Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 1: Monday 12th October 2020

Principal's Message

Welcome back everyone to Term Four!

2020 has certainly had its complexities for everyone and many continue. We are endeavouring, as our parents are also, to continue to make this year as successful as possible with much collaboration and creativity.As restrictions are eased we are looking at the things we can do from now until the end of the year to capitalise on all opportunities. We will now be able to proceed with a covid modified Kinder 2021 Orientation. We are trying to enable our Year 5 students to still go to camp as intended. We are also looking into what is possible to properly send off our graduating Year 6 students. Other things are also in the pipeline but dependent on applicable restrictions. I want to thank everyone for their support as we try to make the best of things. Reports will be returning to the usual format for the end of year, reporting on the outcomes that were able to be taught with the disruptions to attendance. We have purchased and set up an extra reading scheme for our younger grades which we will be rolling out very soon. 

There's a lot happening at MIPS! Together we will make this also a great term for our amazing students.

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Learning at MIPS

Debating 2020

Congratulations to our Year 6 Debating Team on a great season! We celebrated in Week 10 of Term 3 with a pizza lunch and Award Ceremony. It was a terrific way to acknowledge the hard work of all students involved! Mrs Behrens

During debating, I have learnt many things like co-operating with my group, writing a speech and even public speaking. Public speaking has really helped me. As it has boosted my confidence in speaking to a group of people. Co-operation has helped me work with different people and learn what they are good at and what they are not. My most favourite debate was probably the first one because it was new and because I won. Debating is really fun and everyone should try out for it as you could find a skill that you never knew you had like I did. - Campbell S

During this debating season I have learnt that to be a good public speaker you have to be resilient and confident in yourself and your teammates.  Chanel Z

My debating experience was one of the best primary school experiences ever. My favourite part of debating was that when we had chosen our teams we would get our topics and start to get some ideas on what we could do. I also loved the researching and the preparation of speeches then presentation day was the best because you never knew what was going to happen. During the debating season it helped me gain confidence and better public speaking abilities. This was amazing and I would totally do it again. Samantha J

My debating reflection overall was that I had a very funny, hard working and an amazing time. In my opinion I thought that it was a great experience for everyone who was in the debating team. We learnt a lot of new things including how to do public speaking and how we can work together in a different way. Gemma P

From debating I gained confidence through public speaking, I learnt how to write persuasive speeches in just 3 weeks and to collaborate with others. It was hard collaborating with others and writing speeches but in the end we got through it, and  it was really fun overall and challenging. Divya P

This debating season was a very unprecedented one. The format of the season and the rearrangements made were extraordinary. Before I continue, I have to say thank you to Mrs Behrens, Mr Matulewicz, as well as my fellow debating team members. Without them, we couldn’t have made this happen. Moving on, the biggest thing I took away from this year’s debating season was communication. COVID-19 brought a lot of challenges for us this year, including the lack of attendance. Within our teams, we had to find other ways to communicate and get the job done before the debate day. If you asked anybody who has participated in debating throughout the past few years what their experience was like, you will never get an answer similar to ours. This debating season was a challenge, but we tackled it, it was hard, but we made a great achievement. Lucas W 

During debating this year I have learnt many new things. These things include, learning how to work better in a team, improve my writing ability, make new friends, work with new people and more. I have enjoyed learning how to become a better writer as it also improved my writing skills in class. I have improved my confidence with public speaking and presenting new things to an audience. Working with new people has helped me understand different perspectives of the way people think and write, this also helped me to improve my writing skills and confidence because I have all different ideas to help me. Mr Matulewicz and Mrs Behrens have also helped me alot to improve this year in debating. Summer S.

During our debating term I learnt a lot about, collaboration and teamwork. As my time in debating was not as long as others, since I missed the first debate and joined for the second one. It was still good, my most favourite debate was my first one. I was clueless but my team filled me in, I was speaker one and felt scared. Though my team was collaborating with me and helping me. In this debate we lost, it was my most favourite debate because it taught me my mistakes and I learnt from them. From that debate forward, I never lost one again. It has been the best time of this term. Jacob G

Reading Recovery Graduates!

Congratulations to Joshua J and James S, in Year 1, for recently graduating from the Reading Recovery program. They have worked very hard and we wish them all the best with their reading. 

Mrs Cooper and Mrs Francis

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 21st October

During Week 2, MIPS will be celebrating BOOK WEEK!We have an abundance of activities planned to celebrate reading. One of the highlights of Book Week is our Book Parade, which will be held on Wednesday, 21st October. Due to Covid restrictions, parents are unable to attend the parade this year. However, photos of the parade will be shared on the school’s Facebook page. 

Students are to come dressed in their “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds” costumes (which can simply be homemade!) to celebrate creativity and imagination during Book Week. 

Other events such as Readers’ Theatre, read alouds by teachers and students, Peer Support reading and Buddy Reading will celebrate Book Week. We will also be presenting the Wushkathon and Readathon awards on Friday, 23rd October to students. We look forward to this exciting event!

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Behrens

Sunday, 25th October

Thursday, 29th October, 5th, 12th November- Kinder 2021 Orientation Days

Kindergarten 2021 families received an email in the holidays from Mr Stephen Dowd regarding the announcement by the State Government that covid-modified Kindergarten Orientation sessions can go ahead from Week Three of Term Four! We are so delighted to welcome our wonderful new students for 2021.

A further email will be sent to Kinder 2021 families soon with details of how the morning will run. 

Latest News

Operation Art 2020

Ruby's artwork will be exhibited at The Armory Gallery


Keiran K, Hope M, Mia C, Muhammad Z, Olivia V, Indigo V, Ari B, Nissi N, Jack B, Michael K, Liliana E, Ella-Marie K, Alyssa H, Patrick T, Elise K, Linde C, Geo J, Presley M, Chayse F-S, Jaxson B, Jonah C, Piper B, Scarlett B, Cailtlyn K, Blake B, Matilda R, Jonathan O, Olivia S,  Jireh A, Brandon D, Jacob G, Ava K, Lukas C, Jasmine G, ManvithaC, Kade D, Madison F, Jayden M, Harper D, Elena D, Maishha S, Zara H, Bhavjot S, Riley G, Sophie H, Evan P, Isaac D, Kyla-Paige H, Shea S, Anuska S, Danijela B, Antonia B,  August G, Isabella S, Samantha J, Scarlett J, Adelaide T, Kiana F, Ruby B, Aman T, Ethan D, William K, Mia J, Pinchat L, Sebastin C, Levi C, Nadim E-K N.

Birthday Treats

Students who wish to celebrate their birthday with their class are permitted to bring pre-packaged snacks to the school such as an ice block, packet of chips, wrapped lollies. Staff will ensure these are shared with students safely. Please note, Mary Immaculate Primary remains ‘allergy aware’ and food products containing nuts should not be brought to school. 

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. 

    Student Data Validation (SDV) Form

    Student Data Validation (SDV) Form

    As part of our annual system and legal requirements, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is asking families to ensure all relevant contact and student information is up to date and accurate for the purposes of communication and providing relevant support to students. 

    On Monday 19 October, households will receive an email or SMS from CEDP with a link and login details to the Student Data Validation (SDV) form. 

    Once you have logged in you will be able to verify existing information from the school database and update if necessary. The process should not take more than 15 minutes and will need to be completed by 5:00pm on Friday 6 November.

    If you have any questions about the Student Data Validation form, please contact our Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.

    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. 

    Calippos are now $1.50 and Paddle Pops are $2

    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. 

    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.


    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.

     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.