Our Lady of Lourdes School T3:W9

Newsletter: 21 September 2021


We hope this newsletter finds you well, happy and settled in this altered norm of ours. The children/tamariki are really settled at school, as we move gently through our days, keeping wellbeing of all as our focus. Teachers have shared that wonderful learning opportunities are taking place which is exactly what is needed at this stage. We thank you all for following our Level 2 guidelines - it makes our school a safe environment for all. Blessings and thanks to you all.

Health Curriculum Consultation

Every two years, the Board of Trustees, along with the school management are required to discuss our Health Curriculum with our families. As you are aware we had our meeting set for last month, along with our Zones of Regulation meeting, however we then moved into Level 4. Here is our outline of our school Health curriculum. Please have a read through and share any further ideas, concerns or queries with us. Next week we will share more information about our programmes.


We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good (Gen1:31).

I hangia tātou kia ōrite to tātou āhua ki to te Atua, ā, he pai tātou.


The Board of Trustees, along with the staff, will develop an explicit ‘Local School Curriculum’ programme to ensure that the Health Curriculum provides teaching and learning programmes that meet the Special Character of the school. Catholic Beliefs, Practices and Social Teachings will be interwoven into the programme.

It will incorporate these key concepts:

  • That we are made in the image and likeness of God

  • Life is precious and our bodies are a gift from God

  • Be aware of and acknowledge their cultural identity

  • Acknowledge and respect differences in others

  • Gain a sense of belonging and wellbeing

  • To realise how they belong in family/whānau

  • Begin to appreciate relationships with friends and family

  • The sacredness/ tapu of their bodies and others

  • Personal health and hygiene

  • Know how to be safe about their bodies and recognise good and bad touch


This Health Statement is for the Proprietor, Board of Trustees, staff and developed in consultation with whānau/parents. Community communication will occur at least once every two years.


  • At Our Lady of Lourdes school, our Health Education programme aligns with the Gospel teachings of Jesus, our school Mercy values and the New Zealand Curriculum. Through participating in the Health Education programme children/tamariki will be given the time, guidance, tools and knowledge to enhance their own well-being within a Catholic environment.

  • As educators, we will foster a community of support with family/whānau and the Catholic Church for children and young people to grow and develop spiritually, socially, morally, emotionally, physically, intellectually and in human sexuality from a Catholic perspective.

These are:
  • that they are made in the image and likeness of God and so are very good (Gen 1:31)

  • the purpose of God’s gift of life

  • the sacredness/tapu and dignity of people

  • that people are unique and gifted

  • that people need to be in a relationship, giving and receiving

  • that life is a journey/Te Wa, in which people are challenged to grow to be their best selves and become more Christ-like.

  • that Catholic teachings will assist them to respect the freedom of human persons as God does and to have a deepening understanding of what it means to give and receive free consent to any action


  • Throughout our teaching of the Health curriculum, Catholic teachings and values will be considered. Prayer/karakia will be interwoven into the programme giving student/ākonga learners the opportunity of encountering Christ.

  • Teachers will attend the NZCBC recommended Catholic professional development course, ‘Having Life to the Full’ - grounded in John 10:10 ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly’ - to enable them to best support their programmes from a Catholic perspective.

  • Health Education is also integrated into our RE programme through the teaching of values, respect and caring for others, mental health and well-being.

  • Parents will be consulted on any outside programme content before it is taught in the school and will be consulted every two years on the content of the whole Health programme.

  • We incorporate health and safety studies through outside agencies into our biannual programme ensuring that a Catholic perspective is safeguarded and embedded.

Education in Human Sexuality content:

Junior Primary (Years 1–3)

At these levels, education in human sexuality will focus on learning about growth, development, the human body, friendships, and family relationships. Students will:

  • describe changes in growth and identify body parts and developmental needs

  • discuss family relationships and affirm and show respect for diverse family structures

  • gender stereotypes and norms will be questioned and discussed

  • act to support the well-being of others and learn friendship skills

  • learn about basic human rights in relation to relationships and identity

  • learn to express feelings and how they contribute to positive and inclusive environments.

It is recommended that discussions about identity, personal health, body parts, and families are woven into learning throughout the year and that appropriate and diverse resources are used to engage students in discussions.

Middle and Upper Primary (Years 4–6)

At these levels, students will learn about pubertal change and body growth and development: They may or will learn about:

  • human reproduction

  • how to support themselves and others during change and develop a positive body image

  • describing how social messages and stereotypes about relationships, sexuality, and gender affect well-being

  • how to actively affirm the rights of themselves and others

  • how to reflect on friendships and plan strategies for positive and supportive relationships

  • how to identify risks and issues with online and social media environments and question messages related to gender, sexuality, and diversity

  • how to identify how to access health care. It is recommended that specific time is dedicated to learning about sexuality.

The New Zealand Curriculum Strands and Learning Outcomes

There are four underlying and interdependent concepts at the heart of this learning area:

  • Hauora – a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions of:

    • taha wairua,

    • taha hinengaro,

    • taha tinana, and taha whānau, each one influencing and supporting the others.

  • Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.

  • The socio-ecological perspective – a way of viewing and understanding the interrelationships that exist between the individual, others, and society.

  • Health promotion – a process that helps to develop and maintain supportive physical and emotional environments and that involves students in personal and collective action.

The Four Strands are:

  • Personal Health and Physical Development: in which students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to maintain and enhance their personal well-being and physical development

  • Movement Concepts and Motor Skills: in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity

  • Relationships with other people: in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others

  • Healthy Communities and Environments: in which students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.

Teachers may use the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme in conjunction with the Our Lady of Lourdes School Health Programme. This programme has an emphasis on:

Year 0-2

  • Positive body image

  • Feelings about self in relation to gender, culture and abilities

  • Body parts – the differences between boys and girls

  • Good and uncomfortable interactions with other people.

Year 3-4

  • Expressing feelings

  • Hygiene

  • Gender

  • Body parts

  • Feeling good

Year 5-6

  • Expressing feelings

  • Hygiene

  • Gender, body parts

  • Feeling good

  • Good and bad touching

  • Bullying

  • Positive Puberty/ Body changes

  • Choices


Keeping Ourselves Safe: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/personal-and-community-advice/school-portal/resources/successful-relationships/keeping

Myself and Others: refer to booklets

He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora: https://hereoora.tki.org.nz

Faith Alive: http://www.faithalive.org.nz


Appendix 1: Māori spirituality

  • We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good.

I hangia tātou kia ōrite to tātou āhua ki to te Atua, ā, he pai tātou.

  • Human dignity - Mana Tangata

  • All life is sacred - He tapu ngā mea ora katoa.

  • Life is a gift from God - He tākoha te ora nā te Atua.

  • Our baptismal call is to love and be in relationship with God, self and others. Ko te karanga iriiringa he karanga kia aroha atu, ki ā koe, ki tētehi atu, ā, ki te tūhono atu ki te Atua hoki.

  • Live life to the full - Kia ora, kia nui tonu rā.


Over the last two weeks our children/tamariki have been encountering all the wonderful resources that Caritas have put together for this special time in our church calendar. We have had the opportunity to ENCOUNTER these teachings of Jesus, then to work on ways in which we can be a WITNESS to these teachings as we GROW in our understanding. We have included some resources for you to use as a family/whanau.
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Hi Epic Schools!

Lily here from Epic Music Academy.

If you don’t know, as well as teaching music in schools, Epic Music Academy also runs an educational, music focused holiday program. The Epic Holiday Program will be going ahead in these coming school holidays and we would greatly appreciate it if you were able to advertise the program in your school newsletter to get as many kids learning music through the holidays as possible. Our program has also just become OSCAR approved so funding for families is available.

Something like this in the newsletter would be great:

“ Does your child love music? Are you looking for an awesome Holiday Program for your kids? Then we have the program for you! Epic Music Academy is running an OSCAR approved EPIC holiday program these school holidays.

During our program we look at a range of different instruments including drums, keyboard, guitar and we will even learn some percussion pieces on rubbish bins! As well as doing music each day, we also have lots of fun activities planned including sports, crafts, baking, bowling, Cloud 9 & more! To check out all the inf, our highlights video and to sign up, head along to www.epicma.nz

If this is too long, then just the following short version would be great:

“ Does your child love music? Are you looking for an awesome Holiday Program for your kids? Then we have the program for you! Epic Music Academy is running an OSCAR approved EPIC holiday program these school holidays. To check out all the inf, our highlights video and to sign up, head along to www.epicma.nz

If it could please be in the newsletter for the weeks leading up to the school holidays that would be amazing.

If you have any questions please let me know!

Kind regards,



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  • 29th: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DAY - details to follow
  • 1st - Last day of Term 3


  • 18th - First day of Term 4
  • 25th - Labour day - school is closed on Monday
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  • 25th - Senior overnight camp
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