Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 5: Monday 23rd May 2022

Principal's Message

Today, we had a Professional Learning Day run by Dr Michael McDowell via zoom from California. This was a very significant day in our school's learning journey. Michael challenged us to go beyond even the great work we are currently doing into areas that are emerging on a global educational stage. At MIPS, we are always seeking to provide the best of learning opportunity for your children and today was vital in that context. 

My only regret is the impact on families this week of the industrial action taking place in the same week. If we could have changed the scheduling of today we certainly would but it was unfortunately not under our control. Nor is the scheduling of the industrial action. Please keep in mind that though classes will not be held on Friday, supervision will be provided for the families who have no choice but to send their children to school. I appreciate our community's support in this matter. A letter below accompanies as well.

Congratulations to all involved in the walk to school on last Friday morning. I hear that it was a roaring success!

I want to thank Mrs. Moore and the rest of the team here who did such a great job last week. Both Mrs. Mizzi and myself could not be at school. Both of us were absent on unrelated but highly urgent matters that demanded our presence. We would not have been away at the same time otherwise. I do apologise regardless and appreciate your understanding and ongoing support.

With appreciation for your ongoing support, 

Stephen Dowd


PDHPE Coordinator's Message

Walk Safely To School Day

It was great to have an active start to the morning on Friday for Walk Safely To School Day. Having our community back together to get active and teach our students about pedestrian safety was wonderful. 

A special thank you to our P&F who prepared the breakfast buffet! 

Rowena Benjamin

PDHPE Coordinator


National Walk Safely to School Day 2022

Counsellor's Message

"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. ” Kay Redfield Jamison

I have included a resource on parent-child play. There is a great deal of research that supports play as a positive and worthwhile part of the time that we spend with our children. I hope that you find it useful.

Best regards,



Learning at MIPS

Year 6 Debating Team

On Tuesday, 17th May, 8 debaters from Mary Immaculate debated against one another. The teams showed respect to each other, and the opposing team. 

The first speaker of the AFFIRMATIVE team was Casey, the second speaker was Scarlett and the third speaker was Angelena, with the refuting speaker being Barsam.

Casey spoke about how TV can inspire people to create a career for themselves, that TV can show physical emotion and can create a physical connection to a character, and most affirmatively, TV can widen your creative imagination.

The second speaker Scarlett spoke about why TV is educational, that it has fun learning benefits for children and adults and that it can help with health benefits and can reduce stress and anxiety. 

The third speaker Angelena discussed that TV is inclusive for individuals with hearing and vision impairments and summed up the team case.

The first speaker of the NEGATIVE team was Matilda, the second speaker was Tejas and the third speaker was Caitlyn, with the refuting speaker being Laura.

The first negative speaker, Matilda, spoke about how books have more detail than tv, how books help you to learn and how books spark your imagination. 

The second speaker Tejas spoke about how watching too much TV makes you unhealthy, and when watching TV you could be exposed to inappropriate content.

The third speaker, Caitlyn, spoke about how books entertain or inform us for long periods of time. She also rebutted and summarised the negative team’s case.

Both teams tried their hardest during the debate. In a close debate with a difference of three points - was the Negative team. Congratulations to the entire Debating Team for their collaborative effort and representation on the day.

Mrs Kylie Behrens 

Literacy Coordinator

Latest News

Compass Parent Portal

An email containing Compass Parent Portal access details has been sent to all parents who have not yet accessed the Compass Parent Portal. If you have trouble accessing the parent portal please email

The Parent Portal can be accessed from the following link: by downloading  the “Compass School Manager” app for iOS and Android. 

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 2 statements were recently sent home, if you have not received a copy, please contact the office.

Fees are 28 day accounts and due date is 2nd June 2022 (Week 6).

Note that any instalment 1 outstanding balances will be included on these statements.

If you are ON a Flexible Payment Plan, there is nothing further to do. For families NOT ON a Flexible Payment Plan, please ensure instalment 1 fees are finalised this week.

If you need more time to pay or are experiencing difficulty with fees, please contact the school via email: or 02 9933 7800 to discuss your situation or to make alternate arrangements.

QKR App Reminder

Parents please remember to check your child’s profile in the QKR app and set up their “YEAR” and “CLASS” if you have not already done so. This will ensure that your child receives their uniform or canteen orders.

Mrs Liz Padlan 

Senior Finance Officer

Book Club News

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Issue 3. Scholastic rewards received from this order will be used to purchase books and learning resources. Issue 4 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home last week.

Orders need to be placed by 4pm Tuesday 31st May 2022.  We accept: Credit card online payments using LOOP: LOOP. We do not accept cash payments. Please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form.

Uniform Shop

Please note the uniform shop will not be delivering  any orders to the school on Friday 27th May 2022. Orders can stil be placed via QKR app during this time and will be delivered to the school on Tuesday 7th June 2022. 

Parents wil be allowed to visit the unform shop as of Tuesday 7th June 2022. The uniform shop will be opened every Tuesday and Friday from 8:30am - 10:00am. 

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 be advised that there will be no soup or rice paper rolls available this week.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 24th MayWinter Uniforms for all students
Tueaday 24th May Year 3 Incursion
Tueaday 24th May AFL Paul Kelly Cup Gala Day for selected students
Friday 27th May

Primary Assembly has been cancelled. 

Mary Immaculate Parish Message

The children in our Parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in September 2022.

Confirmation will take place on two Thursday evenings (either 15 September or 22 September at 6:30 PM).  Applications for Confirmation are now ready to be filled out online

Children in Years 5 or higher who have received their First Holy Communion are eligible to apply.  All applications are due by 30th June 2022.  We cannot accept late applications.  All areas of the application must be completed before we can accept the application.  Baptism certificates need to be attached unless your child was baptised at Mary Immaculate Parish.  Donations should also be done online.  If you are unable to donate online, then you can come to the parish office during office hours 9 AM to 4 PM.  If anyone is experiencing hardship, please contact Sister Valerie. 

If your child has already received the Sacrament of Confirmation when they were baptised, they are not eligible to receive this sacrament again.  Confirmation can be received only once. 

After you have applied, you will receive information about who can be a sponsor and the details about choosing a Confirmation name.  You will also receive information on how the Program of instruction will take place. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact me by email or phone. 

 Kind Regards,

 Sister Valerie CSFN

Sacramental Coordinator

Mobile:  0414 638 884

Ambrose School Age Care

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.