Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 5: Monday 9th November 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

So many great things are continuing to happen at MIPS!

This week, our students are very excited about our book fair. The library is all decked out for the fair and classes are steadily making their way through. Our thanks to Mrs Belcastro and all who have made this possible.

Socktober was a great success thanks to Mrs Moore and all those who assisted her.

Kinder Orientation was tremendous as well despite this being a second orientation that got rained on this year….

Please keep reading through this newsletter to hear about more.

We received notification this week from CEDP of some extra funding for 2021. They will be supporting the refurbishment of our KInder/Year 2 bathrooms. I have looked forward for a long while for this to finally be achieved. We will be able to resurface the grassed area near the main school entrance and flagpole which will be a blessing at afternoon dismissal. We also have received quite a bit of funding to support the upgrading our learning spaces. This will enable us to further enhance our use of the spaces for student learning. This will consist of some minor works and re-furnishing. I want to express the thanks of our MIPS community to our colleagues at CEDP for their support as we continue to strive for the best outcomes for our students. 2021 will see many further improvements at MIPS!

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

PM eCollection

Our school has invested significantly in the purchase of new PM readers to support reading. It has been great to see these used in infants classrooms daily, during reading groups. As you are aware, due to Covid restrictions, at this stage we are unable to send physical reading books home with children. It is expected that the PM eCollection is used to access the reader that has been introduced by class teachers, for daily practise at home. These are changed weekly, after your child’s reading session at school. Please let your child’s teacher know if there are any technical issues with logging in to the PM eCollection.

Thank you for your support!

Kylie Behrens

Literacy Coordinator

PM Readers in the Classroom

Latest News

Book Fair News...

Today year 1 and year 4  students had the chance in their class groups to fill out their book fair wish list. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week will allow all other years to visit. Thursday afternoon and Friday will be for students who were away or unable to visit the day allocated.

The wish list is used by parents to order online. Please be sure to write your 8 digit receipt number on the back of your student wish list and fill out the details in either blue or black pen

Once ordered online the children return their wish list to the teacher for orders to be processed and books sent home. 

The school is able to put in an extra order if we run out of the item on the shelf that is ordered. We will fill the order as soon as possible.

The rewards the school received from the 2019 Book Fair allowed us to order our Literacy online Programme for the students. We would like our parents to know how your help is valued in helping us purchase these programmes and resources. 

We will do our best to put photos of the shelves and the products in the newsletter and skoolbag. Photos of the shelves are also available on the website under Elibrary. It’s different for all of us so once again thank you for being involved.

 Mrs Cheryl Belcastro & Mrs Kylie Behrens

Book Fair

Message from Missionaries of God's Love Sisters

We have been invited to live in the convent at Mt Carmel, Varroville (near Campbelltown). This is an exciting opportunity for us to branch out in new ministries within the retreat centre and surroundings. However, we are very sad leaving the school and parish of Mary Immaculate.

We want to thank you ALL for the love, support and generosity you have given us over the last 10 years. Kids, we will miss your waves and beautiful smiling faces. You all will be forever in our hearts and in our prayers.

May God bless you and your families. Be sure to come and visit us!


MGL Sisters

Absent Explanation Reminder

If your child is sick or absent you are required to notify the school. All explanations for absences must be provided within 7 days of the first day of any period of absence. 

Absences can be explained using one of the following methods:

  • Online: log the absence directly using (Skool Bag App)
  • Email: the school at
  • Telephone: the school office ph. 9933 7800
  • Note sent with your child
  • Where an explanation has not been received within the 7 day timeframe or the explanation has not been accepted, the school will record the absence as unexplained or unjustified on the student’s record. The school will not be able to accept explanations which are not received within the 7 day timeframe. 

    Be Covid Safe

    Please remember, all students who have flu-like symptoms must have a Covid test and the results need to be sent to the school email before they can return to school.

    Please visit the  NSW Health website for symptoms of Covid-19 and further information. 

    2020 School Fees


    You should have received the latest statement from CEDP by now, if not please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

    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.

    If you have any further questions regarding your account please contact Liz on 02 9933 7800 or email on

    Liz Padlan

    Senior Finance officer

    Uniform Shop

    The final uniform delivery for 2020 will be Friday, 11th  December.  The uniform shop will reopen on Friday 29th January 2021.  There will be no holiday trading. 

    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. 

    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 by 7:50am.  Lunches can also be ordered at the canteen in the morning before school.

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

    Upcoming Dates

    Monday 9th - Friday 13th NovemberBook Fair: online orders
    Thursday 12th November3rd Kindergarten Orientation Day: 9:15am-10:40am
    Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th November  Year 5 Camp
    Wednesday 9th December Swimming Carnival for competitive swimmers
    Wednesday, 16th December Last day of school year for students

    Community News

    ​Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Quakers Hill ~ Schofields


    On the 21st October 2020 NSW Health revised the COVID-19 guidelines for places of worship,

    effective on Friday 23 October 2020. The maximum number of people who can attend religious gatherings will be lifted from 100 to 300. This will still be subject to the 4 square metre rule.

    Please note based on how the church pews are set up in our church and to adhere to the 4 square metre rule, we are limited

    to 140 people in the Church for any liturgical celebration or at any one time. For our Sunday Masses we are permitted to

    accommodate 50 people in the Parish Schools Multipurpose area.

    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.  

    ​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. 


    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.


    VIGIL MASSES: 5.30pm

     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.

     ​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.

    Year 7 Enrolments

    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.