Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 7: Monday 31st August 2020

Principal's Message

Student Newspaper - MIPS CLIPS

Earlier in the year, I met with our student leaders about plans for their year. Part of our pre-covid plans was to start up a student newspaper. Of course sadly like many things that needed to be put on hold as we focused on the pressing needs of the time. Recently I met with them again to revisit planning for that initiative. Today we are meeting again to get this initiative underway.

The 'paper' will be online for all students and will contain all the usual elements of a regular newspaper. This will be a great way for our students to share uplifting and important stories about our amazing students and their wonderful school.

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

Year 6 Debating Team

On Thursday, 27th August, The Year 6 Debate team participated in their intra-school debate. The two topics for the debate were:

“Humans are the most dangerous creatures” and “Virtual education is more beneficial than in-class education”. Both teams presented incredibly strong arguments to support their point of view, and were confident in refuting their opponent’s arguments. We are looking forward to our next, and final, debate in Week 9.

Congratulations to all students in the Debating Team!

Mrs Kylie Behrens

Year 6 Digital Technologies with Mr Maguire!

In Year Six we were lucky to have Mr Maguire, from the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, spend time with us to teach us about coding. During the time Mr Maguire was here, we learned many things about algorithms and coding. We discovered many new terms and are now able to use these new skills to further enhance our journey of future innovations. 

Some examples of terms we learned are algorithms, input, output, flowcharts, branching, iteration, variables and terminators. We used our new knowledge to solve problems with the coding application Scratch. We worked alongside our teachers who were learning as well! 


Mr Maguire also taught us to reflect on our work and give feedback to our peers' work during our sessions. This allowed us to track our progress and take on feedback from others to improve.


Overall our time with Mr Maguire was a fun and enjoyable learning experience and it helped prepare us for the future of technology. We would like to thank Mr Maguire for sharing his knowledge with us.

Darrell Sugiri and Jayden Perera,

Year 6 students 

Peer Support Week 7

In this week's Peer Support session the children will be exploring how to join groups and how to accept others into their friendship group. The activities will give the children a chance to practise these skills, as well as how to say no in a respectful way, cope with being told no and inviting others to join them. Encourage your child to discuss with you the importance of saying no to people in a respectful way so that they don't lose friends. Also discuss with your child various options they have at school if they should find themselves without anyone to play with during break time. 

Mrs Kylie Behrens and Miss Rowena Benjamin 

Fruit & Veg Month

In September at MIPS, students will take part in a Fruit & Veg break. The break will allow students to refuel on fruit, vegetables and hydrate with water during a set break in class , shaping their preference to healthy food options. 

Parents and caregivers are asked to support the kids by remembering to include fruit and vegetables in lunch boxes. 

To learn more about Fruit and Veg Month please visit the website

Upcoming Dates

Friday, 4th September 2020P&F Father's Day Stall
Friday, 4th September 2020Jersey Day : wear your favourite jersey to school 

Friday, 25th September 2020

Last day of Term 3
Monday, 12th October 2020Term 4 commences 

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in September

Keira-Lily A, Indie B, Jai B, Cooper B, Sophia C, Ryan C, Lily C, Lucas C, Trystan D, Matthew D, Maxwell E, Noah E, Jasmine F, Macy F,  Yavniel F, Marc F, Cristian G, Amelia G, Alexis H, Isla H, James j, Annabelle J, Hannah K, Brodie L, Gabrielle L, Travis L, Jayden M, Francine M, Alex M, Deetya m, Lomax M, Heleni m, Grace O, Nathan o, Gemma P, Jeawell P, Jayden P, Kanav S, Chelsea S, Yasmin S, Nicole S, Bennett S, Sullivan S, Abhijeet S, Nicolas S, Emanuele S, Charlotte T, Shaunya T, Kruz V, Dominique V, Chelsea W, Caitlyn W

Book Club

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Issue 5. We received scholastic rewards to the value of $200, which will be used to purchase books and learning resources. Issue 6 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home last week.

Orders need to be placed by Friday 4th September 2020.

We accept: Credit card online payments using LOOP: Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments, please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form.

Happy reading! 

2020 School Fees

You should have received a copy of your 2020 statement by now, if not, please contact the school office.

If you would like to organise a flexible payment plan for 2020 school fees please email Liz Padlan on

For those that have been financially impacted by COVID-19, please click on the following link for fee relief information: 

CEDP Fee Relief

The fee relief form can be completed online or downloaded as a PDF. If you are completing the paper document, please scan and email to (Community Liaison at CEDP). All information will remain strictly confidential.

Uniform Shop

Online orders and emails for exchanges are to be placed on the QKR App by 4:00pm Monday and Thursday.  Uniform orders and exchanges will be delivered to your child's classroom on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the school term. 

When exchanging items purchased from the uniform shop please send an email to prior to leaving the items at the school office in a bag labelled with your child's name and class. 

Please email all exchanges to

All inquiries 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 8:00am

Due to the high demand of online orders, the cut off  time for ordering lunch using the QKR app will be changed to 8am from Tuesday 1st September.  

Due to health and safety regulations canteen staff are unable to heat up any food brought from home. 


Community News

​Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Quakers Hill ~ Schofields


As you are aware, we are limited to 100 people in the Church for  any liturgical celebration or at any one time. 

DIRECTIVES: All people who are coming into the church are highly recommended to wear a mask as this is for your personal protection but also for protection of everybody else. We would describe it as an act of  fundamental charity. Please wear the masks to, during and after Mass. If you forget to bring a Mask these are available at the foyer of the church for  a donation of $1.00 each. 

The four-square metre rule and 1.5m physical distancing requirements will continue to apply. As COVID-19 cases are escalating, we need to be very mindful of how we can eliminate risk. Due to the restrictions we encourage no  gathering outside the church before, during or after our services.  

Please follow instructions upon entry to the Church. 

1. If you are unwell, stay home as the dispensation from Sunday Mass is still current. 

2. Use hand sanitizer available in the foyer of the church.

 3. When entering Church, sign in.

4. Sit in designated spots. Green Signs “Please Sit Here”.

5. Keep your distance when lining up for Holy Communion. 

6. Before leaving the church please sanitize the place and area you were seated with the anti-bacterial wipes provided in the church. 

 Breach of any of these orders referenced under the Public Health Act is a criminal offence and can attract penalties.  As has occurred in some parishes, we expect police may conduct random inspections of places of worship  for COVID-19 safety compliance. 



Catholics from the Diocese of Parramatta continue to be dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice. (Canon 1248 paragraph 2 and Canon 2181).” 


Monday: 6.00am only.Tuesday to Friday: 6.00am & 9.15 AM. 

Saturday: 7.30am only.

There will be no Wednesday or Friday evening Masses until further notice. Our live streaming and broadcasted Masses will no longer continue.



 SUNDAY MORNING MASSES: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12.30PM & 5.30PM


​THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE:  On Saturdays between 4.00PM – 5.00PM

​THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: for the time being, there will be individual baptisms on a Saturday with a total of 50 people apart from the priest and acolyte. This will take place at 11:00 AM. Please contact the parish office via email ( or phone: 9626 3326, to make an inquiry or book a Baptism.

​VISITATION TO THE CHURCH: The main door of the Church will be a means of entering the Church. It is necessary that you use hand sanitiser and record your name and phone number before you enter the Church. We would also ask that you do not touch statues, the tabernacle, paintings, or any other religious object in the church.

 PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM: FIRST RECONCILIATION, FIRST EUCHARIST & CONFIRMATION: Our parish will be conducting the following sacramental  programs over the next months. Please log on to our website for further information and registration on the dates below.

 Confirmation ~ Monday 31st August 2020

First Eucharist ~ Monday 21st September 2020

​Please do not hesitate to contact our parish sacramental coordinator on the details below if you have any further questions.

Gerald “Ged” Oblea

Sacramental Coordinator

Mary Immaculate Parish

Ph: 02 9626 3326 and select option "3"

Mobile: 0477 151 279


​LITURGY ROSTER: We will be returning to our liturgy roster for readers, acolytes and junior servers.The parish office will be in contact with everyone involved to confirm their participation.

We appreciate your continued prayers, patience, cooperation and understanding during this time. 

​Yours in Christ,

Fr. Oliver, Deacon Leon and Parish Staff


My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul. Since I am unable at this moment to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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.