Our Lady's Primary School - Friday 10th May, 2019

Our Lady's Primary School Surrey Hills

Guided by the life of Jesus Christ

Inspired by the Spirit of Mary

Our Lady’s Primary School is a place of growth and challenge.

Where we seek to ignite imagination and promote a lifelong passion for God and learning 

Learning together in Faith Hope and Love

Principal: Mrs Annie Engellenner -

Office Manager: Mrs Julie Leung -

Parish Priest: Fr Mark Reynolds - 

Hours of Supervision of Students: Monday – Friday 8.30am -3.45pm

School Office Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am – 4.00pm


This evening we come together to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 6 students. Please keep these beautiful children in your prayers: Lucien, Lucas C, Emma, Lucas M, Sophie, Eden, Callum, Siena, Amelie, Zara, Alexander, Jack, Cooper, Max, Gabriel, Winton and Noah. 

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

Blessed Spirit of Wisdom, help us to seek You as the center of our lives so that we

may live in love and harmony with You and with all people.

Blessed Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds so that we may know and

love others, especially those of different cultures, beliefs, and economic situations.

Blessed Spirit of Counsel, guide us in all our ways so that we may be open to Your

holy will and follow You in our decisions.

Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, strengthen our souls in every time of trouble or

adversity. Make us confident and courageous in promoting justice and peace.

Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, help us to know good from evil. Give us clear vision

and a global perspective. Teach us to do what is right in Your sight

Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess our hearts. Incline them to a closer relationship

with You so that, with our whole person, we may see You, our deepest joy.

Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, give us a sense of awe and reverence so that we may

be mindful of Your presence and of your divine image in every person.

Come to us, Holy Spirit of Jesus. Give us your holy gifts.

Leadership and Management

Dear Families and Friends of Our Lady’s Community,

This week we celebrate the gift of our mothers'. On behalf of all staff members, a happy Mother’s day to all of our school mums and special friends! We thank you for your ongoing support of our children and our school.  May you be completely spoilt by your children on Sunday, and on every day that follows.

I also take this opportunity  to extend a big thank you to AiMe, (Liam 3/4C) for coordinating the Mothers Day Stall once again this year. So much thought, time and care has gone into making this morning such a special time for children. Their little faces were filled with delight as they carefully chose a gift for their mum. AiMe, your generosity of spirit is much appreciated by all of us.

A special thank you to all the mums that helped AiMe this morning.

Staff Professional Learning  - Mathematics

At our recent  Closure Day for Staff, Professional Learning enabled the teachers from Our Holy Redeemer, Our Lady’s  and St Luke's Blackburn South, to gather together and continue our work under the initiative of the STEM Mathematics Collective. Our key learning intention for the day was: “We are learning about the Numeracy Learning Progressions, so that we can differentiate student learning and ensure all students have growth.” The Numeracy Learning Progressions can be used as a tool to facilitate a deeper understanding of numeracy development. They can be used in Victorian schools to support teachers in developing a comprehensive view of numeracy and how numeracy skills develop over time.

Foundation Enrolment Forms  - Sibling Enrolments for Foundation 2020

We request that all parents with Foundation enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms prior to the end of the term.  This will greatly assist with our planning for student numbers and for our allocation of placements for new families to the school.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enrol at Our Lady's, please advise them that enrolment forms need to be submitted in the near future.  Enrolment forms can be found on the school website. 


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.

NAPLAN testing will take place next week.

NAPLAN Information for Parents

Tuesday 14th MayWednesday 15th MayThursday 16th May


Year 3 

Year 5 

Language Conventions

Year 3 

Year 5


Year 3 

Year 5 


Year 3 

Year 5

Parent Teacher interviews will take place in Week 10 of this term.

Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday 26th June. Interviews will once again be made online through School Interviews Online. Further information will be provided closer to the date.

Social Media

A  reminder to return the Permission Forms to use students images on our social media platforms. Please see attachment below for the form. 


All students should now be in their Winter Uniforms. The Parish Education Board, last year reviewed our School Uniform Policy. The major change to the policy include the fact that all students are able to wear long/short pants.

A gentle reminder that socks that display a logo are NOT part of of the school uniform. If for any reason students are not in correct uniform, a note is required from parents/guardians. 

Working Bee

Thank you to Nick and Richard for the coordination of the Working Bee on Saturday.

We were really pleased with the numbers and despite weather, managed to complete a lot of jobs that were on the list. Thank you to Melissa and her catering team for providing the food and to Fi for coordinating the communication for the day.

What we accomplished:

Re- organization of the storage room off the MPC

Re- organization of storage sheds/sport equipment and costumes

Back of the school cleaned

Drink taps cleaned

Chairs in the junior classes cleaned

Planting at the front of the school

Cutting back of bushes and shrubs around the tennis courts

We had intended on painting the playground equipment but due to the weather we were unable to. 


The classrooms were abuzz with excitement last week, as the students were preparing their first SEESAW posts. They delighted in taking photos, recording and reflecting upon their work. SEESAW is a wonderful avenue for us to connect home and school. Thank you to Miss Ludescher for all the hard work that went into preparing this for our school. We look forward to sharing our work with you. 

Grandparents Mass

Please note the change of date for the Grandparents and Special Friends Mass. This year

Mass will be held on September 5th @ 9.30am 

Fun Run

Finally, a big thank you to all our families for supporting our School Fun Run recently. Although not all the money raised has made it to school yet, we can confirm that we have raised in excess of $3400 for Grace Orphanage and Caritas. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

Annie Engellenner



We pray for all mothers in our community.

May they continue to love and nurture their children and treasure their precious gift of mothering.

Social Media Permission Form


NCEC Catholic School Parents Victoria - Message regarding upcoming election.

In the lead up to the election it's important for parents in our school community to be fully informed of the pre-election promises from each of the major parties and the Greens to be able to make an informed decision on who to vote for.

NCEC (National Catholic Education Commission) and Catholic School Parents Australia have provided some easy to read information sheets for parents about funding of Catholic schools along with an outline of what the Coalition, Labor and Greens parties have pledged relating to three key issues for Catholic education:

• School Funding • Religious Freedom • Early Childhood Education

Please find below links to important information on each of these areas below.

NCEC Catholic School Parents Victoria - Message regarding upcoming election. F&Q's


NCEC Facts on School Funding


Election Party Responses


News from the Office

Year 7, 2020 Placement Forms

All Year 6 Students have received an application form, for enrollment to attend a secondary government school in 2020. All completed forms must be returned to Our Lady's school office by Friday 17th May

Please note that if they will be attending a private or catholic secondary school, it is not necessary for this form to be completed.

School Fees

Fee statements will be sent out this coming week.

Religious Education Dates 2019

Dates Ahead 2019

Surrey Hills and Wattle Park Parish Sacramental Program

Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parish provides sacramental preparation, catechist classes for children within the parish who do not attend the parish schools. 

EUCHARIST classes, for children who have been Baptised and received First Eucharist (First Communion) will begin Thursday, 13 June. 

For Reconciliation and Confirmation class enrolment details (Eucharist enrolment in Term 2) please contact:

Nanette Giovannini,

Parish Sacramental Coordinator. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Parish Office, (excluding school holidays) 9890 2510.



Henry - for using a positive growth mindset when completing tasks in the classroom.

Zander - for always applying his personal best in set tasks - and with a happy smile.


Conor- For displaying the school expectations Respect for self, respect for other and respect for the environment. You are setting an amazing example for your peers.

Sage- For making a huge improvement in her reading due to her hard work and dedication. You are a super star Sage.


Lenny C - for being a motivator student who strives to do his best at all times. You make a huge effort with your work and show interest in all areas.

Mya - for your wonderful letter writing. Your letter to your classmates was beautifully written.


Angus - Contributing actively and enthusiastically to class and group discussions. Well done Angus we love hearing your ideas & opinions. Isabella - for her positive attitude

Isabella - Her positive attitude to all aspects of school life! Thank you Isabella for being a kind and caring friend.


Charlie C - for his wonderful attention to his tasks and for the support he displays to his class mates.

Jack T - for his excellent application and approach to all his learning.


Olive - for the care she shows for our environment and for always helping others in the classroom.

Lucas JR - for the assistance he gave others and patience he demonstrated during our exploration of Seesaw.

Sports Awards

Edward 1/2AL - for listening skills and great effort in Phys Ed.

Florence 1/2JL - for very fast running, listening skills and being a wonderful team player.

Cooper 5/6L - for being a fair player, inclusive of other team members and playing a top game of footy.

Rohan 5/6H - for being a fair player, inclusive of other team members and playing a top game of footy.

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Our Lady's is teaming up with Woolworths for the Earn and Learn campaign. We'd love to earn enough stickers for us to purchase equipment for Science, Maths, Technology, Arts and much more! You can drop off your stickers in store at Box Hill, or just bring them to school.

Thank You to Bunnings Box Hill

We'd like to thank Bunnings Box Hill for the support they've given and continue to give to our school. We're grateful for the donations of plants, the last selection being used for the Working Bee. Also for Sue-Ean, our Bunnings Liaison person, who has come several times to plant with the students and to offer us advice on our plant beds. Sue-Ean will be with us on Friday, 10th May, bringing more plants to beautify our school.

Sustainability Award

Congratulations to 5/6 H, the winners of the Our Lady's Sustainability Award for Term 1. 

Well done!


Tuckshop will operate on the following dates for Term 2:

May 17th, May 24th, June 7th, June 14th and June 21st .

Many thanks,


PFA Dinner - Save the Date

Details are as follows:

Save the date 2019 PFA Dinner, Box Hill Town Hall, 20th July. More details to come. Please save the date.

Fete News

Dear OLPS Families,

Thank you to all who have continued on and those that have recently signed up to run a stall/activity this year. It is truly appreciated. We have only a few more gaps to fill so please, if you've been holding back, NOW is the time to step forward. There is only 1 stall that requires an owner/s this year (Major Raffle - more detail below) the rest are shadowing positions which means this year you watch how it's done, learn from the existing stall holder and then make it your own in 2020.

Major Raffle

This is a very straightforward stall involving: 

  • Distributing raffle tickets to school families (i.e. pop a book in an envelope for each family and hand to the school office for distribution) 
  • Sell remaining tickets - we have found after mass at OLPS (both English and Chinese) and OHR has worked really well - in the few weeks leading up to Fete
  • Collect/keep all ticket stubs and cash from school and community sales
  • Sell remaining tickets at the Information Stand on Fete Day
  • There is NO requirement to source raffle prizes, get the tickets printed etc. It's all done for you!

Please contact the Fete Coordination Team if you'd like to put your hand up for any of the above 

David McCann, Joanna Kelly and Damian Glass

Fete Co-ordinatorsOur

Lady's Primary School Surrey Hills