Newsletter Week 1 Term 4

Our Lady of the Assumption School - 20th October 2022

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OLA News

Ahiahi mārie

Welcome to Term 4! It has been lovely to see our tamariki catching up with each other and enjoying being back at school. The playground has been alive with fun and laughter.

We really enjoyed welcoming Mr Geoff Wallis, our new Deputy Principal and Hillary Hub Team Leader, to our school on Monday with a mihi whakatau. It was a very special occasion for us all and we look forward to working with him.

We are also pleased to have Mr Sam Ward working with us this term. Sam is in Rm 11 while Rebekah O'Donnell is away on parental leave. Sam knows our Rutherford Team tamariki very well as he has relieved for us during the year. Welcome Sam!

As you can see from this newsletter we have some exciting events planned this term with School Athletics and our Grandparent's Day happening next week. We look forward to catching up with whānau/family on these special days.

Ngā mihi nui

Janet and the Team @ OLA

Welcome to Our School

We are delighted to welcome Isaac, Lewis, Violet, Wolf, Jaycee, Sadie and Aditi to Room 2 and Malachi to Room 5 this term.
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School Values - Lifelong Learning

This term our value and our self-directed learning focus is on Life Long Learning. We aim to develop the attitudes and skills that enable our children to keep learning and growing throughout their lives; learning doesn’t stop at the school gate. Children may be at different stages of growth at any age. For example, some children may be a Seed (Pihi) “I am learning that it is okay to make mistakes” and they may also be a Seedling (Tupu) because “I can talk about my learning to others”. The value is developed in our children through all curriculum areas. We encourage you to have a chat with your child about where they see themselves on this chart and why they think that. It is often very insightful to hear their views about themselves.

Welcome to Mr Wallis

We are delighted to welcome Mr Geoff Wallis to our school this term. Mr Wallis is our new Deputy Principal and is also the team leader of the Hillary Hub.

As a school we welcomed Mr Wallis with a mihi whakatau, led by Mr Grant and our Kapa Haka group. This event was made extra special by the attendance of Mr Wallis’ family and guests from Middleton Grange School, where Mr Wallis was previously teaching. Afterwards we had time to chat and get to know Geoff and his family better. We are very pleased to have you with us!

Welcome to Mr Ward

We are warmly welcome Mr Sam Ward to Room 11 this term.

As you will be aware, Mrs O'Donnell is now on parental leave and Mr Ward will be teaching in Room 11 for the rest of the term.

Athletics Day

Our School Athletics Day is on Tuesday 25th October. Events begin promptly at 9 a.m. so we ask that all children are at school by 8.45a.m; that way we are ready to start on time. For a full timetable please click here.

Please ensure your child:

● Wears their PE shorts and house coloured t-shirt.

● Wears suitable shoes for running (no running in bare feet)

● Has morning tea and lunch

● Has a water bottle

● Has their school hat and sunblock

● Has a school cardigan, jersey or polar fleece

There will be plenty of space for parents/caregivers to watch the children compete. Please do not stand on the inside of the running track. While we understand you might like to see your children after their races, please wait until all the running events are completed.

Grandparents' Mass

We will be holding our annual Grandparents' Mass on Friday 28th October. We warmly welcome all grandparents to this very special Mass, which will begin at 11:15am in the OLA Church.

Our tamariki love showing their grandparents our school and spending time playing with them in the classroom and playgrounds. We are intending to have a picnic lunch. Please bring a blanket and your picnic food.

Monday 24th October - Public Holiday

A reminder that Monday 24th October is Labour Day and school will be closed.

Kahui Ako Primary School Speech Competitions

This year our school will be hosting the South West Kahui Ako Speech Competition on Thursday 27th October. All the catholic primary schools in the south west area will be sending their top speech students in years 4-8 to compete.

Representing OLA in year 5 is Carys and in year 6 is Molly. The Hillary Hub are finishing off their speeches this week and will decide on who will be representing the school in year 7 and 8.

The competition will be judged by students from Villa Maria College. We wish all our competitors the very best of luck.

Dancing Success

The National Championships for Irish Dancing were held in Hamilton over the school holidays.

We had a number of OLA girls competing and they all did exceptionally well. Congratulations to:

Indi, Isla D, Zoe Dunning, Adele, Sofia O, Xanthe M, Molly F & Sailor.

Cans for Christmas

Thank you to all the families who donated items towards the Cans for Christmas appeal. As a school we collected 152 items, which were donated to St Vincent de Paul. Nationally 21,152 items have been donated so far!

Mana Ake Drop In Sessions

My name is Victoria and I am proud to be the Mana Ake liaison for your school. Mana Ake can provide a range of support, from one on one work with kids during school time, to advice and guidance for parents at drop-ins. I can help with anything from anger or anxiety, to behavioural challenges… even screen time and sibling rivalry. I am a registered social worker, and mum of a ten year old, and three cats!

If you would like to have a chat with another parent who also has lots of resources and tips to share you can book a drop-in session by phoning the school office. If you think Mana Ake support may be right for your child, you can discuss this with their classroom teacher.

Each session will begin at 2.00 and take roughly 30-45 minutes. Session dates are:

Tuesday 25th October

Tuesday 8th November

Tuesday 22nd November

Piano Lessons

Jenny Keogh, one of our lovely Learning Assistants, is a qualified piano teacher. She currently has places available for children who would like to learn the piano. If you are interested, please contact the school office.

Principal's Awards

Every fortnight we celebrate the amazing work that happens in our classrooms by awarding a Principal’s Award to a student in each class. Congratulations to our award winners this week!

Rutherford Team

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Sheppard Team

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Batten Team

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Hillary Hub

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PTA News

The next PTA meeting will be on Monday 7th November at 7pm in the school staff room. Everyone is welcome.

Our 1st ‘Break the rules’ day was a success we have raised over $1,000 towards the end of year activities for the teams. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

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God Bless

Janet and the Team at Our Lady of the Assumption School

Church Notices

Br Peter Bray FSC

Bethlehem University Vice-Chancellor, Taranaki’s own Br Peter Bray FSC, will give public talks about Palestine when he visits Aotearoa NZ early next year, but meanwhile, he is making videos for the bishops on the subject for a Kiwi audience. You can watch the first -- Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Place; Palestinians in the Holy Land -- on YouTube here now:

Read more about Br Peter and the video project:

Community Notices

Community Notices

In Community Notices This Week: Science & Tech Classes, Performing Arts Classes, Drama Classes, Hoon Hay Community Events,

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