Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 3, 30th July, 2021


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

you are not looking for me

because you have seen the signs

but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

Do not work for food that cannot last,

but work for food that endures to eternal life,

the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you,

for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’

Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’

Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,

it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,

the true bread;

for the bread of God

is that which comes down from heaven

and gives life to the world.’

‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered:

‘I am the bread of life.

He who comes to me will never be hungry;

he who believes in me will never thirst.’


Living the Gospel – The Body of Christ

Christ is present in the Eucharist in many forms: in the people gathered; in the celebrating priest; in the Word proclaimed; and in the consecrated bread and wine – the Body and Blood of Christ. In relation to receiving Christ through the reception of communion, St Augustine wrote, ‘Be what you see, and receive what you are.’ We not only receive the Body of Christ through Eucharist, we are called to be the Body of Christ because of what we have received; and we receive the Body of Christ because we are already part of the Body of Christ.

 © Greg Sunter


Historical Context – Moses and Elijah

Both Moses and Elijah had powerful encounters with God on the top of a mountain – it is appropriate that it is they who appear beside Jesus in the transfiguration account. Moses travelled up Mt Sinai to receive the Law from God in the form of the Ten Commandments. When Elijah was fleeing for his life from Queen Jezebel he fled to Mt Horeb. The word of the Lord came to Elijah and told him to stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord was about to pass by. Elijah experienced the Lord in the whisper of a gentle breeze.


Living the Gospel – Down from the mountain

Sometimes we experience powerful moments of connection with God or with other people. Sometimes this might be through a special experience of nature; a meaningful retreat experience; a powerful sense of being ‘in tune’ with another person; a reflective prayer experience; or some other significant experience. The temptation when we have these experiences is to wish that we could remain in the experience. The challenge, however, is to take that experience back into the everyday of our lives – changed by it without remaining in it.

 © Greg Sunter 

Remote Learning

Thank you to all of the children, parents and staff for  your efforts and hard work during remote learning this week. We understand how challenging this is for families who are trying to juggle work commitments with learning from home. We appreciate your support. As you are aware, we have increased the number of opportunities for students to participate in zoom meetings. From next week our infants' grades will commence with some guided reading lessons online.


Extra-curricular program being run by Vinnies

The Vinnies Metropolitan Schools Engagement Team would like to invite Years 4, 5 and 6 students from your school to participate in the “Mini Vinnies Formation Program” (MVFP).

The MVFP is a free of charge, extra-curricular program that was initially developed in 2020 specifically to deepen students’ understanding of social justice during lockdown!

The program will nurture students, to be a light in the world, inspired by the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and Gospel values. It is designed to develop students' understanding of social justice and to foster an active response to social justice needs in their community.

Students who volunteer to complete the Mini Vinnies Formation Program will engage in activities for PERSONAL, LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, and GLOBAL social justice issues whilst working towards their bronze, silver and ultimately GOLD award.

We encourage you to forward this invitation to all Year 4, 5 and 6 students and parents/guardians in your school community. Parents/Supervising Adults can register students online at: https://bit.ly/MVFPregistration.

Maths Olympiad

Maths Olympiad that involves some Year 5 & 6 students has been put on hold until we return to school.  

ICAS Assessments 2021 - UPDATED DATES

ICAS have provided some alternate sitting dates and closing times for parents to make payment for the ICAS assessments. If you wish to purchase one of these assessments please see the information below. If you have already purchased one or more of these assessments, your registration will automatically update to the new dates.

Parent Payment System

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School Fees

Please contact the school office (via email at ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au ) if you have not received your school fee statement, instalment  3 or are experiencing financial difficulty as outlined in the letter to parents and carers from CEDP (included in last week's newsletter). 

Census - Friday 6th August, 2021

The annual school census will take place on Friday 6th August 2021.

Attached is the August 2021 Census Privacy Notice


Skoolbag App- Have you downloaded the app?

Skoolbag is the school’s primary avenue for immediate communication with parents.

Skoolbag is a communication app which all parents are strongly advised to install on their smartphones, ipads etc. 

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