Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 9, 24th March, 2023

Key Dates

Tuesday 28th March60 Year Anniversary Mass 10am, Morning Tea and Open Classrooms
Tuesday 4th April 

9.30am Holy Week Play K-6

2:15pm Principal & Citizenship Awards 

Thursday 6th April Last day of term 
Friday 7th April Good Friday
Monday 24th AprilStaff Development Day
Tuesday 25th April ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 26th April 1st Day, Term 2, Students return

Fifth Lent Sunday 26 March 2023

The Gospel (John 11: 33 - 36)

When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within him. He said, “Where did you put him?” “Master, come and see,” they said. Now Jesus wept. The Jews said, “Look how deeply he loved him”.

... On the way to Mass

When have you prayed for Jesus to help you with something? Did you believe that he would?

On the way home from Mass ...

I wonder how Martha was feeling before she heard Jesus was coming. I wonder how she felt after Jesus said, “Your brother will rise”.

The Prayer

Enlivening God, you bring new life to dry bones and weary hearts. We cry out from the depths – help us!

Pour your Spirit in our hearts so that, trusting in your power to forgive and restore, we may rejoice in

the hope you set before us. Amen.

The Question of the Week


How does your belief in the final resurrection from the dead affect your family’s daily life?

Primary Students

What do you hope for when you meet Jesus for the first time?

The Action

How we long to hear these words of Jesus when those we love become ill: “This sickness is not fatal”. How we want to believe our loved ones will not leave us, and how betrayed we may feel when our loving arms are not enough to hold them in life. Human life is a passing shadow. We’re not called mortal for

nothing. Pray for the courage to be called out of death, fear, and sin. Pray for the wisdom to walk into the new light of God’s life urgent to be born in you.

Holy Week Explained

Holy Thursday 

Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet - John 13

 “He got up from the table, removed his outer   garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it around his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing…

When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand,’ he asked, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and master have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet.”

What’s it all about?

There are two Masses on this day.

In the morning is the Chrism Mass where the holy oils are blessed by the Bishop with as many priests as available for use during the coming year.

In the evening is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This includes the washing of the feet. The Mass is concluded by stripping the sanctuary of all decoration (flowers, altar cloth, banners etc) and by the transfer of the Eucharist from the tabernacle to the Altar of Repose, usually a side altar or chapel. The congregation is encouraged to ‘keep watch’ with Christ, as Jesus asked the disciples to keep watch while he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (known as the Agony in the Garden).

Key Theme:

– Servant leadership: washing of feet

– Institution of the Eucharist: the Mass

– Passover: Jewish roots, Christ as the paschal sacrifice

– Agony in the Garden: keeping vigil with Jesus 

60 Year Anniversary

Please join us on Tuesday March 28th @ 10am for a whole school mass where we will come together as a worshipping community to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and Our Lady of Lourdes 60 year anniversary at Baulkham Hills.

After mass, parents and carers are invited to join us for morning tea. Following that, we are inviting you to our open classrooms where you can see all the wonderful learning that is happening in our amazing school. 

We are very much looking forward to celebrating this special milestone in our Catholic history together. 

Assembly Awards

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 15th 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 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


2023 Premier's Reading Challenge 2023

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. 

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. Registration closes on Monday 3rd April.

Premier's Reading Challenge Form

Elizabeth Bryant Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator


Canteen Notice

Please see link to the latest Canteen Menu

Kindergarten 2024 Enrolments Now Due

We are now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2024, if you have a student to enrol please submit enrolment forms by the end of Term 1, Thursday 6th April. 

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.

School Fees- Now Due

School Fees Instalment 1 payment was due on Wednesday, 15th March,

2023. Please finalise your fees as soon as possible if they have not been

paid by the due date. Thank you.

P & F News

Easter Raffle update!

The OLOL P&F Easter Raffle will we drawn on Wednesday 5th April 2023

If anyone would like to donate Easter Eggs for the raffle please drop these into the office by Monday  27th of March. Any donation is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you


Parish News

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

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