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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

17 September 2019

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to Week 10. It is hard to believe we have almost finished Term 3 of this year. Both the teachers and students have worked hard planning and completing assessment pieces over the last couple of weeks. I have enjoyed reading students work including poetry, sporting procedures and adapted nursery rhymes. I am very proud of our students who have persisted to ensure they have tried their very best.


The process of recruiting for 2020 has begun and I will keep you all up to date once I know our class structures and staffing allocation. At this stage we are delighted that Miss Conlin and Miss Sor`e will remain at Sacred Heart next year. Unfortunately, we will farewell Mrs Standfield at the end of this year as she will be relocating to St Thomas More’s in Toowoomba. We are also very fortunate to have Mrs Shellshear, an experienced teacher from Toowoomba, teaching our Year 2/3 class for the remainder of this year.

Prep Enrolments

Prep enrolment interviews for 2020 have begun. If you are wishing to enrol your child for 2020 please make an interview time at the office. We will be offering transition days next term for our new 2020 students so keep an eye out in the coming newsletters for these dates.

Sports Camp

Miss Sor’e, Mrs Crick and 11 of our Yr 4 and 5 students are enjoying a well-earned reward in Thargomindah. Along with many other small schools in our area, they are having lots of fun at Sports Camp, learning and practicing sporting skills in the areas of rugby league, swimming, hockey, tennis, gymnastics and Indigenous games.

Yr 4/5 students heading off to Sports Camp in Thargomindah.

I hope all students have a safe and restful break.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 10 in the Prep/1 classroom. All assessment tasks are now complete, and we showed great persistence and positivity during this time. This term we focused on creating nursery rhymes, counting and identifying 3D shapes, observing the weather, Indigenous culture and artwork, Jesus’ love, compassion and forgiveness, and physical activity. We have learnt so much over this term and we will continue to build on this knowledge next term. Next term will be jammed-packed full of classroom and whole-school activities. We will have a lot to get through in a short period of time, so have a restful break and we will see you all next term.

Mrs Standfield
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2/3 News

We have been very busy over the last fortnight, with our days filled with teaching and learning. Following our successful ‘Night at the Museum’ which also included the writing of descriptions of our chosen toy and the writing of a caption to go with our photographed toy, we’ve moved on to exploring how games have changed over the course of time as well. We have played several games that we were unfamiliar with, taught to us by Miss Wendy. They included Beanie, Elastics and Hopscotch. Miss Wendy is currently teaching us how to do the Maypole dance. These activities have been much enjoyed by the children and we thank Miss Wendy for her assistance. These activities cover several HASS, HPE and The Arts concepts.

We have practised writing procedures / instructions for them during English, which led us to a study of action verbs and the use of synonyms to add interest to our writing. We’ve continued with our focus on reading and are delighted with the improvement we have seen. Please continue the good work at home, ensuring that your child reads to an adult as least four nights a week and records it in their diary. Spelling and phonics is a daily activity and the children’s spelling is improving. Keep learning those at night as well. I must say, I’m very impressed with their handwriting skills.

The children have enjoyed maths activities exploring measurement, including length, mass and area. We are having a big drive on number facts (tables) as they need to master these in order to perform many maths problems. They’ve learnt a few songs to help memorise the concepts. Please ensure that these are also drilled at home. You’ll find them in their Home Learning Book in their homework folder. The children are also rewarded for good results on their Friday test.

We’ve explored the concepts of push and pull in science and completed an investigation to discover the effect of force, predicting the change it will make and recording our findings. In religion we’ve examined the life of Jesus and compared stories about Him as recorded in the New Testament to present day examples of people in our own local community, whose lives are modelled on His and exemplified by their actions.

I am looking forward to returning in term four to continue our teaching and learning journey together. Happy holidays, the children have certainly earned a rest!

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2/3 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight the students have been hard at work completing assessments and they should all be very proud of themselves for persisting through all challenges. Throughout the term, the students have learnt to create and interpret poems, answer measurement and geometry algorithms, discuss how plants and animals rely on each other for survival, the history of Australia and how to participate in fair play. Year 4 are looking forward to going on camp this week and we are all excited to go on holidays!

Miss Sor`e
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Grade 5/6 gardening adventures continue. We have planted three different types of water melon in our veggie patch which will hopefully have sprouted by the end of next week and will be ready to eat in a few months’ time. Our last vegetable patch was a roaring success; it produced tomatoes, squash and pumpkins. They were delicious! Keep up the good work team green fingers.

This week our scientific investigations continued, and we independently completed our science assessments. We tested out dissolvable vitamin tablets in different temperatures of water and used these to create a graph of the results. Assessments continued throughout the week including writing poetry and creating a new business for the town.

Emily Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Family Groups

This term students have started learning Auslan (sign language) during family group time on Wednesday afternoons. So far students have learnt basic greetings such as… “how are you?”, what’s your name?”, “pleased to meet you” and “my name is….” They have also learnt the alphabet and performed the Alphabet song last Friday on assembly.

We are now beginning to learn emergency response words to assist a deaf person requiring medical help. (“Where’s the pain?”, “I can help you”, “stay calm” etc.)

All students are progressing well and have shown a great interest in learning this language.

Mrs Belinda Tolete

Class and Uniform Awards


Lennox Falconer

For trying his hardest during Maths.

Keshav Garg

For improving in his handwriting.

Year 2/3

Maddison Hickey

For consistent effort during term 3 and for persisting when the going got tough.

Kirsten Higgins

For her positive attitude to all tasks.

Year 3/4

Dean Wharton-McKellar

For persisting all term to make positive behaviour choices.

Felicity Higgins

For displaying a positive attitude towards all challenges this term.

Year 5/6

Gemma Mills

For a positive attitude towards assessment.

Maxximus Nelson

For a great improvement in handwriting.


Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to our students whom have a birthday in the last fortnight.

Thais Vanini – 12th September
Chloe Murphy – 30th September

Behaviour Celebrations

Students will participate in their behaviour level celebrations this Thursday. The celebrations for each level is as follows:

Level 1: Free dress, party in the big shed and slime making. Please bring a plate of party food to share.
Level 2: Movie, popcorn and playdough making.
Level 3: Colouring in competition and Lego.

Well done to all the students who have tried extremely hard this term to follow our Student Code of Conduct and who have said NO WAY TO BULLYING.

Calling For Prep Enrolments 2020

Is your child born between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled for 2020. 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 will be conducted in Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3 (9th September to 19th September). Please contact the office to make an appointment.

Uniform Reminders

The school uniform represents the pride we have for our children and our school. A smart, neat and user-friendly uniform encourages the children to take pride in their appearance and in the school. The school uniform requirements:

Polo Shirts

Green/Yellow polo shirt (available from the school office)

Sports Shirt

White polo shirt (available from the school Office)

Worn once a week – on Thursdays.

Skorts or Shorts

Bottle green skorts

Bottle green shorts


White socks


ALL BLACK shoes (preferably joggers)

Flat brown/black sandals (optional)



Green school hat (available from the school Office)

Tracksuit Jumper

Bottle green tracksuit jumper

Tracksuit Pants

Bottle green tracksuit pants


A green, white or yellow skivvy may be worn underneath the school shirt.

Beanies and Scarves

Bottle green

Hats: Our school policy is ‘NO HAT – NO PLAY’. A green school hat must be worn and can be purchased form the office.

Jewellery: The only jewellery allowed is one set of fine studs or sleepers, a chain with some form of religious significance and watches.

Nail Polish: Nail polish is not to be worn.

Hair: Children’s hair must be neat and tidy. If hair is below the collar it needs to be tied back with appropriate white or green accessories. It is expected that hairstyles reflect the code of dress required by the school. The colouring of hair and unusual hairstyles are not acceptable.

Student Protection

Our Schools Student Protection Contacts are:

Mrs Cara Haig (Middle Leader/LST)
Mrs Carolyn Crick (Administration Officer)
Mr Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Principal)

School Tuition Fees

Term 3 Fees have been sent home, these were due by Friday 13th September 2019. 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


This term Tuckshop will be held on FRIDAYS ONLY due to inability to source tuckshop volunteers. We are desperately looking for tuckshop volunteers! If you are interested in either Volunteering or Cake cooking, please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067 or Facebook.

Church Times

Saturday 21st September - Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 22nd September – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 29th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 6th October – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 13th October – Eucharistic Service @ 9 am
Sunday 20th October – Mass @ 6.00pm
Saturday 26th October - Mass @ 6.00pm
Sunday 27th October - Mass @ Eulo

Community Events

Drop-in Centre open on Wednesday and Friday for all ages.

Important Dates

Term 3

Monday 16th September –
Friday 20th September

Thargo Sports Camp – Years 4 & 5

Thursday 19th September

Last day of Term 3

Assembly 8:40am

Behaviour Celebrations

Friday 20th September

Pupil Free Day

Term 4

Monday 7th October

Public Holiday

Tuesday 8th October

Term 4 Starts

Thursday 10th October

Youth Council Meeting 8:30am

Monday 21st October

Pupil Free – All Staff in Charleville for PD.

Friday 25th October

World Teachers’ Day and Grandparents Day Liturgy

Monday 28th October –
Thursday 31st October

Parent Teacher Interviews

Steph Keogh (Speech Therapist) Visiting