Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 1 2020 : 24th July

Key Dates

  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR , Friday 31st July - Monday 10th August

Gospel Reading

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well, then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’


Gospel Focus

The Kingdom is like…

Throughout the gospels, Jesus consistently uses the figures of speech of simile and metaphor to describe the kingdom. He never directly describes the kingdom. It is always described as being like some situation or person or as if… This figurative use of language means that we have no single clear picture of what the kingdom is like but we do have a multitude of metaphors and descriptions. This style of description adds to the paradoxical nature of the kingdom – it is like many things yet we don’t really know what it is like at all.

© Greg Sunter

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 3. We hope all our students had an enjoyable break and a good rest after a very busy Term 2.During these uncertain times we will continue with our safety and hygiene practices. Our current morning drop off and afternoon pickup arrangements will remain the same.

Morning Kiss and Drop

In the morning drop off we ask that parents remain patient and cooperative. However, we ask that parents be considerate and move up as far as they can in front of the school and church area so that other cars also have room to park. This will assist the smooth flow of traffic.

Peer Support

On Tuesday and Wednesday the Year 6 students participated in a Peer Support Training Day. The students were involved in activities and discussions to enhance their leadership skills and to assist them with the necessary knowledge to lead a Peer Support Group later in the term.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Friday 31st July - Monday 10th August OLOL open learning area

Starting on Friday 31st July until Monday 10th August, the Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting OLOL. The students will have an opportunity to view the fair and create a wish list that can be purchased online. 

Unfortunately, due the current climate, this year the Fair will be conducted online only with no cash sales available.

As this event would normally coincide with the Grandparents Mass and morning tea, we encourage you to share this with your child’s grandparents.

More details will be sent home with the students next week.

St Vencent de Paul Society

Please see thank you letter from St Vincent de Paul Society regarding our Socks and Beanie drive


SkoolBag App

We ask that parents download the SkoolBag app (see below for details) to access the school newsletter.

Please ensure you select  your child’s year group.

This can be done by selecting > your school > groups > select year group (If you are updating year group select "Add/remove groups"  

Canteen Meal Deal

The canteen is having a Meal Day next Friday 31st July. To place an order please print and complete the form. The form needs to be attached to a brown paper bag with money and given directly to the canteen. 

Form needs to be returned with payment no later than WEDNESDAY 29th JULY 

2020 School Fees

Those families who are not financially impacted by Covid-19 we appreciate your continued support in paying your fees (school fees are due 30 days from the date of the school tax invoice).  

If you would like to organise a flexible payment plan for your 2020 school fees, please phone or email Dianne Attard at


For Covid-19 school fee relief assistance please see link 


Lost Property

Please ensure names are clearly marked on all property. We have a size 6 school jacket, size 10 and 12 sports jacket with no names.

Please update names on all clothing items if a family who has left the school gives you a jacket for your child.

Lost property is easily returned when a name if clearly marked.

Social Skills

Parish News


The Couch Edition! You are invited to meet with others just like you online, and come along on a journey (from the comfort of your own living room!) and explore topics of life, faith and meaning. There is no cost and no commitment. (But we have to tell you that it doesn't take long for Alpha to become a highlight of your week!). 

Meet with us via Zoom online 7.15pm on Wednesday's beginning on the 5th of August. Bring a cuppa and come as you are - Alpha is for anyone at all - no need to be a church goer, or even a Catholic! 

If you are interested, jump onto this 'expression of interest' online form available here:https://forms.gle/235q7Fh8joK9cJX3A

For more information, text Crystal (0422651267) or Jerry Wilkes (0423342215) from the Parish of Baulkham Hills. 

The SkoolBag app is the easiest way keep up with school events, last minute notices, newsletters and all school communications.