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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

9 June 2020

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Principal’s Report

Ann Leahy Member for Warrego Visit

Last Friday, Ann Leahy the Member for Warrego visited our school. She spoke to our Year 5/6 students about her role as a politician and they asked her many questions about politics, the State and Federal Parliament as well as her interests. Ann thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and is keen to return for the opening of our new building and awards evening.

Assessment and Reporting

Student assessment and reporting remains a requirement this semester despite the obvious interruptions to normal school life. Teachers have continued to gather evidence of learning across Australian Curriculum areas where possible. Report cards will be mailed to families early Term 3.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

Last Wednesday, Miss Conlin read the story, Whitney and Brittany the Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford, for National Simultaneous Storytime. This is a wonderful initiative that supports reading and children’s literacy. In 2019, 1,138,889 children read simultaneously at 11,554 locations across the two nations of Australia and New Zealand. I am glad we could be apart of this great initiative again this year. It is so important that our students are reading everyday as it assists them in all areas of the curriculum and their lifelong learning journey.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Miss Polly Crawford

Guidance Officer Report


Family life may be returning to semi-normal in some ways, but COVID-19’s effects are going to be with us for some time. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® have created a free online magazine to help Queensland parents stay calm and positive, even in challenging times. There are articles covering things like:

  • Helping children develop optimism and emotional resilience
  • How to make sure you’re looking after yourself
  • Accepting that nobody’s perfect and parenting is not a competition
  • Other families sharing their experiences

Triple P is free thanks to Queensland Government funding. You can read the magazine and start doing free Triple P Online, which now includes a special COVID-19 module at the link below:

Mike Thomason
School Guidance Counsellor
Ph: 4637 1453

Prep/1 News

Here in Prep and Year 1 we continue to strive for excellence in our learning. We have been working hard in all subject areas and working towards our upcoming assessment pieces. We have been enjoying some great ‘Show and Tell Presentations’ with some special appearances from a kitten called Phoebe and a puppy called Simba. All students have been working really hard with their Sight Words. Students have been displaying some great results in this area. We have started Guided Reading again which will allow students to consolidate their reading strategies and improve their ability to read. A reminder for students to continue completing their homework each week and to remember to bring back their Library bags each week for Library borrowing.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

We have been very busy in year two. In English, we’ve been learning to identify the features of information texts, including the features of online ones as well. We are also continuing to develop our knowledge of nouns, both common and proper, pronouns and noun groups.

Our exploration of insects continues in Science, where we have been posing questions about insects, making predictions, and verifying them with the use of online Encyclopaedia Britannica. We enjoyed making posters containing drawings of our chosen insects and written questions, making sure to use question marks. We are going to construct some of our favourite insects using materials we’ve gathered from both the environment as well as packaging from home.

Our study of the Bible has taught us that it is a sacred book and we should treat it in a way that shows how special it is and keep it in a special place. The Bible is actually the most important book in the world, which we have learnt is made up of both the Old and New Testaments, written before and after the birth of Jesus. It contains many stories about God and His people, some of which we have read in class.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Insect Life

Year 3/4/5/6 News

This term the grade 3/4/5 and 6’s has started a new topic – The Olympics.

We have all chosen which country we will represent and have researched Olympians from our country. So far, we have had a try at the high jump and the long jump. Some of us even tried the adult version of the high jump and attempted the Fosbury flop (the technique created by Dick Fosbury which allows for incredibly high jumps). We are looking forward to creating some art and attempting new Olympic sports.


Prep/1 and Grade 5/6 have combined forces to do some buddy reading. We read together and used whiteboards to figure out tricky words by sounding them out. What a joy it was to see everyone reading together with smiles on their faces. We look forward to having you back Prep 1’s!

Miss Conlin and Miss Sore

Buddy Reading

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:

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



Charlie French

Making connections in Maths.

Year 2

Sterling Woodcroft

Making connections in Maths.

Year 3/4

Brayden Munn

For improving with reading and sight words.

Year 5/6

Felicity Higgins

For seeing connections in spelling words.



Natasha King

Showing compassion towards others.

Year 2

Laura Murphy

Showing compassion.

Year 3/4

Jesse Fett

Always being willing to lend a helping hand to others.

Year 5/6

Geoffrey Rynne

For being compassionate at play time.



Kendall McDermott

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

Thais Vanini

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to our staff that have a birthday.

Mrs Tolete – 4th June

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.

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)

Sacred Heart Parish

The Sacred Heart Parish church has received approval from Bishop Robert McGuckin to open again for weekend Eucharistic Service. A Covid-19 Plan has been developed and will be implemented to ensure effective hygiene practices are in place as well as social distancing measures. We look forward to meeting as a Parish again very soon.

Church Times

Sunday 14th June – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 21st June – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 27th June – Mass @ 6pm – Father Peter
Sunday 28th June - Mass @ 9.00am – Father Peter
Sunday 5th July – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 12th July – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 8

Monday 8th June

Book Club Due

Friday 12th June


Week 9

Tuesday 16th June

Prep Vision Screens

Friday 19th June


Week 10

Thursday 25th June

Last day Term 2

Feast of the Sacred Heart Celebrations

Friday 26th June

Pupil Free