Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter Update

Term 1 Week 4: Monday 15th February 2021

Religious Coordinator's Message

Mary Immaculate held their Opening School Mass for 2021 last Friday 12th of February, presided by Father Oliver in our Multipurpose Area. This was a significant gathering of our community as we have not gathered for a whole school Mass since the 6th of March, 2020 before the restrictions of COVID. We held a small ceremony to commission our Year 6 Student Leaders and welcomed our new Kindergartens “to the family” as we have traditionally done at MIPS each year. Unfortunately due to NSW Health and CEDP COVID restrictions we were unable to have families join us this year but our amazing IT Learning Leader, Mrs. Rachel Gotsis has put together the highlights from the Mass so parents and families will be able to access this from our Facebook page shortly. We pray for a time when we can return to having our parents and families join us once again for our celebrations and return to Parish Church.

Our Year 6 Student Leaders for 2021 are as follows:

School Captains

Levi F

Lillian D

Vice Captains

Nevin P

Siobhan M 

Mission Leaders

Jake T

Allegra G

Brayden M

Aleisha B


Gurekum D

Hannah K

Rhys P

Aarya K

Sports Captains

Green-Dharrak:  Zoe P and Shaurya T

Blue-Callose:   Chelsea S and Ryan C

Gold-Mackillop: Nihal G and Anna R

Red- Pentland:  Laura C and Keiran K

Mrs Helen Moore

Religious Coordinator

Learning at MIPS

Uniform Policy

Grooming and Hair

Students are to be neatly and cleanly dressed at all times. Shoes should be clean and well presented.

Hair is to be kept neat and tidy, off the collar, of consistent natural colour, of gradual even grade and all extremes of fashion are to be avoided. Some examples of “styles” that are unacceptable include: ridges, lines, undercuts, steps, bowl cuts, any excessive shaping with gel, and any shaving cuts (specifically grades No. 1 and No. 2)

Girls’ hair that is longer than shoulder length is to be tied back from the face. Hair is to be off the face and out of the eyes.

Ribbons, hair slides etc. if worn should be in the uniform fabric or maroon or pink.

Jewellery and Accessories

Apart from one pair of sleepers or small plain studs and a wrist watch, jewellery is not permitted for safety reasons. No rings (birth/baptismal rings excepted), make-up or nail varnish is allowed. Nails should be kept clean and neatly trimmed. A chain with cross or religious medallion may be worn under shirt line. Other items of religious observance are to be discussed with the principal prior to them being worn at school.

Boys may not under any circumstances wear earrings.

Wet Weather Protection

Protective wet weather clothing may be worn to and from school. It is not to be worn during school.


Only the correct school hat may be worn – and can be purchased through the school uniform shop. The school has a ‘no hat no play policy’.

School Bag

Books etc. may be carried to and from school in the correct maroon school bag.

Summer Uniform
Girls' Summer Uniform  
  • Pink and maroon check dress
  • White ankle socks

  • Black polishable school shoes
  • Pink/maroon hair ribbons  

Girls' Sports Uniform  
  • Maroon shorts
  • Maroon polo t-shirt
  • MIPS white ankle socks
  • White sandshoes

Boys' Summer Uniform  
  • Dark grey shorts
  • Light grey shirt with maroon trim
  • Short grey socks with maroon stripe
  • Black polishable school shoes

Boys' Sports Uniform  
  • Maroon shorts
  • Maroon polo t-shirt
  • MIPS white ankle socks (no sockets, no socks with logos)
  • White sandshoes
Winter Uniform
Girls' Winter Uniform   
  • Grey tunic
  • Pink blouse with peter pan collar with maroon button on tab
  • Maroon pullover or College jacket
  • Grey tights or long grey socks with maroon stripe
  • Black polishable school shoes  

Girls' Sport Uniform
  • Maroon track suit jacket and pants over summer sports uniform  

Boys' Winter Uniform   
  • Long Grey Trousers
  • Long sleeve grey shirt
  • Maroon tie with grey stripe
  • Maroon pullover or college jacket
  • Long or short grey socks with maroon stripe
  • Black polishable school shoes  

Boys' Sport Uniform
  • Maroon tracksuit jacket and pants over summer sports uniform  


Lapses in the Wearing of Uniform

Parents will be notified and their co-operation sought for any lapses in this area.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Assistant Principal

Anaphylactic Student Awareness

Mary Immaculate Primary has several students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis. It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.

As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our school who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands before and after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate gets sick.

Absent Explanation Reminder

If your child is sick or absent you are required to notify the school. All explanations for absences must be provided within 7 days of the first day of any period of absence. 

Absences can be explained using one of the following methods:

  • Online: log the absence directly using (Skool Bag App)
  • Email the school:
  • Telephone the school office:  (02) 9933 7800
  • Note sent with your child
  • Where an explanation has not been received within the 7 day timeframe or the explanation has not been accepted, the school will record the absence as unexplained or unjustified on the student’s record. The school will not be able to accept explanations which are not received within the 7 day timeframe. 

    Updating Student Details

    It is imperative to have up-to-date correct contact details for all our students. In case of an emergency, current mobile numbers for parents and emergency contacts are required to notify parents.

    We also request an email address for each parent, as receipts for any payments at the school are emailed as confirmation of payment.

    Change of details forms are available from the school office, Skoolbag app and school website.

    Also, If your child has become an Australian Citizen recently please provide the school office with a copy of the  Australian Citizenship Certificate so your child's records can be updated. 

    Latest News

    2021 School Fees

    DUE DATE for instalment 1 of school fees is Wednesday, 17th March 2021.

    2021 school fee statements will be raised by CEDP and mailed home this week. When you receive the tax invoice, flexible payment plans will be offered for families to take up direct debit or Bpay. You can access BPOINT using this link and have the option of setting up a flexible payment plan or make a one off payment via the online portal.

    Please contact the school on 02 9933 7800 or via email if you wish to enquire about your account.

    PLEASE NOTE  any outstanding amount in a family’s school fee account WILL NOT receive the flexible payment plans for 2021 fees from CEDP.

    Uniform Shop

    Tuesdays and  Fridays - 8:30am to 10:00am.  Parents are welcome to visit the uniform shop during this time. 

    Online orders and emails for exchanges are to be placed on the QKR App by 4:00pm Monday and Thursday.  Uniform orders and exchanges will be delivered to your child's classroom on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the school term. 

    When exchanging items purchased from the uniform shop please send an email to prior to leaving the items at the school office in a bag labelled with your child's name and class.

    All inquiries please contact Elle on 0421 216 414 or via email

    School Canteen

    Paula's Pantry is open Monday to Friday: before school from 8:25am, lunchtime and recess. 

    Lunches can be ordered at the canteen in the morning before school or online via the QKR App. When ordering online please ensure you place your order before 7:50am. 

    Paula's Pantry 2021 Price List

    Upcoming Dates

    Wednesday 17th February Ash Wednesday
    Thursday 18th February Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival 
    Monday 22nd February and Tuesday 23rd February Year 6 Canberra Excursion

    Community News

    Request for Catholic Scripture Volunteer Teachers/Helpers

    Mary Immaculate Parish currently requires Catholic Scripture volunteers to join their team to teach/help delivering Special Religious Education in the Public school system.

    We currently cover five public schools, namely, Barnier, Hambledon, Quakers Hill East, Riverbank and Schofields covering 7 classes per week/school. Very soon the new public school  Galungara, Schofields will also be added to our parish. 

    Full training will be provided by the Diocese of Parramatta and all teaching resources by the parish. All scripture teachers/helpers (Catechists) are required by the Department of Education to undertake the Level One training course that includes Child Protection. Due to COVID-19, this course will be offered via Zoom. You will also be required to have a valid Working with Children’s Check (WWCC).

    If you are interested, please contact Chrysanthi Silva via email (SRE coordinator for Mary Immaculate Parish)

    Community Advertising

    "Please understand we are happy to support local businesses and programmes. However, the following notices are supplied for community information.
    This by no means surmounts to an endorsement by the school." (Principal, Mr Stephen Dowd)

    At Mary Immaculate we communicate with parents via the free Skoolbag app that is available from both the App Store and Google Play Store. Skoolbag can be installed on any iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android device. Downloading the app means you immediately receive updates and reminders to your mobile phone or ipad. Remember to subscribe to your child's Year Group so that you will receive messages relevant to their year.  Instructions on how to download the Skoolbag App are available via this link.