Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 1, 16th July, 2021


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.


Welcome Back

Welcome back to what has been a challenging start to term 3. I hope all our families and our students are coping well in these difficult times. As you are aware the lockdown has been extended for a further two weeks. This means that the period of remote learning will continue until at least 30 July. Premier Berejiklian’s strong message that everyone who can stay at home should stay at home. We are working to minimise the number of staff on-site at school each day. Next week many of our teachers will be working remotely, however, supervision will continue to be provided by a staff member at school for families who need this support (essential workers, vulnerable students, or those who are not at home and have no other supervision options). Thank you for carefully considering whether your family falls into one of these categories.

Children at school will continue to work online completing the same tasks as the students at home. We all hope and pray that the lockdown ends  and we can have everyone back at school soon. We appreciate the support and  all the hard work that is happening with online learning. Therefore, it is not expected that the Remote Learning Model will replicate the school day in structure or duration.

Children in Primary School are not expected to be working at home from 9am to 3pm. The age of your child and level of support they need also needs to be considered.

A Kindergarten child is not expected to spend as much time on school work as a child in Year 5 or Year 6. 

The family context must also be considered as many parents are working from home and need to make school work hours fit in with work demands. Some families may choose to have children complete their school work in the morning, whilst others are choosing the afternoon.

Do what works best for your individual situation. 

With much of the learning happening online we are aware that screen time limits still must apply. It is  important to set a structure and routine for your child’s learning with adequate time for physical exercise, conversations, games, and down time. 

A suggested order that subject area tasks are completed.

1. Literacy 

2. Maths / Religion 

3. Religion / Maths 

4. Physical Activity

5. HSIE, Science and Technology, Creative Arts (if applicable) 

Please feel assured that the staff at OLOL are here to support you and are happy to answer questions to assist you in developing a routine that works best for you and your children. 

The teachers are online to work with students and parents during normal school hours. Any emails or correspondence received after 4pm will be answered the following day.


Due to covid and the lockdown, there will not be any uniform deliveries until further notice.


The canteen will not be operating during the current lockdown period. As a result we kindly ask that you provide your children with food and drink for each of the days they are at school. 

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent skill-based assessment test of six competitions for primary and secondary school students.

This year we will be offering students from Year 3 to Year 6 the opportunity to sit the ICAS assessments. These are optional assessments that students can sit depending on their interest and ability.

To purchase one or more of these assessments, please see the payment details below. We will not be accepting any payment through the school, it is strictly through the ICAS Parent Payment Portal. Please see the closing dates indicated in the table below, these dates are set by ICAS and are not negotiable.


Official Sitting Window


Price Per StudentClosing Date for Parents to Purchase via PPS*
Writing Monday, 9 August to Friday, 13 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Digital TechnologiesMonday, 9 August to Friday, 13 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
English Monday, 16 August to Friday, 20 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
ScienceMonday, 23 August to Friday, 27 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Spelling BeeMonday, 23 August to Friday, 27 August$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021
Mathematics Monday, 30 August to Friday, 3 September$17.05 (inc. GST)Friday, 30 July 2021

Parent Payment System

Your school access code:


Your parent page link is:


Census - Friday 6th August,2021

The annual school census will take place on Friday 6th August 2021. 

Attached is the August 2021 Census Privacy Notice.


School Fees Instalment 3, 2021

Term 3 School Fee Statements that were scheduled to be posted out by CEDP on Monday, 19th July 2021 have been delayed until further notice. 

Hillsbus Services Update

Updated school bus advice for Hillsbus services commencing 26th July 2021.

  • Route 2551 will terminate at Seven Hills Rd before Solar Ave, no longer via Merindah Rd

 We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.

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. 

Parish News

2021 Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Please find attached information about 2021 Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Annulment Information Webinar

Each year the Catholic Tribunal Office, Diocese of Parramatta and CatholicCare WSBM Solo Parent Services present an Information Session to help people understand the process of Annulments in the Catholic Church. Questions are answered in detail on all aspects of the Annulment process.  The event will be held online via Zoom.  Date: Wednesday 21st July Time: 7pm -9pm Registration is Essential and will be handled by the Tribunal Office: For further details and to register, please call the Tribunal Office PH: 8838 3480 or email tribunal@parracatholic.org 

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