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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

31 March 2020

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Principal’s Report

I would like to thank all parents and teachers for their support and understanding during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Even though the term has had an unpredictable ending, Term 1 has included many wonderful learning experiences for our students. The students have embraced the Habits of Mind and Heart framework and we have seen many instances where they have demonstrated our school’s core values. I am very proud of the learning growth our students have already achieved this year.

Remote Learning

This week teachers have been busy planning and preparing for learning at home options which will most likely begin to take place in Term 2. Teachers have been investigating the best possible ways our students can access the Australian Curriculum. To ensure we support all of our students, teachers will be providing both online and offline learning options. To take part in the online learning (including live videos of our staff teaching) you will need to download the Microsoft app Teams.

This app will allow our students to access all content and materials, view lesson recordings and participate in live online learning lessons with their teachers. In order to prepare staff, students and parents for this, we would like to invite parents to either make a meeting time in person or make a phone appointment this Thursday 2nd April or Friday 3rd April (between 8am – 3pm) for teachers to demonstrate how to access the content they have prepared. The meetings will only take approximately 10-15 minutes. I strongly encourage you to book an appointment time. Please find the attached information sheet on how to download Microsoft Teams App to your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone as well as your child’s login and password. If you could download the app before your meeting time it would be beneficial.

I will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. I hope you enjoy some quality family time over the Easter break.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Term 1 has almost come to an end and what a term it has been. Assessment is very nearly complete, with every student doing an incredible job persisting on all tasks. In English, students demonstrate their understanding about rhyme by identifying and using rhyming pairs in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme. In Maths, students continue to display their learning through a range of hands-on Maths activities.

In Science, students complete a toy study and identify and describe the way their toys move and behaves. In Hass, students complete a collage of their family, including and labelling intermediate and extended family members. In HPE, students effectively respond to a challenging scenario and provide ways to deal with the conflict. In Art, students watch an Indigenous Kangaroo Dance and respond by explaining how it made them feel.

In Technology, students create an Easter Hat which serves a special function, using a range of hands-on tools and materials.

In Religion, students demonstrate their knowledge about the church and explain why it is a sacred place. In keeping with the spirit of Easter, students are also learning about the Easter story and participating in relevant craft activities. Thank you all for a wonderful first term and I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces next term.

Happy Easter!

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

In Maths, we’ve been concentrating on number, practising counting patterns and learning how to link them to our number facts. Identifying numbers that come before, after and between and writing numbers that are two more / less, five more / less and the same for ten. Please continue to practise these patterns, firstly to one hundred but ultimately extending them to numbers to one thousand. Consolidating our doubles was also a focus, so continued work on number facts is invaluable at this stage as we lay the foundations for more complex concepts.

The children are making wonderful progress in reading and the nightly practice of ten minutes home reading has reaped rewards. They’ve concentrated on groups of sounds in our phonics to spelling sessions and are becoming more used to using these skills to decode and write unknown words. Please continue to make these sessions a priority in the weeks ahead. Their handwriting skills have been consolidated also and I’m proud of the neat work they are presenting in their books. Keeping a daily journal will be a valuable practise in the days ahead, as spelling, handwriting and grammar skills are all implemented.

Learning about water, its sources and uses, exploring the continents of the world about the wonderful country in which we live and dividing it into states and territories has been a focus in geography. Learning where Cunnamulla sits in the big picture and appreciating our Indigenous background. How to become wonderful stewards of our beautiful world in religion, has tied it altogether beautifully.

They are a wonderful class and I have thoroughly enjoyed our term together. Please stay safe as we go our separate ways for a while.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

The last fortnight of school was a success the students all worked very hard on their assessments and should be very proud of themselves. I have seen a lot of growth already over the term from all 3-4 students. In preparation for next term, we started learning about division and in English we started looking at persuasive writing features. All students are very deserving of a relaxing holiday to get ready for another busy term! We hope everyone has an amazing Easter!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week in year 5/6 we have thrown ourselves full force into the learning pit. We tackled the grade six maths problems of triangular numbers. Our grade fives gave this ago alongside the grade sixes and I am super thrilled to say that EVERYONE SMASHED IT! We got ourselves out of the pit, threw the rope in for our friends and helped them out of the pit too. We all reached a Eureka moment and calculated and identified triangular numbers. Well done my budding little mathematicians!

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:

Habit of the Heart: Excellence

Habit of the Mind: Independence



Keshav Garg

For displaying independence in all learning tasks.

Year 2

William Behrendt

For increased motivation and ability to work independently in class.

Year 3/4

Paige Tanner

For displaying independence in Maths.

Year 5/6

Megan Hatchman

For wonderful independent writing.



Lennox Falconer

For achieving excellence in all learning tasks.

Year 2

Penny Schmidt

For her enthusiasm to achieve excellence.

Year 3/4

Amy King

For displaying excellence in all learning areas.

Year 5/6

Sara King

For showing excellence in all areas of school.


Prep / 1

Zara Field

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

Jocelyn Harper

STEM Learning

Over this fortnight in STEM we have investigated the effects different liquids have on eggs. The four liquids were; white vinegar, brown vinegar, lemon juice and tap water. The students were amazed to see that the vinegars and lemon juice all had a similar effect on the egg. The lemon juice had a bleaching effect while the brown vinegar stained the white (albumen) a honey colour. It was really interesting to see that both vinegar’s left the albumen raw while slightly cooking the yolk but bouncing the eggs until they broke was definitely the highlight for everyone.

Effective Hand Hygiene is Vital

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, it is important to remember that effective hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against viruses and can help prevent the spread of illness.

Lead by example and encourage your children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is not available
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately
  • remind students not to share food
  • if they’re unwell, stay at home and avoid contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging.

Check out the 20 second routine video for effective handwashing.


The Education Ministers agreed that for 2020, NAPLAN would not proceed to assist schools to focus on the well-being of students and continuity of education due to COVID-19.

District and Regional Sports

At this stage ALL District and Regional sports has been cancelled.

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

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

At this stage ALL church services have been cancelled.

Community News

Term 1 Important Dates

Week 10

Thursday 2nd April

Last day Term 1

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 20th April

Term 2 begins

Week 2

Tuesday 28th April

Prep vision screens

Week 3

Monday 4th May

Labour Day Holiday