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29 Marda Way, Nollamara WA 6061
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 3 Term 2 - 2023

10th May
  • 5.30pm P & F Meeting
  • 6.15pm SAC meeting
11th May
Running Club
12th May
  • 7.45am Mother’s Day Breakfast.
  • 8.15am Mother’s Day Stall.
  • 9.00am Year 2 Class Assembly.
14th May
  • 9am Family Mass

Week 4 Term 2

18th May
  • Running Club
19th May
  • 2.30pm Year 3 Prayer Assembly

Dear Parents, Friends and Students of Our Lady of Lourdes

Welcome Back: If I have not yet had the opportunity to greet you in person, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all OLOL families to Term 2.  I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed Easter and some special family time, ready for yet another action-packed term. On behalf of the entire community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs Stawowy who is with us for the term while Miss Reeler enjoys her long service leave. 

ANZAC Day: We commemorated ANZAC Day on the first day of Term Two with a beautiful service provided by Year 5 students. Thank you to the students and Miss Geiles for leading such a beautiful memorial. 

Mother’s Day: Coinciding with our first Class Assembly for the term, we will be celebrating our special mothers and grandmothers as well. Please join us for danishes, scones, tea, coffee and juice on Friday, 12 May in the undercover area from 7:45am. For catering purposes, please keep an eye out to RSVP if you will be attending.      

OLOL P&F Meeting: After such a successful P&F meeting in Term One, we are hoping to have even more parents join us for our Term Two meeting on Wednesday 10 May. The agenda will be uploaded to the school website by the end of the week. If you are available to join us to hear of the events planned for the remainder of the year, the meeting will be held in the Hall at 5:30pm. All OLOL parents are welcome to attend. 

New Classroom Doors: If you have paid a visit to school to start the term, you will have noticed that our new classroom doors have been installed. Removing the solid wooden doors and changing them for aluminium will add natural light to our learning spaces and give a clear line of sight into all classrooms for Code of Conduct purposes. It also gives our classrooms a more modern look. I’m sure you would agree that they look great!   

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 first is from Sister Clare Rafferty. 


Sister Clare Rafferty 

A few thoughts from the ‘dim and distant past’. I began my teaching career at Our Lady of Lourdes in 1961 teaching 65 energetic Year 3 boys and girls. The classroom was the third room in the building which housed the Church and one other classroom. As the congregation grew the desks had to be removed from the classrooms every Friday afternoon and stored in a space next to the canteen. They were then brought back to the classroom on a Monday morning! After a couple of years, the Year 3 class was fortunate to be located in a newly built classroom on the west end of the building close to the canteen. It was so much easier to manage a classroom where there was no furniture being moved each week. 

The 8 years in which I taught and lived at Nollamara were happy ones. The school was in its 4th year when I started teaching there and the number of students continued to grow. Parent support was wonderful and everyone did what they could to help with school and parish needs. Fr Kelly was particularly supportive of the Sisters and he was very proud of the school. The building of the Parish Church was a great occasion and it was also a relief for those who taught in the building which had previously been used as the Church. 

For the first two years the Sisters travelled by bus from St Brigid’s Convent, West Perth to the school. Then the late Mr Frank Parkinson who was a taxi driver, drove the Sisters to and from school each day. What a patient man he was, as we were not always ready when Frank arrived! Then the Convent was built. This was done by means of the very generous men of the parish, using their building skills. What a pleasure it was to live in a new Convent which was quite a different design from the Convents of the day. I enjoyed life being so close to school and Church. 

After 8 years, I moved to the country but was back at Nollamara again in 1975. This time, I taught Year 5 for one year and then went to teach at St Gerard’s. However, I continued to live at the Nollamara Convent for another 6 years and caught up with many of the friends I had made in the earlier years. 


MJR Message – Always Look for the Good: As we have only been back at school a short time, instead of listing our Spirit of Jesus Shout Outs, I thought I would take an opportunity to share a very important message from the MJR way of life.  

Too often, we are drawn to the negative rather than the positive. You only have to sit and watch the evening news to highlight this point, where a ‘good’ news story seems very hard to find. MJR is all about seeing the good in yourself, others and the world around you. It is about being ‘switched on’ to the Spirit of Jesus moments that occur each day. This is something you can work on at home. When you ask your child, “How was your day at school?” don’t allow them to begin with a negative. Tell them that you would like to hear three positive things first. It is amazing how attitudes can change when we look for the good in our lives. 

God Bless and stay classy OLOL

Steve Blake

Volunteers Needed

Mrs Vivante is looking for parent volunteers to assist with a daily Reading program for the MacqLit students starting in Term 2. Please contact Mrs Vivante at or phone the school office on 9413 5300 if you are interested in finding out more about how you can help our Year 3-6 students.

Wheelchairs for Kids - Soft Toy Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated soft toys to Wheelchairs for Kids last Term.  Thank you also to Mrs Cruttenden who sorted through the toys and delivered them to Wangara.

Mrs C will organise another delivery at the end of next week. If you have any soft cuddly toys, no bigger than 30cm you would like to donate, please drop them off at the office.

Wheelchair for Kids are very grateful for our donations.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. 

‘Lest we forget’    

Mother's Day Stall

The P&F will be hosting their Mothers’ Day stall in the undercover area from 8.15am on Friday 12th May. Children can purchase a gift for mum from $2.00 to $10.00.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our very special Mums and Grandmothers for Sunday 14th May, we hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday

3rd to 16th May 2023

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

Fionn Fitzgibbon, Phoenix Gatugi, Noah Longwe, Janessa Nidhin, Blake Vuni, Tamika Kaira, Nathan Lan, Owen Muteto, Lance Vu, Phoenix Ngo, Amima Ather, Oliver Papa-Bratanov, Ethan Munro, Anthony Ochan, Andy Pyke, Ranveer Singh and Marianna Radici.

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

Easter Raffle and Guessing Game

A BIG Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for the Easter Raffle and Guessing Game, we appreciate your support. Thank you also to Mrs Menchetti for all her hard work in putting it all together.

Congratulations to all our Winners!

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:

View Menu

Running Club

Don’t forget Running Club tomorrow morning. We will leave from the undercover area at 8:00 am sharp and walk to Woodchester Oval.

School Photo Day

School Photo Day is Wednesday,24th May.

Further information will follow in the next newsletter. The photo packs will be sent home next week.

Scholastic Book Club

The Scholastic Book Club forms have been sent home. If you would like to place an order, please have the order form and correct money back to the office by Wednesday 10th May. Credit card payments can be made via Scholastic, details on the order form.

Our Community

Our deepest sympathy to Jaffa Mary Mathew (Yr 6 ) on the passing of her grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time.

Our deepest sympathy to Mrs Dyblik on the passing of her brother in law. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time.

Congratulations to Anthony (Yr 3), Gervinho Ochan (Yr 5) and family on the birth of their baby sister, Clover. Best wishes to you all!

2024 3YO Pre Kindy Enrolments.

Parents, later this Term, the interviews for 2024, 3YO Pre Kindy will commence.

If you have a child born between the following dates, 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.

3YO Programme:
1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021

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.

2024 Aranmore Catholic College Scholarships

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for an Aranmore Catholic College Academic Scholarship for students entering Year 7 in 2024!

Our application deadline is Thursday 18 May, so visit for more information and to apply today.