Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 8 2020 : 4th December 2020

Key Dates

Wednesday 16th DecemberLast Day of Term
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January 2021MAI Testing 
Friday 29th January 2021First Day for All Students


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:

Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; 

he will prepare your way.

A voice cries in the wilderness: 

Prepare a way for the Lord, 

make his paths straight,

and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’


Gospel Reflection

This week’s gospel captures beautifully the spirit of preparation and waiting that characterises the liturgical season of Advent. John the Baptist is portrayed as fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah and others as the one who comes before the Lord preparing the way. He is a messenger, sent by God to ‘do the groundwork’ preparing the people for the coming of the Christ. Although this passage is used during Advent as preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we know that John was a contemporary (indeed cousin) of Jesus and the time of preparation was immediately prior to Jesus’ public ministry.

John appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism for forgiveness of sins. It may seem odd to think of going to the wilderness to try to influence people. Today we might think that the city centre or street corner might be the better venue to preach something. What is it about the wilderness? Reference is made to the wilderness several times in scripture. It is used as a place of preparation and encounter with God. The wilderness referred to was a vast expanse of emptiness on the eastern side of the Jordan River. It was not uncommon for wandering preachers like John and Jesus to go out into the wilderness as a way of making a break from their previous life and getting themselves ready in body and spirit to begin their ministry. The wilderness to the east of the Jordan was also the place in which many of the rebels based themselves. There was a sense that challenge and unrest came out of the wilderness. In many ways that is what Jesus – heralded by John – brought out of the wilderness as well.

 © Greg Sunter

Graduation Mass

Please keep our Year 6 students and their families in your prayers this week. This Wednesday night the Class of 2020 will celebrate their Graduation Mass. A very special Eucharistic celebration in which they will gather and give thanks to God for their achievements over the past 7 years.

OLOL 2020 Christmas Celebration

This year students in all grades will be performing a special Christmas song and dance. The grades will video their performance and a special OLOL 2020 Christmas Dance recording will be made available for families to watch at home. 

All grades will be recorded on Tuesday 8th December and the students are asked to wear their Christmas clothes to school on that day. Please see below individual grade costume ideas below.

GradeCostume Ideas

Christmas Coloured clothes- red, green, white.


Santa hat

Year 1

Christmas coloured clothes  red / white / green / gold / silver


Year 2

Christmas T-shirt/Christmas colours 

Denim or plain bottoms 


Christmas dresses, skirts

Year 3Christmas coloured clothes  red / white / green / gold / silver
Year 4

Christmas T-shirt/Christmas colours 

Denim or plain bottoms 


Year 5red / white / green / gold clothing
Year 6Christmas Coloured clothes- red, green, white.
(If you require further clarification around the clothing, please see your child’s teacher.)

God Bless,

Rebecca Boidin

Religious Education Coordinator


Such an amazing outpouring of love has been shown by the OLOL school community  for our  Parish’s Christmas Hamper Appeal.  The St Vincent de Paul Chapter has extended their thanks for the generosity which has been shown this year. THANK-YOU for your generosity and suppot

Leaders for 2021

This week we finalised our voting for school leaders for 2021.

Congratulations to the students  who were elected.


Thea Rajan      Captain                                            James McGirr       Captain

Rhesa Fernandes                                                      Luca Tamas     

Estelle Johnsson                                                        Aidan Marsiglia

Sports Leaders

Red                                                   Green

Addison Arkell                                  Emilia Rebaza

Alexander Pivcevic                           Xavier Hurst        

 Blue                                                  Gold

Zachary  Langdon                             Peter Alam

Madeline O'Malley                           Alexandra Waring

The students will be presented with their badges at a special ceremony on Tuesday 15th December at 9:30 am in the church. Parents of the new leaders are invited to attend.

Semester 2 2020 Reports

Semester 2 Student Reports will return to the E-A scale for Years 1-6. Kindergarten will have a three-point scale where students will either be: working towards, working at or working beyond. Both reports will be an indication of how well your child has achieved according to the outcomes of their stage of learning.

 In addition to this, all reports will now have teacher comments for Religion, English and Mathematics. These will be in point form under the following headings:

 For Religion: (student name) is able to:

 For English and Mathematics: (student name) is able to:

                                                (student name) is learning to:

The purpose of these comments is to give parents more information about what their child’s achievement looks like as well as outlining some areas that they are working towards.

 A general comment will still be at the conclusion of the report. 

Reports and portfolios will be sent home with your children on  Wednesday 9th December.


Tell Them From Me Survey 2020

Earlier this year students, parents and teachers were given the opportunity to complete the Tell Them From Me survey to give us some information about what is working well at our school and areas for improvement.

Below is a short summary of some of the insights from the survey.


  • Students value schooling outcomes - Students believe schooling is useful in their everyday life and will have a strong bearing on their future

  • Students with positive relationships  -Students have a friend they can trust and who encourages them to make positive choices

  • Effort - Students try hard to succeed in their learning

  • Rigour-Students feel classroom instruction is well organised, with a clear purpose, with immediate feedback that helps them learn. 

  • Expectations for success - School staff emphasise academic skills and hold high expectations for all students to succeed.


  • Parents feel welcome  - I can easily speak to my child’s teachers  

Written information is in clear and plain English 

  • My child feels safe going to and from school 

My child feels safe at school 

  • My child's school helps them grow in their understanding of Jesus

  • Parents would like more information about their child’s social and emotional development

Christmas Card Competition

Congratulations to Lavinia Saad who won the 2020 Baulkham Hills Christmas Card Competition. Lavinia was presented with a $100 gift voucher and award from David Wlliot MP. Her drawing of the Three Wise Men will feature on his Christmas cards this year. 

Human Dignity

Human Dignity Continued

Harry Potter Day

Sports News

2021 Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials are OPEN!

 All sports trials will be held in Term One & Two in 2021.

Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2021 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials. It is important to note that these trials are generally for those children who display an above-average ability and/or have representative experience in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2021 be invited to attend. 

 Parramatta Diocesan trials will be held in the following sports: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11yrs & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Tennis & Touch football. The sports of Diving & Golf will be held at the MacKillop level.

To be eligible for selection for these trials the 2021 CEDP Primary Sport TEAM Registration Form must be completed. Please visit the Parramatta Diocesan Primary Sport website or Facebook for the link and information.

WEBSITE: www.primarysportparra.catholic.edu.au

FACEBOOK: Primary Sport Parramatta Diocese

This online form is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for 2021 Parramatta Diocesan Primary Sport Team trials. Parents may complete this form to attend a selection trial. One form is to be completed per child, per individual sport. Each sport has its own criteria therefore, it is imperative that the correct form is completed.


Please note that your online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by the child's school. For the child to attend the nominated trial or event, the school approves students based on playing history and selection criteria. All fields and especially “Representative Experience” if applicable to the sport MUST be completed. Under no circumstances will a child be eligible to trial if the 2021 CEDP Primary Sport TEAM Registration Form has not been completed and approved by the school by the closing date.

More detailed information can be located in the 2021 CEDP Parra Primary Sport Rep Team Trials Info for Parents COVID19 information sheet


2021 Primary Sport Trials COVID-19 Information as of 3rd November

·        The prevailing COVID Safe restrictions regarding school sport events and public gatherings will be observed at the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials

·        Parents will be advised of the protocols to be followed according to the public health orders in force at that time of the trial.

·        It is possible that this will restrict parent/spectator access to the venues as currently parents/spectators are not permitted at school events. Participating students will then remain in the care of the nominated Parramatta team managers for the duration of the trials.

·        Parents/carers will be required to provide a mobile phone number that they will be able to be contacted on should they be required to return to the venue at any time.


Current CEDP Guide for Sport and Physical Activity guidelines that the following advice applies to all CEDP school sports and should be read in conjunction with the current NSW Health guidelines, NSW public health order, venue protocols and CEDP and school specific directives.

·         The number of participants including staff and parents/guardians (if permitted) attending a facility must be limited to ensure compliance with external venue restrictions (one person per 4 square metres of space, 1.5m distancing and to a maximum of 500 people).

·         Even if sporting competition occurs in an external venue, if the sporting activity is held ‘non-essential’ adults should not attend.

·         The use of public change rooms should be avoided wherever possible. Students should come to school wearing their sport uniform and appropriate footwear where possible.

·         Shared travel arrangements such as car-pooling should be avoided where possible.

·         All sports or physical activities conducted must meet all recommendations listed in the DoE Sport Safety Guidelines including teacher/student ratios.

·         Compliance with general COVID-19 restrictions concerning capacity / hygiene etc. 

·         Currently, NO parents / spectators are permitted to attend school sport events. More detailed information will be provided for each individual sport trial via the Team Sport Trial Information sheet provided to approved students.

COVID-19 Safety and Hygiene

The following hygiene measures will continue to apply to all sport and physical activities in schools:

·       Practise good hygiene

·       Staff and students are required to wash their hands prior to and at the conclusion of sport and physical activities. Encourage hand hygiene practices at regular intervals as required.

·       Maintain good respiratory hygiene.

·       Always discourage spitting or clearing of nasal or respiratory secretions.

·       No shining of a cricket ball with sweat/saliva.

·       Do not undertake physical exercise if unwell - students should not attend school if they are unwell. If they become unwell during the day, they should be collected by a parent/carer.

·       Do not share items such as drink bottles or towels - Students should provide their own personal items such as water bottles, towels, clothing, etc as required for physical activities.

·       Implement cleaning protocols - All sport and physical activity equipment (including shared equipment and clothing such as school sporting singlets and bibs) must be cleaned at the end of each session. Equipment and/or clothing that cannot be cleaned after each use must not be shared.

·       Cleaning environments - Standard daily cleans as well as the cleaning of high touch areas should occur within sporting facilities, such as change rooms and in accordance with COVID-19 cleaning and sanitation requirements.

·       Infection control - Apply standard precautions for infection control.

·       Regular protocols for spills of blood and other bodily substances must be followed where any clothing, equipment and surfaces are contaminated by blood or other bodily fluid.

·       Physical contact - shaking hands, high fives and hugging are to be avoided. Students must minimise any physical contact with others for the duration of a sport activity.

SkoolBag App

The newsletter and other communication will sent out through the Skoolbag App.  Please follow the instructions on the attached flyer to download free Skoolbag App on your smartphone.  Be sure to search ‘Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Baulkham Hills South  and select your year group.

Parish News

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