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Tel: (08) 9413 5300


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School seeks to offer excellence in education, enlivened by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ in a school community where the dignity of each person is valued.

Week 7 Term 2 - 2023

5th June
  • WA Day – Public Holiday
6th June
Pupil Free Day – No School.
7th June
  • Wellness Week – No Homework or Meetings.
  • School Audit Day.
8th June
  • Running Club.
  • 9.00am Whole School Fitness Session.
  • 11.00am Reconciliation for First Communion.
  • Wellness Week – No Homework or Meetings.
9th June
  • 9am Eucharist Retreat Day.
  • Wellness Week – No Homework or Meetings.
11th June
  • 9am First Holy Communion Mass.

Week 8 Term 2

15th June
  • Running Club.
16th June
  • 9.00am Year 3 – 6  Mass – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Dear Parents, Friends and Students of Our Lady of Lourdes

First Holy Communion & Farewell Fr Stan: Sunday 11 June, we will gather as a school and parish community to celebrate the children receiving Jesus in the form of Holy Communion for the first time. It will be at this same Mass that we say a final farewell to Fr Stan. I am hoping that the church is at capacity for these two special events taking place in our community.   


Parent/Teacher Interviews: Our parent/teacher interviews are in full swing. As mentioned previously, these opportunities are such a wonderful way to build positive, healthy relationships between home and school, which is vital for your child to flourish in the educational setting. Thank you to all parents and caregivers for your ongoing support.    


Reconciliation Week: National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements while exploring how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, urges all Australians to use their power, their words and their actions to create a better, more just Australia for all of us. At OLOL, the students created a ‘Sea of Hearts’ to recognise our commitment to be a voice for generations. These are displayed throughout the school and I would like to thank Miss Jenni Brown for organising. 


Our Lady Help of Christians: On Wednesday 24 May, we gathered as a school community to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (see explanation of Feast below). Thank you to Fr Stan for celebrating and our fabulous choir and musicians who make up our talented Music Ministry. 

Under the title of Help of Christians, Mary was chosen as Patroness of Australasia by the First Provincial Synod, convened by Archbishop John Bede Polding, in Sydney in 1844. The fledging colonies needed Mary’s help at that time, as the nation does today. We are helped through Mary’s powerful intercession and through the example of her life that we find in the Gospels. 


Staffing News: Donia Clews, aka Ms Donia, informed me last week that she has accepted a position with ‘Helping Minds’ that will greatly enhance her chosen counselling career. Donia has made such an impact since joining our school and we will be very sad to see her go. Donia’s final day will be to assist with the audit on Wednesday 7 June. We are currently advertising (with St Denis) for a new Social Worker. 

Mr Matthew Gray will be taking some well-deserved long service leave for the duration of Term 3. His teaching position in Year 6, as well as his Assistant Principal role, will be filled during this time. I hope to announce the replacements for these roles in next fortnight’s newsletter.  


Wellness Week: Wellness Week is fast approaching, falling in Week 7 this term. This coincides with the WA Day public holiday and the pupil free day on Tuesday 6 June. I hope all families enjoy this extra-long weekend as we prepare for the final weeks of Term Two.     


Previous Staff Reflections: On Monday 24 April, the OLOL staff gathered for a special day of professional learning called ‘Faith Story & Witness’. During the day, Mr Gray stepped us through the very beginnings of Our Lady of Lourdes School back in 1958 under the direction of the Sisters of Mercy. We were given the opportunity to read reflections from previous staff and over coming newsletters, I will share these with the community. The final reflection is from Janet Callaghan. 


Mrs Janet Callaghan 

I commenced teaching on a Relief basis at Our Lady of Lourdes in Nollamara in 1974, sixteen years after the school had been built. 

At that time, Father Kelly was the Parish Priest and Sister Helena Hartnett was the principal. Sister Ambrose taught Year One. The only other Sister who was at the school during my time was Sister Anne McFarlane who was principal for a short time before becoming ill. The remainder of the staff over the years have been lay principals and teachers. 

The sisters were very committed to their roles and worked tirelessly to provide for the needs of the children and the wider community. Rules were strict but the students were encouraged to show pride in their work, appearance and respect for others. 

Assemblies were held twice a day for the whole school. (Years 1-7) 

The Angelus, Benediction and weekly Masses were celebrated. There were holy water fonts in each classroom. Year One, under the direction of Sr Ambrose, had a special graduation Mass each year. 

Parents were very involved with supporting the school, especially from the late 1950’s-1990’s. 

Many families were involved with building the school, convent and church. 

With a lot of parent and staff support, many fundraising events were held, including yearly fetes, lamington drives and bottle drives. Walkathons around the streets of Nollamara and Dianella were held in the heat of Summer over a course of many kilometres. Quite challenging for all, especially five-year-olds. 

Class sizes in the 1970’s were around 35 students per class. Boys only attended O.L.O.L. school until the end of year 3. 

Class resources were limited, and most were hand made by the teacher. 

Cuisenaire rods for Maths were very popular in the 1970’s. 

A Gestetner machine using a thin sheet of wax paper on which information was drawn with a stylus was used to copy sheets by putting them through an ink roller. Spirit duplicators came next but were quite messy to use. 

No D.O.T.T. time or support staff were available, so the teacher had the class for the whole day until 3.30 p.m. 

O.L.O.L. is a school that has become increasingly multicultural and has experienced many changes over the years. 

I have personally found it to be a very welcoming and caring environment and have made many friendships over the years. Though sometimes challenging, the children continue to interest and inspire me with their different personalities and cultures. We are the facilitators in their learning and we can learn so much from them. 


MJR – Spirit of Jesus ‘Shout Outs’: Here are a few ‘SOJ Shouts Outs’ from around the community this past fortnight: 

  • Amora (Year 4) assisting to translate information about OLOL in Portuguese to a prospective family looking to enroll while I was taking them on a school tour 
  • A group of Year 6 students staying back after Mass to search for a missing earring belonging to a Year 4 student. Allegra (Year 6) finding it, much to the delight of everyone involved 
  • Aizel (Kindy) showing the E (encouraging) in WEST while teaching a friend how to swing herself independently 
  • Mrs Versaci showcasing her amazing artistic talent completing our MJR mural. Make sure to check it out the next time you are walking down the breezeway 

God Bless and stay classy OLOL

Steve Blake

School Photos

The expiry date for online ordering is today, Wednesday 31st May. Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee.

Scholastic Book Club Orders

Scholastic Book Club orders are due in by Wednesday 7th June.

Merit and Year 6 Assembly

Congratulations to all our Award Winners and to the Year 6 Class for a wonderful performance.

Kiss and Ride and Parking - Parents Please Read!

‘Kiss & Ride’ drive through operates from 8.30 to 8.45am every morning and every afternoon from 3.00 to 3.15pm.


  • There is a one-way direction for entry and exit at all times.
  • All cars to drive up the side lane of the church at no more than 5kmph.
  • Proceed through the basketball courts in single line.
  • Stop in single line in front of Year 2, 3, & 1 classrooms to drop off or pick up your child.
  • This is a continuous moving single lane of cars and you are NOT TO PARK OR GET OUT OF YOUR CAR. This is necessary to ensure safety of all and to maintain the flow of traffic.
  • In the afternoons staff will direct the children to the appropriate car.
  • After dropping off or picking up your child proceed in single file to the double gates, turning LEFT ONLY onto Flinders Street.
  • No parking or pick-up at the front of church
  • No exit at any time via the church laneway.
  • Delaying your arrival in the afternoons by 5 minutes or so may help to reduce your waiting time and ease congestion. Children are supervised by staff until 3.15pm.


Kindergarten & Pre-Primary parents are allowed to park on the basketball courts to drop off and pick up your child from Kindy/Pre-Primary. However, you must use the Kiss and Drive route and adhere to the ONE WAY SYSTEM and NO OVERTAKING. You must join the single lane of cars and TURN LEFT onto Flinders Street.

  • We ask all people to be patient and that inevitably, as with all schools, drop off and pick up time is extremely busy and one would expect to have to wait.


Happy Birthday

31st May to 13th June 2023

A very Happy Birthday to all our Students and to Miss Casey. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Nathaniel Siki, Adam Fodor-leszkay, Chloe Whitney, Amora Chavante David and Miss Casey.

Term Dates

Term 2
Last Day of Term 2 – Friday 30th June
Mid-Year break: Monday 3rd July – Monday 17th July

Term 3
Students: Tuesday 18th July – Thursday 21st September
Term 3 break: Friday 22nd September – Sunday 8th October

Term 4
Students: Tuesday 10th October – Friday 8th December

Student Free Days and Public Holidays 2023

Term 2
Monday 5th June – WA Day

Tuesday 6th June – Pupil Free Day

Term 3

Monday 17th July – Pupil Free Day
Friday 22nd September – Pupil Free Day

Term 4

Monday 9th October – Pupil Free Day

OLOL Parish

Saturday Vigil – 6:00 pm
Sunday Mass – 9:00 am

Tuesday – 9:00 am
Wednesday – 9:00 am
Thursday – 9:00 am
Friday – 9:00 am

Saturdays – 5:30 pm

Running Club

Don’t forget Running Club tomorrow morning.

Due to the Parent/Teacher interviews this week, Running Club will be held on the school oval.

The Munch Box

Parents, please note that OLOL is an ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL. This means no nuts, peanut butter, nutella or bars/cakes containing nuts.

Please click on the following link for the revised Term 2 Menu:

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Our Community

Please keep in your prayers all members of our community who are sick or who have relatives and friends who are ill at this time. We especially ask that you keep them in your closest thoughts and prayers.

2024 3YO Pre Kindy and 2025 Kindy Enrolments

Parents, the interviews for 2024, 3YO Pre Kindy and 2025 Kindy have commenced. 

If you have a child born between the following dates: 1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021, please ensure that you have completed an enrolment form. You can download the enrolment document by visiting our Website or see Mrs Harris in the office.



Ring Pulls

We are still collecting the ring pulls from soft drink cans. These are donated to Brother Ollie, who uses them to assist in making wheelchairs for children around the world affected by disease and landmines.

Please bring them to your class teacher.

Thank you

St Vincent de Paul Clothing Bin

We have a St Vincent de Paul clothing bin which is located near the Flinders St gate on the oval side of the school. You are able to donate all your unwanted good quality clothing, manchester, books, kitchenware (no glass items) and childrens’ toys that you no longer needed. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the front office.

Battery Recycling

Recycling batteries is good for the environment. It keeps them out of landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes, causing soil and water pollution. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals in them may cause air pollution.
Remember that you can recycle your household batteries at school. Please deposit batteries in the specially provided container in the front office.

We can all play our part to reduce landfill and help save the planet.

Catholic School Parents WA Annual General Meeting

Dear Parents,

The Catholic School Parents WA Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday the 15th June 2023. We are now in the process of setting the agenda and so we are now calling for agenda items. Please forward any items to by Wednesday 1st June. We also invite members from schools who are financially affiliated with CSPWA to consider nominating to Council at the AGM. In addition to contributing to the work of council at state and local level, Council members have the opportunity to represent CSPWA on national, state and Catholic education sector committees and working parties according to their experience. If this is something you might be interested in or if you would like to find out more, please contact Siobhan Allen, Executive Director CSPWA on 0409 025 683.

Please find below the link to the 2023/24 Council nomination form and AGM flyer.

2023 CSPWA AGM Notice

CSPWA New Councillor Nomination Form 2023