Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 1: Monday 14th October 2019

Principal's Message

Welcome back everyone.

Many of you have noticed and applauded the changes made to our front office area. The space has been considerably opened up over the recent holiday period. No longer will people have to communicate through the small windows that were previously there. Instead there are now two large counter spaces. The wall colour has also been changed to be bright and welcoming. This is important and a way in which we share with our community how we want the tone and culture of our school to be - one that is welcoming and friendly, enables communication and is respectful. When you come to our school you will vividly see this.

Our school is welcoming, friendly and respectful. We of course want the school to be such a place for all of our community. For this to be the case we need your assistance also. We need everyone to be respectful whilst at our school. I am very proud of our community and the respectful manner that characterises our relationships. On one hand, it could seem we just changed the office space. In reality what we have sought to do is to proclaim and celebrate our wonderful school!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Upcoming Dates

Whole School Assembly

Date and Time

From Friday, October. 18th, 2:45 pm to Friday, October. 18th, 3:20 pm


Multi Purpose Area (MPA)Get Directions

2020 Kinder Orientation (No. 1)

Date and Time

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


Multi Purpose Area (MPA)Get Directions


Date and Time

From Friday, October. 25th, 8:55 am to Friday, October. 25th, 3:20 pm


Mary Immaculate Primary SchoolGet Directions


Come to school in crazy socks!

Whole School Assembly

Date and Time

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


Multi Purpose Area (MPA)Get Directions


Year 4 assembly item

2020 Kinder Orientation (No. 2)

Date and Time

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


Multi Purpose Area (MPA)Get Directions

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Assistant Principal's Message


Welcome back to term 4. We look forward to another busy and fun filled term. 

On review of our attendance data it is evident that we have had a decrease in our attendance rates over all grades this year. School attendance plays an important role in enhancing the lives of students in schools. Every day of attendance adds to a student’s achievement and success at school. Schools in partnerships with families are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students.

Regular attendance at school is critical to ensuring that every student has the kind of opportunities in life that he or she deserves. When students are not at school, they are missing out on so much. Without the knowledge, the skills or the support that schools are so good at providing, young people can get left behind and find themselves underprepared for a fast-paced and often very challenging world.

There are many ways in which families can support their children to be prepared for learning at school. For example, by making school attendance a high priority in your family; by ensuring children get enough sleep, a good diet and regular exercise. If a student misses as little as eight days each term, by the end of primary school they will have missed over a year of learning.

Partial absences also play a part in a child missing significant learning. We have many students that are habitually late each day this often means that they have missed the discussion and introduction to the rest of the day and can also mean that they are not there for the initial instructions to the first lesson. This can be distressing to some children and can often put them off for the rest of the day, alternatively to those leaving early regularly they often miss out on the set up for the following day. If your child is late to school it is a requirement for you to walk the children into the office area and sign them in. We ask that you are diligent in ensuring your children are at school by the morning bell at 8:50 and remain at school until the final bell at 3:20.

We realise some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However we also know that when students miss too much school, no matter the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. The more absences your child has, the harder it is for them to catch up on missed work and stay connected to their school community. Absences add up quickly.

We ask that we work together in providing the best possible schooling experience for each of our children. Should you be having trouble with your child’s attendance please feel free to set up an appointment with me to discuss how we can work together to help your child.

Sharon Mizzi

Assistant Principal

P and F Meeting Cancelled

FYI the P&F meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, 16th October at 7pm has been cancelled.

From The Library

Welcome back to another busy term at the library.

It was great to see how many students borrowed books over the holidays. We hope you enjoyed your holiday reading.

Borrowing has started again.

Please remember to return your books on your library day so you are able to borrow two more books to enjoy.

KindyYear 2
Year 1Year 3
Year 5Year 4

Year 6


We have a number of home reader packs with one book missing. Could you please have a look at home and see if any may have been overlooked and not sent back. It doesn’t matter from how long ago. We need to complete the packs so that we can return them to the compactus for teachers to redistribute.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Belcastro


Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary. The children are warmly invited to bring their own rosary (with parent permission) and/or join us in praying a decade of the rosary each day, this month at lunch time.

Socktober - Friday, 25th October

As part of our school Religious Education Mission units during October Term 4, Mary Immaculate is registered to participate in Catholic Mission Australia's initiative of "Socktober". We will have a "Socktober Day" on Friday, 25th October, where the students are asked to wear crazy socks and encouraged to donate online to support the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in the Diocese of Yendi, in Ghana. The ‘sock it to something’ concept is an Australian expression that means to strike out at. We want to invite you to help us strike out at social issues, such as poverty, child labour, child trafficking, homelessness and lack of education and to do so we also need your practical support. Our Stage 3 students will lead our school community in prayer, advocacy and fundraising for this cause.

Message from COSHC

Welcome to Term 4! 

This term COSHC will commence re-enrolment and enrolment for 2020. We will notify you as soon as we have further information regarding this. 

COSHC will also be attending the Kindergarten orientation so please feel free to come and ask the staff any questions you may have. 

We have also commenced planning for Summer Vacation Care and will keep families informed of important dates over the next few weeks.

2019 School Fees

All school fees for 2019 should now be complete unless you are on an extended payment plan.

If you are unsure of your balance or 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.

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday During October

Jireh AAntonia BPiper BScarlett BBlake BJack B
Ari BLinde CMia CSebastian CLukas CKate C
Aurea CLevi CElena DBrandon DHarper DKade D
Liliana ENadim EChayse FMadison FKiana FRiley G
Jasmine GJacob GAugust GSophie HZara HKyla-Paige H
Geo JSamantha JSharon JKeiran KCaitlyn KHannah K
Ella-Marie KAva KMichael KPinchat LHope MJayden M
Bridgette NJonathan OEvan PHayley PDylan PMatilda R
Isabella SAngelena SShea SAnuska SBhavjot SOlivia S
Adelaide TOlivia VMuhammad Z

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