Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 1 Week 6: Monday 2nd March 2020

Principal's Message

Catholic Schools Week is a huge week for MIPS! This year we celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. We will be involved with other schools and dioceses across the country.

A list of events are in this newsletter and all are welcome to attend.

On Wednesday we are hosting a "Come as a Firey or a Farmer Day" to remember and support the work of our amazing volunteers.

On Thursday we are holding our Open Day for prospective families. Lots of parents are spreading the word and that will be very helpful to new families.

Our newsletter contains a lot of important reading so I will let you get to it!

Enjoy Catholic Schools Week!

Mr Stephen Dowd


Assistant Principal's Message

Teaching has evolved over the years, it's not just about teaching students content it's about using a variety of strategies to assist students in learning information they need for the future. This includes teaching the students how to ask questions resulting in the children being self directed learners.

Teachers do not dominate the talk in classrooms. It is very much an environment where students ask questions that enable their learning to reach greater heights.

This year we continue our work on Surface, Deep and Transfer Knowledge, enabling our learners to access the curriculum at their level and to extend their understanding through various activities. 

John Hattie (Visible Learning) explains the three levels as -

Surface Knowledge - surface learning is a time when students initially are exposed to concepts, skills, and strategies. It is critical because it provides a foundation on which to build as students are asked to think more deeply.

Deep Knowledge - when students consolidate their understanding and apply and extend some surface learning knowledge to support deeper conceptual understanding.

Transfer Knowledge - the point at which students take their consolidated knowledge and skills and apply what they know to new scenarios and different contexts. It is also a time when students are able to think metacognitively, reflecting on their own learning and understanding.

I encourage you to ask your children about their learning and the exciting activities taking place in the learning spaces.

Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Assistant Principal

Lenten Reflection Week 2

No School Assembly - Friday 6th March 2020

There will be NO school assembly this coming Friday due to School Mass at 9:15am to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 4th  March Mufti Day : "Come Dressed as a Farmer or Fire Fighter". Bring a gold coin donation for St Vincent De Paul's Fire/Drought relief Appeal. 
Thursday, 5th March Open Day: 9:15am-12:30pm
Friday, 6th March

P&F Bake Sale

School Mass for Catholic Schools Week

'Read with Me' followed by a picnic lunch

($5 Meal Deal will be available from canteen. Note going home tomorrow, to be returned by Wednesday) 

Monday 9th March-Wednesday 11th March Year 6 Canberra Camp
Tuesday 10th March Year 4 Dirt Detectives Excursion
Friday 13th March 

Whole School Assembly, commencing at 2:45pm. Year 3 will be presenting an item. 

Latest News

Diocesan Swimming Carnival 20th February, 2020

During Week 4, 15 of our students headed to Blacktown Swimming Pool to represent Mary Immaculate and the Blacktown Zone at the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming Carnival. All of the students swam well and represented Mary Immaculate with pride and displayed excellent sportsmanship. Congratulations to Cameron D, Kayden M, Campbell S, Harrison N, Olivia D, Myeesha S, Zane W, Lachlan G, Jordan N, Isla H, Adam S,  Zane W, Ruby D, Chase F, Kade D.

There were 6 students who swam such amazing times and they have been selected to represent the Parramatta Diocese at the Inter-Diocesan Swimming Carnival to be held in March. Congratulations and good luck  to Cameron D, Kayden M, Campbell S, Harrison N, Olivia D and Ruby D.

Cameron D and Kayden M  both had outstanding performances in all of their events and as a result were named joint Age Champions for Senior Boys in the Parramatta Diocese. This is a highly regarded achievement and it was great to see them share this together.

Mrs Angela Cooper

Parramatta Team Trials 2020

Over the past few weeks we have had a number of Stage 3 students who have trialled for the Parramatta Sports Teams in Soccer and  AFL. Congratulations to all of the students who trialled.

A special congratulations to Lucas W and Spencer W who have both been selected as part of the Parramatta AFL Team to play at the Mackillop AFL trials in Wagga Wagga in April.

Mrs Angela Cooper

Year 6 attend the Halogen Young Leaders Conference!

On Monday 2nd March, Halogen Australia hosted the National Young Leaders conference at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. The National Young Leaders Day is a unique opportunity to expose young people to real life stories of leaders in a variety of fields. 

We were fortunate to take our entire MIPS Leadership Team to this event. During each session, our students listened to inspirational speakers, had an opportunity to ask questions, participated in a range of learning exercises and interacted with other leaders from Sydney schools. 

Leadership in Action: A Fiver for a Farmer- Jack Berne

Jack spoke about seeing a need and doing something about it. He reflected on the experience and what a great impact this initiative had on our community.

Erin Molan- News Reporter, Channel 9

Erin reflected on her journey as a young leader. She inspired the audience by encouraging everyone to follow their dreams and highlighted the importance of resilience when in a position of leadership. 

Rove McManus - TV Presenter, author

Rove spoke about how he enjoyed writing and creating in class when he was young. It was what inspired him to become the person he is today. He reinforced the message of pursuing your dreams and overcoming obstacles along the way.

Some student reflections:

“Encourage others, no matter what others think about them (or you)” - Sienna

“If you’re passionate about something, do something about it” - Alaysha

“If you put great amounts of courage in what you do, you are valuable in many ways” - Olivia

This was an amazing experience for our leaders. All 20 students are excited to share their new learnings with their peers!

Mrs Kylie Behrens and Mrs Bernadette Fenech-Soler


Welcome to the 2020 Premier's Reading Challenge, the biggest children's book club in Australia! There has already been a great response to the challenge this year from previous participants and it is great to hear many children saying that they are on their way to earning their Bronze, SIlver or Gold certificate and a place on the Honour Roll. The Premier’s Reading Challenge runs from today (Monday, 2nd March) and finishes in September (Term 3).

 If your child has previously completed the challenge, your child’s Username and Password remains the same. 

Kindergarten students will receive their Username and Password in the coming weeks. 

New students in other grades will be allocated their PRC usernames and passwords over the coming weeks, ready to complete their online reading records. These will be handed to new students by class teachers. 

Special note: All children from K-2 will complete the challenge during class time. The teachers will enter the 30 books for all students, so K-2 parents do not need to enter anything online. 

You are to complete a number of books, depending on your grade:

ChallengeNumber of books you must readMinimum number of PRC booksMaximum number of Personal Choice booksPRC book lists you can read from
K-230255K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9
3-4201553-4, 5-6, 7-9
5-6201555-6, 7-9
7-9201555-6, 7-9

All Challenge rules can be accessed via the website:

Year 3 - 6 Parents, you can assist your child to fill in their personal reading log at the Premier’s Reading Challenge Website. This is available from

Explore the web site and check regularly for updates and news.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Kylie Behrens

Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator

Developing Literacy Partnerships

On Tuesday, 25th February, our second Developing Literacy Partnerships program was held. The focus was on Writing- how children’s writing is developmental and how parents can support writing at home. We would like to congratulate all of the mums, dads and grandparents who participated in the program. We are very lucky to have parents in our MIPS community who are willing to support our children in so many ways. It truly shows a great partnership in learning!

Mrs Paola Dimataga and Mrs Kylie Behrens 

Early Years Testing

Early Years Testing begins for Kindergarten and Year 1! It is once again time for Kindergarten and Year One teachers to complete Early Years Testing with the students. During this time, your child’s reading and writing will be assessed. The Literacy and Numeracy assessment tools offer an opportunity for teachers to understand a child’s beliefs, attitudes, strengths, thinking process and skills. Teachers will use standardised testing to individually interview students, and learn about how students think, and what they know.

Over the next two weeks (Weeks 6 and 7) time will be dedicated to this testing and your child’s teacher will be conducting the assessments. All efforts have been made to provide consistency for the students with the teachers that shall be covering their classes.

Thank you once again for your understanding with assessment times such as these and for your continued support with your child’s learning at Mary Immaculate Primary School. 

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in March

Quinn A, Isis A, Arjun B, Elke-Rose B, Amaan B, Abby C, Jacob C, Olivia C, Danica D, Nyssa D, Jenniah D, Nikayla-May E, Lily F, Sarah F, Sophie G, Alaysha G, Norah G, Dominic G, Masa G, Claire H, Mya H, Harrison H, Aaron H, Sean H, Avianna H, Lillith-Anne H, Ava J, Mishka K, Rasmin K, Barsam K, Benjamin K, Aaniya K, Scarlett L, Lieny M, Micah M, Tiarna M, Shenaya N, Harrison N, Joseph O, Jacob O, Allegra P, Owen P, Jayden P, Evan P, Josephine P, Rachel P, Olivia P, Rhys P, Nachelle R, Karla R, Ronan S, Alissa S, Campbell S, Amitoj S, Harwin S, Dylan S, Darrell S, Madeline T, Claire V, Kiarra W, Cody W, Carina Z


Statements have been mailed home by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). If you have not received yours, please contact the school office. Payment for instalment 1 2020 fees are due by 18th March 2020.

If you have changed details, eg. new address, email or phone number, please let us know in writing by using the “Change of Details” eForm in the Skoolbag app.

We have been directed by CEDP to process all payments electronically. We will no longer be accepting cash payments. 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 Liz on 02 9933 7800 or email on

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. 

Please note the new MIPS schoolbag is now available. The price is $80.

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.

Message from Busways

Community News

New Address for tonight: St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba Hall, Nirimba Campus, Eastern Rd Quakers Hill

Mary Immaculate Parish Information

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)

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.