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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

30 March 2021

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Principal’s Report

Week 10 has arrived and what an action-packed term of learning it has been. Over the term, I have visited classrooms and observed students engaged in their learning, supporting others, and persisting with challenging tasks. We have continued to hold high expectations of behaviour and encouraged the use of our Habits of the Heart and Mind values.

Many of the exciting learning experiences or events we have enjoyed this term include:

  • Creating dioramas of significant sites around Cunnamulla, learning nursery rhymes, being interviewed on Yr 5/6 Talk Show, creating and labelling world maps, developing knowledge and understanding of the place value system and number patterns…
  • Engaging in the Ignite Learning Project and exploring our school Habits of the Heart and Mind
  • Commissioning our Year 6 Leaders
  • Implementation of the whole school Zones of Regulation Program to assist students with recognising their emotions and providing strategies to get back into the ‘green zone’.
  • Moving into our new library building
  • Supporting Anti-Bullying strategies through participation in National Day of Action against bullying with the Cunnamulla State School
  • Organising the Year 6 camp to Twin Waters
  • Participation in our school and District Swimming Carnival
  • Journeying through Lent and learning about the Stations of the Cross
  • Winning the interschool soccer match, 10-0!
  • Teacher training and implementation of the Reading Improvement Strategy, Phonics to Spelling Approach and Essential Skills to Classroom Management
  • And much much more!

Highlights of Term 1

Important Dates

A reminder that the last day of term is this Wednesday 31st March and school will resume on Tuesday 20th April.

I look forward to many more great experiences in Term 2. and I hope everyone has a restful and safe easter break.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

We made it to Week 10! What a rollercoaster this term has been! Within Prep/1 we have had a busy final two weeks completing assessment and making a start on our Easter Craft. One of our assessment pieces for science involved us making a hat that was suitable for either a sunny day or a rainy day. We had to think about the properties of the different materials and what would work best to protect ourselves and our hat. For our English assessment, the grade 1 students became our teachers. The grade 1 students learnt a nursery rhyme from Miss Bretherton, and they were then given the task of teaching this nursery rhyme to our prep students. They did such a good job, and we might have some budding teachers in our midst! Thank you all for such an incredible first term. Our prep students have settled nicely into the school environment and routine and the grade 1 students are well and truly back into the swing of it. Miss Devey and I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter, and a relaxing school holiday! See you next term!

Miss Aimee Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

Term one seemed to come and go so quickly however when I looked at all the assessment tasks, I knew only too well, as did the children, that it had been such a busy time that the weeks just seemed to vanish. We finished up our first term together well acquainted with each other and all of us, all the better for having met in our happy little room that is year one and two.

We have introduced place value, made amounts to ten, learnt doubles and near doubles and further honed our skip counting skills in maths in addition to becoming more proficient with calendars. Most Year two’s have ventured into exploring the world of fractions, with some consolidating number skills before embracing more difficult concepts. It is vital to have a good foundation in number and the small nature of our class makes that much easier to facilitate. The children will drift between groups if need be, a real bonus for those requiring more time to grasp skills.

In our English lessons, we completed our sentence building unit of work, where sentence structure was reinforced, acknowledging that sentence building is an ongoing skill that further evolves. Phonics to spelling and guided reading lessons are of course part of our daily routine and we look forward to seeing increased growth in reading levels as the year progresses.

What better way could there be to conclude an RE unit on creation than to design a poster to display, on all the ways we can be the very best stewards of the earth through: reducing, reusing, and recycling. No doubt you’ve all heard the Seven Continents song from our geography unit, and you may have been fortunate enough to hear the Oceans Song and a catchy little tune incorporating the many beautiful places we have here in Australia.

I made special mention of our three-year ones before I left, praising them for the positive way in which they had attempted all tasks, even though sometimes the going seemed hard. I had to keep reminding myself that they had only just completed their first formal year of schooling. Well done year ones and all of the class for the positive manner in which you approach all tasks, almost always, with a positive attitude. Happy Easter, stay safe and see you back on April 20.

Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Woohoo! We have made it to the end of Term 1! Time flies when you’re having fun and we have definitely had some fun over the last two weeks in the Year 3/4 room.

On Wednesday the 24th of March, the students were fortunate enough to have Lawrence Anderson and Dan McKellar from CACH take them on a Cultural Tour. During the tour the students learnt about different types of trees and plants and how to identify these. They also visited the Yumba Reserve and learnt about what life was like living there and the importance Yumba has to the local Indigenous people. The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and are very excited to continue learning about the rich history and culture our town has to offer.

In Science, the students have been exploring the relationship between insects and plants and the process of pollination. As a class, we decided to start a vegetable patch at school so we could learn in a hands-on way. We were lucky enough to have some lettuce seedlings donated to us by Shelly Holland from the Paroo Shire Council. The students have prepared the garden beds, planted the lettuce seedlings and have been caring for them. We are very excited to see the end result once these seedlings have grown over the holidays.

I hope we you all have a relaxing and refreshing holiday and I look forward to seeing you again after the holidays.

Happy Easter.

Year 3/4 Teacher
Miss Ellie Charlton

Year 5/6 News

Welcome to Week 10! The Year 5-6 Students have been busy little bees, from participating in National Day Against Bullying activities at the Cunnamulla State School, to attending District Trials in Charleville. Our Class has also been busy preparing for our Geography talk-show, that will be taking place this week. Each student will share information about a country in Asia, ask your child what country they chose.

Miss Lilly Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight focus:

Habit of the Mind: Independence
Habit of the Heart: Excellence



Ava -May Brock

For trying her hardest to attempt her work independently.

Year 1/2

Chloe Fett

Listening to the little voice inside you that says, “I can do it.”

Year 3/4

Thais Vanini

For attempting tasks independently before asking for help.

Year 5/6

Macey Mitchell

Showing independence when completing her Geography task.



Nathanial Mitchell

For building positive relationships in the classroom and playground.

Year 1/2

Natasha King

Takes pride in presenting work of a high standard.

Year 3/4

Laura Murphy

For contributing to learning activities and discussions.

Year 5/6

Lily McCarthy

Taking pride in all learning tasks.



Isla Dunne

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Brooke Haig

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Heather Cavanough – 6th April
Dylan French – 13th April
Jason Tolete – 13th April
Maddison Hickey – 15th April

Behaviour Level Promotions

Congratulations to the following students on their promotion to Behaviour Level 1 & 2. The following students have met the Behaviour Policy requirements:

Level 1: Charlotte Ramsay, Ava and Bella Anderson, Felicity Higgins, and Max Manning.
Level 2: Kendall McDermott, Jocelyn Harper, Brooke Haig, Noah Anthony, Chelsea Ashley-McKellar, Lennox Falconer, Zara Field, Chloe Fett, Ruby Schmidt and Macey Mitchell.

PPF Easter Raffle

The PPF school Easter raffle will be drawn on Wednesday 31st March at Assembly. Can all money and tickets be returned to school ASAP.

Interschool Sport

On Friday 19th March, 11 of our Year 5/6 students participated in an interschool soccer game with the Cunnamulla State School. It was a fantastic game to watch, and we came away with a 10-0 win! Students showed excellent sportsmanship skills on the day and represented the school with pride. A big thanks to Geoff Rynne from SWIN for helping the students practise at lunch time and after school.


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop this year, so if you are interested please contact Tom King on 0457 990 027 or ring the school office. Tuckshop runs on Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. 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. A reminder that ALL orders are to be into the Tuckshop by 9am on Friday.

District Netball and Rugby League

Last Friday 26th March 12 SHPS students travelled to Charleville to compete in the district trials for Netball and Rugby League. All students gave the trial their best effort. Congratulations to Felicity Higgins, Goothala Rynne and Noah Hatchman for making it to the next level.

District Sport Trials for Term 2

Please see the trial information for Term 2 sports. If your child is interested in any of the following sports, please contact the school office to make a nomination.

*Please note that students need to participate in a district trial before a regional trial*.

Term 2 District/Regional Sports 10-12 years


District Trial Date

District Location

Regional Trial Date

Regional Location

Cross Country

20th May


28th May



7th May


1st June


Touch Football

21st May


14th June



Individual Nom due 28th May

13th June


Girls Rugby League

4th June


30th July

St George

Girls Softball

4th June


14th July


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)
Ms Karen Bruggemann (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Principal)

School Tuition Fees

School Fees have been sent out; can these be paid before the end of Term 1. 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

2021 Fee Structure

Tuition Fees

One child

Two children

Three or more children

Whole Year Fees




Resource Levy




Capital Development Levy




Total Yearly Expense




Amount charged per Term per Family




Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Thursday 1st April – Holy Thursday Service @ 6pm
Friday 2nd April – Good Friday Service @ 3pm
Saturday 4th April – Eucharistic and Easter Vigil @ 6pm
Sunday 11th April - Eucharistic Service @ 9am
Sunday 18th April - Eucharistic Service @ 9am


Term 1 Important Dates

Week 10

Wednesday 31st March

Assembly - 8:40am

Easter Liturgy run by Year 3/4 - 9am

Behaviour Celebrations

Last day of Term 1

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 19th April

Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 20th April

First Day of Term 2

Wednesday 21st April

Karen Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Friday 23rd April

Deadly Australia visit – 11.30am – 12.30pm – All classes.

Meals on wheels – 11.50am

Week 2

Sunday 25th April

ANZAC Day March

Monday 26th April

ANZAC Day Holiday

Friday 30th April

SHPS Cross Country – 8.45am

Assembly 2.30pm

Week 3

Monday 3rd May

Labour Day Holiday

Friday 7th May

Mother’s Day Liturgy

Week 4

Tuesday 11th – 13th May

Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Online Testing

Week 5

Thursday 20th May

District Cross Country Eulo

Friday 21st May

Cunnamulla Show Holiday

Week 6

Friday 28th May

Regional Cross Country Charleville