Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 4, 5th November 2021

Key Dates


Tuesday 7th December Year 6 Graduation Mass
Tuesday 14th DecemberLast Day of Term
Wednesday 15th December Staff Development Day
Friday 28th & Monday 31st January, 2022MAI Testing
Tuesday 1st February  First day for all students

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

In his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’

He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called to his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’

Ref:Liturgyhelp.com

Living the Gospel – Hypocrisy

Throughout the gospels, what Jesus appears to abhor more than anything else is hypocrisy. His harshest condemnation of the scribes and the Pharisees is that they are hypocrites. In this passage, whilst Jesus hates the scribes’ parading around and claiming honour that is not their due, what really sees him condemn them is their mistreatment of widows ‘while making a show of lengthy prayers’. We cannot praise God in prayer while at the same time mistreating our neighbour. That is hypocrisy! Our actions are an extension of our prayer. We cannot celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays and fail to live it the rest of the week!

 © Greg Sunter

Christmas Hampers

Once again we will be supporting the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal in conjunction with the

OLOL Parish. Please see note attached for further information.

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Sock it to Poverty

A huge thank you to the school community for supporting Catholic Mission’s Socktober Appeal. The school community raised $592, well done !!

Masks

A reminder to parents who come on site to collect children at the end of the day are asked to wear a mask to protect all our children. Once you collect your child please leave immediately. 

Covid Symptoms

Advice from NSW Health is that parents and carers should not send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.  

Parents are required to have students tested if they are unwell for even the mildest of sysmptom, 

Schools will make arrangements for students who are unwell or have flu-like symptoms to be sent home.

If students are absent or have been sent home due to flu-like symptoms, they should not return until they have a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom-free.

Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students  to return to school i.e. NSW Health or COVID-19 Testing Centre correspondence (SMS or email or hard copy) and/or a medical certificate must be provided to the school via email and a record of this kept by the school. 

email : ololbhills@parra.catholic.edu.au

Year 6 Graduation Mass

As some of our restrictions ease, schools are able to hold particular events. We are now permitted to hold our Year 6 Graduation Mass. This will be held on: Tuesday 7th December at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. This mass is for year 6 students and their families. 

As this is  a school function we must follow the NSW Government Health Guidelines for schools. This requires all adults to be fully vaccinated to attend. Proof of vaccination will be required on entry to the church.We thank you for your cooperation.

ICAS Competitions 2021

Due to remote learning ICAS have extended the period that enrolled students can sit the assessments. Assessments will continue next week.

IMPORTANT Canteen update

The canteen will no longer accept credits/I O U's , for this reason we strongly enrourage parents to open up a canteen school account  This can be used for student lunch orders, forgotten lunches and buying off the bench at recess and lunchtime. To open up a canteen account, please go to 

www.melstastybites.com then click on "Online Ordering". See instructions attached for further information. 

Lunch orders need to be placed via Flexi Schools or written on a paper bag brought in from home with the exact money placed inside before 9.30am .

Please see latest menu Melstastybites Menu

Setting up a Canteen Account

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Staff Development Day

Wednesday 15th December, (Term 4, Week 11)  is a Professional Learning Day for the staff.

Therefore studnet's last day to attend school for 2021 is Tuesday 14th December. 

Please make alternate arrangements for your children on that day.

Outside School Hours Care 2022

Please see the attached information regarding Outside School hours Care 2022. This service will be conducted by an organisation within the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. We thank Cubbyhouse for their cooperation and support over recent times.
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2022 School Travel Applications

Please see attached newsletter regarding travel applications.

Applications for student travel in 2022 opened on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

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Computers and Readers

Dear Parents,  

If you borrowed any computers or readers during the lockdown period, could you please now return them to the school?

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Library

Mathematics in the Home

Summer Reading Challange

Parish News

Youth Ministry

This week for youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills…

We will be continuing with our online youth groups! Sessions take place weekly on Friday nights for those In Y5-12. The sessions themselves 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. 

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). 

Y5-8: Online youth group is back this Friday, from 7-7:30PM (with the room open for you to join from 6:50-7PM). 

Y9-12: Online youth group is back this Friday from 8-8:30PM (with the room open for you to join from 7:50-8PM).

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 Form: https://tinyurl.com/k3hnf6jb

IWITNESS CONFERENCE

From the 10th-12th of December, the 2021 iWitness Conference will be taking place at the Tops Conference Centre. The Conference is for young adults (18+), and provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with and grow in your faith, to meet heaps of young adults from all around Australia, and to break out of your regular rhythm! If this sounds like it could be for you, check out the registration link (which also has contact information to get in touch with event organisers! Tickets are $230 for the weekend (which includes food and accommodation!), with special deals available (for more info., check the link or contact the organisers)!

Children's Rosary

Community News

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.