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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

28 April 2020

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Principal’s Report

First Week

Term 2 has begun in a different and interesting way for us all as we implement the learning from home model. It has been wonderful to see a high number of students engaging with their teachers and classmates through the App Microsoft Teams. It has been a valuable tool in supporting student learning in the home environment as they can regularly keep in contact and participate in ‘live’ literacy and numeracy lessons. Keep up the great work students and parents!!

Students learning from home using Microsoft Teams

Our teachers and school officers have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks to ensure that we can continue to provide the best learning opportunities possible for your children. I would like to sincerely thank our staff for all their amazing efforts during these times and praise them for how quickly they have upskilled themselves in the area of online learning.

Last week I sent out a survey to our families who have children learning from home, so we can find out what is working well, what could be improved and what areas of support are required. It has been wonderful receiving so much positive feedback about what we are already doing well. I sincerely thank those parents for taking the time to complete the survey. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please click the following link. It should take no longer than 2 minutes to complete.

New School Building

The plans for our new school library, amenities block and undercover area are continuing to go ahead. I have been finalising the site plans and finishes with our Architect, Lester Ehrlich from ELIA. Expressions of interest have been received from builders and we are hoping to go out for tender by the end of this week. This means that we are now inviting expressions of interest for those who are interested in purchasing for removal the current library building. This advertisement will also go out in the Western Times and Warrego Watchman. Please contact the school if you are interested.

Seeking Expression of Interest – For the Sale and Removal of the Existing Library Building located at Sacred Heart Primary School, 46 John Street, Cunnamulla.

Description: The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba is seeking offers from parties interested in purchase for removal of the “Library” structure currently located at Sacred Heart Primary School – 46 John Street, Cunnamulla.

Closing time and date: Submissions are to be lodged by 3.00pm Wednesday 13th of May 2020.

For Tender Documents or Enquires: Contact Pollyanna Crawford, Principal of Sacred Heart by phone 46551486 or email

Library Building – Purchase for Removal

Federal Government Drought Funding

Sacred Heart has been lucky enough to have recently received some drought funding from the Federal Government. As part of this drought relief funding, Sacred Heart is offering families a fee concession. All students will also receive a winter tracksuit and school shirt. Mrs Crick will be phoning families this week to acquire student clothing sizes.

Learning from Home Information

Home Learning Pack Change Over

This Friday, Sacred Heart will be providing the next fortnights learning from home pack. This new pack will include the next 2-week plan (Tuesday 5th May – Friday 15th May), lesson activity instructions, worksheets, activity materials and resources.

If you prefer to pick your child’s pack up from school, they will be available to be picked up between 11am-12pm Friday 1st May from the school office or they will be delivered to family residences between 12-1pm on Friday. When your new pack is dropped off or picked up we ask that you have the previous fortnights pack ready to return to school. This will assist teachers to understand student progress, so they can effectively plan the next stages of learning for your child.

Microsoft Team Lesson Schedule

Remember that your teachers are modelling live lessons for Literacy and Mathematics each day using the App, Microsoft Teams. If you are having trouble logging on or downloading content, please let us know. Remember all lessons are being recorded so you can go back and watch them. The schedule of lessons is per below:


Year 2

Year 3/4

Year 5/6

Online English






Online Mathematics Lesson





Friday Socialisation Time - for students at home to speak and chat to students at school.

12pm Fridays

12:30pm Fridays

11am Fridays

11:30am Fridays

Learning Support/Intervention Programs

Students who normally receive reading intervention or speech intervention, will continue to receive this support starting next week either through Microsoft Teams or in person if they are attending school. If you are learning from home, please keep an eye out on your Microsoft Teams calendar to see when this support has been timetabled throughout the week. It is important our students continue to receive this support, so they continue to progress.


Regular, brief communication between teachers, parents and students is a key factor to the success of learning from home. Therefore, our teachers will be in regular contact with families either via phone, SMS or the digital platforms of Microsoft Teams and email. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via any of the mentioned forms if you require clarification or assistance with home learning.


Rachael Cornelius

Year 2

Jenny Shellshear

Year 3/4

Shae Sore

Year 5/6

Emily Conlin

School Office

Polly Crawford/Carolyn Crick

School contact numbers: 4655 1486 or 0409 110 662

Instrumental Music

Mr Whatling will continue to provide instrumental musical support to our music students remotely via the App, Microsoft Teams. These lessons will continue to be held every Thursday and students will be informed of their new lesson time. Therefore, students will be required to bring their musical instrument to school every Thursday if they are attending school.

Roll Marking

For the first 5 weeks of Term 2, we will adopt an adjusted Roll marking procedure to cater for the current at home learning situation. We are still required to acknowledge on our system, the students who are learning from home and those who are learning at school. Therefore, teachers will be calling to touch base with learning at home families regularly to see how they are engaging with the learning. If your child is unable to complete learning at home for a day due to sickness or a family matter, this is ok. If you could let your child’s teacher know or the office, it would be greatly appreciated so we can document correctly.

Library Borrowing Processes

Online Students

If students from home require new library books they can reserve books using the link below and we will organise a drop off to your home. Alternatively, you can send Mrs Fagan a message via Microsoft Library Team. If you do not have access to the internet, please phone the school office and we can organise a new bundle of library books for you.

Attending school students

Library borrowing will occur every Thursday afternoon for those students who are attending school. Students need to remember to bring their library books to school in order to change them over as well as a library bag if they wish to take them home.

Online Safety while using Microsoft Teams

While a number of our students learn from home using the online App Microsoft Teams, it is vital that students continue to practice the Acceptable use of ICT Systems that are implemented in the school context at home. This means that when students use digital technologies (and Microsoft Teams App) they are required to be a safe, responsible and an ethical user at all times, by:

  • Respecting others and communicating with them in a supportive manner; never writing or participating in online bullying e.g. forwarding messages that include harmful, inappropriate or hurtful comments
  • Protecting my privacy; not giving out personal details, including my full name, birth date, telephone number, address, passwords and images
  • Protecting the privacy of others; never posting or forwarding their personal details or images without their consent
  • Talking to a teacher (or parent) if I personally feel uncomfortable or unsafe online, or if I see others participating in unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviours
  • Carefully considering the content that I upload or post online; this is often viewed as a personal reflection of who I am
  • Not interfering with network systems and security, the data of another user or attempting to log into the network with a user name or password of another student

We encourage, that when students use Microsoft Teams Live Video, students do not use their devices in their bedrooms, rather this should take place in areas that are visible to parents.

Miss Polly Crawford

Guidance Officer Report

Student and parent wellbeing

Right now, members of our community and school are experiencing a period of significant and unexpected change and uncertainty. This can impact in different ways for each of us and it is important that we try to monitor how we are feeling and take steps to support our own health and wellbeing. While there are many factors beyond our immediate control, individually we can take steps to protect and enhance our own mental health and wellbeing. Managing our stress levels, maintaining positive social interactions and asking for help when needed, are all helpful actions to support our wellbeing. Doing things for yourself to make you feel better. Each of us practises self-care in a way that works for us. It might include maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating well, monitoring alcohol use, and getting enough sleep and exercise.

Other strategies which you might find helpful in managing stress are:

  • Monitor your stress levels – recognise your own signs of stress and identify situations you find difficult, so you can be proactive about managing stress during these times.
  • Learn how to manage stress in positive ways – such as through exercise, relaxation, breathing, yoga, positive self-talk.
  • Be aware of your thinking habits – challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts.
  • Schedule ‘time out’ for yourself – pursue your hobbies or interests.
  • Connect – foster and maintain your personal relationships. A sense of belonging and connection is important for your wellbeing.
  • Relax – learn and use breathing techniques, progressive relaxation, visualisations, mindfulness activities or meditation to consciously relax your mind and body. Practice mindfulness by focusing your awareness on the present moment. Visit Smiling Mind for more information.
  • Consider making specific times or days of the week for activities which support your wellbeing, so they become routine and are less likely to drop off at times of increased demands or other competing priorities.

We have created two Wellbeing Calendars for parents and students for the month of May. These calendars have some small wellbeing activities that can be done each day. I have also included on the Wellbeing Calendars some useful links and helplines if you need that bit of extra support at the moment. These calendars also have my contact details if you would like to discuss your child’s wellbeing, students can still access counselling which can be conducted by voice or video, please call for more information.

Lastly, I have attached a really helpful factsheet for adults which outlines a number of phone and online counselling options, useful apps, self-guided programs and moderated forums for adults. It also links some great resources for young people.

If your child is struggling, please make sure you let their teacher know, they will be able to assist in helping you access support.

Keep Well.

Mike Thomason
School Guidance Counsellor

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Term 2, Week 1. This Term has started out on an adventurous foot but here in Prep/Year 1 this challenge towards our learning has not stopped us. We have been graced with wonderful learners in and outside the classroom this week. Our online learners have been doing a fantastic job at participating in all live lessons online through the Microsoft Teams site. Thank you to the students and families who have been participating everyday via our online platform, please keep it up.

In English, we have been practicing the pronunciation of our sounds and how they fit into words. We have been practicing our sight words and putting them into some great sentences. After reading, we have been learning to picture walk, answer comprehension questions and retell events from the beginning, middle and end of the story. In writing time, we have been creating stories using sentence starters, describe and draw characters, write letters to friends we are missing and write reflective pieces.

In Maths, Prep students have been learning to partition collections of numbers up to 10 by using a connection chart. Year 1 students have been working very hard to apply the strategy of adding 10 to solve addition problems.

In our other subject areas, students have created a Lenten Tree, engaged in obstacle course and outside play, learnt to describe and record the weather, learnt about places and why they are important and learnt to create a visual art sculpture using play dough.

I hope to continue engaging in this new way of learning with you all over the next few weeks.

Regards your classroom teacher,
Miss Cornelius.
Prep/1 Teacher

Prep/1 News

Year 2 News

Welcome back to term two, a very different term for all concerned but the first week went really well. I’m sure some of you may have felt like me come Monday morning, apprehensive! As each day passed, the children in the class and I became more used to our new arrangement and it was so lovely to go online each morning and connect those who were at school with those who were learning from home. To see your smiling faces was just beautiful. I guess for me, it took my career to a whole new level because it was something so new. It was truly lovely to wave to you at home from the classroom and we long for the day when we’ll all be back together but until then, we work with what we have and learn all of the lessons it has to teach us. Never take what we have for granted has been my lesson. Thank you for embracing this change with such positivity.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Terrific Term 2 has begun! Thank you, to everyone who is learning at home or online you are all doing a fantastic job adjusting to the change in learning! This term the students will have a learning focus of poetry in English, measurement and geometry in math, living and non-living things in science, PE in health, visual arts and community in religion and HASS. The first 2 weeks of learning will be an introduction to the units to ensure we are comfortable with the new structure of learning then we will dive into the curriculum week 3. Year 3-4 are looking forward to continuing to support each other through all obstacles. Please send me feedback about the home learning work, I’m committed to making this transition as comfortable, educational and fun as I can! I encourage everyone to send in pictures of any fabulous work that is going on at home I love seeing how creative everyone has become with their learning

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Home schooling is in full swing here in Grade 5/6. We have started reading, writing, spelling, maths, religion, HASS and even some PE. I have received some examples of amazing pieces of work from our working from home students. I have received dioramas of The Sahara Desert, prayer spaces and even an optional extra of a calculation of how long Max Manning has been alive in seconds. It took him an hour, but his final calculation was 315,360,000. That’s a lot of seconds! Can you calculate how many seconds you have been alive?

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

STEM Learning

For our first week in STEM we learnt all about ice crystals, and the way they stack can make them smooth and hard or fluffy and airy. We put it to the test by making ice-cream, all the while making sure we kept shaking the bag to create fluffy, creamy ice-cream. The students were each given their own disposable spoon to have a little taste test and the results were conclusive…….. ice-cream is delicious! We would love to see photos of anyone from home who also had some STEM fun making their very own ice-cream.


Due to our current schooling situation with some students learning from home and some at school, we won’t be handing out awards. This will commence again when all students are back at school. However, we would love to continue to see the fantastic work that is being completed at home so send in your pictures of home learning and we can include them in the newsletter.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students and staff that have a birthday.

Gemma Mills – 8th April
Emilyjean Robinson-Wharton – 9th April
Dylan French – 13th April
Jason Tolete – 13th April
Maddison Hickey – 15th April
Charlotte Ashley-McKellar – 19th April
Isaac Hatchman – 24th April
Felicity & Orianna Behrendt – 26th April
Macey Mitchell – 27th April
Jah-Corey Maxwell – 30th April
Sara King – 1st May
Miss Cornelius – 7th April


Last Saturday, many of us commemorated ANZAC Day in a different way to our usual yearly tradition of marching down the main street. Thank you to our families for sharing your photos with us as we remember the service and sacrifice of the ANZACs.

Sacred Heart students lit their driveways for ANZAC Day


At this stage, school tuckshop is currently cancelled until further notice.

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)

Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

At this stage ALL church services have been cancelled.

Term 2 Important Dates

The Queensland Government has decided that, in order to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, Queensland school students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 (end of week 5) when the position will be reviewed.

During this period, all students who are able to be supervised and learn from home are to stay home. Sacred Heart School will provide on-site supervision, to those students who are in the categories of children of essential workers or vulnerable students. Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time.

Week 1

Monday 20th April

Term 2 begins

Saturday 25th April


Week 2

Monday 27th April–

Friday 1st May

Home-based learning model implemented.

Week 3

Monday 4th May

Labour Day - Public Holiday

Tuesday 5th May –

Friday 8th May

Home-based learning model implemented.