Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 8 , 19th March 2021

Key Dates

Wednesday 25th March Parramatta Touch Football Trials - 4:00pm
Thursday 24th March 

The Annunciation

Year 2 Parish Mass

Sunday 27th March Palm Sunday
Friday 2nd April Good Friday
Monday 26th April Photo Day

Fifth Sunday of Lent

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.

Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. 

Jesus replied to them:

‘Now the hour has come

for the Son of Man to be glorified.

I tell you most solemnly,

unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain;

but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.

Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life.

If a man serves me, he must follow me,

wherever I am, my servant will be there too.

If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.

Now my soul is troubled.

What shall I say:

Father, save me from this hour?

But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour.

Father, glorify your name!’

A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’

People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.

‘Now sentence is being passed on this world;

now the prince of this world is to be overthrown.

And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I shall draw all men to myself.’

By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.

St Patrick 17th March

We celebrated the Feast of St Patrick on Wednesday with a Liturgy in each class. One of the prayers we prayed during this Liturgy is included below.

God of Love,

We thank you for the life of St Patrick. 

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, he helped to build an Intentional Faith Community, as he taught many people to know and love God.

St Patrick showed us what it means to flourish as we grow in faith and encourage others to believe as well.

We offer this prayer through Jesus your Son.


St Joseph 18th March

St. Joseph,

watch over me

and care for me

just as you cared for

the child Jesus;

and by your help,

may I come to know

your Son,

and so grow

in strength

and wisdom

and the favour of God.


Year of Saint Joseph

Pope Francis on December 8, 2020 published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of St Joseph”, running from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021

We are encouraged to imitate the example of Saint Joseph in our lives and into our communities enjoy this short reflection and prayer inspired by Patris Corde, a letter by Pope Francis.

Please find a link to a video for St Joseph 


More information for the Year of St Joseph can be found at 


Looking Ahead- Holy Week at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

During Week 10 we will be celebrating Holy Week with the students. Each grade will lead us in prayer focussing on Palm Sunday or one of the events of the Easter Triduum.

Parents, of the children in the grade leading prayer for the day, are welcome to join us.

GradeHoly Week Celebration

Kindy/Year 1

Monday 29th March 

10am in the Church

Palm Sunday

Year 4

Tuesday 30th March

10am in the Church

Washing of the feet

Year 3 

Tuesday 30th March

10am in the Church

Last Supper

Year 2

Wednesday 31st March

12pm in the Church

Praying in the Garden

Year 5

Thursday 1st April

12pm in the Church


Year 6

Monday 19th April

10am in the Church


Harmony Day

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Harmony Week includes 21 March, which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)

Today Our Lady of Lourdes joined with other Australian schools to celebrate National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). The NDA 2021 marks the 11 year anniversary of Australia's key antibullying event for schools. The theme for 2021 is Take Action Together. The students   participated in extra activities and lessons about this very important issue. 

Kindergarten 2022 Enrolment Applications are due

Do you have a child seeking a position at OLOL in Kindergarten 2022 ?

We encourage our current families to submit an application as soon as possible, as demand for positions is high. For current families please have applications in no later than Tuesday 20th April, 2021

The enrolment form is available to download via the school website www.ololbhills.catholic.edu.au, complete the forms and return them to the school office with all the required documentation including originals.

Families will be contacted to arrange an interview.

New families may have a tour of our school on:

  • Tuesday 20th April, 10am

Please email the school office on: ololbhills.parra.catholic.edu.au advising of your attendance. 

NAPLAN Online 2021

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 21 May 2021.

In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will also be participating in practice tests between 22 March and 1 April. The practice test is a trial-run and key preparation activity for NAPLAN Online in May. It is not an assessment of student ability and the tests will not be marked. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students can use the public demonstration site (https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site) to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.

 If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact your child’s teacher.

Winter Uniform

All winter uniforms are now available for purchase. Please place your orders before next term to ensure you receive them on time.  The students will be changing to winter uniform on Monday 10th May. 

Orders can be placed via Qkr app by MasterCard. The QKR app is a safe and convenient way to order and ensures your uniforms are delivered to the school. Please download the Qkr app by MasterCard,  search your school (Our Lady of Lourdes) and follow the prompts. All size samples are at the school office. 

Please note: Always read the terms and conditions on the app before ordering. Please choose carefully as Ozfahions do not refund if you simply change your mind or make a wrong selection. However, they gladly exchange within 14 days of the purchase date. Returned merchandise MUST be in its original condition with all tags still attached and accompanied by proof of purchase otherwise the exchange will not be honoured. Any item that has been worn will not be able to be exchanged. Any questions please  email to: elle@ozfashions.com.au 


UNSW International ICAS Competitions and Assessments 2021

Each year students from Years 3-6 have the opportunity to complete the UNSW International ICAS Assessments.

The subjects available are:

  • Digital Technologies
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Spelling Bee
  • English and Mathematics

These assessments will be completed at school but are optional. Further information will follow in the coming weeks. 

Open Day

It was wonderful to see so many parents join us for Open Day this week.Thank you for your support and cooperation with following the Covid rules we are obliged to follow.

Principal/Citizenship Awards

At the end of each term we hold an assembly to present the Principal and Citizenship Awards. Each class teacher selects one student from their class to receive a Principal’s Certificate and one student to receive a Citizenship Certificate. The criteria for selection is listed below:

 Criteria for Principal’s Award

Students may have shown one or more of the following:

  •  Achieved high standard results this term
  • Continually produced work of a high standard
  • Have shown outstanding effort in their school work
  • Participated most enthusiastically in all class activities
  • Made great improvement/progress in their school work


Criteria for Citizenship Award

Students may have shown one or more of the following:

  •  Treated others with care and respect
  • Helped other students
  • Considered the feelings of others
  • Demonstrated the values taught in our school
  • Cared for the environment
  • Displayed skills taught in our Social Skills Program

Our first Principal/Citizenship assembly for 2021 will be held on Tuesday 30th March at 2.15pm. We will also be presenting our swimming championship medals at this assembly. 

Parents of children receiving an award or medal are welcome to attend.


Cross Country

Unfortunately we had to postpone our Cross Country run this week. We are hoping to hold this event next Friday 26th March. 

School Fees

School Fees Instalment 1 was due on  Wednesday, 17th March 2021.  Accounts not on a flexible payment arrangement, please finalise your fees as soon as possible if they are outstanding.  Thank you Dianne

Message from Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv regarding COVID-19 and Holy Week 2021

Please find attached a pastoral letter from Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv to the people of Parramatta regarding the coronavirus and Holy Week 2021.

Social Skills

Respect feeling good about yourself and others: 

  • Valuing others
  • Being friendly
  • Being a good friend
  • encouraging others 

Parish News

Proposed Sacramental Schedule for OLOL 2021

Please see attached the proposed Sacramental Schedule for OLOL 2021

For Youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills


Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFy52lMn0ChQv7iEuR2ptAg

 Pre-Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/preregoyouth

 Youth Groups

Y5-8: Next Friday the 26th of March, come along to the Downey Room from 7-8:30pm for our last youth group of the term! We'll have food, games and activities ready to go, as we celebrate the end of term, the ‘dress code’ will be onesies, so come along in your favourite onesie (these are however not in any way mandatory for the night)!

 If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Youth Minister Paul Fam, on 0407 773 174, or send an email through to youth@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

Children’s Liturgy

We are hoping to re-commence the Children’s Liturgy at our 9.30am Sunday Masses following the Easter break. Please see attached information

Children's Rosary Movement

Children's Rosary gather together to pray the Rosary every Monday during the school term. Bring your Rosary beads and spend some time in prayer. 

Where : OLOL Parish

When: Mondays (school term only) 

Time: 3.30pm 

Contact : anitamolina@hotmail.com

Cubby OOSH Vacation Care I Autumn 2021

Hills Community Aid

Hills Community Aid is here for you, we are celebrating Neighbourhood Week and we have School Holiday Workshops - Bookings essential please see attached for further information.

If you have any questions please let me know. 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. 

Thank you

Belinda Murray

The Hills Community Aid and Information Service Inc.

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


SkoolBag App

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