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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

11 June 2019

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to Week 8 of Term 2. There has been a huge amount of engaging and rigorous learning occurring across all of our classrooms as students and teachers are busy finishing and finalising assessment pieces. Students have completed all their reading assessments for the term and it is wonderful to see the amount of average to high growth across our cohorts. Teachers have analysed all of the students reading data and re-written new individualised reading goals for each student. This is an important part of monitoring and targeting student growth and ensuring our students are achieving at least 1 year’s growth for 1 year’s learning. Our school Reading Coach, Sue Keefer, will be visiting next week to continue working on modelled, shared, guided and independent reading practices with our staff. Jane Murphy, our school Inclusion Coach, will be working with teachers on word work practices and learning adjustment strategies to support reading. Keep up the great reading students.

Tomorrow I will be in Brisbane presenting our Building Grants Authority application to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. This is Sacred Heart’s application for a $776,000 grant for a new integrated building that includes a library, amenities block and outdoor eating area/educational space. This new building would include a contemporary design supportive of our students learning needs. It would also ensure a safe, inviting, clean and modern environment for our students. The final decisions of whether we are successful with this application will be in the next few months.

Last week we celebrated National Reconciliation Week. In family groups, students discussed the meaning of reconciliation as well as this year’s theme, ‘Grounded in Truth’. Students painted a colourful banner with Miss Wendy and Miss Johnstone and have this on display in the church. Please pop in to check out the students fantastic work.

Have a fantastic week.

Polly Crawford

Guidance Counsellor’s Report

Parenting in the Digital Age

The latest research from the eSafety Commissioner focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in an online world. It provides insights into how parents assess and react to their children’s negative online experiences.

Key findings include:

  • 94% of parents agree their child’s online safety is important
  • when it comes to their kids’ online safety, parents are most concerned about exposure to inappropriate content; unwanted contact from strangers; being bullied online
  • only 46% of parents feel confident dealing with online risks their kids might face
  • only one third of parents actively seek out info on how to manage online safety
  • 95% of parents agreed they need additional online safety information

The eSafety Commissioner has put together some fantastic resources for parents and carers including a new guide Online Safety: A guide for parents and carers

This guide covers the basics in relation to:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Online pornography
  • Sending or sharing of intimate images
  • Screen time
  • Online gaming, and
  • Unwanted contact and grooming

It provides great information of what to do, how to report if this occurs and other supports available. We like to hope that these situations will not impact our children, sadly not all kids are safe online. There are many actions responsible parents can take. Learn more at the link below

Mike Thomason
Education Officer: Guidance Counsellor

Prep/1 News

What a fantastic couple of weeks we have had in Prep/1. Assessment is well under way and all students have done a great job so far. Please keep coming to school every day so you don’t miss any assessments that needs to be completed by Week 9. In preparation for assessment tasks, students have had some fun learning new knowledge and skills in each subject area. We have used the iPads to explore where dinosaur sites are in Queensland, as well as going on a dinosaur bone and fossil hunt in the sandpit. We have a few avid explorers that may become paleontologists one day. In the coming weeks, students will get to create their own dinosaurs out of clay and present a digital presentation of their dinosaur site. We have also filled our persistence jar for the Term and are now deciding what reward we want from it. This reward will happen in the last week of school.

Mrs Standfield
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2/3 News

It has been an eventful few weeks both in the classroom and further afield for Year 2 and 3. Students spent a very enjoyable day meeting the Mighty Maroons Team in Charleville. Being up and personal with such superstars was a real thrill for the kids (and the teacher). Obviously our well wishes and photos with players like Cameron Munster and Dane Gagai payed off, with an outstanding State of Origin 1 victory.

Year 2 and 3 have been putting the finishing touches on practising for assessments in all subjects, which commence this week. This is a time that all students get to shine and showcase the knowledge they have learned so far. Students who are focused and put lots of effort into every assessment will see the subsequent much deserved results.

Our goal as a class is to finish this Term strongly and continue the great relationships that has been developed so far.

Go the Mighty Maroons

Mr Pullar
2/3 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight year three four have been busy completing assessments. In science the students have been making a sun dial and evaluating data. Students have also, been learning about the sacraments of initiation in religion and have created posters to hang up around the school promoting positive strategies for staying active and healthy in class and in the playground. Some highlights for the week include completing our website to put our geography information on, beginning stamina narrative writing and getting outside playing games to practise our team building skills. Everybody has tried their best to achieve successes, we are all very proud of each other’s efforts.

Miss Sor`e
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week we were excited to see our white squashes were ready to be picked! We have nurtured our vegetables with tender loving care all year and we have had our first success. We look forward to seeing the carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins later in the year. Roast vegetables for dinner anyone?

We also had a surprise visit from the prep students. We shared stories and the year sixes told the preps all about their new-found knowledge of fractions. I am so pleased with the year sixes attitude towards maths this week. As we all know, fractions aren’t easy, but we have managed to simplify, add, subtract, multiply, divide and order fractions with ease! Keep up the good work team.

Emily Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Clarity Hearing

As a follow up to the Hearing screens performed earlier in the term, next Tuesday 18th June Mrs Crick will be transporting some of our students to Clarity Hearing at CACH. Mrs Crick will contact the families that this concerns.

Class and Uniform Awards


Jarkarhlem Munn

For great improvement in all learning areas.

Chloe Fett

For excellent work in reading groups.

Year 2/3

Paige Tanner

For leading by example.

Dominick Pender

For working hard at mathematics.

Year 3/4

Dean Wharton-McKellar

For persisting in all subject areas.

Charlotte Ramsay

For writing a fascinating information text.

Year 5/6

Maxximus Nelson

For great improvement in reading.

Aleisha Webb

For giving 100% in Mathematics.


Sterling Woodcroft

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Kirsten Higgins

Uniform Reminders

The school uniform represents the pride we have for our children and our school. A smart, neat and user-friendly uniform encourages the children to take pride in their appearance and in the school. The school uniform requirements:

Polo Shirts

Green/Yellow polo shirt (available from the school office)

Sports Shirt

White polo shirt (available from the school Office)

Worn once a week – on Thursdays.

Skorts or Shorts

Bottle green skorts

Bottle green shorts


White socks


ALL BLACK shoes (preferably joggers)

Flat brown/black sandals (optional)



Green school hat (available from the school Office)

Tracksuit Jumper

Bottle green tracksuit jumper

Tracksuit Pants

Bottle green tracksuit pants


A green, white or yellow skivvy may be worn underneath the school shirt.

Beanies and Scarves

Bottle green

Hats: Our school policy is ‘NO HAT – NO PLAY’. A green school hat must be worn and can be purchased form the office.

Jewellery: The only jewellery allowed is one set of fine studs or sleepers, a chain with some form of religious significance and watches.

Nail Polish: Nail polish is not to be worn.

Hair: Children’s hair must be neat and tidy. If hair is below the collar it needs to be tied back with appropriate white or green accessories. It is expected that hairstyles reflect the code of dress required by the school. The colouring of hair and unusual hairstyles are not acceptable.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to our students who have had a birthday in the last Fortnight.

Mrs O’Sullivan – 13th June

District Athletics

Congratulations to Sacred Heart Primary school for winning the District Athletics carnival held at the Cunnamulla State school on Wednesday 29th May. Students born 2010-2007 participated in the Carnival. All students represented our school with great sportsmanship and pride.

Congratulations to our District Age Champions:

9 years Boys: Goothala Rynne
10 years Girls: Bella Anderson
11 years Girls: Megan Hatchman
11 years Boys: Clay Tanner
12 years Girls: Kellie Brain

Regional Athletics

Kellie Brain and Clay Tanner travelled to Roma last Friday 7th June to represent the Cunnamulla District at the Regional Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to Kellie Brain for being selected to represent our Region at the State Athletics carnival to be held in Brisbane in August.

Sacred Heart School Photos

We will be having our school photos taken next Friday 21st June 2019. Photo envelopes have been sent home with the newsletter. Can ALL photo envelopes and money be returned to school by Wednesday 19th June 2019? Students need to wear

Queensland Maroon’s Fan Day

Our Year 2-6 students participated in the Queensland Maroon’s Fan Day on Tuesday 28th May in Charleville. The Maroon’s Team spoke to students, signed memorabilia and ran rugby league activities. A big thank-you to Ethan Capewell for organising the buses that transported our students to and from Charleville. From all reports a great day was had by all. To top it off the Maroon’s won the opening state of origin game at Suncorp stadium on Wednesday 6th June.

Student Protection

Our Schools Student Protection Contacts are:

Mrs Cara Haig (Middle Leader/LST)
Mrs Carolyn Crick (Administration Officer)
Mr Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Principal)

School Tuition Fees

Term 2 Fees are due by this Friday 14th June 2019. 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


This term Tuckshop will be held on FRIDAYS ONLY due to inability to source tuckshop volunteers. We are desperately looking for tuckshop volunteers! If you are interested in either Volunteering or Cake cooking, please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067 or Facebook.

Church Times

Sunday 16th June – Mass @ 5.30pm
Saturday 22nd June – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 23rd June – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 30th June – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 7th July – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 14th July – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 21st July – Mass @ 5.30pm
Saturday 27th July - Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 28th July – Mass @ Eulo

Community Events

Term 2 Important Dates

Wednesday 12th June

Joshua Waters (Education Officer for Indigenous Support) Visiting

Thursday 13th June

Year 5/6 Excursion to the Charleville COSMOS Centre.

Early Career Teacher Network Day Roma.

Tuesday 18th June

Clarity Hearing – CACH

Sue Keffer, Jane Murphy and Janine Ritter visiting from TCSO

Wednesday 19th June

Sue Keffer, Jane Murphy and Janine Ritter visiting from TCSO

Thursday 20th June

Jim Midgley (Director: Teaching Learning) Visiting

Friday 21st June

School Photos

Meals on Wheels

Wednesday 26th June

Feast of Sacred Heart Liturgy – 12.30pm

Thursday 27th June

Last day of Term 2

Friday 28th June

Pupil Free Day

Monday 15th July

First Day Term 3