Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6, 3rd March, 2023

Key Dates

Tuesday 7th March 

Year 5 Bushwalk Excursion

Year 2 Kaleidoscope Incursion

Tuesday 21st MarchSchool Photos
Friday 24th MarchSchool Disco
Monday 24th AprilStaff Development Day
Tuesday 28th March60 Year Anniversary Mass 10am, Morning Tea and  Open Classrooms

Second Lent Sunday 5 March 2023

The Gospel (Matthew 17: 1 - 3)

Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realised that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him.

... On the way to Mass

Why do you think God said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him”?

On the way home from Mass ...

What does today’s Gospel reveal to you about who Jesus is?

The Prayer

God of goodness and life, we gather in the hope and beauty of this day, to be further opened along the pathways of faith you set before us. Holy One, be our journey and destination. Question our tried and safe decisions. Prod our imaginings, and walk boldly beside us into the unknown, yet a promise-filled future. Holy One, be our journey and destination.

The Question of the Week


How has your faith in Jesus transformed you?

Primary Students

What difference does your faith in Jesus Christ make in your life?

The Action

Get ready to join in some powerful transfigurations! Ask God to change the rough, ugly, or impossible

roads in your life into freeways of grace. Invite the Holy Spirit to make the valleys smooth, and the

mountains low. When and how have you seen transfigurations in yourself, in others, or in situations

around you? “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead,

you are free to talk”.


Merit Awards Term 1

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award this


ClassStudent NameClassStudent NameClassStudent Name 

Christian Namnoum

Sophia Matos 

Samuel Tuckwell

Emma Fox 

Dylan Soo


Estelle Brittain

James Christofilos

Joseph Zaidan 

Emilia Magro 

Stephanie Filipou


Jasper Kwa 

Lucia Fajardo

Samuel Simpson 

Georgia Hryniuk


Isla Chan

Georgia O’Dea

Allison O’Brien

Adarsh Parikh 

Sam Regan


Philippe Kazzi

James Hajgato

Abigail Hanna

Kristy Kayrouz

Tommy Fairclough


Nathan Black

Zoe Yadao

Alaska Erickson

Ethan Mikhael

Hudson Jansz


Lucia Anthony 

Lia Christoy 

Lucas Haddad 

Chloe Wen


William Strong

Kira Christoy 

Zoey Hurst 

Flynn White 

Ethan Fernandes


Marcus Hokayem

Aiden Fernandes

Serah Subin

Grace Lechowski


Jacek Karzelek

Scarlett Gardiner

Finn O’Connor

Olivia Keli


Abigail Petersen

George Zaidan

Josephine Navarro

Mia Mooney

Haylee Gooding


Aiden Huo

Tatum Kriesch

Adam Korpal

Maiya Ehlers

Kate El Asmar


Chloe Hopwood

Gabriella Semrany

Curtis Badaoui

Paul Hassarati

Lily Eyles


Charlie Baldacchino

Peter Zada

Makayla Hokayen

Tiffany Gardiner

Sophie Merheb

School Photos


Parents who want to order Family Photos can the use same Access Key 9BL8N99M.

Family Photo orders must be done by 4:30pm the night before Photo Day so we can organise a list of Family Photos that need to be taken. Any Family Photos that have not been ordered before the cut-off will not be taken. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions on the day.

All students will have an individual photo taken on Photo Day regardless if they are ordering or not. Individual student ordering will stay open after Photo Day.

Orders placed after we have printed the bulk of orders will be sent directly to parents and will incur a postage charge per order


Congratulations to Daniel Yoon, Year 2, who was awarded a runner-up medal in the painting section of the 2022 Young Australian Art Awards.

Kindergarten 2024 Enrolments

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is now taking Kindergarten enrolments for 2024.  Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website or collected from the office. Please return the completed enrolment forms to the school office with all the required documentation including originals.


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"

School Fees

Families should have received their 2023 School Fee Statement-Instalment 1. Please contact the school office (via email) as soon as possible if you have not received your school fee statement.

Flexible Payment Plans (BPAY and BPoint) are offered with Instalement 1. Please set up your Flexible Payment Plan immediately, if you prefer this option. Those families that do not accept a Flexible Payment Plan offer, instalment 1 is due by 15 March 2023.

2023 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more, and to read more widely. The PRC is open for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

The challenge requires children to read a certain number of books depending on their age. After books are read (or ‘read to’ for Kindergarten to Year 2 children) you or your child will need to enter the books on the PRC website using the child’s unique log in code at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html . Please also refer to this website, click on the tabs for the rules of this challenge and the ‘Book lists’. 

Students can include any books read from the end of the 2022 challenge on their 2023 reading record. The PRC rules have been updated for the 2023 challenge. Students can now include up to 10 choice books on their reading records, and can count 5 books from an approved series as PRC books. 

The 2023 Premier’s Reading Challenge closes Friday 18th August for students.

If help is required on how to do the Challenge or how to navigate the website and the answer cannot be found on the PRC Support site, please contact Elizabeth Bryant via email  


Please find the link to a Google form if you do not wish to complete the paper copy.

Premier's Reading Challenge Form

Elizabeth Bryant Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator

Pets onsite

A reminder that dogs, should not be on our school grounds. While many of our children love pets, some are scared or allergic to them. We also do not know how pets will react when around other children. We ask that parents do not bring dogs or other pets on the school grounds. This is for the safety of all children. Thank you

Sport News

Cross Country 2023

Well done to all the students who participated in the Cross Country today, you all did a wonderful job.

The Diocesan Cross Country will be held in Term 2. A list of students who made it through to the next stage will be advised shortly.


Congratulations to Chloe Hopwood (6C) who represented Mackillop at the PSSA rep carnival in Bathurst. They finished third overall, losing only one game. Chloe had a great week as their opening bowler, in one game taking four wickets.

Ava Cetinic competed in the U13s NSW Junior Championships over the weekend, placing 3rd in Triple Jump, allowing her now to compete in the Junior National Championships in QLD.

Ava Cetinic and Sienna Johnson trialed in the Parramatta Diocesan Football representative, both making it through to the next round, a step closer to the MacKillop state team. Well done girls.

P & F News

Easter Raffle

The P&F will be running the Easter Raffle again this year. More details will be available soon on when tickets can be purchased. 

If there there are any families who would like to donate Easter eggs for this please drop them off to the school office.

Thank you OLOL P&F.

School Disco

Parish News

Sacrament of Confirmation 2023

Please see attached information regarding the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Parish of Baulkham Hills. Online Registration will commence this Friday and close on Friday 3rd March.

The compulsory Parent Information meeting will take place in OLOL Open Learning Centre on Monday 6th March at 7.30pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ph: 9639 8385


Children's Rosary Movement

Children’s Rosary participants 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

No Parking Zones

Important Message from the NSW Commissioner of Police, Karen Webb APM

The NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook is a comprehensive and free resource to assist parents, carers as well as teachers on a range of topics essential to child safety.  

The updated digital edition (link above) also includes important content updates from: NSW Rural Fire, NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Police Force, Fire and Rescue NSW, Transport NSW, State Emergency Services, NSW Department of Family & Community Services, eSafety Commissioner and NSW Office of the Children's Guardian.