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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

3 March 2020

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Principal’s Report

Principal Forum

Last week I attended the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Principal Forum along with 31 principals from our Diocese. The theme for the week was, ‘Schools That Deliver’ which is based on John Edwards and Bill Martin’s text. Dr Pat’s keynote address gave us much to think about as he reinforced the importance of school strategic planning – schools need to be clear on what they are delivering, how they are delivering, who is delivering and why they are delivering? As a diocese the mission of our schools is to deliver academic success in a distinctly Catholic environment. I am enthusiastic about continuing to develop the best possible learning environment for our students alongside staff, families and the community.

Some of the additional topics included directorate updates, understanding and applying the Catholic identity position paper, parental engagement, strategies to promote and maintain our flourishing rural and remote communities and the current review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education plan. It was a very valuable week to be a part of and I look forward to sharing more information with staff and parents.

Season of Lent

Last Wednesday, we began our journey through the Church season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday liturgy with Fr Warren. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a special time in our Church and school community where we think about the mystery of Jesus’ life and death and how we can grow to be more loving by following Jesus’ way. Receiving a cross of ashes on our foreheads, reminds us that we believe Jesus is the source of all life, that just as the bush burns and the ash falls to the ground and in time seeds of new life are sown, so too does our new life come from Jesus.

STEM Learning

In family rotations this term, our students have been participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Through STEM activities students work on developing skills including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Critical analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Independent thinking
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Digital literacy

So far, our students have explored different types of liquids and their effects as well as designed and engineered a house to survive certain weather conditions. Students are thoroughly enjoying these sessions and it’s definitely encouraging thinking outside the box!!

Habits of the Mind and Habits of the Heart

This fortnight, students are focusing on curiosity (Habit of the Mind) and service (Habit of the Heart).

How do we define Service? Service is being willing to help others in our school and in our community. Service is about doing good deeds without wanting a reward or listening to the needs of others. When we are being of service to others it makes us feel fulfilled, worthy, appreciated, needed and much more. Service is a key value the Mercy sisters encompassed in their work they did.

How do we define curiosity? Curiosity is being eager and interested in learning more about a topic. It involves noticing things, looking for patterns and connections, researching, questioning, being proactive and thinking of possible reasons. When being curious we feel eager, interested, surprise, enthusiastic and awe.


Unfortunately, we will farewell Miss Ellie Ferguson at the end of this term as she will be taking up a new position on the Paroo Shire Council. We thank Miss Ferguson for her wonderful contribution to the Sacred Heart Community and wish her all the best for her next adventure. We will be advertising her position later on in the term on Seek and through the school newsletter.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

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, sight words and handwriting in English, as well as reading groups each day. We are well into our HASS and Science units. In HASS, we are learning more about our families and all the different family structures. In science, we are learning about how our bodies move as well as how different objects move.

Last week we kicked off our dance practice for the fete… any guesses as to what the song and dance style is this year? 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.

We have also had lots of Birthdays in the month of February, so we have been enjoying some fun class parties for these special students.

Enjoy the next couple of weeks and bring on the learning!

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

This fortnight we have had many visiting teachers through our classroom, which has been very exciting. We have been working hard on summarising events from our stories and writing sentences that match our summaries. We have continued working on our place value and addition and subtraction strategies. Students have been exploring the continents of the world, oceans and the local fauna found on these continents. Students have been using their curiosity (Habit of Mind) when exploring different uses of water and water sources found around the school and local community. Students have been discussing different ways to provide service (Habit of Heart) to the school and many have used their lunch breaks to assist other students and keep our grounds tidy. We also welcomed the liturgical season of Lent by participating in the Ash Wednesday Liturgy as we begin our journey to Easter.

Year 2 Students

Year 3/4 News

This fortnight the students have been hard at work focusing on odd and even numbers. In pairs the students-built robots only using either odd or even body parts then presented their robot to the class. Our favourite part was designing the robots and learning each robots superpower! The students learnt all about the meaning behind Shrove Tuesday in Week 5, to commend the students hard work, 3-4 teamed up with 5-6 to make and enjoy pancakes! In Week 6, the students are beginning to focus on the continents of South America and Africa. In English we are learning to write entertaining sentences which include prepositional phrases. Our class is looking forward to performing at the fete in week 7 and continuing our learning about multiplication in Math

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week in Maths we have been multiplying large numbers. We used the long multiplication method to calculate huge multiplications such as 456 x 32 = ?

We worked as a team to generate our own numbers which we challenged ourselves and raced to answer. This term we have been able to use our diaries for multiplications. Next term we are banishing these and using our memory to calculate our times tables! Make sure you keep learning these times tables at home in preparation for next term.

Keep up the good work team!

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:

Habit of the Heart: Curiosity
Habit of the Mind: Service



Deegan Murphy

For approaching each lesson with curiosity.

Year 2

Thais Vanini

For displaying curiosity in her Geography studies.

Year 3/4

Maddison Hickey

For always participating and asking questions to find out more.

Year 5/6

Gemma Mills

For investigating Maths with curiosity.



Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

For always lending a hand to those around her.

Year 2

Thoramus Nelson

For always assisting his classmates.

Year 3/4

Sophia Tolete

For taking action to keep the school clean and tidy.

Year 5/6

Noah Hatchman

For working well in group activities.



Jazaha Francisco

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

William Behrendt

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Goothala Rynne – 1st March
Cain Blackford – 2nd March

School Leaders 2020

I would like to congratulate our Year 6 leaders for 2020. I was very proud of each and every student who spoke expressing their ideas and direction for Sacred Heart Primary School. Your ideas were practical and relevant to our purpose.

School Captain: Sara King
School Vice-Captain: Aleisha Webb
Xavier Captain: Geoffrey Rynne
Xavier Vice-Captain: Gemma Mills
McAuley Captain: Megan Hatchman
McAuley Vice-Captain: McKenzie Thomas

Behaviour Promotions

The staff have worked together to review and revamp our school Student Behaviour Support Plan so that it encompasses our Habits of Heart and Mind. Our behaviour level matrix has been updated to include our habits and example scenarios of behaviour expectations. Teachers have discussed the levels with students so that they can strive for excellence. Teachers will review student behaviour levels every three weeks using the behaviour matrix below.

Congratulations to the following students on their promotion to Behaviour Level 2. The following students have met the Behaviour Policy requirements:

Ava Anderson, Bella Anderson, Felicity Higgins, Max Manning, Keliani Maxwell, Justin Mitchell, Macey Mitchell, Brooke Roberts, Goothala Rynne, Megan Hatchman, Sara King, Gemma Mills, Geoffrey Rynne, McKenzie Thomas, Aleisha Webb, Noah Hatchman, Kirsten Higgins, Amy King, Sophia Tolete, Jesse Fett, Maddison Hickey, Kelisha McDermott, Ruby Schmidt, Paige Tanner, Charlotte Ramsay, Charlotte Ashley-McKellar, Thoramus Nelson, Penny Schmidt, Jakarhlem Munn,

Makayla Geppert, Brooke Haig, Kendall McDermott, Deegan Murphy, Jensen Spaul, Chelsea Ashley-McKellar, Felicity Behrendt, Orianna Behrendt, Lennox Falconer, Chloe Fett, Zara Field, Natasha King, Dallas Ramsay, Jason Tolete and Jazaha Mitchell.

District Swimming Carnival

Congratulation to Sacred Heart Primary School for winning the District Swimming Carnival on Friday 21st February. All students showed great sportsmanship on the day.

Congratulations to our Age Champions:

2011 Boys: Brayden Munn
2010 Girls: Charlotte Ramsay
2008 Girls: Megan Hatchman

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 a part 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.

Students are asked to wear:

Prep/1: Plain dark clothes
Year 2: Cowboys & Cowgirls (white shirt, denim bottoms & boots if you have then)
Year 3/4: Plain black clothes
Year 5/6: Plain black clothes

Raffle Tickets have been sent home, can these please be returned to school by Wednesday 11th March.

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 the rest of Term 1.


Year 2 – 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Prep/1 – 2:15pm – 2:45pm


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

Sacred Heart Parent Partnership Forum AGM

Last week we held our 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.

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 2020:

Chairperson – Alice Behrendt
Secretary – Cara Haig
Team Coordinator – Tina Jackson
Parish Leader – Sr Maureen Andrews
Principal – Polly Crawford

Service Action Team for 2020:

Carla Mills
Lauren Schmidt

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


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 Primary 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 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)

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 2020. 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

Church Times

Sunday 8th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 15th March– Mass @ 6pm
Saturday 21st March – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 22nd March – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 29th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am

Community News

Term 1 Important Dates

Week 6

Tuesday 3rd March – Wednesday 4th March

TCSO Speechie, Hearing and OT Visiting

Pat Edgar & Sue Keefer Visiting (Reading Coach)

Friday 6th March

Assembly – 8.40am

Week 7

Thursday 12th 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)

Friday 20th March

Assembly – 8.40am

Meals on Wheels – 11.55am

Term 1 School Fees due

Week 9

Friday 27th March

Meals on Wheels – 11.55am

Week 10

Thursday 2nd April

Assembly – 8.40am

Easter Liturgy – 9am

Last day Term 1