Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 2, 23rd July, 2021


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.


Different View – A miracle of sharing

Some scripture scholars suggest that the real miracle of the feeding of the multitude was not so much a multiplication of meagre resources by Jesus but rather a personal response by individuals within the crowd. It is suggested that upon seeing the willingness of Jesus (and the small boy whose food it was) to share the small amount of food available, everyone dug into their pockets and pulled out the small amount of food they also had and shared it with one another. The miracle was a breaking through from selfishness and isolation to a spirit of sharing and community.

 © Greg Sunter

Saints Joachim and Anne-

On July 26th, the Church celebrates Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and the grandparents of Jesus. It was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. By sharing their faith with their daughter Mary, they prepared her to say yes to God when He asked her to be the mother of His Son Jesus.

As the Church remembers and celebrates the Saints Anne and Joachim who were Jesus’ grandparents. May we remember our own Grandparents this week. Grandparents bring much joy to the lives of their families and especially to the lives of their grandchildren. Their life experiences have taught grandparents many valuable lessons that they can share with the young. Grandparents can bring a real sense of history to a family as they share many family stories. They can give the rest of the family a sense of belonging. Our Grandparents have a special place in our families, our society and our world. This week as we think about our grandparents perhaps we can write a letter or give our grandparents a call to tell them how much we love and care about them

Remote Learning

Thank you to all our students for their hard work and effort with remote learning so far this term. The teachers have been very happy to see the wonderful work our children are doing during these challenging times. Our zoom meetings commenced this week and we look forward to continuing these throughout  online learning. Please make sure you check your child's google classroom for upcoming zoom meetings.

All children that attend school must bring their own headphones. 

School Fees

Catholic Education Office has advised 2021 School fee statement, instalment 3 will be posted by Friday 23 July 2021.  Please refer to the attached letter from CEDP regarding financial support if required.

NCCD Data collection

Please see attached letter in relation to Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

Bus Services Updates Effective Monday 26 July 2021

Updated school bus advice for Hillsbus services commencing 26th July 2021.

  • Route 2551 will terminate at Seven Hills Rd before Solar Ave, no longer via Merindah Rd

 We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.

If you have any questions regarding your bus service, please contact 131 500.

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. 

Parish News

2021 Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Please find attached information about 2021 Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Children's Rosary