Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 2: Monday 21st October 2019

Principal's Message

During this term our students look at “Mission”. In the lead up to Advent and Christmas, the concept of Mission has particular significance. Mary and Joseph embodied a life of Mission as do many of our ancient and modern day saints.

Our readings on the weekend tell us much about Mission and our relationship with God. The first reading from Exodus tells that Mission is about commitment. The second reading from Paul to Timothy we hear “proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching.” In this we hear that Mission requires persistence.

The Gospel then comes from Luke in which we hear perhaps one of the most misunderstood sections of scripture. It deals with our earthly experience of badgering someone repeatedly until you get what you want. It then refers the same situation to badgering God in prayer, hoping to wear Him down to get what we want. But the reading finishes with the most important but regularly left-off sentence which is the most important: “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?” This turns the previous account on its head. What it really tells us is that Faith in God is not about badgering God for Him to do our will but Listening to God for us to better understand and then do His will. This is our Mission as told to us through the life of Christ. God is not a benevolent dictator whom we seek to persuade. God is our loving Father who already has given us all we need.

Our Mission is to make lives of happiness and bounty for all our brothers and sisters. We can ask “How does God allow millions to starve in the world?” The reality is that the world is increasingly populated by both ends of the hunger issue - the starving and the clinically obese. Asking God for more food won’t address this imbalance. Wrongs in the world like this are Our Mission. He is doing our part - we need to do ours!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Upcoming Dates

2020 Kinder Orientation (No. 1)

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From Thursday, October. 24th, 9:15 am to Thursday, October. 24th, 10:45 am


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Come to school in your usual Friday uniform PLUS crazy socks!

Whole School Assembly

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From Friday, October. 25th, 2:45 pm to Friday, October. 25th, 3:20 pm


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2020 Kinder Orientation (No. 2)

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From Thursday, October. 31st, 9:15 am to Thursday, October. 31st, 10:45 am


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Whole School Assembly

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From Friday, November. 1st, 2:45 pm to Friday, November. 1st, 3:20 pm


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Latest News

Whole School Writing Stimulus this Week!

This week, all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be completing a piece of writing based off a visual stimulus. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their learning and growth throughout the year. Have a chat with your child about their writing later this week! 

Number Busting in Year 3

Last week we focused on number busting using the three levels surface, deep and transfer. We made the success criteria as a full grade using the brainstorming chart and decided which were surface skills, deep skills and then transfer. We used the success criteria to guide us when we were number busting. This really helped us to understand how to show what we know and ways we can bust different numbers.

A few different ideas we discussed were that in Year 3 we now DO NOT use repeated addition or simple patterns but we do use brackets accurately to show order of operations. In number busting we can calculate fractions and decimals. Sometimes we get so busy showing that we have surface skills that we forget to show how we connect our ideas at the deep level. Our success criteria really helped us to number bust better than we have before. 

Caitlyn and Parnavi 

Reflecting on my Learning....

What did I do differently?

  •  What I did differently was I used brackets for example (2x10)+6=26

  • I used a number line to show how I worked out the number 

  • I did addition, subtraction and multiplication +, -, x 

What were some of the challenges?

My challenge was to use division and to show my thinking in fractions and decimals and multiplication was a challenge because we used brackets.

What have you learnt about number busting?

I have learnt that you can use number busting in different ways like multiplication, addition, subtraction and division but you can also use decimals and fractions. You could also use arrays, time and inverses operations.

Amelia 3M

Thoughts about number busting this week...

We have been thinking about number busting. I used addition by adding the number up to the answer. Here is an example of addition; let’s say I had 286 dollars in my bank account and I did hard jobs at home. Then dad gave me gave me 13 dollars I would end up having 299. There are lots of ways to answer the question.

Casey S       

During week 1 we did number busting and learnt we can use multiple strategies. We can use division to divide a number to get half of the number you want to halve example 300 divided by 2 equals 150. You could use the jump strategy. Addition and subtraction is one of the easiest strategies. Multiplication is the same as division but instead of halving you times.

Lachlan 3M

Socktober “Crazy Socks” Fundraising Day

As part of our Mission inquiry learning in Religious Education, our students K-6, have been investigating the plight of the people in Northern Ghana. Across Monday and Tuesday this week, Stage 3 students will ADVOCATE and present how the MIPS community can have a learning mind, an open heart and hands for action. 

On Friday, 25th of October, the students are asked to make a donation and wear “Crazy Socks” to school to FUNDRAISE and show support for those in our global community who are in need. All money raised will go to the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, Archdiocese of Yendi, Northern Ghana. Run by the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love, this safe haven provides life-saving care and education to children with special needs who have been displaced from their communities. Let us be the hands of Christ, together we can make a difference and ‘sock it to poverty’.

We ask that you PRAY for the protection of the children of Northern Ghana and for our learning community as we take up the call to Christ’s Mission. 

Did you know that Catholic Mission is built upon the three pillars of PRAY, ADVOCATE and FUNDRAISE?

Your child will wear the uniform they usually wear on a Friday - just different socks.

#what’syourmission #sockittopoverty

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their lives, just as Fred Hollows did. The Award recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. We would like to congratulate Ella F in 6P who received this award last Wednesday. Ella is recognised for this award as she always shows care and compassion for her peers. At all times, she puts the needs of others before her own and shows integrity and kindness to others. 

Nominees were recognised by Gabi Hollows AO and The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Education, at a presentation ceremony in Sydney, where a Junior Ambassador to The Foundation was announced.

This Junior Ambassador will allocate $5000, donated by Specsavers, to a Fred Hollows Foundation program of their choice to help end avoidable blindness.

We congratulate Ella on this prestigious award!

Sporting News

NSWPSSA State Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Liam H and Alex M who have qualified to compete in the NSWPSSA State Athletics Championships on 7th November at Sydney Olympic Park. Alex qualified with a High Jump of 139cm and Liam with a Long Jump of 470cm. Best of luck boys in your upcoming events, we are so proud of you.

NSWPSSA Golf Championship

Congratulations to Cruz A who competed for Mackillop in the NSWPSSA Golf Championship on the 3rd-5th September in Blackheath. Cruz’s team was successful in winning their competition. Well done Cruz.

MIPS Swimming Carnival

This year's swimming carnival will be held on Wednesday, 11th December at Mount Druitt Swimming Pool. Students who are turning 8-13 years old in 2020 will be eligible to participate in the carnival. A note with more information will be available closer to the date.

2020 School Travel Applications Now Open

To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.

Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

·       are continuing at the same school

·       are residing at the same address

·       have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators pay special attention to the information supplied by applicants which come through in the school portal. If the information supplied does not match your records or the student is not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be referred back to the applicant to correct and resubmit.

In the event that school administrators endorse in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.

Sydney Light Rail update

The new Sydney Light Rail is due to open in December 2019. This means that students will be able to travel by light rail between Circular Quay and Randwick Junction (the Kingsford branch is due to open in March 2020).

From Monday, 14 October 2019, applicants will be able to select light rail as a mode for new applications. Eligible students will be able to travel for free to and from school or college on the new Sydney Light Rail from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

For students currently travelling on a School Opal card under the SSTS, there is no change. Students will still be able to tap on and off to travel on any mode of transport to get to or from school or college.

The Sydney Light Rail team will be in contact with schools in the area to provide further information.

2019 School Fees

Those with balances for 2019 school fees will have received a statement from CEDP recently. All school fees should now be complete unless you are on an extended payment plan.

If you have an enquiry, please contact Liz Padlan in the school office on 02 9933 7800 or via email:

Payments can be made via the internet using your BPay reference code or over the phone.

Thank you to all the families who have finalised their accounts.

Community News

Busways’ Western Sydney Buses are Going Cashless from 28 October 2019

Message from Busways:

  • Cash payments will not be accepted on Busways buses in Western Sydney from 28 October 2019.
  • Students can use their School Opal card to get to and from their destination during the week. On the weekend, they will need to use their Child/Youth Opal card to pay for their journey.
  • Parents of the students and friends of the school can pay using their Opal card, credit card, debit card or linked device. Travel benefits apply to all when using the same card consistently.
  • Opal cards are available online and over the counter from retailers including most newsagents, post offices, convenience stores and supermarkets.
  • Remember to separate your cards so your preferred card is charged when tapping on and tapping off.

For more information on cashless payments, please refer to the Busways website.

Kind regards,

Busways group

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