Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 7: Monday 25th November 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

As the end of the school year approaches, we are packing a whole lot of fun and learning into the weeks ahead. You will see this by the calendar items below!

This year we have included a community day culminating in a whole school Christmas concert on the evening of December 9. Lock that one in as all students will be involved in some way. Andrew Chinn from Butterfly Music ( will join us for the day performing with our students that evening. I have been associated with Andrew for many years and his concert days are always a highlight for the students and the whole community.

Since before I began at Mary Immaculate, the Parents and Friends had been discussing doing something more comprehensive around fundraising for all the projects they want to support at the school. The school had a history of working bees, fetes and other events in which the parents participated. However, the reality for most families currently is that they are just so time poor. They find it impossible to attend things like meetings and working bees. Parents have consistently told us that they are keen to support the school in providing great experiences and a wonderful environment. They are not keen on the old practice of taking chocolates and walkathon/skipathon/spellathon cards to work, to family gatherings and then basically just providing the fundraising money themselves!

For years, they have wanted to introduce a fundraising levy or fee of some kind so each family contributes a reasonable amount. In listening to the time-pressures that families are facing, your desire to support the Parents and Friends goals for the school and our shared vision to provide the best environment and opportunities for our students, I am convinced that such a contribution will need to be introduced in 2020. I am mindful as well of individual family needs and I welcome the opportunity of discussing individual family situations. We have been able to put to great use the contributions already made by parents allowing us to further provide a rich environment for our students. The Parents and Friends will then be able to concentrate their efforts on building our school community and being of practical support to each other instead of extolling so much of their time and energy so generously on fundraising. I deeply appreciate everything our parents do to support the school. We have a fabulous learning community that is a tremendous example to what we can achieve together!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd, Principal

{ REMINDER } MIPS Staff Development Day - Friday 29th November 2019

Our Staff Development Day this term is on this Friday (week 7). The agenda for this Staff Development Day will be on Religious Education - Learning and Formation. We have progressed significantly over recent years in the implementation of our Inquiry Learning platform. This day will be integral in the culmination of this work and our preparations for 2020 and beyond. Please mark this date in your diaries as this is a pupil free day, there will be no classes. COSHC will be open for the Pupil Free Day on Friday, 29th November from 6:30am - 6:30pm. Forms are available at COSHC, please feel free to contact Courtney on 0417 203 333.

Upcoming Dates

Staff Development Day

Date and Time

From Friday, November. 29th to Friday, November. 29th

Year 6 Motiv8 Day

Date and Time

From Tuesday, December. 3rd to Tuesday, December. 3rd

Kindy's Christmas Through the Eyes of Mary

Date and Time

From Thursday, December. 5th, 12:30 pm to Thursday, December. 5th, 1:30 pm

Feast Day Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 6th, 9:15 am to Friday, December. 6th, 10:15 am

End of Year Dance Presentations

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 6th, 11:00 am to Friday, December. 6th, 12:30 pm

Feast Day Picnic Lunch

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 6th, 12:30 pm to Friday, December. 6th, 1:20 pm


Celebrate Feast Day with a meal deal from the canteen.

For just $5 you will get:

  • Hot Dog
  • Popper or Water
  • Zooper Dooper

Please pre-order by filling in the note that was sent home. Please return the form and the correct money to the school in a sealed envelope. All families are welcome to join in.

P&F Mega Christmas Raffle

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 6th to Friday, December. 6th

Andrew Chinn Whole School Evening Christmas Concert

Date and Time

From Monday, December. 9th to Monday, December. 9th


Time to be advised

Touch Football Gala Day

Date and Time

From Tuesday, December. 10th to Tuesday, December. 10th



Swimming Carnival at Mt Druitt Pools

Date and Time

From Wednesday, December. 11th, 9:00 am to Wednesday, December. 11th, 3:00 pm


Permission notes have been sent home, please ensure that you return your notes this week.

P&F AGM & 2020 Planning Meeting

Date and Time

From Wednesday, December. 11th, 7:00 pm to Wednesday, December. 11th, 9:00 pm

Meet the Teacher - Kindy 2020

Date and Time

From Wednesday, December. 11th to Wednesday, December. 11th

Meet the Teacher - Years 1 to 6 2020

Date and Time

From Thursday, December. 12th to Thursday, December. 12th

Whole School Assembly

Date and Time

From Friday, December. 13th to Friday, December. 13th

Year 6 Graduation Mass 2019

Date and Time

From Tuesday, December. 17th, 6:00 pm to Tuesday, December. 17th, 7:00 pm

Latest News

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Congratulations to these students who have begun their sacramental journey by making their Reconciliation last Thursday. Please keep them in your prayers as they take this first significant step in their faith development.

Adam SAddison RAmelia T
Andrew DAngelena SAngelina S
Ashton PBennett SCaitlyn W
Dominic DElena DEmanuele S
Emma SFlorence TGabriella V
Gabrielle LHayden LIsla H
James EJames PJamie J
Jarryd RJayden MJeawell P
Jireh AJonah M

Keira-Lily A

Lalita SLaura PLiam D
Lily FLucas GMatilda O
Miguel TOlivia DRachelle M
Rafael SRaphael ASamantha S
Sharnie BSienna GSophia C
Timothy SWynter TXavier H
Zali AZane WAntwon F

Drought Aid Charity Hamper Drive

Last Friday, in conjunction with Quakers Hill Tigers Soccer Club, Mary Immaculate held a hamper drive to be able to support the country NSW town of Binnaway. Our students and their families donated a huge range of non-perishable goods that were made into hampers by our Year 6 Mini Vinnie Leaders, ready to be delivered to the town in the first week of December. Thank you all so much for your generosity and being a part of our faith in ACTION to make a difference in the lives of others. A very big thank you to Mrs Kirsten Cooper for coordinating this event.

Early Years Testing this Week!

This week, Kindergarten and Year One teachers will be completing 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.

Over the next two weeks (Weeks 7 and 8) 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!

Mrs Ruys and Mrs Behrens

High School Week begins in Year 6!

During Week 7 and 8, Year 6 will be participating in High School Week. This is an exciting time for our students as they experience a range of different lessons in preparation for High School next year.  A huge focus for the students during High School Week will be around organisation, time management and study skills. 

We believe this experience will be invaluable for our students as they prepare for their transition into High School!

Mrs Behrens, Mrs Fenech, Mrs Moore and Mrs Crooks

Library Message

Overdue Books

As we are now already over half way through term 4 I would like to remind students to please have a look at home for any library books or readers that have not been returned. As you search please remember it doesn’t matter from how far back the book was borrowed. Sometimes library books get mixed up with our home library so please if you think you might have one at home that was overlooked it’s not too late to return it.

There are home reader packs with one or two books missing as well as books missing off our library shelves so please let’s work together and see if we can return as many as possible.

I would also like to remind year 6 students that all overdue books on your account will automatically carry over to the high school that you go to so it is possible that you may not be able to borrow until that book comes off your name.

I will be sending home overdue notices over the next 2 weeks but if you are not sure if you have any at home please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

Mrs Belcastro

MIPS Library


All school fees for 2019 should have been finalised by Wednesday, 20th November 2019 unless you are on an extended payment plan. If you are not on a payment plan, please make payment ASAP to avoid escalation to CEDP.

If you have any queries 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Any outstanding amount in school fee accounts will not receive the Bpay or Direct Debit plans for 2020 fees.

School Uniform Holiday Trading Times

Last day of trading for Term 4 will be Friday, 13th December 2019, 8:30am to 10:00am.

First day of trading for Term 1 will be Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:30am to 10:00am. 


Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Saturday, 18th January 2020, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Leaving Student Form

If you intend to withdraw your child from Mary Immaculate Primary School please download, complete and return the leaving student form as soon as possible. Note that there is a 10 school week notice period otherwise a full term's fees will be payable.


Sporting News

2020 Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials are OPEN

ALL 2020 Team Sport Trials are OPEN, however, the Summer Sports of BASKETBALL and TENNIS registrations close for these sports ONLY on Monday, 11th November as these trials will be held in November 2019.

All other sports trials will be held in Term One and Two in 2020.

Any Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2020 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials. 

It is important to note that these trials are generally for those children who display an above-average ability and/or have representative experience in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2020 be invited to attend. 

Parramatta Diocesan trials will be held in the following sports: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11yrs & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Tennis & Touch Football. The sports of Diving & Golf will be held at the MacKillop level.

To be eligible for selection for these trials an Online Team Registration Form must be completed that can be accessed below.

This online form is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the 2020 Parramatta Diocesan Primary Sport Team trials. Parents may complete this form to attend a selection trial. One form is to be completed per child, per individual sport. Each sport has its own criteria, therefore, it is imperative that the correct form is completed.

Please note that your online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by the child's school. In order for the child to attend the nominated trial or event, this may come down to the discretion of the school as to who is selected to attend the trial. In some sports, only 2 students per school can be nominated.  All fields and especially “Representative Experience” MUST be completed. Under no circumstances will a child be eligible to trial if the Online Registration Form has not been completed and approved by the school by the closing date.

P&F Association Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11th December 2019. An invitation is extended to all of the MIPS Parent Community to join the P&F Association and partake in this important meeting for the planning of 2020.

Clause 8.5.3: At each Annual General Meeting all positions shall be declared vacant. The members of the Association shall elect an Executive Committee as required by 5.1. The positions available will be:

PresidentVice President
Fundraising CoordinatorAssistant Fundraising Coordinator
Communications CoordinatorPRC Representative

The Parish Priest, the Principal or the Assistant Principal shall conduct each election and declare the result.

Regards, Maria Petridou - P&F Association President

Community News

Catherine McAuley Westmead Enrolments for Year 7 2021

Catherine McAuley Westmead is now accepting enrolments for Year 7 2021. The closing date for Year 7 2021 applications 1st round offers is Friday, 27th March 2020.

Parents and their daughters have the opportunity to tour the school campus at one of our upcoming school tours specifically for Year 7 2021 applicants, but open to any year group. 

Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 5th December 2019, 9:15am – 11:00am

These mornings will provide parents and students with the opportunity to tour our school on a normal school day. You will be able to view our school grounds and facilities, go into classrooms and meet our students and teachers. Enrolment packs will be available on the day.

Contact our School Reception on 9849 9100 to book a place on a school tour.

Please note that following these tours there will be no other school tours held until our Open Afternoon in early March 2020 (date still to be confirmed).

Quakers Hill Immaculate IMPS Playgroup

We are very lucky to have a playgroup right here at Mary Immaculate Primary School! Our playgroup caters for children from 0-6 years of age.

Playgroup is a FUN way for you and your children to meet others, share and learn through play in an ideal environment through spontaneous unstructured play.

Playgroup NSW Community Playgroups are run by families for families, which means that they reflect the needs of the families in the community hence there are no paid workers, allowing the Playgroups to represent the needs and philosophies of the attending families.

Spontaneous unstructured play is a very important part of a child’s development. It allows them to increase their problem solving skills, develop their language and social skills by modelling other children and adults, develop an understanding of size, shape and texture, develop their imagination which is very important for healthy brain development, and master skills that will help develop self-confidence and the ability to recover quickly from setbacks.

If you would like to come for a visit please see our contact details below. 

Information about Mary Immaculate Playgroup

Playgroup Name: Quakers Hill Immaculate Imps

Venue details: Mary Immaculate Primary School, 125 Barnier Drive, Quakers Hill













Term session fee: 1 child (12mths+) = $12 per school term ($35 annual discounted fee)

2 or more children (12mths+) $15 per school term ($45 annual discounted fee)

Playgroup email: (coordinator)

Coordinator’s name: Melissa Butcher                         Contact number: 0403825179

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