Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 3, 22nd October, 2021

Key Dates

Monday 25th October Year 2 to Year 6 Return


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

Scriptural context – Blindness

Blindness is a powerful metaphor that is used repeatedly throughout scripture. It is almost always a metaphor for blindness of heart or blindness of mind rather than a purely physical affliction. There are multiple accounts of healing blindness in the gospel. Saul/Paul is blinded on the road to Damascus and only has his sight restored when he is baptised. The Pharisees are described as being ‘blind fools’ and there the prophets make numerous references to blind seeing as a sign of the Messiah’s arrival. It is a very powerful image of being ‘blind’ to truth and ‘blind’ to the teaching of Jesus.

 © Greg Sunter 

Welcome Back

Next Monday 25th October we welcome back Years 2 to 6 to face-to-face learning . 

The staff are excited and looking forward to seeing the students and returning to school routines. 

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.  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 and a record of this kept by the school.

Morning Drop-off

The school drop-off will continue with students dropped at the front gate and then proceeding straight to their classrooms. Parents are asked to leave promptly to allow for other parents to drop their children at school. 

School Pick-up

We understand that the following arrangements may be inconvenient to some parents, however, we are obliged to follow the NSW Health Guidelines to ensure safety and minimise adults gathering outside the school gates. 

To allow for the safe dismissal of students, pick-up times will be staggered for different year groups and their siblings. We ask that you adhere to the designated times to ensure a smooth and safe process. Please stay in your car until the time for pick-up to limit the grouping of parents. As children are unvaccinated, it is recommended that adults and students wear a mask during collection time.

2:45pm -

Kinder - top playground (outside open learning area)               

Year 1 - Church verandah               

Year 2 - Church verandah

Siblings will join their youngest brother and sister and be collected from that area.

Students who do not have a sibling in K-2 will be collected at the following times and locations.


Year 3 and 4 - Church Verandah               

Year 5 and 6 - top playground (outside open learning area)

Siblings will join their youngest brother and sister and be collected from that area.

The Oakland Avenue gate will not be open for parents to enter the school for the collection of children.

Walkers and Bus

From Monday 25th October all walkers and bus children will meet on the bottom playground in year groups and will be walked across both Windsor Road and Oakland Avenue.

After School Care

Students will proceed to after school care at their regular time of 3:10pm.

Face Mask

At this stage all staff are required to wear face masks and it is highly recommended that all students, Kinder to Year 6 also wear masks while at school except while eating and exercising.

Water Bottles

A reminder that all children bring their own labelled water bottle to school each day. 


The canteen will re-open from Monday 25th October. The canteen operational hours will be 10am to 2pm.

Lunch orders will need to be written on a paper bag brought in from home with the exact money placed inside .We encourage parents to open up a canteen school account, to minimise cash handling. This can be used for student lunch orders, and buying off the bench at recess & lunchtime. To open up a canteen account, please go to www.melstastybites.com then click on "Online Ordering" We also have Flexi Schools available for online lunch ordering so we encourage parents to use this third party option.

Congratulations! To the school Canteen

Congratulations to Mels Tasty Bites for being awarded "Great Choice" certificate. The canteen menu has been assessed against the food and drink criteria of the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. The school canteen meets the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

By having a healthy canteen, we are supporting the health and wellbeing of the students.

School Devices

If you have borrowed a school device, please send it with your child and ask them to hand it to their classroom teacher to ensure that it is marked off the borrowed list.

Summer Uniform

Children are to wear summer uniform during Term 4.

Uniform orders can be placed with Ozfashions via the Qkr app.  Please see the size chart for an approximate sizing of uniform items. 

Deliveries to Our Lady of Lourdes Baulkham Hills are every Tuesday and Friday during school term. 

Please choose carefully as there are no refunds, however, Oz Fashions are happy to provide an exchange.

If you have any questions please email Elle elle@ozfashions.com.au 

Hair Styles

If students are visiting a hairdresser before school returns, please remember that all haircuts should be appropriate for school and in line with our uniform policy.

Medication and Medical Action Plans

If your child currently has a Medical Action Plan or medication (Epipen, Ventolin etc) at school that is due to expire, please provide updated plans and medication on the first day of their return.

Medical actions plans can be emailed  to ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au

Putting The Band Back Together!

Last term and across the school holidays, students from Our Lady of Lourdes band were given the opportunity to participate in an optional recording project run by Teaching Services Australia (TSA).

Over 300 students joined from more than 50 school to rehearse weekly on Zoom.

They worked in 5 groups at various levels ranging from beginner to advanced and each group learned and recorded a band song. Some students submitted audio recordings whilst others also participated in the video recording session. Everyone worked hard, learned a lot and enjoyed making music together.

Congratulations to those students from Our Lady of Lourdes who participated, you have done an amazing job keeping music alive in these challenging times.

If you would like to see an examples of what these students achieved, see the following links:

Putting the band back together

Star Wars

Monster Rock

Old MacDonald Had A Band

Power Rock

Kindergarten 2022 Update

We will be conducting a zoom information evening for parents on Monday 8th November at 7pm(a link will be sent home closer to this date). 

We are still aiming to hold an onsite Orientation session for our 2022 Kindergarten students, however, a date has not be set as we are awaiting further Covid restrictions to ease.

We are aware of the importance of these events before the 2022 school year commences.

Outside School Hours Care 2022

Please see the attached information regarding Outside School hours Care 2022. This service will be conducted by an organisation within the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. We thank Cubbyhouse for their cooperation and support over recent times.

Term Dates 2022

2022 School Travel Applications

Please see attached newsletter regarding travel applications.

Applications for student travel in 2022 opened on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).


Christmas Card Competition


Mathematics in the home

Parish News

Youth Ministry

This week for youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills…

 We will be continuing with our online youth groups! Sessions take place weekly on Friday nights for those In Y5-12. The sessions themselves have a great focus on games and activities, and are an opportunity for youth to relax, and take a break from the different pressures and anxieties of the week. 

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). 

Y5-8: Online youth group is back this Friday, from 7-7:30PM (with the room open for you to join from 6:50-7PM). 

If you are interested in signing up for wither group and receiving a zoom link, complete the registration form below (please note if you have already filled the form you will receive the link i.e. there is no need to fill the form out twice)! 

Registration Form: https://tinyurl.com/k3hnf6jb

Kind Regards,

Paul Fam

Youth Minister 

Parish of Baulkham Hills, NSW

Children's Rosary

Community News


We are pleased to advise that a new edition of this valuable safety resource is now valuable online with updated safety content.

 We urge all parents and carers to download this latest edition and discuss the safety content with your children.

TheNSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook” is a comprehensive resource to assist parents, carers as well as teachers on a range of topics essential to child safety.  Over the past 10 years most NSW primary schools have received hard copies of this most important child safety handbook and have distributed them to the parents and carers of their pupils.

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin

Issue 52: Thursday 21 October 2021

Please click here to find the latest COVID-19 bulletin from the Centre for Population Health.

In this edition:- 

  • COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents
  • Your COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate
  • COVID-19 and international travel
  • Helpful tips coming back to primary school 
  • High school vaccination program 

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.