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A link to the latest Headteacher communication can be found on the red banner on the front page.  An archive of previous communications and virtual assemblies is here:


Rottingdean Scarecrow Competition

Update:  Our scarecrows are now residing in the garden of The Grange until the end of September, together with the other scarecrows created for the competition.

Update:  Very pleased to announce that we have won fourth place.

There is also a competition to name the scarecrows – closing date is 7 August and the lucky winner will receive an arts and craft pack.  Please email entries to [email protected]

The Rottingdean Village News are inviting all residents to make and display a Scarecrow for an informal competition where the best scarecrow wins a certificate!

More details in the picture below:

Do watch out for Our Lady of Lourdes School scarecrows that will be appearing shortly!!


Zoom Guidance

Dear Parents & Carers
Surrey and Sussex Police have produced advice and guidance to help make sure that anyone using Zoom can do so as safely as possible. The police have asked for this guidance to be passed on to you.
If you or your children are using Zoom, please check and follow this guidance.
For further information about protecting children and young people online you can go to:


Foodbank Donations

Dear All, the Whitehawk Foodbank are desperate for donations as they have seen demand quadruple over the past few weeks…  They have really helped our community over the years. If you are able to make donations of canned or sealed goods and can drop outside the school door as you pass on your daily exercise, please do. Alternatively we would be happy to collect donations from outside your homes if you contact us and let us know. If you are able to help, please email me on: [email protected], and I will arrange collection.

Thank you!!


Headteacher’s Update 14.04.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I sincerely hope that you all remain well and that the challenges of lock down and the stresses associated with this time are not proving too much. You’ll remember that I wrote to you just prior to the holidays asking for some feedback on how our remote learning pages and packs were working for your families. The deadline for this is this Friday 17th. The link is on the front page of the website and so far we’ve had plenty of responses which will help the Leadership Team map a way forward.

At the moment the speculation around school returns is somewhat sketchy, and you will have heard it ranging from perhaps the start of May, to May Half Term and even the start of June. It seems increasingly likely that students will be back prior to September, but this too is, at best, guess work based on other European countries such as Italy and Spain. As a school we’re keen to be as proactive as we can in supporting the families and children in their wellbeing, so please do give us feedback on how you feel we’ve done so far via the survey on the website and let us know of any provision you think you’d like help with.

Moving into next week, the arrangements for our skeleton staff remains in place and we’re expecting the children to use the provision that were accessing it prior to Easter. If there are families who fit the criteria: both parents being key workers, or single parent families who are key workers that need to use the provision who were not doing so before, I’d ask that you please let me know by 5pm on Thursday 16th April so that I can ensure staffing is in place. Please also consider that if there is any alternative arrangement that can be made then please do this. The childcare at OLOL should be an absolute last resort.

Thank you for your continued help and support throughout this crisis; it is greatly appreciated by everyone at school.

God bless,



Update following Prime Minister’s Address 23.03.20

School will continue with skeleton staff, and Parents and Carers are to keep their children at home during this period of national emergency. If staff are not scheduled to work, they are to stay away from school but work from home. Social gatherings of more than 2 are not to happen. Police have the right to enforce fines.

Emergency child care for key workers in households where either both parents are key workers or where single parents are key workers will still be available until further notice.


Eco News

In a special assembly on Monday our Eco Council launched our new Eco Code and Logo!  All children had been invited to design an image, a slogan and a catchy code which was then voted on by the students of OLOL. The winning Eco logo and code was – ‘Don’t be lame – Sustain’

Everyone here at Our Lady of Lourdes has been working very hard make our school the best Eco friendly school that we can be. Our Eco Council is made up from pupils from each year group that meet regularly to discuss our Eco concerns and how we can work together to make things better. Each class has an Eco suggestion box and this is fed back to the staff and governors about the issues that are important to the pupils and the changes that they want to make within the school and their local community.

Recently they have been focusing on recycling and wanted the school (and parents and carers!) to recycle more! So now the school has a Terra recycling point, which recycles all our unwanted crisp packets, and a battery recycling collection point as well.

Watch out for the Eco Council’s regular feature in the school’s newsletter!


Another Open Morning

Due to the traffic disruption on our Open Morning on 8 January, we have scheduled another opportunity to see our school for Monday 13 January 10am.  You are warmly invited, and please share this information with other parents with children due to start Reception in September 2020.  We look forward to seeing you!


Open Morning

We have another Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2020. This is on
Wednesday 8 January 10am.  If you or anyone you know has a child due to start school, you are all warmly invited to come along to see our lovely school. You are also welcome to contact us to arrange a different time.
Reminder:  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 January 2020.


Rottingdean in Bloom Judge’s Report Received

We are very proud that Our Lady of Lourdes School has contributed to the overall “Silver Gilt” judgment (78 out of 100 points) for Rottingdean Parish in this year’s Rottingdean in Bloom competition.  We have received the judge’s report – extract here:  “The judge was given a very comprehensive timetabled tour, with various stops around the parish.  Firstly meeting the deputy head of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and a number of children who enthusiastically showed the judge the various elements of their extensive gardens.  That includes the pond, a new shelter and a woodland area, both now used as outdoor classrooms, and insect hotel.  The school has won a Silver Flag as an “Eco School”.  It was good to hear that, as suggested last year, a schools’ Rottingdean in Boom (RIB) poster competition was held, with the winning poster used as this year’s logo for the Bloom campaign.”


Tree Planting Day 29 November

Thank you to all those parents, carers, grandparents and neighbours who came to help with our tree planting mission!  We successfully managed to get all 105 saplings safely into the ground; 25 – 30 of the trees were placed alongside the path to make a “whisper walk”, and the others will create a hedge and wildlife habitat as they grow.  The children were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  We were lucky to have the help of Miranda, Katie from Sussex Wildlife and Libby, member of the local Deans Conservation Group.  With their expertise and guidance the saplings all found the right spot and location.  It was fantastic to see so many of you, as well as neighbours and members of the local community with all your tools.  A huge thanks to the PTA for providing a warm space in the Arches and much needed nourishment.  With the donation the children made we are also delighted be able to send £118.60 to Just One Tree to help support the tree planting effort world wide (please click on the link to read more about the wonderful work they do) .  Finally a massive thank you to Mrs Philbrook who organised this tremendous event – it was a learning experience the children will remember long after!




A Visit from Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions

On Monday, we were visited by two members of Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club, Geoff Rhodes the Lions President and Andy Wavell. They generously presented each child in Reception with a picture book to keep. The book Happy to be me by Emma Dodd is a rhyming book with a body positive theme celebrating all the wonderful things that make us US! The children were very excited to take their books home and I hope this excitement of books continues with them throughout their lives. A HUGE THANK YOU to all Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions for their generosity.


OLOL have achieved GOLD School Games Mark Award!

The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, provide a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country by encouraging them to take part in competitive school sport.
The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national event for the most talented school age athletes.
To recognise good practice schools are encouraged to apply for Mark to celebrate their achievement and our school has been successful in achieving the GOLD standard.


A Roaring Success!!

Children’s Parade – What a fun day we had, the wind was out and the carnival atmosphere was infectious.  Many thanks from Miss Anscombe to everyone involved.  There will be a display book of parade photographs outside the school office within the next few weeks  Do feel free to come and have a look; they really do encapsulate the fun and laughter we had!  A special thank you to all the children who participated in the parade.  They behaved impeccably and were wonderful ambassadors for the school.


Magic Pavilion Launch Special

Please look out for forthcoming photos of our fantastic day. A huge thank you to all the parents and carers that attended and made this a very special event. A massive thank you to Dee Simson, Mayor of Brighton and Hove, for opening the outdoor learning area and also to Nickhola-Susanne for the superb story telling sessions that went on throughout the day. Katie Eberstein, Sussex Wildlife Trust, was a superb in enabling a number of our children and younger siblings to have a go at pond dipping and the Eco Council did a great job of showing a number of our visitors around, including local Rottingdean parish councillors Stephanie and Graham Sheppard. The extravaganza was rounded off with a wonderful blessing from Father Benny!


Outdoor Classroom Update

We are really pleased to let you all know that our outside classroom has been erected and in place at the top of the school grounds. A number of children have already been up to have a look and carry out their learning amongst nature with superb views of the South Downs and the sea! We are currently carrying out last minute preparations to make this an interactive learning area for the children.
We are very much looking forward to creating an area where Forest Schools can take place, especially for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It will be a place of learning for all classes for all subjects across the curriculum, with a classroom, den area and Fire Pit!
The new Outdoor Classroom is a 5m Hexagonal Gazebo which includes:
• Benches
• Workstations
• Storytelling Chair
• Giant chalkboard
• Rainwater system with water butt
For this project, we worked with Pentagon Play who design and install outdoor learning environments for schools and nurseries.
You can visit their website here –



ROAR certificate for Team STE

Following the success of Team STE – (Save the Earth) in the ROAR 2018 competition, the children went to the Lions District Convention at Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel on Saturday 2nd February. The children set up their presentation and pitched to many interested Lions during the lunch break. Many people commented on how much the children were a credit to the school. The children were presented on stage with a certificate of appreciation by District Governor Peter Dilloway. Many thanks to the parents for taking the children to Arundel and to Mr Beverton and Miss Golawska for giving up their Saturday to support our winners. Miss Anscombe


Art Update

Frederico de Cicco is one of our Midday Supervisory Assistants and a local artist and illustrator. He led an art club at school in June and July 2018.  Among other things, he and the children produced a wonderful mural in the KS1 playground. All the workshops were based on Frederico’s own project “Across the Free Land”.

You can see pictures of the mural and of the children’s art work on our Art Club page. Here is the link to Frederico’s website:

Frederico also produced a lovely picture of the playground:

KS1 Playground
Frederico de Cicco, MDSA


ROAR Competition – Congratulations to our Team

OLOL entered a competition held by 7billion ideas and Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions called ROAR 2018. We competed with over 40 schools from around Sussex and Kent. We had to think big, dream big and come up with an idea to change the world. The children were asked to test their imaginations and in groups of 3 or 4 they had to promote and pitch their product/idea to change the world; this included:
– creating a poster
– creating a model made from recyclable materials
– creating a story
– creating a jingle and a slogan
On Thursday 6th December our winning team from Year 6 went to Wakehurst Place to compete and were judged the overall winners!    Read more about their invention and see pictures here.


Open day for children starting in Reception in 2019 — 9th Jan 10 — 11am, 2 — 3pm

We do ask that you please help and spread the word and let people know of our final Open Day in the New Year. We have so much to celebrate, from our excellent results this year, recent Ofsted report, amazing resurfaced playing spaces, to our strong Sports tradition and two years Sports Champions of all the Deans schools, new library and Junior classrooms as well as the exciting new learning environment we have almost completed at the top of the school site (to share with you all in the New Year!). How lucky any new parents/carers are to have such a supportive and strong parent/carer network as you all! Thank you!


School Games Silver Mark

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games SILVER Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

For more information read more on our Sports page.


We won the Deans Sports Cup for the second year running!!

Congratulations to Our Lady’s who have won the Dean Sports Cup for the second year running – what a fantastic achievement to all those involved!

The Deans Sports Partnership is a joint collaboration of local schools within the Deans area, which provides opportunities for children to take part in competitions and enrichment activities within these schools. This year saw Our Lady’s winning the Dean Sports Cup for the second year running, an achievement we are very proud of.

For more information on sports at our school please see our  Sport Page 



Eco Schools Silver

We’ve done it!!  After a lot of commitment and hard work from our Eco Council and school community Our Lady’s has now gained our Eco Schools Silver Award . We are very proud of our achievement but will not be stopping there as we intend to continue to work together to gain the prestigious Green Flag award – so watch this space

For more information about the wonderful work the Eco Council are doing please visit our Eco Council page

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