birthday
  • July 2: MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS - starting school at 6am, shared breakfast and activities
  • July 9: MUFTI MANIA/ Last day of the term