Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 10: Monday 13th September 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all managing the challenges of these times.

We are inviting families to have a wellbeing no device day this coming Friday. Instead of doing 'school work', we want our families to do the important work of that day - taking care of their wellbeing. Many families have felt the pressure of lockdown and remote learning and we are listening to your feedback.

RUOK? Day was very prominent this year. Even more so, I feel, because of the widely agreed need to take care of our wellbeing. The focus of the initiative is to bring about conversations including those around our mental health. The current circumstances are unprecedented in the lives of most generations in Australia. We are all experiencing things for which we don't have a 'roadmap'. Much of what is affecting us is around what we are missing, our friends and our freedoms. We are certainly not used to this and it has been a huge adjustment. We feel a sense of loss and separation. Because of the extended period of lockdown these feelings have crept up and we can be at a loss as to know whether we are actually going ok or whether we are more affected than we realise. We are not all used to assessing our own mental health.

But how do we assess our own wellbeing and mental health? Perhaps those around us can provide us with some insight. We have recently asked for some online feedback from our school community around remote learning. Asking those closest to you for some feedback on your wellbeing might start a very beneficial conversation. "How do you think I am managing at the moment?" might be a good starter question. Perhaps this Friday or before, start up one of these conversations. Create an atmosphere that is calm and open. Ask your kids even. They often can cut through and provide us with amazing insights!

Enjoy Friday and the school holidays. For all you parents, you are probably looking forward to a holiday from school work yourselves! Thank you so much for your cooperation and appreciation as we work together for your children. News on what will happen as far as children in this LGA returning to school will be on the forefront of everyone's mind - ours as well. We all look forward to when they can safely return.

Stephen Dowd



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 17th SeptemberLast day of Term 3
Monday 4th OctoberPublic  Holiday: Labour Day
Tuesday  5th OctoberTerm 4 commences

Community News

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 46: Thursday 9th September 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

School Holiday Ideas from Blacktown Council

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and stay at home orders, Blacktown City Council has had to close a number of venues and facilities. As such, we were unable to run our school holiday programs as normal.

If you're looking for something to do at home with the kids these school holidays, our Spring School Holiday Guide has something for everyone!

School holiday activities and ideas to do at home:

From our last School Holiday guide - more activities and ideas to do at home!

If you would like to receive future editions of our School Holiday Guide, subscribe here.

Blacktown City Council librarians have put together a special activity book just for you! It’s jam-packed with activities to keep you busy these holidays. There are colouring competitions, science experiments, recipes to some delicious treats, creating craft ideas and much more!

Download your free copy now. 

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.