Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 9: Monday 14th September 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we head into the period ending this term, I want to thank everyone for how well we have worked together despite the current challenges. Our families are incredibly responsive to our requests and this has really helped in putting the students first!

A few updates -

We have just received the feedback from parents through the Tell Them From Me survey. 213 families contributed to this which is quite a high rate. We will of course be looking to further improvements we can make based on the feedback from students, parents and teachers. We are in a strong position but there is much information in the surveys to use.

Kinder Orientation - at this stage this is on hold. We are planning for several different scenarios all of which value highly the importance of orientation for our new students and families. A note outlining a covid safe plan for next year's Kinders to have their uniforms organised will be shared.

Drop-off and dismissal procedures continue to be successful. However I urge all families to mindfully ensure that student safety is paramount. No student should be walking through a carpark unsupported by an adult. Morning punctuality has improved but must remain consistent.

Students who display flu-like symptoms are to remain home and be tested as required before returning to school. Results of testing are to be shared with the school on return. Please continue to inform the school if there are ways we can support you further.

Advice on reporting on student learning for Semester 2 has reverted back to the usual 5 point scale and format. Teachers will be reporting of course on outcomes taught during the second semester.

We are gaining quotes for a new stairway adjacent to our existing stairway up to the top carpark. The bottom carpark will require some new space allocation and markings as well.

Our thanks goes to our wonderful P&F and their committed supporters who enabled the Fathers' Day stall to go ahead. We continue to look for community centred activities. This is difficult when we can't come together as a community!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

Peer Support Week 9

In this week's final session of the Peer Support module,  Keeping Friends,  the children will be participating in a board game, reinforcing all of the concepts and skills that have been learned over the past 7 weeks. They will be reminded of the qualities of a good friend and the skills needed to maintain friendships and make new friends. Each Peer Support group will have the opportunity to celebrate what they have learned and the new friendships and connections they have made. 

Mrs Kylie Behrens and Miss Rowena Benjamin 

Fruit & Veg Month

 Choose local and in season

 Our school is participating in Fruit & Veg Month 2020. This year’s theme is ‘Planet Fruit & Veg’, because eating more fruit and veg is good for us and the planet. As part of Fruit & Veg Month we’re sending home information on how to ‘up the fruit and veg’ at your place – for yourselves and the planet.


So how do you know if your family is eating enough fruit and vegetables? The simplest way is to include fruit and vegetables at each meal and snack. This resource has some simple tips on how to make this happen.


Where possible, choose locally grown (e.g. grown in your city, town or region) and in season fruit and vegetables. They will taste better, be more nutritious, are more likely to cost less and will reduce the environmental impacts of food transport and cold storage. Take a look at this resource for tips on how to go local and in season.  


Read the resources and answer the survey questions to go into the running for a $20 shopping voucher. 


If you require more information on what our school is doing for Fruit & Veg Month, please contact the school or your child’s teacher. 


Miss Rowena Benjamin 

PDPHE Coordinator

Upcoming Dates

Friday, 25th September 2020

Last day of Term 3
Monday, 12th October 2020Term 4 commences - Children return wearing summer uniform

Latest News

2020 School Fees

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.

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. 

 Fruit nuggests and frozen yoghurts are currently unavailable

Uniform Shop

Summer uniforms are available for purchase. 

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. 

The last day of trading for Term 3 will be Friday 25th September. The uniform shop will reopen on Tuesday 13th October. 

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,

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.