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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

17 March 2020

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Principal’s Report

Sacred Heart Parish Fete

A huge thank you to all students, staff, parents and community members that supported in some way towards the Sacred Heart Parish Fete. It was a wonderful community evening and I was so proud of all of our students (and parents) who performed on the evening. The dances were full of fun and great technique. I know the Parish are always very appreciative of the schools’ contribution to the event.

Effective Hand Hygiene is Vital

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, it is important to remember that effective hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against viruses and can help prevent the spread of illness.

Lead by example and encourage your children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is not available
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately
  • remind students not to share food
  • if they’re unwell, stay at home and avoid contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging.

Check out the 20 second routine video for effective handwashing.

STEM Learning

This fortnight in stem the students created catapults out of paddle pop sticks and rubber bands to understand all about kinetic energy and trajectory. Each team of two was given five paddle pop sticks and three rubber bands. They used mini marshmallows as our missiles and everyone had so much fun launching them across the room!

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

As we creep closer to the end of term 1, lots of exciting things are happening in the Prep/1 classroom. This term, all students have been working very hard to do their very best in their learning which is excellent to see.

In Religion, students have been engaging in a range of Lent and Easter themed activities. In English, we have been learning about rhyme, how to decode texts when reading and how to write full sentences. In Science, students have been learning about the way things move. Students prepare to create a toy study for their science Assessment in Week 8. In Hass, Students are working hard to learn more about their families. Students will demonstrate their learning by creating a Family collage. In Art, students have been working hard to memorise choreographed dances and engage in a range of Art and Craft activities. In HPE, students have been doing an excellent job at showcasing a range of swimming techniques as well as participating in game-based scenarios in the classroom. In Technologies, students have been demonstrating their learning by creating design solutions using a range of tools and equipment.

Prep/1 love swimming every Thursday, so keep remembering to bring in those gold coin donations. Students love ‘Show and Tell’ on Friday afternoons, so keep an ear out for when it is your turn as we can only have 3 presenters each Friday afternoon. Prep/1 are doing an excellent job at completing their Homework each week so keep it up. We also enjoy some fun and exciting ‘reward time’ on a Friday afternoon so make sure students are working hard with their behaviour in the classroom to enjoy that fun time on a Friday afternoon.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

We’ve been very busy in year two practising our dance for the fete as well as learning about many other things. We not only enjoyed learning the dance and performing in front of the community on Friday night but most of all, sharing the fun with our families. In English we’ve been exploring the text structure of narratives and reading lots of them. We’ve also been busy in our reading groups and we’re making great progress. Those who have been outstanding with home reading tasks four nights a week have even received prizes for our effort. Phonics and spelling have been an important focus too. We’ve been learning many number fact strategies in maths to help us with problem solving tasks as well as exploring new areas such as fractions. Our focus this term has been on number, so we’ve done quite a lot of counting and patterning.

The story of Creation has been our focus in religious education this term and we’re presently designing our own posters to illustrate how we can be caretakers of the beautiful world in which we live, so future generations can enjoy it as well. All the time acknowledging that our magnificent world is indeed a wonderful gift from God. Exploring continents and oceans has been interesting in HASS, as well as learning about water and its sources and many uses, in Science. Our IT skills are coming along too, as we’ve learnt how to produce a word document and inserting a picture. All in all, a busy productive couple of weeks.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight the students have been hard at work preparing for assessment’s. We have been writing narratives using word level grammar, punctuation and paragraphs to organise our writing and ensure it is entertaining for the reader. In Mathematics we have been focusing on multiplication and factors, in week 8 we will be moving on to investigate number sequences. The year 3- 4 classroom will start assessments in week 8 so it is very important students are getting enough sleep and eating nutritious breakfast’s so that they have enough energy to power their minds, it will be a very busy few weeks! The students did an amazing job performing at the fete, they should be very proud of themselves, they certainly were dance monkeys! We are all looking forward to taking part in our behaviour celebration party at the end of the term!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week, we have become wand creators to rival Olivander the wand maker. We let the wand choose the wizard (kind of!) We adventured outside and found a stick which would become our wand. We followed instructions to create our wands. We got a bit sticky! Look out for these wands at our fete. They will be making a debut performance in our dance.

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:

Habit of the Heart: Compassion
Habit of the Mind: Making Connections

Making Connections


Makayla Geppert

For making connections with sounds to words.

Year 2

Penny Schmidt

For understanding the connection between counting patterns and count-on in number facts.

Year 3/4

Bella Woods

For making connections with multiplication.

Year 5/6

Max Manning

For linking reading words to their meaning.



Jensen Spaul

For supporting his friends in and outside the classroom.

Year 2

Emilyjean Robinson-Wharton

Always being prepared to help others out without having to be asked.

Year 3/4

Ruby Schmidt

For always helping others.

Year 5/6

Brooke Roberts

For checking in on other’s feelings.


Year 3/4

Jesse Fett

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Bella Anderson

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students and staff that have a birthday.

Sophia Tolete – 12th March
Kelisha McDermott – 18th March
Mrs Dunsdon – 10th March

Head Lice

We have had some reported cases of Head Lice at school. Please take the time to check your child’s hair and treat as appropriate.

Swimming Days

Swimming lessons with Miss Maryanne at the town pool have begun. All students are expected to participate in these lessons as it is part of the HPE curriculum. If your child is unwell and not able to participate in a lesson, please write a note for the classroom teacher. All students are to bring their togs, towel, thongs and $1 to participate.

Class swimming days for the rest of Term 1.


Year 2 – 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Prep/1 – 2:15pm – 2:45pm


Year 3/4 – 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Year 5/6 – 2:15pm – 2:45pm

District and Regional Sports

This year we will be working with the Cunnamulla Sate School to support the district and regional school sports of Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Rugby League, Touch Football and Netball. However, if you wish for your child to participate in an additional sport listed below you are welcome to pursue that yourself, we will provide you the information. The timetable of regional trail dates for this Term are as below. *Please note that students need to participate in a district trial before a regional trial*.



Sacred Heart Cross Country

Friday 1st May

District Cross Country (Eulo or Thargo)

Monday 25th May

Regional Cross Country Tara

Monday 1st June

Sacred Heart Athletics

Friday 24th July

District Athletics

Monday 10th August

Regional Athletics St George

24th-25th August


Age Group

Trial Date


District Netball

10-12 years

Friday 13th March


Regional Netball

10-12 years

Friday 24th April

St George

District Rugby League Boys

11 – 12 years

Friday 13th March


Regional Rugby League Boys

11 – 12 years

Wednesday 6th May


District Touch Football Girls and Boys

10-12 years

Friday 8th May


Regional Touch Football Girls and Boys

10-12 years

Friday 12th June


District Tennis Boys and Girls

10-12 years

Noms due Monday 1st June


Regional Tennis Boys and Girls

10-12 years

Monday 8th June


District Girls Rugby League

10-12 years

Friday 5th June


Please see Mrs Crick or Miss Sore if you are interested in any of the sports above well before the trial date so nominations can be made.


Tuckshop has started up again for the year and will be held every Friday. If you are a Parent, Guardian or Friend of someone attending Sacred Heart Primary School we need helpers for tuckshop. Tuckshop runs on Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. We are looking for more volunteers, so if you are interested please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067 or Facebook. We just ask that cars be parked outside the school grounds to ensure student safety. Thank you to all the parents who volunteer in our school tuckshop.


Tuckshop Roster



Cake Cooker

Friday 20th March

Ethan Crumblin

Mandy Hoyling

Friday 27th March

Lauren Schmidt

Jenny Webb

Student Protection

At Sacred Heart the safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. All children should grow up free of violence or exploitation and be able to learn in a safe and supported environment. Schools have a number of specific child protection reporting obligations that are detailed in our Student Protection Processes and Guidelines.

If a student wants to talk to someone about harm, abuse or inappropriate behaviour toward themselves or others, they can speak to a trusted staff member or one of our School Student Protection Contacts (SSPCs). The SSPCs receive additional training and are identified in the student protection posters displayed around the school.

Summary documents have been developed for parents and caregivers about our student protection obligations and our broader strategy for maintaining safe school environments.

Further information on all of the above topics can be found on the Toowoomba Catholic Schools website at the link below:

Our Schools Student Protection Contacts are:

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

School Tuition Fees

School Fees have been sent home, can these please be paid by Friday 20th March 2020. 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

Please see the table below for the Fee Structure for 2020. A portion of the Capital/Building Levy may be utilised for other capital education purposes within the Diocese, for example the provision of Kindergarten and Outside School Hours Care.

2020 Fee Structure

Tuition Fees

One child.

Two children.

Three or more children

Whole Year Fees & Levies




Amount charged per Term per Family




Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Saturday 21st March – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 22nd March – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 29th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am

Community News

Term 1 Important Dates

Week 8

Tuesday 17th March – Wednesday 18th March

Mike Thomason Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Friday 20th March

Assembly – 8.40am

Meals on Wheels – 11.55am

Term 1 School Fees due

Week 9

Friday 27th March

Meals on Wheels – 11.55am

Week 10

Thursday 2nd April

Assembly – 8.40am

Easter Liturgy – 9am

Last day Term 1

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 20th April

Term 2 begins

Friday 24th April

Meals on Wheels – 11.55am

Saturday 25th April

ANZAC Day march

Week 2

Tuesday 28th April

Prep vision screens

Friday 1st May

SHPS Cross Country

Assembly – 2.30pm

Week 3

Monday 4th May

Labour Day Holiday

Week 4

Tuesday 12th May – Thursday 14th May

NAPLAN – Years 3 & 5

Friday 15th May

Assembly – 8.40am