Our Lady of Lourdes School T2:W3

Newsletter: 18 May 2021

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI

Welcome ANSHI to Room 6. We are so excited that you and your family have joined the Our Lady of Lourdes School community.


KIND HEARTS DAY- TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 19th - Year 1-4 children will need to be at school by 8.45am as the bus is leaving at 9am. Years 5-6 will be leaving by bus at 12.30pm. This will be a wonderful day for all the children and we are so blessed that our school can attend.


SCHOOL CLOSED FRIDAY MAY 21st - All Catholic schools in our Palmerston North Kāhui Ako are getting together this Friday. Please make arrangements for your child on this day. There will be no staff on site.


LAST DAY FOR SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ORDERS: Thursday 20th May.

CATHOLIC CHARACTER

First Communion classes - these are resuming for those children/tamariki who have made their First Reconciliation and are now preparing for the First Communion. These take place every Sunday after mass from 10.30am.

SATURDAY MAY 22: Practise for First Holy Communion is at 3pm in the church.

PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 23: We look forward to seeing our school community at the 9.30 mass. We will come together as a school/kura/parish to celebrate those receiving their First Communion as well celebrating this important liturgical date. If you can, please bring a plate of food along for our shared morning tea.

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FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FERTILISER DRIVE - a wonderful annual fundraising event (Date to be confirmed)

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
  • 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

Palmerston North Catholic Kāhui Ako

What is a Kāhui Kao: A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people's learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their full potential. Catholic schools from the Palmerston North Catholic Schools Kāhui Ako were represented at the hui held at St Peter’s College last term. The KA joined together in prayer and waiata, followed by a presentation of the journey to date, introduction to the website and gathered teacher voice on a range of questions. If you would like to find out more please see the below links...

Kāhui Ako Timeline Summary 2015 - 2021

Palmerston North Catholic Schools Kāhui Ako Website

24th March Hui Presentation

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MERCY AWARDS FOR THE WEEK

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Pratish - for using the Mercy value of Excellence in his every day learning to be the best and do the best he can.


RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Justo - for using the Mercy value of Excellence especially in writing and maths. Keep up the great work and attitude.


RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Kaiden - for showing the Mercy value of Excellence in writing when sharing cards and letters to people.


RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Jack W - for showing the Mercy value of Excellence during maths. He has been working hard learning the times tables and new multiplication and division strategies. Super proud of you!


RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Flynn - for showing his Mercy value Excellence and trying hard in all his learning. A great attitude to Living and Learning the Mercy way


RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Mia - for living the Mercy value of Excellence in your learning. Congratulations on completing Level 6 on StepsWeb. We are very proud of you.

SPORTS UPDATES

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

  • Tuesday - our Table Tennis teams have their first practise today.
  • Thursday - our two basketball teams are doing really well in this code and we are so proud of them.
  • Saturday - two netball teams are back into the swing of things with this - thank you to Shona for the great start.

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 two other schools so that there is a junior and a middle school team.

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: 67
  • McAULEY: 46
  • ONGLEY: 48
  • BERNADETTE: 51
  • VINCENT: 104
  • FRANCIS: 53

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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TERM 2 DATES - WINTER UNIFORM BEGINS THIS TERM

    • May 17: Road Safety week
    • May 19: Kind Hearts Day for the whole school. Year 1-4 in the morning and Year 5-6 in the afternoon. We will busing to Awapuni Racecourse for this event.
    • May 21: STAFF ONLY DAY SCHOOL CLOSED - joining with all Catholic schools in the Kāhui Ako.
    • May 22nd: Practise for First Communion @ 3pm in the church
    • May 23: PENTECOST/ First Communion day @ 9.30am Mass
    • May 28: SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY at TAKARO PARK - 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 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