Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 1: Monday 12th June 2021

Acting Principal's Message

Welcome back to term 3, although not the start that we were all hoping for. We hope you are well and that you have managed to keep safe during these uncertain times. The teachers have been working hard to establish online learning for the students to begin from tomorrow and will continue to provide learning opportunities for our students across all grades.

As previously communicated, onsite supervision will be available for families of children who need to be at school (children of essential workers, vulnerable students or students who have no other supervision options). We will be continuing to support student learning for those who have no option but to attend school. Those students will be engaged in the same learning as those at home. Not all teachers will be at school as they engage in work-from-home arrangements to reduce their own level of risk to infection.

Devices

We are aware that not all students have access to devices at home and that some families might have several students. For students who are unable to access online learning we are offering an opportunity to borrow a school-owned device; for students in Years 2 to 6 a Chromebook and for students in Kindergarten and Year 1 an iPad. Should you wish to borrow a device please email the school at mimmac@parra.catholic.edu.au and tell us the most suitable time for you to collect the device. You will be required to complete a Rights and Responsibilities Agreement form at the front office prior to borrowing the device. Should you need assistance with internet connection please email the school as we may be able to assist you also.

Any students borrowing a device will need to bring them back to school each day they are learning on site. We are limited in the number of devices, so we suggest you complete the form asap to ensure your child does not miss out.

Remote Learning Access

Please check Skoolbag and your emails for directions on how to access the online learning platforms for your children. The teachers have developed fact sheets that will assist the children in participating in the daily activities.

Drop off and Pick up – Week 1

 All students are to come onto and leave the school property through the front main gate. Dismissal times will be staggered, to reduce the number of people on site at any given time. We ask that once you have collected your child/children that you vacate the premises immediately. In line with NSW Health all parents and carers will be required to check in, wear face masks and ensure social distancing.

 Dismissal times are as follows and are based on the youngest sibling (for eg. A student in year 6 with a younger sibling in year 1 will be dismissed based on the year 1 dismissal time)

 3pm – Kinder and Year 1

3:10pm – Year 2 and Year 3

3:20pm – Year 4, 5 and 6

 As communicated at the end of last term Mrs Annemarie Bond was to return to MIPS as acting Assistant Principal, however, she has been asked to continue on at St Monica’s at Richmond for the remainder of the year. We wish her the very best.

 I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Mr Chris Maguire who will be our Acting Assistant Principal for the first four weeks of the term. Mr Maguire has worked in the Diocese in a number of roles such as Teacher Educator and Numeracy Coordinator at Mother Teresa, Westmead. We are grateful to have such an excellent operator join us and are also excited to show him just how wonderful our community is and for him to witness the exceptional abilities of our students.

 We realise that you may have many questions at this time and that these circumstances can be quite challenging. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as careful planning continues. Please continue to check Skoolbag for any updates. Please reach out if you require any assistance

 Thank you for your ongoing support.

 Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Acting Principal

School Counsellor's Message

Dear Parents,

 The current lockdown is having varying effects on us all and it is really important to stay connected with one another at the moment, especially while we are in remote learning mode and uncertain about how things will progress over the coming days and weeks. 

I am available to offer school counselling support to you and your child by phone. Please contact the school office if you would like this support and I will be in contact with you. 

There are also some excellent community resources available and I am happy to assist you to find the best support for your circumstances. As a starting point for your children, Kids Helpline can be reached on via phone on 1800 551 800 or webchat via kidshelpline.com.au

Take care,

 Justin Denes 

School Counsellor

Learning at MIPS

Recording Attendance Advice: Term 3 Week 1 2021

Students who are not physically present at school and are engaged with remote learning at home will be recorded as Remote Learning (Code F Flexible). This approach will not negatively affect student attendance records. Parents are not required to explain this variation in attendance with a note or reason to the school. If your child is absent from their studies due to illness or another reason, please add an attendance note in Compass or complete an absence form on the skoolbag app. 

MIPS Winter Holiday Read-a-thon

Great news... our Holiday Readathon will continue throughout the Home Learning period! 

We are continuing the use of the “Raffle Ticket” system.  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! A copy of the raffle tickets will be sent via Skoolbag to print and complete.

One lucky winner will be drawn from each class at the first assembly in Term 3.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Behrens and Mrs Francis

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in July

Adam S, Jace E, Sharlet M, Carter W, Christopher Y, Mason F, Vihaan P, Jonathan B, Jeremiah O, Rudy D, Xander D, Kaitlyn G, Orlando T, Aalivyah W, Reem Z, Dane P, Lily T, Daniel N, Jake T, Aashutosh G, Wynter T, Alexia D, Zane M ,Karen M, Caira S, Alexander T, Noah B, Sasha D, Thomas K, Yousef A-J, Jaydon M, Miriam A-J, Lachlan C, Witi J, Alexander L, Matilda O, Namaya D, Ameiya K, Eva P, Savannah W, Sajal P, Aleisha E. 

School Canteen

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the canteen will remain closed until further notice. 

Thank you for your understanding,

Paula's Pantry

Uniform Shop

Due to the current Covid 19 restictions the uniform shop  will be closed until further notice. 

Thank you for your understanding, 

Oz Fashion 

SCHOOL FEES 2021

Instalment 2 Fees are now overdue 

Reminder letters were sent to families with outstanding fees. If you are not on a payment plan, please finalise your school fees as soon as possible. Should you wish to set up a flexible payment plan or are experiencing difficulty with fees, please contact Liz Padlan via email imac-qkhlfees@parra.catholic.edu.au or 02 9933 7800.

 Please note that CEDP will be sending out instalment 3 statements next week. If you do not receive a copy of your school fees, please contact Liz.

Community News

Current Covid-19 Restrictions

During this morning’s press conference, the Premier reiterated that all members of the community should only leave home for essential reasons, which are: 

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);

  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);

  • Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);

  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Keeping families and children well – COVID-19 Bulletin Issue 37: Thursday 8 July 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

Sacrament of Confirmation 2021

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered at Mary Immaculate Parish in September 2021 at three separate ceremonies.

Children from Year 5 and above who have been Baptizsed and received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are eligible to receive their Confirmation.

You will need to attach a copy of your child’s Baptism and First Holy Communion Certificates to your registration form unless your child received Baptism or First Eucharist from Mary Immaculacte Quakers Hill.

Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be available starting Tuesday 22 June 2021 and registration will close on 2 August 2021.  All information will be on the parish website starting from 22 June 2021.

Preparartion Classes for Confirmation 2021:

​Class 1                Monday 16th August         4pm

                             Monday 16th August         7pm 

                             Tuesday 17th August         4pm

                             Tuesday 17th August         7pm

Class 2                Monday 23rd August         4pm

                             Monday 23rd August         7pm 

                             Tuesday 24th August         4pm

                             Tuesday 24th August         7pm

Class 3                Monday 30th August         4pm

                             Monday 30th August         7pm 

                             Tuesday 31st August         4pm

                             Tuesday 31st August         7pm

Confirmation dates on offer are as follows

Wednesday    8th September                              6:30pm

Thursday        9th September                              6:30pm

Wednesday    15th September                            6:30pm

REGISTRATION FOR CONFIRMATION WILL NOT BE ONLINE. PLEASE EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE (parishoffice@maryimmac.org.au) FOR AN APPLICATION FORM. 

If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact:

Sr Valerie – mobile: 0414 638 884 or email sacramental.coordinator@maryimmac.org.au

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.