12 May 2020
Last Sunday, we acknowledged, thanked and celebrated all the wonderful mothers, aunties and grandmothers in our lives. Through the love they show, the way they nurture and care for us, mothers help us understand what God is like. We thank all the important women in our lives for their continued love and endless support they offer each and every day to help us truly meet our full potential. We also remember the mothers who aren't always with us and those who are in heaven. May they all be blessed. I hope all our mothers and motherly figures enjoyed their special day.
Miss Heleena Devey
Prep/1 School Officer
Welcome Miss Devey
I would like to warmly welcome Miss Heleena Devey to the Sacred Heart Team as she takes up her appointment as the Prep/1 School Officer. Heleena and her partner Matthew, join us from Gympie. Heleena has had previous experience in school administration and is very excited to be applying her skills to the classroom setting in order to support student learning. I know she was very excited to meet all the students yesterday as the Prep/1 class returned back to normal schooling.
Yesterday we welcomed back our Prep/1 students to the classroom. It was wonderful seeing their bright, smiling faces ready to learn onsite. Our Year 2-6 students continue to learn from home for the next two weeks. We look forward to hopefully welcoming them back on Monday 25th May. Confirmation of this next step will be made this Friday 15th May. We are all very much looking forward to all students returning to the classrooms soon.
Home Learning Pack Change Over
This Friday, Sacred Heart will be providing Week 5’s learning from home pack for our Year 2-6 students. This new pack will include a 1-week plan (Monday 18th May – Thursday 21st May), lesson activity instructions, worksheets, activity materials and resources. We are hoping this will be the last week of learning from home as we anticipate the potential that all students return on Monday 25th May.
If you prefer to pick your child’s pack up from school, they will be available to be picked up between 12-1pm Friday 15th May from the school office or they will be delivered to family residences between 3-4pm 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.
Federal Government Drought Funding
In the last newsletter I announced that Sacred Heart had received some drought funding from the Federal Government. As part of this drought relief funding, Sacred Heart is offering families a fee concession and all students a winter tracksuit and school shirt. The tracksuits have arrived and are ready to be picked up from the school office. It is perfect timing as the weather starts to cool off. I do stress the importance of parents labelling their child’s uniforms.
Winter tracksuits have arrived!
Have a fantastic week and keep up the wonderful work at home. Keep sending in your brilliant work!
Miss Polly Crawford
Guidance Officer Report
Wellbeing - Checklist for Primary Students
Whilst most children are resilient and seem to be demonstrating a remarkable capacity to manage during this challenging time, others are not faring as well. Some are experiencing a variety of emotions ranging from fear to anxiety, all of which are considered normal or natural responses to this current situation.
However, despite this, it is still important for adult carers to remain vigilant for any signs of unusual distress or behaviour, even though your child may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder.
It was estimated that one in seven Australasian children experienced a mental health issue before the Coronavirus pandemic, therefore early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is even more important now. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your child focus on the things that they can control –– such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep.
In the SchoolTV Special Report presented by Dr Michael Carr- Greg, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school or myself for further information or seek professional help through your GP.
Week 3 has quickly come to an end and here in Prep/1 we have been very busy in and outside the classroom. Week 3 also brings the last week of Online Learning for Prep/1 as the Premier has announced that all Prep and Year 1 school students will return to school as normal on Monday the 11th of May. Please ensure that your child is ready and organized to start back on Monday (Week 4).
In English, we have been learning about the 5-finger re-tell strategy (characters, setting, beginning, middle, end) which will be a focus for our English Assessment this term.
In Maths, Prep students have been learning about directional language and Year 1 students have been learning about Australian coins and their value. Playing shops and giving change has been a popular activity this week.
In Science and Technology, students have been learning about the weather and how to use a digital device to record the weather. This is preparing students for the Science and Technology assessment where they will become weather reporters and report on the weather. Also, students will learn key weather terms in sign language which will also be integrated into their assessment piece.
In HASS, students are learning about places and why they are important. Students have been engaging in a variety of activities where students investigate a place in their local town.
In Religion, students have been engaging in a variety of different activities about Lent, Easter and God’s Creation.
In HPE, students have been working hard outside participating in games, obstacle courses and sports.
In Art, students have been engaged in a variety of visual art activities as well as Mother’s Day craft activities.
Please remember that it is back to normal school for Prep and Year 1 students only, as of Monday the 11th of May. I am really looking forward to having all Prep/1 students back in the classroom and striving to achieve great things each day.
Year 2 News
As week three of ‘learning at home’ draws to a close, I’d like to thank those devoted parents / caregivers who’ve been either online or working from the hard copy consistently and who have taken the time to ensure all the planned tasks have been completed. I acknowledge the big commitment it has been and thank you for the interest you have shown in your child’s education. Your efforts shall make their ‘return to school’ much smoother.
Both in the classroom and at home, we have been exploring place value in maths, in addition to many other activities associated with number. We are continuing to practise doubles, as we venture into near doubles, with addition and subtraction concepts involved. Please continue to practise those nightly, as our goal is automaticity, that is, they need to become so familiar with them that they do not struggle with instant recall of answers.
Please place great importance on reading and continue to write in their reading logs, as shortly after learning from home finishes, we will be testing their reading and we are looking forward to seeing the same growth we witnessed in term one. In grammar, we are exploring nouns, pronouns and noun groups, in readiness for a writing task when we are all back together as a class.
The highlight of their week was without a doubt, preparing the cards and gifts for mums, grandmas and aunties, so I hope you got as much pleasure in receiving them last Sunday, as the children gained from making something special for you. We hope you had a wonderful day and received the recognition that you deserve. Parenting is not an easy job in ‘normal’ times however Covid - 19 has presented some challenges never before experienced. Take care.
Year 2 Teacher
Year 3/4 News
Thankful week three! This week students have dived into their curriculum for the term! During English, we have been discussing how poetic language features and devices enhance meaning and shape the readers reaction. Through the term we will be focusing on nonsense words, spoonerisms, neologisms, and puns to create a poem which reflects their own imagination and personal experiences. During math, we have been using hands on materials and interactive websites to measure mass, length and height. Year three four, are looking forward to starting their technology lessons again and preparing their special Mother’s Day gifts. We hope everyone is well and are looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces at school again on 25th May!
Year 3/4 Teacher
Year 5/6 News
We have been writing our own version of the Jabberwocky – a poem full of neologisms and portmanteau. These are made up words! You will find lots of examples in Justin Mitchell’s poem – The Planetsnatchy – a monster who steals the planets! Great work Grade 5/6.
‘Twas sleeping and I saw the Planetsnatchy.
I quabbed my rockyshipet and went sky high.
Planetsnatchy zoomilyspeed by.
Planetsnatchy snathcy Jupimars and snatchobo earth.
I quame and hoppedy rockety I chiced his head off! CHING!!!
I went home and celebrarty!!!
We have been absolutely smashing online learning here in the 5/6 virtual classroom. We have tackled poetry and created our own poems with made up words; fractions, including equivalence, adding and subtracting and simplifying fractions; science, involving researching the climates of the desert and how this would affect the animals that live there, and we have had some fun alongside and sorted ourselves into Hogwarts houses, sticking with the wizarding theme! Gemma was sorted into Gryffindor, Miss Conlin is a Hufflepuff… Which house will you be in?
We invited the Prep/1 students to join us for some reading time. We had lots of fun! We taught each other reading strategies and worked together to sound out some tricky words. We would love to have you back soon little friends!
We have also planted some herbs for Mother’s Day. Make sure to read your poem to learn how to take care of them.
Year 5/6 Teacher
I hope everyone at home has had as much fun as we did with this week’s STEM challenge. We looked at electrons and the way they like to cling to each other. To achieve static electricity we used a balloon, rubbed it on our heads to create friction and then watched in amazement as we saw all the different things that became attracted to the balloon. Some of these things included our very own hair, aluminium cans and tissue paper. We were lucky enough to see how static electricity can make the torn-up tissue paper form a chain from the balloon to the floor. If you are doing our STEM challenges at home we would love to see some photos, so please feel welcome to e-mail them through to or post them to your Microsoft Teams class page.
We have been making sure we keep active and have enjoyed playing various sports games on Friday afternoons. In the last fortnight we have played T-Ball, Soccer and a new and exciting hoop game which is all about jumping and pure luck!
Happy birthday to all the students and staff that have a birthday.
Chelsea Ashley-McKellar –
Mrs Shellshear – 6th May
Library Borrowing Processes
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.
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.
District and Regional Sports
At this stage ALL District and Regional sports has been cancelled.
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
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
Sacred Heart Primary School
Sacred Heart Parish
At this stage ALL church services have been cancelled.
The Op Shop – The Verandah
Sr Maureen has many items of school winter clothing at the Op Shop in the Old Convent. Many pieces are quite new so make sure you pop in and visit her to pick a winter school uniform bargain!
Term 2 Important Dates
Sunday 10th May
Monday 11th May
Prep and Year 1 students return to school
Monday 11th May – Friday 15th May
Home-based learning model implemented for
Monday 18th May – Thursday 21st May
Home-based learning model implemented for
Friday 22nd May
Monday 25th May
All students return to school (pending decision made on 15th May)