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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

26 May 2020

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Principal’s Report

This week, we welcome all students back to school for normal school operations. We have been certainly looking forward to this week. It has been wonderful to see the students smiling faces again and their eagerness to catch up with their friends and teachers.

Our students are back into the routine of learning in their classrooms. Teachers have been working hard to plan fun and engaging units of work for the remainder of the term. Teachers have also been testing student reading levels and it has been wonderful to see the reading growth that has continued to occur since term 2 begun. Keep up the fantastic work students!

All students return to learning at school

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

Tomorrow at 11am, the whole school will be reading the story Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford, for National Simultaneous Storytime. This is a wonderful initiative that supports reading and children’s literacy. In 2019, 1,138,889 children read simultaneously at 11,554 locations across the two nations of Australia and New Zealand.


It is essential that you keep your child at home if they are unwell. In accordance with the Queensland Health Directions, parents and carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from school. Please contact the office if your child is going to be absent from school.

Winter Uniforms

All students are looking very smart in their new winter uniforms. 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. It is important that all students are wearing the correct winter uniform every day. The school winter 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

Have a great week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Students have been doing a wonderful job settling back into their school routine after home learning. Most students have been displaying resilience and persistence with change which is great to see. We have just begun some reading testing and so far, students are making some significant improvements which is great considering the hurdle of home learning. We are still working hard in all subject areas and are fast approaching the Assessment period. I encourage you all to read for enjoyment at home with some light and fun stories. Please ensure students are completing their homework each week so they can fully enjoy their rewards time on Friday afternoons.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

It’s so good to see all the children back at school this week, as we have really missed them. No doubt there would have been some sighs of relief from parents and caregivers, as it was a big ask to teach them at home but well worth your efforts. Thank you.

As we move forward with our units of work now that all the children are back, in English, we will focus on information texts and learn how to place our knowledge into sentences and the sentences into an assessable piece of text. The topic is sure to appeal, as we have centred our study around insects. I know the walk we did outside today looking for them was well received and the joy of discovering them and then capturing them on a photo, was a real crowd pleaser.

A very big thank you to all those committed parents/caregivers who ensured our home reading programme stayed in place during the last five weeks. Your efforts shall be rewarded I am sure, as we complete our reading testing this week.

We are continuing our exploration of place value in maths as we examine two and three-digit numbers and I am pleased to say that many of the children are actually consolidating their understanding of the topic. This is important as we continue to work with them on addition and subtraction. Please keep up the daily practise of learning number facts, as this is most beneficial with these operations.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Fantastic Week 4 and 5! This fortnight we have been focusing on ‘The Lorax’ By Dr Seuss. During English, we have been directing our thinking to our past experiences to make meaningful connections to the people, places, events, issues and ideas in the text. The students have created entertaining, meaningful poetry and published them onto Truffla Trees, the students have also created their own Lorax’s. During math, students have been hard at work practising measurement concepts, it would be helpful if at home the students practise using measurement vocabulary during every day activities for instance while; cooking, driving or telling the time. We are excited to have all students return to school in week 6 and are looking forward to planning our Cunnamulla Olympics project!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

In the 5/6 Classroom, we have become mini architects. We have worked together to create a miniature city. It began with nets for buildings and expanded using our imagination to include churches, an IGA, and a digger excavating land for more buildings.

In Mathematics, we have started learning a new topic of Shape, Space and Measurement. We identified and created trapeziums, parallelograms, rhombuses, kites, squares and rectangles. Can you identify any shapes in our creations?

In HASS, we are beginning to study the Olympics. We are linking this to Maths and Science and many other subjects. We have started a new book called “Our Race for Reconciliation”. This book is based around the 2020 Olympics in Australia and a journey to bring Australia together to march and sing and celebrate Australia’s Indigenous heritage and to acknowledge past wrongs.

Home learners have worked so hard on their activities and have kept me informed of their learning along the way. I am super proud of each and every one of you.

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Amaya Partridge – 22nd May
Noah Hatchman – 30th May


Tuckshop has started up again for this term 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.

Library Borrowing

Library borrowing will return to normal this week. All students will be able to borrow on Thursdays, if they return their hired books. Students need to bring a library bag to school if they wish to take their books home. Can we please ask that all students return all library books and home-readers when they return to school next week.

Assemblies and Sporting Events

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPCC) advice continues to be that assemblies, (regardless of size), should not occur. Based on this advice assemblies will continue to be cancelled. The same advice has been given regarding the cancellation of sporting events and we will continue to monitor and adapt to any further advice.

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.

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

Week 6

Monday 25th May

All students return to school

Friday 29th May


Week 7

Friday 5th June


Week 8

Monday 8th June

Book Club Due

Friday 12th June


Week 9

Tuesday 16th June

Prep Vision Screens

Friday 19th June


Week 10

Thursday 25th June

Last day Term 2

Friday 26th June

Pupil Free