Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 9, 10th September, 2021

Key Dates

Friday 17th September Last Day Of Term 3
Monday 4th OctoberLabour Day, Public Holiday
Tuesday 5th October1st day Term 4, return to online learning


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said, ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked, ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’

He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’


Gospel Focus – Peter’s insight

When Peter answers Jesus’ question he demonstrates the disciples’ dawning awareness of Jesus’ true identity. It is the first occasion that the disciples are called to own what they think about Jesus. However, when Jesus begins to spell out what being the Messiah reality means – persecution and death – Peter tries to convince Jesus that he doesn’t need to go down that path. Jesus turns on Peter and snaps, ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ It is a reminder of the desert temptation Jesus had to face at the start of his ministry when he wrestled with what sort of messiah he was called to be.

 © Greg Sunter

Something to Ponder

Something to Ponder:

  • Jesus asked the disciples ‘Who do people say I am?’ What are some words you would use to describe Jesus?

  • Jesus wants people to ‘take up their cross’ and follow him. What does that mean?

  • What are some of the ‘crosses’ that people carry?

© Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd

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 2020.


Years 3 and 5 NAPLAN results were received this 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.

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.

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 

Term Dates 2022

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.

Mathematics in the home


Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin

BulletinIssue 46

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

In this edition:

- Vaccination information for Teachers and Early Childhood Educators

- Roadmap to freedom for fully vaccinated

- New report on COVID-19 in schools and early childhood

- Free mental health education sessions for parents and carers

-Keeping healthy during COVID-19, garden to good health


Western Sydney Local Health District

Parish News

Youth Ministry

For Y5-6:  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

Children's Rosary

Community News

Cubby OOSH

Week 9, Sustainability! Week!  

Sustainability! Don't toss it. Reuse it!  This week we show you how to make a t-shirt bag, recycling sculpture plus a chemical reaction car!   And on Cubby OOSH TV, our friends at Little Kickers share soccer drills you can do at home. 

Cubby OOSH Kids Activity Guide Week 9


Hills community Aid

Hills Community Aid is here for you!

At this time we are practicing physical distancing while encouraging social inclusion. We are providing over the phone, email and video support for a range of our services.

If you would like to speak with one of our staff please call and leave a message on our answering service (02) 9639 8620 or email and a member of staff will be in contact.Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with our social support services


Lifeline                13 11 14

Kids Helpline      1800 551 800

Link2Home         1800 152 152

DV Support Service    1800 737 732

Beyond Blue               1300 224 636

MensLine Australia     1300 789 978

COVID-19 Helpline     1800 020 080

Hills Community Aid- Holiday Workshops

Hills community Aid are organising some amazing holiday workshops for families -these will be delivered online. We also have some art and craft packs for families to enjoy that can be delivered. Please see attached flyer or visit Hills Community Aid


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.

4 Session dates to choose from:

Tue, 14 September 2021 3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

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.