Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 9: Monday 23rd March 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

The support from our community has been tremendous as we work together to focus our collective energies on the welfare of our students and our wider school community. I want to thank everyone for uniting in the face of this significant current challenge. Like you, we are heeding the advice of those with the expertise to guide us in our operations moving forward. Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has been incredibly supportive of our system of schools.

Our school will continue to be open, subject to any directive updates. Many of our families are choosing to keep their children at home at this time, following the direction from our state government. They are of course asking parents in general to keep their children home. Our teachers have been preparing for the continuation of their students' learning while at home. Much of the continued learning opportunities for older students who remain at home will be available online. Our younger grades will tend to have more hands-on materials. Families of Kindergarten and Year 1 students can today collect their child's learning pack from their child's teacher and then tomorrow from the front office. Skoolbag will be used to update individual grades when the need arises. Students of Years 2 to 6 can log onto their online learning resources using any device and their school Google website as they do in class already. Parents should first refer to their children to be shown how they can already do this. We have trained the students in how to do this so be sure to allow your child to login just as they would at school.

We are providing continued learning opportunities for our students. Parents are to make decisions about how these are best used relative to the needs and abilities of their children. The school email account should be used if needed for general questions about student learning. We have set up another email account for parents to ask technical questions. will be the email account to use if you require technical assistance. 

With appreciation for your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


Lenten Reflection Week 5

Upcoming Events

Friday, 27th MarchSchool Assembly has been cancelled
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

Latest News

Year 2 Learning Showcase

Recently, the students from Year 2 were experimenting with measuring objects using the balance scales. They investigated the need to have uniform units when comparing the weight of different objects. Year 2 discovered that to accurately measure, order and compare the weight of objects it is important to have a formal, consistent unit of measurement.

Sport Notice

A reminder to all parents that sporting events have been cancelled until further notice by CSNSW Sport following the recommendation from the Government and Health Authorities. This includes trials, carnivals and gala days. The school Cross Country Carnival has also been cancelled at this point.

For more information and updates please visit: 


Facebook: Primary Sport Parramatta Diocese


 School sport lessons will operate as usual. 


GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, and kids. It offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities, and off-screen home activities. These resources span a variety of abilities, interests, ages, and subjects. For more information and to sign up click on the link 


Mornings can be a busy time but starting the day right is important. A healthy breakfast can help your child learn and concentrate better throughout the day, reduce unhealthy snacking and provide nutrients for healthy growth and development.

Try these top tips for encouraging your kids to eat breakfast everyday:

-    wake your child up in plenty of time for school

-    agree to a few healthy brekky options that kids can choose from

-    eat breakfast with your kids

-    get ready for the morning by putting out plates, bowls and cutlery the night before

-    toast, cereal, fruit and yoghurt are quick and easy ideas


Congratulations to the children selected for the 2020 MIPS Maths Olympiad team from years 5 and 6. Last week we had our first training session. It certainly proved to be exciting and challenging!

 A statement from the ‘Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO);

‘Unfortunately with the uncertainty around the evolving COVID-19 situation, and the possibility of individual school closures, the APSMO Board has decided that Maths Olympiad 1 scheduled for Wednesday March 25 will be considered as a preparation paper.  If we are at school, this will still be run as an official test, however results for this contest will not be included in the overall score.’

On March 25th, Mrs Bond will still run this event as an official test as per the statement, however results for this contest will not be included in the overall score.



There are some blue, green and red marbles in a box.

The probability of choosing a blue marble is 2/5.

The probability of choosing a red marble is 3/11. 

There are 18 green marbles.

How many red marbles are in the box?

Numeracy @ HOME

Families are children's first educators of Mathematics. Children's knowledge and confidence in understanding and using Mathematics can be supported through the rich experiences of everyday life. The ‘Numeracy @ Home’ website is a wonderful resource that has videos, tip sheets, a blog, and a facebook feed. If you are looking for ways to link Mathematics to real life situations at home this site is for you! Encourage,  explore, investigate and best of all, have conversations to promote the explanation of thinking and reasoning. 


At Mary Immaculate, each student is fortunate to have premium access to MATHLETICS. This site is accessed with the individual logins provided by classroom teachers with work set on a regular basis. Mathletics is a targeted and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. It is used as part of the Numeracy program at school and for homework. Teachers set tasks for students based on the learning taking place in the classrooms and Mathletics supports and compliments this learning. Your child has take-home access to Mathletics by using any compatible computer or mobile device. 

If your child has not yet used this site, please encourage them to login and explore the feature. It is exciting and interactive and best of all, it is online Mathematics fun!


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. 


Due to the current climate, Catholic Education Department of Parramatta has advised there will be no reminder letters sent out for any outstanding fees. 

More details will follow in due course. 

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 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 8:30am.

Hot dogs and chicken nuggets are currently unavailable. 

Student Banking

Due to the rapid developing situation with COVID-19, school banking has been temporarily paused.  Please do not bring your deposit book with your banking into school on Friday. We will notify you when banking will recommence. 

Community News

Mary Immaculate Parish

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.