Principal's Message

​​​​​​​​Dear Parents,

I warmly welcome you to Our Lady of Lourdes School, Sunnybank. Our Lady of Lourdes was established in 1952 by the Sisters of St Joseph and today we continue to educate students in the Josephite Tradition. 

​It is a great privilege to lead and be part of such a warm and welcoming community where all children, parents and staff are known to one another and where community involvement is encouraged. Our school comprises many families from all walks of life, and many different ethnicities, cultures, races, and religions. Here at Our Lady of Lourdes we are proud of this diversity and willingly cultivate it, encouraging our students to learn about and appreciate the heritage of those within our community.  

My vision is that Our Lady of Lourdes continues to be a collaborative, nurturing and professional learning community which will be inclusive of all. I believe that every student should be given the opportunity to achieve excellent progress every year.

As Principal, my goal is to work with families, students and staff to develop a contemporary learning environment which is focused on the students.

I am particularly interested in providing opportunities for students to become successful, creative and confident learners based on the values of Christ, especially kindness and respect for each other, compassion for the needs of all, and the genuine celebration of individual differences. As a part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, the students, parents and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School are also a part of this wider parish family. 

Students are actively encouraged by our committed and professional staff, to develop to their fullest potential. I firmly believe each and every one of our students has a variety of rich talents, gifts and interests. When these are affirmed and encouraged in a spirit of openness, respect and trust, our students become well-rounded productive members of their community. At Our Lady of Lourdes, we encourage all students to participate and get involved through a variety of extra-curricular activities, encouraging them to use their talents in areas of interest to them. Music, drama, after-school sport and a number of other programs continually challenge students and help build self-confidence. 

​All research indicates that parents have a critical role to play in the education of their child. As a community we strive to support each other, work with each other, and live in harmony with one another, for the benefit and well-being of the students here at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. Positive partnerships are integral to our success. 

Our website offers a glimpse of this community-based environment which will introduce you to our school, our students and our Christian ethos.

Our school has much for which to be thankful – our picturesque grounds, our supportive staff, fine students and families, our rich history and a very promising, creative and innovative future.

Phil Manitta