Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 5: Monday 24th February 2020

Principal's Message

This week we begin the liturgical season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The students will be participating in the relevant ceremonies and all our community is invited to join in.

Also this week, I am going to the launch of the new draft RE Curriculum. A significant focus on the new curriculum is enabling the students to ‘flourish’ in their faith by living the Beatitudes and this has helped us formulate our whole school RE goal this year.

Pope Francis invites us all to live the Beatitudes and offers his own reflection for modern Christians, he understands these six beatitudes as a ‘call to holiness’:

  • Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.

  • Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalised and show them their closeness.

  • Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.

  • Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.

  • Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.

  • Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

Each of the Learning Cycles within the New Curriculum identifies the significance of educating: head (Catholic Intellectual Tradition), heart (love/affectivity), and hands (Faith in Action). The curriculum thus articulates the radical teaching of Jesus Christ and represents a ‘gateway,’ one that liberates each person to live their life to the full: as Jesus said, ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10).

I invite our whole school community this year to strive to live out these Beatitudes as we further the kingdom of God.

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Lenten Reflection

Catholic Education are offering a Lenten reflection to embrace, more deeply, the 6 weeks of Lent. The Gospel readings for each Sunday in Lent illuminate the human journey from “Curiosity to Clarity” in a diversity of ways and circumstances. We hope that as you read, reflect and possibly share on these Gospels, you will find a connection with the experiences from your own life stories to those in the Lenten Scripture narratives.

There will be four focussed movements for each Sunday’s reflection:

1. Gather into stillness of the heart and mind.

2. Listen or read the presented verses from the Gospel.

3. Reflect on the particular journey from “Curiosity to Clarity” in the Gospel Story.

4. Respond so as to identify and connect your personal story with the Gospel story.

May we continue to grow together on our faith /life journey from “curiosity to clarity”.

Mrs Helen Moore

Religious Education Coordinator

Upcoming Dates

Developing Literacy Partnerships Lesson 2

Date and Time

From Tuesday, February. 25th


Morning Session: 9:00am -11:00am

Afternoon Session: 1:00pm -3:00pm

Ash Wednesday Mass (Years 3 to 6)

Date and Time

From Wednesday, February. 26th, 9:15 am to Wednesday, February. 26th, 10:15 am

Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Kindergarten to Year 2)

Date and Time

From Wednesday, February. 26th, 12:30 pm to Wednesday, February. 26th, 1:00 pm

Whole School Assembly

Date and Time

From Friday, February. 28th, 2:45 pm to Friday, February. 28th, 3:20 pm


Year 1 will be presenting an assembly item.

Kindergarten 2021 Open Day

Date and Time

From Thursday, March. 5th, 9:15 am to Thursday, March. 5th, 12:30 pm

P&F Bake Sale

Date and Time

From Friday, March. 6th to Friday, March. 6th

Latest News

Developing Literacy Partnerships

Last Tuesday, Session 1 of the Developing Literacy Partnerships program was held at MIPS. We were fortunate to have approximately 50 parents in attendance! During Session 1, We explored how Oral Language (speaking and listening) is essential for children to become capable readers. We also explored how parents can encourage children to engage in reading at home, and the questions to ask children about their reading. 

It was fantastic to see so many parents discussing how they can help their child to develop their language and literacy skills at home and how the school reading program can be supported. 

Some of the feedback and ‘takeaways’ we received from our first session on Oral Language and Reading:

“Understanding (when reading) is everything”

“The three questions to ask our children when reading: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?”

“The session really helped in understanding challenges kids face and how to encourage them”

“The session was very enriching and helpful to parents. The strategies shared were very helpful to parents in their role of guiding their children at home”

We are looking forward to our upcoming session this Tuesday, where we will look at how parents can support children in their Writing development. Thank you for your participation in the program!

Mrs Paola Dimataga and  Mrs Kylie Behrens

Year 4 - Student Showcase

Year 4 is showing real independance and embracing their new learning environment. They have hit the ground running with their literacy block which runs every morning session. During our literacy block this year we are focussing on the skills of comprehension, these include predicting, questioning, visualising, activating prior knowledge, making connections, synthesising, self monitoring, inferring and summarising.

Our Writing focus this term is around informative text. Our History and Literacy units provide a rich source of learning and development of this skill. We are all looking forward to our Dirt Detectives excursion to the Rocks next week, which will allow for real life application of these skills.

Year 4’s enthusiasm for learning should be applauded, we are excited for a wonderful year!

Here are some photos taken during our literacy block last week.

Mrs Anne Kelly

Year 4 Classroom Teacher


Statements were posted last week by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). If you have not received your statement by the end of this week, please contact the school office. Payment for instalment 1 2020 fees are due by 18th March 2020.

We have been directed by CEDP to process all payments electronically. 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”. 

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Liz Padlan on 02 9933 7800 or email on

Updating Student Details

It is imperative to have up-to-date correct contact details for all our students. In case of an emergency, current mobile numbers for parents and emergency contacts are required to notify parents.

We also request an email address for each parent, as receipts for any payments at the school are emailed as confirmation of payment.

Change of details forms are available from the school office, Skoolbag app and school website.

Please note that this information is treated as confidential.

Uniform Shop

Tuesdays and  Fridays - 8:30am to 10:00am

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

Community News

High School Open Day/Evening

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)

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