Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 10, 17th September, 2021

Key Dates

Labour Day Public HolidayMonday 4th October
First Day of Term 4Tuesday 5th October


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’


Have you thought? Last of all?

Jesus tells his disciples that if anyone wants to be first, they must make themself last of all and servant of all. This is as challenging to us today as it was to the disciples and early Christians. Our world seems to revolve around position, status and power – whoever has the most toys wins! But what Jesus advocated was a leadership based on being of service to others. Being powerful simply means you are in a position to help even more people. Putting yourself last, instead of first, gives respect, dignity and power to others rather than to yourself.

 © Greg Sunter

Something to Ponder

Something to Ponder:

  • What things do you like to do that you are good at?

  • What is it like to be the best?

  • In today’s Gospel some of Jesus’ friends were arguing about who was the greatest. How did Jesus say they could become great?

  • Jesus said if you want to be great you must serve others. How can we serve others?

  • We can serve others by placing their needs before our own.

  • Jesus loved children. We pray that we can return that love by putting the needs of others before our own.

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

End of Term

We have finally reached the end of Term 3 and I would like to thank all our hard working staff for their dedication in such a challenging term. 

Thank you also to all of our parents for supporting your children with their learning while also trying to manage your own work. The students have also done an amazing job learning online, producing some amazing work. While many parents will still continue with their own jobs, I hope everyone has the opportunity to have a relaxing break over the next two weeks.

Online learning in Term 4 will recommence on Tuesday 5th October, the day after the long weekend.

Return To School

The NSW Premier has announced a roadmap planned for a possible return to school next term :

  • Monday 25th October (Week 4) Kindergarten and Year 1  
  • Monday 1st November (Week 5) Year 2 and Year 6
  • Monday 8th November (Week 6) Years 3, Year 4 and Year 5

We will inform parents about this once we have more information and the government decides to proceed with this plan.

A Message From Our Captains

 A video message from the Thea and James our School Captains to the student community . 

Families Leaving OLOL after 2021

In order to plan for next year, would you please notify the school and complete a leaving form if your child does not require a place for 2022. New families coming into the area are currently seeking to enrol in 2022.

Summer Uniform

The changeover into summer uniforms is at the start of 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. 

There are no deliveries to the school during lock down until further notice. 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 


Years 3 and 5 NAPLAN results were received last week. 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.

School Fees

Term 3 Statements have been mailed to families. Please contact the school office via email (ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au) if you have not received your statement. 

CEDP is working hard to support the families in our communities who are struggling financially as a result of COVID -19.

As always we encourage parents who are experiencing hardship to seek support.

All excursions, including overnight excursions, for 2021 have been cancelled and costs will be reversed to parents onto your school fee account.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collimore and Haddad family on the passing of Mr Joseph Haddad. Grandfather to Eve Collimore(4G), Elias (5C), Georgia (4LH) and Lucas (1R) Haddad. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. 

Infants Wellbeing Day


Mathematics in the home

Parish News

Youth Ministry

This week for youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills…

As school holidays have come around we will be taking a brief break from online youth group.

 If you are interested in signing up for next term’s groups 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 Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRlGpVdBB4AC_-wOZPvZfdvIQYdbu5lIQoy3hpBmoFD2oW4w/viewform?usp=sf_link

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). 

Children's Rosary

Community News

Cubby OOSH

Week 10, We did it!

There is certainly an abundance of hope and positivity this spring!  To wrap things up, we make delicious Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels and on Cubby OOSH TV our team at St Kevins show us how to make Peg Puppets

Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide Week 10


The Hills Shire Library Service

Upcoming online talks for parents- presented by The Hills Shire Library Service.

In response to the current lockdown, The Hills Shire Library Service has moved all events online. As part of this program we are offering free sessions to parents. It would be appreciated if you could please include links and details about these talks in your communications to parents.

 Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas for Children

Take part in a live online presentation about how to make healthy lunches and snacks for your family You will have the opportunity to ask questions and you will also receive links to online resources with healthy lunch tips and ideas.

2 Session dates to choose from:

Fri, 24 September 2021 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Thu, 30 September 2021 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Raising Resilient Children

Building resilience is important for children's mental health. Join Stephanie O’Hare, Clinical Neuropsychologist, as she explains the different stages in child development and how best to support these stages in your child.

Wed, 20 October 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All sessions are free however bookings are essential to receive the talk links www.eventbrite.com.au/o/the-hills-shire-library-service-231647259

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.