Our Lady's Primary School - Friday 7th June, 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


I am God Nearby

 I am a God nearby; I am not far away,

 I am not far away, I am a God nearby

 I am not far away from you

Just as the air that you breathe is essential

So is My presence to you

You would not cover your lips and be breathless

Why then keep your heart from my view.

David Kauffman

Leadership and Management

Dear Families and Friends of Our Lady’s Community,

Winter certainly is upon us with temperatures just making it into the double figures. However the cold and wet weather does not deter us here at Our Lady’s. Work on our playground continues with our beautiful students planting over the past couple of days and  our learning spaces are alive with chatter and curiosity. 


As mentioned over the past few days all the students have been involved in the planting out of our new learning and play space. It has been wonderful to have many of our parents come along and assist us too . As part of this process, the students have been working alongside a horticulturalist and qualified teachers and as a consequence, they have been able to engage in a rich and authentic learning experience in terms of science and  also able to make strong connections with our faith and our call to care for creation.

After much reflection, we have decided to coincide the opening of our playground with our Feast Day on June 27th. We have a wonderful day planned to celebrate how fortunate and grateful we are to not only come to Our Lady’s every day but also to have such a beautiful space to learn and play in. We hope to see as many members of our school community here to join in the celebrations. 

Professional Learning Day - Last Friday the staff were involved in a Professional Learning Day that involved the unpacking of the 14 Parameters of School Improvement.

The 14 Parameters are based on the research of Dr Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullen. They are:

1. Shared Beliefs and Understandings

    ●     Each student can achieve high standards given the right time and the right support

    ●     High expectations and early and ongoing intervention are essential

    ●     Teachers and Administrators need to be able to articulate what they do and why they teach the way they do

2. Embedded literacy /instructional coaches

3. Daily, sustained focus on literacy instruction

4. Principal instructional leadership

5. Early and ongoing intervention

6. Case Management Approach: DATA Wall, Case - by Case Meetings

7. Professional Learning at all Staff Meetings

8. In School grade/ subject meetings. Collaborative marking of student work

9. Centralised resources

10. Commitment of district and school budgets for literacy learning and resources. Teachers and administrators need to be able to articulate what they do and why they teach the way they do

11. Action research and Collaborative Inquiry

12. Parental and Community Involvement

13. Cross curricular literacy connections in all subjects.

14. Shared responsibility and accountability 

Our Lady’s will be using this framework to drive our school improvement agenda along with 40 other catholic schools across the state.

Sporting Schools Grant - Hockey Clinic

A big thank to Mrs James for once again being successful in her grant applications. This term the money has allowed us to conduct Hockey Clinics for students from Prep to Year 6.

 I also wish to acknowledge the students from Year 3 to 6 who participated in the recent Cross Country event. Our Lady’s was incredibly successful and all of the students were acknowledged at Assembly on Monday morning.

A special congratulations must go to Billy for qualifying for the district event. What an achievement.

Year 5 /6 Camp

Last week Ms Ludescher, Mr Hawke, Mrs Sandy, Ann, Tania, myself and 49 students attended Camp Wyuna in Queenscliff. We all had a great time stepping out of our comfort zones and tasting new foods, attempting new activities and having to survive without mum, dad and the familiar comforts of home. I was so proud of our students for their positive attitude, enthusiasm and encouragement of one another.

Privacy Policy

Catholic Education Melbourne have recently updated the Privacy Policy for school. An updated  copy of our Privacy Policy can be found on our website. 

Semester One Reports

This semester we are pleased to announce that you will be receiving your child’s semester report online via the nForma Parent Portal for the first time.

It is very important that you have updated your email addresses with the school, as an automated email containing instructions and login details will come from and not the school. Please ensure that you check your junk/spam folder for an email from that address.

It is highly recommended that you use a computer to access your child’s reports for the first time. Subsequent logins can be made on a mobile device if preferred.

Once you have followed the instructions, you will be able to view your child’s report online. 

Once in the portal you will need to choose your child (if you have more than one at our school) and then choose 'Assessment and Reporting'. Then select the year/semester.

Forgotten passwords: If you have forgotten your password, please follow the 'forgotten password' link. Please note that your new password needs to be at least 7 characters long and must include at least one non alpha-numeric character, e.g. *, - / or similar.

If you have requested a password reset and the email does not appear, please look in your junk/spam folder for an email from

If you have any questions or issues, please contact the school’s nForma administrator

Ms Lucy Ludescher

How to Access Online Student Reports


Parent/ Teacher Interviews

We advise parents that Semester 1 Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25th (3.45pm-7.30pm) and Wednesday 26th June (3.45pm-6.30pm).  

Please note that Interviews for 1/2JL will take place on Monday 17th, 3:45 - 7:15pm and Tuesday 18th, 3:45 - 5:45pm.

Online bookings opened on Tuesday 11th June at 7:00pm.

Specialist teachers are available on Tuesday.

To see your child’s class teacher for the 15 minute interview please log onto  Please see booking information below.

This semester we are going to trial having the Parent Teacher Interviews in the Multi Purpose Centre. This will allow parents with more than one child to move from one teacher to another with ease. Teachers will be placed around the perimeter of the room with a central waiting area in the middle. Conducting Parent Teacher Interviews in this way helps build a sense of community.

Semester 1 Reports will be distributed on Friday 21st June.  

Foundation 2020 Enrolment Application

We request that all parents with Foundation/Prep enrolments for the 2020 school year submit enrolment forms as soon as possible.  If you are aware of friends or family members wishing to enroll at Our Lady’s please advise them that enrolment forms need to be submitted to secure a placement.

Fr Mark and I have already begun the Interview process for new and existing families. It has been delightful to meet the children and welcome families into our community.

Footy Cards

It is not my preference to ban things that the children bring from home to school, however, at present we are having some challenges with Footy Cards/Books going missing from desks and even out of school bags. I am requesting that you have a conversation about this at home and reinforce to your children that it is never OK to take something that is not yours. I have had some very sad children in my office lately and it disappoints me greatly that we are not respecting each other and caring for each other as well as we should. 

Thank you to the Lawn Mowers!

I would like to simply thank our Dads that volunteer their time to mow the lawn not only outside the school but also along Erasmus St. regularly. It is a tough enough job maintaining our homes let alone the maintenance of our school, and I am so grateful for their generosity of spirit and patience with the leaves! 


There will be an Assembly on Tuesday morning next week. Wishing you all warm and snuggly long week. My third daughter is getting ready for the drama that surrounds the end of Year 12: SAC’s, Exams and Folios! 

Quote for the fortnight 

“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do than what we know about parenting. In terms of teaching our children to dare greatly in the "never enough" culture, the question isn't so much "Are you parenting the right way?" as it is: "Are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be?” 

Brené Brown,

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

Annie Engellenner


Booking Information for 1/2JL

The Sacrament of First Eucharist

The Parent Faith Evening will be held at 7.30pm in the OHR Hall on Thursday 20th June.

This meeting is for parents only.  

First Eucharist Commitment Masses will be held on:

Saturday 22nd June at 6:00pm (OHR Church) or Sunday 23rd June at 9:00am (Our Lady’s Church) or Sunday 23rd June at 10:30am (OHR Church)

Candidates need to attend just one of the above commitment masses.

Home Masses are:

Thursday 18 July (Students receiving First Eucharist on Sunday 4 August @ 9.00am)

Tuesday 30 July (Students receiving First Eucharist on Sunday 11 August @ 9.00am)

Wednesday 7 August (Students receiving First Eucharist on Sunday 25 August @ 9.00am)

If you would like to host one of these evenings, please email Nanette (

We will be organising the First Eucharist Mass dates for all candidates at the Parent Faith Evening, so please come to the evening with a preferred date.

The children will also be attending a Eucharist Retreat Day at the Don Bosco Retreat Centre, Lysterfield on Friday 26 July.

Deputy Principal

Clare Hicks

Meditation for Parents on Friday

All parents are welcome to join us in a very brief time of meditation.This will take place in the conference room opposite the office and go no longer than 10 mins. This is a great way to start the day and set you up for the weekend feeling. It would be great to see you there!

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.

Religious Education Dates 2019

Dates Ahead 2019

Social Media Launch

OLPS Social Media Launch

To further promote our wonderful school to the local community, OLPS have recently launched pages on both Instagram and Facebook. These pages will feature photos and commentary on events and happenings at our school throughout the year.  If you are on social media, we would love you to be part of our social community!

Find us on Facebook, visit

Find us on Instagram, visit

If you have not yet returned the Social Media Consent form for your child, now is a great time to do this. A form can be collected from the school office, or downloaded via the SkoolBag app. Please also see the link below.

Social Media Permission Form


Liam Chooses the New Dishwasher

When the staffroom dishwasher needed to be replaced, Liam was quickly on the job. Liam and mum Megan went straight to The Good Guys where Liam is a valued customer. He was able to get an excellent quote on three dishwashers and brought them straight back to Julie in the office. Julie was surprised by the excellent prices that Liam was able to get and chose the Bosc. 

Thank you Liam!

You are wonderful!

Thank You

We would like to thank PFA for their well wishes and gorgeous Purebaby gift for our daughter Lucinda Grace Parisi, born on Friday 24th May. 

Thank you kindly. 

Susie, Laurence, Oliver, Alfie and Lulu. 

Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Our Lady's Primary School is excited to be participating. 

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019. 

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books. 

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers. 

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit the link below.


Week 6


Bronte - for being a motivated and independent student who displays a great love of learning. You’re a star Bronte!

Liam M-for the confidence you display while performing in front of the class. You use great voice projection during Show and Tell and Reader’s Theatre. Well done Liam!

Sophia C-for the super effort and improvement with your reading. You are doing really well. Keep up the fabulous reading Sophia!


Ari - for displaying persistence and effort when completing a Math task. Super effort Ari !

Jade - for having a Growth Mindset towards her Mathematical learning. Well done, Jade!


Oscar - for the interesting perspective you bring to discussions and the high quality work you complete.

Harry G - for your wonderful contribution to our class spirit and your excellent class work.

Sport Awards

Edward 1/2AL - for trying very hard in hockey and showing concentration and good skills.

Emilio 1/2JL - for trying hard with dribbling in hockey. Pushing the hokey ball with good control.

Ella 1/2JL - for trying her best with hockey drills. For concentration and very good effort.

Week 7


Madelaine R - For being a beautiful student who strives to do her best at all times. Maddie is a kind and responsible class member.  We are so lucky to have Maddie in 1/2 JL.

Isabel F - For always trying her best. Isabel is a quiet, independent learner who uses her artistic flair to complete colourful work. Well done Isabel!

Ben K - For working cooperatively with his learning partner during our Inquiry unit. Ben created a detailed and creative plan of an ideal playground. He always has great ideas to share with the class.

1/2 AL

Edward - for working so well in mathematics and tackling challenges with confidence.

Tom - for working so well in mathematics and tackling challenges with confidence.


Callum A - For working hard to learn your times tables. Well done Callum!

Lior Belmont- For including descriptive  and emotive language in his narrative to capture his readers interest. Well done Lior!


Alfie - for your continued effort in completing your tasks.! Well done Alfie!

Eva Ward- for being a wonderful asset to our class sharing your generosity and kindness.


Elliott G - for helping to make our classroom run smoothly by taking on jobs without being asked. Thank you Elliott!

Nickie G - for the effort she consistently puts into her homework and all classroom tasks. Well done Nickie!

Conor K - for being a supportive and accommodating friend to others on camp. Thank you Conor!

Please Vote! - Back to Earth Initiative

Voting in the Back to Earth Initiative eastern garden competition closes this Sunday, 9 June. Voting is close so keep reminding your friends, family and colleagues to support your project to win $5,000 – make sure you send that last email, e-newsletter or social media post to get your votes in. Good luck! The Back to Earth Team


Tuckshop will operate on the following dates for Term 2:

June 14th and June 21st .

Many thanks,


PFA Dinner - Save the Date

Details are as follows:

Save the date 2019 PFA Dinner, Box Hill Town Hall, 20th July. More details to come. Please save the date.

Fete News

Fete Sponsorship and Donations

Melbourne Cricket Club

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, take them on an MCG Tour!  Gain an insight into Australia’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums, as you hear from our proud Melbourne Cricket Club volunteers and go behind the scenes at the ‘G. Visit for more information.

Camp Australia News

Outside School Hours Care at Our Lady’s Primary –

 Different Booking Options to Cater for Different Needs  

At Camp Australia, we know that all families have different needs and schedules. Some families rely on Outside School Hours Care and have a schedule that never changes, whilst others have an irregular schedule, meaning their Outside School Hours Care needs change from week to week.   

To cater for all families, we offer three booking options and fees according to your lifestyle and needs:  

1.    Blue Account: for fixed routines to access savings. 

2.    Silver Account: for occasional changes to your scheduled care.  

3.    Gold Account: for irregular schedules that can take advantage of a two-hour cancellation window.  

These accounts give families options. But our advice is to always book in advance 

Why in advance?

We operate a child care service governed by Education and Care National Law and Regulations, so we can only operate within Educator to Child ratios. This means the more notice we have on bookings, the better equipped we are to staff a service to meet your needs. This way we can provide the best care to all families in the school. 

Worry you might need to cancel last minute?

Our Gold Account option has a two-hour cancellation window, for only $2.50 more per session than our Silver Account option.    

To find out more about our service, view our fees and to register, visit and search for your school. It’s free to register! 

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon! 

From the Team at Camp Australia  

If you have any questions regarding the bookings, please contact Camp Australia Customer service on 1300 105 343. You can also come and see me in the Multi-purpose room between 6.30 am-8.30 am and 2.55 pm-6.00 pm. I will be more than happy to discuss any issues or feedback you have and pass it on to the head office. 

Thank you,

Richa Mankad

Camp Australia Coordinator

Our Lady's Primary School - Surrey Hills OSHC Fees


Basketball Clinics for Boys and Girls

Sunday June 16th  & Sunday June 23 rd 2019

Roberts McCubbin Primary School

Girls 2-3pm Boys 3-4pm 

Our annual free Basketball Ball Clinics are on again this June for 2 sessions only for Girls and Boys aged 6-10 yrs. 

Our experienced coaches are able to get your child started with some basic skills like shooting and ball handling to start playing basketball in a fun and interactive environment.

The clinics are an opportunity for your child to experience the fun of basketball and to become part of a club which prides itselfs on developing community sport for physical health and social well being.

Parents will have an opportunity to speak to our coaches and committee members about playing club basketball for Wattle Park Saints.

To register your child’s name and age please send an email to

Places are limited.