Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 8, 18th March 2022

Key Dates

Monday 21st March Harmony Day, wear a splash of orange 
Friday 25th MarchCross Country
Friday 8th AprilLast Day of Term 1
Tuesday 26th AprilFirst Day of Term 2


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’

He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’


Living the Gospel – Bad Things / Good People

Today’s gospel taps into the vexing question: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ The question implies that God is punishing good people. Surprisingly, this attitude continues and one only has to watch news coverage of a tragedy to hear someone ask, ‘How could God let this happen?’ The very question suggests a belief in a God who interferes in our lives and manipulates events. Jesus suggests that tragic events are not punishment from God, but the accidental, deliberate or natural event does provide a reminder to turn our lives around and live lives that matter.

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Harmony Week 21st-27th March

Next week is Harmony Week,  a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. 

The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians.

Children are encouraged to wear a splash of orange on Monday 21st March to highlight the day. Orange has been the colour associated with Harmony Day since the first event was held in 1999.

St Joseph 19th March

St. Joseph,

watch over me

and care for me

just as you cared for

the child Jesus;

and by your help,

may I come to know

your Son,

and so grow

in strength

and wisdom

and the favour of God.


Vinnies Flood Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone for donating to our Fundraiser today. The school community raised $841.60. All money raised will be sent to the Vinnies NSW Flood Appeal. 

Kindergarten 2023 Enrolments

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

Please submit enrolment forms as soon as possible, as spaces are limited.

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

Contacting Your Child’s Teacher and Other School Staff

At Our Lady of Lourdes, we value our strong relationship with families and welcome opportunities to communicate with parents and carers. We also recognise that email is a fast and convenient way to contact your child’s teacher or other school staff.

We wish to remind you that staff read their emails at various times throughout the school day, they are generally not expected to respond to emails outside of normal working hours. In the case of emergency please contact the school office on ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au  or phone 88413700 . Our caring team will return your call or respond to your email as soon as possible. 

If you wish to contact a staff member, please continue to send your emails  to your child’s teacher or the relevant staff member.  

Thank you so much for your assistance and understanding.

If you have any questions about the above please contact the school.

Canteen Notice

How to order lunch

1. Register with Flexischools.com.au as a parent and type in your child’s school and the canteen menu will be uploaded for you to place your child’s lunch orders daily or for the week. This is a third party and the canteen has no access to your account. This system is purely for lunch orders 

2. You can open a seperate canteen account which is an account that operates in credit only. This account can be used for lunch orders (write out a lunch bag with your order and drop it at the canteen and write on the bag “I have an account” or your child can write their lunch order out at the canteen using the account) This account is also for students to buy food or snacks at the counter at recess and lunch using their account.You can open this account on our website at www.melstastybites.com and go to “online ordering” and press on the gold coin to open a canteen account or top up the account. If you need to check the balance or want to know what your child is buying, you can ring the school and ask to be transferred to the canteen and one of our lovely ladies can help you with that.



Winter Uniform

All winter uniforms are now available for purchase. Please place your orders before next term to ensure you receive them on time.The students will be changing to winter uniform on Monday 9th May.

Orders can be placed via Qkr app by MasterCard. The QKR app is a safe and convenient way to order and ensures your uniforms are delivered to the school. Please download the Qkr app by MasterCard, search your school (Our Lady of Lourdes) and follow the prompts.

Please note: Always read the terms and conditions on the app before ordering. Please choose carefully as Ozfahions do not refund if you simply change your mind or make a wrong selection. However, they gladly exchange within 14 days of the purchase date. Returned merchandise MUST be in its original condition with all tags still attached and accompanied by proof of purchase otherwise the exchange will not be honoured. Any item that has been worn will not be able to be exchanged. 

Please see uniform size chart below

Any questions please email to: elle@ozfashions.com.au

OzFashions Uniform Size Chart


Premier's reading Challenge Rules

Premier’s Reading Challenge - Rules

  • K - 2 students must read 30 books to complete the challenge

  • 3 - 4 students must read 20 books to complete the challenge

  • 5 - 6 students must read 20 books to complete the challenge

  • A student can ‘read up’ in the challenge but you cannot ‘read down’. For example: a student in year 3 can read books from the 5-6  booklist but not the K-2 booklist

Please double check all books against the PRC book lists

 Premier’s Reading Challenge - How to Enter Books

As the children read the required Premier’s Reading Challenge books, parents or students are to log on to the website and enter the names of their books into their individual reading log. 

    Here are some steps to help you with this:

1.  Go to the Premier’s Reading Challenge website at: online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc (or search  NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge on Google).

2.  Click on “Logon” on the left side of the screen.

3.  Enter the username and password you were given.

4.  Click on “Student Reading Records” and type the titles of your books. Sometimes it auto-fills

the information. Make sure it gives the correct author and title.

5.  When you have entered the required number of books, you get an on screen message of congratulations.

6.  Please let your name  know when your child has completed the challenge via email your email address  so that we can celebrate by putting their name in our school newsletter.

     Happy reading.

    Mrs Elizabeth Bryant 

    Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator

The Premier’s Reading Challenge - Registration Form


UNSW International ICAS Competitions and Assessments 2022

Each year students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to complete the UNSW International ICAS Assessments.

The subjects available are:

  • Digital Technologies
  • ScienceWriting
  • Spelling Bee
  • English
  • Mathematics

These assessments will be completed at school but are optional. Further information will follow in the coming weeks.

School Fees

School Fees Instalment 1 payment was due on Wednesday, 16th March, 2022. Please finalise your fees as soon as possible if they have not been paid by the due date.  Thank you.

NAPLAN Online 2022

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 10 and 20 May 2022.

In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will also be participating in practice tests between 21st March and 1 April. The practice test is a trial-run and key preparation activity for NAPLAN Online in May. It is not an assessment of student ability and the tests will not be marked. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students can use the public demonstration site (https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site) to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests. If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact your child’s teacher.

Social Skills

Respect feeling good about yourself and others

  • Valuing others
  • being Friendly
  • being a good friend 
  • encourage others 

    Sports News

    Cross CountryOLOL Cross Country 2022- New Date

    The OLOL Cross Country new scheduled date will be Friday the 25th of March, at Yattenden Oval. Children who are turning 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 years old this year are invited to participate. 

    8/9 (one age group) and 10 year olds will run 2km.

    11 and 12 year olds will run 3km. 

    This is not a whole school event, a competitive running event, in which students participating are hoping to represent OLOL at a Dicocesan level. The children who do not want to take part in the Cross Country Carnival will remain at school with their classroom teacher. The children who would like to compete will be taken down to the oval to complete their event and will then return back to school.

    Parents who wish to come must sit around the perimeter of the Cross Country course, away from the children and ensure they are social distancing at all times. Events will commence with the 8/9 years olds at approximately 9.30am. 

    Additionally, our Fun Run will be held later in the year. 

    P & F News

    P & F

    Due to current restrictions and an outbreak in covid cases the P&F will hopefully be holding our first meeting for the year early in Term 2.

    However, we do have some exciting events coming up that we will be getting ready for. This Term we will be holding an Easter raffle, with more details to come out very soon.

    We are organising gifts for the annual Mother’s Day fundraiser raffle.  Last year’s raffle was a great success due to the amazing generosity of our school community in donating gifts and prizes as well as purchasing raffle tickets. We hope this year can be just as successful. We are currently looking for donations no matter how small or large. If you have a new product, gift vouchers, services, or know any business that may be interested in donating to our fundraising raffle it would be greatly appreciated. 

     If you would like to donate, can you please bring the items into to the school office.  If you have any questions or need to discuss anything at all about the raffle please do not hesitate to contact Belinda Hanna on  ololbhpfpresident@gmail.com

    Thank you.

    Parish News

    Youth Ministry

    Hey Everybody!

    Parish of Baulkham Hills Stations of the Cross Play is at 10am on Good Friday 15th April at St Michael’s Church.

    Students in Years 2-6, as well as Years 7-12, are invited to participate in the play with the youth from the parish.

    Practice details are below:

    When: Friday 25th March and Friday 8th April

    Duration: 1 hour (6pm - 7pm)

    Where: St Michael’s Church

    Who: If your child is in Year 5, 6, 7 or 8, they can attend J1 and J2 (Junior Elevate Youth Groups) from 7pm - 8:30pm following each practice.

    If your child is in Year 2, 3 or 4, they will need to be picked up when practices finish at 7pm.

    Parents are welcome to stay and wait in the church during practices or leave and return.

     Please complete the google form here https://forms.gle/LY6wkaan1aStT94Q7 below to indicate that your child will participate in the play and attend practices.

    Please contact Youth Minister Josh Holden on 0407 773 174 for more information.

     Kind Regards,

     Josh Holden

    Youth Minister 

    Parish of Baulkham Hills

    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

    Ambrose Vacation Care

    Dear OLOL Families,

    We would like to refer you to the following Ambrose Vacation Care services nearby. Please refer attached respective program and enrolment forms for the above services, the completed forms can be directly sent to respective services.
    • St Anthony Primary School, Girraween
    • Our Lady of Rosary Primary School, Kellyville
    • St Michaels Primary School, Baulkham Hills 
    Kind Regards,

    Ambrose Team

    St Michaels Primary School, Baulkham Hills Vacation Care


    St Anthony Primary School, Girraween Vacation Care


    Our Lady of Rosary Primary School, Kellyville Vacation Care


    Managing COVID-19 at home - what you need to know

    In response to what the community has told us about their experiences and needs while managing COVID-19 at home, we’ve developed a COVID-19 Health support guide.

    Your one-stop-shop guide to help manage COVID-19 at home

    Whether you or someone in your household has COVID-19, download the free COVID-19 Health support guide linking you to the best available, credible NSW Health advice on managing COVID-19 at home. www.tinyurl.com/COVIDsupportguide

    Practical advice for when someone has COVID-19 at home

    Sometimes it's difficult to self-isolate depending on your home situation and living arrangements. We hear you. Download this free guide for practical and simple advice to help your household manage COVID-19 at home. www.tinyurl.com/householdtipsheet

    Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin

    Issue 60: Thursday 17 March 2022

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

    • Calendar events for schools and early education services
    • Understanding and responding to trauma following a natural disaster
    • NEW health support guide to help manage COVID-19 at home
    • COVID-19 updates

    Mint Fresh IGA Colouring In Competition

    It’s that time of year again where we see our annual Easter Colouring Competition take place!We have many wonderful prizes to be won including chocolate hamper packs and kinder surprise goodies.

    Entries to can be submitted in store, entries close Thursday 13th April, 2022