Sacred Heart Primary School, Cunnamulla
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46 John Street
Cunnamulla QLD 4490

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

4 September 2018

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Principal’s Report

Attending school every day is important for all students to achieve and experience success. Getting to school can be difficult for young people at some time during their 13 years there. They may find it hard to leave home, can’t get ready on time, are forever losing things, can’t organise themselves, or are forever ‘sick’ on school days. Some of the statistics on school absenteeism can be alarming. Students who regularly miss school are disadvantaged both educationally and socially.

Calculations of the overall rate of days of school missed over ten years:

Days absent

Total Days

Number of Terms

Number of Years

1 day per week




1.5 days per week




2 days per week




3 days  per week




5 weeks  per term




Average 5 days per term




Average 10 days per term




Some of the effects experienced by these students may include:

  • Gaps in knowledge and understandings resulting in missing basic concepts
  • Lack of continuity and familiarity resulting in students feeling less secure within the school environment
  • Missing out on learning the behaviour rules and expectations
  • Inability to maintain friendships
  • Loss of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increased likelihood of leaving school early

If you are having difficulties getting your child to school the following suggestions may assist.

  • Determine whether there is a medical reason for your son/daughter feeling unwell.
  • Determine whether there is a psychological reason for your son/daughter feeling unwell.
  • Talk to teachers to determine whether there is a problem at school.
  • Determine whether there are relationship difficulties at school.
  • Determine whether the sickness occurs on particular days or at certain times.
  • Establish a morning routine.
  • Set a specific time for going to bed and getting up in the morning.
  • Have belongings required for school ready the night before.
  • Don’t give your son/daughter a day off just in case they are sick, instead phone the school if needed.
  • Don’t allow your son/daughter to stay home on sport days.
  • Try to avoid taking holidays during the school term.
  • Make as few appointments as possible during school hours.
  • Don’t make the time off special in any way.
  • Don’t take them shopping on a school day.
  • Don’t allow them to go out with friends if they are home ‘sick’.

An open line of communication between home and school enables a better understanding of how to best meet your son/daughter’s individual needs.

Polly Crawford
Acting Principal

Prep/1 News

It is that time of the term again when assessment is starting! Seeing all your lovely faces each and every day will ensure you don’t miss out on important testing. An exciting event happening at the end of Term is the Prep/1 class party. It will be held in Week 10 and we will brainstorm ideas for the party during class time. Stay tuned for further information about this event. A reminder to bring a shoebox sized box in as soon as possible; one box per student. We will be using these boxes to create an animal habitat for Science. Last week the Prep/1 students held their very first liturgy in the church to celebrate Father’s Day. It was wonderful to see so many Dads come along for the event.

Thank you from Mrs Standfield, Miss Simpson and Miss Ferguson.

Father’s Day Liturgy

Year 2/3 News

Term 3 is definitely flying by! In the Year 2/3 class we have been enhancing our drama skills through mime, facial expressions, body movement and using various voice pitches. As you would have already known, in English we are completing our fairy tale unit, so it is only fair that we dramatize the fairy tales we are learning about. Students have worked collaboratively to perform different fairy tales through a mime activity, where we had to guess the fairy tale they were presenting and we had another go at using various forms of drama to act out a chosen fairy tale- dressing up to really play the part. Here are some snap shots, we hope you enjoy!

Kind Regards,
Miss Fitzpatrick and the Year 2/3 class.

Year 2/3 Fairytale Mime Performances

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight in 3/ 4 has been a great one! Last Thursday, we had our very own ‘Willy Wonka’ day, that consisted of making our own golden tickets, designing a ‘great class elevator’ and going on a great chocolate scavenger hunt. This day was a great reminder that learning can be very fun! After all the fun, it was time for some serious learning. In Maths we have been investigating probability and chance. Next week we will become builders, when we build our toys that we have been designing in our design lessons. I would like to remind the Parents/Carers of 3/ 4 students to bring in the stationary items outlined in the note that went home last week.

Have a great week!
Miss Taylor.

Willy Wonka Day Activities – Boat racing, scavenger hunt and golden tickets.

Year 5/6 News

We Survived!!!!

The 5/6 class returned safely from their expedition last Thursday. Students trekked from 5km south of Cunnamulla back to school. Students in teams completed several challenges including making a fire (unfortunately due to wind the fire chief would not let us light them), build a shelter, administer first aid and completed a UHF communication challenge. Students completed Scientific observations and journal entries along the way. We also welcomed Miss Emily Conlin to the 5/6 class last week. Miss Conlin has settled in well and has begun teaching the 5/6 class. Mrs Haig and myself are excited for the 5/6 class for this wonderful new opportunity but also sad to be handing over a wonderful class. Please enjoy the photos of the 5/6 expedition.

Mrs Fagan.

Class and Uniform Awards


Hunter Thorpe

For great work learning his letters & sounds.

Thoramus Nelson

For always persisting in class tasks.

Year 2/3

Dean Wharton-McKellar

For a huge improvement in his classroom behaviour.

Ayden Maher

For working hard on his fluency during reading.

Year 3/4

Bailey Ibell

For great work improving his handwriting.

Megan Hatchman

For great working during independent tasks.

Year 5/6

Harrison Martin

For his organisational skills on the class expedition.

Jacob Russell

For his outstanding leadership and work on the class expedition.


Fred Schmidt

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Noah Tuckwell

Behaviour Promotions

Congratulations to the following students on their promotion to Behaviour Levels 1 and 2. The following students have met the Behaviour Policy requirements:

Level 1: Thomas Wadeson and Chloe Tuckwell.
Level 2: Emilyjean Robinson-Wharton and Bobby-Jo Jordan.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all Students & Staff that have a birthday this fortnight.

Kel’Leetah Maxwell – 3rd September
Jesse Fett – 6th September
Miss Conlin – 26th August

Online Safety

Are you concerned about your child’s online safety? Feeling uncertain where to get good information?

Aimed at parents of 10-14-year old, iParent is a fantastic site for parents to get up to speed quickly and easily. This site has plenty of tips and practical steps you can use to help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. This is especially important at this age as they strive for independence and peer acceptance.

Information about online risks:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Inappropriate, offensive and illegal content
  • Online pornography
  • Sexting
  • Trolling
  • Unwanted contact
  • Social networking
  • Online gaming and much more!
  • Plus lots of great info about online safeguards and staying safe

Visit the website below today!

District Athletics

Congratulations! Sacred Heart were the overall winners and ball game champions at the District Athletics Carnival on Friday 17th August. Well done to the students who won age champion.

2009 Girls: Bella Anderson
2008 Girls: Sophie Driver & 2008 Boys: Clay Tanner
2007 Girls: Kellie Brain & 2007 Boys: Phillip Yock
2006 Girls: Ella McCarthy & 2006 Boys Todd Brain

There are a number of students who will be attending Regional Athletics in St George this Friday 7th September. We would like to thank Rick and Yvonne Brain for volunteering to drive students over and back and to CACH for supplying the bus. We wish all of our student’s good luck. I am sure they will do us proud.

HMAS Visit

Last week we were lucky enough to be visited by Commander Mark Connell, along with a number of his officers from the Royal Australian Navy. They spoke to the students about career opportunities in the Navy, Army and Air Force. The students enjoyed asking them questions about the work that they do and the symbols on their uniforms. Kellie and Todd Brain received RSL Medallions for their commitment honouring the ANZACs.

Royal Australian Navy Visit

Under 8’s Day

Our students thoroughly enjoyed Under 8’s Day at the State School. They played with slime, bubbles, playdough, explore the ambulance and police vehicles and experience many more exciting activities.

Under 8’s Day Fun!

Calling For Prep Enrolments 2019

Is your child born between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2014? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled for 2019. Prep Enrolment packages are now available at the front office or if you know of a child please come and collect a package. We will be conducting Prep interviews on Wednesday 19th September. Can you please return paperwork to the school office by Friday 14th September and Prep Transition days will be held in Term 4.

Book Week

Student Protection

This week is Child Protection Week. During the week students will be watching a small clip about safety, with the key message that ‘it is ok to speak up’. Teachers will also be talking to students about the purpose of having student protection contacts and who they are.

Our Schools Student Protection Contacts are:

Mrs Kathleen Fagan (Teacher/Librarian)
Mrs Carolyn Crick (Admin Officer)
Mr Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Acting Principal)

School Fees

School Fee accounts have been sent home. Accounts are due by Friday 14th September 2018. At Sacred Heart, we have several payment options for your convenience: Cash, Cheque, ETPOS, Direct Debit and Centrepay. For further details on these payment options please see the school office.

Direct Deposit Details

Account Name

Sacred Heart Primary School

Account Number



064 786


Account Number


Thank you to all the parents who volunteer in our school tuckshop. We are always looking for more volunteers, so if you are interested please let the office know. We just ask that cars be parked outside the school grounds to ensure student safety.

Tuckshop Roster



Cake Cooker

Friday 7th September

Kerri Anne Tuckwell

Jasmin Hickey

Monday 10th September

Mindy Wharton

Bec Fett

Friday 14th September

Mindy Wharton

Yvonne Brain

Monday 17th September

Kirsty Schmidt

Julie Barrington

Friday 21st September

Carla Mills

Dannita Partridge

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Sunday 9th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9am
Sunday 16th September – Mass @ 5.30pm
Saturday 22nd September – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 23rd September – Mass Eulo 9am
Sunday 30th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9am

Sacred Heart Parish Clothing Shop

Sister Maureen has a Clothing Shop in the old Convent. They have a large range of Clothing including second hand school uniforms. Trading hours are: Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays 9am – 12pm.

Community News

Term 3 Important Dates

Wednesday 5th September

Book Week Dress up day.

Friday 7th September

Assembly 8:45am

Regional Athletics – St George

Friday 14th September

Sacred Heart Movie Night

Saturday 15th September

Charleville Performing Arts Festival

Monday 17th – Friday 21st September

Thargomindah Sports Camp Year 5/6

Friday 21st September

Last day of Term 3

Monday 8th October

School Resumes for Term 4