Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6, 4th March 2022

Key Dates

Monday 14th MarchFinal day to purchase Reading Eggs and Mathletics
Friday 18th MarchYear 3 Excursion


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’

Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says:

You must worship the Lord your God,

and serve him alone.’

Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God’, he said to him ‘throw yourself down from here, for scripture says:

He will put his angels in charge of you

to guard you,

and again:

They will hold you up on their hands

in case you hurt your foot against a stone.’

But Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said:

You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time.



Why did Jesus go into the wilderness?

What did the devil try to tempt Jesus to do?

What did Jesus say to the devil?

In Lent we also have to make some choices. We prepare for Easter by praying and doing good works.

What are some of the things you would like to do in these next weeks of Lent?

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd


We were reminded on Ash Wednesday of the importance of Fasting, Praying and Almsgiving. 

We encourage the children to do jobs around the house or to fast from buying things at the shops and to donate the money earnt or saved to their class Mission Box.

Easing of COVID restrictions

Due to the easing of COVID restrictions we will be returning to some of our regular procedures. We are moving carefully as we still have cases in our school community.

From Monday 7th March we will be reverting back to our regular timetable and recess and lunch times will now be the same for all students. Recess will be from 11:10 - 11:40am and lunch will be from 1:10 - 1:50pm. 

Morning Drop-off

The current arrangement will continue, parents can use the drop-off zone in front of the school between 8:30 - 8:55am. Please remember that the road rules for this zone include:

  • You have no more than 2 minutes for drop-offs and you must stay within 3 metres of your vehicle
  • If you choose to walk your child to the gate please park elsewhere in the street

Afternoon Dismissal

Dismissal time for all students will now be 3:10 - 3:40pm. Parents will now be required to come onto the school premises to collect their children. We will no longer have the piazza area as a collection point for any students.

All visitors to the school are asked to wear a mask and please leave promptly when you collect your children.

Please note that children do not have to be collected at 3:10 pm. This will be the most congested time and there are more places to park from 3:20 pm onwards.

There is also parking available in Linton Street.

The areas to collect each grade are as follows:

KIndergarten and their siblings: Top playground verandah (same as current arrangement)

Year 1: Outside Year One classrooms (Bottom Playground)

Year 2: Outside Year Two classrooms (Bottom Playground)

Year 3: Outside Year 3 classrooms on the verandah (Top Leve)

Year 4: Outside each Year 4 classroom (4F Bottom and 4W Top)

Year 5: Verandah outside library (Top Level)

Year 6: Verandah outside library (Top Level)

  • Walkers and bus lines will continue and the bottom Oakland Avenue gate will now be opened for parents to enter. 
  • The driveway gate, next to the church on Cannyon Road will be open from 3pm and the gate onto the bottom playground will be opened at 3.10pm.  

Rapid Antigen Tests

The final supply of Rapid Antigen Test Kits were sent home yesterday to the families with two or more children at school . All families should now have their full supply. If you have not received your full supply, please contact the office.

Parent Meetings

Parent meetings with teachers may now be held onsite. If you require a meeting with your child's teacher, please contact them directly by email

Catholic Schools Week

The Parramatta Diocese has scheduled next week as Catholic Schools Week. This is an opportunity to celebrate all of the great work that happens in Catholic Schools. We usually invite parents to attend Open Classrooms during this event. We are planning for this to occur in the coming weeks when it is safer to do so, as we still have a number of COVID cases in the school community.


We hope to have volunteers back in the school in the coming weeks.

Volunteers make a significant contribution to students and our community. All Volunteers must complete the Building Child Safe Communities Undertaking Form and online training module prior to being engaged by a school. 

This can be accessed by visiting the following link , scroll down to "Start Training Now"

Reading Eggs and Mathletics

An email went home last week regardingt Reading Eggs and Mathletics subscriptions for 2022.

If you would like to purchase one or both of these resources please make your payment through the QKR app under "School Payments" (the same app used to purchase school uniforms).

Mathletics - $35

Reading Eggs - $25

The final date that a payment can be made is Monday 14th March, after this date the QKR app won't be able to process payments.

Shortly after the 14th March, students who have purchased subscriptions will be given their login details to take home. Any questions, please contact Mrs Neylan.

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.

School Fees

Families should have received their 2022 School Fee Statement- Instalment 1. Please contact the school office (via phone or email)  if you have not received your school fee statement as soon as possible.

Flexible Payment Plans (BPAY and BPoint) are offered with Instalment 1. Please set up your Flexible payment Plan immediately, if you prefer this payment option . Those families that do not accept a Flexible payment plan offer, instalment 1 is due by 16 March, 2022.

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


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haywood family on the passing of Mrs Haywood's father. Grandfather to Amber (6M), Kiara (4W) and Joshua (2Y). May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. 

Lost Property

We have many unclaimed items in the lost property. Please contact us if you are missing any items that may belong to you.

We ask parents to please ensure names are clearly marked on all clothing.

Unclaimed items include;

School Jackets - Sizes  6 x 3 

Sports Jackets - Sizes 6 & 8 x2

Social Skills

Respect and Integrity showing good manners and communication skills

  • Good listening
  • Going on a message, excursion or greeting visitors to the school. 

    School Parking

    Sports News

    Hills Zone Swimming Carnival 2022

    On Tuesday the 1st of March twenty students represented our school at the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival at Mount Druitt Swimming Centre.

    It was a very wet and miserable day but our students swam exceptionally well and their behaviour is also to be commended. 

    Congratulations to the students who have made it to the Diocesan Carnival next Friday, these students will be notified once we receive the results from the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival. 

    Additionally, a big congratulations to these students on their achievements at the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival:

    • Ruby Smith- Senior Girls Age Champion
    • Murdoch Lau- Senior Boys Runner-Up
      • Jacob Makdessi- Junior Boys Age Champion

      Parish News

      Youth Group!

      We are starting our Senior youth group back up this week!! The theme for this Friday, 4th March is a social, Which means plenty of games, chats, music and a way to get to know any new comers! We are starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm We are Senior will be held in the Downey room not the old church! If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Youth Minister Josh Holden, on 0407 773 174, or send an

      Children's Rosary Movement

      Children’s Rosary gather together to pray the Rosary every Monday during the school term. Parents need to accompany children. 

      Bring your Rosary beads and spend some time in prayer.

      Where: OLOL Church

      When: Monday (school term only)

      Time: 3:30pm

      Contact: anitamolina@hotmail.com

      Community News

      Keeping families and children well –COVID-19 BulletinIssue 59

      Please click here to find the latest COVID-19 bulletin.In this edition:
      • COVID-19 flood emergency advice
      • Viral gastroenteritis outbreaks in early childhood services
      • $1000 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants
      • Ideas to keep children active indoors


      We are pleased to advise that a new edition of this valuable safety resource is now avaiable online with updated safety content.

      We encourage all parents and carers to download this latest edition and discuss the safety content with your children.

      View Child Safety Handbook 



      SkoolBag App

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