Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 11: Monday 13th December 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers, 

As the school year closes, amongst the reality of the pandemic, there remains much that we have done together to celebrate. There is no denying that everyone's lives have been significantly effected by Covid 19. Such a traumatic global phenomenon could only really polarise our experiences. We saw the best and the worst of human character. We have been inspired by those near and far who consistently rose to whatever challenges we faced.

Here at MIPS, as a community we focused and combined our efforts to continue to remain resolute in our work for our students. The partnership between home and school was never more important. But it was just so different because of remote learning. Connecting with students and families became so vital on a daily basis. Not always perfect were the efforts of adults to support students and their learning. But we all continued to explore and develop new ways of managing and coping.

Our thanks to the parents who became teachers, to the teachers who became digital and learning innovators, and to the students who became new learners in a new environment. We all look forward with hope to 2022. In this season of Advent and Christmas, we are called to look forward with hope. We are stronger for the journey we have encountered in 2021. But like pilgrims of old, many of us are exhausted and strained by the journey. I pray that our community will regain whatever was lost in 2021. In 2022 we will clearly need to focus on the ongoing support of the wellbeing of all members of our community. We will do that in partnership because that is when we achieve the most!

God bless and see you all in 2022,

Stephen Dowd


Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have provided MIPS and your wonderful children. It has certainly been an interesting year! Although 2021 has been a challenge we have like always been successful in coming together as a community. We reflect on the time we were all placed into Lockdown and were forced to learn remotely and how amazing our teachers were in continuing the level of learning we are accustomed to at Mary Immaculate. To the children who adapted to their new way of communicating, learning, and socialising, they continue to amaze us as to how independent they are. And to parents and carers our success as a school is due to the ongoing assistance and support, we are given from you. 

It was a highlight to the year when we were able to welcome all our beautiful students back. The smiles as they were reacquainted with their friends remains priceless. We have a unique community here at MIPS which makes it a wonderful family to be a part of.

Be sure to relax and enjoy this special time with your loved ones. Wishing you a Holy and safe Christmas. I look forward to working with you again next year.

Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Assistant Principal

Counsellor's Message

Christmas is often a time of many emotions and heightened expectations. Joining together with family and friends to celebrate is definitely welcome, especially after the year that has been 2021. However, this period can also be a time of stress, loneliness, and conflict. It is worth acknowledging this, especially given the added stresses and anxieties that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, lockdown, and the uncertainty around seeing family and friends interstate and overseas over the past few years. Given the above, here are a few things to keep in mind as we move into this holiday season: 

  • It has been a challenging year and we have all been resilient in meeting that challenge  

  • Manage your expectations - things won’t be perfect and that’s ok 

  • Lean into your values around what is Most important at this time and act from these values. This will help reduce stress and anxiety.

    Wishing the MIPS community a peaceful and joyful holiday season. Thank you for the opportunity to support  your children this year and see you in 2022. 

Justin Denes

School Counsellor

Learning at MIPS

Reading Recovery Graduates

Congratulations to the following children for successfully completing their time on Reading Recovery. They have had to work particularly hard, having to complete a Term of their lessons via zoom.

We are very proud of them and with them all the best for the future. 

Congratulations to Curtis, Mia, Vinisha and Alannah. 

Mrs Cooper and Mrs Francis

Reading Recovery Teachers

Debating Team Presentation

Last week, the Year 6 Debating Team were presented with their certificates and trophies of participation.

Congratulations on an incredible term of debating- terrific teamwork, effective communication and hard work was celebrated together at our end of term celebration.

Well done on an amazing term of Debating!

Mrs Kylie Behrens

2021 Athletics Age Champions

On Friday, 18th June, we held our School Athletics Carnival at Cornucopia Reserve at Glenwood  All children showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day and tried their best in all events.

Congratulations to the following Age Champions:

Senior Girls

Charlotte B 1st

Zoe P 2nd

Savannah W 3rd

11 Year Girls

Matilda O 1st

Caitlyn W 2nd

Zoe B 3rd

Junior Girls

Ruby P 1st

Olivia V 2nd

Emily V 3rd

Senior Boys

Rosco L 1st

Lieny M 2nd

Matthew B 3rd

11 Year Boys

Jayden M 1st

Spencer W 2nd

Jackson L 2nd

Junior Boys

Isaac G 1st

James P 2nd

Jamie J 3rd

Athletics Age Campions 2021

Athletics Field Ribbon Recipients

2021 Swimming Age Champions

On Friday, 3rd December we held our Zone Swimming Trials at Mt Druitt pool. All children showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day and tried their best in all events.

Congratulations to the following Age Champions:

Senior Girls

Olivia D 1st

Alexis H 2nd

Angelina 3rd

11 Year Girls

Myeesha S 1st

Elizabeth C 2nd

Lillian W 3rd

Junior Girls

Indiana O 1st

Ruby D 2nd

Siyanna S 3rd

Zarah R 3rd

Senior Boys

Zane W 1st

Adam S 2nd 

Liam D 3rd

11 Year Boys

Lomax M 1st

Jonathan C 2nd

Hardik S 3rd

Junior Boys

Micah M 1st

Hayden R 2nd

Kade D 3rd

Swimming Age Champions 2021

2021 Mayoral Creative Writing Competition

Congratulations to Giann H in Year 2G for entering and representing MIPS in the 2021 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize Competition for Blacktown City Council.

Giann is a very talented writer and illustrator in 2G. During lockdown, Giann decided to pursue his passion of creative writing and to make this his passion project. Giann wrote a wonderful short story titled “The Big Deadline”.

 Vridhi & Gaurav H said that “Giann has loved this experience and has learnt so much, it is the first step towards his dream of becoming an author”. 

 You have made us, your MIPS family and your parents very proud Giann. Congratulations!

Mrs Makari & Mrs Dimataga

Latest News

From the Library

As you know the last 18 months or so has been a roller coaster for everyone. This has also been the case for the Library. Borrowing has been on and off, therefore it has been hard to keep track of books. 

Could I please ask that all library books at home be sent back to school.  There will be tubs outside the library if the library doors are locked. I have send home reminders of the books that have not been returned. Please return all books so they will be on the shelves ready for 2022 borrowing. If you have already returned books recently that are on your notice please disregard it.

A reminder to year 6. Any overdue books stay under your name in year 7. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone so have a good look for those books.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

I wish everyone a Happy, safe Christmas and New Year.

Next year is a fresh start.

Mrs. Belcastro

Mathematics Assessment Interview

At the beginning of each year, all primary school students in the Parramatta diocese are assessed using the Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI). This opportunity gives classroom teachers valuable information about the students knowledge, skills and understanding in Numeracy. This is an individual assessment interview with the new 2022 classroom teacher and it takes approximately 30 minutes per student in 1-6 and 45 minutes for Kindergarten

The dates of these interviews are Friday 28th January and Monday 31st of January 2022 (and Tuesday 1st February - Kinder only).

Bookings are now open for the 2022 Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI)

Please use the below links to make an appointment with your child's 2022 teacher.

1-6  link. 

Kindergarten  2022 Link 

2021 School Fees

All school fees for 2021 should be finalised before the end of Term 4  this week unless you are on an extended payment plan. If you do not have an arrangement in place, please make payment ASAP.

If you have any queries or are experiencing difficulties please contact Liz Padlan in the school office on 02 9933 7800 or via email:

Payments can be made via BPOINT, BPay or Post Billpay (Post Office) as per details on the front of the school fees statement.

Thank you to all the families who have finalised their accounts.

PLEASE NOTE: Any outstanding amount in school fee accounts will not receive the flexible payment plans from CEDP for 2022 fees.

Liz Padlan

Senior Finance Officer

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. 


Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is closed this week. 

The  first delivery of school uniforms for 2022 will be Tuesday 1st February 2022.

School Canteen

Paula's Pantry will be open Monday to Wednesday this week : 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 Canteen will reopen on Tuesday 1st February 2022. 


Andrew D, Majur C, Brayden M, Kiera M, Nevin P, Lucia A, Parsam M, Kaeden W, Isavella N, Tejasvir S, Jackson L, Abbey B, Jiszel P, Zarah R, Logan B, Ayla E, Joshua J, Rafael S, Siobhan M, Mia T, Ezekiel D, Benedict A, Gabriel D, Kayla S, Ethan S, Ella C, Atticus S, Myeesha S, Maddison L, Christian S, Liam P, Gabriel D, Reigan A, Hadriel F, Noah P, Matteo N, Ella B, Gurekum D, Ronin J, Lachlan J, Abhita S, Bailee L, Sebastian A, Mishka B, Milania S, Lalita S, Trinity O, Aaliyah D, Jujhar S, Anishka T, Levi F, Meagan N, Sebastian S, Aurora B, Jason T, Dominic D, Aarya K, Zoe R, Zoe B, Gabriella V

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 15th DecemberLast day of school year for students
Thursday 16th DecemberStaff Development Day - No students
Friday 17th December Last day of school year for staff
Friday 28th January and Monday 31st January2022 Mathematics Interview Assessments
Tuesday 1st February First day of school for Years 1-6
Wednesday 2nd February First day of school for Kindergarten 

Community News

Mary Immaculate Parish Christmas Mass Times

Friday 24th December - 4:30am

Final Novena Dawn Mass (Miss De Gallo)
Friday 24th December- 9:15amMass

Friday 24th December- 

5:30pm, 9:30pm &  Midnight

Christmas Eve Masses

Saturday 25th December

8am & 10am

Christmas Day Mass

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.