Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 10 : Monday 30th March 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our MIPS community has all been amazing to date through what is obviously unprecedented in our lifetime. The current events are changing how we live, learn and work. Each day we hear new information to which we must all respond to protect our community and save lives. The changes are not always easy and can already be causing many of us inconvenience. 

We think of course of those in our community and beyond who have had their lives turned upside down. And of those who have lost their lives. This situation is extremely serious and certain elements of life are not 'business as usual'. We must all do our part.

I am seeing and hearing already people speak with a new-found appreciation of elements of their lives that must now be foregone for a period of time. People are telling me they have a renewed respect for 'the common good'. The hoarding is declining. New relationships and ways of interacting are growing everywhere.

We have all been directed to stay at home unless for essential requirements to stop the spread of the virus. Our staff have done an amazing job setting students up to be safe and learn from home. We have been directed that anyone who can work or study from home should do so. We have staff who for their health and own needs must be able to work from home and we have made those arrangements as a matter of urgency.

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.

I thank you for your support in reducing the risks for all members to the community. The positive notes to the school staff have really helped keep our spirits up. Please keep them coming!

With appreciation for your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


Lenten Reflection Week 6

Absent Explanation Reminder

If your child is not attending school due to the current COVID-19 situation (or any other reason), it is important to notify the school in writing, preferably via the Skoolbag app.  If your child will be away until the end of the term please put 9th April as the end date.

 Thank you to the many parents who have already notified us.

Be Healthy – Be Active During Isolation

Most parents rely on organised sports and school sport programs to keep their children active but what do you do now that they have all been placed on hold?  

Children and adults need physical activity every day. Activity helps build better bones, muscles, joints and helps maintain a healthy weight. Physical activity can also reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Get active anyway you can - walking, riding, swimming, and playing active games such as Duck, Duck, Goose or Bull Rush. These games can be played in the backyard with siblings or family members.

There are plenty of online videos on YouTube using dance routines for kids, yoga and simple exercise circuits that are easy for parents to access. 

Otherwise join your children to:

  • Take a walk

  • Ride bikes

  • Run laps around your backyard or your neighborhood

  • Bounce on a trampoline

  • Ride a scooter

  • Play a game like hopscotch, kick ball or handball

  • Jump rope

  • Chase bubbles

  • Hula hoop

  • Dance around the house

  • Throw a bean bag around indoors


Miss Rowena Benjamin

PDHPE Coordinator

Family Fitness Ideas

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in April

Yvonne A, Alisha A, Olivia A, Kiani A, Matthew B, Skylar B, Ruby B, Madeline C, Katrina C, Brandon C, Sophia C, Emiliana C, Dominic D, Rafael D, Kirti D, Courtney F, Jeremiah F, Dylan G, Georgia G, Ashton H, Jay H, Milania H, Abby I, Kathie J, Manreet K, Amanaki K, Stefania L, Connor L, Dhel M, Diva M, Isabelle N, Jacob O, Florence T, Elyssa V, Holly W, Annabelle W, Liam W, Fiona Z, Cameron Z

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 1st April Cross Country has been cancelled
Friday, 3rd April Year 3 excursion has been cancelled
Monday, 6th AprilEaster Raffle will be drawn
Thursday, 9th AprilTerm 1 Ends
Friday, 10th AprilGood Friday
Sunday, 12th AprilEaster Sunday
Monday, 27th April Term 2 Begins


School Fees 2020

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2021.

Enrolment applications are now being accepted for Kindergarten 2021. Enrolment packs are available from the school office. 

Please inform family and friends if they have children who are eligible to attend.

Uniform Shop

Winter uniforms are now available for purchase. Please organise your child's winter uniform before the end of term to ensure you are ready for next term. 

The uniform shop is open Tuesdays and  Fridays from 8:30am to 10:00am.  Last day of trading for this term will be Tuesday, 7th April. The uniform shop will not be open during the school holidays.

Online orders are to be placed on the QKR App by 4:00pm Monday and Thursday and delivery will be every Tuesday and Friday mornings during the school Term. 

For further information please contact Elle on 0421 216 414 or via email

School Canteen

Paula's Pantry will be closed until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding. 

Community News

Mary Immaculate Parish

Keeping the Faith in a Covid19 World

As Masses are restricted throughout the world, many parish and school communities are asking what they can do to keep their families connected to their faith.

CathFamily can help with our online resources which are available free of charge.

FREE Resource Database

CathFamily has a vast library of free resources for families, schools and parishes that celebrates Catholic culture. The free weekly eNews lists seasonal resources including downloadable prayers, feast day celebrations, recipes, craft, articles and links to other helpful resources.

Visitors can search and browse our thousands of posts or take advantage of our eNews to triage the most relevant content for the week.

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Children's Sunday Liturgy @Home

CathKids is a weekly interactive experience designed for primary aged children that includes a short animated video on the Sunday reading, 'I wonder' questions, a craft activity and prayers. CathKids has a modest subscription fee but due to the situation with COVID19 we are offering this resource FREE for the next 3 months.

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In Faith & in Love,

Francine & Byron PirolaDirectors: Parish & Marriage Resource Centre

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.