Our Lady of Lourdes School T4: W3

Newsletter: 2 November 2021


Welcome to Week 3 of the term. We hope that everything is going well for you. Thank you to those who are working to protect our school.

On 25 October 2021, the COVID-19 Vaccination Order came into effect.
This Vaccination Order makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for anyone working onsite at a school who may come into contact with students. It applies to:

  • all school staff (teachers, support and other onsite staff)
  • contractors
  • volunteers
  • anyone else engaged to provide onsite services

All education staff who may have contact with children must have had their first vaccination by November 15th and be fully vaccinated by January 1st, 2022.

  • I will be on sick leave for the month of November. We are well organised for the term ahead and I will be in regular contact with the school. Colette O'Connor, Donna Brown and Michael Anderson will be available by appointment should you require any assistance.

Blessings to you all

Caroline Gilligan


All Saints Day November 1st

From the first centuries after Christ, Christians who died a martyr’s death were considered saints, who live in God’s presence forever. Every year, on the anniversary of the martyrs’ deaths, Christians would visit their tombs and celebrate the Eucharist. This practice grew throughout the centuries to include remembering other outstanding Christians on the days they died. Soon the entire calendar was filled with memorials of the saints. In the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as the day to remember all the saints living in God’s presence.


One of the great gifts of our Catholic tradition is the remembrance of and prayer with the saints. The Church offers us an official canon, or list, of saints. On All Saints Day we recall and pray with these saints. It is important to continue to tell these stories of saints and saintly people to our children so that they have ample models of people of faith for their own lives.

Together as a family, name and tell the story of favourite saints. Prepare a list of some of the traits these people have in common (e.g. generosity, courage, prayerfulness, and so on) After preparing this list, read Matthew 5:1–12. Identify how the attitudes described in the Beatitudes are reflected in the lives of the saints and the people you named above. Pray together as a family a Litany of the Saints - there is a link attached to this.

Litany of the Saints


Focus: Saints and Inspiring People Catholics believe in the Communion of Saints – the unity or community of all members of the Church, those now living, those who are with God in heaven, and those undergoing purification before entering into the fullness of life with God. The living may pray to the saints for their intercession, and for those in Purgatory. The living and the dead are all joined in praise of God.

As a family/whanau

Take time to:

  • talk about how the Communion of Saints is the bond of friendship between all who have been baptised whether they are living or dead
  • make a family list of relations and friends who have died and keep it in a place which reminds you to pray for them, include photographs as well if you have them
  • tell your children stories of their relatives who have died and the good things they did while they were on earth
  • notice and draw children’s attention to family similarities, eg aunts, uncles, grandparents who are good at art, music or who enjoyed taking an active part in the Church
  • read and share stories of the Saints and people who are inspiring and discuss how they grew in holiness – tapu and mana by living the values of Jesus Christ
  • plan a celebration of a family member’s Saint’s day to honour the Saint and use a meaningful ritual which can be repeated each year, eg give the person a rose or special flower.


Marist Cricket - 'We now offer a SuperStar beginners program at The Marist Training Ground, Pascal Street every Monday from 1st November at 5.30pm'.

Thanks Neil Barnett

Marist Cricket


  • In Term 1 and Term 4 we ask that all children wear the navy brimmed sunhat at morning tea and lunchtime in line with our Sun Smart policy.
  • We are seeing a lot of nail polish at school - please make sure this is removed before coming to school.


The last day to place your orders for scholastic book club is Friday 5th November.

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  • 1st - All Saints Day
  • 2nd - All Souls Day - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - make sure you look fabulous
  • 25th - Senior overnight camp
  • 9th - Year 6 Graduation mass - if we are under Level 2 conditions this would be for Year 6 children and families only. We know Covid, and the Delta strain has bought many changes to all our lives however keeping everyone well and safe is our priority. Therefore the following will apply -
  • A limit of 3 people per family - please have a think as a family and be organised before the evening
  • Masks will need to be worn and families will be socially distanced

  • 14th - Final day of the year - school closes at 1pm. We will have a final prize giving assembly on this day

DATES for 2022

Term 1: 2nd February - 14th April (15th April is Good Friday)

Term 2: 2nd May - 8th July

Term 3: 25th July - 30th September

Term 4: 17 October - to be confirmed