Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 9, 3rd December 2021

Key Dates

Tuesday 7th December Year 6 Graduation Mass
Tuesday 14th DecemberLast Day of Term
Wednesday 15th December Staff Development Day
Friday 28th & Monday 31st January, 2022MAI Testing
Tuesday 1st February  First day for all students


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice cries in the wilderness;

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled in,

every mountain and hill be laid low,

winding ways will be straightened

and rough roads made smooth.

And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.


Living the Gospel – Make way!

Today’s gospel is a reminder to us that Advent is a season of preparation. In this case, the preparation is all about making way for the love of God in our lives. The love of God surrounds us all the time. It’s like a rapidly flowing stream and sometimes we have placed boulders in the stream that send the water flowing around us. The call to make a way for the Lord is a call to clear the rocks out of the stream; to remove the obstacles that are directing the love of God around us and allow it instead to flow directly through us.

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

Christmas Hampers

A huge thank you to the school community for your generosity in giving to the St Vincent’s de Paul’s Christmas Hamper drive. The children were so excited as they walked through the gates, with their donations in hand, knowing that they were giving to others in need. To see the joy and excitement on their faces as the donations were collected demonstrates the love in giving. 

OLOL 2021 Christmas Celebration

Christmas will be celebrated a little differently this year due to the current Covid restrictions. We could not, however, let this special time of the year go past without celebrating.

Students in all grades will be performing a special Christmas song and dance. The grades will video their performance and a special OLOL 2021 Christmas Dance recording will be made available for families to watch at home. More information on how you will be able to access this will be sent home in the Week 10 newsletter. 

The Nativity story, the reason for the season - The Birth of our Saviour, Jesus, will also be included in this movie.

All grades will be recorded on Thursday 9th December and the students are asked to wear their Christmas clothes to school on that day. Please see below for individual grade costume ideas.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we endeavour to continue to celebrate the special end of year events in a Covid-safe manner.

GradeCostume Ideas
KindyChristmas T-shirt/christmas coloursSummer clothes for a Scorching Summer's Day e.g. boardshorts or swimming goggles (please write names on items), sneakers
Year 1

Christmas coloured clothes  red / white / green / gold / silver


Year 2

Christmas T-shirt/christmas colours 

Denim or plain bottoms 


Christmas dresses, skirts

Year 3Christmas coloured clothes  red / white / green / gold / silver
Year 4

Christmas T-shirt/christmas colours 

Denim or plain bottoms 


Year 5red / white / green / gold clothing
Year 6Christmas Coloured clothes- red, green, white

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the students that received a merit award this week

James Hasham 

Joshua Narayan

Taliyah Danny

Philippe Kazzi

Elizabeth Mitchell

Colin Baptista

Tommy Taggart

Christian Dib

Alyssa Badaoui

Daniel Deiri

Noah Santos

Flynn White


Emilia Crispin

Kavin Franklin 

Chloe Wen

Sebastian Boyagi

Harry Simon

Chanel Tran

Keira Rajan

Annabelle Tannous 

Tarini Soli Kasavakumar

Elisa Khoury

Matilda Copping


George Daoud

Isaac Gnanasekaran

Michael Savarino

Alexis Saab

Alexandra Borje

Chase Bennett

Zoe Marsiglia

Christopher Wen 

Kayla Rankin

Kyla Single


Charlie Baldacchino

Charlie Bollom

Georgia Haddad

Sarah Williamson

Axel Anthony

Raymond Hallal

Lauren O’Donnell

Chantelle Soto

Joseph Savarino

Elijah Luu

Julia Truhin


Charli Thackeray

Alexander Pivcevic

Joohwan Bark

Thea Rajan

Henry O’Brien

Caitlin Hoang

Madeleine Fogg

Arthur Essey

Last Day To Order Uniforms for 2021

 All orders must be placed by 4pm Wednesday 8th December.

Last delivery to the school is Friday 10th December 2021

First delivery back to the school is Tuesday 1st February 2022

All orders are to be placed on the QKR app by MasterCard. Please download the app, search your school and follow the prompts.

Please place your orders prior to the dates above to ensure you have a uniform to start the 2022 schoolyear.


Any concerns please email elle@ozfashions.com.au


End of year reports will be sent home with your children on Tuesday 7th December.


All medication will be sent home on the last day of Term 4. If your child will not be present on the last day of term, please collect medication from the office on your child's last day. Updated medication and action plans can be returned to office at the start of Term 1.

Maia Evans, Year 6 Spelling Bee

Computers and Readers

If you borrowed any computers or readers during the lockdown period, could you please now return them to the school?

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Covid Symptoms

Advice from NSW Health is that parents and carers should not send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.  

Parents are required to have students tested if they are unwell for even the mildest of sysmptom, 

Schools will make arrangements for students who are unwell or have flu-like symptoms to be sent home.

If students are absent or have been sent home due to flu-like symptoms, they should not return until they have a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom-free.

Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students  to return to school i.e. NSW Health or COVID-19 Testing Centre correspondence (SMS or email or hard copy) and/or a medical certificate must be provided to the school via email and a record of this kept by the school. 

email : ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au

Baby Congratulations

Congratullations to the Anthony family on the safe arrival of Miguel, little brother to Lucia (1H), Rafael (2P) and Axel (5C)

Mathematics in the Home

Summer Reading Challenge

Sports News

2022 Parramatta Diocese Team Sport Trials

Parramatta Diocesan Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2022 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials during Term One & Two in 2022. Students in Year 4 in 2022 MAY nominate for the sports of Basketball, Hockey, Softball, Tennis & Touch Football only. 

It is important to note that these trials are generally for those students that MUST demonstrate an ABOVE AVERAGE ability, HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT or in particular sports demonstrate REPRESENTATIVE playing experience in their nominated sport. In most sports, students should have experience playing regular competition outside of school.

Please complete the expressions of interest

  • SUMMER SPORTS NOMINATIONS for the sports of Basketball & Tennis close Monday 1st February 2022.

These trials are planned for 4th February 2022.

  • SUMMER SPORTS APPROVALS for the sports of Basketball & Tennis close Monday 1st February 2022.

  • ALL OTHER SPORTS NOMINATIONS close Monday 7th February 2022.

All other sports trials will also be held in Term One & Two in 2022.

  • ALL OTHER SPORTS APPROVALS close Thursday 10th February 2022.


Attention Year 6 Students: 2021 NSW All Schools Championships - Primary Expression of Interest

DATES: Thursday 9th December to Sunday 12th December

VENUE: Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre (SOPAC)


The registration portal is exclusive to primary school students in year 6 who will be 12 years of age as of 31st December. 

Athletics NSW is providing this for students who have missed opportunities during their final school year, while their age still aligns with the competition rules.

Parent information before completing the form:

  • Register as a member to complete this entry. For those not already members of Athletics NSW or do not wish to purchase an annual membership, there is a free all schools non-member type which can be accessed HERE (if you were an ANSW member for the 2020/21 season select renew). If you wish to purchase an annual membership, please continue to our membership page.
  • This entry is application only, ANSW will confirm availability in the competition after entries have closed. All entries are subject to field sizes and compatibility with the event timetable. Therefore, applications may be rejected or may not gain entry to all nominated events.
  • Registering an application implies full intent to compete. If selected, ANSW will issue an invoice for entry fee payment which must be settled before competition start.
  • If there is room within an event to add Year 6 athletes, the selections will be made based on performances nominated within the portal.
  • All athletes will follow all competition rules; general, and those specific to the 12-year-old age group. Competition rules can be found HERE

Parish News

Youth Groups

We have wrapped up with our youth groups for the year, but look forward to coming back in person next year! Please keep us in your prayers as we plan for sessions in the coming year!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the youth office via email or mobile (youth@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au | 0407 773 174).  

IWITNESS CONFERENCE: From the 10th-12th of December, the 2021 iWitness Conference will be taking place at the Tops Conference Centre. The Conference is for young adults (18+), and provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with and grow in your faith, to meet heaps of young adults from all around Australia, and to break out of your regular rhythm! If this sounds like it could be for you, check out the registration link (which also has contact information to get in touch with event organisers! Tickets are $230 for the weekend (which includes food and accommodation!), with special deals available (for more info., check the link or contact the organisers)!

 Booking & Contact: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=823275&

Children's Rosary

Community News

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.