Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 10, 10th December 2021

Key Dates

Tuesday 14th DecemberLast Day of Term
Wednesday 15th DecemberStaff Development Day
 Friday 28th & Monday 31st January 2022MAI Testing 
Tuesday 1st February

First Day for All Students

8.55am     Year 1 to 6

9.30am     Kindergarten


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When all the people asked John, ‘What must we do?’ he answered, ‘If anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.’ There were tax collectors too who came for baptism, and these said to him, ‘Master, what must we do?’ He said to them, ‘Exact no more than your rate.’ Some soldiers asked him in their turn, ‘What about us? What must we do?’ He said to them, ‘No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!’

A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’ As well as this, there were many other things he said to exhort the people and to announce the Good News to them.

Questions to ponder……

Have you ever experienced a real ‘change of heart’?

Apart from charitable giving, how can generosity be expressed?

How can you respond to John’s call for generosity and justice?

In what aspect/s of your life do you need to adopt a more generous spirit?


Although Advent Wreaths are very popular, many are not aware of the rich meaning and symbolism embedded in this tradition. 

During the first two weeks of Advent we light the first two purple candles. The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent.

Then on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final purple candle is lit to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait expectantly for the soon-coming birth of the King of Kings.

Traditionally, each of the four Advent candles have a deeper meaning which is depicted in the lovely Four Weeks of Advent Pewter Wreath:

The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the "Prophet’s Candle" reminding us that Jesus is coming.

The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the "Bethlehem Candle" reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the "Shepherd’s Candle" reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the "Angel’s Candle" reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

Graduation Mass

On Tuesday night Year 6 celebrated their Graduation Mass. It was a beautiful Eucharistic celebration to mark the ending of their Primary School years.  The theme of their mass was “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” They were reminded of the school motto “To Know, To Love, To serve” and to always embed this motto into their lives. Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2021. We wish you well for the future and look forward to hearing about your wonderful achievements in the years to come.

Year 6 Graduation

Congratulations to our Year 6 students who graduated on Tuesday evening. Thank you to Fr Wim for celebrating this Mass with us. Thank you also to Miss Boidin, Mrs McAllister, Mrs Danies, Mrs Conn and Mrs Bryant for preparing such a lovely Mass. 

Christmas Celebration

On Thursday all grades performed their Christmas song. This was recorded and will be available for parent viewing next week. An email will be sent on Monday explaining how families can watch the OLOL Christmas movie. 

Thank you to all the students and teachers for the effort put into the Christmas performances. 

Parents, we hope you enjoy this when you get a chance to watch the stars of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

Thank You

As we come to the end of the year, I would like to thank everyone in our school community for making 2021 such a successful and rewarding year under difficult circumstances. Thank you to Fr Wim for his support and cooperation. I thank the staff for their hard work and dedication.Thank you to the P&F, volunteers and all parents at Our Lady of Lourdes for your support of the school. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and effort throughout the year both at school and working remotely. To the Year 6 students who are moving on to high school, we thank you for being such an important part of Our Lady of Lourdes during the past 7 years. I wish you all the best for high school. May all students, families and staff have a peaceful, happy and safe Christmas.


Congratulations to Benjamin Mathews and Amelia Johnstone who received the Father Kelly Award at the Year 6  Graduation Mass last Tuesday night. 

Principal/Citizenship Awards Term 4, 2021

At the end of each term we 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

• Put a tremendous effort into 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 

Congratulations to the students who received an award at our end of term assembly.

KMMiguel MarquezJames Hajgato
KOAlaska EricksonAvaleigh Karzelek
1HSophia AgudoLucia Anthony
1REva Enosi-TuipulotuLia Christoy
2PCian NolanCharlotte Hryniuk
2YElysse AlamAshley Thackeray
3DThomas RobertsonMayra Tripathi
3SMatthew KennaCharlotte Fogg
4GJoel Obuobisa-NyampongZoe Marsiglia
4LHLily Eyles Sophia Lines
5CDavynn Kim Oliver Zalloua
5FChistian HallalRuby Smith
6BRhesa FernandesThomas Williamson
6MEmilia RebazaLuca Tamas

Maths Olympiad

Unfortunately due to covid we were not able to take part in all five Maths Olympiad tests this year. The final results were based on the three completed tests.

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved in the top 20% Maths Olympiad scores in our school:

Elyssia Alha

Emilia Rebazza

Estelle Johnsson

Joohwan Bark

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved in the top 10% Maths Olympiad scores in our school:

Nathan Jeong

Rhesa Fernandes

Davynn Kim

Congratulations to Davynn Kim who received a trophy for achieving the highest score in our school

Staffing 2022

Executive Staff 2022 

Principal:     Mr Haskins  

Assistant Principal:     Mrs Neylan  

Religious Education Coordinator: Miss Boidin 

Coordinators:  Mrs Bryant, Mrs McAllister and Mrs Conn

Sport Coordinator:     Mrs Rawlings

Staff 2022

KGMiss Grava 3BMiss Bali  
KOMiss Oxley  3SMs Sant
1MMiss Mindham  4FMr Fitzsimons 
1RMrs Rawlings4WMiss Wakim
2HMrs Harris  5CMrs Conn
2YMiss Younan  5PMrs Pollard
6BMiss Boidin / Mrs Anisse
6MMrs McAllister / Mrs Fox 

Library: Mrs Bryant  

Co-ordinator Release: Mrs Anisse, Mrs Fox, Mr J Fitzsimons  

Literacy Support: Mrs Anisse, Mrs Fox, Mrs Williams, Mrs Daines, Mrs Lee

Learning Support/ Reading Recovery: Mrs De Celis

Teacher’s Aides: Mrs Banks, Mrs Ryall, Mrs Donnelly, Miss Azzopardi, Miss Burge, Miss Akhurst.

PE: Mr Jack Fitzsimons  

Music: Mrs Pearson, Miss Glass

Secretaries: Mrs Attard, Mrs Aloisio, Mrs Roberts  

Leaving Staff

We farewell the following staff:

Mrs Hogan has been a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes for 17 years . We thank her for her commitment and dedication to our students  throughout her career and we wish her well as she moves into the next stage of her life. 

Mrs Zarb has been a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes for 17 years . We thank her for her contribution to our school and wish her well for the future.

Ms Borg has worked in the office for 12 years. We thank her for her dedication and work in the office and wish her well in her retirement.  

Miss Brown has been a Teacher Assistant for the past 3 years. We thank her for her support and hard work and we wish her well in her future career.

Mrs Hardy has been a Teacher Assistant for the past 2 years. We thank her for her hard work and dedication and we wish her well for her future endeavours.

Mrs Cooper has worked part-time in the office this year. We thank her for her hard work and wish her all the best for her future career.

Mrs Little will be on leave for 2022.


In 2022 we will welcome teachers,Miss Bali, Miss Mindham, Miss Wakim and Teacher Assistants, Miss Azzopardi, Miss Burge, Miss Akhurst. We hope they all enjoy their time at Our Lady of Lourdes

Commencement Date Term 1, 2022

The role of assessment in teaching and learning mathematics is vital. Next year, we will undertake extensive testing on each of our students via a Mathematics Assessment Interview (MAI). Early in term 1, the teachers  will be required to undertake testing and commence analysing the material to determine the growth points/ profile of the children’s mathematical knowledge.

Therefore, the first 2 days of Term 1, 2022 have been allocated as Staff Development Days. An email giving instructions on how to book online for the MAI will be  sent home late next week.  

This means that school commences on  

Tuesday 1st February For ALL STUDENTS (K-6) 

2022 Term Dates

Please see attached for 2022 Term Dates

Class Supplies 2022

Please find attached class supplies list for 2022

Sports News

Zone Swimming Trials 2022


Location: Blacktown Aquatic Centre

 Children who are participating in any 50m, 100m and Medley events at the OLOL Zone Swimming Trials need to complete the following online form (link below). 

*Due to current COVID-19 restrictions we will be holding a Zone Swimming Trials, at this stage parents helpers or parent spectators are not permitted. More information to come about a parent drop off system for competitors. 

*This is Zone Swimming Trials, not a Swimming Carnival. There will be no 25m events. Students competing are classified as serious swimmers who are interested in competing at Zone. 

 - Please choose all the events that your child would like to compete in on the form as you cannot enter in a 50m event on the day.

- Please check all the details you have provided before submitting the form, especially your child’s date of birth. 

- After the online form closes, all races will be pre-set. Please make sure that your child is aware of all the races they have been entered in. 

***CLOSING DATE: 14th of January 2022- please note there will be no additions after this date***

Link: https://forms.gle/zVd52BSd64vHtWT59

Athletics Carnival Age Champion and Runner Up

Congratulations to the following students who received either Age Champion or Runner Up

Student NameAgeResultStudent NameAgeResult
Tatum Kriesch8

Age Champion

Hannah Johnston8

Age Champion

Jacek Karzelek8Runner-UpLucy Fallins8Runner-Up
Matthew Kenna9

Age Champion

Kiara Haywood9

Age Champion

Maksym Onis9Runner-UpJayda Isherwood9Runner-Up
Sebastian Martignago10

Age Champion

Ava Cetinic10

Age Champion

Cooper D’Souza10Runner-UpJuliet Simon10Runner-Up
Aaron Chevalier11

Age Champion

Amelia Johnston11

Age Champion

Thomas O’Keefe11Runner-UpAmber Haywood11Runner-Up
Nicholas McNally12

Age Champion

Addison Arkell12

Age Champion

William Cetinic12Runner-UpAlexandra Waring12Runner-Up

Sporting Achievement Congratulations

Congratulations to:

  • Abigail Petersen (3D), Mayra Tripathi (3D) , Elizabeth Badaoui (3S), Kiara Haywood (3S), Eva Enosi-Tuipulotu (1R) who were selected for the under 10's team.
  • Amber Haywod (5C) and Ruby Enosi-Tuipulotu (5F) were selected for the under 12's team.

They will compete in the NSW Touch Football State Cup, playing representative football for the Parramatta Eels.

They will compete against all other state teams in the Cup held in February 2022.

Mathematics in the Home


Parish News

Youth Groups

We have wrapped up our youth groups for the year, and look forward to coming back in person next year! 

On behalf of our youth leadership team: I want to thank you all for your prayers and support over the course of this year; and want to wish you a beautiful Christmas and new year! 

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). 

Kind Regards, 

Paul Fam

Youth Minister 

Parish of Baulkham Hills, NSW

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

Community News

COVID safety for the festive season

After a difficult year for so many, it's only natural we want to get together with our loved ones this festive period. Unfortunately the COVID-19 virus is still around and so meeting up does come with some risk. We need to continue to stay alert so we can all safely enjoy the festive season.

We'll continue to develop COVID wellbeing content, so please mark the Living well after lockdown page from our website in your favourites.

Kind regards,

The Healthy Children and Families TeamCentre for Population Health

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin

Please click here to find the last COVID-19 bulletin for 2021.In this edition:

  • Tips and ideas for COVID safe celebrations and shopping
  • Looking after your mental health through the holidays
  • What to do when a heatwave is forecast
  • Latest COVID-19 alerts in Western Sydney

Summer Reading Challange