Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 5: Monday 1st November 2021

Principal's Message

Last Thursday evening, Mrs Mizzi and I had the pleasure of hosting a zoom for our Kinder 2022 families. It was great to be able to welcome them to MIPS even though it was online. We were able to go over many of the points of information they require in preparation for the start of school. It was wonderful to see the new Kindies with their MIPS t-shirts on. They looked so proud and ready for school. Obviously we have not been able to implement our usual comprehensive orientation programme but we are taking steps to do what we can to make them feel welcome.

Our students continue to love being back at school with their friends. Some are struggling to get back into some of the routines of school life as are some of the folks. 

Thank you for supporting the end of day dismissal procedures we have implemented. The level of cooperation from our families has been exemplary. I am hearing from some families that the earlier dismissal is a bit of a problem because they have made their work and other arrangements around our usual 3:20pm dismissal time. Our staggered dismissal is working well and it is now time to return the timing closer to our usual times. This will help reduce congestion in the area as it separates us the bit further from Barnier Public’s dismissal times. Commencing today, Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 will be dismissed at 3:10pm and Years 3 to 6 at 3:20pm, all in the usual locations. This was posted earlier on Skoolbag.

With appreciation for your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


Counsellor's Message

The transition back to school has been an incredible joint effort and is a testament to the resilience of our community. I have re-commenced seeing students and families at school and am available each week for counselling sessions. Please contact Steve or Sharon, or reach out to me directly through the front office if you would like to arrange counselling or any wellbeing related questions. 

Justin Denes

School Counsellor

Learning at MIPS

Reading Recovery Graduates

Congratulations to the following students who graduated from Reading Recovery back in Term 2 and have been so patient waiting during lockdown for their certificates. 

We are so proud of how hard they have worked and all that they have achieved. 

Congratulations Amanki, Patrick, Danijela, Jamie, Kruz and Connor.  

Mrs Stephanie Francis and Mrs Kirsten Cooper-Durant

Reading Recovery Teachers

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in November

Hayden R, Aiden A, Curtis M, Patrick I, Ryan T, Rebecca M, Sofia S, Dominik G, Gabriel M, Charlotte G, Arnab P, Liam D, Akweng M, Darryle B, Lachlan G, Preston M, James Ellis, Aidan F, Samantha S, Laphadrada S, Mohammad M, Christopher O, Kiana K, Travis M, Rayan P, Angel O, Isabella B, Sophia A, Anastasios L, Bronte S, Marcus J, Olivia S, Hania K, Sebastian L, John S, Teagan N, Karlee S, Emma S, Elizabeth C, Paige L, Julian J, Nikhil G, Jake L, Lucas P, Allegra G


Statements have been sent out by CEDP, please note those with a nil balance will not receive a statement. If you have not received your statement as yet please contact the office for a copy. For many, this statement will be for information purposes only if you are on a payment plan or awaiting the outcome of an assessment.

We are aware of the financial strain that COVID-19 is having on some families and its impact on your capacity to pay school fees. If you have any queries regarding your account or your payment arrangements, please contact Liz Padlan on 02 9933 7800 or via email on to discuss what options are available to you.

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Uniform Shop

Delivery to the school is every Tuesday and Friday during the school term. Orders must be placed using the QKR app by 4:00pm Monday for delivery on Tuesday and 4:00pm Thursday for delivery on Friday. Please refer to the delivery dates on the QKR app before ordering for any changes.

Please choose carefully as we do not refund if you simply change your mind or make a wrong selection. However, we gladly exchange within 14 ( school term) days.

Returned merchandise MUST be in its original condition with all tags still attached and accompanied by proof of purchase otherwise the exchange will not be honoured. Any item that has been worn will not be exchanged.

Please email all exchanges to

Please note that Oz Fashions warehouse in Granville DOES NOT sell the Mary Immaculate Uniform in store.

If you have any enquires please contact Elle or 0421 216 414

Please place your uniform order before November 19 to ensure you will be able to exchange uniform sizing if necessary and to guarantee students receive a uniform to start school. Alternatively, orders placed in December will be received when school resumes.


School Canteen

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

All orders for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are to be placed online via QKR app. Please note that the cut off time is 7:50am. Therefore it is advisable to plan ahead and place your order the night before. Please be mindful that you are selecting the correct date/day/child(class) when placing the order. 

Breakfast food can be collected from the canteen window. All other orders will be sent to your child's classroom in their lunch tubs. 

Cash is acceptable ONLY for frozen goods (eg ice cream/ice blocks).

The following items will not be available in Term 4:

  • Rice paper rolls
  • Fried rice
  • Frozen Yoghurt

Book Club

Issue 7 of Scholastic Book Club will be sent home this week. 

Orders need to be placed by Friday 12th November. 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!

Leaving Student Form

If you intend to withdraw your child from Mary Immaculate Primary School please download, complete and return the leaving student form as soon as possible.

Note that there is a 10 school week notice period otherwise a full term's fees will be payable.

One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year's enrolment. 


Commonwealth School Banking

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions there will be no school banking in term 4.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 15th DecemberLast day of school year for students
Friday 17th DecemberLast day of school year for staff

Community News

CommBank School Banking Program

Saying goodbye to School Banking

We’re sad to announce that the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to schools in 2022.

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

We've had strong support from thousands of schools, parents and teachers across the country who choose to run our program. We’re disappointed with the position taken by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and subsequent decisions by some state and territory governments to take that choice away from individual schools and parents. Because of the ASIC review and these government decisions, we’re unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we’ve had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program nationally for all schools, both government and non-government, across the country.

While our in-school program will close, we are committed to supporting financial wellbeing, and will always provide financial education to young Australians. We have launched a new CommBank Youth Hub, which brings together all our youth financial education resources for parents and teachers. This includes a range of free resources including lesson plans, videos and worksheets from our curriculum-aligned financial education program, Start Smart.

To find out more about these changes and to access resources, visit

Veronica Howarth

Head of School Banking


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.