Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 4 Week 8: Monday 2nd December 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today’s ‘Advent Adventure’ went very well considering lots of our students were doing something very different. This is a testament to their resilience and capability as well as the great work of their teachers! Thanks also to the parents I spoke to this morning who all thought it was a great experience for the students to do something different.

As we lead up to Christmas through Advent this experience will be a useful element for teachers to draw on in reference to Mary and Joseph’s journey themselves to prepare for the birth of Christ. I will be travelling during the new year period to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage around the early life of Christ.

Not only did we relocate over half the school in a day but we also managed to complete some incredibly important and ground-breaking work around learning in the morning. One of our highly valued collaborators is Michael McDowell, Superintendent of the Ross School District, San Francisco, Author of Rigorous PBL, Lead Learner and Developing Expert Learners.

We met with Michael on Thursday and outlined to him our work for Friday. He was wildly impressed with our direction and what we already have in place for student learning. He actually wants us to continue to inform him of our progress as he is developing his new book for publication.

This is a tremendous place for our school to be in moving into 2020.

We take this opportunity to farewell some of our staff who will not be with us in 2020. Mrs Narelle Boatfield, Ms Monica Dann and Ms Loren Jackson will be moving on to new chapters in their professional lives. We thank them for their many years of service and the love and care they have shown our students. We wish them all the best.

Congratulations to Sr Marie on her retirement from Catholic Education in which she has held several positions over many years of service.

And last but not least, after a long history of serving schools in the Parramatta Diocese in roles such as Senior Finance Officer, Mrs Lorraine Ewer has decided to retire in 2020 and have a much deserved break!

With appreciation of your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd, Principal

Upcoming Dates

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 Draw

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, 6:00 pm to Monday, December. 9th, 8:00 pm

Touch Football Gala Day

Date and Time

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


The Kingsway, Werrington

Swimming Carnival at Mt Druitt Swim Centre

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 asap.

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

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.


Latest News

High School Week in Year 6!

Last week, Year 6 participated in High School Week, which simulated a High School experience for our students. The children participated in a range of activities, such as Science, Debating, Japanese, Food Technology and Sewing! The week provided our students with an insight into what High School will be like for them in 2020. What a great week!

2020 Diocesan Tuition Fees


It has been a wonderful busy time in the library this term. Congratulations to all the students who returned their books on time and were able to borrow each week. Congratulations to KP who had everyone in the class bring their books back just about every week.

I would like to ask students now to have a look at home and see if there are any overdue books to return. Even if books are from earlier in the year it is important for them to be returned to the shelf so other students are able to borrow them.

Year 6 students are reminded that their Mary Immaculate library record is carried over to high school records so any overdue returns will remain on the system.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.

Mrs Belcastro



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

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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