Our Lady's Primary School - Monday 7th February 2022

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 Brendan Reed - 

Hours of Supervision of Students: Monday – Friday 8.30am -3.45pm

School Office Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am – 4.00pm


We pray that with the help of God, we may recognise the innate dignity of each child in our school community.

That with the help of God, we may develop in ourselves the knowledge and expertise to empower our students, to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.

Help us to develop effective school systems and practices that are inclusive, create a sense of belonging for staff and students and optimise the wellbeing of all.

Help us to remain positive and open-minded.

Help us to remember that school can be a much-needed sanctuary for students and that by working together we can create a stable, positive, and predictable haven where students can learn, grow and flourish.

Important Dates

2022 Key Dates 


Preps do not attend on Wednesdays until week beginning 14th March


Tues 8th  - Parent/ Teacher Chats

Wed 9th  - Prep Rest Day/ Testing/ Home Visits.

                 - Parent/ Teacher Chats

Thurs 10th - Running Club 8.00am

Wed 16th – Prep Rest Day/ Testing/ Home Visits.

Saturday 19th  - School Mass combined with OHR - Year 6 School Captains and their Families Only

Wed 23th – Prep Rest Day/ Testing/ Home Visits.

Thurs 24th  - District Swimming Carrnival

-                      Managing Big Feelings Webinar - For Parents of         students from Prep to Year 6

Link to Register - Click Here

Sat 26th - Working Bee

Sun 27th @ 12.noon - Liturgy and Welcome Picnic


Wed 2nd – Prep Rest Day/ Testing/ Home Visits.

Wed 2nd - Ash Wednesday

Thur 3rd  - Raising Kids in a Digital World - Parent Live Webinar 7.30pm  - 9.00pm

Click here to watch the video to find our what it is all about

Wed 9th – Prep Rest Day/ Testing/ Home Visits.

               - Year 5 and 6 Camp Information Evening @7.00pm

Mon 14th  - Catholic Education Week

Tue 15th – Preps commence full time

Thurs 17th  - St Patrick's Day

Mon 21st - Harmony Day

Wed 23rd - Year 5 /6 Camp ( Returning 25th )

Wed 23rd  - Halogen Youth Leaders Conference

Sat 26th - Working Bee

Sun 27th - Welcome Liturgy and Picnic 12 noon  - Whole School        Event

Mon 28th and Wed 30th  - PSG Meetings

Thursday 31st March @ 6.00pm Our Holy Redeemer Church- Sacrament of Reconciliation Year 3 students.


Friday 1st- PSG meetings

Fri 8th - Term 1 Concludes

Tue 26th -  Term 2 Commences


Sun 5th  - Sacrament of First Eucharist - Year 4

Sun 12th - Sacrament of First Eucharist - Year 4


Fri 2nd @ 6.00pm - Sacrament of Confirmation - Year 6

Open Days - 2022

Friday 25th February

Sunday 6th March - Following 9.00am  Mass

Tuesday 22nd March

Friday 25th May

Leadership and Management :To grow and sustain a professional culture that is characterised by excellence, shared vision, collaboration, a strong sense of teamwork and a focus on continuous improvement.

From the Principal

Dear Families and Friends of Our Lady’s Primary School,

Welcome back everyone, it has been great chatting with you all in the playground and seeing all our beautiful students happy to be back at school. I take this opportunity to especially welcome our Foundation students; Nathan, Sofia, Chloe, Grace, Isabella, Emma, Owen, Myles, Lizzie, and Lauren.

We also welcome Leo and Hugh and their families to Our Lady’s. We hope that you have experienced a warm and happy welcome to our community.

This year we also welcome Ms Jessica Skinner  - Year 1 /2 Teacher, Mr Stuart Andreou Mill ( Mr AM) - Year 3 /4 Teacher and Mrs Connie Payne  - Learning Support. We are very grateful to welcome Mrs Therese Harrington to Year 3/4. Therese will be teaching the students in 3/4 AM whilst Stuart is recovering from surgery complications. We wish Stuart all the very best and look forward to officially welcoming him to OLPS soon.

We also welcome Ms Sandy Xu. Sandy will be teaching Mandarin for the terms 1 and 2 whilst Chaoying in on leave. 

The Christmas and holiday season seems a distant memory now but I do hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable and refreshing break from the routine of school life.

Despite the continuing challenges we face we are truly looking forward to 2022 with optimism and excitement. 


The partnership between school and home is a very important one. I encourage you to contact your child’s classroom teacher via email if you have any questions or concerns. Your class parent representatives will play an important role in keeping you up to date with social activities and general reminders. Details of your Class Reps will be shared with you this week.

The school newsletter will also provide you with valuable information about what’s happening at school and a platform to publish and celebrate  student learning. Please take the time to read it.

Each term, every year level will distribute a Newsletter that will outline the curriculum focus, important dates, home learning expectation, and general reminders.

As Principal, I warmly invite your feedback. Through the year there will be opportunities to be involved in community conversations that will provide the opportunity for parents and teachers to work together in partnership always with the focus on attaining the best possible outcomes for our students. 

Staff Emails

Open this link to access staff email addresses

Term Dates

Term 1  January 31st -  April 8th @1.45pm

Term 2  April 26th - June 24th @ 1.45pm

Term 3  July 11th - September 16th @ 1.45 pm

Term 4  October 3rd –   December 20th TBC


We are excited to advise you that we are adopting a new parent communication system named Operoo. Some people may have already used this system, previously known as CareMonkey. 

The Operoo system makes it very easy for you to respond to excursions, camps and other consent forms using your mobile phone, tablet or PC. No more paperwork! No more lost forms or notes covered in a squashed banana in bags, no more concerns about children missing out on information when they are absent.

It will greatly reduce the burden on you to provide information that is repetitive. It also puts you in control of this data so you’ll always know what emergency contacts and medical information is shared with Our Lady’s. We do need a valid email address from you in order to use the Operoo system. Please share those details with us if you haven’t already.

This morning you will have received an email asking you to sign up for your Operoo account. After that, you’ll receive notifications whenever there is an electronic form to complete for Our Lady’s School. From Our Lady’s perspective, you or your child’s information will only be visible by the relevant staff for you or your child and will be managed in accordance with our privacy policies. Details about Operoo’s security and privacy procedures can be found here:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can visit the Operoo website for more information here: There is also a parent introduction page here:

We hope that this small change makes it easier than ever to be connected to your child’s learning!

Parent/Teacher Chats

This week we will host our Parent/Teacher Chats. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet individually with their child's classroom teacher and talk through your hopes and expectations for the year ahead. They are also a lovely way to build a positive relationship with your child's teacher. Due to COVID requirements, we will be hosting these meetings remotely. If you have not already done so, please complete the registration form that was shared via the SkoolBag App last week.

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Running Club - Year 3 to 6 Students

Running club will commence this Thursday, February 10th at Blue Bell Park. Mrs. James will be there at 8.00 am so we ask that students do not arrive before then.

Interschool Sports

Interschool Sports will resume in week 5 - February 25th for our senior students. Part of the requirements of participation is that a rapid antigen test must be completed the night before. If you have questions regarding this please contact Mrs. James for further information -

Lunch Orders - Balanced Living Catering

Lunch Orders will commence this Thursday 10th February. To place  a lunch order you need to register through the Flexischool App. Orders must be placed by 9.00pm the night before.

Follow these instructions:

  • Login to your Flexischool App and select your childs name

  • Hit order

  • Select all items required

  • Submit your payment.

If you are able to assist with the distribution of lunch orders to the classes, please email me - This process is not a long one, but it means that you would need to be available between 10.30 am - 11.00 am. It would be much appreciated if you considered being part of the roster.


Please join us for assembly on each Monday afternoon at 2.45pm. Our assemblies will be held remotely at the moment, in line with COVID protocols. This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome our new students and staff to OLPS!

Zoom Link

Opening of the School Year Mass - Please note the change of date

It was previously communicated that our Opening School Mass would be held on Sunday the 20th of February. Due to COVID restrictions and following consultation with Fr Brendan Reed, this Mass cannot go ahead as planned.

Our Lady’s and Our Holy Redeemer will celebrate together on Saturday 19th February at 6.00pm. The Mass will be held at Our Holy Redeemer Church.

The Mass will be attended by the Year 6 school captians and their families only.

In conjunction with the OLPS PFA, we will host an outdoor event in the coming weeks to welcome back our families and introduce families, joining us for the first time. 

School Psychologist

I am delighted to inform you that we have been able to secure the services of a School Psychologist. Ms. Carmeline Augstine BSocSci (Psychology) (Honours), AMAPS  who will join us next week.


Managing Big Feelings Webinar - For Parents of Students in Prep to Year 6

As a follow up to our Parent Session last year, Carly will once again be working with our school community supporting families to manage the trial and tribulations of parenting!

I encourage all parents to attend.

Presenter: Carley McGauran 

Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Time: 7.30pm (75 minutes)

Webinar registration 

The link for parents & staff to register is

Sustainability Leaders

Level Crossing Removal Project

This week our sustainability leaders Jack, Finn and Nikolas oversaw the delivery of tree stumps for our outdoor learning areas. The stumps have come from  the Level crossing Removal Project.

Here at Our Lady’s we are very proud of our sustainability initiatives and look forward to working with the broader community in 2022.

We were very fortunate to have received a $25000 grant for shade sails. These sails will support us in developing outdoor learning spaces for our students.

Wellbeing Wonders

Over the past week, the students and teachers have enjoyed getting to know each other and spending time together onsite. The first weeks of school are a great time to acknowledge everyone's uniqueness and celebrate what positive impact this has on a class family.

The Classroom Teachers are continuing to revise the School Expectations, Positive Behaviour Matrix and Consequence Flow Chart with their students to help build a happy and safe learning environment for all. It was wonderful to see the beaming smiles, hear the laughter and feel the happiness within the classrooms and around the school.

Some of the 5/6 students enjoyed creating their own class vision statement based around the OLPS Vision statement.

Guided by the spirit of each other

Inspired by God’s loving words

5/6BU is a community that accepts everyone and promotes wellness in all.

5/6BU  is a place where you can express your ideas

We follow in Jesus’ footsteps

Lior, Bronte, Lucy, Finn

Guided by the life of the Holy Trinity

Inspired by our teachers and fellow peers

5/6BU is a community where everyone is accepted for who they are.

5/6BU is a place of friendship, growth, and hope.

Growing together, one step at a time


School Maintenance

During the holidays there were a number of works done across our school:

  • the decking was sanded and stained
  • a deep clean of all the internal rooms was done, along with the steam cleaning of all our carpets
  • the gardens bed attended, the bamboo trimmed
  • our new aqua bubblers and air purifiers arrived!

I take this opportunity to thank all the teachers and administration staff for all the work that was done over the holidays in preparation for the start of the school year. Your efforts to create a warm, welcoming and engaging learning environment for our students is very much appreciated.

Student Wellbeing

This year as part of our Student Wellbeing Program and Social and Emotional Learning curriculum we will be working with the team from the Resilience Project. Carissa has included some information for you further on in this newsletter.

One of the most powerful strategies we can draw on as parents is our ability to ask rich powerful questions of our children. Questions invite a response therefore the more powerful the question, the richer the response may be.

I invite you to ask these questions of yourself and your children every day, as we work together this year to develop Gratitude, Empathy and Resilience across our community.

1-      what was the best thing that happened to me today?

2-      who am I most grateful for today and why?

3-      what am I looking forward to most about tomorrow?

Looking forward to working with you all in 2022.

God Bless

Mrs Annie Engellenner

Welcome to OLPS

Sustainabilty Leaders Nikolas, Finn and Jack oversee the delivery of our logs for the outdoor learning spaces!

Our Sustainability Leaders

Resilience Project 2022

This year, we are excited to bring The Resilience Project into the OLPS school community and implement their wellbeing curriculum throughout our classrooms.

 The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs and provides evidence-based, practical strategies to support positive mental health and build resilience. Presentations will include stories and research on how we can build mental health in our day to day lives, and support the mental health of the children in our care.

 We understand that as primary carers, you have an essential role to play in building positive mental health with your children. 

Through this program, teachers and students will engage in weekly lessons and activities around the key principles of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) to build resilience.  This amazing program will commence in the last few weeks of Term 1 and will continue throughout the year.

The students from years 3-6 will participate in the Resilience project Survey in the next couple of weeks and a permission form will be sent to parents shortly.

 To support what we’re doing in the classroom, you will be given access to an online Parent and Carer Hub which will introduce you to The Resilience Project, build your own confidence around resilience, and give you ideas to help your children and their mental health throughout the year. 

The Resilience Project’s School Program has been evaluated by the University of Melbourne, with parents observing positive changes in how children handled home situations. The evaluation also demonstrated the program had targeted benefits in building:

 ● Children’s use of daily gratitude strategies and their sense of gratitude. 

● Confidence and self-esteem, especially in relation to their peer relationships. 

● Relationships at school and home.

 ● Knowledge and ability to express emotions. 

● More supportive classroom environments.

 Information about how to access the Parent and Carer Hub will be shared later in the term. In the meantime, feel free to learn more about The Resilience Project by exploring the ideas, activities and resources which bring Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) to life on TRP@HOME.

TRP at Home

Raising Kids in a Digital World 2022 - Inform and Empower

Join the team from Inform and Empower for an evening you must not miss. Marty  and Carley will provide us with the latest evidence based reseach about living in a digital world and pprovide us with effective strategies to help  support our children in this ever changing world. This webinar aligns with our work in the classroom around digital literacy, resilience and self awareness. Please join us so you can continue these conversation with your children at home. We can achieve great things when we work together.

Here is the link for parents to register for the

Once registered (with an email address and name), you will be emailed a link to the webinar. You will also receive reminder emails. The following day, you  will also be emailed a link to access the replay. Therefore we recommend even if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you register to ensure you can access the replay.

School Advisory Council - Terms of Reference


Communication Channels

Annual Report to the Community


Office News

School Fees

School fees will be sent home in the coming week. They can be paid by direct credit or B-Pay. If you pay your school fees by credit card, when you fill in your credit card details please include the CVC number on the back of the card.

Student Absences

If you child is going to be absent from school, it is your responsibility to inform the school via telephone call, skoolbag app notification or email.

Teachers do not check their emails after 8.45am as they are involved in the act of teaching or student supervision.

If you are notifying the school after 8.45am, could you please contact the office not individual class teachers. This will avoid the school needing to contact families.

Parents and Friends Association

Join the PFA in 2022!

School Uniform Spartan School World

Our Lady's School Uniform can now be purchased direct from the supplier, Spartan School World in Mt Waverley. Orders can be made online or from the retail shop.

Spartan can deliver your order to your home or to school.

Our Lady's School Uniform can now be viewed online. Please click on the link below.

If you have any queries, please email Krista on

Spartan Newsletter


Uniform Policy


Uniform Price List and Order Form


Child Safety

All students attending Our Lady’s Primary School have the right to feel safe and be safe. The highest possible standard of care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a fundamental responsibility of all within our school community.