Our Links with the Community

See also Eco in the Community on our Eco Council page

Our facilities are available for hire to the local community for either single or repeat bookings.  Please find our Hire Agreement on our Policies page

The school has a great reputation in the community.  (Parent Survey 2018)

Harvest Assembly 18 October 2019

This year we are supporting the Clocktower Sanctuary, a local charity which supports homeless young people.  Thank you to all who have brought in so many donations of food and toiletries – this is very much appreciated.

Rottingdean in Bloom

Rottingdean in Bloom and The Budding Foundation

The school is involved in this year’s Rottingdean in Bloom (RIB) competition. We have been working closely with Helen from the RIB.  The wildlife area is being tended to by the Community Payback team at the weekends, and Mr Golding has been coordinating their great efforts. We are really appreciative of all they are doing. Judges for Rottingdean in Bloom will be coming to our school on 4th July to look at what we are doing and meet with the Eco Council representatives.


We have also been in contact with Tates Garden Centre, Hassocks and a charity based there run by Clive Gravett called The Budding Foundation. This charity works with Tates to support children’s projects in the community, and Clive has been very supportive in helping us. He knows that all the children will be involved in looking after the 30 troughs of flowers that have been donated to the school by the charity via Hassocks Garden Centre. More than that, it will be used to support a number of our children with specific need. Thank you very much, Clive! We hope to invite him to the school in the near future when our project is near completion.

Rottingdean Village D-Day commemoration

D-Day 75th Anniversary Service on Rottingdean Green

A huge thank you to Mrs Philbrook, Miss Anscombe and Mr Golding for organising for our children to attend the 75th Anniversary Service of D-Day on The Green, Rottingdean.
Here is a message from Dave Bull, who helped to organise the event:  ‘Thank you for attending today’s service on the green. The attendance was fantastic and the children really made the event so very special. It takes a lot of effort for your school to escort the children down and supervise them, which was really appreciated. Again a massive thanks on behalf of the village and branch. Please pass on our thanks to your fantastic pupils and staff.’

Children’s Parade – “A Roaring Success”

We had a great day, joining in with this amazing community event.  Many thanks to everyone to all the staff, parents and children who contributed to making it happen, running the workshops, helping with transporting and carrying our cheetah, facepainting etc etc.  Special thanks to the children who were impeccably behaved and great ambassadors for our school.

Brighton Festival Children’s Parade May 4th 2019

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we start to prepare for the parade! The overall theme for this year’s parade is folk tales from around the world. Our Lady of Lourdes School has a traditional Zulu story called ‘The cheetah and the lazy hunter.’

Here are some photos from our workshop where we worked together with parents, children and staff to prepare our costumes.

“Let’s Dance” at The Dome 14 March 2019

40 children from Years 3 and 4 performed in a dance at the Brighton Dome as part of the annual Lets Dance celebrations. The children had worked incredibly hard in our rehearsals and as always, rose to the occasion on the night, with a truly outstanding performance. We were extremely proud of them! We also need to say a huge thank you to Helen Snow for choreographing the dance and giving up her free time to come and help the children practise. Thank you also to the parents for providing wonderful costumes and make up! It was a great evening! Thank you also to Miss Cordell and Mrs Philbrook.

Roar Competition

OLOL entered a competition held by 7billion ideas and Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions called ROAR 2018.  We competed with over 50 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!  This is the winning team’s idea:

Team S.T.E’s idea, as told by Nethmi:

“Our idea for ROAR is an ice generator that is powered by plastic. The life changing idea behind B.E.N (Breakthrough, Ecology, Network) is to reduce plastic in the world without taking salesman and saleswomen, who sell plastic bottles, out of business, and in addition, to obviously add more ice to Antarctica and The Arctic to save all arctic and antarctic animals/wildlife. At the very top of Ben there is a small chute, where you insert the plastic, which has been thrown into the sea or other reserves. Once that is done you must turn the dials, depending on whether you want snow or ice; one dial to choose how much snow comes out and one dial to choose which direction the snow/ice comes out from.”

Lions PR Bulletin ROAR 2018

Autumn Extravaganza

On 5 November, we celebrated our annual Autumn Extravaganza – an event, including firework display, organised by the Friends of Our Lady of Lourdes.  This was a great celebration for the whole school and well attended by the wider community of Rottingdean and surrounding areas.

“Into the Woods” Schools’ Arts Exhibition

From 2 – 14 October 2018, Our Lady of Lourdes, together with three other local schools, participated in an ambitious and unique exhibition at The Grange Art Gallery.

Pupils of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, St. Margarets Church of England Primary School, Longhill High School and Downsview Link College contributed 2 and 3 dimensional artwork with the theme “Into The Woods” .

“Two years earlier, Our Lady of Lourdes School exhibited pupils’ art work here at the Grange,” said Rob Upward (retired head teacher and Rottingdean Preservation Society committee member). “I was surprised by the degree of interest shown by the children exhibiting their work and by their parents. So, from this came the idea of holding a schools’ exhibition.”

The Grange Gallery responded to this innovative idea by inviting the four schools to take part; with the hope that students, by engaging with the concept of “Into The Woods”, would develop and draw out their artistic potential, become aware of and involved with today’s multi-layered art scene; and perhaps realise that art galleries are not elitist, but accessible to all.