Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 5, 25th February 2022

Key Dates

Wednesday 2nd March Ash Wednesday
Friday 4th MarchCross Country Trials


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus told a parable to his disciples, ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.

‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.’


Gospel Focus – Good from Good

‘The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good.’ What makes a person good? Is it that they have had good things happen in their life? There are plenty of people who have had good things in their life but they remain cynical and spiteful people. Similarly there are plenty who have had the hardest of circumstances yet goodness constantly flows from them. It’s not the external influences but what we do with them that determines whether we are nurturing ‘good treasure’ or harbouring ‘evil treasure’. This is not just sugary sweetness but a deliberate decision to be a person of hope.

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

Project Compassion

Next week we celebrate Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, which marks the beginning of our Season of Lent and our preparation for Easter. Once again we will be supporting the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice.

The theme of Project Compassion 2022 is ‘For All Future Generations’ and reminds us that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. What we do now affects the future- help us support those working in areas so the future is bright for all.

Each class will have a Project Compassion Donation box in their prayer space. We encourage the children to do little things around the house to earn a small amount of money to place in their Mission Box this Lent.   

In doing this the students are putting their Faith into Action by showing love and assistance around the house and in doing so supporting others around the world by donating to Project Compassion.

Ash Wednesday Mass

This Wednesday we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday with a mass for the Primary students and a Liturgy for the Infants. Students in Stage 2 and Stage 3 will be attending mass during the day. Both stages will be attending in their Stage groups only and will be adequately distanced within the Church. These masses will be for students only.

Merit Awards Term 1

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award this week.
Class Students NameClass Student NameClassStudent NameClasssStudent Name

Eliana Krithinakis 

Anthony Younis 

Lucia Fajardo 

Isla Chan 

Annabel Kim


Hunter Fitzsimons

Jasper Kwa

Teodore Mandroulias

Miranda Martinez

Georgia O’Dea


Emmanuel Alam

Blake Jensen

Kristy Kayrouz

Isabella Alberto


Asher Lee

Hugh Cotter

Zoe Yadao

Evie Tween


Lyla Arkell

William Grant

Liam Norris

Fernando Salinas

William Strong


Sophia Barjel 

Amelia Korfel 

Giovanni Nasrallah 

Lucas Faris

Sophia Agudo


Chanel Tran

Charlotte Fairclough 

Aiden Fernandes 

Oliver Morgan


Ava Chiha

Lucinda Fallins

Joshua Gendy

Nikolas Tamas

Xavier Tran


Harper Saab

Eliana Magro

Leo O’Connell

Abigail Peterson

Thomas Robertson


Matthew Essey

Haylee Gooding

Lilijana Tamas

Maksym Onis


Tiffany Gardiner

Christopher Wen

Mathew Edwards

Mia-Lore Bayeh

Piper Copping


Monica Baker

Dylan Grant

Nelson Soriano

Sarah Williamson


Edward Giandinoto

Eamon King

Madison Mooney

Calium Saab

Ruby Skinner


Aaron Chevalier

Nathan Jeong

Braith Sharbean

Sarah Kenna

Candace Sturdy

Rapid Antigen Test

Thank you so much for your help administering Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to your child as part of the 2022 return to school. RATs have been an important way of keeping students and staff safe while they are at school. 

The NSW Government announced that it is supplying 8 more RATs for each student and each teacher. However, families will have more flexibility about how and when they can use these tests.  For example, they can be used any time when your child is feeling unwell, has a sore throat or cough, or if family members are sick. They can also be used when you know that your child has been in the company of someone who has COVID-19. For the safety of our school community, we strongly encourage families to continue to use  RATs.

Due to the distribution of RATs the school received, we have issued 8 tests per family. For those families with more than 1 child your remaining supply will be sent home next week as we are awaiting our  next delivery.

 If your family did not receive any RAT’s, please contact the school office. 

Reading Eggs and Mathletics

An email went home earlier today about Reading Eggs and Mathletics subscriptions for 2022.

If you would like to purchase one or both of these resources please make your payment through the QKR app under "School Payments" (the same app used to purchase school uniforms).

Mathletics - $35

Reading Eggs - $25

The final date that a payment can be made is Monday 14th March, after this date the QKR app won't be able to process payments.

Shortly after the 14th March, students who have purchased subscriptions will be given their login details to take home. Any questions, please contact Mrs Neylan.

Kindergarten 2023 Enrolments

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

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

Please see school tour dates below:

  • Tuesday 1st  March 7.00 pm

  • Tuesday  8th March 7.00 pm

  • Tuesday 15th March 10.00 am

  • Thursday   28th April 10.00 am

Please register your attendance by the following link School Tour Registration 

School Fees

Families should have received their 2022 School Fee Statement- Instalment 1. Please contact the school office (via phone or email)  if you have not received your school fee statement as soon as possible.

Flexible Payment Plans (BPAY and BPoint) are offered with Instalment 1. Please set up your Flexible payment Plan immediately, if you prefer this payment option . Those families that do not accept a Flexible payment plan offer, instalment 1 is due by 16 March, 2022.

Canteen- Mel’s Tasty Bites

The canteen is open 5 days a week and lunch orders may be made through lunch order bags or online, please visit  https://www.flexischools.com.au/ you will need to register your details. As this is a third party to Mel’s Tasty Bites, they do not have access to your account.. 

All lunch orders need to be placed by 9.15am the latest. Any lunch orders that come in after this time cannot be guaranteed to have the lunch they specifically ordered.

Please remember the canteen do not offer "IOU's", therefore we encourage all parents to open an account at the canteen this can be used for over counter purchase only.  A credit account needs to be opened via Mels Tasty Bites NOT Flexishools. 

Mels Tasty Bites also offer items for Birthday Celebrations, see website for details. 

Please see website for latest menu and pricing.

  • Note there will be a price increase as of the 7th March, 2022

Social Skills

Respect and Integrity showing good manners and communication skills

  • Friendly Voice
  • Personal Space
  • Stand tall 


    Congratulations to Ava Cetinic (5C) and Jayda Isherwood (5P) who competed in Zone and Regionals over the last few weeks for Little Athletics NSW. 

    Ava broke two records in High Jump and Triple Jump in zone, placed 1st at Regionals in both events, positioning her 1st in State.

    Jayda came away with a Gold in High Jump, Silver in the 100m and 70m sprint and Bronze in the 60m hurdles.

    Both will be competing in the State Championship. Well done and good luck at the State Championship !              

    School Parking

    Mathematics in the Home

    Sports News

    Sporting Congratulations

    Congratualtiosn to Thomas O'Keefe (6M) who was selected into the Parramatta Catholic Diocese touch footy ball team. 

    OLOL Cross Country 2022

    The OLOL Cross Country Carnival is fast approaching. It will be held, weather permitting, next Friday the 4th 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.

    Parish News


    Hi everybody!


    We are starting on the 25/2 (Friday) at 7pm

    What we do at youth group;

    -          Play lots of games

    -          Get to know and make new friends

    -          BE YOURSELF

    -          Eat food

    -          Short talks about Jesus and life

    This week we are having a social,

    This means we are going to be playing much more games and having more chances to talk and mingle together

    Yes we  are back FTF at the Downey room and school hall!

    Hope to see you all there!

    Kind Regards,


    Josh Holden

    Youth Minister 

    Parish of Baulkham Hills, NSW

    Community News

    School student travel information for parents and students

    Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass but have not yet applied need to apply or update their details as soon as possible.

    In the Opal network, students should travel with a Child/Youth Opal card until they receive their valid School Opal card. If outside Greater Sydney, parents should contact their local bus operator to discuss their travel needs.

    New Student Opal cards (including new Term Bus Passes) will be sent to the student’s nominated postal address within two weeks of their application being approved.

    Students living in rural and regional (R&R) areas will receive their travel pass from their nominated transport operator. It may be issued via their school or be sent directly to them at home. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

    Terms of Use

    Students using Opal cards must tap on and tap off in line with the Opal terms of use.

    All students are required to comply with the Student code of conduct. The code of conduct aims to ensure the safety and well-being of school children and other passengers. It is important that parents ensure their child is aware of this, as failure to comply with the code of conduct can result in a suspension from travel.

    Hills Community Aid is here for you!

    At this time we are practicing physical distancing while encouraging social inclusion. We are providing over the phone, email and video support for a range of our services.

    If you would like to speak with one of our staff please call and leave a message on our answering service (02) 9639 8620 or email and a member of staff will be in contact. Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with our social support services


    Lifeline                13 11 14

    Kids Helpline      1800 551 800

    Link2Home         1800 152 152

    DV Support Service    1800 737 732

    Beyond Blue               1300 224 636

    MensLine Australia     1300 789 978

    COVID-19 Helpline     1800 020 080

    The Hills Community Aid and Information Service Inc.

    390 Windsor Road, BAULKHAM HILLS NSW 2153Phone: 02 9639 8620      Office hours 9.30am – 3.00pm Fax: 02 9686 3100www.hca.org.au

    SkoolBag App

    We encourage all parents to down load and register on the Skoolbag App. The newsletter and other communication will sent out through the Skoolbag App.  Please follow the instructions on the attached flyer to download free Skoolbag App on your smartphone.  Be sure to search ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Baulkham Hills South  and select your year group.