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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

19 August 2020

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Principal’s Report

Principal Forum

I was fortunate to spend last week in Quilpie with my principal colleagues and members of the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Leadership Team to take part in the Term 3 Leadership Forum on the theme, ‘Schools that deliver’. The agenda for the week included strategic planning and Directorate updates in the areas of Human Resources, Information Services, Formation and Identity, Teaching and Learning and Finance. One day was dedicated to spiritual development with focus on environmental theology and Indigenous Spirituality which worked to recentre our leadership in post-Covid times. Across the week we experienced wonderful hospitality from the whole Quilpie community and enjoyed many sites of town including an evening camp oven on the lake and a hike up Baldy Top. I look forward to sharing my learnings with our school community.

Building Project

I am excited to announce that the contract for the new library building has been signed over to McNab Builders and work will begin in the next fortnight. While work is taking place, there will be an area that is fenced off, including the back entry into the school (near the tuckshop). This entry will only be available to the builders and McNab deliveries. This is very exciting news for our school community as we continue to upgrade our facilities, so it best fits the needs of our students. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

Staff Development

This week we have Jane Murphy (Education Officer: School Inclusion Coach) and Sue Keefer (Education Officer: Literacy) visiting from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office. Sue will be working with teachers on their reading and mathematics planning through observations and meetings as we continue to ensure we implement high impact strategies for our students across all subject areas. Jane will be working with our school officers, providing professional development in the area of student intervention.

Janine Ritter our school Accountant also visited this week, to in-service Mrs Crick on how to use the new Finance System that is being released next term.

Prep 2021 Transition

To support our 2021 Prep students, we will be inviting the Kindy class to Sacred Heart for a Teddy Bears Picnic today 19th August. This will assist our new students in developing relationships with children who will be in their class and orientate themselves to the school environment. I know our current Preps are very much looking forward to spending time with them and welcoming them to our school.

If you have not enrolled your child for 2021, please feel free to pop into the school office and book a school tour or to book an enrolment interview.

PPF Meeting

Our next PPF Meeting will held next Tuesday 25th August at 5:30pm. We would love to see as many parents there are we can to assist us in making important decisions for our students.

Have a great week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Guidance Officer Report

Positive Parenting Tips To Reduce Conflict For A Happier Relationship

Even the happiest couples argue sometimes, especially when there’s extra stress – like right now! However, conflict harms children. It’s much better for children when parents can regulate their emotions and resolve disagreements calmly. Parents who feel less stressed are also more able to meet children’s needs.

Triple P’s new free Parenting Guide, “Supporting Healthy Relationships and Managing Disagreements During COVID-19” guide covers simple, effective strategies such as recognising ‘high-risk’ times; avoiding the ‘escalation trap’; and increasing positive interactions. There’s also information on who to contact for immediate support.

The free 4-page guide is available from the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® parent website along with other free resources and free Triple P Online, thanks to Queensland Government funding:

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Children are adversely affected by conflict at home and do better when parents can regulate their emotions and resolve disagreements calmly. Parents can now read and download a free 4-page guide to healthy relationships and reducing arguments, available from the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® parent website:

Mike Thomason
School Guidance Counsellor
Ph: 4637 1453

Prep/1 News

Here in Prep/1 we have all been working hard and striving to achieve excellence in our learning. Students are to be commended for their behaviour and academic success in our classroom. Students have been working hard to make connections and are working to become independent learners. We welcome a new addition into our classroom this week, ‘Harry the Habits Bear’. This new member of our class encompasses the Habits of the Heart and Habits of the Mind that our school embeds in our school community. Harry is invited to sit on the lap of those displaying Habits of the Heart or Mind. Students have been doing a wonderful job at this so far.

Students are reminded to complete their Homework every week so they can participate in ‘Rewards’ on a Friday afternoon. Students are also encouraged to read every night to a known adult. Keep up the great work Prep/1 and God bless you.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

In our year two room, we continue to enjoy our exploration of machines both old and new. We’ve learnt how to compare texts, a narrative as opposed to an informative text and how to write captions for images. Our reading testing has shown that all of the children have made improvements, with some making remarkable gains. We shall continue to work on their comprehension of texts, as this is an area where some are having a few issues. It’s a good idea to pop several comprehension questions into your daily reading practice with your child.

In maths, we are still exploring number to one thousand and consolidating our understanding in time and money concepts. Including a few counting patterns into your daily homework routine with your child would be advantageous, as some are experiencing a few difficulties in this area.

We continue to enjoy daily movement activities with skipping being a favourite. Including this in our day has been something the children look forward to and is of course good exercise. Behaviour levels are also being reassessed this week and we are very proud of the good behaviour our students model on a daily basis.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Fantastic Week 5 and 6! In 3-4 we have been immersing ourselves into a variety of character roles. The students have been learning lines and creating props in order to perform a play, this knowledge and understanding will prepare them for writing their own monologue in week 8. We have just completed our assessment on world explorers, the students wrote informative texts about their favourite world navigator. Now we are beginning to focus on the first fleet, in particular the convict’s crimes, punishments and voyages. So, the students can comprehend what life was like in Britain 1770, the students will be watching the film ‘Oliver Twist’ rated PG. If you have any questions or would not like your child to be watching this film, please let me know. The students have been doing really well with their knowledge and understanding of fractions and have been climbing up the multiplication ladder with great speed! Even the ones who have reached the golden ticket phase are asking ‘Please Miss can I have some MORE!!!!’

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

In English we have been learning about idioms. Idioms are phrases we use in day to day life which do not mean what the words suggest. For example, feeling under the weather – feeling sick, or a piece of cake – really easy, or costs an arm and a leg – very expensive. We rotated through some activities including board games to try and match the idioms to their meanings. Once in a blue moon we were incorrect, but we didn't make a mountain out of a molehill. We got the red light and were caught red handed with lots of success.

In Mathematics we have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. This included how many faces, vertices and edges they have. We used match sticks and play dough to create some 3D shapes and investigated the number of edges and vertices each has.

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Netball Club - Mondays 3pm – 4pm

Netball training for students in Years 4-6 will be held on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm. For more information please see Miss Conlin in Year 5/6.

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

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



Dallas Ramsay

For always seeking more information during maths tasks.

Year 2

Jocelyn Harper

For showing curiosity in all subject areas. She always wants to know more!

Year 3/4

Kirsten Higgins

For always asking questions to gain knowledge about things that interest her.

Year 5/6

Macey Mitchell

For using her curious mind in various subject areas.



Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

For always helping others.

Year 2

Thoramus Nelson

For going the extra mile after skipping by picking up the ropes without having to be asked.

Year 3/4

Charlotte Ramsay

For always assisting peers in need.

Year 5/6

Noah Hatchman

For supporting his peers during Mathematics lessons.



Jensen Spaul

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

Konrad Hoyling

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our students that have a birthday.

Lily McCarthy – 12th Aug
Laura Murphy – 12th Aug
William Behrendt – 17th Aug

Sacred Heart School Photos

Country School Photos will be doing school photos on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. All envelopes and money need to be returned to school by Monday 31st August 2020. Students are asked to wear their green school uniform. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the class photo will look different this year. It will still include all students however, they will be individual photos. I have attached a sample copy.

Example Class Photo for 2020

PPF Father’s Day Stall

The PPF will have a Father’s Day Stall on Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd September from 2.45pm -3.15pm. Nothing over $5.

If you need a gift for Dad, come and grab a bargain.

MS Readathon

Do you remember the MS Readathon from your own school days? The concept hasn’t changed - read whatever you like, as much as you can, throughout August. But after 40 years, we’re starting a fun new chapter, with amazing features. We have a brand new interactive website where kids can rate and review the books they read!

From the Library

This term the Library is going to be super busy!! We have officially moved into our temporary library (The classroom beside the Church) until our new library is built. The plans are looking very exciting! This term library borrowing will take place on a FRIDAY. So, remember every Friday to bring your library books back.

School Assemblies

We have some good news.... school assemblies are back on in Term 3! Our next assembly will be held on Friday 21st August at 8:40am. We ask that parents who wish to attend sanitise their hands-on entry and remember to social distance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Homework Centre

Homework centre is up and running again for the term and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm. It is a great way for students to receive support with their homework tasks. Miss Devey and Miss Ferguson will be supervising the students.

We are now calling for 2021 Prep Enrolments

Is your child born between 1st July 2015 and 30th June 2016? If so, your child is eligible to be enrolled in Prep for 2021. Prep Enrolment packages are now available at the front office or if you know of a child please come and collect a package. Prep interviews will be conducted in Term 3. Please contact the office to make an appointment. Transition days will be held in Term 4.

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 several 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)

Child Protection Week (6th – 12th September 2020)

Building an Australia where every child is safe & valued. Together.

Child Protection is celebrating 30 years 1990-2020.

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

Account Name

Sacred Heart Primary School

Account Number



064 786


Account Number


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop this term, so if you are interested please contact Carla Mills on 0448130067, facebook or ring the school office. Tuckshop runs on Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. If we are unable to get enough volunteers we may have to shut the Tuckshop. 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



Friday 21st August

Cara Haig

Friday 28th August

Kymberley Monaghan

Friday 4th September


Friday 11th September

Kymberley Monaghan

Sacred Heart Parish

Sacred Heart Parish Op Shop on the Verandah of the Convent

Opening Days and Times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9am – 12pm

They have loads of School Winter Track Tops and Pants for $3 each. They have sizes 4-16. They also have loads of new and pre-loved items available for purchase. Come in and browse around. I’m sure you will find a bargain!!!!

First Communion

Contact Sister Maureen if you wish for your child to be included in the First Communion class. There will be a meeting for parents on Thursday 20th August 2020 to outline the program and the commitment this means for parents and children. Please Ph 0428 536930 if interested by Friday 14th August.

Church Times

Saturday 22nd August – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 23rd August - Mass @ Eulo 9.00am
Sunday 30th August – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 6th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am

Community News

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 6

Monday 17th August

Janine Ritter visiting

Prep - Year 2 Dance 3-4pm

Tuesday 18th – Wednesday 19th August

Sue Keefer & Jane Murphy visiting

Wednesday 19th August

Kindy Visit – 10am

Years 3-6 Dance 3-4pm

Friday 21st August

Assembly – 8.40am

Meals on wheels – 11.55am

Week 7

Monday 24th August

Prep - Year 2 Dance 3-4pm

Tuesday 25th August

PPF Meeting 5:30pm – all parents welcome

Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th August

Steph Keogh & Rachel Crooke visiting

Wednesday 26th August

Years 3-6 Dance 3-4pm

Friday 28th August

Meals on wheels – 11.55am

Week 8

Monday 31st August

Prep - Year 2 Dance 3-4pm

Wednesday 2nd September

School Photo Day

Mike Thomason & Brett Leadbetter visiting

Father’s Day Stall 2.45pm -3.15pm

Years 3-6 Dance 3-4pm

Thursday 3rd September

Mike Thomason & Brett Leadbetter visiting

Assembly – 8.40am

Father’s Day Liturgy – 2pm

Father’s Day Stall 2.45pm -3.15pm

Friday 4th September

Pupil Free Day

CTJ Day - Staff

Week 9

Sunday 6th – Saturday 12th September

Child Protection Week

Week 10

Thursday 17th September

Assembly – 8.40am

Last day of Term 3

Friday 18th September

Pupil Free Day