Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 8 , 11th June, 2021

Key Dates

Monday 14th JunePublic Holiday - Queen's Birthday
Tuesday, 15th June 6.30pm Report Information Evening
Wednesday 16th June Year 4 Elizabeth Farm Excursion
Thursday 17th June 9.30am Parish Mass - Kindergarten and Year 1
Monday 21st to Thursday 24th June School Interviews
Tuesday 22nd June 2.15pm Principal & Citizenship Awards
Wednesday 23rd June Stage 3 Soccer Gala Day
Friday 25th June 

11.45am Dance Fever Concert

Last Day of Term

Monday 12th July

Staff Development Day

Thursday 15th JulyCanberra Overnight Excursion


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time; he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.


Living the Gospel – Seed on the land

The first parable in the gospel passage describes the unerring work of the kingdom. It is like the seed that almost magically transforms into a fully grown plant that may be harvested – apparently without any external forces. Of course, we know that plants need to be fed, watered, weeded and nurtured to ensure their proper growth. However, the kingdom of God works in our lives in a similar way – if we feed and nurture it, the kingdom will produce a great harvest. Even if we don’t pay it attention, the kingdom is present and acting in our world.

© Greg Sunter


Congratulations to the members of our school community who made their Confirmation this week.

Scared Heart Mass/Winter Woolies

A huge thankyou to the Our Lady of Lourdes Primary school community for their generosity in supporting our Vinnies Winter Appeal. Today we celebrated mass, as a school community, to celebrate the Solemnity of the Scared Heart as well as to present our donated goods to the St Vincent de Paul Society. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we were unable to have parents attend in person, however we were definitely able to feel your presence through the generosity of your donations. 

This active outpouring of love demonstrates the work of Jesus present in our community today. 

The St Vincent de Paul members are extremely grateful for all of the support.  Thank you.

School Interviews

A reminder student interviews for Kindergarten to Year 6 will be held in Week 10 of this term. At these 15 minute interviews, parents will receive their child’s school report which explains his/ her progress in the Key Learning Areas of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, Science and Technology, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The reports using the E-A scale are fir Years 1-6 while Kindergarten use a school-designed report. Parents are welcome to bring the student along to the interview.


The student has extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. I addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations


The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the process and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and skills in most situations


The student has sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the process and skills


The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills


The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills


To book go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter the code z4ury

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a merit award at this weeks assembly 
ClassStudent s NameClassStudents NameClassStudents Name 

Lachlan Dunn

Daniel Lourens 

Thomas Puletua 

Evie Tween


Ava Karzelek

Charlotte Zalloua

Charlotte Bazouni

Cameron Burrow

Asher Lee


Lucia Anthony

Ben Audsley

Olivia Rizk

Emily Robertson


Ruby Eyles

William Grant

Alivia Panagos

Daniel Yoon


Jamison Connell

Marcus Hokayem

Keira Rajan

Daniel Makdessi

Trasa King


Xavier Martignago

Spencer McKevett

Jake Narayan

Annabelle Tannous 

Ronan Christie


Mayra Tripathi

Lucy Polley

Shriya Mahajan

Arthur Hanna


Benjamin Pratt

Madison Lourens

Tristan Hopwood

Kiara Haywood

Cooper Barnes


Mia-Lore Bayeh

Prinze James Arbizo

Alexis Christie 

Noah Pivcevic


Annabella Bayley

Vittoria Lamb

Jonathan Au-Yueng

Mathew Edwards

Harlow Wayne


Kobe Berenger

Edward Giandinoto

Elias Haddad

Alessia Pozzolungo


Sheena King

Thomas Emanuel

Saskia O’Connor

Christian Hallal

Nathan Joeng


Addison Arkell

Matthew Garratty

Thea Rajan

Annabella Navarro


William Thompson

Henry O’Brien

Madeleine Fogg

Lachlan Barnes

Luca Tamas

Principal/Citizenship Awards

At the end of each term we hold an assembly to present the Principal and Citizenship Awards. Each class teacher selects one student from their class to receive a Principal’s Certificate and one student to receive a Citizenship Certificate. The criteria for selection is listed below:

Criteria for Principal’s Award

  • Students may have shown one or more of the following:
  • Achieved high standard results this term
  • Continually produced work of a high standard
  • Have shown outstanding effort in their school work
  • Participated most enthusiastically in all class activities
  • Made great improvement/progress in their school work

Criteria for Citizenship Award

  • Students may have shown one or more of the following:
  • Treated others with care and respect
  • Helped other students
  • Considered the feelings of others
  • Demonstrated the values taught in our school
  • Cared for the environment
  • Displayed skills taught in our Social Skills Program

Parents of children receiving an award are welcome to attend. Class teachers will notify parents of children receiving an award via email next week. 


Report Information Evening

An information evening regarding the E-A scale, reports and assessment will be held for parents in the school library on Tuesday, 15th June at 6.30pm.

This session will be particularly useful for parents who are receiving an E-A report for the first time.

Dance Fever Concert

On Friday 25th June (last day of school) we will be holding a Dance Fever Concert to showcase all of the wonderful work students have been learning this term. We will be holding it on the Piazza area (outside the church) from 11:50 to 12:50pm and parents are welcome to attend. We will begin with Kindergarten and proceed through the grades, finishing with Year Six.  The children are able to wear mufti clothes that are comfortable for dancing, no gold coin donation is required. Parents are invited to bring a fold up chair if they would like to sit during the concert

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent skill-based assessment test of six competitions for primary and secondary school students.

This year we will be offering students from Year 3 to Year 6 the opportunity to sit the ICAS assessments. These are optional assessments that students can sit depending on their interest and ability.

To purchase one or more of these assessments, please see the payment details below. We will not be accepting any payment through the school, it is strictly through the ICAS Parent Payment Portal. Please see the closing dates indicated in the table below, these dates are set by ICAS and are not negotiable.


Official Sitting Window


Price Per StudentClosing Date for Parents to Purchase via PPS*
Writing Monday, 9 August to Friday, 13 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Digital TechnologiesMonday, 9 August to Friday, 13 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
English Monday, 16 August to Friday, 20 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
ScienceMonday, 23 August to Friday, 27 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Spelling BeeMonday, 23 August to Friday, 27 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Mathematics Monday, 30 August to Friday, 3 September$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021

Parent Payment System

Your school access code:


Your parent page link is:


Parent Volunteers

As of next Term we will be welcoming Parent Volunteers back to OLOL. Parents may be asked to assist with afternoon reading, gross motor or other activities that arise. More information will be provided by the classroom teachers. Please ensure that you have completed the Building Safe Communities module.

Child Protection Training | Catholic Education Parramatta

Student Teachers

Each year we support Australian Catholic University and other universities by accommodating Student Teachers to work in various classrooms. The students have already completed two full weeks at OLOL and will remain everyday until the end of the term.


School Fees

Instalment 2 school fees are now overdue. Please check that your account is paid. The due date was 26th May, 2021

Those on a a flexible payment plan, please check that your scheduled payments are up to date to avoid breaking your arrangement offer.

If you are having any difficulties, please contact the school office. Your assistance in this matter is appreciated. 

Chicken Pox

There has been a case of Chicken Pox reported in the school. Please refer to the following link for information regarding Chicken Pox. 

NSW Health - Chicken Pox 

People with chickenpox should avoid others (and not attend childcare or school) until at least five days after onset of the rash and all the blisters have dried.

Social Skills

Responsibility through play - Peaceful playground people
  • Being a good winner
  • Being a good loser

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. 

Sports News

NSWCPSCCC Cross Country

This week a number of students from our school participated in the NSWCPSCCC Cross Country Championships at Sydney Motorsports Park. They were representing the Parramatta Diocese and should be very proud of their achievements.

Well done to the following students:

Thomas O’Keefe

Cailum Saab

Nicholas McNally

William Cetinic

Amber Haywood

Maksym Onis

School Jersey

A reminder families are requested to return any and all school Jerseys they may have at home.

Thank you to those families who have returned the jersey. 


Mel's Tasty Bites -Dinner Packs

Mel's Tasty Bites has started Dinner packs for parents and staff to order. Please see attached flyer for further information. 

Parish News

For Youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills

For Youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills:

Youtube Channel: http://bit.ly/life-teen

 Pre-Registration Link (only fill-out if it's your first time coming this year): https://tinyurl.com/preregoyouth

Youth Groups

Y5-8: We’ve wrapped up for the term, and have begun our planning of the next term, please continue to keep our leadership team in your prayers! 

If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Youth Minister Paul Fam, on 0407 773 174, or send an email through to youth@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

Children's Rosary Movement

Children's Rosary gather together to pray the Rosary every Monday during the school term. Bring your Rosary beads and spend some time in prayer. 

Where : OLOL Parish

When: Mondays (school term only) 

Time: 3.30pm 

Contact : anitamolina@hotmail.com


Please see link regarding information on Sydney Academy of Chess upcoming Chess Torments Events