Our Lady's Primary School - Friday 8th October

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


On October 7th, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is such an important prayer devotion that the Church has dedicated the entire month of October to this special collection of prayers. 

The Rosary helps us become closer to Mary and Jesus, by reflecting on key moments in their lives. In each of the five decades, we are invited to reflect on a significant event in the lives of Jesus and Mary. 

School Improvement Plan Goals - 2018 - 2021

Strategic Intent:

At Our Lady’s School, we aim to strengthen our Catholic community through: fostering respectful relationships; clear, strategic faith-filled leadership; and our commitment to professional pedagogical excellence that is founded upon our deep knowledge, collegiality, effective teamwork and our Gospel inspired dedication to the learning and wellbeing of each child.

Education in Faith

That students understand and make more meaningful, relevant connections between the Catholic story and their own lives.

That staff develop their capacity to design and implement a contemporary RE curriculum.

Leadership and Management

That staff teamwork and ownership of the Vision and educational priorities of the school will improve

Learning and Teaching

That student learning outcomes will improve.

Student Wellbeing

That the wellbeing of all students will improve.

School Community

That the home/ school partnership is strengthened to the benefit of student learning outcomes. 

Important Dates

Term 4

Monday 11th October - Sexuality Education Parent  Night  - Year 5/6 Parents Only

Tuesday 2nd November - Public Holiday

Sunday 7th November @ 1.00pm  - Year 6 Confirmation

Tuesday 14th December  - Graduation Mass and Dinner

School Closure Days - 2021

Monday 1st November - Professional Practice Day

Monday 6th December  - 2022 Planning Day

2021 Term Dates

2021 Victorian Term Dates

Term 4   Monday October 4th – Thursday December 16th @ 1.45pm             

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

Welcome to Term 4. I hope the first week back has been a positive experience for everyone.

Firstly, thank you to all our OLPS community for your work with remote learning and for your care of each other. As the term commences we continue to be grateful for the way we have worked together through this pandemic. I feel blessed to have walked alongside such an enthusiastic and professional staff, supportive families and resilient students. It has been challenging and the struggle very real but  remaining  positive and continuing  to look for the goodness that surrounds us every day, sustains us.

With the Premier’s recent  announcement, we now have a clearer idea what term four will look like. There are lots of logistical issues we need to work through but we remain 100% committed and excited to have the children back on-site living and learning in a ‘ new COVID normal.’ 

Returning to Onsite Learning

The return to school will be a phased approach.

Phase A is planned to begin on Monday the 4th of October

  • from Monday 4th October to Friday 15th October
    • remote and flexible learning will continue for all class levels 
  • from Monday 18th October to Monday 25th October
    • Prep students return three days a week (this to be Mon-Wed)
    • Years 1 and 2 students return two days a week (this to be Thur–Fri)
    • Years 3 to 6 will continue with remote and flexible learning

Phase B  - From Tuesday 26th October

  • all school students will return on-site at least part time in a similar manner to Prep to Year 2 students in the previous week
  • it is anticipated that
    • Prep students will remain as Mon-Wed
    • Years 1 & 2 will remain Thur-Fri
    • Years 3 & 4 will attend Tues-Wed
    • Years 5 & 6 will attend Thu-Fri

Phase C - expected to begin on Monday 8th November

  • all students will return to school with additional safety measures in place.   This advice will be further informed by Health advice as the weeks progress throughout Term 4 and we will keep you updated accordingly. We anticipate that there will be more detailed advice available specifically for Phase A later this week.


The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino, made a number of significant announcements  recently.

The Victorian Government will require all teachers and school staff to have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by 18 October or a booking within one week of that date, with full vaccination required by 29 November unless a medical exemption applies. Many people working in schools will already be fully vaccinated.  

Health experts advise that the safest way out of this pandemic is for the vast majority of people to be vaccinated as soon as possible. They now require that it is compulsory in industries most at risk, including education. We continue to follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer and the public health team, whose work is being done in the public interest. 

I take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their outstanding work. If you know a teacher, you will have some appreciation for the complexity of their work. The staff at OLPS are incredibly dedicated to your children, and our students are blessed to have their gentle guidance and support. I express my sincerest gratitude to Fee, Tania, Ann, Charlotte, Fran, Holly, Katie, Antonella, Kathy, Lynette, Liana, Rose Simone, Michelle, Brendan, Carissa, Jacinta, Jane, Chaoying, Connie, Jenny, Bern, Julie, and the timetabling and organisational genius of Clare. 

Thank you to our students for continuing to have high expectations despite the challenges you have faced. In 20 years, people will ask you “What was like to be in lockdown?”, “ How did you cope with remote learning?”

You will forever be made stronger for this unique time, even though it may be hard to imagine just now. I encourage you to stay focussed on the future and be aware that despite how hard things seem at the moment, things will get better.

We are really looking forward to having you back at school.  You are the reason we do what we do and we are very proud of you.

Term Four 

The teachers met in the last week of the term to plan the learning and teaching program for term four. We do hope to be able to continue with some of the programs that we have in place for term four, such as our  sailing program, but it is too early to confirm. Unfortunalely on Friday, I was informed that our Year 3 /4 Swimming Programs has been cancelled this year. We have rebooked for 2022.

We are in consultation with MACS regarding  rebates for  incursions/excursions and the swimming program levies. It is antipated that a process will be applied, similiar to last year. A formal communication will be sent home in the week begining 18th October clarifying this.

It is important to note that there has been significant expenditure on curriculum resources to enhance our online learning program over the past two years eg: PM Online Readers, Online Assessment Tools - Essential Accessment, Maths Seeds and Mathletics. These expenses have  exceeded our curriculum levies.

School Advisory Council

There is no doubt that the success of remote learning at OLPS has been in the hands of our community’s ability to communicate and processes that allows this to happen seamlessly. This clear communication has allowed our family to delight in Ms. Lynch’s morning giggles and Mr. Hawk’s Friday cooking/dance party. Therefore, one of the School Advisory Board’s key actions has been to improve the ways information is shared. The “below” infographic has been created to support all of the members of the school to better communicate. It spells out the ‘where to find information, the ‘why’ we communicate via this channel, and how to share. Please note that we understand the constant evolution of online platforms and this graphic is at the moment best practice.

This year one of the major focuses of the SAC has been the developement of a  formalised statement regarding the schools communication channels. I thank the SAC for sharing their expertise and professional experince in creating this document.

School Uniform - Sun Smart/ Delayed transition to the new school uniform.

A reminder that students will be required to wear their school sun hat when playing or learning outside in term four. This is in line with our SunSmart Policy. Students will be required to wear their summer uniform when they return to school in week three. 

At our  recent School Advisory Council meeting, it was agreed that we would extend the transition to our new school uniform to 2023. We had planned to have all students in our new uniform for the start  of  the 2022 school year. However due to the past 18months, we feel it reasonable and sensitive to delay this change over. We trust that our community finds this supportive.


Click on the link if you missed the recent commincation sent via the Skoolbag App regarding the staggered return to school.

Welcome to Our Lady's Ms Jessica Skinner

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be joining the team at Our Lady's in 2022. I've lived in the Latrobe Valley all my life and I'm really looking forward to a change of scenery! I'm passionate about education, particularly the wellbeing of my students and colleagues, and I love finding innovative ways to explore different areas of learning. In my spare time you'll find me talking to my four legged best friend Pippa the cat, finding good coffee, seeing live music and getting out into the trees as much as I can!

Jessica will be joining OLPS in Term 1 2022

Rotary Club Speech Competition

On Tuesday this week, Ayla Wagner and Leena Hart from grade 5/6 competed with schools from across the state in the Rotary Speech Competition Finals. Ayla Wagner's speech, on the topic of why she loves spiders even though she is arachnophobic, was brilliantly physicalised and confidently performed. While Leena Hart's speech, how giraffes got their long necks, featured great use of props and flawless comic timing. Both speakers received glowing praise and represented the school extremely well despite having to perform their monologues over zoom to a digital room full of strangers. Well done Ayla and Leena!

Principal Appointment Process

Dear Parents,

 I am writing to you to let you know that the Principal appointment process for Our Lady’s Surrey Hills has commenced. A panel will be working over several weeks, following a process to select the best candidate to lead the Our Lady’s Catholic primary school community. This panel will consist of:

  • The Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) Executive Director’s Nominee (EDN)-John Corkill
  • The Parish Priest-Fr Brendan Reed
  • Two members of the school community -
  • A member of the School Advisory Council.
  • A parent of a child attending the school.
  • A current, experienced parish primary school principal.

An important part of this process is gaining your feedback for the appointment panel, so you are invited to access the following link and submit your responses:


Kind regards,

John Corkill

Regional Leadership Consultant (MACS)




Communication Channels

Thank You OLPS.... You are all amazing!

Supporting the Students from Carlisle Bay on the island of Nendo

I am really pleased to let you all now that we have partnered with the  Rotary Club. Our old school uniform stock that we have been unable to sell, has been sent to the Solomom Islands. The school is in  Carlisle Bay on the island of Nendo. It is  a remote Island east of the capital Honiara, (about an hours boat trip from Honiara).The Rotary Club has been suppprting the school with with books and educational materials and have been desparatley trying to provide them with school uniforms,  so our offer has gone a long way to support them. 


Visual Arts


Thank you for introducing the online art club to all of us who are interested in art. We have so much FUN. It's like playing a game - but with art. In week one we played the monster dice roll, in week two we drew kebabs with patterns for our 'cooking with art' theme and this week we completed a dot drawing.

I like how we get to do our art with students from all years. We all have a common interest - a love of art and we get to share our artwork pieces with everyone during the class. Art Club is the BEST!

Siena & Nikolas.

Student Wellbeing: To develop a whole school approach that will reinforce and strengthen positive, respectful relationships within the school community.

Support for Parents: Managing the Corona Coaster by Michael Carr- Gregg.

School Is Back

What If Instead Of Being Behind These Kids Are Ahead?

What if, instead of falling behind, our kids are advanced?

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read and express themselves in writing?

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyards and balconies, sitting near a window in the quiet?

What if they notice the birds and the dates and different flowers emerge and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

What if our kids are the ones to learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry and help keep a well run home?

What if they learn to stretch a dollar and live with less?

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and make meals at home?

What if they learn the difference between want and need?

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good in sharing the small delights of every day?

What if they are the ones who place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, healthcare workers... just to name a few who are taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?

What if among these children a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and simpler life to truly learn what really matters in life?

What if they are ahead?

By Jaime Ragsdale

Resilience Project

The staff are preparing for and looking forward to participating  in the Resilience Project in 2022.

The aim of this program is to teach positive mental health strategies to help people become happier and more resilient. 

Below is a link to TRP@HOME which is a  hub of activities and ideas to bring gratitude, empathy and mindfulness to day-to-day life: from kitchen table conversations, to bedtime stories and backyard expeditions.

Sexuality Parent Information Session - Monday 11th October @ 7.00pm

We are excited to inform you that the Year 5/6 children will be participating in a Sexuality program run by ‘Real Life’. This program is aimed at maximizing children’s health and wellbeing.

An online information session will be held this Monday 11th October from 7-8 pm. This session will be for 5/6 parents/carers only and will outline what will be covered in the school program. 

Zoom Link to Parent Evening

Note the change of dates for the school program due to remote learning

Dates for the school program that the children will take part in:

  • Week 4 - Friday  29th October     

  • Week 5-   Friday    5th November  

  • Week 6 -  Friday  12th November  

There will also be a year 3/ 4 Family Night on Wednesday 10th October at 6.30pm. It will run for approximately 1 hour and include the following content:

People   Similarities and differences in our families & friends

Bodies        Similarities and differences               Body Safety

Foetal development & birth


Week 2 will be the last week for Online Clubs due to some students returning to onsite learning in week 3. All clubs will begin at 2.30pm for week 2.

Religious Education:That staff develop their capacity to design and implement a Contemporary RE Curriculum

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Many religions use beads to keep track of prayers. Our Rosary, a circle of beads, is like a garland offered to Mary because we pray a prayer on each bead. This well-loved prayer has its roots in the 150 psalms. People who couldn’t read began praying 150 Hail Marys instead, the equivalent of three of our modern rosaries covering the original three sets of mysteries.

The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is an interesting one. In the 16th century Pope Pius V was having trouble with the Ottoman Turks, who were a real danger to Christianity. After months of disagreements and bickering, he was able to unite Spain, Venice, and the States of the Church in a naval expedition to fight the Turks.

The two navies met in the Gulf of Lepanto in Greece on October 7, 1571. On the same day, the Rosary Confraternity of Rome was meeting at the Dominican headquarters there. The group recited the Rosary for the special intention of the Christians at battle. The Christians defeated the Turks in a spectacular victory and believed it was the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin that won the victory. Pope Pius V dedicated the day as one of thanksgiving to Our Lady of Victory. Pope Gregory XIII later changed the name to the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The story of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary focuses on the intercessory power of Mary. It shows that when Christians are in danger, they can go to Mary. And when an individual is in pain, discouraged, or having trouble accepting God’s will, he or she can also go to Mary. She will pray to her Son for anyone who calls on her. Anyone who prays to Mary no longer feels alone because she prays with them and for them. Mary encouraged praying the Rosary in her apparitions. At Lourdes when she appeared to Saint Bernadette, Mary had a Rosary. As Bernadette prayed it, Mary joined in on the Glory Be prayers. At Fatima Mary exhorted the three children who saw her to pray the Rosary for peace.

The Rosary is a deep prayer because as we recite the Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes, we meditate on the mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary. No wonder it pleases Our Lady when we pray the Rosary.

School Community: To enhance the relationships between the school and the parent community.

2022 Enrolments

A reminder for any parents that are wishing for their child to commence Foundation next year (2022), that they have confirmed their place with us and provided all the relevent document.

If your child is not returning to OLPS in 2022, could you please notify me in writing. This information is very important as we plan our staffing and school structures for next year.

Annual Report to the Community


Office News

School Fees

School fee statements will soon be sent to families.  School fees 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.

Working With Children's Checks

There are in excess of 20 parents that no longer have current Working with Children's Checks. Please check your details and update if necessary. 

Dear members of the Our Lady of Sion College Community,


To view Edition 14 of the Newsletter, please click below. 

Kind regards, 

Sion Newsletter | Newsletter Team

Our Lady of Sion College

Parents and Friends Association

Parents & Friends Association (PFA) Class Representative

Thank you to our parents that have voluntered to be class reps this year. 

Prep: Lisa Grant, Kat Brosolo, Joanna Kelly

Year 1 /2 C: Kasia De Costa, Emma Ryan

Year 1 /2 L: Jess Campbell, Laura Edgcumbe

Year 3 /4 L: Rach Voshege, Melissa Pellegrini

Year 3 /4 N: Marjie Langford, Rach Glass

Year 3 /4 L: Emma Lynch, Elaine Hanlon

Year 5 /6 H&L : Daniela Greening, Cath Bergin, Steph Johnson

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.