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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

13 October 2020

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Principal’s Report

Welcome back to all students and parents for Term 4! I hope everyone had an enjoyable break and are ready for a busy term ahead full of new learnings, assessments, swimming lessons, Prep Transition days, health and wellbeing activities, graduation, carols and much more.

Staffing Update

I am excited to announce that our fourth teacher for 2021 has been appointed. Miss Ellie Charlton joins us from St Finbarr’s Primary School in Quilpie where she has been teaching the Year 3-6 class. Ellie has a passion for teaching in Catholic Schools, particularly schools in rural and remote areas as she grew up and attended St Joseph’s School Stanthorpe. She is very excited about continuing her teaching career at Sacred Heart Cunnamulla. In the coming weeks I will be able to confirm classroom teachers.

On another note, I am sad to announce that Miss Nicole Barrington will be resigning at the end of the year. Miss Nicky has been a School Officer at Sacred Heart for many years, providing support and care to all students she works with. We will celebrate Miss Nicky’s contributions at the end of the term.

New Building

Our new library, toilet block and eating area is going up very quickly! The cement slab is laid, framing installed, and the roof is up! The building is still on schedule and due to be complete 10th December 2020 ready for the following school year. We continue to enjoy watching the great construction be built.

Professional Development

This week Sue Keefer (TCSO: Education Officer for Literacy) will be visiting. Sue will be modelling reading practices for our teachers and providing professional development in the area of comphrension questioning focusing specifically on high level inferencing. Sue will also be working with teachers on analysing their student data and setting individualised student reading goals.

Miss Polly Crawford

Guidance Officer Report

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Mike Thomason
School Guidance Counsellor
Ph: 4637 1453

Prep/1 News

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you have all enjoyed a well-deserved break and everyone feels refreshed and ready to go for the last Term of school for 2020.

Here in Prep/1 we are well and truly back into the swing of things. We have commenced work in all units and the kids are loving our new topics this Term. Students have jumped back into Guided Reading Groups and are doing a great job at applying a range of reading strategies.

Students had a wonderful day dressing up for Book Week last week and are to be commended on their efforts.

Students will start Swimming Lessons this Thursday. Students must come to school with all swimming equipment (togs, rash-shirt, goggles, swimming cap, thongs, and a towel) as well as a gold coin donation for the pool.

I look forward to a wonderful last Term.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

We had a busy start to term two with the beginning of new units of work and presenting the Mercy Day liturgy on Friday. We were so very proud of the confident manner in which the children read. They have worked very hard to meet their individual reading goals and it was evident during the liturgy. Well done year two.

We have begun new units of work in all areas, with sentence construction being our focus in English. Does it begin with a capital letter, does it end with a full stop and finally, does it make sense? We will continue with our home reading programme until the end of the year, as it has made a huge difference. We continue our work on number to 999 in maths as well as covering several new concepts such as multiplication, fractions, chance, and data. In our religious education unit Celebrating Reconciliation, we are exploring the choices we make and the consequences of them. We have been watching the movie The Lorax, identifying the choices the people of Thneed Ville made and the consequences of these choices.

Our science unit is entitled All Mixed Up and we’ve studied different mixtures of some interesting ingredients so far. Our HASS unit is called Connection to Country, Place and Across the World. You Can Do It units shall be completed, and we will also be covering child safety lessons from The Daniel Morcombe Programme. In all a busy time ahead with term four being renowned for the speed at which it passes.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Terrific Week One and Two! The students have arrived back for Term Four ready to learn new and exciting skills and concepts. This fortnight the students have been introduced to this term’s literary focus ‘Charlotte’s web.’ The students will be writing a book review about this as well as their favourite novel. The students have received 2 homework assignments one is based on science and the other HASS. Students will need to collect soil samples and a picture of them celebrating an event with their family. If you have any questions or queries about the tasks, please don’t hesitate to call the school or see me in person. Year 3-4 are excited about enjoying the last term of 2020 together

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

We have kicked off our term with a bang. We have explored the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts which will eventually lead to the writing of an information report. We started our statistics and probability unit of maths with some chance games like rock, paper, scissors. Our HASS unit is business and economics this term and we are setting up our own class business which will incorporate weekly pay, tax, rental of our class furniture and many more.

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Heart: Belonging
Habit of the Mind: Communication



Brooke Haig

For always making sure those around her feel safe and included.

Year 2

Thais Vanini

For always being polite and respectful.

Year 3/4

Sophia Tolete

For always making sure her peers feel like they belong.

Year 5/6

Justin Mitchell

For always making others feel welcome.



Jason Tolete

For communicating his opinions and ideas clearly.

Year 2

Konrad Hoyling

For the manner in which he has shared his ideas recently.

Year 3/4

Kirsten Higgins

For communicating well during book club.

Year 5/6

McKenzie Thomas

For making great progress with her speech goals.


Year 3/4

Maddison Hickey

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Ava Anderson

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our staff that have a birthday.

Miss Sor`e – 15th Oct

Swimming Days

Class swimming days will be as follows for Term 4:

Thursdays: Year 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Prep/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Fridays: Year 3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Year 5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Students will need to bring: Togs, sun smart shirt, towel, thongs, goggles and $1 every week.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews are taking place in Week 3 (next week) after school from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October. Interviews run for approximately 15 minutes. They are a valuable opportunity for parents to discuss their child/children’s progress across all aspects of school life. I encourage every parent to make an appointment. Please see or phone Mrs Crick to book an interview time.

School Dental Van

The school Dental Van will be visiting Sacred Heart School this Term. If you would like your child/children to receive the services provided by the school Dental Van, you will need to fill out permission forms for all students. These forms are available from the office. For more information please phone 0436 680 659

Health & Wellbeing Week

In Week Four (26th – 30th October) students will be participating in Health and Wellbeing week. As part of this students will be presented lessons on Personal development, Sexuality Education and Protective behaviours for children. These lessons are a part of the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum that students are participating in this term. These lessons align with the ACARA subject Health and Physical Education strand Personal, Social and Community Health and follow the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, Guidelines for Teaching Sexual Health.

Please be assured that this material will be handled with sensitivity, and that there will be an emphasis on the idea that our bodies are a gift from God. The purpose of this note is to inform you of this part of your child’s education and to prepare you for the possibility of questions being asked at home.

As your child’s primary caregiver, you are welcome to seek further information about the curriculum documents or to view any materials which will be shown to your child. Simply see your child’s teacher to make an appointment.

If you give consent for your child to participate in these lessons, please sign the permission slip that is attached to the newsletter and hand into your child’s classroom teacher. If you wish for your child/children not to participate in these lessons, please contact their classroom teacher.

From the Library

Book Week

On Friday 9th October Sacred Heart celebrated Book Week. It was great to see all the students and staff dress up for this.

This term library borrowing will take place on a FRIDAY. So, remember every Friday to bring your library books back.


We have started recycling our poppers and plastic bottles to raise funds for various school resources. If you have any recyclable bottles you are wishing to donate it would be greatly appreciated.

Homework Centre

Homework centre is up and running again for the term and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm. It is a great way for students to receive support with their homework tasks. Miss Devey will be supervising the students.

Prep Transition Days

Sacred Heart are hosting 3 Prep transition days this term. For more information please contact the office.

We are calling for 2021 Prep Enrolments

Is your child born between 1st July 2015 and 30th June 2016? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled in Prep for 2021. 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 Term 3. Please contact the office to make an appointment. Transition days will be held in Term 4.

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 several 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

Please note Account number has changed. 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


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop this term, so if you are interested please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067, facebook or ring the school office. Tuckshop runs on Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. If we are unable to get enough volunteers, we may have to shut the Tuckshop. 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 16th October

Carla Mills

Bec Fett

Friday 23rd October

Tom King

Jess King

Sacred Heart Parish

Sacred Heart Parish Op Shop on the Verandah of the Convent

Opening Days and Times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9am – 12pm
They have loads of new and pre-loved items available for purchase. Come in and browse around. I’m sure you will find a bargain!!!!

Church Times

Sunday 18th October – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 24th October - Mass @
Sunday 25th October – Mass @ Eulo – 9.00am
Sunday 1st November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 8th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 15th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 21st November - Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 22nd November – Mass @ Eulo – 9.00am
Sunday 29th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am

Community News

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 2

Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th October

Sue Keefer - visiting

Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th October

Mike Thomason - visiting

Thursday 15th October


Yr 2 – 12.15pm - 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 16th October

Assembly – 8.40am

Meals on wheels


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 3

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd October

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thursday 22nd October


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 23rd October


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Grandparents/World Teacher’s day Liturgy – 2pm

Week 4

Monday 26th – Friday 30th October

Health & Wellbeing

Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th October

Marty Savage (SEL) visiting

Wednesday 28th October

Prep Transition – 8.30am – 10.30am

Steph Keogh – visiting

Thursday 29th October


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 30th October

Assembly – 8.40am


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 5

Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th November

Mike Thomason – visiting

Thursday 5th November


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 6th November


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 6

Monday 9th – Friday 13th November

Principal Forum - Toowoomba

Wednesday 11th November

Prep Transition – 8.30am – 11.00am

Thursday 12th November


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 13th November

Assembly – 8.40am


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm