Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 2, 28th July, 2023

Key Dates

Tuesday 1st August

9.30am Grandparents Day Mass , 10.40am Open Classrooms and 11.10-11.40am Morning Tea

Friday 4th August Year 2 Excursion Ryde School House
Tueday 8th August

2.15pm K-6 Assembly Yr 5

6.30pm P&F Meeting

Sunday 13th AugustYr 2 Parish Mass
Friday 18th August

Premier’s Reading Challenge Ends

Hills Zone Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 22nd August10.30am Book Parade

Seventeenth Ordinary Sunday 30 July 2023

The Gospel (Matthew 13: 44)

Jesus continued, “God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidently found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic – what a find! – and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field”.

... On the way to Mass

Describe the Kingdom of heaven in one or two of your own words.

On the way home from Mass ...

Jesus compared the Kingdom of heaven to treasure, fine pearls, a great catch of fish that will be sorted, and an inventory of old and new items. Think about the words you used to describe the Kingdom of heaven. Are they similar or different from Jesus' descriptions?

The Prayer

God of the tiny baby and the oldest member, help us to seek your kingdom together. God of ancient stories and of new life, help us to seek your kingdom together. 

God of the Olympic gold winner and the last across the line, help us to seek your kingdom together.  God of who we are and who we can be, help us to seek your kingdom together. In times of struggle and times of celebration, help us to seek your kingdom together. Amen.

The Question of the Week


What would you be willing to “sell,” or do without, in order to achieve your dreams for yourself or your


Primary Students

What good thing do you want so much that you would give up something else to get it?

The Action

Bake a loaf of bread. Plant a seed. Go fishing. Invest in something really important. But whatever you do, consider how your actions teach you about God’s kingdom and how it comes into the world through you. Not every loaf will rise, not every field sown will produce a yield.

2023 Non-Government Schools Census collection notice

The annual school census will take place on Friday 4th August. It is imperative that the school has received an application of extended leave for 5 or more days or a note of explanation (in case of sickness etc) if your child is absent on this day, as this is a legal requirement.

If your child is not at school on Friday 5th August, please ensure you have updated Compass with your child’s absence and anticipated date of return. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Please see attached the 2023 Non-Government Schools Census collection notice. 



Congratulations to our Year 6 students for their excellent behaviour on our excursion to Canberra. We are so proud of how they represented our school on this trip.

Thank you to the two parents who also assisted us on our excursion. We appreciate your support.

Year 6 Peer Support Training and Session 1 2023

Term 3 commenced a busy time for Year 6, with 2 days of Peer Support Training, preparing our senior students to lead mixed grade groups each week through games and activities designed to teach resilience.

All students attended the training days with excitement and enthusiasm.

Year 6 students learnt more about ways to manage a group, how to deal with challenging situations in a positive manner and ways to collaborate with a partner.

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.

Parent Payment System

Payment Portal  for assments closes 31st July

Your school access code is: XHT679
Your parent page link is:https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps

Thank You

Thank you to Mrs Rafidi, mother of Jack from 1M, who organised to have the crosses at the front of the school cleaned and painted during the recent holidays.

 We appreciate your support as the crosses now look so much brighter.


Our deepest condolences to the Santos family on the passing of their Grandfather. Grandfather to Noah (3F) and Harper (KG).

Our condolences also go to the Hadfield family on the passing of their Grandmother. Grandmother to Sophia (6K).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this time. 

School Fees - Please Finalise Overdue accounts

School Fees Instalment 2 payment was due on Wednesday 31st May 2023.

If your school fee account is outstanding and you are not on a flexible payment arrangement, please finalise your account now.

School fee accounts on a flexible payment plan arrangement, please check your scheduled payments are paid accordingly and there are no missed payments. Thank you

P & F News

P & F Meeting

Our next P&F Meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th August at 6.30pm.

Volunteers for Fathers Day Raffle

 We are in need of volunteers who may wish to organise the Father’s Day raffle. If you are able to assist in any way or would like more information of what is involved, please contact Belinda on 0413913001.

Grandparents Day

Welcome back to term 3!

The P&F have a number of events on this term. Our first event will be Grandparents Day. Please find details on the flyer and the link to RSVP. We hope to see many of our grandparents attend! 


Parish News

Children's Rosary Movement

Children’s Rosary participants gather together to pray the Rosary every Monday during the school term. Parents need to accompany children. 

Bring your Rosary beads and spend some time in prayer.

Where: OLOL Church

When: Monday (school term only)

Time: 3:30pm

Contact: anitamolina@hotmail.com

Community News

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