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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

8 June 2021

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Principal’s Report

Qld Governor Visits Sacred Heart

Welcome to Week 8 and what a busy fortnight we have had! We all would say the highlight was welcoming the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC to Sacred Heart School. Having grown up in small country towns in the west, the Governor was delighted to visit our wonderful school community in Cunnamulla. He was thrilled to watch our students perform at the ICPA conference, Home Among the Gum Trees in Auslan. He bought a special book with him called Gavel, which he read to the Prep/1 students in their classroom. The story was about a very special German Shepherd dog, who wanted to work for the Queensland Police Service. It turns out that Gavel, wasn’t suited to life on the front line – he prefers pats to patrols! The Governor gifted the story to our library along with other texts about the Governors of Queensland and Australian Parliament. Student behaviour was exemplary this week, with many community members commenting on their attentiveness, patience, manners and behaviour. Well done students.

To read the Governor’s address to the students please click the following link.

Success Shout Out!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Southwest Soccer Carnival in Chinchilla last Tuesday. Our District girls’ team were undefeated all day beating Roma 5-0, Chinchilla 2-1 and St George 2-1. Our District boys’ team won two out of three games beating Roma 4-1 and St George 5-1 but narrowly losing to Chinchilla 3-2.

We also had five students from Sacred Heart make the Southwest Regional Team: Ava and Bella Anderson, Paige Tanner, Goothala Rynne and Noah Hatchman. Congratulation’s students!

A huge thank you to all who helped make this event happen – Geoff Rynne, Lilly Daly, Ystyn Francis, Jack O’Brien, Julie Fox and Bradley Palmer. We really appreciate all you did to make this happen.

School Attendance

The next three weeks of learning will be full of assessments as teachers prepare student reports. It is really important that students are in attendance during this time so we can continue to support the needs of your child and assess where your child is at in their learning journey. If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please make sure you contact the school office.

Have a great week.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 8! Another busy two weeks has been had in Prep/1. We are bringing all our knowledge together as we start to complete assessment for this term. It is exciting that all our hard work will be paying off soon! While we are working hard, we still have time for fun! This fortnight we had a good time playing with the dress up box. We were looking and feeling very stylish! We also played with some new sensory tubs this week. We had shaving cream, glitter, flour and oobleck. We were very messy but had a lot of fun! Only 2 weeks to go and we cannot wait! Have a great week!

Miss Aimee Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

As we near the end of term, there is still so much to do but our little people are starting to tire, as are the adults. We have had a busy fortnight with the Governor’s visit, the Bicentenary of Catholic Education and the general busyness of school. We enjoyed decorating patty cakes to celebrate two hundred years of Catholic Education in Australia and performing ‘Home Among the Gumtrees’ in Auslan and for the Governor. We had a lengthy wait to perform however the children bore that with admiral patience, for which they were commended. They did us proud.

Although the term is drawing to a close, we still have much to do. A visit to the museum is planned for week 9, where we will view items from a bygone era, to complement what we have studied with regard to machines and how they have changed with the passing of time and the onset of technology. In week ten, we’ll transform into our machine and present our PowerPoint presentations to the parents at school.

In our science unit ‘Machine Makers’ we have been examining the forces of push and pull and our unit shall culminate with the construction of a Rube Goldberg Machine which embraces both forces in which he performed a simple task in an over complicated way. Something the children shall emulate; it has really captured their imaginations!

Lots to do in a short while!

Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 8 in the Year 3-4 room! Over the last few weeks, the students have been exploring Media Art. Media Art requires the students to use a variety of digital technologies to create artwork. The students have been learning how to make Stop Motions- short videos created through pictures- for their Health unit this term. Students engaged with a variety of resources to explore how art can be created digitally and the variety of effects that can be used to make their work more interesting and eye-catching. This has been a class favourite topic and the students are very excited to show off their finished Stop Motions.

In English, the students have been exploring persuasive texts. The students have looked at a variety of persuasive language, the structure of a persuasive text and how modal verbs help us create a strong, emotive message. Over the last few weeks, the students have begun creating their own persuasive text in the form of a letter. Each student has written a letter to Miss Crawford trying to persuade her to either a) let them have a Guinea Pig as a class pet or b) not give them a class pet. The students are very excited to share their letters and see if their persuasive skills are good enough to convince Miss Crawford!

Year 3/4 Teacher
Miss Ellie Charlton

Year 5/6 News

We are nearly at the finish line for the semester and the Year 5/6 class have been working very hard in class. Students will begin creating campaign videos this week, demonstrating their persuasive skills and knowledge of government. They are also creating a sustainable animal crossing in design and technology – ask your child to explain how they are researching their design. The class will be conducting more science experiments this week, understanding reversible and irreversible changes. I would like to congratulate all the Year 5/6 students who went to Chinchilla for Regional Soccer Trials, for all their hard work shown and how they represented their school with pride.

Miss Lilly Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Year 6 Camp State of Origin fundraiser

Come dressed in your QLD or NSW state of Origin team colours or Football gear Gold coin donation fundraiser Year 6 Camp.

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight focus:

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

Making Connections


Isla Dunne

For effectively using her new reading strategies and implementing them in all areas of learning.

Year 1/2

Deegan Murphy

Making connections in math.

Year 3/4

Thais Vanini

For connecting her personal experiences with her writing.

Year 5/6

Jah-Corey Maxwell

For connecting his prior experiences with new knowledge in science.



Natarlia Francisco

For consistently showing compassion towards all members of Prep/1.

Year 1/2

Chloe Fett

For showing compassion towards others.

Year 3/4

Amy King

For showing compassion towards younger students and encouraging them.

Year 5/6

Ava Anderson

For showing compassion towards others at the southwest soccer trials.



Lake Wilson

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Brooke Haig

Happy Birthday

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

Noah Hatchman – 30th May
Mrs Tolete – 4th June

Flu Season

As the colder weather begins to approach, it is important to remember 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.

Remember if your child is unwell or has flu like symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the local medical centre if required.

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?

Kilometer Club will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8am.

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.

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

Touch Football

21st May


14th June



Individual Nom due 28th May

13th June


PPF News

The next PPF meeting is next Thursday 17th June 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 by Friday 18th June 2021. 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 13th June - Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 20th June - Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 26th June - Mass @ 5.30pm – Father Warren

Community News

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 8

Wednesday 9th June

Come dressed in your QLD or NSW state of Origin team colours. Gold coin donation fundraiser Year 6 Camp.

Friday 11th June

Assembly – 8.40am

Week 9

Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th June

Mr Marty Savage (SEL) – visiting

Wednesday 16th June

Numbers to Mrs Crick for Sister Maureen Farewell.

Wednesday 16th – Thursday 17th June

Mrs Karen Bruggemann – School Guidance Counsellor – visiting

Thursday 17th June

Parent Partnership Forum Meeting – 5pm – Staffroom – All are welcome to attend.

Sunday 20th June

Mass – 10am – Bishop Robert McGuckin

11am – Sister Maureen Farewell – Club Boutique

Week 10 

Thursday 24th June

Level Celebrations – 12pm – 1pm

Friday 25th June

Assembly – 8.40am

Feast of Sacred Heart Liturgy – 9am

Last day of Term 2

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 12th July


Tuesday 13th July

Term 3 begins

Friday 16th July

SHPS Athletics Carnival

Week 2

Friday 23rd July

Assembly – 8.40am

Week 3

Monday 26th July

PUPIL FREE – All staff in Quilpie for Bishop Inservice

Friday 30th July

District Athletics Carnival - CSS