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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

27 October 2020

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Principal’s Report

World Teacher’s Day

Last Friday, we celebrated World Teacher’s Day and thanked our wonderful teachers for the significant role they play in the lives of our students. I would like to sincerely thank our teachers for the wonderful work they do every day and the dedication they demonstrate towards empowering minds, creating opportunities, and engaging students in quality teaching and learning. Our students enjoyed creating cards for each teacher based on the characters from the Roger Hargreaves series of Little Miss and Mr Men. We hope you had a brilliant day!

World Teacher's Day

Grandparents Day

Our Year 3/4 class organised a beautiful liturgy last Friday to celebrate International Grandparents Day. The students acted out the story Grandpa is Great! We gave small gifts to the grandparents and they received a special blessing.

A Blessing for Grandparents

Gracious God smile upon your grandparents and teachers today and grant them every grace and blessing.

May they come to know and understand the width and length of God’s love. Amen.
May they come to know and understand the height and depth of God’s love. Amen.
May they come to know that God rests in their hearts and makes his home there. Amen.
May almighty God bless us and keep us, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grandparents Day

New Building

Our new library, toilet block and undercover area continues to go up and is running on time to be complete on the 10th December 2020! The windows, wall sheets and external cladding has been installed over the last fortnight. The next steps are internal lining, service and joinery fit off, floor coverings and paint.

Library Building Progress

Health and Wellbeing Week

This week our students will be participating in Health and Wellbeing week. As part of this students will be presented lessons on Personal development, Sexuality Education and Protective behaviours for children. These lessons are a part of the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum that students are participating in this term. These lessons align with the ACARA subject Health and Physical Education strand Personal, Social and Community Health and follow the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, Guidelines for Teaching Sexual Health.

Please be assured that this material will be handled with sensitivity, and that there will be an emphasis on the idea that our bodies are a gift from God. The purpose of this update is to inform you of this part of your child’s education and to prepare you for the possibility of questions being asked at home.

Over the week the students will have a number of guest speakers including our Adopt-A-Cop Annie Sheridan, Dave Baxter and Kristy Anderson from Queensland Ambulance Service and John Mills from Royal Fire Brigade. Annie will be discussing personal safety and cyber safety with the students, Dave and Kristy will be demonstrating to the students how to wash their hand properly and check under the purple light and John will be discussing fire safety.

Students are welcome to wear a red shirt to school on Friday 30th October to raise awareness of kids safety.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to another week in Prep/1. We are well and truly underway in the last Term of the year. We have a jam-packed Term with lots of exciting class celebrations and activities. This week students participated in a Class Pet Show as our English Unit is all about Pets. Towards the end of the year we will also be having a Christmas Around the World Feast which will be organized by the students. More information surrounding this event will be posted out to parents later. Students are loving their swimming lessons which occur every Thursday afternoon. Students are reminded to come prepared for swimming and bring in a gold coin donation every week. Thank you to all the parents who attended Parent/Teacher Interviews, I hope they were helpful and informative. Students are reminded to complete their Homework each week and read their Home Reader every night. If there are any questions or concerns surrounding Homework, please don’t hesitate to clarify with myself or Miss Devey. Homework Centre occurs straight after school on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon if families are looking for a little assistance around completing homework each week. Keep up the great work Prep/1 and I am looking forward to a wonderful last Term with you all.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher


Year 2 News

Our year 2 room has been a hive of activity lately.

Fractions has been the maths concept that we’ve been focusing on, in addition to keeping our counting patterns and place value in the forefront. Fractions can be a very difficult concept for children to grasp, so we’ve been exploring exciting ways to learn about them. Making fairy bread and dividing the bread into halves and quarters and manipulating playdoh to construct equal shares, have been two very popular ways of representing both halves and quarters and learning equivalence.

We continue our sentence writing in English and our phonics to spelling lessons have seen us explore triple blends and contractions. You may have noticed a new approach to our homework, as many children can learn their spelling words in isolation, however the aim is to transfer this knowledge as we apply spelling rules in our everyday writing.

Of the science units taught this year, I would have to say the “All Mixed Up” one we are currently studying, has been a real winner. Machines were popular too but exposing the children to different types of mixtures used in cooking has been a real crowd pleaser. To date, we’ve mixed various dry ingredients together venturing into the addition of liquids and extending that to making Chocolate Crackles, White Christmas, and profiteroles (a packet mix, so we did cheat a little)! Lots of fun and learning.

In religious education we have been discussing choices, both loving and unloving and the consequences of both and have established the difference between an unloving choice being made on purpose as opposed to one made unintentionally. An idea that we can easily apply to our everyday lives. We have begun practising our items for the carols’ night, which has fitted in well with our study of rhythm and beat in our music lessons. I have sat in on many of Mrs Tolete’s IT lessons and am impressed with the way in which the children have taken on the notion of cyber safety with regards to internet use. Aimed perfectly at their level. Swimming has begun and I believe the water was slightly warmer last week. All in all, it’s a happening place, which explains their fatigue!

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher


Year 3/4 News

Year 3-4 are thriving this fortnight; we have been very busy completing end of year reading and math testing. Any additional reading/ math practise at home would be very beneficial. This term during English, the students are participating in a book club where they will read a book that interests them, then share their opinion and make connections to the text. During math we have started collecting data and representing this information in different forms of graphs and charts. Soon the students will begin analysing this data. Year 3-4 are enjoying practising their Christmas carol performances during music and are looking forward to performing them at the end of the year!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Last week in Science we have become electricians. We worked in teams to create circuits with light bulbs, buzzers, wires, batteries, and switches. We even put ten batteries into our circuit to see how bright the light bulb would go! Sadly, it made our bulbs blow but they were super bright when using nine batteries. We are investigating how to use buzzers to communicate using Morse Code!

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Heart: Courage
Habit of the Mind: Persistence



Jensen Spaul

For always persisting through challenging tasks.

Year 2

Marley Mitchell

Persisting with all tasks until completion.

Year 3/4

Kaydan Munn-McFarlane

For persisting with his reading and showing great growth.

Year 5/6

Geoffrey Rynne

For great persistence in Music and Dance.



Kendall McDermott

For showing courage and bravery during learning tasks.

Year 2

Jakarhlem Munn

Displaying courage by attempting all tasks.

Year 3/4

Jah-Corey Maxwell

For courageously completing all learning tasks.

Year 5/6

Macey Mitchell

For tackling reading with courage.



Dylan French

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our staff that have a birthday.

Jensen Spaul – 18th Oct
Thoramus Nelson – 25th Oct
Mrs Fagan – 24th Oct

Swimming Days

Class swimming days will be as follows for Term 4:

Thursdays: Year 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Prep/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Fridays: Year 3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Year 5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Students will need to bring: Togs, sun smart shirt, towel, thongs, goggles and $1 every week.

Red shirt Day Friday 30th October

This Friday 30th October the students may wear a red shirt for Daniel’s day. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

School Dental Van

The school Dental Van will be visiting Sacred Heart School this Term. If you would like your child/children to receive the services provided by the school Dental Van, you will need to fill out permission forms for all students. These forms are available from the office. For more information please phone 0436 680 659

From the Library

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.

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 will be supervising the students.

Prep Transition Days

Sacred Heart are hosting 3 Prep transition days this term. For more information please contact the office.

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

Please note Account number has changed. 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 new and pre-loved items available for purchase. Come in and browse around. I’m sure you will find a bargain!!!!

Church Times

Sunday 1st November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 8th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Sunday 15th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am
Saturday 21st November - Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 22nd November – Mass @ Eulo – 9.00am
Sunday 29th November – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 4

Monday 26th – Friday 30th October

Health & Wellbeing

Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th October

Marty Savage (SEL) visiting

Wednesday 28th October

Prep Transition – 8.30am – 10.30am

Steph Keogh – visiting

Thursday 29th October


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 30th October

Assembly – 8.40am

Red Shirt Day – Day for Daniel


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 5

Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th November

Mike Thomason – visiting

Thursday 5th November


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 6th November


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 6

Monday 9th – Friday 13th November

Principal Forum - Toowoomba

Wednesday 11th November

Prep Transition – 8.30am – 11.00am

Thursday 12th November


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 13th November

Assembly – 8.40am


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm