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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

18 September 2018

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Principal’s Report

Last week I attended the 2018 National Religious Education Symposium in Brisbane along with many other religious educators and APRE’s from Dioceses’ all over Australia. The theme was ‘Religious Education in a change of era’. A number of national and international guest speakers conducted workshops over the two days around this theme. The workshops I attended included discussions around Spirituality, Indigenous Spirituality, Formation, Classroom Religious Education, Theology and Leadership.

Mr Chris Lowney explained that we are living in a world where the face of the Catholic Church and Catholic Education is very different to what has been experienced in the past. He explained it as a time of ‘VUCA’ – vulnerable, uncertainty, complex, ambiguity. However, we need to live problems as challenges not as obstacles.

The framing paper of Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools written by the National Catholic Education Commission explains that the aim of Catholic Education in Australia today is “to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity in the light of Jesus and the Gospel. It expands students’ spiritual awareness and religious identity, fostering their capacities and skills of discerning, interpreting, thinking critically, seeking truth and making meaning. It challenges and inspires their service to others and engagement in the Church and the world.”

The way in which we achieve this at Sacred Heart is through two distinct but not separate areas of Faith Formation and Religious Education. Faith Formation includes retreats (staff and students), liturgical celebrations, ethos and prayer while Religious Education includes our classroom curriculum. We will continue to review what this looks like for our school to ensure high-quality Religious Education is being experienced by every student.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break.

Polly Crawford.

Prep/1 News

What a term! We have had a lot of fun, learning so many new and exciting things in the Prep/1 classroom. We have developed our sentence writing, progressed in reading and sight words, learnt about animal survival and built a habitat, discovered the meaning behind different celebrations and are having a party to finish off the term. A lot of learning has been done and there is plenty more to come in Term 4. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Mrs Standfield.

Year 2/3 News

In the Year 2/3 class we have been working hard, engaging in the wide variety of different technology that Sacred Heart has to offer. Our class has been lucky enough to be the first class to use the new school bee bots. The students had so much fun interacting with the bee bots, really focusing on directional movements. Here are some snap shots, we hope you enjoy! Have a safe holiday and see you when we return.

Kind Regards,

Miss Fitzpatrick and the Year 2/3 class.

Year 2/3 students enjoying our new digital technology – Bee Bots!

Year 3/4 News

Wow! Can you believe that it is already Week 10? The 3/4 students have been busy working hard to complete their assessment pieces. In Literacy, we have been learning how to answer questions from the perspective of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters. We cannot wait to perform these over this week. We have also put on our designer hats over the last week, building our moving toys. A big thank you to the Year 2/3 class who judged our toys and helped us with our scientific investigations.

Have a restful term break,

Miss Taylor.

Year 3/4 Moving Toys

Year 5/6 News

This week in Year 5/6 we have been transforming ourselves into news readers. We broadcasted to the class from a range of news channels including Cully news and CDN (Cunnamulla District News). We reported live from the studios to tell the viewers about our school expedition. We were lucky enough to get live interviews from students who completed the challenge! Although there were a couple of bloopers we had a very successful filming shoot and thoroughly enjoyed watching our performances back.

Great job team!

Noah Tuckwell and John Roberts presenting live.

Class and Uniform Awards


Jakarhlem Munn

For improved effort with his letters and sounds.

William Behrendt

For dedication in completing his animal habitat.

Year 2/3

Ruby Schmidt

For working hard in all assessment tasks.

Paige Tanner

For a huge improvement in using her reading strategies within reading groups.

Year 3/4

Justin Mitchell

For improved efforts with his handwriting.

Felicity Higgins

For her dedication in all assessment.

Year 5/6

Clay Tanner

For always being polite and respectful.

Marisse Tanner

For working hard in all assessment.


Thomas Wadeson

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Maddison Hickey

Happy Birthday

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

Chloe Murphy – 30th September

Miss Fitzpatrick – 11th September

Behaviour Promotions

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

Level 1: William Behrendt & Amaya Partridge

Behaviour Celebration

Students will be participating in Behaviour Celebrations this Friday.
Level 1: Free Dress, Hot Dogs, Party & Craft
Level 2: Cooking, Cupcake decorating & making slime
Level 3: Colouring In, Lego & handball

Sports Camp

A number of our Year 5/6 students headed off to Thargomindah yesterday to participate in the small schools sport camp. There are a number of coaches holding lessons on basketball, swimming, gymnastics, tennis and many more exciting games. To partake in this camp, students had to display exemplary behaviour and have an attendance rate of above 95% for Term 3. Miss Emily Conlin and Miss Arny Simpson have joined the students on this camp. I am sure everyone will come back with exciting stories to tell and some sports games to share.

Book Week

In Week 8, the students of Sacred Heart Cunnamulla dressed up as their favourite book character to celebrate Book Week. There were lots of fantastic costumes and props worn. Students participated in a parade of their costumes in the quadrangle where Mrs Jane Murphy, Mrs O’Sullivan and Miss Crawford judged our dress up winners. During library lessons with Mrs Fagan, students explored the books which were short-listed to win awards.

Sacred Heart Book Week fun!

Regional Athletics

A number of Sacred Heart students represented our district at the Regional Athletics Competition in St George. Our students tried their very best on the day displaying excellent sportsmanship skills. A huge congratulations to Kellie Brain who has made the South West Athletics Team to compete in the 100m sprint and relay team. I would like to sincerely thank Yvonne Webb for organising and driving the CACH bus to ensure none of our students missed out on the opportunity.

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. Prep interviews are being now being conducted. Please contact the office to make an appointment. Transition days will be held in Term 4.

Student Protection

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 now overdue. 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

Monday 17th September

Kirsty Schmidt

Julie Barrington

Friday 21st September

Carla Mills

Dannita Partridge

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

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 & 4 Important Dates

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

Monday 22nd October

Pupil Free day