Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8: Monday 30th August 2021

Religious Coordinator's Message

Sunday the 5th of September is Father's Day. 

In line with the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX declaration of St. Joseph as the 'Patron of the Universal Church', Pope Francis has dedicated the year 2021 to be 'The Year of St. Joseph'- the earthly father of Jesus.

 As a people of faith we are encouraged to draw strength and grace from the life of Saint Joseph, the man entrusted to raise the Son of God. We too can emulate his qualities of tenderness, faith, trust and courage described for us by the Gospels. Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop invites us “to ask Joseph to obtain for us a generous devoted love for Jesus, a love that will make us like himself..."

A special mention to our Parish Priest Father Oliver- who guides our Mary Immaculate community with the love of Our Father- may God bless Father Oliver and all the significant men who have helped to shape the journey of our lives. May we remember the fathers who have gone to the arms of our Lord and on Sunday celebrate all of these wonderful people.

Happy Father's Day!

Helen Moore

Religious Education Coordinator

PDHPE Coordinator's Message

School and Parramatta Sports Carnivals are postponed until we receive further notice on the ease of restrictions.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Rowena Benjamin

PDHPE Coordinator 

Learning at MIPS

Lights, Camera … MIPS Has Got Talent!

We invite you to use the Google Form link to register your child or children for our 2021 online Showcase of MIPS Has Got Talent.

We will be showcasing student talents via the online platform of Flipgrid. Students will be able to access the link to upload their talent videos from their Online Learning platforms. We look forward to seeing our students showcase their wonderful talents. 

All videos must be uploaded for approval by this Friday 3rd September. The showcase of talents will be shared during Week 10. 

2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge Closes on Friday

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

Year 3 Cook Up A Storm!

Year 3 students have been developing their culinary skills during remote Learning.

During the last 2 weeks, as part of the wellbeing activities, the students have spent time in the kitchen with their families. They have been cooking mini pizzas and decorating biscuits.

Last week, in the spirit of Book Week the students decorated biscuits to make ‘The 3 Little Pigs ’.

Thank you to the parents who are at home, for giving up time to get involved and make this possible. Here are some of the fabulous creations from our Year 3 Master Chefs! 

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in September

Noah E, Gabrielle L, Keira-Lily A, Sophia C, Brodie L, Madeleine L, Caitlyn W, Annabelle J, Kruz V, Darcy J, Travis L, Jayden M, Deetya M, Emanuele S, Harrison B, Nathan O, Amelia G,  Jasmin F, Isla H, Yavniel F, Oliver P, Alexis H, Nicolas S, Lucas C, Nathaniel R, Charlotte T, Gabriella X, Anna Rose, Maxwell E,  Imogen E, Hannah K, Lomax M, Shaurya T, Jeawell P, Bennett S-S, Cooper B, Marc F, James J, Nia S, Ryan C, Trystan D, Sullivan S-S, Yasmin S, Ashton R, Abhijeet S, Travis W, Harry C, Lillian W, Francine M, Heleni M, Chelsea S, Anthony B, Aanvi P

Student Data Validation Reminder

On Monday 16th August you received an email from or SMS (for those parents without email) from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) asking you to review and, where necessary, update the key information they hold about your children currently enrolled in CEDP schools. 

The purpose of this review is to ensure that CEDP has the right details to correctly identify and support students, including contacting families in an emergency or to share important updates. 

Steps have been taken to ensure this process is as secure as possible to protect your information and your family’s privacy. Your information is only accessed by authorised staff when it is necessary and in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

The link is open until Friday 3 September and we encourage you to complete the review/update as soon as possible to ensure that your family’s correct details are on file. This is particularly important as Greater Sydney remains in lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This short “how to” video may assist you with completing the process (use the closed caption icon to turn on subtitles). Please don’t hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns.

Only one person per family needs to complete the survey and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or to seek help, please contact the CEDP Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.


We understand that these are trying times for many families. If you have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown please contact Liz Padlan via email on to discuss what options are available to you. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 3rd September Jersey Day: wear your favourite Jersey while you zoom
Sunday 5th September  Father's Day 

Community News

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 44: Thursday 26th August 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

Not getting enough sleep?

There's a lot going on at the moment and getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge.

Keeping a sleep routine can help you feel less stressed, more energised and improve your concentration. Some basic tips for a good night's rest:

  • stop using screens for at least an hour before bed
  • listen to some calming music
  • read a book
  • keep a consistent sleep routine
  • keep the bed for sleeping

For more tips to help you and your family get a good night sleep:

It’s natural to feel worried or anxious during these uncertain times. You’re not alone. 

We’ve put together a few simple self-care ideas to help you keep your body and mind well:

  • Keep active - try and go for a short walk with a household member at lunch, even for 10 minutes.
  • Eat healthy – keep your pantry stocked with healthy “grab & go” snacks like bananas, wholemeal crackers and have a water bottle at easy reach.
  • Stay connected – humans need humans, so call up a friend or check in on a work colleague at least once a day.
  • Stick to a routine – create a plan each day, exercise at the same time so you can create a sense of structure.
  • Monitoring your mental health & wellbeing – COVID-19 is a challenge for us all, reach out for support if you need it.   

There are many local support services available to help:

Connection with family, friends and others in your support circle is vital for wellbeing, especially during tough times.

While we can’t visit others at the moment, we can still connect in other ways.Please take 10 minutes in your day to call and check in on your loved ones. Many people in our community have language barriers, might not know the current health advice, or need some extra mental health support. Not only will they appreciate the contact, it may benefit you too! Take time today to help others stay safe by sharing the audio messages with your family and friends.

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)

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