Our Lady of Lourdes School T1, 2022

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome to Term1: Week 7


Blessings to you all during this second week of Lent. As mentioned in previous correspondence, we are beginning to see an increase in positive case numbers and those having to isolate. Thank you for letting us know as we are required to keep the Ministry of Education updated. We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for our world, that we may all be people of peace to each other especially in these times.

The health and wellbeing of our learners, staff and community remains our top priority, and we need to be especially vigilant at this time.

What you need to do:

  • You and your household should watch closely for symptoms

  • If any develop, get tested immediately

  • Then, stay at home until you receive the result

What we’re doing:

  • We’re remaining open

  • We are adopting appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures consistent with requirements for the red light traffic system

  • We will communicate with you if the situation changes and there is a known risk of infection from school.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or worsening cough

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • A fever

  • Temporary loss of smell or changed sense of taste

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Pains in the stomach

For more information on COVID-19, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/.


Teachers will use the SEESAW app to keep in touch with you if and when we may need to move into a mixture of onsite and offsite learning if our numbers are split of those at home and at school. Please make sure you check in with our school app (SchoolAppsNZ), our website or facebook. We will also send home emails should that be required as well.

Again, our thanks for your support as we journey together in these uncertain times. You are always in our prayers.

Once again, go gently, take good care of each other, being a person of MERCY in our world.



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As well as creating ‘logistical overload’ for schools, Covid is a huge concern for parents. The health sector has developed some excellent resources for parents on the KidsHealth website which you may wish to share with parents. Please check out the links below -



New content is being added regularly to COVID-19 | KidsHealth NZ

KidsHealth also covers a huge range of general child health topics that may be of interest to parents and help to reduce anxiety in your community.

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Below is a brief outline of priorities for 2022. We have set these goals in line with Ministry of Education guidelines and the National Education Learning Priorities. We will share with you mid way through the year how we are tracking with these as well as our mid year data.
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As part of the Catholic Theological College online event series, we wish to invite you to “But who do you say I am? -- Images of God, mental well-being and Pacific young women," on Thursday 31 March 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom. This might interest young people, especially Pacifika. The speaker is Dr Therese Lautua, a graduate in PhD Theology at the University of Auckland. She will talk about the significance of Christianity for the spiritual and mental wellbeing of young Christian, multi-ethnic Pacifika women. She will take us through the different images of God and how these impact mental wellbeing.

Details and registration here: https://www.tekupenga.ac.nz/uncategorized/upcoming-online-event-who-do-you-say-i-am-images-of-god-mental-well-being-and-pacific-young-women/

LENT and CARITAS resources

The theme for Lent 2022 is Building Dreams Together: Called to be Peacemakers. (How truly appropriate with everything that is going on ) In our changing world we need to come together and find ways of realising our dreams. There is always hope of transforming our world for the better when we are guided by peace, love and justice in our lives.
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Our lovely Liturgy for this week - Thank you Mrs Pedley

We have two very special SAINTS that we are reflecting on this week. St Patrick and St Joseph. Here is a lovely powerpoint that Mrs Pedley has shared with us for the week.
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A global invitation

During this significant time in the Church’s history, Pope Francis invites ALL of us to reflect on our faith journey and share our vision for the future of the Catholic Church. Our diocese is currently asking people to share their voice and to listen to one another as part of this process.

This is an invitation to participate and explain how your school community can be part of this important moment.

Getting Involved

The Catholic School community, including all staff, students and whānau, is a very important part of the Diocese of Palmerston North. We hope as many people as possible from across our school communities are able to be involved in the local phase of the Synod, which is currently underway.

Involving whānau

In addition to the participation of students in this process, we would love to hear the important voice of our whānau/families connected to our schools. Below are some ways that you might be able to share this opportunity with your students' whānau.

  • Information for whānau/families could be included in newsletters and through your school app. An example blurb is included in the ‘Classroom Resource’ and on our website. You are welcome to adapt or add to. You could also share this video invitation with parents in your digital communication to your school community: https://youtu.be/A7l3OE7JVkU

Contact us at synod@pndiocese.org.nz or visit our webpage https://pndiocese.org.nz/synodinschools for resources, information about how to make submissions and downloads.

Thank you for all that you do.


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Attendance Dues Information – March 2022

❖ 2022 attendance dues invoices/statements will be emailed to families this week (if we have an email address on file). If no email address is held, invoices/statements will be sent via Post. If you do not receive an invoice/statement, please contact us so we can reissue one to you.

❖ If you make a payment on or before the 31st March 2022 that includes a voluntary catholic character donation of $5.00 or more, a donation receipt will be emailed/sent by post in April, for you to claim a tax rebate.

❖ If you wish to set up a regular payment plan, please contact the Attendance Dues team to discuss payment options. Our contact details are as follows: ▪ 0800 200 208; or


❖ Our bank details for payment:

▪ Name of Account: Diocese of PN

▪ Account Number: 02-0630-0237950-04

▪ Reference Number: “please ensure you enter your account reference number

❖ 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.

❖ Attendance Dues charges for 2022 are:

$465.00 for each Primary Student (Year 0 – 8).

$930.00 for each Secondary Student (Year 9 – 13)
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  • Thursday April 14th - HOLY THURSDAY
  • Friday April 15th - Good Friday - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THE TERM BREAK
  • Monday May 2nd - FIRST DAY OF TERM TWO
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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 (to be confirmed)