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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

26 November 2019

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Principal’s Report

As another school year comes to a close it is important to reflect on the many enriching learning experiences our students have had over the course of the 2019 school year. The Sacred Heart community have a lot to be proud of and to celebrate. We have achieved great growth in our reading and NAPLAN data, put on a one of a kind musical, Pirates of the Currybean, continued to shine on the sporting field and in the pool and proved to be competitive during the Charleville Music Festival. We have also witnessed huge progress in our overall student behaviour in the classroom and on the playground. Students are engaging positively with the learning process and are keen to meet their own personal learning goals.

None of these achievements would be possible without a dynamic, focused and strategically driven team. There are so many people to thank, who have supported Sacred Heart throughout the year to ensure it is the best school community it can be.

I would like to sincerely thank;

  • the teachers and school officers for their continued dedication and hard work towards student learning. They have worked hard to get to know their students and built many positive relationships.
  • Geoff and Guyhany Rynne for their continued support during lunchtime games and family rotations. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed learning from you both and participating in your sporting and cultural activities.
  • Cunnamulla Police Officers, for coming down to school during lunchbreaks to play handball and other sports with the students. It has been highly beneficial and a positive experience for our students.
  • Our Parent Partnership Forum for your continued support through holding hotdog stalls, Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls, buying books for students and much more.
  • Sr Maureen for her continued support of the liturgical life of the school and general pastoral care of staff and students.
  • And our students. Your energy and enthusiasm towards learning is a joy to be a part of.

I hope you all have a happy and restful Christmas break with family and friends. See you all in 2020.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 8 and the last newsletter article of the year! We have been very busy in the Prep/1 class, completing assessments and preparing for graduation and the Christmas carols evening. All assessment tasks will be completed and marked this week, ready for report cards to be sent home. The Christmas carols evening will be held next Tuesday, and the Prep/1 students have been working very hard on their singing and accompanying actions. Prep/1 students are asked to wear Christmas colours (red, green, white, black) on the night, to get into the festive spirit. To keep with the Christmas theme, Prep/1 will be participating in an end of year Christmas party next week. Students are asked to bring in a snack or plate to share. Details about the class party will be displayed on the notice board, outside of the classroom later this week.

Another event happening in our class this term, is the Prep transition days. These days have been very exciting as the Prep students are forming positive relationships with their future classmates. This Friday is our last Prep transition day and we have great activities planned for the morning.

With so much happening over the next couple of weeks, please make sure we are at school every day. It would be a shame to miss out on all the fun and it is the last opportunity to be together as a class before the end of the school year. Finally, a big thank you goes out to all the parents/carers and students of the Prep/1 class. We have had a fantastic year and learnt so much together.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Mrs Standfield
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2/3 News

Despite it being the end of the term and the end of a very busy year, the Year 2/3 classroom has been a hive of activity, as we make the most of the remaining time, fitting in as much teaching and learning as we can. We have been busy with assessment too however we are making way for some fun too, as my last day with this class for 2019 is this Friday. For the remaining three days, Miss Rachael Cornelius, our new teacher for 2020, shall be in charge.

We’ve been exploring critical thinking skills when reviewing literature and have taken place in a ‘book club’ activity to give our opinion of one of our preferred texts. The children have enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to present their opinions to the class and it has been a valuable experience as they learn to express themselves clearly and confidently.

Mapping skills has been a focus for us in maths and learning to use coordinates to locate places on a map has interested them. Practise with compass points is improving their knowledge of direction and reinforcement of both these and left and right directions at home, would be beneficial.

As Advent draws near, our focus in religious education has turned to the story of the Nativity and our class prayer table reflects this. We have learnt where to locate the story in the bible and have informally explored the technique of bible referencing.

We’ve continued our exploration of countries in geography and have used an online encyclopaedia to locate vital information of some of Australia’s Pacific neighbours: Indonesia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and finally Fiji, which acted as an assessment activity.

The class has found learning about animal classification interesting in science lessons and have participated in ‘What Am I?’ activities in class. We’ve enjoyed sorting things into living, nonliving things, plants and animals and finally vertebrates and invertebrates. A challenge they enjoyed.

In Music and Design, we’ve studied different types of instruments and have enjoyed designing and making our own maraca to use in the exploration of musical ‘beat’.

As the weather warmed up, so did the water in the pool and our swimming lessons have been very productive. The children all are confident in the water and ready to learn the different strokes in addition to some learning the finer points of diving in from Jay. Thank you, Miss Maryanne and Jay, for teaching us how to remain safe around deep water. A busy time followed by a few Christmas fun activities, as the end of yet another school year draws near.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time out here in the far south west and have relished the opportunity to get to know your children. I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and thank you for entrusting a large part of your child’s 2019 school year in my hands.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2/3 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight year 3-4 have been hard at work finishing off their assessments for the term. During math, the students have been learning about chance and data, they have interpreted data from displays and described the chance of possible everyday events happening. During English, the students have been participating in a book club where the students are learning to apply relevant social conventions when sharing their opinion with a group. The students have enjoyed making connections between personal experiences and the worlds of text. Some highlights for the week have been completing our drama production ‘The Pirates of the Currybean,’ the students put a lot of effort into showcasing the production they should be very proud of their achievements! The students are looking forward to performing and getting into the Christmas spirit at the Christmas carols.

Miss Sor`e
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Last week, in the 5/6 classroom, we became fashion designers. We designed and created some Asian style clothing using recycled materials. Some were successful, others not so much! But we had a great time all the same. The school musical was a resounding success! Our characters have continued to sing the songs and quote the lines, it’s safe to say we will never forget those Pirates of the Currybean and their friends.

Well done team!

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards


Natasha King

For great progress with her reading.

Jocelyn Harper

Great sentence writing during stamina writing.

Year 2/3

Sophia Tolete

For consistently presenting work of a high standard.

Jah-Corey Maxwell

For making amazing progress in reading this year.

Year 3/4

Jesse Fett

For great progress in Maths.

Felicity Higgins

For doing a fantastic job collaborating during music.

Year 5/6

Paige Mills

For being a fantastic role model throughout the term.

Geoffrey Rynne

For always being polite and courteous.


Konrad Hoyling

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to our students who have or are having a birthday in the last fortnight and over the school holidays.

Maximus Jordan & James Wharton-McKellar – 23rd November
Jakarhlem Munn – 24th November
Aleisha Webb – 28th November
Kellie Brain – 8th December
Ava & Bella Anderson – 14th December
Kirsten Higgins – 15th December
McKenzie Thomas – 16th December
Dominick Pender – 18th December
Brayden Munn – 22nd December


On Tuesday 26th November we will be holding our end of year Graduation ceremony. All students are expected to attend and to wear their Sports Uniform (white and green). The evening will commence at 6pm, so if students could please arrive at 5:45pm it would be greatly appreciated. We also ask that all families please bring a plate to share for supper afterwards (e.g. finger food, sausage rolls, mini pizzas etc). There will be drinks available for purchase on the night. I can’t wait to see everyone there.

Christmas Carols

Our school Christmas Carol Concert will be held Tuesday 3rd December on the grassed area near the library and will commence at 6:30pm. All students have been practicing their Christmas carol performances in class. It will be an event not to miss! Bring along a picnic blanket or camping chair to enjoy the carols under the stars.

School Musical

We are very proud of our student’s performance of the school musical ‘Pirates of the Currybean”. It was wonderful to see all the parents, grandparents, carers and visitors attend.

End of Year Pool Party

On Wednesday 4th December all our students who are on Levels 1, 2 and 3 are invited to attend our end of year pool party. Students will need to bring along their togs, swim shirt, towel and thongs. This will be happening between 11-1pm.

Prep Transition Days

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.

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 4 Fees have been sent home, these are due by Friday 15th November 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

Sunday 1st December – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30 am
Sunday 8th December – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30 am
Sunday 15th December – Mass @ 6pm
Saturday 21st December – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 22nd December – Eulo Mass @ 9am

Community Events

Important Dates

Term 4

Tuesday 26th November

Graduation – 6pm

Friday 29th November

8.40am – Assembly

Prep Transition Day – 8.30am – 12pm

Tuesday 3rd December

Carols – 6.30pm – Grassed area near Library

Wednesday 4th December

Christmas Liturgy – 9am

Pool Party – Level 1-3 students – 11am – 1pm

Last Day of Term 4

Term 1 2020

Wednesday 22nd –

Friday 24th January 2020

School Office open 11am – 2pm to purchase uniforms.

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Term 1 2020 begins.