Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 2 2020 : 31st July

Key Dates

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRMonday 3rd  - Tuesday 11th August
School CensusFriday 7th August 

Gospel Reading

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.

When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they answered, ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ ‘Bring them here to me,’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves he handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining, twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.


Grandparents Liturgy- Thursday 30th July

On Thursday, 30th July, the students acknowledged the importance of grandparents through a special class liturgy. It was a time to remember and to show our appreciation for the love, care and endless support our grandparents share with us. Unfortunately this year our Grandparents were not able to be with us physically, however the opportunity to pause and give thanks for our grandparents symbolises that they are always in our hearts and thoughts. During the liturgy we also reflected on Jesus’ grandparents, Anne and Joachim.

Morning Drop Off

When dropping your child off at school in the morning, we ask that parents be considerate of others and  remember to move right up in the line, behind the cars in front of you, rather than just stopping in front of the school. This allows more cars to fit in the area in front of the school and contributes to the safety of all children and the smooth flow of traffic.

Census - Friday 7th August, 2020

The annual school census will take place on Friday 7th August 2020. It is imperative that the school has received a note of explanation if your child is absent on this day as this is a legal requirement. If your child is not at school and we do not have documentation, you will be contacted as an explanation has to be recorded for the census.

Attached is the August 2020 Census Privacy Notice.

We ask if you can keep all interruptions to the office to a minimum on Census day.


ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice:

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information.

Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 28 August 2020

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR Monday 3rd - 11th August

Starting on Monday 3rd August until Tuesday 11th August, the Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting OLOL. The students will have an opportunity next week 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.

An email will be sent today with a link to view bookcases, price lists and a document with detailed instructions about how to order and collect books. 

Message from St Vincent de Paul School Engagement Officer

Mini Vinnies Formation Program Launch

The Schools Engagement Team are excited to announce the launch of the Mini Vinnies Formation Program (MVFP). The MVFP will nurture students, who undertake the project, to be a light in the world, inspired by the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and Gospel values.

The MVFP is open to ALL students from Years 4-6 (regardless of whether or not they are part of Mini Vinnies). Participation in the Program is voluntary and students will make their way through three awards: Bronze, Silver and ultimately Gold. This formation will be undertaken in the students own time at home.

We thoroughly look forward to welcoming new sign ups to the Mini Vinnies Formation Program in 2020. For more information, please see the Mini Vinnies Registration Information page attached.


SkoolBag App

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Social Skills

Parish News


Each year the Catholic Tribunal Office in the Western Sydney Diocese and CatholicCare WSBM Solo Parent Services present an Information Session to help people understand the process of Annulments in the Catholic Church. Questions are answered in detail on all aspects of the Annulment process.  This year this event will be held as an online Webinar via Zoom.  Date: Tues 04th August Time: 6pm -8pm Registration is Essential: To register for this Webinar, please call the Tribunal Office PH: 8838 3480 or Email Rita at soloparentservices@ccss.org.au 

W: www.ccss.org.au

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