Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter Update

Term 1 Week 6: Monday 1st March 2021

Religious Education Coordinator's Message

Our Parish Priest

In the recent issue of the Catholic Outlook that was sent home to families last Thursday, features an in-depth article about our Parish Priest, Father Oliver Aro and our own Parish of Mary Immaculate. We have placed a copy of the articles below. Take a moment as a family to read about the inspirational journey of Father Oliver’s life so far and his hopes for our Mary Immaculate Parish.

Mrs Helen Moore

Religious Education Coordinator

CEDP Lenten Reflection- From Curiosity to Clarity to Challenge

Learning at MIPS

Zone Swimmers Award Presentation

 Congratulations to the MIPS students who competed in the 2021 Blacktown Zone Swimming Carnival. 

AFL Paul Kelly Cup

On Thursday 25th February, our Stage 3 boys and Stage 3 girls AFL teams had a blast playing at Hills Centenary during the Paul Kelly Cup Gala day. Despite the stormy weather, players had a great time.

Both teams played amazing rounds to make it to the finals. The competition was too strong in the end and unfortunately we didn’t bring home the win this time. Even with the rain coming down, all players were on the field giving it their best effort. 

Thank you to all parents who came out to support and coach the players.

We are super proud - GO MIPS! 

Miss Rowena Benjamin

PDHPE Coordinator

League Stars Inspire Respect Workshop Years 3 to 6

On Friday 26th March MIPS will be hosting an NRL Workshop for students in Years 4-6. The Year 3 workshop is scheduled to take place in term 2. 

The visit will focus on respect of self and others. Students will also have time with the coaches to participate in ball handling and passing drills. 

This week, parents from Years 3 to 6 will receive a form to complete as part of the workshop attendance.

We ask that all forms are completed and returned to your child’s teacher by Monday March 22nd. 

Miss Rowena Benjamin

Pdhpe Coordinator

Australian Government Assistance for National Capital Excursion

Last week, students from Year 6 at Mary Immaculate participated in an educational tour of Canberra. While on this excursion they experienced a variety of educational programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. 

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist parents in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government will be contributing funding of $30 per eligible student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program toward any travel expenses incurred. The contribution is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program. We know that the excursion was a rewarding experience for all of our students.

The Year 6 Teachers 2021

Premier's Reading Challenge 2021

Welcome to the 2021Premier's Reading Challenge, the biggest children's book club in Australia! There has already been a great response to the challenge this year from previous participants and it is great to hear many children saying that they are on their way to earning their Bronze, SIlver or Gold certificate and a place on the Honour Roll. The Premier’s Reading Challenge runs from today (Monday, 1st  March) and finishes in August (Term 3).

 If your child has previously completed the challenge, your child’s Username and Password remains the same. 

Kindergarten students will receive their Username and Password in the coming weeks. 

New students in other grades will be allocated their PRC usernames and passwords over the coming weeks, ready to complete their online reading records. These will be handed to new students by class teachers. 

Special note: All children from K-2 will complete the challenge during class time. The teachers will enter the 30 books for all students, so K-2 parents do not need to enter anything online. 

You are to complete a number of books, depending on your grade:

ChallengeNumber of books you must readMinimum number of PRC booksMaximum number of Personal Choice booksPRC book lists you can read from
K-230255K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9
3-4201553-4, 5-6, 7-9
5-6201555-6, 7-9

All Challenge rules can be accessed via the website:

Year 3 - 6 Parents, you can assist your child to fill in their personal reading log at the Premier’s Reading Challenge Website. This is available from

Explore the web site and check regularly for updates and news.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Kylie Behrens

Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator

Building Child Safe Communities (BCSC)


We adhere to the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and support the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to CEDP. These checks reduce potential risk and forms part of our strategy to build child safe communities.

In the Diocese of Parramatta we see parents as partners in your child's educational experience. Parents are encouraged to become involved in our schools in a variety of ways such as canteen helpers, coaches of sporting teams, supporting classroom learning, providing general assistance around the school and much much more.

Contractors may include architects, builders and tradespeople project managed by CEDP or services provided to students using CEDP rooms and equipment including music teachers, speech pathologists, canteen providers and repairs and maintenance workers, amongst others.

We thank you for the important role you play in supporting the ongoing learning of our students and the opportunities you provide.


All Volunteers (including parents) and Contractors must complete the Building Child Safe Communities Undertaking Form and online training module prior to being engaged by a school or any other CEDP site.

You do not need a Working With Children Check (WWCC) if you're a parent or close relative of a child, volunteering at your child's school. 


    BCSC Undertaking Form and Training Module for Volunteers and Contractors

    The purpose of this module is to inform you of the standards of behaviour and other requirements that must be adhered to when delivering services to children and students.

    The undertaking should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and the training module approximately 15 minutes.

    Once the form and training modules are submitted an automated email will be sent to you within 24 hours to confirm the status of your submission.

    The undertaking form will expire within 2 years or when you WWCC expires (if applicable) whichever is sooner. At this time you will need to complete the Undertaking form and training module again. You will receive an automatic reminder email when this occurs.

    Get started and please refer to the short videos and factsheets/guides on how to complete and submit the undertaking form and training module.START NOW


      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 Friday and place it into the blue office bag located in each classroom which is delivered to the office Friday mornings. 

      Please click on this link to read the School Banking Parent Guide.

      Latest News

      Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in March

      Evan P, Shenaya N, Olivia C, Lily F, Rachel P, Elke-Rose B, Masa G, Rona S, Isis A-O, Nachelle R, Mishka K, Ava J, Neve P, Joseph O, Sarah F, Chloe L, Josephine P, Jenniah D, Aaron H, Jessica R, Karla R, Allegra P, Lieny M, Nyssa D, Danica DL, Hardik S, Katrina B, Arjun B, Rohin P, Chloe F, Nikayla-May E, Barsam K, Madeline T, Alissa S, Scarlett L, Rhys P, Rachel M, Jacob C, Carine Z, Sahaj G, Kiarra W, Mya H, Aaniya K, Sophie G, Mikayla S, Rasmin K, Quinn A, Norah G, Lillith-Anne H, Jacob O, Oscar B, Owen P, Jayden P, Isabella V, Claire H, Avianna H, Micah M, Olivia P, Harwin S, Amitoj S, Benjamin K, Claire V, Dylan S.

      2021 School Fees

      Payment for instalment 1 2021 fees are due by Wednesday 17th March 2021.

      If you have changed details, eg. new address, email or phone number, please let us know in writing by using the “Change of Details” eForm in the Skoolbag app.

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

      Liz Padlan

      Senior Finance Officer

      Annual Diocesan Fees Schedule for 2021

      Upcoming Dates

      Monday 1st March Royal Life Saving NSW Water Safety and CPR workshop: Year 1-4  and Yr 6 leadership.
      Wednesday 3rd March Year4 and Year 6 afternoon excursion: Sydney Orchestra of Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Parramatta Riverside Theatre.
      Thursday 11th March Kinder 2022 Open Day from 9:am-12pm
      Wednesday 17th March

      Year 3 Excursion: Hyde Park, where they will visit the ANZAC War Memorial, participate in an Aboriginal Experience and take a monument walk.  

      Friday 19th March MIPS Cross Country. Notes will be sent home this week. 
      Friday 26th March League Stars Inspire Respect Workshop Years 3 to 6.
      Thursday 1st AprilLast day of Term 1.
      Friday 2nd April Good Friday.
      Sunday  4th April Easter Sunday. 
      Monday 19th AprilTerm 2 commences. 

      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.