Our Lady of Lourdes School T1:W6
Newsletter Week 6: 9 March 2021
ST JOSEPH'S WHANAU DAY MARCH 19th - BOOK THIS IN
AN INVITATION TO OUR WHANAU DAY
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH’S
Pope Francis on December 8, 2020 wrote on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Saint Joseph as patron of the Universal Church; declared a Year of Saint Joseph, from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021. Pope Francis says of St Joseph:
A beloved, tender, obedient father
Welcoming the will of God
A creatively courageous father, example of love
A father who teaches the value, dignity and joy of work
A father “in the shadows,” centred on Mary and Jesus
We want to celebrate this amazing man and model of faith. We have planned a fun packed day for all to share.
FRIDAY MARCH 19th - all welcome
11am - St Joseph’s Liturgy
11.30am - Kapa Haka practice (come along and see what we do, join in!)
12pm - JUNIOR CLASSES DUATHLON BEGINS...children will run around the field, then head over to the pool. (Seniors will begin their activities once the juniors have left the field)
12.30pm - SENIOR CLASSES DUATHLON BEGINS - longer field expectations and then swimming
1.15pm - Bring along a lunch and share a picnic with your child and their friends
2pm - Spend time in your child’s classroom - seeing and learning what they do
As we are on the Lent journey, and in the light of additional stresses with Covid, instead of sponsoring this event we ask for a family donation that will then go directly to our wonderful CARITAS organisations. (Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development.)
Pope Francis prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen
Kia ora koutou
From our Ministry of Education...
It has been great to see several days with no new community cases. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.
This document provides information on where you can go to get help, including financial support, as well as details about the different categories of contacts.
With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.
The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:
For our school we will:
- display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app.
- keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed.
- be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home.
- encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so.
- reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying.
- reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette.
- clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly.
Your whānau/family will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:
- check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe).
- switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this).
- always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP.
- get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
- wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently.
- practise good cough and sneeze etiquette.
- regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home.
- wear face coverings on public transport.
- for those of you who think you might have been at a location of interest at the specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested.
Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.
STAFF ONLY TRAINING DAY THIS WEDNESDAY: NO SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN
A reminder that school is CLOSED this WEDNESDAY - staff have a training day on the Ministry of Education's Literacy Progressions and the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT). Thank you for your support of this professional development.
CATHOLIC CHARACTER/R.E. INFORMATION
Week 3: Third Sunday of Lent
“Where is your treasure? That’s my question. Where do you keep your treasure? On what treasure does your heart rest? Because your life will be where your treasure is kept. This is the question that I’m asking you but you’ll need to reply to it yourselves, on your own, at home.”
Pope Francis, Inside the Vatican interview, 1 April 2014
E te Atua, God, we thank you for the many treasures you have given to us. Remind us to be thankful for all that we have and to value what is important in your eyes. Open our eyes to see things like you. Āmene.
Responsorial: Psalm 19:7, 8, 9cd-10ab
Response: LORD, you have the words of everlasting life.
The Law of the LORD is perfect; it gives us new life.
His teachings last forever, and they give wisdom to ordinary people. (Response)
The LORD’s instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad.
His commands shine brightly and they give us light. (Response)
All of his decisions are correct and fair.
They are worth more than the finest gold. (Response)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 2:13-16, 18-22
Jesus went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover.
Inside the temple, he saw people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons.
And there were others changing money for the people.
Jesus made a long whip and chased the cattle and the sheep out of the temple.
He also knocked over the money tables, spilling the coins on the ground.
He said to those selling pigeons,
“Get them out of here! Stop using God’s house as a marketplace!”
The Jews who were there said to Jesus,
“What gives you the right to do this? What sign can you give us?”
Jesus answered them,
“Tear down this temple, and I will raise it up in three days!”
The Jews said,
“It took us forty-six years to build this temple! And you think that you can raise it up in three days?”
But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body.
And later when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed him.
Passover is a celebration of belonging, remembering how the Israelites were ‘passed over’ during the tenth plague in Egypt. As part of this celebration, people would go to the Temple to make sacrifices. However, on this day, Jesus went into the temple and found that the sellers were making money off the people for their sacrifices. They were taking advantage of them, in some cases even stealing from them. God wanted his house to be a place of worship, a place where people could come and learn more about him, not a place where people would be mistreated and taken advantage of.
We all know that when we go to church, we are present in the house of God. Jesus knew the way the sellers were behaving was not bringing them closer to God and this angered him. When we are at church, we have the privilege of gathering as part of our community (like those who celebrated Passover together) to hear the Word, share in Eucharist and continue to make our relationship grow stronger. As Jesus overturned the money tables, this prompts us to think about what we value in our lives? What is important to us and our relationship with him and God?
MERCY AWARDS FOR WEEK SIX
RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR
Leah for always using her Mercy Value of Hospitality when she shows the new Discoverers where things are and helps them with routines.
RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN
Skyla for using the Mercy Value of Respect when she helps to tidy up in Discoverers and takes care of our resources.
RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY
Max for using his Mercy value of Excellence while learning how to be safe in the swimming pool.
RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN
Emily T - for using the Mercy value of Service. She keeps the classroom and the playground tidy, being Jesus' hands and feet. Ka pai!
RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR
Cody - For his Mercy Value of Excellence when contributing his wonderful ideas to our group and class discussions
RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON
Amelia - demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence through her use of specific language features in writing.
Nita - using the Mercy Value of Service by being helpful to Whaea Frayne in tidying up the classroom.
MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK
- POMPELLIER: 162
- McAULEY: 143
- ONGLEY: 99
- BERNADETTE: 110
- VINCENT: 110
- FRANCIS: 179
- Mar 10: SCHOOL CLOSED - Staff Training Day
- Mar 11: Year 5/6 Combined Catholic Schools Tabloids at St Mary's School @ 10am
Mar 19: St Joseph's Whānau Day: Please see above information
Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY
Apr 2: GOOD FRIDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
Apr 5/6: HOLY MONDAY/ TUESDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
Apr 16: LAST DAY OF THE TERM