Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 10: Monday 28th March 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week I met with members of our P&F and we discussed supporting the people of Lismore in some small way after the devastation of that area in the recent floods. Maria, our P&F president contacted St Carthage's Primary School on behalf of our community. The school was significantly destroyed. An art piece for what will be the rebuilt office area will soon be delivered there. We are also going to open a Go Fund Me page for our community to provide financial support to help their school provide play equipment for their children. More information on that will follow.

We also talked about the Paterson Reserve area and the challenges with the terrain there. Representation has been made on behalf of the community to have these challenges addressed.

Thanks to everyone for your support of the Easter Egg Mufti Day and the Raffle which is in place now. As always funds raised on projects such as this go directly back into supporting our students and community. So thank you to each family for your part in supporting our work together.

With appreciation of your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


Religious Education Coordinator's Message

Mary Immaculate has reached out to “Our Lady Help of Christians, South Lismore” to see how we could support their needs during their clean up after the devastating floods.

Mrs. Kristy Hague, the Assistant Principal of Mission at South Lismore said the lasting memory she had before they were forced to leave their site were bibles from their prayer tables floating in the water and wondering when they would ever be replaced.

This week we have purchased and sent 15 bibles to “Our Lady Help of Christians” so they can continue their learning in Religious Education.

This week we will begin our fundraising for Project Compassion. As a Catholic community we are called to help to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Join us this Lent to raise much-needed funds for people living in poverty. Together, we can make a difference now, and For All Future Generations. Over the next two weeks our Stage 3 students (Years 5 and 6) will be promoting our new platform of fundraising through the site listed below:

Yours in faith,

Mrs Helen Moore

Religious Education Coordinator

Lenten Reflection Week 3

Lenten Reflection Week 4

Lenten Reflection Week 5

Counsellor's Message

Hello MIPS community,

It has been a busy start to the year! I attach a short document about anxiety in children and how parents can support our children through challenging experiences.

Best to all,

Justin Denes


Helping Children and Young People to Manage Anxiety

Learning at MIPS

NSWCPS Swimming Championships

Congratulations to our superstar swimmers who competed at the NSWCPS Swimming Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday 22nd March. We are extremely proud of our swimmers for making it through to this level. 

A huge congratulations to Olivia D who finished 3rd in Butterfly for her age group against swimmers from Catholic Schools across NSW. She will move forward to swim for the MacKillop Team. WIshing Olivia and the team the best of luck! MIPS Swimming Championships Team: Zarah. R, Ruby. D, Ella. C, Indiana. O, Olivia. D, Lillian. W, Myeesha. S, and Addison. R. 

Road Safety Colouring Competition

Well done to all students who entered the CEDP colouring competition. All our entrants have received a wonderful prize pack from Mrs Lincoln and CEDP for their efforts.

Congratulations to our school finalists Mishka K  (3B) and Nathalie A  (4G). Winners will be announced in the following weeks. Good luck to our MIPS finalists! 

Safety Matters!

1.              By law, all children under the age of 7 must use a booster seat. A booster seat allows children to sit taller in the seat so that the adult seatbelt doesn’t rest across their neck which is very dangerous in a crash.

2.              Did you know that for maximum protection, your child’s seatbelt must sit on their collarbone and across their hip bones? If your child is constantly slipping their seatbelt under their arm so that it rests against their ribs, then they may still need a booster seat. We need to keep the seatbelt away from the rib cage as it is not strong enough to withstand the forces generated in a crash.

3.              The front seats of cars are potentially dangerous places for children. Airbags deploy at 300km/hr and they are designed to hit an adult at chest height. For any child under the height of 150cm it will hit around head height. Australia growth charts show that less than half of children reach 150cm by the age of 12, so delay your child’s move into the front seat for as long as possible.

4.              For a bike helmet to do its job, it must stay on your child’s head in a crash and the best way to do this is to adjust the straps to ensure there is no more than a two finger space above the eyebrows and between the chin and strap. Remember to remove their hats and for girls avoid wearing high pony tails to ensure the helmet stays in place.

5.              Never slash or cut the inside foam of a bike helmet as this is the part that absorbs all the force that would be transferred to the head in a crash. If your child has a crash and their helmet hits the ground, you will need to replace the helmet even if it still looks okay. This is because the all-important inner foam has been compressed and it is now too hard to absorb the force of another crash.

6.              Make sure your child’s bike is the right size bike so they can always be in control – are the balls of the feet able to reach the ground when they are seated on the bike? If not, you will need to lower the seat. Make sure that the brakes, gears and bell are in easy reach when riding.

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in April

Amelia O, Yvonne A, Kathie J, Skylar B, Connor L, Manreet K, Angelina B, Abby I, Michelle M, Amanaki K, Shelby G, Ruby B, Vicente A, Ian M, Penelope G, Olivia A, Courtney F, Vihann T, Koah D, Liam W, Florence T, Dhel M, Katrina C, Malia W, Emiliana C, Annabelle W, Alyssa S, Rafael D, Fiona Z, Dominic D, Leo H,  Milania H, Dylan G, Mariam D, Sophia C, Holly , Jacob O

Enrolling Now for Kindergarten 2023


We are already filling up fast for 2023!

Enrolment application forms are now being accepted for Kindergarten 2023. Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from our website.

Please return completed enrolment application forms with documentation to the school office as soon as possible. A passport photo does not need to be included as the admin staff will take a photo on the day of enrolment interview.

We hope to complete first round enrolment offers by the end of May. 

Please inform family and friends if they have children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2023.

Contact the school office on 99337800 for further information.


Instalment 1 school fees for 2022 should have been finalised by Wednesday, 16th March 2022 unless you are on a flexible payment plan. If you are not on a payment plan, please make payment ASAP to avoid escalation to CEDP.

If you have any queries or require assistance please contact Liz Padlan in the school office on 02 9933 7800 or via email

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

PLEASE NOTE: You may have received an automatic reminder notice for unpaid school fees even though a payment plan has been set up via Bpay. Please notify CEDP via this link to prevent further reminder notices being sent.

Leaving Student Form

If you intend to withdraw your child from Mary Immaculate Primary School please download, complete and return the leaving student form as soon as possible.

Note that there is a 10 school week notice period otherwise a full term's fees will be payable.

One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment.


Uniform Shop

All winter uniforms are available to order. Please place your order before the end of Term 1 to ensure you have a winter uniform ready for when the weather begins to get cooler. 

Delivery to the school is every Tuesday and Friday during the school term. Orders must be placed using the QKR app by 4:00pm Monday for delivery on Tuesday and 4:00pm Thursday for delivery on Friday. Please refer to the delivery dates on the QKR app before ordering for any changes.

Please choose carefully as we do not refund if you simply change your mind or make a wrong selection. However, we gladly exchange within 14 ( school term) days.

Returned merchandise MUST be in its original condition with all tags still attached and accompanied by proof of purchase otherwise the exchange will not be honoured. Any item that has been worn will not be exchanged.

Please email all exchanges to

Please note that Oz Fashions warehouse in Granville DOES NOT sell the Mary Immaculate Uniform in store.

If you have any enquires please contact Elle or 0421 216 414

School Canteen

Paula's Pantry will be open before school from 8:25am, lunchtime and recess.

All orders for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are to be placed online via QKR app. Please note that the cut off time is 7:50am. Therefore it is advisable to plan ahead and place your order the night before. Please be mindful that you are selecting the correct date/day/child(class) when placing the order. 

If your child will be absent from school and you have already placed an online order, please cancel it using the QKR app if it is before 8am. If you have missed this cut off please contact the school office on 9933 7800 by 9am to cancel the lunch order. 

If you would like to  purchase ice blocks or another food item for your child to share with their class for their birthday please contact Paula on 0416 048 974.

Please note there will be a slight increase in some prices in Term 2 due to rising costs of products. 

Upcoming Dates

Friday 1st AprilYear 2 Excursion to Bonnie Vale
Friday 8th AprilProject Compassion Mufti Day
Friday 8th AprilLast day of Term 1
Monday 25th April Anzac Day
Tuesday 26th AprilTerm 2 commences 

Mary Immaculate Parish

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.

Please refer to instructions provided by Skoolbag if you have changed your email address, so to ensure you still receive skoolbag notifications.