Growing Schools of the Future- Article about OLA appearing in the Catholic Weekly

posted 14 Feb 2019, 15:00 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen

Level One of OLA is Now Complete

posted 9 Aug 2017, 00:28 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 10 Aug 2017, 02:46 ]

At the beginning of this term there was great excitement as the next level of our building was complete and ready for us to occupy.  The big move took place over the school holidays, with the teachers busily getting ready to make this another great learning space for our OLA students. Our Year 2-4 students settled into their new learning spaces very quickly. Check out the images below.

OLA Learning Spaces- Ground and Level 1


Celebrating Australia's First Saint- Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop

posted 8 Aug 2017, 15:38 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 8 Aug 2017, 15:42 ]

On Tuesday 8th August we gathered as our school community to celebrate Australia's first Saint, Mary of the Cross Mackillop.  Each grade lead a beautiful prayer service in their learning spaces. 

Another Award for OLA

posted 19 Sep 2016, 23:54 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen

The International 2016 Exhibition of School Planning & Architectural Award Winners, conducted by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) have just been announced.


Our Lady of Assumption have just been awarded another prestigious award for learning design. Nominations for the International 2016 Exhibition of School Planning and Architectural Awards were given to projects that won A4LE awards at a national level. So from national, we move to an international award for Renovation/Addition. This prestigious Award is known as the Lee J. Brockway Award, after a distinguished Architect who introduced the idea of listening to communities in the design process.


When OLA won the Australian award earlier this year it was described by the jury as “a triumph of understated simplicity, informed by both theory and practice”. Exemplifying, utilising community consultation and involvement in the design process, the building company, BVN worked closely with Cathy Young as school Principal and members of the Sydney Catholic Schools Office to understand the physical requirements of this new school being developed around a theory of student-centred learning.


The result according to the Australian Award jury is “an elegant and playful-reimagining of school on many levels that started with the repurposing of a commercial services building into a place of learning that honours diverse ways of coming to know.”


A wonderful acknowledgment of the design focus to ensure that the young students and their families at OLA have every opportunity to learn in an environment that supports future thinking.


Grandparents Day at OLA

posted 5 Nov 2015, 16:56 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 9 Nov 2015, 12:52 ]

Friday 6 November OLA celebrated its very first Grandparents Day.  What a wonderful celebration this was, as so many Grandparents, those who take on the role of Grandparents and families were able to join us.  We began with a beautiful liturgy where we were able to give thanks to God for our Grandparents, those for those who are near, far away or who have already passed away.  Our Grandparents then had a tour of the classrooms.  The morning concluded with a lovely morning tea provided by our OLA families and a performance by the OLA children.  All the children sang Count on Me by Bruno Mars and the Year 1/2 children recited a beautiful poem:

Thank you for just being you

For making life more bright

More rich in love and laughter

More rich in wisdom and delight.

For everything you've shared with me

Adventures big and small

Your warmth, your stories and your smile

I'm grateful for it all.

I feel you're always there for me

And wanted just to say

You are always in my heart

Each and every day.

Grandparents' Day Reflection



Term 3 at OLA

posted 13 Sep 2015, 19:46 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 13 Sep 2015, 19:49 ]

It certainly has been a term of many firsts and wonderful celebrations of learning and our community.  Here is a little look back…

Term 3 at OLA


OLA Reaching out to the Community

posted 20 Jul 2015, 01:08 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 20 Jul 2015, 01:11 ]

Once again the OLA community have shown their generous spirit with the wonderful fundraising efforts for St Vincent DePaul(SVDP). The children had a wonderful day, which began with the children wearing their Pyjamas and making a gold coin donations in the OLA heart. The money raised allowed us to buy sleeping bags for the homeless. The children then participated in a number of activities where they learnt about SVDP and the significance of our Red Colour Day being held on Friday for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The children also made cards to be given out by SVDP volunteers when they give the sleeping bags to the homeless. A big thank you once again for all your support.


OLA Official Opening and Blessing

posted 20 Jul 2015, 01:00 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 20 Jul 2015, 01:13 ]

Last Term, Friday May 1, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary school celebrated its official Blessing and Opening. This is the 150th systemic Catholic school of the Sydney Archdiocese. Archbishop Anthony Fisher led us in our celebration, and this was his first school to open and bless in the Sydney Archdiocese. The Archbishop brought the children’s attention to Our Lady - Mary, and her ‘yes’ to God. He also spoke of the importance of being happy and Holy people of God. We were also joined by a number of very special guests including Dr Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, a number of Directors from the CEO, Members of Federal and State Parliament, and local government and many other Principals and educators from Catholic education in Sydney. It was wonderful that so many of our families could join us on this special day.  Our ceremony finished with the children of OLA singing, for the first time, the OLA School Song.

For an extra glimpse of the events of the day, this article appeared on the ‘About Catholic Schools’ Website:



OLA First Family Gathering

posted 26 Jan 2015, 22:01 by Siobhan Van Den Nieuwenhuizen   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 22:07 ]

Our first OLA Family Gathering was held at Bicentennial Park on a very bright and sunny Sunday afternoon in late November. We organised it for the week before student orientation so that our children could meet and interact in a social environment and see some familiar faces prior to the orientation days.

There were approximately 20 families that attended and braved the very warm weather. Each family brought with them their own food, drinks, picnic blankets and activities to keep the children entertained.

The adults mingled and shared stories about their children and our OLA schooling journey so far, and we all spoke about the exciting times ahead.

Some children played on the play equipment, a few enjoyed kicking the soccer ball with some of the dads joining in, while others were content sitting in the shade drawing and colouring.

It was a great day and an ideal opportunity for those that attended to meet with other families who will be attending OLA in 2015.
Sandra Sasso and Rosanne Spagnolo (Kindy Parents)

School Uniforms

posted 30 Jul 2014, 21:00 by trent.johnston@syd.catholic.edu.au   [ updated 3 Aug 2014, 15:50 ]

We have finalised our school uniform and accessories for 2015. Have a look at some of the designs sketches. Details on availability and how to order coming soon.

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