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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

15 September 2020

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to Week 10. It is hard to believe we have almost finished Term 3 for 2020. Both the teachers and students have worked hard planning and completing assessment pieces over the last couple of weeks while having fun along the way. I have enjoyed reading student work including persuasive advertisements, monologues, fraction tasks, facts about Jesus and much more. It is truly wonderful seeing the growth in student learning as students begin to become comfortable with being in the learning pit and challenging themselves by using our school Habits of the Heart and Mind. I am very proud of all our students who have shown courage and persistence to ensure they have tried their very best.

Inspirational Maths Week

This week all of our classes are participating in a ‘Week of Inspirational Math’. Across the week our students will be engaging in activities that help them to develop a growth mindset about mathematics and require them to be creative problem solvers.

Day 1 of our Week of Inspirational Maths. All classes started by watching a video from YouCubed on growth mindsets and then participated in a problem-solving task.

Year 5/6 designed a poster that includes Mathematics thoughts and completed a problem solving task to do with two and three dimensional shapes.

For more information about Inspirational Math and other inspiring Maths tasks visit the link below:

New Building

The new building project has begun! The students have thoroughly enjoyed watching the powerful machines and the major changes to the library space that have occurred over the last week. Each morning is filled with excitement as they run to the fence to check the changes from the previous afternoon.

So far, the library building has been demolished and they are up to preparing the ground for the cement slab. We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of the project.

Library demolition

Kindy to Prep Transition

We continue to provide opportunities for the Kindy students to become familiar with staff, students and our school environment to ensure a smooth transition for 2021. Last Wednesday, the Year 5 and 6 students visited the Kindy to build relationships with the students and complete a buddy activity together. All of the Year 5 students have a Kindy buddy whom they will support next term during the transition days. Relationship building activities will also continue into 2021 and provide our new Preps with a ‘buddy’ to go to for support.

Year 5 students with their Kindy Buddies.


Unfortunately, we were unable to hold our last PPF meeting due to limited parent attendance. We have rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday, 16th September at 5:30pm in the staffroom. This meeting provides a great opportunity for parents to hear about what is happening at Sacred Heart School regarding teaching and learning, staffing, building and maintenance projects, fundraising and much more. It also provides, a respectful space for parents to voice improvement areas for the school.

It would be greatly appreciated to see improved parent attendance at these meetings.


Our last school assembly for the term will be held this Thursday 17th September at 8:40am in the church. It will be one not to miss as our students will be performing an Auslan song as well as dance performances. All parents are welcome to attend. Please ensure you sanitise on entry and social distance at the back of the church.

Student Shout Outs!

Last week was National Child Protection Week. During this week we took time to talk about and promote child safe culture. The Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office held an Art Competition based on the theme - “Things that are important to children and young people”. A number of our students submitted pieces that captured the spirit of this important week.

I am excited to announce that Isaac Hatchman received a highly commended for his piece of art. Congratulations Isaac!

I would also like to congratulate Justin Mitchell who was presented with a signed copy of Johnathan Thurston’s book, ‘The Making of a total Legend’, as part of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for good behaviour at school, the library and Deadly Choices programs. Along with two other recipients Justin was treated with some yummy fries and a milkshake for giving up his morning tea time to attend.

I sincerely thank all students, parents and staff members for their continued support and efforts to ensure student learning is the highest priority here at Sacred Heart.

I hope everyone has a safe and restful holiday.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Here in Prep/1 we creep closer and closer to the end of Term. Students have all been working very hard even though students are tired as we get to the end of the Term. Students have been working hard to make connections and are working to become independent learners. As we near closer to the end of Term, we will be finishing up all Assessment Pieces for each subject area and get ready to enjoy some end of term celebrations. Students are to be reminded to show their very best behaviour towards the end of term to ensure they participate in all celebratory activities.

This week will be the last week for homework so please ensure that it is complete, so students can enjoy rewards time on Friday afternoon. Students are also encouraged to read every night to a known adult to keep up those great reading results. Keep up the great work Prep/1 and God bless you.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

As the term quickly draws to a close, we've been focussed on the completion of topics and assessment. On Tuesday however, we took a break and walked down to the museum at the Tourist Information Centre, via the building happening at the new council offices' site. Think we missed much of the action as far as machinery was concerned but it was good to get out and about and our visit to the museum was very interesting .... and we didn't get swooped by the magpie! Our visit tied in very well with our HASS topic in which we've been studying the change that has occurred in machines with the advent of technology. The children were fascinated and also found the video of The Great Artesian Basin very interesting.

We weren't alone in the viewing and upon completion a visitor to our town commented on their outstanding behaviour. That was a proud moment.

School has been an action-packed location and watching the demolition of the old library fascinated our year twos. We've identified many machines and what makes them work. Being right near the building site, we are never short of something to look at. Perhaps one of the most interesting tasks the children have done, is building a simple machine for our Science unit Machine Makers and some of the Rube Goldberg ones are amazing.

We made one in which a golf ball had to end up in a bucket. Much enjoyed by the children and Miss Ferguson and I learnt a thing or two about their construction.

The children have worked very hard this term and we are all longing for our well-earned break. Rest up and enjoy your time together and we look forward to their safe return in term four.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Terrific week 9 and 10! The students have been working hard to complete all of their assessment! The students have created, performed and filmed their monologues as child convicts pleading a judge not to send them with the first fleet! We are excited to announce we will be showcasing these fantastic short films on the 15th of September at 5:30pm in the year 3/4 classroom! The students have designed and built boats with catapults that can successfully make it from one end of a water trough to another and shoot beads at other boats. During math we are moving on from fractions to money! The students would benefit from being able to practise handling money at home and calculating change. The Sacred Heart students who have been participating in dance will be performing at the week 10 assembly on Thursday morning, we are so excited to be showing off all our hard work.

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

This week, we have been looking at coordinates, grid references and the Cartesian plane. We remembered the words “along the corridor, up or down the stairs” to help us navigate the coordinates. We created emojis and had a game of battle ships. Well done team. You have all smashed maths this term! Keep up the good work

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Mind: Independence
Habit of the Heart: Excellence



Makayla Geppert

For displaying independence in all learning tasks.

Year 2

Jocelyn Harper

For her ability to problem solve, which allows her to work independently.

Year 3/4

Dominick Pender

For displaying independence when performing/filming his monologue.

Year 5/6

Geoffrey Rynne

For tackling assessment with a positive attitude.



Keshav Garg

For achieving excellence in all Maths and technology-based tasks.

Year 2

Jakarhlem Munn

For producing an excellent Rube Goldberg machine.

Year 3/4

Ruby Schmidt

For achieving excellence performing and filming her monologue.

Year 5/6

Megan Hatchman

For producing an excellent piece of writing.


Prep /1

Lennox Falconer

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

Sterling Woodcroft

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our students that have a birthday.

Jesse Fett – 6th Sept
Brooke Haig – 12th Sept
Thais Vanini – 12th Sept

Behaviour Promotions

Congratulations to the following students on their promotion to Behaviour Levels 1 and 2. The following students have met the Behaviour Policy requirements:

Level 1: Brooke Roberts, Ava Anderson, Bella Anderson & Penny Schmidt
Level 2: Kendall McDermott, Marley Mitchell, Laura Murphy & Jocelyn Harper

Behaviour Celebrations

Students will participate in their behaviour level celebrations between 1.45pm – 2.45pm this Thursday. The celebrations for each level are as follows:

Level 1: only Free Dress, Party food & Water play
Level 2: Lego, Movie & Colouring In
Level 3: Just Dance & Educational board games

Well done to all the students who have tried extremely hard this term to follow our Student Code of Conduct.

From the Library

Get your costumes organised!

Book Week is Coming in Term 4, Week 1. Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th of October. We are celebrating the CBCA (Children Book Council of Australia) Book Awards. This year the theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. Book Week dress-up will be held on Friday 9th October. So, make sure you come dressed as your favourite character.

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.


We have started recycling our poppers and plastic bottles to raise funds for various school resources. If you have any recyclable bottles you are wishing to donate it would be greatly appreciated.

School Assemblies

We have some good news.... school assemblies are back on in Term 3! Our next assembly will be held on Thursday 17th September 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

No Homework centre Week 10.

We are 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)

School Tuition Fees

Term 3 fees are now overdue, can you please attend to this ASAP. 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.


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!!!!

Church Times

Sunday 20th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 26th September - Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 27th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 4th October – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 11th October – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 10

Tuesday 15th September

Year 3/4 Short film showcase – 5.30pm

Wednesday 16th September

PPF Meeting – 5.30pm

Thursday 17th September

Assembly – 8.40am

8.40 am Dance and Auslan performance

Last day of Term 3

Friday 18th September

Pupil Free Day

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 5th October

Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 6th October

Term 4 begins

Book Week

Friday 9th October

Book Week Dress-Up