Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 1, 8th October, 2021


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another, ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said, ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’


Gospel Focus – Sacrifice

Sacrifice is a term that gets used quite a lot in religion and yet it’s a term with which modern society is very uncomfortable. We’re not really ‘into’ sacrifice. We’re much more into feeling good about ourselves and comfortable in our existence. Jesus called on the rich man to make a sacrifice – to let go of what he really loved and valued. What Jesus really called the man to do was to place his trust in Jesus and not in material wealth – that was the sacrifice he was called to make. Ultimately, the man couldn’t do that! He couldn’t let go of certainty and security and entrust his life and soul to Jesus.

 © Greg Sunter 

Jesus reminds us that if we have followed him for all the right reasons then our reward is assured.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope all our families had the opportunity to have an enjoyable and safe break.

Return To School

The NSW Premier this week announced a new return to school plan for this term :

  • Monday 18th October (Week 3) Kindergarten and Year 1
  • Monday 25th October (Week 4) Year 2 to Year 6

There will be a plan for morning drop off and afternoon pick-up. We continue to have limited staff onsite as class teachers are working remotely. The class teachers will return as their grade returns.

NAPLAN Results

Years 3 and 5 NAPLAN results were received last term. They will be distributed as soon as we are able to give them to the students. Alternatively if you would like to collect them from the office, please contact the school  and we will have them available for you. However, please be aware that the teachers have not yet had the opportunity to analyse these results.

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

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.

Hillsbus school services - Recommencing Monday 18 October 2021

We are pleased to inform that all Hillsbus school services will recommence from Monday 18 October 2021.

From that date, Hillsbus will also recommence School Term timetables for all public routes for students who use public routes to school.

Finally, from the 18th October route 610X peak extensions from/to Kellyville will be curtailed to operate between Castle Hill and the City, and there are minor timing changes to routes: 602X, 607X, 610X, 611, 612X, 613X, 614X, 615X, 616X, 619, 620X, 622, 642X and 652X.

Travellers are encouraged to plan their trips on Transportnsw.info or call 131500 for travel options.We appreciate your assistance in getting this message to parents and students.

Thomas Uthaug

Service Development Manager

Hils Bus Service

Mathematics in the home


Parish News

Youth Ministry

Online youth group is back! Every Friday night our youth ministry will be hosting online youth group via zoom. Youth groups will be hosted via break out rooms, so that youth have the opportunity to connect deeply with their friends. We encourage youth to nominate who they would like to be in a group with (in the registration form), each group will consist of two youth leaders - who will facilitate the groups. The sessions themselves will 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. 


Sessions will take place weekly on Friday nights, for Y5-8 they will run from 7-7:30 (with youth able to jump on from 6:50-7pm), for Y9-12 they will run from 8-8:30pm (with youth able to jump on from 7:50-8pm). 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). 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 Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRlGpVdBB4AC_-wOZPvZfdvIQYdbu5lIQoy3hpBmoFD2oW4w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Children's Rosary

Community News


We are pleased to advise that a new edition of this valuable safety resource is now valuable online with updated safety content. We urge all parents and carers to download this latest edition and discuss the safety content with your children. 



Keeping Families and Children Well, COVID-19

Issue 50: Thursday 7 October 2021

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

In this edition:

- Latest roadmap to recovery 

- Helpful tips returning to school 

- COVID-19 Recovery Plan Discussions

- Youth Action 

- Mental wellbeing seminars

- Life after lockdown surveyIf you're sharing this bulletin with families, we recommend saving it as a PDFfile and emailing this so they can easily follow all of the links.​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 HealthWestern Sydney Local Health District

Cubby OOSH

To kick things off we show you how to make an ice cream packed with berry and banana goodness, plus we begin our weekly Aussie road trip adventure!  On the map this week? Kakadu!

Stay safe & Create 

​Kindest, Luciana

Cubby OOSH

Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide Week 1


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.