Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 10, 23rd June, 2023

Key Dates

Monday 17th JulyStaff Development Day 
Tuesday 18th July1st Day Term 3- Students return
Tuesday 18th to Wednesday 19th JulyYear 6 Peer Support training
Thursday 20th - Friday 21st July Year 6 Canberra Excursion
Tuesday 1st August

9.30am Grandparents Day Mass & Book Fair

Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday 2 July 2023

The Gospel (Matthew 10: 41 - 42)

Jesus said, “Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cup of cold water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of

giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing”.

... On the way to Mass

Jesus is asking us to love Him before anything else. What are some ways we can do that every day?

On the way home from Mass ...

Jesus asks us to “take up our cross and follow him”. What are some crosses in our lives? How can we follow Jesus with these crosses?

The Prayer

Generous God, we come to this place of worship and hope to be welcomed. We come to this time of worship and hope to welcome you. Come among us and open our hearts and minds this day, so that we are ready to receive all whom you love and welcome. For in doing so we gain a reward more valuable than any this world can offer: the reward of better knowing you and our fellow human beings


The Question of the Week


When have you felt more fully alive by giving yourself to another?

What little sacrifices could you make now that would help your Christian training?

Primary Students

When have you been able to put what someone else needs ahead of what you want for yourself?

The Action

Prophecy is by its nature a challenge to the way things are. If we don’t want to change, then prophets will always seem like threatening characters. They don’t come to affirm us, but to invite us to come closer to the will of God. Receive prophets if you dare, but be prepared to do more than rearrange the furniture of your world. Find the corner of your life where the irritability factor is high. Chances are this is the very place where prophecy is trying to speak. Listen to the challenge being offered to you, and reply.

Thank You

Thank you to all the students and staff for all their hard work this term. We hope the students enjoy a well–earned rest over the next two weeks.

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the parent teacher interviews and teachers for their hard work and dedication with reports and interviews. 

Term 3

We have a Staff Development Day on Monday 17th of July.

First day back for students is Tuesday 18th of July.

Principal/Citizenship Awards

At the end of each term we hold an assembly to present the Principal and Citizenship Awards. Each class teacher selects one student from their class to receive a Principal’s Certificate and one student to receive a Citizenship Certificate.

The criteria for selection is listed below:

Criteria for Principal’s Award

Students may have shown one or more of the following:

  • Achieved high standard results this term

  • Continually produced work of a high standard

  • Have shown outstanding effort in their school work

  • Participated most enthusiastically in all class activities

  • Made great improvement/progress in their school work

Criteria for Citizenship Award

Students may have shown one or more of the following:

  • Treated others with care and respect

  • Helped other students

  • Considered the feelings of others

  • Demonstrated the values taught in our school

  • Cared for the environment

  • Displayed skills taught in our Social Skills Program

  • Parents of children receiving an award are welcome to attend.

Class teachers will notify parents of children receiving an award via email. .

Peer Support Program Kindergarten - Yr 6

Our school will be starting the Peer Support Program in Term 3. This program provides students with the opportunity and environment to develop the understanding, attitudes and skills they need to live a safe and healthy lifestyle. This program helps students realise their potential and contribute positively to society. It is an important program for building self-esteem in students, skilling them to cope with the challenges of day to day life.

The Year 6 students will have the opportunity to develop and practice skills such as decision making, assertiveness and leadership. They learn how to support each other to make safe and healthy life decisions. The module for this year is  Relationships- Keeping Friends, this module supports students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to cope more effectively with difficult and challenging experiences.

Compass Parent Portal Tips

Please use your log in ID, NOT your email address

Please Do Not press on the orange button


Congratulations to Yena from 5P who recently participated in a Korean speech competition. 

Please see the details of Yena's accomplishments below:

Competition: World Korean Speech Competition

Hosting Organisation: Korea Speach and Eloquence Association

Award: Fourth Place Winner

Speech topic: A way to achieve world peace

Competition Date / Place: 10 June 2023, The Latvian Hall, Strathfield

Congratulations Yena.

School Representative Sport Shirts

We still have many School Representative Sport Shirts that have not been returned. If your child has represented our school in any sport and used one of these shirts, we ask that parents please check if they still have them at home and if so return them as soon as possible.

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

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

Torres Street Commuter Car Park

We have had a number of complaints from residents and council regarding illegal parking at Torres Street Commuter Car Park. 

Council has advised to remind parents to: 

  • Only park in marked bays

  • No parking in drop zones 

  • No double parking 

Council have advised parking officers well be out monitoring the car park.

Sports News

Congratulations to our Athletics Champions

P & F News

Volunteers for Fathers Day Reffle

As term 3 approaches we have many events coming up. 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.

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

Ambrose School Age Care - Pupil Free Day Booking Form


No Parking Zones