Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 5: Monday 22nd February 2021

Principal's Message

Last assembly, which we have not had for such a long time, I spoke to the students about some further improvements we will be making to the school this year. I told them that our budget from our own funds and from CEDP is around $1 million. I think they all thought that each of them was personally getting $1 million! They were so excited. We will be able to make some great improvements to our learning spaces and will refurbish the Kinder and Year 1 toilet area. We have been meeting with our people from CEDP and the architects as we progress our early planning. More to follow on that over time.

I have been in meetings with CEDP as well regarding our carpark and what needs to happen there. In the meantime, we need your support. It is very positive that many people are now not using the driveway for pedestrian access. One of the issues that appears to block up that main carpark exit is cars turning right into the school and right out of the school during those peak times. Starting Wednesday this week, drivers are asked to ONLY turn left into and left out of the main carpark between 8:30am and 9:15am and between 3:00pm and 3:45pm. This will be much safer and will help traffic flow much better. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Staff have raised concerns that some parents are not coming on foot to collect their children at the Farnham Road exit as they are required to. Some parents are calling their children to run up the road or even across the road to them. This is completely unsafe and is not to continue. Parents also inform me that some parents are parking on the side of the path from Torbert Avenue to the carpark near the Basketball Court area. This makes it impossible for traffic to flow in and out of that area. Please do not park on the path from Torbert Avenue to the carpark. All these measures are meant to keep our community safe and we all need to do our part!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

Zone Swimming

On Thursday 18th of February 2021, 23 amazing swimmers represented Mary Immaculate at the Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival. The students all swam exceptionally well and represented the school with pride.

Some amazing results were achieved by the team and many of the students have been selected to represent the Blacktown Zone at the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming.

Thanks to Miss Benjamin for organizing the team and Mrs Hutton for supervising the team on the day.

More exciting information to come when the results are finalised.

Mrs Angela Cooper


On Monday 1st of March students from Years 1- 4 and our Year 6 leadership team will be participating in a Water Safety and CPR Leadership Awareness Program. These programs will be led by Royal Life Saving NSW. 

The program is free and will be taking place at school during school hours.

Rowena Benjamin

PDHPE Coordinator


Starting this week, students are able to visit the Library with their class groups, in their allocated time. However, no borrowing will occur at this stage. Students are encouraged to explore the books in our library and share a book together!


Students will receive their participation certificates from the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge. We would like to congratulate our GOLD award winners, who have completed the Challenge over a period of 4 years:

Abby B

Ruby B

Sebastian C

Yavniel F

Micah M

Matilda O

Allegra P

Saissha P

Lucas P

Bennett S-S

Madisyn S

Angelina S

Casey S

We wish to extend a big congratulations to our PLATINUM award winners, who have completed the Challenge over a period of 7 years:

Sofia C

Lucas W

Gold and Platinum Certificates will be delivered to our school in the coming weeks due to a delay in delivery. Platinum certificates will be given to their siblings at the school upon delivery. 

The 2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge opens next week- Monday 1st March. More information will be included in next week’s newsletter on how your child can participate in the challenge.

Kylie Behrens 

Literacy Coordinator

Commonwealth School Banking

Mary Immaculate is excited to offer the return of the  Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students. This will start on Friday 5th March 2021. If you would like your child to participate in school banking, they need to bring their bank book together with their cash on Fridays and place it into the blue office bag located in each classroom which is delivered to the office Friday mornings. 

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help teach your child about money. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2021 are:

o   Terry Denton’s Activity Book

o   Scented Stackable Highlighters

o   Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)

o   Icicle Slapband Ruler

o   Treetop Stationery Set

o   Snowy Origami Set

o   Treetop Handball

o   Water Skimming Bounce Ball

o   Tomato Seed Kit

o   Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

o   Emoji Wallet

o   Scratch Art Cards

o   Snakes & Ladders Game



If your child requires medication during school hours, we ask that it be handed in to the office and not left in a child's bag or lunch box.

A note from the doctor with specific dosage and timing instructions as well as a permission form from the parents must be given to the office for any medication to be administered. These forms are available from the office or on the skoolbag app under Notes. 

Application for Extended Leave-Travel (5 or more school days)

Family holidays and travel outside of school holiday period will be considered individually based on your child’s attendance, the intention of the extended leave and the impact on your child’s participation and progress at school. Relevant travel documentation such as an eTicket (in the case of flight bound travel) or itinerary (in the case of non-flight bound travel within Australia only) must be attached to this application. Application forms are available on the Skoolbag app or from the school office for completion.

Latest News

2021 School Fees


Statements were posted last week by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). If you have not received your statement by the end of this week, please contact the school office. Payment for instalment 1 2021 fees are due by 17th March 2021.

Please refer to the detailed information that was enclosed with your school fee statement for payment options. You can accept the payment arrangement by setting up your payment plan via and selecting “flexible payment options”. 

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Liz Padlan on 02 9933 7800 or email on

Uniform Shop

Tuesdays and  Fridays - 8:30am to 10:00am.  Parents are welcome to visit the uniform shop during this time. 

Online orders and emails for exchanges are to be placed on the QKR App by 4:00pm Monday and Thursday.  Uniform orders and exchanges will be delivered to your child's classroom on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the school term. 

When exchanging items purchased from the uniform shop please send an email to prior to leaving the items at the school office in a bag labelled with your child's name and class.

All inquiries please contact Elle on 0421 216 414 or via email

School Canteen

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

Lunches can be ordered at the canteen in the morning before school or online via the QKR App. When ordering online please ensure you place your order before 7:50am. 

Paula's Pantry 2021 Price List

Upcoming Dates

Monday 22nd February and Tuesday 23rd February Year 6 Canberra Excursion
Thursday 25th FebruaryPaul Kelly Cup- Stage 3 AFL Team attending Gala Day.
Monday 1st March Royal Life Saving NSW Water Safety and CPR workshop - Year 1-4  and Yr 6 leadership.
Thursday 11th March Kinder 2022 Open Day from 9:am-12pm

Community News

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.