Our Lady of Lourdes School T2:W7

Newsletter: 15 June 2021

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI, TĀLOFA LAVA -

It was so lovely to have you join us for our family meeting last week. An email was sent to you all with a summary. Attached to your seesaw account is a quick survey form we would appreciate you filling in. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.


A REMINDER TO BOOK FOR THE CHILD/PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

28th and 30th June

Child/parent/teacher conferences will be held at the following times:

  • Monday 28th June @ 3.30pm - 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 30th June @ 1.30pm - 7.30pm (SCHOOL DAY FINISHES @ 1PM)

To book your interview click on the link:

https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=vmdp8


When you have finished your interview/s confirmation will be emailed to you. You can return to the site and enter the event code vmdp8 again to change or cancel your interview.

If you do not have internet access please see Karen at the school office, she will be able to make a booking for you.


LAST DAY FOR BOOK CLUB ORDERS (online and cash orders) - Wednesday 16th June

CATHOLIC CHARACTER

Children’s liturgy – Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Opening prayer: Loving God, you show us that the littlest actions can have huge results, and that the smallest of people can do great things. Inspire us to play our part in making the world a fairer place for everyone. Amen.


Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the ear, and finally the ear full of corn. When the corn is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.

“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” asked Jesus. “What parable shall we use to explain it? It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade.”

Jesus preached his message to the people, using many other parables like these; he told them as much as they could understand. He would not speak to them without using parables, but when he was alone with his disciples, he would explain everything to them. (Gospel passage taken from Good News Translation® and used with permission.*)


Gospel reflection: In today’s gospel, Jesus is trying to show what God’s Kingdom is like.

Both the stories he tells are about seeds, which grow and change from small beginnings.

The mustard seed also shows us how size doesn’t matter – even the tiniest seed can produce a great big tree. The same is true for us – even the smallest person can do great things. And even the smallest action can have big results.

For example, being kind in the playground and inviting someone to play with you if they look lonely, is just one little thing you can do – it hardly takes any time at all. But to the person who is lonely, it can make a really big difference.


What do you think happens when lots of people join their actions together?

If lots of people do something small, it can make a really, really big difference. A bit like how a drop of water isn’t very much on its own, but join it together with millions of other drops, and you get the great big sea!

The world we live in is changing. The climate is in crisis and it affects us all, but it is the poorest communities who are suffering the most. Together we can make a difference and build a fairer world for all people to live in.

Together, small actions add up to make a big difference. The smallest seed can grow into the biggest bush.

What will you do this week to make a difference to other people locally and around the world?


Closing prayer: God of all, help us to make a change so all people can live free from poverty and so we may glimpse your kingdom here on earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

What is Faith? Ordinary Time 11B (Catholic Kids Media)

FERTILISER DRIVE

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

Thank you to those who have come forward to help with this event. With your amazing support we are able to go ahead with this. There are pamphlet drops going out this week as well as phone lists being organised. We look forward to this wonderful fundraising event.

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MERCY AWARDS FOR THE WEEK

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Benjamin R. for showing his Mercy Value of Respect in the way he speaks and interacts with his classmates.

RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Dhiya for showing the Mercy Value of Respect when she listens and follows instructions.

RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Tausolia for making great connections with his recent experience of First Holy Eucharist and with our classroom R.E learning.

RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Kellan for his Mercy Value of Compassion. He looks after his friends and classmates when they need help and has a truly kind heart.

RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Stalone for his service when looking after the younger people in the playground.

RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Stelios for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence through his incredible Inquiry presentation about the meaning of his name.

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MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK

  • POMPELLIER: 271
  • McAULEY: 210
  • ONGLEY: 152
  • BERNADETTE: 305
  • VINCENT: 146
  • FRANCIS: 203

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

    • June 28: School Interviews from 3.30-5.30pm
    • June 30: School Interviews from 1.30-7.30pm (School day finishes @ 1pm)
    • July 2: MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
    • July 9: MUFTI MANIA/ with all Catholic schools in New Zealand
    • July 9: Last day of the term