Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 1, 21st July, 2023

Key Dates

Monday 24th July to Thursday 3rd August Book Fair
Tuesday 25th July

Author visit Mark Elliot  Yr 3-6

Tuesday 1st August

9.30am Grandparents Day Mass , Open Classrooms and Morning Tea

Friday 4th August Year 2 Excursion Ryde School House
Friday 18th AugustPremier’s Reading Challenge Ends
Tuesday 22nd August10.30am Book Parade

Sixteenth Ordinary Sunday 23 July 2023

The Gospel (Matthew 13:28 - 30)

Jesus continued, “The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’ He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the shed’”.

... On the way to Mass

Where in your life and throughout the universe do you see a growth of less to more?

On the way home from Mass ...

What happened to the mustard seed? What happens to bread when you add yeast? How is this like the Kingdom of heaven?

The Prayer

Living God, we give thanks that you journey with us into the future. Open us to the gifts of your presence, and increase our willingness to follow as you lead. Turn our hearts to find their way home in you. 


The Question of the Week


What “weeds” are you invited to live in patience with now?

Can you identify a good trait in one or two people with whom you don’t get along.

Primary Students

When have you witnessed or experienced God doing an amazing thing with something small?

The Action

Jesus tells a great story of good seed and bad, and how they grow up together in the harvest of the world. We experience this reality in the contents of our own hearts. We have wonderful, generous impulses; and also cruel, petty thoughts. We may be heroic in our love one day, and selfish in the next. We forgive and withhold forgiveness. Our fields are waist-high in grain and thistles. Try “preventative” over “punitive” justice. Give people a break: forgive and show mercy before it’s deserved. Be kind when kindness isn’t returned. Try patience instead of irritation. Plant a good seed in every encounter. “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all our students, staff and families. We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break. We look forward to a busy and exciting Term 3.

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. 


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


Our deepest condolences to the Badaoui family on the passing of Curtis's  (6C) Grandfarther. Our thoughts and prayers are with them 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

Term 3 Planner

Please see Term 3 Planner attached 

Sports News

Sporting Congratulations

Congratulations to Lucie Fallins (4W) and William Fallins (1M) on their recent outstanding performances at the Northern NSW and QLD Interschools Regional Snowsports Championships representing OLOL.

Lucie achieved 3rd in Alpine, 3rd in Skier-X and 4th in Moguls in Division 5 (Years 3 and 4). William achieved 1st in Alpine, 4th in Skier-X in Division 6 (Kindy to Year 2) and 11th in Moguls in Division 5.

Both Lucie and William will now progress to State Interschools Championships to be held at Perisher in August. 

P & F News

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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