Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter Update

Term 4 Week 10: Monday 14th December 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today we are having constructed the new set of stairs from the top carpark area. How symbolic! It’s like we are building a stairway from 2020 to 2021.

This is a year that will go down in history as quite momentous for lots of less than positive reasons. Our world as we know it is in a state of significant change. This year we have seen people also at their best in coming together as a community and individuals.

Our students have been blessed to be supported so well not only by their parents but also by the incredible MIPS Staff. 

As the school year draws to a close, I want to thank the staff for all their support and professionalism this year. They have consistently gone above and beyond. To our community, congratulations on what we have achieved together by always putting the needs and welfare of our students before all else. Finally, “hats-off” to our students for all they have achieved this year. What a wonderful group of young people. We are  proud that you form this amazing school!

Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year!!

Stephen Dowd

Principal

Advent Message

Learning at MIPS

Reading Recovery Graduates

We would like to congratulate  the following children in Year 1 who have successfully graduated from the Reading Recovery Program. They have worked very hard and we are so proud of all of their efforts. 

Congratulations to:

Charlotte L, Kiarra W, Milania H, Mason F, Logan B, Makayla G and Carina Z

We wish them all the best for the future, 

 Ms Cooper and Mrs Francis

Reading Recovery Teachers

EMU PROGRAM GRADUATES

This week we congratulate Makayla G, Nathan O, Penny D, Richmond S, Ella-Marie K and Joshua J who graduated from the Early Years Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Program. We also congratulate Dominic D, Jayden M and Antwon F who graduated from the Middle Years Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Program. 

These students attended daily lessons with Mrs Bond and Mrs Jones to extend their mathematical understanding, particularly in Number and have made AMAZING progress! We are so proud of you all!

Mrs Bond and Mrs Jones

EMU Specialist Teachers

2020 Swimming Age Champions

Last Wednesday, 9th December, our MIPS Swimming Carnival was held at Mt Druitt pool. All children showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day and tried their best in all events.

Congratulations to the following Age Champions:

Junior Girls 

1st Myeesha S

2nd Lillian W

3rd Amelia M

Junior Boys

1st Jordan N

2nd Jonathan C

3rd Lomax M

11 Girls

1st Olivia D

2nd Angelina S

3rd Alexis H

11 Boys

1st Zane W

2nd Lachlan G

3rd Levi F-S

Senior Girls

1st Hannah K

2nd Angel O

3rd Alexis H

Senior Boys

1st Trystan D

2nd Jake T

3rd Ryan C

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for our 2021 Zone Team:

Hayden R, Lola R, Siyana S, Kade D, Chayse F.S, Ruby D, Indiana O, Lomax M, Lillian W, Amelia M, Zane W, Olivia D, Myeesha S, Jordan N, Lachlan G, Angelina S, Jonathan C, Rosco L, Trystan D, Alexis H, Hannah K, Levi F.S. 

Lastest News

Mathematics Assessment Interview

Bookings are now open for the 2021 Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI).

This opportunity gives classroom teachers valuable information about the students knowledge, skills and understanding in Numeracy. This is an individual assessment interview with the new 2021 classroom teacher.  It takes approximately 30 minutes for students in Year 1-6 and approximately 45 minutes for students in Kindergarten.

 All grades have been allocated an additional teacher to complete the assessments. If there are no suitable time slots available for your child’s teacher, please check the time slots for the allocated ‘additional grade teacher’ and book according to your child’s grade.  

To book your child an interview with their 2021 classroom teacher (or the additional grade teacher), visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au

2021 Years 1 - 6 dates are Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of January 2021.

BOOKING CODE :   447kq

2021 Kindergarten dates are Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January 2021.

BOOKING CODE :    uz8r8

Be sure to book early to secure your preferred time. 

Have a happy and holy Christmas and we look forward to seeing our MIPS families again in 2021!

Mrs Bond

2020 SCHOOL FEES

School fees for 2020 should now be fully paid by most families unless you are on a current payment plan. Families will receive 2021 statements around the end of February 2021, which will include the Flexible Payment Plan options.

If you have any queries please contact Liz Padlan in the school office on 02 9933 7800 or via email  imac-qkhlfees@parra.catholic.edu.au, especially if you require assistance with your 2020 fees.

Thank you to all the families who have finalised their accounts.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Last day to accept payments at school via EFTPOS will be Wednesday, 16th December 2020 by 3pm. You can however continue to make payments via https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/Our-Schools/School-Fees using the online payment portal. 

  • Any outstanding amount in school fee accounts WILL NOT automatically receive the flexible payment plans for 2021 fees. Please contact Liz if you would like to set one up.

    LIz Padlan

    Senior Finance Officer

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.

One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment.

Download

Summer Reading Challenge

Happy Birthday to the Following Students Celebrating Their Birthday in January 2021

Andrew D, Cholhok M, Kiera M, Nevin P, Avana S, Lucia A, Isavella N, Tejasvir S, Jackson L, Zarah R, Jiszel P, Abbey B, Logan B, Rafael S, Joshua J,  Esekiel D, Gabriel dV, Benedict A, Kayla S, Ethan S, Ella C, Myeesha S, Liam P, Clarise H, Christian S, Maddison L, Stephanie M, Reigan A, Hadriel F, Matteo N, Noah P, Gurekum D, Ella B, Ronin J, Abhita S, Lachlan J, Eva Rose A, Parnavi J, Mishka B, Trinity O, Lalita S, Aaliyah D, Jujhar S, Anishka T, Levi F-S, Aarya K, Dominic D, Gabriella.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 15th December 2020Students can wear sports uniform.
Wednesday 16th December 2020Christmas themed mufti day.
Wednesday 16th December 2020Last day of school year for students.
Friday 18th December 2020Last day of school year for staff.
Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th January 2021MAI interviews for Years 1 - 6.
Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th & Friday 29th January 2021MAI interviews for Kindergarten. 
Friday 29th January 2021First day for Years 1 to Years 6.
Monday 1st February 2021First day for Kindergarten. 

Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Quakers Hill ~ Schofields

UPDATE ON MASS ATTENDANCE

NSW Health has revised the Covid 19 guidelines for places of worship effective from December 7, 2020 .

 The maximum number of people at places of worship and religious services will only be limited by the 2 m² rule.

This means we will be able to accommodate more people at each Mass.

 

Parishioners are asked to sit where the green signs “PLEASE SIT HERE” are placed.

 Congregational Singing is permitted but NSW Health states that anyone 12 years or older wear a mask. We will start to have some Masses with singing in our liturgies. As we strive to balance our desire for music to enhance our liturgies and to also take care ensuring self-protection and protection of others. It is highly recommended that people continue to wear masks during religious services. Consequently, we will continue the practice of wearing masks for the time being at all religious services. All people who are coming into the church are to wear a mask. The need to sign in, use hand sanitiser, and sanitise our seats after the service remain in effect. NSW Health has also advised that places of worship modify religious services, where practical, such as the reception of Communion, to avoid direct contact with hand and mouth. From experience we know it is hard to avoid contact with Communion on the tongue. As a result of this advice, we will continue with the practice of only giving Communion  in the hand for the time being.

DIRECTIVES:

* All people coming to Mass are to wear a mask.

* All people are to have their temperature taken.

* All People are to sanitise their hands.

* All people are to sign in.

* You may only sit in the designated seats. 

* You are asked to keep your distance when lining up for Holy Communion.

* Please help with sanitising the seats at the conclusion of Mass.

 THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR PARISHIONERS AND VISITORS TO THE CHURCH SAFE.

​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).” 

MASSES THIS COMING WEEK:

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 VIGIL MASS: 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 10.00am & 11:00 AM. Please contact the parish office via email (parishoffice@maryimmac.org.au) 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. 

​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.

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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.

Sun Smart Information

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.