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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

19 February 2019

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Principal’s Report

Over the last four weeks the staff of Sacred Heart have been involved in several professional development opportunities to ensure consistency and understanding of our core business at Sacred Heart School. Our teaching staff have received training days covering the Diocesan Reading Improvement Strategy which involved three reading coaches from the TCSO come to visit Cunnamulla to provide teacher training and modelling opportunities in their classrooms. This is all part of the process of ensuring our students are achieving reading success through design not by chance. Our School Officers also play an important role in the Reading Improvement Strategy through implementing the Reading Advancement for Targeted Students (RAFTS). This program targets students who are reading below expected level by providing additional reading lessons each week to increase their reading growth. Last week, our School Officers received training in this program from our School Inclusive Education coach, Jane Murphy.

All staff have also engaged in the Essential Skills to Behaviour Management training provided by Brett Leadbetter (Education Officer for Wellbeing). During the training the staff explored the 10 Essential skills including:

  1. Establishing Expectations
  2. Giving Instructions
  3. Waiting and Scanning
  4. Cueing with Parallel Acknowledgement
  5. Encouraging Body Language
  6. Descriptive Encouraging
  7. Selective Attending
  8. Redirecting to the learning
  9. Giving a choice
  10. Following through

Teachers and students have worked together to develop classroom rules and expectations. These are displayed in the classroom and are referred to when required. Clear expectations is the first step in ensuring positive behaviour management in the classroom and our teachers have worked extremely hard in setting this up for our students.

In Term 4 2018, Sacred Heart completed our quadrennial school review. The review covers 4 key components including: Teaching and Learning, Mission and Identity, Continual Renewal and Strategic Resourcing and Stewardship. Staff, students, parents and community members were invited to be part of the process by being interviewed and asked two guiding questions: what is working well and what could be improved? It was a really positive experience and the findings provide a guide for future direction of our school. The report will be available soon on our school website. The key improvement areas that are highlighted in the report have been included in our school’s Annual Action Plan for 2019. I look forward to keeping you updated with our progress.

Have a fantastic week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Parent Partnership Forum

Last night we held our first Parent Partnership Forum AGM. The forum is a formal structure for parents to engage in the education mission of our school. It supports the work of the Principal and staff in implementing a comprehensive and contemporary education program. Parents have an advisory role in decisions made in the development and implementation of policies of the school as well as the provision of resources. Sacred Heart are trialling the Parent Partnership Forum structure for 2019 with the potential of adopting in 2020.

The Forum structure includes an Executive Team and a Service Action Team. All parents are welcome to attend a Forum or Service Action Team meetings. This provides parents with the opportunity to have their say in a formal setting.

The Executive Team for 2019:

Chairperson – Alice Behrendt
Secretary – Leesa McCarthy
Team Coordinator – Lauren Schmidt
Parish Leader – Sr Maureen Andrews
Principal – Polly Crawford

Service Action Team for 2019:

Lauren Schmidt
Carla Mills
Tina Jackson

Parents are welcome to join the Service Action Team at any time. If you are interested in joining or assisting in school events, please speak to Lauren Schmidt or come along to our next Parent Partnership Meeting on Monday 4th March 5:30pm.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Parents and Friends Committee; Rick Brain, Meagan Teelow, Nola King and Carolyn Crick for their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months.

Guidance Counsellor Report


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Librarian’s Report

Library borrowing and buddy reading is well underway. Don't forget to bring your library books back each week so you can change them over for new ones!

Borrowing Days:

Wednesday – Year 5/6
Thursday- P/1, Year 2/3, Year 3/4

Book Club was distributed last week, please make sure you return your orders to the office by Friday 22nd of February.

Happy Reading!!
Mrs Fagan
Teacher Librarian

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 4 already! We have so many things planned over the next couple of weeks and the students are raring and ready to go. We will be practising our sounds, letters and sight words in English, as well as beginning reading groups each day. We have started our Science unit and the students are excited about the idea of making a party hat at the end of the term. Each Friday we will continue to practice designing objects out of different materials in preparation for the hat making. Last week we kicked off our dance practice for the fete… any guesses as to what the song and dance is? All students are excited to showcase their performance at the fete in the coming weeks.

On another note, I think it is safe to say that our favourite day is Thursday because we all love swimming! Keep remembering to bring in your togs, towel, thongs and $1.00 for the pool. Enjoy the next couple of weeks and bring on the learning!

Mrs Standfield
Prep/1 Teacher

Prep/1 students practicing their writing skills!

Year 2/3 News

We are almost a quarter of the way through the term and Year 2/3 are just as quickly settling into their school life. We have continued to work on our ‘teamwork’ and ‘respect’ ethos which has seen some great role modelling and group learnings. The Doctor Seuss book ‘Horton hears a Who’ has been inspiring for our student’s creativity and imagination with outstanding sentence structure being prominent. Our Mathematics unit has a place value and skip counting focus, this has seen the class work through the hundreds; but we know we can go further. ‘The Cunnamulla Fella’ has been a great learning for us all (myself included) with the big question being what is ‘The Cunnamulla Fella’, is it a song? a statue? or does it represent the proud community that is Cunnamulla? On that point I was particularly proud of how well the class represented their school at the recent Swim Carnival both in and out of the water, well done. The class has settled into their work this term nicely and have made great strides already. I look forward to updating you further as the year progresses.

Mr Pullar
Year 2/3 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

This past fortnight Year 3/4 have been getting stuck into learning! We have been focusing on two brilliant texts ‘My Place’ By Nadia Wheatly for HASS and ‘Fortunately, the Milk’ By Neil Gaiman for English. Through these two texts the students have been discussing sequences of stories, exploring new vocabulary as well as analysing the past and present and traits of characters. Some of the highlights have been the swimming carnival, every student got in the water and had a go which was a fantastic effort! Also, the students have all worked hard practicing their new dance. We are all looking forward to cheering our school on in the districts swimming carnival, go Sacred Heart!

Miss Sor`e
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This fortnight our learning in Mathematics has been a stand out! We have looked at the ‘special powers’ some numbers have. We started with factors and multiples before moving onto prime and composite numbers. Finally, we also covered square and triangular numbers. Everyone in the class mastered triangular numbers which is a Year 6 objective. An extra special well done to the Year 5’s who gave this a go!

Emily Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Year 5/6 students solving triangular number problems using counters.

Class and Uniform Awards


Keshav Garg

For great work with his sounds and letters.

Thoramus Nelson

For neat working during handwriting activities.

Year 2/3

Kayden Munn-McFarlane

For leading by example by making sensible choices.

Kirsten Higgins

For being an excellent role model during mat time discussions.

Year 3/4

Chloe Tuckwell

For excellent progress in Mathematics this Term.

Goothala Rynne

For always being prepared for lessons and listening well to instructions.

Year 5/6

Maxximus Nelson

For an excellent attitude towards all areas of school life.

McKenzie Thomas

For demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning.


Jesse Fett

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Chloe Murphy

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students and staff that have a birthday this fortnight.

Keshav Garg – 11th February
Chloe Fett – 20th February

School Leaders 2019

I would like to congratulate our Year 6 leaders for 2019. I was very proud of each student and every student who spoke on assembly, expressing their ideas and direction for Sacred Heart School. Your ideas were practical and relevant to our purpose.

School Captain: Paige Mills
School Vice-Captain: Chloe Murphy
Xavier Captain: Bianca Wharton-McKellar
Xavier Vice-Captain: Sophie Driver
McAuley Captain: Clay Tanner
McAuley Vice-Captain: Kellie Brain
School Leaders: Connor Hatchman, John Roberts, Addisson-Rose Pender and Maxximus Nelson

School Leaders for 2019 – Paige Mills, Connor Hatchman, Maxximus Nelson, Sophie Driver, Bianca Wharton, Kellie Brain, Clay Tanner, Chloe Murphy

Leadership Mass

This Friday 22nd at 9am, we will be holding our Leadership Mass in the church. During this Mass, our school leaders will be blessed by Fr Peter and awarded their leadership badges. All parents, friends and community members are welcome to come along and join in on this exciting milestone.

Swimming Carnivals

Over the past fortnight our students have shown great sportsmanship, dedication and perseverance when participating in both our School and District Swimming Carnivals. I am proud of every student who tried their very best for themselves and for their teams.

Congratulations to McAuley for taking out this years Sacred Heart overall champions shield. Sacred Heart also did a fantastic job taking home the District shield as well. Well done to all students.

Congratulations to our School Age Champions:

2012 Amy King, 2012 Marley Mitchell, 2011 Paige Tanner & Ruby Schmidt, 2011 James Wharton, Tyler Ibell & Thomas Wadeson, 2010 Charlotte Ramsay, 2010 Goothala Rynne, 2009 Gemma Mills, 2009 Bailey Ibell, 2008 Megan Hatchman & Sophie Driver, 2008 Clay Tanner, 2007 Kellie Brain, 2007 Connor Hatchman

Congratulations to our District Schools Age Champions:

2010 Charlotte Ramsay, 2010 Goothala Rynne, 2008 Clay Tanner

Swimming Days

Class swimming days will be as follows for the rest of Term 1:

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

Homework Club

Homework Club is up and running again this year and all students are welcome to attend. It is a great opportunity for students to receive homework support so make sure you take advantage of this great service. Miss Ferguson will be running Homework Club this year and times/days are as follows:

Tuesday’s – 3:00-3:45pm
Thursday’s – 3:00-3:45pm

Fundraising for North QLD Children

As part of family rotations, students at Sacred Heart will be making small Show Bags for students in Winton, Julia Creek and Cloncurry who have been affected by the recent floods. Show bags will contain items like lollies, stickers, pencils, rubbers, small toys e.g. yoyo's, bubbles, bouncy balls etc. Students are asked to bring a small donation of the above listed items to help make up the show bags. Students will also be writing letters to the children to be included in each show bag. Although this gesture may not change their lives it will hopefully bring a smile. Please show your support for the children who have been affected by these floods by sending in a small donation. Collections can be given to the classroom teacher or left in the office.

District and Regional Sports

This year we will be working with the Cunnamulla Sate School to support the district and regional school sports of Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Rugby League, Touch Football, Netball and Basketball. However, if you wish for your child to participate in an additional sport listed below you are welcome to pursue that yourself, we will provide you the information. The timetable of regional trail dates for this Term are as below. *Please note that students need to participate in a district trial before a regional trial*.


Age Group

Trial Date



11-19 years

Thursday 28th February

To be confirmed


10-19 years

Friday 1st March



10-12 years

Wednesday 20th February


Australian Football Girls

10-12 years

Monday 18th March

Middle Ridge Park

Australian Football Boys

10-12 years

Monday 18th March

Middle Ridge Park

Softball Boys

10-12 years

Monday 1st April


Girls rugby League

10-12 years

Thursday 4th April


Please see Mrs Crick or Mr Pullar if you are interested in any of the sports above well before the trial date so nominations can be made.

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


We have a new Tuckshop Menu!! Please peruse the menu to see what changes have been made.

Helpers & Cake Cookers are needed for Tuckshop! If you are a Parent, Guardian or Friend of someone attending Sacred Heart School we need helpers for tuckshop. Tuckshop runs on Mondays 9am – 1.30pm & Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. We are looking for more volunteers, so if you are interested please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067 or facebook. 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 22nd February

Bec King

Roberta Thomas

Monday 25th February

Mindy Wharton

Alice Behrendt

Friday 1st March

Carla Mills

Carolyn Crick

Monday 4th March

Amie Wadeson

Jenny Webb

Friday 8th March

Tina Jackson

School Tuition Fees

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

Please see the table below for the Fee Structure for 2019. A portion of the Capital/Building Levy may be utilised for other capital education purposes within the Diocese, for example the provision of Kindergarten and Outside School Hours Care.

2019 Fee Structure

Tuition Fees

One child.

Two children.

Three or more children

Whole Year Fees

$ 660

$ 920

$ 1030

Resource Levy




Capital Development Levy




Amount charged per Term per Family




There will be an additional charge of $10 per student for the whole year for the Special Purpose Levy.

Sacred Heart Parish Fete

The Sacred Heart Parish Fete will be held on Friday evening the 8th March. All students are learning about Dance elements which is apart of the Arts Australian Curriculum. All classes will be performing the dance they have been working on and choreographing throughout the term at the Parish Fete. We are seeking assistance for the stalls at the fete. We need cakes, biscuits and/or lollies for the cake stall. We also need bottles or any groceries for the bottle stall. Contact Sr Maureen or Jan Gorrie.

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Saturday 23rd February – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 24th February – Mass Eulo @ 9am
Sunday 3rd March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 10th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 17th March – Mass @ 6pm
Saturday 23rd March – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 24th March – Mass Eulo @ 9am
Sunday 31st March - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am

Community News

Term 1 Important Dates

Monday 18th February

Tuesday 19th February

Hearing Screens

Tuesday 19th – Wednesday 20th February

Loretta McGill and Eileen Moyle (Education Officers for Inclusive Education)

Friday 22nd February

Assembly / Leadership Mass – 8.45am

Monday 25th February – Friday 1st March

TCS Principal Forum

Wednesday 27th - Thursday 28th February

Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor) Visiting

Friday 1st March

Regional Swim Carnival (Chinchilla)

Monday 4th March

Parent Partnership Meeting – 5.30pm

Wednesday 6th March

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Yr 6 Parent Evening – Canberra Trip

Friday 8th March

Assembly – 8.45am

Meals on Wheels

Sacred Heart Parish Fete – 6pm

Friday 22nd March

Assembly- 8.45am

Tuesday 26th March

Prep Vision Screening

Thursday 4th April

Assembly – 8.45am

Last Day for Term 1

Friday 5th April

Pupil Free Day