Our Lady's Primary School - Friday 15th March, 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

Important Dates Ahead

Wednesday 20th March - Scripture Assembly 3/4C

Thursday 21st March - Sacrament of Reconciliation

Thursday 28th March - Cyber Safety Evening

Sat & Sun 30th and 31st March - Confirmation Commitment Mass

Wednesday 3rd April - Prep Information Evening

                                           Prep Scripture Assembly


The purpose of this prayer is to call for God’s help against all that could harm us. 

As I arise today, May the strength of God direct me,

The wisdom of God guides me. The way of God lies before me. May Christ shield me today. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand. Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen

Attributed to St Patrick

In Joseph’s care I leave you 

Leadership and Management

Dear Parents and Friends of Our Lady’s School Community,

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of talking to two of our gorgeous Foundation students Biman and Lawrence and this is what they shared with me about school!

“We do very special work”

 “I get to the have the Ipad”

“I love to read using the Ipad”

“I love to play with my friends”

“The classroom is the best place to learn”

“Miss Lynch always teaches us something exciting”

“Miss Lynch thinks we are great”

Talking with the students is the best part of my day!

Catholic Education Week

Congratulations to our Visual Arts Teacher Mrs Jacinta Mulholland and our students for being awarded with the ZART Art Highly Commended Primary Category Award. This award will be presented at the Catholic Leadership Centre this coming Sunday, March 17th at 3.00pm. This award was given to the school which explores and encourages the use of a variety of media in all its age levels. The award ceremony is open from 2.30pm at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade East Melbourne.

Extra Curricula Activities at Our Lady’s

This week we launched our Running Club, thanks to Mrs Jane James our PE teacher and a group of wonderful parents for making this a reality. A request for a running club came from a group of boys a few weeks ago. It is always important to listen to our collective 'students’ voice' and let our kids have some agency in their education. If you would like to join our running club it is open to all students from Year 3 to Year 6 and runs every Tuesday morning at Bluebell Park starting at 8am - 8:45am.

Tennis Lessons

The students have been involved in tennis clinics as part of the PE curriculum over recent weeks and from listening to the feedback, they have embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm. In light of this, we are offering a free tennis lesson trial at Our Lady’s after school on Tuesday 19/3 and Thursday 21/3. If there is enough interest, we can host the Tennis Clinics here at school moving forward. There is more information about the time  of the trials on the flyer attached. 

Coding Club

Every Thursday, Mr Hawke is leading a Coding Club for students who have a passion for Digital Technology. This is a great opportunity for our students and I am very grateful to Brendan for his generosity of spirit.


Also on a Thursday, Mrs Hayes is conducting  a Choir for students at lunchtime – Thank you Mrs Hayes for bringing your love of music to our school!

Welcoming and Commissioning Mass

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our Welcoming and Commissioning Mass on Sunday 22nd February. It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome our new families, commission the Staff and present our Year 6 Leaders. Our Mass was followed by a lovely morning tea. Thanks for all who were able to help out in some way – your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Parent. Teacher Chats for Year 1 /2 S

Please be advised that the Parent/ Teacher Chats for Year 1/2 S can be booked via School Interviews online. Please click on the link below to make a booking.

School Interviews Online

Foundation Information Evening

Now that the foundation students have settled into school life and our mums and dads are becoming more familiar with school routines, we thought it more valuable to have the Foundation Information Evening. This opportunity will allow our Prep parents to understand and experience how learning and teaching is presented at this  level. The evening will be held in the Foundation Classroom on April 3rd at 7.00pm

Parish Education Board Meeting

Members of the PEB are advised that our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th March at 7.30pm 

School Vision and Logo

During the 2017 School Review, one of the strong recommendations was to revisit the school’s Vision statement as a school community and rewrite it “in more accessible language” which the school reviewer “deemed vital to renewing a shared sense of purpose and direction”.

The Vision for Our Lady’s school has served us well over many years but taking up the recommendation, much dialogue and consultation was undertaken through the course of 2018. We are very proud to present our new School Vision Statement….. 

Our Lady's Primary School, Surrey Hills 

Guided by the life of Jesus Christ

Inspired by the Spirit of Mary

Our Lady’s is a community that ignites imagination and promotes a lifelong passion for God and learning.

Our Lady's Primary School is a place of acceptance, optimism, success, growth and challenge. 

Learning together in 'Faith, Hope and Love'


School Logo and Consistent Branding

The next step on our journey is to get consistency in our school branding. Our School appears to have numerous labels; Our Lady’s Wattle Park, Our Lady’s School Wattle Park/ Surrey Hills, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Surrey Hills, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Wattle Park. Consistency is important and is vital if we are to ensure the continued success of our school in regards to future enrolments. Marketing our school in a contemporary way and with a logo that clearly reflects our catholic identity is also essential.

Once again there is a process of consultation and next week you will receive an email inviting you to participate in a google survey for the selection of the new school logo.

This is a very exciting time for our school as we look forward with optimism and a clear strategic focus. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parish Education Board and Mr. Pat Torpey who began this process several years ago.

We look forward to launching our New Vision and School Logo in the coming weeks. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Next Thursday, March 21st our Year 3 students will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We asked that students wear casual clothes and be seated with their families by 6.55pm. The liturgy will begin at 7.00pm.

In preparation, the students gathered together for a day of reflection yesterday.

Thank you to Clare Hicks our Religious Education Leader, Will Fogarty and Antonella Coloretti for their gentle and skillful support of our students.

We ask that you keep the following children in your prayers;

Alfie, Harry, Ari, James ,Charles ,Will, Jade ,Georgia ,Rhys ,Ariana ,Leena, Quinn ,Finn, Cassidy, Maeve, Scarlett, Jack ,Lior ,Samantha  ,Liam ,Nikolas and Charlie. 

Farewell Mrs Rowlings

Today we farewell Deb Rowlings. Deb and her husband Jay are awaiting the birth of their first child.  On behalf of the school community I say a very big thank you to Deb for her commitment to Our Lady’s School and to Catholic Education. As a classroom teacher, Deb has played an important role in the education of many students. Her gentle manner and attention to detail has seen her develop many wonderful relationships with students, parents and staff.

We wish Jay and Deb lots of love and look forward to meeting baby Rowlings very soon!

Next week we welcome Mrs Ali Sandy, 1/2AL Monday and Friday, Mrs Leah Blake 3/4C Wednesday and Ms Kimberly Chin 5/6L Wednesday.

Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful school. 

Annie Engellenner


News from Tom and Luke

“This week something very sad happened. Our little puppy dog, Bernie passed away. We ask that all our friends from Our Lady’s pray for Bernie and our family.

This is not Bernie, but he looked just like this!”

Thank you , from Tom and Luke.

Child Safety Policy

Following on from last fortnight's reference to the Child Safe Standards and the outline of Standard 1, this week we look more carefully at Standard 2. 

2. Maintain and communicate a Child Safety Policy. Our policy states that Our Lady’s school maintains a culture of “no tolerance to child abuse” whilst maintaining a safe education environment. It provides principles and procedures aimed at protecting children from abuse and helps raise awareness of child safety in the school and in the community. As a Catholic school, we have a moral, legal and mission driven responsibility to create a nurturing school environment where our students are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe.

Our policy also includes information about reporting procedures for concerns and allegations. and make reference to other relevant strategies, policies and procedures in place in the school in line Ministerial Order No. 870 (State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training 2016).

Student Awards

Awards for the weeks beginning 4/3/19 and 11/3/19


Lorcan – For composing great writing.


Isabel C - For wonderful  and creative story writing

Luke M – For being an amazing teacher’s assistant

Abi P– For displaying great care and concern for her peers

Eva – For wonderful and imaginative story writing


Kelvin –  for working to the best of his ability and setting a fantastic example for his class. We are proud of your efforts Kelvin.


Ryan K – For staying focused during reading groups and modelling what a great learner does for his classmates.

Bronte – For being a great learner by putting lots of effort into your work and for helping others in your class to feel welcomed and included.


Kallum J R - Being an enthusiastic participant in all class activities and for sharing his thoughts and opinions.

James M- Being an inquiry learner who enjoys making new discoveries. 


Charlie C - For working hard in all curriculum areas.

Atticus - For his amazing assistance with digital technology in the year One / Two S classroom 


Siena - For showing empathy towards others.

Zoe - For using effective adjectives during writing.


Sophie – for displaying excellent sportsmanship during Hot Shots tennis. 

Sports Awards

Jack G- For excellent play in cricket,  great bowling and encouraging teammates.

Lena - For wonderful butterfly swimming at the District Swimming Carnival and having a great sense of team play.

Polite in the Playground Award

Alec and Ariana

Arts Awards

Isaac, Antony, George, Charlie B

Sustainability Awards

These students are the worthy recipients of the first Green Team badges for hard work and dedication in helping keep our environment clean.

Congratulations to Will, Georgie, Charlize, Izzy, Isla and Emmy! 

Ann Skeete


Learning and Teaching

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s hard to believe that we’re already headed toward Easter and the end of Term One.  It’s been an exciting and wonderful time for me, as a new member of staff, to meet so many of you and have the privilege of teaching your children.  Being part of Our Lady’s community is every bit as joyful as anticipated!

Over the past few weeks, I have been able to see how highly skilled the students at this school are.  I am lucky to be able to continue to build on what has been established and to introduce a few new initiatives.  My hope is that this helps to broaden their performing experiences.

We have recently purchased a class set of ukuleles.  These will be used within some of the class sessions to teach either the fundamentals of music or enhance skills already underway.  Hopefully you’ll see the children playing them soon.

In the last week of term, the Year 5/6 students will be participating in Our Lady’s inaugural Busking Day.  They may have mentioned this to you. All students will perform for the school at either first or second break and the rest of the school will show their appreciation for their efforts with tokens which will be used to raise funds for Project Compassion.

They are also going to participate in ‘Wakakirri for the first time.  This is a large Performing Arts festival, where schools perform and compete in front of professional judges.  The performance night will take place in the week of 12-15th August at the Frankston Arts Centre. You can find out more about it by clicking the link.

Other opportunities will be offered to the rest of the school, including involvement in our Choir.  My background is in developing children’s choirs and we will work together on a weekly basis. Some eager participants have already been working hard!

Thank you for your welcoming words and friendly smiles and I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible over the course of the year.  May Lent be a special time for you and your families as we prepare for the joy of Easter.

Best wishes to you all,

Michele Hayes (Performing Arts teacher)

Religious Education

Parent Meditation Friday Mornings in the Library

It was so wonderful to meet this morning in a small group and chat about meditation and have a time of meditation together.

Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced meditator please feel welcome to come along. Come to the library, straight after drop off and give yourself a time to stop, feel refreshed and go out into your day feeling calm! Be great to see you there.

Lent- Focus on our words!

During Lent, our whole school community will focus on our calling to become people of great love. We will particularly focus on ‘using our words for good’! Lent is a time of fasting. Our challenge is to fast from negative words. We are learning about the ways that our words can build up or tear down. We will make connections to the ways our words can create great learning communities’. We are focusing on how our words can contribute to a happy environment at school, home and wider community.

We will be reflecting upon how we can live our lives on a daily basis in a way that resembles the values of Jesus. During Lent we will be making connections to our Inquiry question, ‘How can we create a great learning environment where everyone can grow?’ We will be looking at our responsibility to ensure that not only do we learn and grow, but also how can we ensure our classmates learn and grow.

We will also look for ways to support children throughout our global community, as we believe that all children in our world have the right to learn and grow. Our school fun run will raise funds for CARITAS, a Catholic organisation that helps the most vulnerable within our global community.

We will also be supporting ‘The Grace Orphanage’ in Uganda. Elise Nicholson is spending the next three months in Uganda teaching at the school.

The orphanage currently only has one long drop toilet, which doesn't meet the needs of the 289 students and 10 teachers - exposing them to extreme risk of preventable illness, such as diarrhoea, worm infestation, typhoid and dysentery. Not only are children getting sick, but young girls are also missing out on their education during their monthly periods - and this can all be avoided with our help.

Our donations would be hugely appreciated and make a powerful difference to the lives of children born into a challenging and difficult life.

Click on the below link to find out more.

Confirmation commitment masses

The confirmation candidates can choose to go to one of the following masses.

  • Our Holy Redeemer- 30th March  6.00pm

  • Our Lady’s Church- 31st March- 9.00am

  • Our Holy Redeemer- 31st March 10.30am

Clare Hicks

Deputy Principal

Digital Technologies

We are very excited to announce we have 20 new iPads in the school! We also have 20 new Chrome Books arriving shortly. These devices are a welcome addition to the Junior levels. The new iPads and Chrome Books allow the children to be researchers, collaborators, self managers, thinkers and communicators.

Next term, we will be launching See Saw for students from Foundation to Year 6. See Saw is an online platform which allows students to upload examples of their work. This not only promotes student engagement but allows parents to see their child’s work in real time. You will receive a notification when your child uploads a piece of work and you will be able to comment on their piece. Our aim in using See Saw is not to present highly edited pieces but real examples of your child’s work. We hope that by using See Saw the partnership between home and school will be strengthened further. You will have insight into what your child is learning at school and how they are learning it.

Lucy Ludescher

E-learning Leader

Dates Ahead 2019

Religious Education Dates 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.

Cricket Report

On Thursday the 7th of March our OLPS cricket team played against St 

Roch’s at Surrey Park and the Captain of our team was Zara.

Our team contains a mix of star cricket players with incredible batting and powerful bowling and fielding!

The highlight of today was Siena's catch whilst wicket-keeping. It was insane and everyone started to cheer for her!!! It was a one-handed catch!                                                                    

Jack and Alec did great bowling.

On the other side of the pitch Damian and Isla were smashing 4s and 6s all round the ground.

We lost unfortunately but a it was a good game.


Jack, Billy, Alec, Conor, Fintan, Lucas, (injured), Damian, Olive, Zoe, Emily, Isla, Zara, Siena. 

By Jack & Lucas 

CDF Payment for Tuckshop and Uniform

We understand there have been issues ordering tuckshop this term which has made the process frustrating! We have met with a manager from CDF this week and hopefully those issues have been rectified. However, if you have further issues, you are able to email CDF directly at Thanks for your patience, Luisa.

New Uniform Price List 2019

Please find attached 2019 updated Uniform Order form.  Due to supplier cost rises we have had to increase sell prices for selected items to keep in line with these changes and to ensure the uniform shop operates cost efficiently. Uniform order forms are available on the App or in hard copy at the school office.

For uniform enquiries please contact either Krista Conroy 0434 143 369 or Gab Sabljak 0400 651 281.

Uniform Price List 2019


Fete News

With the school year now well and truly underway and all of children settled into class, we have started to turn our attention to the school fete for 2019.  As I'm sure you'll all acknowledge, the success of the OLPS fete is attributable to the contribution of all of the families that attend our school.  The fete committee has already started preparation for this year and with the support of many of the parents from last year, we are on our way to filling all of the volunteer positions for stalls this year.We've put together a list of stalls and the volunteers who have put their hand up to help this year.  As some of the volunteers have been running stalls for many years, we are also looking for parents to take the opportunity to shadow stall holders, with a view to taking over the running of the stalls next year.  This is the perfect way to understand what needs to be done.  We are looking to fill the roles for this years fete by the end of term 1 so that we can run through the planning and requirements with each of the stall holders.If you are interested in volunteering, please seek out one of the fete co-ordinators or send us an email to

David McCann, Joanna Kelly, Damian Glass and Adam King

Fete Co-ordinators

Our Lady's Primary School Surrey Hills

Working Bee Thanks

 Our Lady’s Wattle Park and staff would like to give a big ‘THANK YOU’ to the dozen families, who made the effort to attend and participate in our ‘Working Bee’ on Saturday, 2nd March, 2019. 

It was a glorious day sunny Saturday but sadly the attendance was disappointing.  As this is our fifth year as Working Bee Co-ordinators the attendance was a record low.  Only 68% of the jobs organised were completed. On the upside, the “Signup Schedule’ App created by Fi Feenaghty only days from the event, was a success in its first trial!  A sausage sizzle with refreshments at 11.30am ended the day for our busy ‘Working Bees’. 

Thank you to everyone who pulled together and battled to complete most of the heavy lifting needed to present the school with a face-lift, in preparation for the first OLWP Open Day.  Principal Annie and I were impressed by their work ethic. 

Hopefully we will get a better attendance at our next Working Bee in May. 

Our Lady’s Wattle Park Thanks:

Brendan Doyle,

Fiona Feenaghty, 

Barry, Kate, Sammy, Lucas, Kallum Johnson-Ruzicka,

Melissa Jones,

Athan, Connor Karagiannis,

Peter Magor,

Principal Annie Engellenner,

Steve, William, Sebastian Sabljak,

Sarah Strahan,

George, Fiona Tourkolias,

Andrew, Victoria, Georgina, William Wynd,

Podraig, Finn Reilly,

Jon, Yvonne, Jasper Zowa

Max & Archie

God Bless,

Nick Karagiannis & Richard Maugueret         

Working Bee Co-ordinators

Tennis Lessons at Our Lady's

Topten Tennis will run free trial lessons at Our Lady's School on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st, March (Please see brochure below). If you would like to express interest in your child commencing lessons after these trials, please contact Mrs James in writing or by email

Parenting Ideas - Balancing Extra-Curricular Activities for Flourishing Kids


Children's Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy – Sunday at 9am mass at Our Lady’s – ALL CHILDREN WELCOME!  (please note that pre-school children need to be accompanied) 

We would love more volunteers (parents) to run the Children's Liturgy, please contact Joanna Kelly if you are keen to assist, it's fun and easy!

Joanna Kelly - 0422 901 894,

Cyber Safety for Parents

n Term 1 2019, Our Lady's school will have a Cyber Safety information evening for parents. The evening will cover many of the technical and psychological issues which parents face today and also allow for any questions which they may have as well as provide parent take home resources. 

Please save the date for this very valuable evening on the March 28th, 2019 @ 7:00pm.