Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 7: Monday 31st May 2021

Principal's Message

Last week's Disco was a fantastic success thanks to the efforts of many generous parent helpers and teachers supporting the students in the MPA. Thank you to the parents who were just so cooperative with drop off and pick up on what was a very chilly night outdoors. The children had a wonderful time dancing and having a great time together with their friends. It was great that we were able to hold such an event for the children after the challenges of the last year or so.

This year, July 26, we are planning to host our Grandparents' Day event which is always a highlight for our community. Make sure that date goes in your calendar. We will post more details closer to the day. Since I last wrote to you, our students completed their Naplan assessments in Years 3 and 5. The students were well prepared and went into the whole experience quite calm and confident in general.

The students are again preparing for their Student-Led Conferences. This has become a real learning highlight for them and all involved. They are a tremendous and powerful contributor to student learning success. More details around scheduling for this will soon follow.

With appreciation for your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

Debating Week 6

Debate Topic: That the Internet is more harmful than useful (MIPS were the affirmative team).

On Tuesday, 27th May, 4 debaters from Mary Immaculate debated against Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville. The team showed respect for the opposing school and their debating team. All students represented our school with pride. 

The first speaker was Lillian D, the second speaker was Zoe B and the third speaker was Ryan C, with the refuting speaker being Allegra G.

Lillian spoke about how the internet has a negative impact on a person's mental health, how influencers can give unrealistic standards to people using social media, and how the internet can have a negative impact on a person's education.

Zoe spoke about how online predators are harmful, the negative effects of cyberbullying and how hackers and viruses can be detrimental to our society. She also had 2 rebuttals and presented them well.

Ryan talked about misinformation and the negative effects, and also strongly refuted and summed up our team’s case.

The debating team tried their hardest during the debate. Unfortunately, in a close debate with a difference of four points - we did not win this week. Congratulations to the entire Debating Team for their collaborative effort and representation on the day.

Allegra G, Lillian D, Ryan C and Zoe B

Stage 3 Soccer Gala Day

On Wednesday 26th of May Mrs Gotsis and Miss Benjamin had the privilege of taking 14 Stage 3 girls to the Soccer Gala day. The girls played 6 games against other schools from within the Diocese at Jamison Park in Penrith. The girls represented Mary Immaculate with amazing sportsmanship and school spirit. The were undefeated on the day and came home as champions of their pool! 

Congratulations to Emma S, Sharnie B, Alexis H, Angelina S, Zoe P, Zara H, Savannah W, Gillian C, Lexi H, Sarah L. Gabriella X, Aleisha B, Witi J and Laura C.

Operation Artworks

46 students were selected to participate in a Visual Arts Workshop on Thursday 20th May.  From this group of talented artists 4 artworks were selected for submission to an exhibition called Operation Artworks 2021. This event is held annually and exhibits more than 800 artworks created by students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in NSW.

The theme of Operation Art is for our students to create an artwork to help cheer up children who are hospitalised. The NSW Department of Education and Westmead Children's Hospital have collaborated to implement this wonderful innovation. 

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in June

Liam P, Holly R, Vayha N, Mikey F, Tobias T, Averie S, Lucas B, Amelia T, Indiana O, Boston L, Aleahya W, Connor B, Luke B, Jemma F, Hannah M, Felicity B, Dante S, Ruby P, Ava H, Alannah S, Abhijot K, Wulv L, Israel G, Angelina S, James F, Phoenix H, Micaiah P, Johan M, Samisoni W, Alexa E, Natalya A, Nikhel R, Zayaan S, Siyana S, Patrick D, Kai H, Ellayna H, Gabriel E, Maya F, Jenna J, Jacob E, Christina S, Lillian D, Jasmine H, Lola R, Vivienne C, Noah O, Zane W, Ryansh G, Anastasia S, Jayden J, Edward C, Liam M, Liliana R, Isabella Z, Erin F, Azaliah C, Brodie a, Nathalie A, Christine S, Emma D, Natalie C. 

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2022

We are currently offering positions for Kindergarten 2022. If you have a child who is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2022 please submit your enrolment application to the school office as soon as possible as we are now finalising enrolments for Kindergarten 2022. 

Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from our website. 


Instalment 2 Fees are now overdue.

Instalment 2 fees were due last Wednesday, 26th May 2021. If you are not on a payment plan, please finalise your school fees asap.

Should you wish to set up a flexible payment plan, did not receive your statement or are experiencing difficulty with fees, please contact Liz Padlan via email or 02 9933 7800 to discuss your situation or to make alternate arrangements.

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

 Homemade Lasagna is only available on Thursdays. 

Book Club News

Thank you to everyone who ordered from issue 3. We received scholastic rewards to the value of $180, which will be used to purchase books and learning resources. Issue 4 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home two weeks ago. 

Orders need to be placed by 9am Friday 4th June. We accept credit card online payments using LOOP.  We do not accept cash payments. Please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form. 

Save the Date for our Book Fair

Mary Immaculate Playgroup

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Please click on link for healthy lunchbox ideas. 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 1st JuneParish Mass: Six Maroon and Six Grey.
Tuesday 1st June Year 5 excursion to Camden (Panning and life on the  Goldfields)
Thursday 3rd June First Communion for Year 4 students - 6pm
Friday 4th JunePrimary Assembly (Years 3-6) at 2:45pm. No Grade presenting an item this week
Sunday 6th JuneFirst Communion for Year 4 students - 2pm
Friday 11th June 

Athletics Carnival for Years 3- 6 (and Year 2 students who were born in 2013) at Cornucopia Reseve, Glenwood. 

Friday 11th June Infants Assembly (Kindergarten -Year 2 ) at 2:45pm. Year 1 presenting an item. 
Sunday 13th June 

First Communion for Year 4 students - 2pm

Monday 14th June 

Public Holiday: Queen's Birthday

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)

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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.