Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 4: Monday 2nd August 2021

Acting Principal's Message

 Dear Parents and Carers,

 We hope that you are continuing to keep safe in these unprecedented times. Our MIPS family has been amazing through this challenging time. Each day we hear new information to which we must all respond, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. We look forward to life returning to some form of normality and welcoming our children back on site. We of course continue to pray for those in our community and beyond that are suffering during this time

 It has been a pleasure to be included in grade Zoom meetings with our students and be witness to the wonderful reconnection being made although remotely. The excitement in the eyes of the children as they spot the faces of their friends on the screen is one that warms my heart each time.

 Over the last week I have been in contact with parents to talk about how things have been going during the remote learning period. It has been wonderful to hear of the successes of the students and the positivity of the learning experiences. Your feedback is important and helps build the way forward. I look forward to speaking with more parents over the coming weeks.

 You will receive details regarding Parent Zoom meetings being held this week. These meetings will include tips on technology and also provide an opportunity for us to answer questions you may have. Please join us as we continue to work together to provide a progressive and meaningful learning experience for our beautiful students.

 The positive feedback and notes to the school have been great in keeping our spirits up and I encourage you to keep them coming.

 As we welcome Mr Dowd back to school next week, I would like to personally thank Mr Maguire for his assistance over the past few weeks, I know you would all agree he has been an enormous asset to the MIPS community. We look forward to Mr Maguire continuing with us in various roles.

 I would also like to thank all of the community, parents, students and staff in supporting me in my role as acting principal. It has been an absolute honour to lead the school over the past few weeks and I of course look forward to continuing this in my Assistant Principal role. Your positive words and feedback have been greatly appreciated.

 Stay safe and thank you for your ongoing support,

 Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Acting Principal

Acting Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The role you are currently playing in supporting your child's education has intensified during this time. As we continue to connect our school community during remote / online learning, we would like to invite our parents to Meeting via Zoom to support the various uses of your child learning platforms.

Parent Zoom Meetings - Technology Tips and Q&A 

Infants - Parents and Caregivers of students in the Infant Years (Kindy, Year 1 and Year 2)

Aug 4, 2021 02:00 PM Wednesday

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Password: 595278

Meeting ID: 671 1328 5369

Primary - Parents and Caregivers of students in the Primary Years (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Aug 5, 2021 02:00 PM Thursday

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Password: 082924

Meeting ID: 681 9019 7543


Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Chris Maguire

Acting Assistant Principal

School Counsellor's Message

Dear Parents, 

It has been hard not being able to connect with you and your children face to face. I hope that life in lockdown has been treating you ok. These aren't the easiest of times for many of us. 

I have been speaking with many students and families over the past few weeks. Please reach out to me, your classroom teacher, or via our admin if you or your children would like some confidential counselling support at this time. 

There will be a parent 'check-in' session next Monday evening at 730pm. It will be a chance to connect with other parents on zoom. There is no formal agenda or anything to get through - just a chance to connect! 

The details of the sessions are:

Password: 029565

Meeting ID: 633 2158 2634

Until then, take care. 

Justin Denes 

School Counsellor

Mental Health Strategies and Resources for Home

Learning at MIPS

Premier’s Reading Challenge- extended!

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has been extended for a further two weeks. Students now have up until Friday, 3rd September (Week 8) to have their Reading Logs completed, ready for validation.

New books have been added to the booklist! Visit the Booklists page to check out the new titles you can add to your reading record as part of the Challenge. There are tips for accessing books online from home also!

If you need help with completing your reading record, please see your teacher, or email Mrs Kylie Behrens 

A reminder for all K-2 parents- All students will have their reading log updated by their classroom teacher, as books have been read during class/remote learning time.

Happy reading!

Mrs Kylie Behrens

Literacy Coordinator

Read-a-thon Raffle Tickets

MIPS Winter Holiday Readathon will continue throughout the Home Learning period!

For every hour of reading, 1 ticket may be entered into the lucky draw. Parents/Students are asked to tick a box every time your child reads for 15 minutes.

A box will be placed in each class for students to put their completed raffle tickets into once school resumes full time. The more your child reads, the more chances they have to enter and WIN!

Please download and print if your child needs extra tickets. 


Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in August

Karl S, Yousif A, William F, Cherlin J, Arshpreet K, Mariah C, Emma C, Emily V,  Miguel T, Chelsea M, Talylor M, Anna R, Norah B, Lucy C, Kunsh G, Willow H, Alexander N, Nicole O,  Daja S, Harper W, Ilija T, Ethan E, Erik S, Stephanie C, Olivia D, Xavier H, Praise I, Taliyah P, Allenth E, Laura C, Brooke F, Sione F, Adam G, Viraaj S, Carlos H, Makayla G, Noah H, Diva R, Kristine B, Sienna J, Jarryd R, Antwon F, Gian H, Isabelle K, Leila P, Kai MB, Samantha M, Emma U, Chloe H, Annie T, Raphael F, Audriana P, Iyana C, Caitlin O, Susan C, Hayden L, Elijah E, Vinisha M


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Book Club will be organised differently in Term 3. There will be no paper catalogues this term, instead to access Issue 5  please visit  the Scholastic Website

Scholastic Book Club are providing the temporary option to have books delivered directly to your home. When ordering books you will be able to select Home Delivery ($7.50 fee applies) for any Book Club Order you place. If you are using the LOOP App, you need to update to the latest version to receive the delivery option.

Issue 5 online orders need to be placed by 9am 16th August.

Happy ready!

Postponed NSWPSSA Events in Weeks 6-10 Term 3

In line with the Premier’s announcement regarding the extension of COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, the NSWPSSA Touch Football Championship from Tuesday 10 August to Thursday 12 August 2021 has been postponed.

 The following events have been also been postponed:

NSWPSSA Rugby Union Championships (Mudgee)

Tuesday 17 August to Thursday 19 August 

NSWPSSA Golf Championship (Barden Ridge)

Monday 23 August to Wednesday 25 August   

NSWPSSA Girls Touch Football Championship (Tuggerah)

Tuesday 31 August to Thursday 2 September 

NSWPSSA Boys Softball Championship (Mudgee) 

Tuesday 31 August to Thursday 2 September 

NSWPSSA Girls Softball Championship (Camden)

Tuesday 14 September to Thursday 16 September 

With the current COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, we are mindful these events require travel for a number of families and staff and we want to provide our students, families, and staff with as much notice as possible.

A revised NSWPSSA school sport representative pathway calendar will be published with new dates and venues. 

Cancelled Events in Term 3

  • NWCPS Rugby 10 A Side Knockout (Week 6)

  • NSWCCC Girls Hockey Championships  (Week 6)

  • NSWCCC Rugby League Cup (Week 6)

  • NSWCCC Football Knockout Finals & Grand Final (Week 7)

  • NSWCCC Athletics Championships (Week 8)

  • NSWCPS Netball Carnivals (Weeks 8 & 9)

  • CPS Basketball Challenge (Week 4 Term 4)

Upcoming Dates

Sunday 8th AugustThe Feast of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop
Monday 9th August

 Parent 'check-in' session at 7:30pm

Password: 029565

Meeting ID: 633 2158 2634

Community News

Blacktown City Council Council COVID Page

The following link is for the Blacktown City Council COVID page (which contains resources available to community members and groups):

 The latest Information can be found at:

 Stay at home

Get tested

Get vaccinated

Two help lines:

COVID-19 NSW Health hotline: 1800 020 080.

Blacktown Mayoral COVID-19 Helpline – 9839 5151



 Claire Simmonds Community Development Officer (Youth)

0456 245 Box 63 Blacktown NSW

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 40: Friday 30 July 2021

Please click here to find the latest COVID-19 bulletin from the western Sydney Munch & Move and Live Life Well @ School teams. 

Kind regards,

The Healthy Children team

Western Sydney Local Health District

Mary Immaculate Catholic Parish's Message


The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in Mary Immaculate Parish when it is safe to do so in 2021.

Children from grade 5 and older who have been Baptized and received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are eligible to receive their Confirmation.

You will need to attach a copy of your child’s Baptism and First Holy Communion Certificates to your registration form unless your child received Baptism or First Eucharist from Mary Immaculate Quakers Hill.

Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation  will close on 6 August 2021. 

Please visit the Parish website to register for Confirmation.

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.

Please refer to instructions provided by Skoolbag if you have changed your email address, so to ensure you still receive skoolbag notifications.