Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 3: Monday 3rd May 2021

Principal's Message

This week is again a big one at MIPS. We celebrate mums on Friday. Please join us on site for Friday morning for a presentation, blessing, open classrooms, stall and a picnic lunch. Importantly, attendees are to complete the contract tracing from via the QR code at the school entrances and maintain social distancing.

Tomorrow we welcome educational visitors from Padua College, Queensland coming to learn from us regarding effective pedagogy for student learning.

On Thursday, we will meet with our architects and building people to progress our refurbishment plans. I will have more answers then about scope and timelines for the work.

Many students have begun wearing Winter uniform. It is still quite warm during the day so for this week wear what is suitable and we'll announce if we are to all go to Winter uniform.

It was great to have our Infants assembly last Friday. Dismissal was made very difficult and distressing for students who were attempting to be collected as usual while some parents made a delayed exit through the gate. I again ask that when the assembly finishes parents exit the property so we can safely dismiss the students. I know this is a new procedure and your immediate cooperation is sought on this. 

We still have parents walking their children through the carpark nearest the church. This is extremely unsafe and must stop. As well, the practice of letting children out in the carpark for them to walk unattended through the traffic must stop. Most issues arise close to the bell in the morning when parents are arriving too late and putting their children and others at risk.

 Mums - enjoy a marvelous Mothers' Day. You all deserve it!

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Mother's Day Agenda for Friday 7th May

Mother's Day Raffle

Religious Education Coordinator's Message

On Friday, the 23rd of April, Mary Immaculate celebrated our first whole school Mass back in the sacred space of our Church. With some COVID restrictions easing, it was the first time since March 6, 2020 that we were allowed to sing and dance in praise of our God. It was such a joyous occasion celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ together as the people of the Body of Christ! Our Kindy children opened the Mass with their beautiful singing and actions, the Primary Dance Club performed an uplifting liturgical movement and our Year 6 Mission Leaders (Jake T, Aleisha B, Allegra G, Brayden M) along with Mrs. Tara George, led the Mass with reverence. The singing and responses of all students was warmly appreciated by our wonderful Parish Priest, Father Oliver.

Sunday the 25th of April was ANZAC Day. During pre-COVID times Mary Immaculate would commemorate this with our local community by attending the 6am Dawn Service at the Riverstone Memorial Cenotaph. This year the Riverstone-Schofields RSL Sub-Branch held a Dawn Service for members only so MIPS held our own commemoration on Monday the 26th. Our Year 6 students led our ceremony which was organised by our Diversity Learning Team (Mrs. Paola Dimataga, Mrs. Alison Shanahan, Mrs. Stephanie Francis and Mrs. Kirsten Cooper). It certainly made an impact on our students and teachers alike.

We very much look forward to the time that we can share these special occasions with our parent community on site.

Mrs Helen Moore

Religious Education Coordinator

Learning at MIPS

Library News

Cross Country Carnival

Our MIPS Cross Country Carnival was held on Monday 19th April. We enjoyed having the school and parents out to support on the day. 

Running the Cross Country requires strength, endurance and commitment, so congratulations to everyone who participated and gave it their best. 

The following students received a place in our school cross country.

7 Year Old Boys7 Year Old Girls
Hadriel FOlivia A
Lachlan JChloe E
Noah PLucia
8-9 Year Old Boys8-9 Year Old Girls
Liam PElla C
Yavniel FJenna J
Hayden RIndiana O
10 Year Old Boys 10 Year Old Girls
Aviel FLily W
Lucas PElizabeth C
James PAmelia M
11 Year Old Boys11 Year Old Girls
Phoenix BAlexis H
Spencer WMatilda O
James ECaitlyn W
12 Year Old Boys12 Year Old Girls
Matthew BZoe P
Rosco LCharlotte B
Erik SPiper Barker
Congratulations to following students who will be representing Mary Immaculate at the Diocesan Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday 4th May at Motorsport Park Eastern Creek. 

Liam P, Yavniel F, Hayden R, Jamie J, Mason F, Boston L, Ella C,  Jenna J, Indiana O, Sienna J, Abby I, Emma C, Aviel F, Lucas P, James P, Isaac G, Zane W, Alexander W, Lillian W, Elizabeth C, Amelia M, Ruby P, Myeesha S, Kristina B, Phoenix B, Spencer W, James E, Nathan S, Zane W, Jayden M, Alexis H, Matilda O, Caitlyn W, Zoe B, Emma S, Gillian C, Matthew B, Erik S, Nikhel R, Rhys P, Bhavjot S, Zoe P, Charlotte B, Piper B, Laura C

Sport Photo Gallery

Cross Country Carnival: Monday 19th April

AFL Auskick Clinic: Tuesday 20th April

Hills Hornets Basketball Clinic: Wednesday 28th April

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in May

Lorenzo T, Shanaya P, Nissa N, Nihal G, Emilie R, Alexander W, Louise M, Alivia M, Pheonix B, Lucas P. Erwan E, Mia S, Aviel F, Zev C, Zacharia K, Emilio P, John-Paul J, Stella B, Marley V, Eesha K, Amari S, Vivian Z, Nathan S, Angel-Rose A, Rosco L, Zikachimva C, Amber R, Aryan N, Adeng K, Marcus D, Emma C, Kayla B, Sophie B, Saara A, Samuel O, Audrey W, Kayleigh G, Richmond S, Havya K, Caitlyn L, Helena N, Amelia M, Edmond Z, Saabdeep K, Zahra S, Chloe E, OliviaY, Zoe P, Alexia M, Alexander B, Noah L, Alana W, Zac C.

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2022

We are currently offering positions for Kindergarten 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2022 please submit your enrolment application to the school office.  

Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from our website. 

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)


Instalment 1 2021 fees are overdue.

For families not on a Flexible Payment Plan, please ensure that Instalment 1 2021 fees are finalised via internet banking this week or by contacting the school on 9933 7800 to pay over the phone (refer BPOINT/BPay details on your statement if paying online).

Instalment 2 statements were sent out last week, if you have not received a copy please contact the office.

If you 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.

Liz Padlan

Senior Finance Officer

Book Club News

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Issue 2. We received scholastic rewards to the value of $182, which will be used to purchase books and learning resources. Issue 3 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home two weeks ago. 

Orders need to be placed by 9am Friday 7th May. We accept: Credit card online payments using LOOP: LOOP. We do not accept cash payments. Please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form.

Happy reading!

Mary Immaculate Playgroup

Congratulations Angelina

We congratulate Angelina S from 5P who exhibited her Art and Plant Gardens at the Royal Easter Show.  Angelina received 1st place for her Chinese Vegetable Garden, 3rd Place for her Cactus Garden and a merit certificate for her art work.  

Angelina's low maintenance cactus garden and her art work are on display in the front office.

Well done Angelina. We ae very proud of you. 

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 4th May Diocesan Cross Country
Tuesday 4th MayParish Mass: 1G and 1M attending
Thursday 6th May2-6 Basketball Clinic
Friday  7th May Mothers' Day Celebration and stall
Friday 7th May Primary Assembly (years 3-6). No Grade presenting an item this week
Sunday 9th May Mother's day
Monday 10th MayAEDC Kindergarten Data Collection Survey Day 1
Tuesday 11th MayAEDC Kindergarten Data Collection Survey Day 2
Tuesday 11th MayNAPLAN- Writing Paper Year 3 & 5 (9-11am)
Wednesday 12th MayNAPLAN - Reading Year 3 (9-11am)
Thursday 13th MayNAPLAN - Reading Year 5 (9-11am)
Friday 14th May Infants Assembly ( Kindergarten to year 2). No Grade presenting an item this week

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.

Please refer to instructions provided by Skoolbag if you have changed your email address.