Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 5 , 26th February 2021

Key Dates

Tuesday 2nd MarchYear 1- Park Walk 
Friday 5th March Year  3 Excursion - Field of Mars reserve
Thursday 1st AprilHoly Thursday and Last day of term 1
Friday 2nd April Good Friday

Second Sunday of Lent

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.


Gospel Reflection

There, in their presence, he was transfigured.

Last Sunday’s Gospel described Jesus’ entry into the wilderness and it was suggested that this was a time of encountering God. In today’s Gospel, while the setting is different, we glimpse such a moment of encounter. It is described as a moment of transformation, or transfiguration. An encounter with God changes us. In the Gospel this is depicted as the outer change in Jesus’ appearance, but for most of us, the experience of God brings about an inner change, a change of heart. Jesus knows himself in this moment to be God’s beloved one. © Mary Coloe

Parish/School Masses

Students will be attending Parish mass once a term on Thursday mornings. Year 6 attended yesterday and it was a great feeling to celebrate the Eucharist once again as a grade. Years 2-5 will attend over the coming weeks. Next term will see K- 6 attending.

Weekend family/parish masses have not yet resumed. Reconciliation for Years 4-6  will commence in the coming weeks.


Thank you to all parents for your support during morning drop off. It  continues to work fairly smoothly but relies on the cooperation of all parents. However, there have been a few issues this week with parking at morning drop off.

We ask that parents please remember:

  • Be patient and considerate of other drivers.
  • Move right down to the end of the green fence and behind the car in front so that you don't cause a build up of traffic behind you. The whole area in front of the church is a drop off zone in the morning. Some parents are stopping at the front of the school gates instead of moving down behind the car in front of them. This is causing frustration with other parents waiting to drop their child at school.
  • Leave promptly after letting your children out of the car.
  • You can not be parked for any longer than two minutes and must remain within three metres of your car in the drop off zone.
  • Do not park across the driveways of residents, morning or afternoon
  • Do not  verbally abuse other drivers.

It is important that we set a good example for our children. 


Reading Eggs and Mathletics

This week you would have received an email about Reading Eggs and Mathletics subscriptions for 2021.

If you would like to purchase one or both of these resources please make your payment through the QKR app (the same app used to purchase school uniforms).

Mathletics - $35

Reading Eggs - $25

The final date that a payment can be made is Monday 8th March, after this date the QKR app won't be able to process payments. 

Shortly after the 8th March, students who have purchased subscriptions will be given their login details to take home. Any questions, please contact Mrs Neylan.


As the year progresses, we are trying to ensure we return to normal events with our students. Excursions have been planned and are going ahead. Thursday morning mass with the parish commenced this week with Year 6 attending and other grades to follow each week.  We are also aiming to return to Yattendon Oval for Friday sport for Years 3 to Year 6.

Excursion Volunteers

Unfortunately at this stage, we are unable to have parent volunteers assist with excursions. We are hoping that these restrictions will soon be eased. Adequate supervision will still be provided for all excursions. 

Early Years Assessment

Twice a year the Catholic Education Office ask us to assess our early years students - Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2, in the area of Literacy. These assessments are one-to-one assessments and takes place during weeks 6 and 7 at school. The data gained from these assessments is extremely valuable in helping us maintain our high standards of Literacy.  

Assembly Awards Term 1

Congratulations to the following students who have received Merit Awards at this week’s assembly.

ClassStudents' NameClassStudents' Name ClassStudents' Name

Dylan Ezzy

Daniel Sulimovsky

Georgia Hughes 

Brax D’Souza


Santino Lamb

Anthony Matta

Lucas Pintabona

Anastasia Pivcevic

Nicholas Pratt


Owen Evans

Lucinda Fallins

Zac Wayne

Olivia Keli

Ava Chiha


Ethan Mikhael

Joshua Khoury

Nathan Black

Sonia-Maria Chidiac


Lia Christoy

Sienna Goldberg

Lachlan O’Dea

Lucas Haddad


Xavier Tran

Grace Lechowski 

Elisa Khoury 

Joshua Gendy 

Matilda Copping


Adam Korpal

Jaein Moon

Mia Mooney

Abigail Petersen


Madeleine Ede

Zavier Galic 

Sienna Johnsson 

Zara Pintabona


Phoenix Wynn-Chacon

Nathan Wybrow

Sienna Sharifai

Braith Sharbean

Ruby Skinner


Chase Bennett

Alexandra Borje

Ella D'Souza

Aiden Huo

Ricky Patel


Kiara Moodley

Chloe Hopwood

Monica Baker

Xavier Khoury


Aaron Chevalier 

Matthew Gendy

Selena Chiha

Alina Onis

Dante Wesser


Benjamin Mathews

Hendrix Badaoui

Maia Evans

Zachary Langdon

Charli Thackeray


Estelle Johnsson

Emilia Rebaza

Louie Noonan

James McGirr

Nicholas McNally


Assembly Awards

Head Lice

There has been a report of head lice at the school. Please check your child for signs of lice or nits (small white eggs on the hair shaft). If necessary, consult  the pharmacist about a suitable product.


School Fees

Families should have received their 2021 School Fees - Instalment 1, if not received please email the school office as soon as possible. 

Flexible Payment Plan (Bpay or Bpoint) is offered with Instalment 1.  Please set up your Flexible payment Plan immediately. Those families that do not accept a Flexible payment plan offer, instalment 1 is due by 17 March, 2021. 


Dianne Attard

Finance Secretary

Baby Congratulations

Congratulations to Mrs Zarb and her family on the birth of their daughter. 

Kindergarten 2022 Enrolments

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is now taking Kindergarten enrolments for 2022.

Please download the enrolment form  the school website www.ololbhills.catholic.edu.au, complete the forms and return them to the school office with all the required documentation including originals.

Families will be then be contacted to arrange an interview.

New families may have a tour of our school on:

  • Tuesday 23rd February, 10am 
  • Tuesday 2nd March, 7pm 
  • Tuesday 20th April, 10am

Please email the school office on: ololbhills.parra.catholic.edu.au advising us of your preferred session date.

Social Skills

Respect and Integrity - example's of showing  manners and good communication skills:

  • Friendly voice
  • Personal Space
  • Stand tall 

Term Planner

Please see attached Term 1 Planner

Sports News

Zone Swimming Carnival 2021

Last Friday a number of students attended the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival at Mount Druitt. It was pleasing to see the OLOL competitors do their very best with some fantastic results on the day. The students are to be congratulated on the excellent sportsmanship they demonstrated throughout the day. We are still waiting on the official results and times, as soon as they become available, the students who have made it through to the Diocesan level will be notified.


Congratulation to Ruby Smith (5F) who is the Junior Age Champion Runner Up , for the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival. 


Congratulations to Alina Onis (5F) who competed at the NSW GYMNASTICS STATE TRIAL, in the PRE-JUNIOR category for RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS. She came 2nd overall , 1st in freehand and clubs routine, 2nd in hoop and ball routines. She has now qualified for STATE & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, best of luck Alina. 

Parish News

Proposed Sacramental Schedule for OLOL 2021

Please see attached the proposed Sacramental Schedule for OLOL 2021

For Youth in the Parish of Baulkham Hills

We are making a return to Youth Groups this term at the Parish of Baulkham Hills. Please pre-register via the following link (only if you haven't already) if you are wishing to attend.

 Our Youtube Channel is also still up for those still wishing to engage with the ministry but are unable to come along. Videos present input, games, activities and a few tips for keeping connected! If you have any suggestions for future videos, please forward them via the contact details below!

 Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFy52lMn0ChQv7iEuR2ptAg

 Pre-Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/preregoyouth

Youth Groups

 Y5-8: Next Friday the 12th of March, come along to the Downey Room from 7-8:30pm for youth group! We'll have food, games and activities ready to go, as we continue on our journey of understanding God's Love! We look forward to seeing you there.

Y9-12: This Friday the 5th of March., come along to the Old Church from 7-9pm for our senior youth group – enjoying food, games and activities in great company! We look forward to having you along!

If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the Youth Minister Paul Fam, on 0407 773 174, or send an email through to youth@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

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



Oakhill College Open Day

We warmly invite prospective students and families to the Oakhill College Open Day on Sunday, 7th March from 10.00am-2.00pm.

Join us for a student led tour around our beautiful campus and visit our subject displays, meet our staff and students, watch some of our co-curricular activities and a variety of performances.

Our Principal’s Address is at 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00pm. Bookings are essential, so please register on our website and for any COVID-19 updates: www.oakhill.nsw.edu.au

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Kind regards,


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.