Our Lady's Primary School - Monday 25th 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


God of love…May your love and light shine in and through us today

In a way that no mask can hide.

 May our eyes dance with the laughter and joy

Replacing my hidden smile.

 May our actions of care and concern

Speak louder than my muffled voice ever could.

 And may the generosity of our hearts

Radiate out through who we are

And how we respond to the world around us

 So that others may not see not our mask

But your image shining out

Moving in and through us today.



Br Michael Herry fms

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

Stagged Return Dates

Monday 25th Oct - Foundation

Tues 26th Oct - Foundation, Year 3 and 4

Wed. 27th Oct. - Foundation, Year 3 and 4

Thursday 28th Oct. - Year 1 and 2, Year 5 and 6

Friday 29th October - Year 1 and 2, Year 5 and 6


Monday 1st November - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 2nd November - Melbourne Cup

Wednesday 3rd Nov. -All students will return to Face to Face Teaching and Learning 

Term 4

Tuesday 2nd November - Public Holiday

Thursday 4th November @7.30pm

Thursday 18th November @ 6.00pm - Sacrament of First Eucharist - Year 4

Friday 26th Novemeber @ 6.00pm  - Year 6 Confirmation

Tuesday 14th December  - Graduation Mass @ 6.00pm followed by  Dinner. Details to be confirmed.

SchooLl Closure Days - 2021

Monday 1st November - Professional Practice Day

Please note that the School Closure Day for Term Four has been removed.

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

Dearest Families and Friends of OLPS,

We hope that our community is excited by the news that all students are finally returning to school over the coming weeks. We appreciate this has been a particularly difficult time for all members of our precious community, and we sincerely 'hope' the roadmap/plan for all schools has provided some much needed certainty for our students, staff and families. In line with our mandated operational guidelines, we have worked steadily towards a 'return to school' plan, to ensure all aspects have been suitably addressed. From mandated health and safety measures, to prioritising wellbeing and the key academic areas of Mathematics and Literacy, we believe that our staff are prepared and ready to welcome your children back onsite and to do the best they can to support and engage each and every student. School leaders and LSOs will be in classrooms for the teaching of English and Mathematics; these staff members will conduct one to one and small group explicit teaching sessions in conjunction with the classroom teacher. Our priority is to re-establish routines and relationships. We will provide support as the students learn how to navigate the playground and classroom successfully. There will be plenty of opportunities for students to revisit and practise the social skills required to re-establish friendships, play successfully with peers, manage emotions, work collaboratively, take turns and listen to one another.

We understand that we are going to gradually rebuild the children’s learning stamina. Sitting and focusing for extended periods is simply not possible from day one, so we can expect to see lots of movement, brain breaks and re-setting before the students can sustain longer periods of learning. Re-establishing healthy relationships/interactions, 'school/class' routines and the social norms of school life after an extended period offsite will take time, so patience and support from all quarters will be encouraged. Your support will certainly assist the students to make a successfully transition back to onsite learning.

With the Victorian Government announcing the easing of restrictions from 6.00pm on Friday 29th, we are pleased to be welcoming all students from Prep to Year 6 back to onsite learning from Wednesday 3rd November.

Families not returning to OLPS in 2022

If your child/ren (Prep-Grade 5) will not be returning to OLPS in 2022 please click here and fill out the form as soon as possible so that we can plan for the year ahead.

 School Advisory Council

 I take this opportunity to thank our School Advisory Council (SAC) members for their continued service to our community. There will be a couple of vacancies available on SAC for 2022. We are calling for nominations to fill these positions. Please find attached, the SAC Membership Nomination Request, and a copy of the Terms of Reference. This document contains detailed information regarding the role of the School Advisory COuncil. Also please note the application closing date of Monday 22nd November. We look forward to your responses and please contact me if you have any questions.

2022 Prep Transition

We will provide communication to Prep 2022 families on the dates and times of the transition sessions once we gain full clarity from the Victorian Government and MACS on what is possible. 

MACSSIS: School Improvement Surveys

This important survey is available online, can be accessed from Thursday 7 October and needs to be completed by Thursday 28 October 2021. We have sent the link to this survey to all our families at OLA and we value your feedback. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers and all responses are completely anonymous. We currently have 37 out of 204 families who have completed the family survey.

School Fees

Thank you to all families who are up to date with school fees. This is a reminder to all families who may have fallen behind with payments to please make sure to attend to this as soon as possible. We are aware of the impact on families of COVID lockdowns throughout the past 18 months and encourage parents to make contact with me if you require support with the payment of school fees. You can also request support by writing to

 Summer Uniform

Changeover to summer uniform couldn't come at a better time with us enjoying warmer temperatures over the last couple of days. However, should this be challenging after lockdown or tricky to obtain uniforms, students are welcome to wear summer or winter uniforms. We also remind parents that Term 4 has a ‘No Hat – No Play’ Sunsmart Policy. Children without hats at school will be restricted to the undercover areas. A reminder that girls  wear white socks with their summer uniform and boys wear blue. There must be no logos on white/blue sport socks

Prep Learning... Thank you Annabelle for sharing!

Alumni Our Lady's

Congratulations to former Students of Our Lady’s

At this time of the academic year, many of our former students have finished \

their formal classes and are preparing for final exams.

We congratulate them for completing their Year 12 studies and we wish them all

the best for their future endeavours. 

We believe that our past students have received an excellent whole-person oriented 

primary education at Our Lady’s school, one that strives to nurture their spiritual, 

cognitive, emotional, physical and social development in a caring, supportive Christian 


Many of our past students have continued to contribute in many positive ways

to the daily life of their Secondary schools and these efforts have been recognised 

through school awards. 

This year Sam McNidder (2009-2015) who attended De La Salle 

Boys College in Malvern, received the De La Sallian award, which the Principal, Peter Houlihan calls, “the College’s most prestigious of awards.”  This particular award recognises the essence of catholic education - ‘christian concern for his fellow students, commitment to the ideals of the College, the welfare of others and, to working to the best of his ability’.

Last year, Aaron May (brother of Tahlia, Yr. 6) was awarded Dux of the same College and Jenna Hart

(sister of Leena, Yr 5) who attended Sion College, Box Hill, received the Valedictory award. 

Our Lady’s is always so pleased to hear of the achievements of our former students.

Congratulations to all students who pass through our doors and begin new chapters in their lives. 

We are proud of you. 

School Advisory Council - Terms of Reference


School Advisory Council Nomination Form

Please complete the SAC Nomination Form and email it to

2022 Prep Transition Program and Information Evening

We look forward to welcoming our 2022 Prep students to OLPS this term. The transition program will begin next Thursday 4th November with an Information Evening.

Transition Mornings will be on :

Friday 12th November 9.00am - 11.00am

Friday 19th November 9.00amm  - 11.00am - Uniform Presentation

Friday 26th November 9.00am - 11.00am

Here is the link to the Information Evening. This event will be held online.

Information Evening
Starting School 2022: How your family can thrive & not just survive

Date: Thursday Nov 4th Time: 7.30pm (duration 75 min)Here is the link for your parents to register for the

Once parents/staff register (with an email address and name), you will be emailed a link to the webinar. You will also receive a reminder email on the afternoon of the webinar as well as 15min before start time. The following day, you will receive a link to access the replay. Therefore we recommend even if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you register to ensure you can access the replay.

Upon registering, parents also have the opportunity to submit a question to Carley to help ensure the session is catered for your school's unique community.

Student Access to Viewing Television Content - Squid Game

I  have been made aware in the past fortnight of a number of children watching the television show, Squid Game, as accessed on Netflix.  I  highlight to parents the violent content and themes of the show and raise my concern in regards to primary school age children watching this series.  I understand that it is the right of all families to provide access to any viewing content for their children but I  wish to highlight that the  content of the Squid Game series may cause distress to students.

The show does carry a rating of MA15+ which indicates that it is not suitable for  children under the age 15. As parent myself, I would advise that you watch it for yourself before allowing your children to. 

How to set up Parental Locks on Netflix

Office of the e-Safety Comissioner



We are continuing to see a high number of coronavirus cases across Victoria.

I want to reassure you that Our Lady’s is doing everything possible to contain and slow the spread of the virus, and ensure the health and safety of our whole school community.

 To keep our school safe, and reduce students catching and spreading COVID-19, we have put a range of measures in place based on health advice from the Australian and Victorian governments.

 These measures include encouraging vaccination of eligible cohorts, ventilation of indoor spaces, and a range of COVIDSafe measures including cleaning, regular use of hand sanitiser, increased use of outdoor spaces and the wearing of masks.

 It is important that schools and the school community adhere to all of these COVIDSafe measures, not just the introduction of masks.

I am aware that some parents have concerns regarding mask-wearing. When worn properly, masks can play an important role in reducing the transmission risks of COVID-19 that could happen from common activities in school.

 We know COVID-19 can be transmitted among children, and between children and adults. When teachers, staff and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they help protect themselves and their friends, teachers and classmates from COVID-19.

 Our Lady’s is required to follow the directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and our teachers and staff will be doing their utmost to ensure that masks are worn in schools for Years 3 and above, and to encourage mask-wearing for younger students.

The lawful exceptions for not wearing a mask are listed on the government’s Coronavirus Victoria website.

 Thank you for supporting us to implement COVIDSafe to keep your children safe.

Welcome Back!

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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

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

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. 


Sport News

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.

Positive Sex Education

Year 3/4 Sexuality Parent Family Night Session - Save the date!

Wednesday 10th November at 6.30pm.

The 3/4 students and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in a  Family Night run by ‘Real Life’ on Wednesday 10th November at 6.30pm. It will run for approximately 1 hour. At this stage due to COVID restrictions this will be an online session. The following content will be covered.

People:    Similarities and differences in our families & friends

Bodies:    Similarities and differences   and Body Safety

Foetal development & birth

A zoom link will be made available next week

The Year 5/6 children will be participating in a Sexuality school program run by ‘Real Life’ beginning this week. This program is aimed at maximizing children’s health and wellbeing.

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

Week 4 - Friday  29th October   -

Year 5: 9am    - 

  Year 6: 10 am

Week 5-   Friday 5th November   - 

Year 5: 9am    -

Year 6: 10 am

Week 6 -  Friday 12th November  - 

Year 5: 11.30am

   -   Year 6: 12.30pm

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.

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

Who are we called to be?

There are 150, 000  students in 333 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Last week the  Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne published; the Working In Mission; Charter for parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The document is the ‘go to’ statement for the ‘how to ‘ of catholic schools. I really love the words of Rev Vicar for Catholic Schools, Mark Reynolds words; “ the charter invites us to reflect on the essential foundations of who we are called to be”. Fr Mark sites the words of Benedict XV, ‘ a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.’

As we journey on, it is our moral imperative  to bring life to this statement at OLPS in our actions and in our words. What a gift a catholic education is for our young people if we do this well.


Sacrament of Confirmation 2021

Dear Parents, With Melbourne’s gradual release from lockdown I am very pleased to let you know that our Churches will reopen from Saturday, 6 November.  During November, we are focussing on completing the Sacramental Masses for school-aged children. The Sacrament of Confirmation Mass for Year 6 students attending Our Lady’s Primary School will take place at 6.00 pm on Friday, 26 November at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, 301 Elgar Road, Surrey Hills. Numbers are strictly limited, and each candidate will be accompanied by their sponsor and may invite two guests (parent, grandparent, sibling). All those attending a place of worship are required to check in on arrival using the Victorian Services QR code, and anyone over the age of 16 years will need to provide evidence of full vaccination.  All those over the age of 12 years are required to wear a face mask indoors.  You will be notified of the latest Covid restrictions a few days prior to the celebration. I look forward to seeing you at the celebration of confirmation in the coming weeks. With best wishes, Fr Brendan Reed Parish Priest Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park

Sacrament of First Eucharist

With Melbourne’s gradual release from lockdown Father Brendan and the Parish team are very pleased to reopen our Churches from Saturday, 6 November.  During November, we are focussing on completing the Sacramental Masses for school-aged children with the priority being those children whose Sacrament Ceremonies were previously cancelled.


Therefore, we would like to invite your child to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church on Thursday, 18 November at 6.00 pm.


Places of worship continue to be restricted by a density quotient and guests are limited to three per child.  In addition, all those attending a place of worship will be required to check in on arrival using the Victorian Services QR code, and anyone over the age of 16 years will need to provide evidence of full vaccination and wear a face mask indoors.  You will be notified of the latest Covid restrictions a few days prior to the celebration.


On the day of the celebration, we kindly ask the First Eucharist candidate and guests to arrive 30 minutes prior to the commencement of Mass.  There will be a rehearsal at that time for readers and those involved in the Liturgy and an opportunity to remind the candidates about the procedure for receiving the Eucharist.  Seating will not be allocated but we invite each family to occupy a pew, with the candidate sitting at the central aisle end.


A group photograph will be taken prior to the commencement of Mass.  The children will then be invited to walk to the back of the Church and process in with the priest.  Certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of Mass and a group photograph will be taken.  Parents and guests are more than welcome to take photographs at this time.

 Best Wishes,

 Nanette Giovannini

Parishes Sacramental Coordinator


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 today.  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. 

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.