Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 7: Monday 23rd August 2021

Learning at MIPS

Book Week is HERE!!

What an exciting time to be a part of our MIPS community! This week proves to be filled with many engaging and fun experiences to celebrate literature. 

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, students will have the opportunity to submit a photo of themselves to their grade Padlet today (MONDAY 23rd August) which will form a part of the digital Book Parade. This can be anything- a mask, a hat, a dress-up which is homemade or something that you already have at home. You don’t need to buy a thing! Your child is encouraged to get creative with what they have at home. 

There will be a number of Whole School activities for your child to participate in during the week. Each day, your child will view one of the Shortlisted Books and complete activities on the book. We will also have a focus on Wellbeing throughout Week 7 with opportunities for your child and your family to read and connect with one another. We also have a few celebrity authors sending us special Book Week messages!

As always, this is a wonderful time to celebrate the love of reading and literature with your child! 

Happy reading,

Mrs Kylie Behren

Literacy Coordintaor

Voice of Youth

Last term, every student in Year 6 presented two speeches to their peers. The Year 6 teachers were amazed at the high quality of all of these speeches.

From this pool of wonderful talent, we had two students selected to compete against other schools in our Diocese this term - Zoe B and Nihal G.

Zoe presented an enthusiastic and animated speech on the dangers of kids watching too much television.

Nihal spoke persuasively and passionately about how plastics must be banned.

Unfortunately, the planned competition has been cancelled due to the Covid crisis. However, Mary Immaculate would like to celebrate these two amazing Public Speakers by crowning them both as official winners of our School Voice of Youth competition.

Well done Zoe and Nihal - you both spoke with passion and conviction and we are so proud of you! 

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. 


Upcoming Dates

Monday 23rd August- Friday 27th AugustBook Week Celebrations

Community News

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 43: Thursday 19th 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

What healthy items are in your “home school café”?

Healthy food can help your child concentrate and focus during home-learning. 

Before planning your grocery shop this week, check out these lunch ideas:

Doing the same walk with the kids each day during ‘stay at home’ period?

Mix it up and play games like “Spotto”, where you try and find something yellow on your walk or “I Spy”, where you take turns to find something with the first letter given as a clue such as F (fence).

Or change the directions or the time of day that you walk for something different.

1 of the 5 reasons you can leave your home is to exercise. Here are some local walking and cycle paths for your family to include in your daily exercise:

Remember to keep COVID safe when you’re out and about:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others
  • Follow the restrictions advice for your area

Limited on space inside? No problem! 

Try these BIG activities for small indoor spaces - paper aeroplanes, cubby houses, balloon tennis, toss socks in laundry basket or create a cushion obstacle course! 

What are you doing at home to keep the kids active and occupied?

For more fun ideas for the family to be active at home:

PS. Don’t forget that physical activity can also help your child get a better night’s sleep!

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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