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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

24 November 2020

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Principal’s Report

Staffing 2021

I am pleased to announce the class configurations and the teaching staff who have been appointed for the 2021 school year. Our configurations will be as follows:

Prep/1 – Miss Aimee Bretherton
Year 1/2 – Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 3/4 – Miss Ellie Charlton
Year 5/6 – Miss Lilly Daly
Non-contact Teacher – Mrs Belinda Tolete
Librarian – Mrs Kathleen Fagan
Learning Support Teacher/Middle Leader – Mrs Cara Haig
Guidance Counsellor – TBA
Leadership Team – Mrs Cara Haig and Miss Polly Crawford
Administration /OHS – Mrs Carolyn Crick.
School Officers – Miss Heleena Devey, Mrs Beccy Fett, Mrs Alicia Field.

The 2021 Student Protection Contacts will be Cara Haig, Carolyn Crick, School Guidance Counsellor and myself.

On Friday 27th November, we are excited to welcome our new staff to the school as they will run a transition day with their class for next year. Make sure you pop into the classrooms in the morning to meet your child’s teacher.

Prep Transition Day

We welcomed the 2021 Prep students for the second transition day on Wednesday the 11th November. Thelma the Unicorn featured as the star of the day and allowed us to complete many fun activities including unicorn/donkey masks, collage, autographs, and pink glitter slime! It is fantastic to see our new cohort of students settling into the school environment so well. We have worked very hard on our transition program this year and are seeing great results from our efforts. We would love to hear from the parents of students who have been part of the transition days to help us reflect on our work and continue to refine the transition process.

Remembrance Day

Our Year 6 students and Mrs Tolete represented Sacred Heart at the town Remembrance Day service at the fountain last Wednesday. The students read a poem and were flag bearers at the service. The rest of the school observed a minute silence to remember those who served their country during war.


NAIDOC week celebrations were in full swing from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November. The whole school marched in the community march on Monday and on Friday we held a liturgy followed by a range of activities throughout the day. Students took part in storytelling/songs with Uncle Roger, Song/Dance with William and his team, Traditional Games with Deadly Choices staff, Indigenous Craft/painting and made Johnny Cakes with Roberta Thomas. We extend a warm thanks to all who came and ran these activities to help students celebrate NAIDOC week.

Miss Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome back to another week in Prep/1. Students have been working very hard in all learning areas as we near the end of term. Students are to be commended on their efforts in all learning tasks, producing some wonderful work during class. All students are to be commended and congratulated on their reading, sight word and maths efforts. Students are really beginning to take their own learning into their own hands, and it is just fantastic to see. Students are also to be commended on their behaviour, working as a team to achieve excellence in their behaviour. We have now finalized all pieces of Assessment and look forward to some fantastic class celebrations. Students are beginning to fine tune all their performances that we have coming up and they are doing a wonderful job so far. Students are reminded to still continue completing their homework each week and are encouraged to read with an adult every night. Home readers will not be sent home anymore as the library staff are working to collect and return all the books before the end of the year. A big thank you to all the parents who have stayed on top of the homework demands, it really shows in the classroom! As we near the end of the year and energy levels are low, please remember to have an early night and a great breakfast each morning before school. I am looking forward to a great end of the year and I hope to see some familiar faces at some of our end of year celebrations.

Miss Cornelius
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 2 News

We have been finishing our units of work and having some fun making Christmas bits and pieces. The children have worked so hard all year, that I wanted them to have a bit of ‘fun’ before we said goodbye to one another. They have absolutely loved all the cooking and craft and just to see the smiles on their faces is enough reward for doing that little bit extra. They have worked hard all year and I have enjoyed watching them progress. They will only be next door to me in year three, so I am looking forward to watching them further develop. I wish you all the happiest of Christmases shared with family and friends and a safe and happy holiday.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Excellent week 8 and 9! As the year is coming to an end the students have been busy finishing their assessments. The students did a fantastic job presenting their book club each week, so good we are celebrating by having a Christmas Cracker party involving an elf mystery hunt, gingerbread, Christmas crackers and Christmas movies! The students all did an amazing job becoming geologists this term, in science we thoroughly enjoyed investigating soil and rocks! We all used our learnt math skills in science collecting and recording data on visual representations. The students wrote lovely blessings in religion to loved ones from the holy spirit and in health they explained strategies that they could use to get out of dangerous scenarios. I’m so proud of how far every student in 3-4 has come this year and I will miss them all dearly. I wish them the best of luck on their next adventure and will come visit to hear about all the fun they will be having in 2021!

Miss Sore
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

We are approaching the last week of term and assessments are fully underway. We have written information reports on finances and I can say the 5/6 class will be amazing at budgeting and applying for jobs when the time comes. In Maths we have been looking at different methods of displaying data and how this can be interpreted. We used this to search through criminals’ data to track down a thief! We would all make fantastic detectives. We have worked so hard on our assessments that we have definitely earned some time for Christmas art. Look out for our elf hats and decorated Christmas trees!

Miss Conlin
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

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

Making Connections


Chloe Fett

For making impressive connections in reading.

Year 2

Jase Mitchell

For making connections in STEM.

Year 3/4

Maximus Jordan

Making connections during Science.

Year 5/6

Aleisha Webb

Excellent problem solving in Maths.



Zara Field

For showing compassion towards her peers.

Year 2

Marley Mitchell

For showing compassion to all he meets.

Year 3/4

Amy King

For showing compassion when working with her peers.

Year 5/6

Brooke Roberts

For ensuring her friendships remain strong at all times.



Keshav Garg

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 2

Thais Vanini

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our students and staff that have or are having a birthday.

Dallas Ramsay & Charlotte Ramsay – 15th Nov, Maximus Jordan – 23rd Nov, Jakarhlem Munn – 24th Nov, Aleisha Webb – 28th Nov, Miss Devey – 23rd Nov, Kendall McDermott – 5th Dec, Jase Mitchell – 13th Dec, Ava & Bella Anderson – 14th Dec, Kirsten Higgins – 15th Dec, McKenzie Thomas – 16th Dec, Dominick Pender – 18th Dec, Brayden Munn – 22nd Dec, Jacqui Hooper-Monaghan – 28th Dec & Mrs Field – 8th Dec.


This Wednesday 25th November we will be holding our end of year Graduation ceremony. All students are expected to attend and to wear their Sports Uniform (white and green). The evening will commence at 6pm, so if students could please arrive at 5:45pm it would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we are unable to provide catering this year however, we will still celebrate with cake. There will be drinks and packets of chips available for purchase on the night. I cannot wait to see everyone there.

Behaviour Celebrations

Students will participate in their behaviour level celebrations between 12pm – 1pm next Tuesday 1st December. The celebrations for each level are as follows:

Level 1: Free Dress, Lolly Party, Decorating Gingerbread men, Making Ice-cream, and Making Sherbet.

Level 2: Movie & iPads

Level 3: Inside games, Lego & Movie

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

School Photos have arrived

The school photos have arrived. These can be picked up at the office.

Christmas Carols

Our school Christmas Carol Concert will be held next Monday 30th November in the Big Shed and will commence at 6:00pm. All students have been practicing their Christmas carol performances in class. It will be an event not to miss! Bring along a picnic blanket or camping chair to enjoy the carols under the stars. Pre-ordered hotdogs will be available for purchase.

End of Year Pool Party

On Wednesday 2nd December all our students who are on Levels 1, 2 and 3 are invited to attend our end of year pool party. Students will need to bring along their togs, swim shirt, towel, and thongs. This will be happening between 11-1pm. Parents are able to pick students up at the pool at 1pm. Can you please let their teacher know if this happening?

From the Library

A reminder ALL library books should have already been returned to school.


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.

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. School Fees are now overdue, can these please be attended to ASAP. 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

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

Friday 27th November – Reconciliation Mass – 7pm
Saturday 28th November –Mass – 6pm - First Communion
Sunday 29th November – Mass @ Eulo – 9am
Sunday 6th December - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 13th December - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Sunday 20th – Christmas Mass @ 6pm – Father Warren

Community News

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 8

Wednesday 25th November

Graduation – 6pm

Thursday 26th November


Yr 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

P/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Friday 27th November

Prep Transition Day 8.30am - 12pm

CSS Year 6 Transition Day- 8.30am-2.30pm


3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm

5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Week 9

Monday 30th Nov

Christmas Carols – 6pm

Tuesday 1st December

Level Celebrations

Wednesday 2nd December

Last day of Term 4

Assembly – 8.40am

Christmas Liturgy – 9am

Pool Party – 11am – 1pm

TERM 1 2021

Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd January 2021

Office Opening Hours

11am – 2pm to purchase Uniforms.

Week 1

Monday 25th January 2021


Tuesday 26th January 2021


Wednesday 27th January 2021

Term 1 2021 begins