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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

28 April 2021

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Principal’s Report

Welcome back everyone, for another term of learning and fun at Sacred Heart. We have had a busy first week, settling students back into classroom routines, beginning new units of work, participating in the ANZAC Day Liturgy and march, and being involved in the Deadly Australians’ workshop. We also welcomed a new Prep student, Mia Haig and her family to Sacred Heart. I am sure they will be warmly greeted into our beautiful school community.

Students participating in the ANZAC Day march.

School Visitors

This fortnight we are expecting a number of visitors to our school. Sue Keefer, our school Literacy Coach, will be working with teachers on the planning and implementation of modelled, shared, guided and independent reading processes. Sue will also be modelling strategies for teaching sentence writing. Continued focus in this space, ensures the continuation of improved literacy outcomes for our students.

During Peter Muscat’s visit (Facilities Maintenance Planner), he will be finalising the concrete project plans with the building contractor Matthew Bell. The plan is for all concrete around the school classrooms, administration building and church to be replaced with new concrete and covered with stencilcrete. The concrete in the quadrangle will also be removed and replaced with artificial turf with newly painted handball courts and hopscotch. This project is due to begin over the June/July school holidays to minimalise the amount of disruption to student learning. We are very excited this is almost due to begin.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews are held twice a year in Term 2 and Term 4. These take place after school and run for 15 minutes. They are a valuable opportunity for parents to discuss their child/children progress across all aspects of school life. Interviews will be taking place in Week 4 of this Term (May 10th – 14th). I encourage every parent to make an appointment. Please see or phone Mrs Crick to book an interview time.

Year 6 Camp Fundraising

Last Sunday, some of the Year 6 students and parents assisted with the running of the canteen at the races. We had an extremely busy day with everyone working non-stop! We raised total of $1700 which made it all worthwhile. All funds raised will go towards the Year 6 Camp. Thank you to all the parents and students who helped on the day and Mrs Crick for organising at the food and drinks. We really appreciate your help.

Good Luck!

I would like to wish Felicity Higgins, Noah Hatchman and Goothala Rynne good luck as they head off to Regional Netball and Rugby League trials in St George and Roma at the end of this week. I am sure they will try their very best and represent our district with pride.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing break! In Prep/1 we are straight back into our learning. We hit the ground running last week and got straight into our Maths and HASS work. In Maths we completed a nature scavenger hunt where we had to use our counting skills to find items in our environment. In HASS, we were led on a treasure hunt to find our missing sloth pillow. We used the map, and it led us through the school to the playground! We also participated in some construction with boxes which is great for our fine motor skills. We made lots of different things and had fun creating stuff with our friends. All of Prep/1 have come back to school ready to learn and we are excited for a great term! Have a great week!

Miss Aimee Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

Despite the short week, we have managed to begin all of our new units of work and look forward to a Term Two full of exciting teaching and learning. Friday was an action-packed day that saw us getting our spelling test done very quickly to make a start on our ANZAC Day activities. We enjoyed making poppies, wreaths for the liturgy, cooking Anzac biscuits, competing in the Cunnamulla Library’s colouring in competition and learning many interesting facts about deadly Australian animals from our visitor.

I’m sure you’ll hear many interesting facts at home as we progress through the term.

Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome back to Term 2 in the Year 3-4 class! I hope you all had a relaxing and refreshing break over the holidays and are ready to jump back in for another busy term!

This Term in the Year 3-4 class, we will be exploring the properties of materials in Science and how this affects the use of different uses materials can have. We will also be exploring a range of persuasive texts in English. The students will be exploring the structure and language required to create their own persuasive texts and how the author uses these conventions to create different meanings and effects.

I look forward to touching base with you all in the next newsletter with all the fun and excitement from the Year 3-4 room.

Year 3/4 Teacher
Miss Ellie Charlton

Year 5/6 News

Welcome back to Term 2! This term we have a lot of exciting new topics we will be learning about. In English, the students will be learning about persuasion and creating persuasive texts. Students in HASS will be learning about Democracy and the responsibilities of Australian Citizens that follows. Last Friday we started our science unit, ask your children about what observations they made about the chemical changes they saw.

Miss Lilly Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight focus:

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



Kendall McDermott

For welcoming all members of Prep/1 back to school.

Year 1/2

Brooke Haig

Goes out of her way to make her classmates belong.

Year 3/4

Sterling Woodcroft

For welcoming a new student and including them in all activities.

Year 5/6

Kelisha McDermott

Being friendly to all classmates.



Ava-May Brock

For engaging and interacting in all areas of learning and discussing with teachers and peers.

Year 1/2

Charlie French

Communicating his thoughts and ideas.

Year 3/4

Henny Coolwell

For her continued effort to communicate with others in a kind and respectful way.

Year 5/6

Nicholas Harper

For always participating in class discussions and adding his ideas and knowledge.


Year 3/4

Jocelyn Harper

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Jah – Corey Maxwell

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Charlotte Ashley-McKellar – 19th April
Isaac Hatchman – 24th April
Macey Mitchell – 27th April
Jah-Corey Maxwell – 30th April

SHPS Cross Country

Next Friday, 7th May is our school cross country. Students aged from 2016- 2013 will complete their cross country run on the school oval. Students aged from 2012 - 2009 will complete their run out at the Cunnamulla Golf Course. If you are able to assist with transporting students to the Golf Club, please contact Mrs Crick at the school office.

Kilometre Club

This term Miss Lilly Daly and the teachers will be running Kilometer Club for our students.

What is Kilometer Club?

Kilometer Club is an opportunity for students to come to school for a couple of leisurely (or frantically) paced laps around the oval. Each distance walked/run is recorded and awards are received at the end of term for achieved distance milestones.

Who can join Kilometer Club?

All ages! Students, teachers and parents are welcome to attend.

When can we participate in Kilometer Club?

Due to a number of public holidays coming up, Kilometer Club will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8am in Weeks 2 – 5. In Weeks 6 – 10 it will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and mornings.

What do I need to bring?

Students need to arrive at school at 7:30am in their school uniform. Students can bring more comfortable running/walking shoes if required. Students are expected to change back into their black school shoes when finished.

Other information:

Students will receive a Kilometer Club book and are able to complete kilometers in their own time. Kilometer Club will also be great training for Cross Country which is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Please contact Miss Daly (Yr 5/6 Teachers) ifs you have any questions.


In Week 4 of Term 2, our Year 3 and 5 students will be completing the NAPLAN online test. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.

Our NAPLAN schedule will be as below:

Tuesday 11th May

Wednesday 12th May

Thursday 13th May

9:00 am start

Year 3 Writing (Paper Test)

Year 5 Writing (Online Test)

Year 3 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 3 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

11:00 am start

Year 3 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)

Tuesday 11th May

Wednesday 12th May

Thursday 13th May

9:00 am start

Year 3 Writing (Paper Test)

Year 5 Writing (Online Test)

Year 3 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 3 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

11:00 am start

Year 3 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)

Parents, students and teachers are invited to use the public demonstration tests to familiarise themselves with the type of questions and related functionalities available in the NAPLAN Online assessment. The demonstration tests cover a sample of possible questions and do not reflect the range of literacy and numeracy content or skills NAPLAN Online will assess. Our students have now completed two practice tests to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and online functionalities. Students have also been working on improving their computing skills including – use of keyboards, mouse, clicking and dragging, using drop down menus etc.

Please click the following link to view the public demonstration link -

Mother’s Day Liturgy

On Friday 7th May, our Yr 3/4 class will be hosting the Mother’s Day Liturgy at 2pm in the Church. All mothers, aunties, grandmothers or community members are welcome to come along.

Book Fair

In Week 4, we will be holding our annual book fair and the theme this year is ‘The Book Fair and Beyond!’ Mrs Fett with be coordinating the Book Fair on Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May between 3-4pm. Students will be visiting the book fair with their classes to make a wish list. Book fair is a great way to purchase new books! If you would like to make a donation to the school library, please choose a book and Mrs Fett will organise for a label to be placed on the inside cover of the book you have donated.

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


PPF News

The PPF Easter Raffle was won by Lucy Schmidt. Thanks to everyone who donated chocolate and for your continued support.

The next PPF meeting is tomorrow, Thursday 29th April at 5pm. All welcome to attend.


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.

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

Sunday 2nd May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 9th May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 16th May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Saturday 22nd May – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 23rd May – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 30th May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 2

Sunday 25th April

ANZAC Day March

Monday 26th April

ANZAC Day Holiday

Wednesday 28th April

District Soccer Trials – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 29th April

Parent Partnership Forum Meeting – 5pm

Friday 30th April

Assembly 8.40am

Week 3

Monday 3rd May

Labour Day Holiday

Thursday 6th – Friday 7th May

PPF Mother’s Day Stall – 3pm – 3.30pm

Friday 7th May

SHPS Cross Country – 8.45am

Mother’s Day Liturgy – 2pm – Year 3/4

Cross Country Presentation – 2:30pm

Week 4

Monday 10th – Friday 15th May

Book Fair

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