Our Lady of Lourdes School T2:W2

Newsletter: 11 May 2021


Welcome Savvy and Elias to our school/kura - we are so excited that you have joined the Our Lady of Lourdes community.

KIND HEARTS DAY- Thank you to all those who have returned forms. We need all these returned by tomorrow WEDNESDAY MAY 12th.

SCHOOL CLOSED FRIDAY MAY 21st - All Catholic schools in our Palmerston North Kāhui Ako are getting together next Friday. Please make arrangements for your child on this day.

New Zealand Sign Language Week 10-16 May

It is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week and an opportunity for you to celebrate and share NZSL as a language for everyone. We will be looking at Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) and Deaf Aotearoa who have resources and information.


Fist 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: Mark this date in your calendar for this mass. We will come together as a school/kura/parish to celebrate this special liturgical occasion.

Sixth Sunday of Easter REFLECTION

Reflected on by the seniors of Our Lady of Lourdes School

As our school begins another term, this week’s gospel message is one that we share regularly with our children/tamariki - a message that is beautifully authentic to who we are. The gospel explains that Jesus asks us to love one another as he loves us and reminds us of the importance of JOY in our lives.

I am blessed to be currently teaching in our senior room. I shared this gospel within a Lectio Divina prayer with 27 wonderful young People of God. We read, reflected, responded and then rested within the gospel. These young parishioners insights were simply stunning and below are their thoughts:

We are Jesus’ friends and we are loved by God. We need to show others who God is. We need to show love.

Catherine McAuley gave us the Mercy values of Respect/Te Tapu o Te Tangata, Compassion/Aroha, Hospitality/Manaakitanga, Service/Rato and Social Justice/Tika… we need to be the voice, heart and hands of Jesus to all.

We need to spread the love God has given us – spreading JOY to others.

It is like the song - ‘Love one another just as I have loved you, love one another in everything you do, in this love you show each other, everyone will see, you are my people living life with me – A LIFE OF LOVE.’ (see the link below)


It’s all about the fruits of the Holy Spirit - we need to live with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

It reminds us that we are made in God’s image and that we are all part of this world. We have to look after each other and our planet - they are precious.

It is just like our KIND HEARTS journal - we could show God’s love by spreading kindness around the world with random acts of kindness to people we know and to strangers. We could show kindness with a smile and we can share unconditional kindness to those who may hurt us.

This gospel is an important message for all of us to live by.

As this Māori proverb says:

‘He Taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata’

Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

Blessings to you all for your journey on sharing LOVE, KINDNESS and JOY.

The children/tamariki of Room 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes School.


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

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

Details on how to volunteer for this annual event to come in next weeks newsletter.

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


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.


Congratulations to our two Year 5 and 6 Netball teams who played their first game on Saturday. Thank you to Shona and Holly who are supporting them in this journey. We look forward to hearing about all our wonderful children/tamariki on their sports journey this season.

Congratulations to Eleanor for being the MVP in her Marist football team. We are all very proud of you!


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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  • POMPELLIER: 118 (1167)
  • McAULEY: 116 (1075)
  • ONGLEY: 113. ( 995)
  • BERNADETTE: 167 (1011)
  • VINCENT: 204 (1041)
  • FRANCIS: 145 (1124)
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    • May 13: Ascension, Football in schools
    • May 15: Praying the Rosary with the parish
    • May16: First Communion #3
    • 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
    • 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 9: MUFTI MANIA/ with all Catholic schools in New Zealand
    • July 9: Last day of the term