Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 1: Monday 19th April 2021

Principal's Message

Welcome back everyone to Term Two!

So much happened last term and not all of it was good. The floods affected so many and again isolated members of our local community, particularly here close to the Hawkesbury area. Again we saw the best characteristics and values of our people come to the fore. We applaud all those volunteers and service personnel who put themselves in harms way for the safety and benefit of others. They challenge us to be the best we also can be!

Our new term will present new opportunities of partially returning some elements of school to pre-covid times. But we will need to make appropriate adjustments. For example, this Friday we will recommence Friday assemblies. However, to limit previous crowding in the MPA we will trial having a Primary assembly one week and an Infants assembly the following week. This will allow our parents to join us! This Friday, Year 6 will host the assembly and Week 2  Friday will be hosted by Year 2. Assembles will continue to be held starting at 2:45pm. We hope we won’t have to limit the numbers of parents. The roster for the rest of the term assemblies will then be shared.

Like today with the tremendous Cross Country we held, we will continue to look for appropriate occasions to get together as a community. Student-led Conferences will also be such an opportunity later this term. Please remember that if you need to speak to your child’s teacher at any time, contact the school office so we can assist with arranging this.

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd 


Learning at MIPS

2020 Premier's Reading Challenge Certificates

At the end of  Term 1, students received their participation certificates from the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge. We would like to congratulate our GOLD award winners, who have completed the Challenge over a period of 4 years: Abby B, Ruby B, Sebastian C, Yavniel F, Micah M, Matilda O, Allegra P, Saissha P, Lucas P, Bennett S-S, Madisyn S, Angelina S and Casey S.

We wish to extend a big congratulations to our PLATINUM award winners, who have completed the Challenge over a period of 7 years: Sofia C and Lucas W. 

Gold Award Winners

NRL Visit

On Friday 26th March, students in grades 3-6 participated in a workshop delivered by NRL Education Officer Christina T. Christina spoke to students about respect and teamwork before taking them out for skill development games. Thankfully we had wonderful weather, so that students were able to enjoy participating in the sessions. 

Here are some pics from the day. 

Bullying No Way

Our Year 3 students would like to share tips with their peers about what they would do when it comes to bullying.

Halogen Leaders Day Reflection

On Thursday 25th, March the Year 6 Leadership Team attended the Halogen National Young Leaders Day in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The aim of the conference is to inspire students to lead. The leaders heard from many inspiring leaders during the day these included Lachie Smart (Youngest Pilot to fly solo around the world), Anastasia Woolmer (Two time Australian Memory Champion) , Jimmy “Giggle” Reed (Longtime host of ‘Giggle and Hoot’) and David Campbell (Entertainer, TV host and author)

Here are some of the messages that inspired our Student Leaders.

When I went to the Halogens Leader day I learnt that being persistent and consistent is important especially with the things you love and to  always learn from the failures you do which can then lead to success. Hannah K

I was inspired by the quote Anastasia Woolmer stated, “Never give up on your dreams and always work hard and especially work smart.” I also liked the inspirational quote Jimmy Giggle stated, “Never hide something you want to do.” Nevin P

 I learnt that setbacks are the foundations to success - don’t give up on your ambition, always persevere (from Lachie Smart).

I learnt that different people learn differently, and that working hard works (from Anastasia Woolmer).

 I learnt that, by being yourself anyone can be a leader and a role model (from Jimmy Rees).

 I learnt that you should follow your ambitions and be yourself, and that we shouldn’t be afraid to take on challenges or have a go (from David Campbell).  Aarya K

What I learnt from my experience at the Halogen National Young Leaders Day is that young people can achieve big things, never give up on your hopes and dreams, hard work actually works, always work harder and smarter, make your dreams a reality and to always take new opportunities.  Anna R

I learnt from the first presenter Lachie Smart that “we as young people can do amazing things”.  Nihal G

I was inspired when all of the speakers had told us during their presentations to ‘never be afraid to dream big’ . Gurekum D

 “According to David Campbell, I learnt that we should always go after our dreams and we shouldn’t change that because there would be too much confusion.”  Shaurya T

The quote I picked up is that you don’t have to be someone else to succeed you can always just be yourself and follow your dreams . Jake T

The lessons I picked up was to never doubt yourself no matter what and you should always be confident in yourself and never give up in life. Life is hard but don’t let it get to you. Just because you are in a bad place it doesn’t mean you have to keep it with you. “Setbacks are the foundation to success.” Lachy. This means mistakes are good so you can learn from it. The best one was the most simplest “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS” Jimmy Rees said.  Levi Fenech

When I was listening to the speakers I learnt that I myself can do anything I want. David Campbell said “You can FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!” And that is what made me realise that I can do whatever I feel like but it’s as long as I try. I was also inspired by a quote from Lauchy Smart “Setbacks are not bad if you learn from them” So now I know what to do when I make a mistake and that is to learn from it.  Ryan C

When I was at the young Halogens leaders day I learnt that it is always good to follow your dreams and never give up. The thing I learnt that you should never give up because if you keep trying you will eventually reach success. Zoe P

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in April

Ashton H, Kathie J, Yvonne A, Amelia O, Manreet K, Connor L, Isabelle N, Skylar B, Abby I, Angelina B, Amanaki K, Michelle M, Shelby G, Ruby B, Vicente A, Penelope G, Olivia A, Courtney F, Vihaan T, Liam W, Florence T, Dhel M, Kirti D, Katrina C, Annabelle W, Emilana C, Rafael D, Dominic D, Fiona Z, Jay H, Kiani A, Milania H, Dylan G, Gurditta S, Sophia C, Holly W, Matthew B, Jacob O.


 As the weather is unpredictable, we will have a transition period into full winter uniform. If the weather is warm, children are welcome to wear summer uniform. However if the weather changes and you would prefer your child to wear their winter uniform they are able to do so. Please note that children are to wear full winter or summer uniform not a mixture. Parents will be advised of the date the students are to commence wearing full winter uniform only. Thank you for your co-operation.

Can we please ask students to wear summer uniform for the school photos on Tuesday 27th April and Thursday 29th April. 

School Photo Information from MSP Photography

 Dear Parents/Carers, 

Your school photo day is almost  here! 

We are excited to be capturing your child’s memories at Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary on Tuesday 27 & Thursday 29 April 2021 Ordering your 2021 photos is quick and easy! You can order now through the Compass Portal. 

Be quick to order and take advantage of the special pricing, when you order through the Compass Portal. But these prices are only  available for a limited time. 

To place your order, make sure you have your Compass login details handy!  

Click here for our simple online ordering guide. 

Click here to Start Ordering! 

If you are having problems logging into your parent portal, click "Can't access your account?" and follow the prompts.  

Sibling Photos are also available to order through Compass and must be ordered before midnight PRIOR to photo day. Please note that students hold the responsibility of presenting themselves for their family photo at their allocated time slot. If you have any questions regarding the photography service or packages available for purchase, please contact our friendly team on 9499 6555 or by email to 

Get your smiles ready! 

Kind Regards 

MSP Photography - Sydney 

Ordering of Photos through Compass Parent Portal

All parents have been sent login details to access the Compass Parent Portal. If you did not receive your login details or you have been experiencing difficulties accessing the Parent Portal please contact Sue in the school office on 9933 7800.

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2022

Enrolment applications are now being accepted for Kindergarten 2022. Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from our website.

Please inform family and friends if they have children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2022.

2021 School Fees

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Families should have received their statements by now. If you have not, please contact the office for a copy. Note that 2nd reminder letters have been sent out via CEDP, if you believe that you have received this in error please contact Liz Padlan in the school office.

Please note that the school fee accounts are 30 day terms, therefore all Instalment 1 2021 fees are now to be finalised.

For families not on a Flexible Payment Plan, please ensure that Instalment 1 2021 fees are finalised via internet banking this week (refer BPOINT or BPay details on your statement).

If you have only recently received your statement and need more time to pay or are experiencing difficulty with fees, please contact the school via email: Imac‐ or 02 9933 7800 to discuss your situation or to make alternate arrangements. 

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

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 20th April

K-2 AFL Clinic

Wednesday 28th April and Thursday 6th May2-6 Basketball Clinic
Wednesday 21st AprilLast day to hand in Holiday Readathon Reading logs. 
Sunday 25th AprilANZAC DAY
Tuesday 27th AprilSchool Photos: Family photos, Years 2, 3 and 5, Year 6 Leaders
Thursday 29th April School Photos: Family photos, Kindergarten, Years 1, 4 and 6

Special Note: Newsletters will now be published fortnightly on odd weeks and will incorporate all information that was previously included in the newsletter update.

Community News

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.