Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 2, 15th October, 2021

Key Dates

Monday 18th October Kindergarten and Year 1 Return
Monday 25th October Year 2 to Year 6 Return 


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘we want you to do us a favour.’ He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them: ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.


Living the Gospel – Servant Leadership

What does it really mean to practise servant leadership? It means placing the needs of others before your own desires for prestige or authority. We’ve all known people who have been given a position of leadership and they really only wanted the job as recognition of their popularity; a thank you for previous work done; an opportunity to demonstrate their strength of will or cleverness with words. Servant leadership is about collaborating; it’s about empowering people to do their best; it’s about trusting others and about rolling up your sleeves and getting on with the job.

 © Greg Sunter 

Welcome Back Kindergarten and Year 1

Next Monday 18th October we welcome back Kindergarten and Year to face-to-face learning . With all others grades returning to face-to-face learning on Monday 25th October

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

Covid Symptoms

  • Students must not attend school if they are unwell. This includes even minor flu symptoms.

  • 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.

School 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.


The canteen will re-open from Monday 25th October. Lunch orders can be place online via Mels Tasty Bites 

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 will recommence from Tuesday 19th October.  Should you require a uniform order prior to this date order Ozfashions have reduced the home delivery cost from $15.00 to $10.00.

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

With the return to school fast approaching, 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

Term Dates 2022

Families Leaving OLOL after 2021

If your child does not require a place for 2022. Please complete a Notice of Departure form and return to the school office.  New families coming into the area are currently seeking to enrol in 2022.

Congratulations to Mia-Lore Bayeh

Mai played a role in the movie, Here Out West, which has been chosen as Sydney Film Festival's opening night film. The festival starts on the 3rd of November. We are very proud of Mia and wish her the very best of luck for the festival.

Mathematics in the home


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).


Parish News

Youth Ministry

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


Children's Rosary

Community News

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin

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

In this edition:- 

  • Latest advice on the Roadmap to face-to-face learning
  • More helpful tips for returning to school
  • Resources to support transitioning to life after lockdown
  • Walk-in vaccination Super Saturday 16 October at locations across NSW
  • Education vaccination Super Sunday 17 October

​We appreciate any feedback or suggestions about the bulletin. Please click here to complete our short bulletin survey.

Thank you!

Kind regards, Healthy Children Team, Centre for Population Health Western Sydney Local Health District

Cubby OOSH

In this issue of the Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide,  we show you how to conduct a cool experiment in Stem Lab plus we get ready for school with a super delicious lunch box idea!

Stay safe & Create 

​Kindest, Luciana

Cubby OOSH

Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide Term 4, Week 2


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.