Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 4, 18th February 2022


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’


Scriptural context – Compassion

The compassion of God is a very strong theme that runs through the Gospel of Luke. Throughout the gospel, the compassion and mercy of God is emphasised and a defining feature of the gospel is the number of healings and parables that relate to people who were regarded as the outcasts of society. In this gospel, Jesus is the embodiment of God’s compassion. Jesus wants all people to experience first hand the abundant love God holds for them. Today’s gospel passage is a reminder that when we experience God’s compassion we are also called to show it to others.

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Commissioning of our Student Leaders

On Monday we held a Liturgy to commission the 2022 Student Leaders. Father Wim reminded us all that to be a leader we must lead through service. 

“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15

Congratulations to our newly commissioned Student Leaders.

Parent Information Evenings

We have now completed parent information evenings for all grades. Please contact your child's teacher if you require any further information.

Afternoon Pick Up

We ask that parents please be aware that afternoon pick up for primary students is from 3.10pm to 3.40pm. We are aware there is some frustration with many parents attempting to be here at 3.10pm, however, the traffic flow is minimal after 3.20pm.

Kindergarten 2023 Enrolments

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is now taking Kindergarten enrolments for 2023.

Please download the enrolment form,  return the completed enrolment forms to the school office with all the required documentation including originals.

RAT protocols for staff and students following a positive COVID-19 case

It is recommended that students who return to school after recovering from COVID-19 do not participate in rapid antigen test surveillance for 28 days (four weeks after recovery) following release from self-isolation. This is due to NSW Health advice that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have a low risk of contracting it again in the following 28 days. After 28 days (from week five after recovery) students may resume participation in RAT surveillance.

School Parking

Canteen- Mel’s Tasty Bites

The canteen is open 5 days a week and lunch orders may be made through lunch order bags or online, please visit  https://www.flexischools.com.au/ you will need to register your details. As this is a third party to Mel’s Tasty Bites, they do not have access to your account.. 

All lunch orders need to be placed by 9.15am the latest. Any lunch orders that come in after this time cannot be guaranteed to have the lunch they specifically ordered.

Please remember the canteen do not offer "IOU's", therefore we encourage all parents to open an account at the canteen this can be used for over counter purchase only.  A credit account needs to be opened via Mels Tasty Bites NOT Flexishools. 

Mels Tasty Bites also offer items for Birthday Celebrations, see website for details. 

Please see website for latest menu and pricing.

  • Note there will be a price increase as of the 7th March, 2022

Social Skills

Respect and Integrity showing good manners and communication skills

  • Good Morning and good afternoon 

  • Using a person's name

  • Eye contact
  • Smile

Sports News

P & F News


Join The Band

Please see attched flyer

Community News

Supportive Hearts Bereavement Group:

This group, formally known as the "Bereavement Support Group", meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from February to November.  It’s currently run online via Zoom.The group is open to men and women whose spouses /partners have died.  If you've experienced the death of your spouse/partner and would like to be supported in your grief, while connecting with others in similar circumstances, please contact Rita at Catholic Care Solo Parent Services for more information. Please call Ph: 8843 2500 or email: soloparentservices@ccss.org.au 

Registration essential / Zoom gatherings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 10am - 12pm.  Please see flyer on notice board for more information.  



Catholic Care Solo Parent Services “Stepping Beyond” Group, supports those navigating their way through separation or divorce.  Guided by trained facilitators, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the challenges faced during this time in a safe and supportive environment.  This group is held on the last Tuesday of each month via Zoom.

1st Gathering for the year: Tuesday 22nd February – Held online via Zoom. Time: 7pm – 9pm.  Registration Essential:  Please contact Rita Ph. 8843 2500 or email: soloparentservices@ccss.org.au  for more information and registration. See Flyer on Parish Notice Board for more details. 


Bus Safety Week from 21 – 27 February 2022

‘Be Bus Aware’ is a reminder for pedestrians, parents, students, motorists, passengers, cyclists, and bus drivers that we all have a part to play in bus safety. Please see communications toolkit with informaiton on bus saftey. 

School student travel information for parents and students

Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass but have not yet applied need to apply or update their details as soon as possible.

In the Opal network, students should travel with a Child/Youth Opal card until they receive their valid School Opal card. If outside Greater Sydney, parents should contact their local bus operator to discuss their travel needs.

New Student Opal cards (including new Term Bus Passes) will be sent to the student’s nominated postal address within two weeks of their application being approved.

Students living in rural and regional (R&R) areas will receive their travel pass from their nominated transport operator. It may be issued via their school or be sent directly to them at home. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

Terms of Use

Students using Opal cards must tap on and tap off in line with the Opal terms of use.

All students are required to comply with the Student code of conduct. The code of conduct aims to ensure the safety and well-being of school children and other passengers. It is important that parents ensure their child is aware of this, as failure to comply with the code of conduct can result in a suspension from travel.

Keeping families and children well –COVID-19 Bulletin

Issue 58: Thursday 17 February 2022

Please click here to find the latest COVID-19 bulletin.In this edition:

  • Free online 'Kids and COVID-19 Vaccine' information session TONIGHT
  • Parents NSW Vouchers worth $250
  • Nutrition events and resources for schools and early childhood services
  • Child wellbeing and COVID-19: National survey

SkoolBag App

We encourage all parents to down load and register on the Skoolbag App. The newsletter and other communication will sent out through the Skoolbag App.  Please follow the instructions on the attached flyer to download free Skoolbag App on your smartphone.  Be sure to search ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Baulkham Hills South  and select your year group.