Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter

Term 3 Week 3: Monday 3rd August 2020

Principal's Message

Where is the Love?

In 1972, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway released the original version of "Where is the love?" at such a time in history that called for a sense of strong social justice. The song won a Grammy and went to the top of both the R&B and Billboard. Then in June 2003 the song was re-released by the Black Eyed Peas also to great response from the general public.

The song raises a vital question for us in this most challenging time. Where do we see and give witness ourselves to Love? Our young people are bombarded by the stark realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. The world at large to them must sometimes seem a place to be feared. They are being presented with people most often at their worst. The situation appears very dire.

So I ask, where do our children 'see the love' at the moment? Hopefully it is not only seen but keenly felt at school. Undoubtedly, families are doing everything they can as well. My main concern for our children at the moment is for their wellbeing. Our Peer Support program is a significant initiative being implemented that goes a long way in developing their wellbeing. Our learning framework, centred on enabling students to be Assessment Capable Learners, is also vital in making sure students continue to appreciate themselves as successful learners. Mrs Mizzi elaborates on this below.

Our hope also is that our parents know that they are also very much in our thoughts and planning - that they too can 'feel the love' for their children and the parents themselves. We will continue to work at that endeavour as school and home combine to support our young people and fill their lives with God's love.

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd


Assistant Principal's Message

Assessment Capable Learners

We continue to work in supporting the Learning of all of our students. As we adjust our lives to the current situation, we too need to look at learning through a different lens. The reflections we had parents and students complete play a vital role in ensuring the further development of the school and home relationship for each student. Teachers have then set learning goals based on these reflections, class observations and on the needs and strengths of each student. Our school goal for 2020 is to develop Assessment Capable Learners and ensure each student has at least one year’s growth. An Assessment Capable Learner is able to gauge their own learning. It means that students understand if they have met a learning goal and are able to identify the areas, they need extra help in. We know through all of the current research that it is imperative for students to know where they are going, how they are going to get there and where they need to go next.

 Over the next two weeks I will be working with the teachers in collating the information provided by the students and parents, in conjunction with their own observations and the student goals, to develop an ongoing initiative to support all students in continuing on the journey to become Assessment Capable Learners. We will look at this data as grades, stages and a school and implement the strategies necessary to support all of the children.

 We look forward to sharing with you over the next few weeks our findings and working in partnership to continue to support the wonderful learning taking place at MIPS.

Mrs Sharon Mizzi

Assistant Principal

Learning at MIPS

Peer Support Week 2

During Peer Support this week the children will look at qualities their friends may have and the concept that we choose friends based on the qualities we admire in them. They will also explore the skills of friendship, specifically those of cooperating and listening. During the week encourage your child to show they are interested in the person they are talking to by being an active listener. 

Mrs Kylie Behrens and Miss Rowena Benjamin 

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 30th July School Photos. All students are to wear full school uniform. 
Friday 7th AugustJeans for Genes Mufti Day: Wear your favourite Jeans to School.

Ordering of Photos through Compass Parent Portal

All parents have been sent login details to access the Compass Parent Portal. If you did not receive your login details or you have been experiencing difficulties accessing the Parent Portal please contact Sue in the school office on 9933 7800.

School Photo Timetable 2020

Jeans for Genes Mufti Day

Latest News

Happy Birthday to the Students Celebrating Their Birthday in August

Yousif A, Nyah A, Kristina B, Norah B, Lucy C, Emma C, Laura C, Iyana C, Stephanie C, Mariah C, Cameron D, Olivia D, Elijah E, Ethan E, Allenth E, William F, Raphael F, Brooke F, Antwon F, Makayla G, Kunsh G, Carlos H, Noah H, Giann H, Xavier H, Cherlin J, Cristiano J, Sienna J, Arshpreet K, Japleen K, Isabelle K, Hayden L, Andrea M, Vinisha M, James M, Chelsea M, Kai M, Samantha M, Alexander N, Caitlin O, Nicole O, Leila P, Emelia P, Audriana P, Manuel P, Leona Q, Diva R, Jarryd R, Anna R, Erik S, Karl S, Daja S, Viraaj S, Miguel T, Ilija T, Annie T, Emma U, Emily V, Harper W, Chanel Z


Unfortunately all  Primary Gala Days scheduled for Term 3 have been cancelled.

Road Safety

Car seat safety is in the media quite a lot at the moment and with statistics showing more than a third of children under 13 who died on NSW roads in the 10 years to 2016 would probably have survived if they had been properly restrained in a children's car seat or with a seat belt, is quite alarming.

CAR SEATS- What you need to know

All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

For more information please visit Transport NSW


Book Club News

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Issue 4. We received scholastic rewards to the value of $240, which will be used to purchase books and learning resources. 

Issue 5 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home last week. Orders need to be placed by Friday 8th August.

We accept: Credit card online payments using LOOP: Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments, please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form.

Happy Reading!

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.

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. 

Please email all exchanges to

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 before 8:30am

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

Delicious homemade soup, served with a bread roll will be available for $4  on Monday and Tuesday  during the chilly winter months. Please order at the canteen in the morining and soup will be ready to collect at lunch time. 

Monday: Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup 

Tuesday: Pumpkin Soup

Fruit Nuggets are currently out of stock. Please do not order online. 

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information.

Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 28 August 2020

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

August 2020 Census Privacy Notice

Community News

​Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Quakers Hill ~ Schofields


On Friday 17th July the government announced that “places of worship” can only have a maximum of 100 people attend services maintaining the ‘one person per 4 square metre’ rule.

 Therefore from the 24th of July we will be able to only take 100 people in our church for each of our Mass services.

 We will be adhering to the safety plans as directed, and we will ensure that hand hygiene, physical distancing and cleansing of the seats in the Church take place. Of course, people who are unwell should not come to the Church but rather stay at home. Social distancing within our church grounds and inside our church will still need to be  followed.

We ask parishioners to sit only on the pews where the

green signs states “Please Sit Here”.

 As per the governments requirement, all people entering the Church need to sign in our visitors log with their full name and phone number  after using the hand sanitiser provided. 

 Parishioners will not require to book to attend Mass. We will go by “a first come, first serve basis”, allowing the first 100 people who arrive in the church to enter.

 If any of this information changes we will advise parishioners accordingly. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.


​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).”

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.