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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

23 July 2019

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Principal’s Report

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope all students had a restful and enjoyable break. It is great to see all students getting stuck into learning from day 1 of term. We have lots of exciting things happening this term so make sure you keep update by reading through the newsletter and checking the School App.

Catholic Education Week

Next week, we celebrate Catholic Education Week along with 306 other Catholic schools in Queensland. This year’s theme is, Many Voices, One Spirit. During this week, we celebrate and promote our distinctive mission and ethos. Catholic Education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

As part of the week, all students receive a pupil free day on Monday 29th July. On this day, all of the Sacred Heart staff will travel to Charleville for our annual Bishops Inservice Day. We will also celebrate the week with a liturgy on Friday 2nd August at 2pm. Year 3/4 will be hosting the liturgy. All community members are welcome to attend.

School Improvement Survey

This year our school will be participating in a School Review and Improvement survey managed by Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII). As well as school staff and students from Years 5 - 12, all parents are invited to participate in the survey. The survey provides valuable feedback for the future directions of our school.

On Monday the 29th July 2019, RADII will send all parents a personalized invitation to complete the survey online. If both parents' email addresses are on file at the school, the invitation will be sent to both parents. However, the survey will close once the first person has completed it. If you do not wish to complete the survey simply delete it.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey from anywhere you have access to the internet. The survey will close on Sunday, 11th August 2019 for parents.

We encourage you to be very honest in your responses to the survey. All responses go directly to RADII so they are confidential and anonymous. When the surveys are completed, and responses aggregated by RADII, overall data is sent to us so that we can then share the findings with you.

Have a great week.

Polly Crawford

Guidance Counsellor’s Report

Interest in mindfulness has grown enormously over the last few years. Mindfulness is a specialised skill in mental awareness, attention, and acceptance that is associated with numerous health benefits. Mindfulness training allows people to develop a deeper understanding of the mind, and a more accepting and compassionate relationship to their internal and external experiences. It involves guided exercises, including meditation, to help individuals become aware of automatic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and learn to respond in more effective ways. It’s no surprise: mindfulness techniques can improve your communication skills, relationships and emotional health. Below are some links to some great courses that introduce Mindfulness practice.

Monash University is offering two free courses on the Future Learn site. Your commitment 3 hours per week over 4 weeks for either program

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance (available to start now)

Maintaining a Mindful Life (starts 12th of August)

The This Way Up, Introduction to Mindfulness is self-paced, it is recommend completing one lesson every week. Upon completion of the course, you will be granted an extra 12 months access for practice purposes. Other Free programs from This Way Up include:

  • Coping With Stress
  • Managing Insomnia

Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work from Berkley, University of California is also a free online course

This course offers research-based strategies for building resilience to stress and fortifying our well-being in the face of challenges. It explains the biological and psychological impact of stress, helps you distinguish between harmful and helpful forms of stress at work, and provides strategies for handling stress in healthy and productive ways. The course zeroes in on the practice of mindfulness, the moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations that comes without judging those thoughts and feelings as good or bad. In recent years, there has been a surge in scientific research on mindfulness, with many studies documenting the value and advantages of fostering mindfulness in workplace settings. This course covers the landscape of mindfulness science, explains why it’s relevant to modern workplaces, and describes how it can be effectively folded into your workplace, drawing on case studies from several major companies that have implemented their own mindfulness programs. The course instructors are expert faculty from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., whose earlier edX course, The Science of Happiness , has been a global phenomenon, introducing a half million people worldwide to research-based practices of mindfulness and related skills of stress reduction. In this course, they tailor their scientific insights to the needs of the modern workplace, highlighting stories of success from trailblazing organizations while also identifying challenges that workplaces may face as they try to foster mindfulness and resilience.

Not wanting to get so in depth. Try some apps

Smiling Mind - They have just released a 21-day sleep program for adults! Great programs for kids being run in many of our schools.

Insight Timer


Most app stores have lots of free and paid options - most with trials.

Mike Thomason
Guidance Counsellor

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Term 3! I hope all students had a restful break and are ready to get stuck in to learning. This Term in Prep/1, students will be focusing on a few key topics that will carry through each subject. In English, students will be studying a range of nursery rhymes, as well as developing knowledge of phonics, reading and writing. In Science, students will be investigating the weather and how it changes and effects the environment. In Hass and Art, there is a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and importance of the land. Students will be acknowledging country and creating Indigenous artwork.

Keeping with the theme of celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, last week students participated in various NAIDOC week activities. Students created a Rainbow Serpent, played Indigenous games at the Cunnamulla State School and had a NAIDOC BBQ. With a jammed packed week already behind us, we are excited to see what the coming weeks have in store.

Mrs Standfield
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2/3 News

Students from Year 2/3 have begun the term learning all about toys and games!! Students have been reading information from a variety of sources about toys from the past and will create a "Toy Museum" with written information about a chosen toy. In Hass, students have been posing questions about toys and games from the past and present. They will draw comparisons between them. Lots of fun to be had!!

Year 2/3 Class.

Year 3/4 News

Year 3-4 have returned this term ready to learn! The first week has been focused around celebrating NAIDOC week, the students have participated in many cultural activities such as; bush tucker tasking, yarning circles with Miss Wendy, reading dream time stories and creating aboriginal art. This term we will be looking at poetry, measurement and geometry, animal and plant life cycles, coding, scripture from the Old Testament and physical education. A highlight for the term will be the musical theatre production which the students will be performing in at the end of the term. The students have been casted roles this week and are hard at work practising their lines.

Miss Sor`e
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

We have had a wonderful first week back in the 5/6 classroom. We have celebrated NAIDOC week in many ways including the bush tucker BBQ and creating some wonderful pieces of art work. We started our new topic for science – Change Detectives. This term we will be learning all about burning, melting, freezing, evaporating and fizzing. We had an explosive start which included looking at reactions between many different materials such as chocolate, coca-cola, mentos, baking soda and vinegar; it was a bit messy!

Emily Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

First day of camp!

Class and Uniform Awards


Charlotte Ashley-McKellar

Having a positive attitude towards learning.

Cain Blackford

Settling into Prep/1 well.

Year 2/3

Kailen Allen

For settling into the class well.

Dominick Pender

For starting the term with great focus.

Year 3/4

Noah Hatchman

For starting Term 3 with a positive attitude.

Justin Mitchell

For enthusiasm during PE, well-done.

Year 5/6

Megan Hatchman

For a positive attitude to the new term.

Maxximus Nelson

Great Behaviour


Natasha King

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Bella Woods

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to our students whom have a birthday in the last fortnight.

Natasha King – 16th July
Max Manning – 22nd July
Lennox Falconer – 24th July

Year 6 Canberra Trip

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) - Australian Government assistance for National Capital Excursion

Dear Parents,

Our Year 6 students will soon be undertaking an education tour of the national capital. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

The Year 6 students of Sacred Heart Cunnamulla would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program. Some of the places the Year 6 Students will be visiting are Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, Royal Mint & Old Parliament House. We hope that the excursion to Canberra is a rewarding experience for all.

Year 6 students.
Sacred Heart Primary School

Calling For Prep Enrolments 2020

Is your child born between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled for 2020. 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 will be conducted in Weeks 8, 9 and 10 of Term 3 (2nd September to 19th September). Please contact the office to make an appointment. Transition days will be held in Term 4.

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Last term our students celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart. During this time, they reflected on how much Jesus loves us and how we can be more loving like Jesus.

NAIDOC Celebrations

In Week 1, our school celebrated NAIDOC Week. We had a week full of fun and educational activities to teach our students about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures. On Tuesday we played traditional games with the State School Students. Thursday, we ended with traditional food tasting and NAIDOC Liturgy.

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.

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 3 Fees. 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

Saturday 27th July – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 28th July – Mass @ Eulo

Community Events

NRL Registration

Thanks to the Paroo Shire Community Indigenous Sport and Recreation funding, our community has the opportunity of introducing the NRL League Stars, free of charge for upto 50 participants aged 5-12 years old. The program will run over four afternoons 5th - 8th August 2019, starting at 3pm. NRL has asked participants to use the link and code below when prompted to pay, to register for this workshop for free at the link below:

CODE: jkpark

Term 3 Important Dates

Saturday 20th July

– Friday 26th July

Year 6 Canberra Trip

Tuesday 23rd July

Basketball & Softball Workshops Prep-6

Mike Thomason Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Wednesday 24th July

Mike Thomason Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Monday 29th July

Pupil Free Day – All staff in Charleville for

Bishop In-service Day.

Tuesday 30th July

– Wednesday 31st July

Suzanne Cavanagh (SEL) visiting

Monday 29th July

– Friday 2nd August

Catholic Education Week

Friday 2nd August

Catholic Education week Liturgy – 2pm

Monday 5th August

Youth Council Meeting – 8.30am

Monday 12th August

– Friday 16th August

Principal’s Forum – St George

Tuesday 20th August

– Wednesday 21st August

Sue Keefer visiting

Friday 30th August

Under 8’s Day

Father’s Day Liturgy – 2pm

Bull Ride week-end

Sunday 1st September

Father’s Day

Tuesday 10th September –

Wednesday 11th September

Sue Keefer visiting

Thursday 19th September

Last day of Term

Friday 20th September

Pupil Free Day