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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

18 February 2020

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Principal’s Report

BGA Grant

Last week, Lester Ehrlich (Elia Architecture) and Paul Bryant (TCSO Facilities Development Manager) visited Sacred Heart to discuss and work on the plans for our new school library, amenities and undercover area. I am excited to share draft plans for you below. This new building will be a wonderful edition to our school to ensure we continue to meet the contemporary needs of our students.

Habits of the Mind and Habits of the Heart

This fortnight, students are focusing on what it means to have courage and the importance of persisting through tasks. We remind students that when we learn new topics or concepts we need to work through the learning pit to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. When we are in the learning pit things might get tricky, we might feel confused, we might feel challenged, but these feelings are ok. By failing and trying again we can work our way to success.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

The Prep/1 students have settled in extremely well and have begun learning about many new topics. They have enjoyed learning about toys that move, the emotions we feel in the different ‘zones of regulation’, counting in 1s and in 2s and about words that rhyme. They thoroughly enjoyed showing Mr Savage their counting skills using the interactive whiteboard. Our Prep students have begun learning about concepts about print while Year 1 students have started up guided reading lessons. They have been focusing on applying learnt reading strategies.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

Term 1 has kicked started and we are busy bees in Year 2. Students have begun responding to literature by retelling and sequencing stories they have read, learning about the continents and oceans of the world, modelling and representing 3-digit numbers and choreographing their Fete dance. Students enjoyed crafting and displaying their reading goals in the classroom. They also presented their skip counting dance to Mr Savage during his visit last week.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Student reading goals.

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight the year 3-4 class have immersed themselves into learning what it would be like to live in a neighbouring country specifically, in China and Japan! The students have been exploring native animals, location on maps, currency and natural/ man-made features. As an extra-curricular the students have designed their own lantern for the Chinese New Year and mastered the paper folding art of origami! In science, the students have been participating in hands on investigations exploring how liquids and solids are influenced by temperature! The students and I are looking forward to performing our dance for the fete, I’ve asked all students to dress in black as we will be costumed as ‘cheeky monkeys’ Also, we are looking forward to the districts swimming carnival and will be cheering all of our Sacred Heart champions on next Friday!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week in Science we made volcanoes! We used citric acid, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring to create an erupting volcano of lava. We will use this to scientifically test the viscosity of lava and see if high viscosity or low viscosity lava does the most damage. Can you all remember what our word of the week “viscosity” means?

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:

Habit of the Heart: Persistence
Habit of the Mind: Courage



Natasha King

For persisting when learning skip counting.

Year 2

Jakarhlem Munn

For persisting with learning decoding strategies in reading.

Year 3/4

Dominick Pender

For persisting with finishing tasks neatly and in a timely manner.

Year 5/6

Justin Mitchell

For persisting with factors and multiples



Kendall McDermott

Having courage to give everything a red-hot go.

Year 2

Charlotte Ashley-McKellar

For being brave when faced with new and challenging tasks.

Year 3/4

Kirsten Higgins

For always contributing to classroom discussions.

Year 5/6

McKenzie Thomas

For tackling her speech programme with bravery


Year 3/4

Kelisha McDermott

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Lily McCarthy

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Keshav Garg – 11th February
Deegan Murphy – 14th February
Chloe Fett – 20th February

School Leaders Liturgy

This Wednesday 19th February we will be holding our Leadership Liturgy at 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

District Swimming Carnival

This Friday 21st February, 20 Sacred Heart students will be representing our school at the District Swimming Carnival. These students have received a letter including details of their events and what to bring. I am sure they will try their very best and do our school proud. Go Sacred Heart!

Swimming Days

Swimming lessons with Miss Maryanne at the town pool have begun. All students are expected to participate in these lessons as it is part of the HPE curriculum. If your child is unwell and not able to participate in a lesson, please write a note for the classroom teacher. All students are to bring their togs, towel, thongs and $1 to participate.

Class swimming days for this are as below:

Tuesday 18th February:

2pm – 2.30pm 3/4/5/6

Thursday 20th February:

12.15pm - Year 2
2.15pm - Year P/1

Sacred Heart Parent Partnership Forum AGM

Tonight, 18th February at 5:30pm, we will be holding our Parent Partnership Forum AGM. All parents and community members are welcome to attend and be apart of this group. 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.

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. For more information please see the school 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 and Netball. 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



10-19 years

Friday 28th February


Football Boys and Girls

10-12 years

Tuesday 28th April


Tennis Boys and Girls

10-12 years

Monday 8th June


Touch Boys and Girls

10-12 years

13th – 16th August



10-12 years

18th – 21st June


Rugby League Boys

11 – 12 years

Wednesday 6th May


Rugby League Girls

11 -12 years

Friday 17th July


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


Tuckshop has started up again for the year and will be held every Friday. If you are a Parent, Guardian or Friend of someone attending Sacred Heart School we need helpers for tuckshop. Tuckshop runs on 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 21st February

Cara Haig and Alicia Fields

Mary-Clare Duff

Friday 28th February

Carla Mills

Alice Martin

Friday 6th March

Leesa McCarthy

Anna Murphy

Friday 13th March

Beth Ashley & Biddy King

Yvonne Brain

Friday 20th March

Ethan Crumblin

Mandy Hoyling

Friday 27th March

Lauren Schmidt

Jenny Webb

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)
Mr Mike Thomason (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Principal)

Uniform Policy

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.

School Tuition Fees

School Fees have been sent home, can these please be paid by Friday 20th March 2020. 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.

2020 Fee Structure

Tuition Fees

One child.

Two children.

Three or more children

Whole Year Fees




Resource Levy




Capital Development Levy




Amount charged per Term per Family




Sacred Heart Parish Fete

The Sacred Heart Parish Fete will be held on Friday evening the 13th 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.

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Saturday 22nd February – Mass @ 6pm
Wednesday 26th February – Ash Wednesday School Liturgy 12:30pm
Wednesday 26th February – Ash Wednesday Service 6pm
Sunday 1st March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 8th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 15th March– Mass @ 6pm
Saturday 21st March – Mass @ 6pm

Term 1 Important Dates

Week 4

Monday 17th February

Hearing Screens

Tuesday 18th February

Hearing Screens

Parent Partnership Forum AGM 5:30pm

Wednesday 19th February

Leadership Liturgy - 12.30pm

Thursday 20th February

Music – Mr Whatling

Meals on Wheels – 11.50pm

Friday 21st February

District Swimming Carnival Cunnamulla

Assembly – 2.30pm

Week 5

Monday 24th February

Music – Mr Whatling

Wednesday 26th February

Ash Wednesday Liturgy 12:30pm

Friday 28th February

Regional Swimming Carnival Charleville

Week 6

Tuesday 3rd March – Wednesday 4th March

TCSO Speechie, Hearing and OT Visiting

Sue Keefer Visiting (Reading Coach)

Week 7

Wednesday 11th March

Year 6 Canberra Trip Parent Information Session

Friday 13th March

Sacred Heart Parish Fete

Week 8

Tuesday 17th March – Wednesday 18th March

Mike Thomason Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)