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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

16 February 2021

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Principal’s Report

Ignite Learning

This year Sacred Heart are engaging in the Toowoomba Diocese Ignite Learning Project. This project will continue to support the learning dispositions work we have already begun which develops our students into expert learners!

So why should we worry about developing learning dispositions with our students and teach using the learning power approach?

  1. Learning dispositions/powers help us make sense of complex, ever-changing world.
  2. Learning dispositions/powers increase empathy.
  3. The learning dispositions/powers approach develops confident and competent learners.
  4. People who have learning dispositions/powers are more successful in life.
  5. Employers are looking for employees with learning dispositions/powers.
  6. Powerful learners do better in school.
  7. Powerful learners do better in college.
  8. The learning dispositions/powers approach makes teaching more rewarding.
  9. Tackling challenges with learning dispositions/powers makes us happier.
  10. Learning dispositions/powers help us deal with stress and lead healthier lives.

(Guy Claxton, 2018)

The first step we have taken in our Ignite Learning journey involved all staff participation in Professional Development run by TCS Education Officer: Cath Kimmorley. We delved into what is involved in the Ignite Learning project and read recent research into its benefits for students. We read about the importance of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria and the positive impact this has on student clarity. We look forward to keeping you updated with our growth in this space.

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be needed into the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, our job must be to turn out young people who love learning so much, and who learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever is needed.” - Holt

School Leaders 2021

I would like to congratulate our School Leaders for 2021. You all presented your speeches with pride and determination and should be very proud of your efforts. I look forward to watching you all blossom into the confident and respectful leaders of Sacred Heart.

School Captain – Max Manning
Vice Captains – Ava Anderson and Macey Mitchell
Xavier Captain – Brooke Roberts
Xavier Vice Captain – Justin Mitchell
McAuley Captain – Bella Anderson
McAuley Vice Captain – Felicity Higgins
School Leaders – Isaac Hatchman, Noah Hatchman, Lily McCarthy and Goothala Rynne.

District Swimming

Congratulations to all the students who competed at the District Swimming Carnival on Friday. Sacred Heart were excited to take away the championship win for the third year running. I would like to congratulate Sophia Tolete, Charlotte Ramsay and Ava Anderson for winning age champion. I was extremely proud of all of our students who participated as they all tried their very best and showed exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. Well done.

Congratulations Charlotte Ramsay

I would like to congratulate Charlotte Ramsay who swam at State Championships in Brisbane on the weekend. Charlotte swam nearly a 2 second PB and got fourth in her heat. We are very proud of you and your achievements Charlotte.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 4! In Prep/1, we are settling into the school routine very well. We started an introduction to a few of our units this term. For example, we drew pictures of our families in HASS, we started looking at the properties of different things in Science, and we even started learning about different levels in Dance. We used our fine motor skills to create some pom pom art with our names. We also started an introduction into our Maths unit which is numbers. We used different materials to help shape our numbers, like playdough, water and paint brushes, sand, and our bodies! We have had a great start to the term and cannot wait for the rest of our learning journey! Have a great week!

Miss Aimee Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

The Year 1/2 class have been starting their units of work. In Religion we’ve learnt songs to go with our unit on creation and preparing for our Ash Wednesday liturgy this week by learning songs called Out of Ashes, Follow me and Make a Little Difference, which they enjoy. Music is very popular in our room, so singing time is enjoyed by all.

During our Maths classes, we have been revising our counting patterns, exploring number work via our number boards where we must use our knowledge to recall more than, less than, 10 more than/10 less than etc. We will be focussing on number this term, to establish a solid foundation for the exploration of far greater numbers in subsequent years. This is where the foundation is laid and it’s important to revise any activities in their Maths Home Learning books from Monday to Friday.

We are enjoying being transported to ‘The Enchanted Wood’ each afternoon as we follow the adventures of three children in an Enid Blyton classic. I don’t think her books ever lose appeal for young readers and the children enjoy listening to a chapter a day and immersing themselves in the fantasy of all the little folk who live in that magic tree. We have begun our unit on sentence building, so reinforcing punctuation and editing at home would be advantageous. Asking themselves the questions, does it make sense? is imperative. Home reading begins this week and the children are expected to read for ten minutes, four nights a week. Their reading folder contains a book and reading diary where you record what they’ve read each night and any pertinent comments.

Our Technology lessons have begun with Mrs Tolete, which is a very much enjoyed hour on Thursdays. The children are getting very good at logging in individually and Mrs Tolete is delighted with what they’ve retained and all they can do independently. A busy classroom with much happening.

Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 4 in the Year 3/4 class. Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on routines, expectations and learning dispositions. One of the learning dispositions we have been focusing on is independence, especially in English. The students’ have been learning a variety of activities and how they can do these independently. Some of these activities include: Free Writing, Sound/Picture match, Sound Dominos, Magnetic Sentences and Elkonin Boxes. These activities are assisting students to not only develop their independence but also their reading and writing process skills.

Miss Ellie Charlton
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Last Friday the Year 5-6 Students participated at the district swimming carnival. I am very proud of the way the students conducted themselves, with their encouragement of others and effort in the pool. This week in the Year 5-6 classroom we have started our Geography unit, researching the cultures of the world. The students have been so interested in discovering facts - be sure to ask your Year 5-6 Student what country they have been researching.

Miss Lilly Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnights focus:



Lucy Schmidt

Consistently working hard in all areas of learning.

Year 1/2

Deegan Murphy

For not giving up when he finds the work hard.

Year 3/4

Charlotte Ashley-McKellar

For continued persistence towards patterns in maths.

Year 5/6

Felicity Higgins

Showing persistence to complete all tasks.



Heather Cavanough

Showing bravery and working hard during swimming lessons.

Year 1/2

Natasha King

For persisting and finishing all tasks to a high standard.

Year ¾

Thoramus Nelson

For giving his best effort at the swimming carnival and not giving up.

Year 5/6

Paige Tanner

Taking responsibility for your own actions.


Year ¾

Sophia Tolete

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Lily McCarthy

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all the students that have a birthday.

Noah Anthony – 8th February
Ruby Schmidt – 8th February
Deegan Murphy – 14th February
Chloe Fett – 19th February

Sacred Heart Twilight Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Xavier for winning the Swimming carnival for the second year in a row. It was great to see all students participating and showing great sportsmanship. We hope you enjoy some snaps from the night!

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons with Miss Maryanne at the town pool have begun. All students are expected to participate in these lessons as it is part of the HPE curriculum. If your child is unwell and not able to participate in a lesson, please write a note for the classroom teacher or phone the school office. All students need to bring their togs, towel, thongs (optional) and $1 to participate.

Class swimming days and times for the rest of the term are:


12:15pm – Year ½
2.15pm – Prep/1


12:15pm – Year ¾
2.15pm – Year 5/6

Sacred Heart Parent Partnership Forum AGM

On Monday 15th February we held the AGM of the Sacred Heart PPF. Congratulations to our new committee members:

Chairperson – Tony Fett
Secretary – Cara Haig
Service Action Team Leader – Tina Jackson
Tuckshop Coordinator – Tom King


There is NO TUCKSHOP until further notice.

Easter Raffle

Parent Partnership Forum are organising an Easter Raffle. If anyone would like to donate an easter egg or easter chocolate towards raffle would be greatly appreciated. If you are happy to donate, can you please drop it off to the school office by Friday 26th February.

District and Regional Sports

This year we will continue to work with the Cunnamulla Sate School to support the district and regional school sports of Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Rugby League, Touch Football and Netball. However, if you wish for your child to participate in an additional sport listed below you are welcome to pursue that yourself, we will provide you the information. The timetable of regional trail dates for this Term are as below. *Please note that students need to participate in a district trial before a regional trial*.

Term 1 District/Regional Sports 10-12 years


District Trial Date

District Location

Regional Trial Date

Regional Location


Friday 12th February


Monday 1st March



19th or 26th March TBC


Thursday 29th April

St George

Boys Rugby League

19th or 26th March TBC


Friday 30th April



Individual nom due 12th February

Wednesday 24th February



Friday 19th February


10th March (girls)

11th March (boys)

St George

We are now seeking expressions of interest for Netball and Boys Rugby League trials. Nominations are due to the school office by Monday 1st March. Please contact Mrs Crick for more information.

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)
Ms Karen Bruggemann (School Guidance Counsellor)
Miss Polly Crawford (Principal)

Uniform Policy

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. The school 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

Hats: Our school policy is ‘NO HAT – NO PLAY’. A green school hat must be worn and can be purchased form the office.

Jewellery: The only jewellery allowed is one set of fine studs or sleepers, a chain with some form of religious significance and watches.

Nail Polish: Nail polish is not to be worn.

Hair: Children’s hair must be neat and tidy. If hair is below the collar it needs to be tied back with appropriate white or green accessories. It is expected that hairstyles reflect the code of dress required by the school. The colouring of hair and unusual hairstyles are not acceptable.

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

2021 Fee Structure

Tuition Fees

One child

Two children

Three or more children

Whole Year Fees




Resource Levy




Capital Development Levy




Total Yearly Expense




Amount charged per Term per Family




Sacred Heart Parish

Church Times

Wednesday 17th February – Ash Wednesday School Liturgy 2:30pm
Wednesday 17th February – Ash Wednesday Service 6pm
Sunday 21st February – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Saturday 27th February – Mass @ 6pm
Sunday 7th March – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am


Cunnamulla Bowls Family Fun Day – Saturday 27th February – All are welcome to attend.

Term 1 Important Dates

Week 4

Tuesday 16th February

USQ Discovery Van Visit

Wednesday 17th February

Ash Wednesday Liturgy 2:30pm

Thursday 18th February

Swimming Lessons for Prep/1 and Year ½

Instrumental Music Lessons

Friday 19th February

Assembly 8:40am

Swimming Lessons for Year ¾ and Year 5/6

Meals on Wheels (Yr 5/6)

Week 5

Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th February

Leadership Forum

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February

Loretta McGill (Manager: Teaching and Learning – Inclusive Education) and Eileen Moyle (Education Officer: Inclusive Education) Visiting

Thursday 25th February

Instrumental Music Lessons

Saturday 27th February

Cunnamulla Bowls Family Fun day

Week 6

Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd March

Cath Kimmorley (Education Officer: Curriculum – Ignite Learning) Visiting

Monday 1st March

Regional Swimming Carnival Chinchilla

District Netball and Rugby League Nominations due into school office

Thursday 4th March

Instrumental Music Lessons

Swimming Lessons for Prep/1 and Year 1/2

Friday 5th February

Assembly 8:40am

Leadership Liturgy 9am

Swimming Lessons for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6