Our Lady's Primary School - 6th August 2021

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


Holy Spirit, we pray for You to be with teachers everywhere who are responsible for our children’s education. Put Your righteousness in their hearts and Your words on their lips to share with the children in their daily care. May classrooms not only fill students with knowledge but also wisdom, discernment, and integrity.

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

Term 3

Wednesday 11th August  - School Advisory Council via Zoom

Friday 13th August  - COVID Inspection

Sunday 15th August @3.000pm - First Eucharist Year 4 - TBC

Wednesday 18th August, Year 3/4 Hoop Time Nunawading  - TBC

Friday 20th August, OLPS School Sports Friday - TBC

Sunday 29th August - Bunning BBQ - PFA Event

3rd September -School Performance   - Postponed to October 18th @ 7.00pm

Term 4

Tuesday 14th December Graduation Mass and Dinner

School Closure Days - 2021

6th December  (Term 4 )

2021 Term Dates

2021 Victorian Term Dates

Term 3   Monday July 12th - Friday September 17th @ 1.45pm

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

Dear Families and Friends,

Once again we find ourselves in remote learning mode. I am very grateful to the staff for the professional way they responded once again with no official notification prior to the end of the school day. The staff at OLPS are an amazing group of educators who care deeply for your children. They are people of integrity, trust and expertise.

The timely distribution of our Remote Learning Survey recently, has provided us with really helpful feedback.  I accept that no one model is going to meet the needs of all our families but I feel confident that our approach provides targeted teaching and addresses the overall needs of our students in a positive and supportive way.

Survey Snap Shot

We received 37 responses and overwhelming the feedback has been gracious, positive and acknowledging.

Ø  Our kids love school and it’s rarely a battle to get them going each day which is a credit to the school for fostering that enthusiasm.

Ø  As parents, we are particularly concerned about the amount of time our children are exposed to technology and minimising it. The learning packs have been great, thank you for arranging this

Ø  The cooking activity was so well received- and great idea for a Friday!

Ø  Keep doing the small group meets, this is really helpful and more focused learning time.

Ø  Overall the teachers did an amazing job and look forward to getting our girls back to school where they learn best!

Ø  Our family has had a positive experience with online learning

Ø  You’ve done an amazing job.

Ø  Nothing to improve at all. The learning pack has been great

Ø  I’ve been more than happy so no changes I can think of suggesting.

Ø  You will never please 100% of the school always. From what I hear around community, OLPS has done very well.😀

Ø  Overall, well done on the program at short notice.

Ø  Overall a positive experience, well done!

Ø  The teachers and support staff did a great job with home learning.

Based on your constructive feedback we have adjusted our program to include more opportunities for explicit teaching groups in literacy and mathematics, more online teaching, specialist classes have been spilt over two afternoons and the daily schedule will be distributed between 5.30pm and 6.00pm the night before.

We look forward to continuing our work together and supporting one another. We are blessed to be part of a community that cares, especially  in times of such uncertainity. I am proud of our personalised approach to learning and teaching and passsion to nurture the uniqueness of each and everyone of our precious students.

Remote Learning Reminders:

It is an expectation that students wear their school uniform when learning at home or onsite. Thank you for enforcing this at home as it helps the children to delineate between learning time and recreational time.

Skoolbag App – The app is the primary source for information in regards to official school communication. Please take the time to read the communications that are sent to families. 


School Performance

Producing a school performance is a very exciting event for any school. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many talents of our students and come together as a community. The past few weeks have seen such disruption to the rehearsals and incursions that it is impacting on the readiness of the students. Therefore, given these circumstances we believe it is not possible to be ready for our performance on the date arranged, Friday 3rd September. What we have been able to do is negotiate an alternative date and venue; Monday 18th October @ 7.00pm at Genazzano College in Kew. This will ensure that the lead up to the concert is a positive and successful experience for the students.

I am especially grateful to Connie and Brendan for all their work writing the script and negotiating alternative arrangements. Many schools missed out on being able to hold their performances last year and are keen to have the opportunity in 2021.Let's hope that things have settled down by October and we can go ahead as planned....fingers and toes crossed!.

Access to the School

Until further notice any access to the school needs to be via the Church Carpark gate. The works to relay the footpath were planned for the term break, but with the recent lockdown the Council decided to bring this forward. Thank you for your cooperation.

Welcome Back

Next week we welcome back Mrs Joelle Lake. Joelle has been on Long Service Leave for the past four weeks. We have been fortunate to have Lynette and Kathy teach 1 /2 L during this time and thank them both sincerely for all the work they have done over this time.

Please don't hesitiate to reach out to me if you need anything and remember you are all doing a wonderful job. 

Enjoy the weekend in the backyard!

Annie Engellenner


Be a gift of love and compassion for one another.

St. Mary Mackillop





Do You Realise How Important You Are?

Sacrament of Confirmation

Year 6 2020

Year 6 2020

Learning and Teaching :To improve student learning outcomes through personalised, effective and stimulating teaching that builds student engagement and success in all areas of the curriculum.Add a title

News From Our Specialists

The Olympics Come To OLPS

On Monday we had a Mini Olympics day at our school. The day started off with an opening ceremony, the country groups were waiting and when their name was announced by Charlie B they marched behind their flag, to the Multi Purpose room, whilst the anthem of their nation played over the loud speaker.

Tahlia read an opening speech and Bridget read a story about Pierre De Coubertin who was the founder of the modern Olympics. Tom L read the ‘Athlete’s Oath’ on behalf of all of the students.

Siena, Liam H and Olivia B did a relay to light the Olympic Flame. This burned brightly for the whole of the Olympics!

After that all country groups rotated through 7 event stations.

We did Sack races, Balloon tummy relay, Pool noodle fencing, Paper plane Javelin, Throw the thong in the esky, Meteor ball and Swimming races with no water!

At the end of the events we had the closing ceremony and then all the points that

countries earned were added up.

Gold medals were given to the winning team, this was China. Silver medals went to Jamaica and all of the other countries 3rd-7th position received a bronze medals.

It was awesome to have the whole school together dressed up in country colours and having a fun time together.

Cara M

My favourite bit was the Sack Racing because you had to go around in a circle. 

Isaac J

My favourite activity was the fencing, I was the red fencer. I was fencing with Siena. 

Arthur N

I was in Australia. My favourite activity was the Sack Races, I fell over but only half. 

Chloe B

My sister Olivia lit the Olympic flame, she wore a white dress. Liam also ran a lap and helped with the flame. 

Isabel C

I was in Jamaica, we came second and got a silver medal. We had to march into the MPC for an opening ceremony, the national anthem of Jamaica was playing over the P.A when we marched in. My favourite event was Sack Racing, my sack was red. I didn’t fall over! 

Conor M

I was in the USA, my team leader was Mrs Coloretti. We had to wear red white and blue clothes to school.  My favourite was the pool noodle fencing. Mr Hawke said “Swords to the Sky, kiss your blade … En Gaurd!” One of the Sports leaders…Charlie read out the names of the countries and we all had to march to the MPC. This was called the Parade Of Nations. 

Patrick J

I was in Jamaica, I liked being in Jamaica because we had Mrs Antennuci as our teacher. I liked the swimming without any water event. I rolled little numbers on my dice but took big steps!! 

Literacy News

Well done to all the children who are participating in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. There are still many weeks to go and we have a large section of the library dedicated to Challenge Books with stickers to indicate which year level the books are for. Many thanks once again  to Somee and Yvonne. 

Term 3 is always an exciting time to celebrate books with Bookweek. Book week this year is from 21-27 August. This year the theme is “Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds.” We will be having a performance on Monday August 16th for a “tuning in” for all students. We will also have some really fun activities throughout the week and of course our annual Book Week Dress Up Parade!

We will also have the Scholastic Book Fair which has not been at Our Lady’s for a number of years.

It is a great chance for students and parents to explore and purchase the many books Scholastic has to offer!

Book Week 21-27 August.

Extra Curricula Opportunites at OLPS.

Chess Club - We had over 30 students attend our free Chess Club session on Wednesday. It was very successful and from all the reports from our students a great success. If there is sufficient interest, we will be able to continue the classes every Wednesday for term three for a cost of $150.00 for 8 x 45 minute classes (approx. $18.00 per lesson). Parents are asked to contact to arrange enrolment.

In addition to Chess Club we also provide the following extra curricula activities for our students to be involved in;

  • Running Club
  • Chess Club
  • Orgami Club
  • Sustainability Club
  • Green Team
  • Lego Club
  • Lola Club

Education in Faith; Students undertand and make more meaningful, relevent connections between the catholic story and their own lives. Staff develop their capacity to design and implement a contempory RE curriculum. a title

Religious Education: Invitation to serve at the Altar

Students from 2020 have finally celebrated their First Eucharist while the First Eucharist candidates from 2021 are waiting to celebrate the Sacrament  in the coming weekends. These children have grown deeper in their faith journeys and willingly let their lives be guided by the Sacraments of the Church. They have also participated in the life of the Church on a different or even more meaningful level. From now on, our children are invited to receive  Communion during Mass with the rest of the Church’s faithful who usually gather every Sunday. Through this Communion practise, the children will have more chance to experience the meaning of celebrating the Last Supper which Jesus shared with his closest disciples before his suffering and death on the Cross.

Within our parishes setting and tradition, after the children have celebrated their first Communion, they are also invited to attend the Altar Server Come and See day in which the children will spend some time in exploring, for example,  some of the items that are used in celebrating Mass, the meaning of different liturgical colours and the Lectionary and Roman Missal. The children will also have an opportunity to experience being an Altar Server on the day by dressing in the Altar Server robes and assisting at the Altar.

After the Altar Server Come and See day, we are also warmly inviting children to join the Altar Server Ministry in our parishes. This ministry is a group of our youngest parishioners from Grade 4 and above who have been trained to serve regularly in Sunday liturgies as well as at other special liturgies during the year such as School Masses, Easter and Christmas. This is a great opportunity to have our children share the responsibility of church’s lives and liturgies. In addition, it is a simple way that our children can deepen their faith journeys. Further training will be provided at a refresher day for our current Altar Servers and for any new members across our parishes.  From 11 am to 12 noon on Saturday 28 August 2021.

Come and See Days:

●       OLGC School children: from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Thursday, 5 and 12 August.

●       OHR School children: from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm on Thursday,19 August.

●       OLPS School children: from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm on Thursday, 26 August.


Refresher Training Day:

For current Altar Servers and for any new members across our parishes: from 11.00 am to 12 noon on Saturday, 28 August 2021. 

To express your interest in training as an Altar Server, please email the Altar Server Coordinators:

●       Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene Parishes:

Kerry Hersom - or Mieke Lochrie -

●       Surrey Hills Wattle Park Parish: Kirsten Italiano  or Fr Trac Nguyen -

or contact the Parish Office…

Student Wellbeing :To develop a whole school approach that will reinforce and strengthen positive, respectful relationships within the school community.dd a title

Learn how to help young people safely use popular apps including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

This webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8-13.

It will cover: 

  • an explanation of the popular apps used by young people
  • case studies, research, and targeted advice 
  • ways you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
Dates (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Monday 16 August 12.30 to 1.30 pm 

Tuesday 31 August 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Visit for more information on parent webinars and to register.

School Community :To enhance the relationships between the school and the parent community.

Camp Australia - Welcome Maneesha to OLPS

This week we welcome our new before and after school care coordinator Maneesha. We look forward to getting to know Maneesha and trust that she feels a big warm Our Lady's welcome.

Advance Notice for Lambourne Street Surrey Hills Road Rehabilitation

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 impotant as we plan our staffing and school structures for next year.


Annual Report to the Community


Office News

School Fees

School fee statements will soonbe  sent to families.  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 invloved 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 Childrens 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

Please see attached below information regarding Our Lady's School Uniform, including how to order online and the uniform price list.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Uniform Orders are filled on Mondays.
  • Please order Uniform Orders thru CDF.
  • To keep costs low we are only stocking limited quantities across the Range. If items are not available please allow a 2 week turn around to allow time for items to be ordered and delivered from our Supplier.
  • If you need to try on Uniforms for size this can also be done on Mondays unless other arrangements have been made with Krista.
  • If you have any queries, please email Krista on

Uniform Policy


How to Order Online through CDF Pay


Our Lady's Uniform Price List


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.