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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

5 November 2018

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Principal’s Report

Last Tuesday, 30th October, Sacred Heart celebrated World Teachers’ Day which is recognised in more than 100 countries world-wide. It was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society. World Teachers' Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and thank Queensland teachers for the important role they play across our state — inside our classrooms and out in the community. I would like to sincerely thank our teachers for the wonderful work they do each every day and their dedication towards empowering minds, creating opportunities and engaging students in quality teaching and learning.

We welcomed our Pre-Preps into our school community last Friday morning to help prepare them for primary school next year. Mrs Standfield had a number of engaging activities planned including book reading, going on a bear hunt, creating bear masks and an outdoor obstacle course. The vibe in the classroom was buzzing and there were many smiles on faces. We can’t wait to have you back again next Friday 16th November, for some more fun learning.

This week I am participating in the Principals’ Forum in Toowoomba along with the principals from the Toowoomba Diocese. I am sure I will come home with many valuable learnings to share with you all. Mrs Haig will be deputising in my absence.

Have a great week.
Polly Crawford.

School Review

This Term, Sacred Heart will be undergoing the School Renewal and Improvement Process. These reviews are an important part of how Toowoomba Catholic Schools monitors and supports schools in the Diocese. The reviews are about providing schools with quality and independent feedback to help them continue to improve learning outcomes for students. They are not used to compare schools, or to rate the performance of school staff.

Each school is reviewed every four years, providing valuable opportunities for self-reflection and improvement. Our School Review will take place during Week 7 of this Term (19th November to 23rd November). It will be conducted by a panel consisting of The Director Teaching and Learning, Mr Jim Midgley, Senior Education Leader, Suzanne Cavanagh and the principal of St Patrick’s Allora, Tyronne Maher, over a three-day period.

This review includes:

  • consultation with the school community through one-on-one or group interviews where two questions are asked: “What does the school do well?” and “What could the school do better?”
  • information from the school’s continuous inquiry and reflection as a part of the school improvement cycle
  • consideration of school strategic and annual action plans
  • the school’s teaching and learning plans
  • other data sources eg NAPLAN, school satisfaction surveys.

Through Appreciative Inquiry, the external review provides a school with a comprehensive review report that identifies findings and offers improvement strategies for consideration, reflection and action over the next four years in:

  • improvement plans
  • the school’s four-year strategic plan and subsequent annual action plans.

Feedback from parents and the community is an important part of school reviews, with everyone encouraged to participate. If you wish to register your interest in participating in the Sacred Heart School Review, please contact the school office.

Middle Leader/LST Report

Last week almost every parent/guardian met with the teachers during parent/teacher interviews. This fantastic effort shows how invested both parents/guardians and teachers are in improving the learning outcomes for students. As parents are the first and most influential educators, it is vital that they are aware of what is going on at school and how they can help their own child/children to “Become who you are”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents/guardians and teachers for spending this time discussing such important information.

Cara Haig
Middle Leader/LST

Prep/1 News

Halfway through the term and learning is picking up. We had a lot of fun in Science, making spaghetti towers and melting chocolate. We are enjoying our English unit as we have been using puppets and images to create a story. Our class has proven their persistence during learning and as a result we will be having a water fight at the end of the term. Details will be provided soon as to when that will take place. Please make sure we are still coming to school every day, so we don’t miss out on any important moments.

Mrs Standfield

Year 2/3 News

In the year 2/3 class we have been working hard in learning about different types of poems. So far, we have learnt about rhyming poems, acrostic poems and limericks. Next week we will focus on haiku's. Our class has had a whole heap of fun constructing whole class poems, writing poems in pairs and on our own. Here are some snap shots of our writing, we hope you enjoy! As a side note, it has been absolutely fantastic to catch up with you all for parent teacher interviews, thank-you for coming!

Kind Regards
Miss Fitzpatrick and the year 2/3 class.

Year 3/4 News

Parents and Carers,

It was such a pleasure to meet with you all last week and discuss your child’s progress throughout this semester. This fortnight has been a very busy one in 3/4 classroom. In literacy, our unit has been investigating 5 persuasive techniques used to persuade buyers. The students have started to design their own ads for popular products, as well as seeing how contemporary advertisements are different from 20 years ago. The students have been enjoying investigating features of animals and plants in science. A reminder that we have swimming on a Friday and requires a gold coin for entry to the pool.

Have a great week!

Miss Taylor

Year 5/6 News

In science this week we have become electricians. We have created circuits with lightbulbs, buzzers, motors and switches. Our target this term has been persistence and we most definitely persisted this week! Our persistence jar is now full, and we decided we would like a water fight to celebrate. A letter has been sent home explaining when this event will take place as well as what will be needed at school. Well done year 5/6!

Emily Conlin 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards


Amaya Partridge

For a positive attitude towards her learning.

Thomas Wadeson

For great work with his multiplication skills.

Year 2/3

Isaac Hatchman

For a huge improvement in his reading using his decoding strategies.

Charlotte Ramsay

For taking initiative in her own learning across all subject areas.

Year 3/4

Hayden Nobbs

For his enthusiasm during reading groups.

Chloe Tuckwell

For participating well in group tasks.

Year 5/6

Sam Bourke

For a significant improvement in behaviour.

John Roberts

Excellent timetables knowledge.


Bobby-Jo Jordan

For wearing your uniform correctly and with pride.

Sara King

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all Students & Staff that have a birthday this fortnight.

  • Sterling Woodcroft – 6th November
  • Marley Mitchell – 9th November
  • Miss Crawford and Miss Nicky – 9th November

Sacred Heart School Choir

Miss Conlin has started a school choir. She has had many excited students turning up on Tuesday and Thursday lunch times for practice. All students from Prep to Year 6 are invited to attend. I can’t wait to hear their first song!!

Prep Transition Days

We will be holding Prep Transition days this Term. If your child is turning 5 by the 30th June 2019, they are very welcome to attend. The dates for transition sessions are Friday 16th November and Friday 30th November. If you have any questions, please phone or pop into the Sacred Heart Office.

School Swimming

Students partake in swimming lessons as part of the curriculum area Health and Physical Education and will be assessed. Therefore, it is important that students participate in swimming lessons each week, so they can learn the necessary swimming and safety skills. Students will need to bring togs, towel, swim shirt, $1 and thongs.

Swimming Times


  • Prep/1 – 2:15-2:45pm
  • Year 2/3 – 12:15-12:45pm


  • Year 3/4 – 12:15-12:45pm
  • Year 5/6 – 2:15-2:45pm

Calling For Prep Enrolments 2019

Is your child born between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2014? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled for 2019. 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 are now being conducted. Please contact the office to make an appointment.

Student Protection

Our Schools Student Protection Contacts are:

Mrs Kathleen Fagan (Teacher/Librarian)
Mrs Carolyn Crick (Admin Officer)
Mr Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Acting Principal)

School Fees

School Fee accounts have been sent out. These are due by Friday 16th November 2018.

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


Thank you to all the parents who volunteer, and cake cook for our school tuckshop. We are always looking for more volunteers, so if you are interested please let the office know. We just ask that cars be parked outside the school grounds to ensure student safety.

Tuckshop Roster



Cake Cooker

Monday 5th November

Kerrianne Tuckwell

Dannita Partridge

Friday 9th November

Mindy Wharton

Jasmin Hickey

Monday 12th November

Maryanne Johnstone

Anita Wharton

Friday 16th November

Carla Mills

Dannita Partridge

Monday 19th November

Hamish Maher

Alice Behrendt

Friday 23rd November

Lauren Schmidt

Yvonne Brain

Monday 26th November

Amie Wadeson

Julie Barrington

Friday 30th November

Carla Mills

Carolyn Crick

Monday 3rd December

Kerrianne Tuckwell

Carolyn Crick

Friday 7th December



Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

  • Sunday 11th November – Eucharist Service @ 8:30am
  • Sunday 18th November – Mass @6pm
  • Saturday 24th November – Mass @6pm
  • Sunday 25th November – Mass @ Eulo

Sacred Heart Parish Clothing Shop

Sister Maureen has a Clothing Shop in the old Convent. They have a large range of Clothing including second hand school uniforms. Trading hours are: Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays 9am – 12pm.

Cunnamulla 150 years Celebrations

As part of the 150 years of Cunnamulla celebrations, Sacred Heart will be organising a float to participate in the parade this Saturday 10th November at 12:30pm. Our school band will be playing on the back of the truck with all other students walking behind. A note will be sent home later in the week for times, dress code and meeting place. We would love as many students as possible to participate.

Community News

Term 4 Important Dates

Monday 5th November – Friday 9th November

Principal Forum Toowoomba

Friday 9th November

School Assembly

Saturday 10th November

Cunnamulla 150 years Parade – School Float 12.30pm

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Day – 10.30am

Monday 12th November

Brett Leadbetter visiting

Tuesday 13th November

Brett Leadbetter visiting

Catherine McAuley Liturgy – 2pm

Wednesday 14th November

Family Movie Night

Friday 16th November

Prep Transition day – 9.00am – 10.30am

Meals on wheels

School Fees due

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd November

School Review -

Monday 26th November

Writing Workshop Town Library – Students will walk to the Library.

Year 5/6 – 9am-10am

Tuesday 27th November

Student Council Meeting – 8.30am

Writing Workshop Town Library – Students will walk to the Library.

Year 2/3 – 9.30am – 10.30am

Year 3/4 – 1.50pm – 2.50pm

Wednesday 28th November

Graduation 6pm

Friday 30th November

Prep Transition day – 9.00am – 10.30am

Meals on wheels

Wednesday 5th December

Christmas Carols

Friday 7th December

Last day of Term 4