Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8, 3rd September, 2021


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’


Gospel Focus – Ephphatha

The healing that Jesus works in this passage is perhaps one of the most ‘physical’ of his healing actions. He puts his fingers in the man’s ears and places spittle on his tongue. It is an incredibly intimate contact with a complete stranger and someone regarded as outcast and unclean because of his disabilities. When Jesus speaks the word of healing, Ephphatha (‘Be opened’), he appears to be speaking not only to the man but to all those listening. Be open to the possibility of embracing those you have cast out; be open to a different understanding of Messiah.

Living the Gospel – Open to compassion

When Isaiah described the signs by which the Messiah would be recognised, he identified those people who were isolated from society by their physical afflictions. He portrayed a Messiah who released them from those afflictions and allowed them to re-enter society. That is what Jesus did time and time again. In the healing of the deaf and dumb man, Jesus called on all those around him to also be opened – that their hearts may be opened to compassion. Jesus calls to us through today’s gospel to also be open to compassion and open to the needs of those around us.

 © Greg Sunter

Father’s Day

This Sunday we celebrate all fathers – those who have lived and those who are living.  Our fathers are our friends who model their lives on Joseph, the father of Jesus on earth. We honour our own fathers and all the men who do so much for us – they take us places, teach us new things and give us direction.  

Our fathers guide us to make good decisions, but when we make mistakes it is our dads who pick us up and help us back on track.  We play with them, laugh with them and, most importantly, we share the best of times with them.  

We thank them for the gifts they give. 


Happy Father's Day

Wishing all fathers a happy Father's Day. We hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones. 

Teacher on Leave

Miss Magann (KM) will be taking Personal Leave from OLOL for the remainder of the year. Her last day will be Friday 10th September (Week 9). We wish her all the best in her time on leave and thank her for her amazing work with Kindergarten.

We welcome Miss Bali who will will be teaching KM for the remainder of the year. 


Home Based Survival Tips-From the School Counsellor

Top Tips Adapted From: The Mental Health Foundation 

1. Plan your day. 

We are all adjusting to a new, rather strange, way of life. This can be difficult for our mental wellbeing. As tempting as it might be to stay in pyjamas all day, regular routines are essential for our identity, self-confidence and purpose. Try to start your day at roughly the same time you usually would and aim to set aside time each day for movement, relaxation, connection and reflection. 

2. Move more every day. 

Being active reduces stress, increases energy levels, can make us more alert and help us sleep better. Explore different ways of adding physical movement and activity to your day and find some that work best for you. Wherever you are, there will be lots of ways to exercise and keep your body moving. 

3. Try a relaxation technique 

Relaxing and focusing on the present can help improve your mental health and lighten negative feelings. Try some different meditation or breathing exercises to see what helps. For example, sometimes we can be so tense that we do not even remember what being relaxed feels like. Progressive muscle relaxation teaches you to recognise when you are starting to get tense and how to relax. 

4. Connect with others. 

It’s normal to feel lonely if we are isolated from others. Find creative ways to keep in touch with co-workers, friends, family, and others to help you (and them) feel more connected and supported. Explore ways of connecting that work for you, whether that’s by post, over the phone, social media, or video-chat. This could be anything, from sharing a cup of tea over video, playing an online game together, or simply sending a supportive text-message or letter.  

5. Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion. 

Make time every day to reflect on what went well. It's important to recognise your successes and the things you are grateful for, no matter how small. Consider keeping a gratitude journal each day where you could write two or three of these things every night before you go to bed. Mindfulness techniques may also help you focus on the present rather than dwelling on unhelpful thoughts (though they may not be helpful for those experiencing more severe depression). 

6. Improving your sleep

Feelings of uncertainty and changes to daily life may mean you have more difficulty sleeping. There is a lot you can do to improve your sleep. Aim to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, even at the weekend if you can, and try to get some natural sunlight (by opening your curtains and windows) where possible. This helps to regulate your body clock which can help you sleep better. Wind down before bed by avoiding using your phone, tablet, computer or TV for an hour before bedtime. (Based on guidance from the Mental Health Foundation) 

Try to get a balance of: 

                ● Looking after yourself 

                ● Feeling productive 

                ● Enjoying myself 


Is about inspiring and empowering people to meaningfully connect with others around them and to start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with everyday life. You do not need to be an expert to reach out - just a great listener.

R U OK? DAY encourages people to reach out and engage in conversations with others, while raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing. Some fun ways to participate include sharing affirmations or random acts of kindness.

This year, the message is “Are they really OK? Ask them today”.

School Fees

Term 3 Statements have been mailed to families. Please contact the school office via email (ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au) if you have not received your statement. 

CEDP is working hard to support the families in our communities who are struggling financially as a result of COVID -19.

As always we encourage parents who are experiencing hardship to seek support.


Please keep Mrs Daines and her family in your prayers, on the passing of her mother this week. 

Celebrating Book Week 2021

Mathematics in the home


Spring Bingo

St Vincent de Paul Society

Please see attached document regarding "Vinnies Western Sydney Community Sleepout"

Parish News

Fathers Day Message from Father Wim

Please see Father Wim's Fathers Day Message

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 and receiving a zoom link, complete the registration form below! 

Y9-12: Online youth group is back this Friday from 8-8:30PM (with the room open for you to join from 7:50-8PM), if you are interested in signing up and receiving a zoom link, complete the registration form below! 

Registration Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRlGpVdBB4AC_-wOZPvZfdvIQYdbu5lIQoy3hpBmoFD2oW4w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Children's Rosary

Community News

Cubby OOSH

Week 8, Space Week!  

Nancy cooks Moon Cakes and in STEM Lab we construct a microgravity science glove box.  Plus, our Paralympians are racing for gold, and we create the coolest father's day card to share with someone special this weekend.

Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide Week 8


The Hills Shire Library Service

Upcoming online talks for parents- presented by The Hills Shire Library Service.

In response to the current lockdown, The Hills Shire Library Service has moved all events online. As part of this program we are offering free sessions to parents. It would be appreciated if you could please include links and details about these talks in your communications to parents.

 Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas for Children

Take part in a live online presentation about how to make healthy lunches and snacks for your family You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you will also receive links to online resources with healthy lunch tips and ideas.

4 Session dates to choose from:

Mon, 6 September 2021 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Tue, 14 September 2021 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Fri, 24 September 2021 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Thu, 30 September 2021 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Raising Resilient Children

Building resilience is important for children's mental health. Join Stephanie O’Hare, Clinical Neuropsychologist, as she explains the different stages in child development and how best to support these stages in your child.

Wed, 20 October 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All sessions are free however bookings are essential to receive the talk links www.eventbrite.com.au/o/the-hills-shire-library-service-231647259

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.