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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

11 May 2021

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to Week 4! School has been a hive of activity and there are many more exciting events coming up. Last week, I attended the TCS Principal Forum in Stanthorpe along with 30 Principals from our diocese. The theme of the week was, ‘Being Distinctively Catholic.’ We delved into how our schools are called to be:

  • Welcoming and inclusive environments
  • Places of faith and reason
  • Places of meaningful prayer and liturgy
  • Place of care and service to the needs of others

Through exploring and living out our school Habits of Heart and Mind, which are based on the Mercy values, we are able to fulfill these actions.

Mother’s Day

Last Sunday, we acknowledged, thanked and celebrated all the wonderful mothers, aunties and grandmothers in our lives. Through the love they show, the way they nurture and care for us, mothers help us understand what God is like. We thank all the important women in our lives for their continued love and endless support they offer each and every day to help us truly meet our full potential. I hope all our mothers and motherly figures enjoyed their special day.

Year 3/4 Mother’s Day Liturgy

NAPLAN Testing

This week, our Year 3 and 5 students will be completing the NAPLAN online test. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress. It is important our students get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast. The data collected from these tests provides valuable information for teachers to direct future teaching and learning. Results from the test will be released late in term 3.

Our NAPLAN schedule will be as below:




9:00 am start

Year 3 Writing (Paper Test)

Year 5 Writing (Online Test)

Year 3 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Reading Test (Online Test)

Year 3 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Numeracy Test (Online Test)

11:00 am start

Year 3 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)

Year 5 Language Conventions Test (Online Test)


This year Sacred Heart will be offering the opportunity for students to sit ICAS Assessments. ICAS Assessments are designed to recognise academic excellence. Students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills All assessments are completed online and during school time.

ICAS provides assessment options for the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Digital Technologies
  • Writing
  • Spelling Bee

If your child is interested in participating in these tests, please contact the school office by Monday 24th May. There will be a small cost for each test your child wishes to complete.

For more information about ICAS please visit the link below:

Flu Season

As the colder weather begins to approach, it is important to remember 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.

Remember if your child is unwell or has flu like symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the local medical centre if required.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher interviews are taking place this week before and after school. Please ensure you meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their academic and social emotional progress over the first semester of school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 4! We are nearly halfway through term 2 and it has been a busy few weeks for Prep/1! We have had a few visitors in our classroom this fortnight that have helped us work on our learning. Mrs Keefer came and helped us start some of our supported reading and Mrs Moyle came and worked with Miss Bretherton. We made some art for Mother’s Day which we were very excited to take home on Friday. We also participated in Cross Country on Friday and we were absolutely exhausted! We also planted some seeds and are excited to watch them grow. In Prep/1 we have had a jam packed two weeks, but we are excited for more of our learning and fun to continue! Have a great week!

Miss Aimee Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

The weeks are flying by and our year 1/2 classroom has been flat out keeping up with the pace. Some confusion has reigned with our long weekends granting us just four days at school over the last few weeks, rather than the usual five. Although minus a day each week, the beginning of our term has been a very busy one.

Perhaps the best time for some has been preparing to honour our mums by creating treasures in the form of small gifts, tokens of love for their mothers, or mother figures, in their lives, for Mothers’ Day. Watching the children create these has been a touching experience. I hope all of our mothers enjoyed both receiving their gifts but more importantly, embracing the love with which they were formed. I know from personal experience, that we have our children for but a short while but as the quote goes “Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." Mothers are a child’s first teacher.

Learning to tell the time and exploring simple addition has kept us busy during maths lessons. We have concentrated on quarter times, minutes past and to the hour, the duration of time and have made our own simple analogue clocks to help us practise o’clock, a quarter past, half past and a quarter to the hour. Please reinforce this at home, as it can be a tricky concept for some to grasp.

We continue our study of the meaning of the word ‘covenant’ in our religion lessons and have read and viewed stories that reveal the relationship God has with people both from the Old and New Testaments. During English lessons we continue with our spelling to phonics sessions, reading groups, the exploration of sentence structure in shared reading experiences and the comparison of information texts and narratives. I commend all parents and guardians for continuing the practice of daily reading at home and look forward to charting the children’s progress during reading assessment in weeks five and six.

Science lessons have seen us open up the world of machines and the forces of push and pull. Please begin collecting cardboard tubes from glad wrap or the like, as the children shall be creating their own Rube Goldberg machines toward the end of the term. More information to come on that one via the homework sheet. You may have to google it, just as I had to, to open up to the world of simple machines. Rube Goldberg created chain reaction type machines to perform simple tasks! It’s certainly attracted the childrens’ attention. Exploring how machines have changed over time is our focus in HASS, which ties in nicely with our science lessons.

As you can see, our classroom has indeed been a hive of activity.

Mrs Jenny Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Wow what a busy two weeks we have had already! On Tuesday the 4th of May, the students from grades 3 and 4, participated in the Domestic Violence Awareness Week march. The students joined other community members in the march from the NAB to Centenary Park. They listened to some guest speakers and were given the opportunity to sign the Cunnamulla pledge against Domestic Violence. At the end of the experience, the students enjoyed a sausage sizzle before heading back to school.

In the 3-4 room, the students have been given the opportunity to engage in a Deadly Choices program for Health this term. The focus of this program is to encourage young students to make healthy choices when it comes to food and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to make these choices. Guyahny and Jessie have spoken to the students about the 5 main food groups, what is in each group and asked the students to reflect on which ones they use the most within their diet. In week 2, the year 3-4 students picked their favourite meals from a variety of recipes. In week 3, the students were given the chance to cook one of these recipes. The recipe for this week was Fruit Smoothies. The year 3-4 students worked in pairs to chop ingredients, measure out amounts and finally blend it all together to create yummy smoothies! We can’t wait to see what the next fortnight brings!

Year 3/4 Teacher
Miss Ellie Charlton

Year 5/6 News

Has your child been trying to persuade you more than usual? We have been learning about persuasive techniques and how to use them in our writing. If your child is asking for something at home, make sure they give you three reasons to support their argument. Students also wrote their wish-list for the book fair; I am sure there will be a few persuasive discussions surrounding this. Students will continue to learn about chemical changes this week – investigating melting, dissolving, and evaporating through experiments. Make sure to ask them about their experiments. We wish the Year 5 students’ good luck as they complete their NAPLAN testing this week.

Miss Lilly Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight focus:

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



Nathanial Mitchell

Displaying persistence in all areas of the classroom.

Year 1/2

Zara Field

Keeping on going when the going gets tough.

Year 3/4

Kaydan Munn-McFarlane

Showing persistence towards new Maths concepts.

Year 5/6

Noah Hatchman

Showing persistence when learning new Maths concepts.



Mia Haig

Displaying courage on her first few weeks of school.

Year 1/2

Ahmed Hakimi

For having the courage to take himself out of his comfort zone.

Year 3/4

Bella Woods

Her courage to work independently and give all areas of work a go.

Year 5/6

Isaac Hatchman

Being courageous and determined at Cross Country, giving the race all he had.



Lincoln Thompson

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all students and staff that have a birthday.

Ava-May Brock – 4th May
Chelsea Ashley-McKellar – 12th May
Mr Whatling – 5th May
Mrs Shellshear – 6th May

SHPS Cross Country

We congratulate all students who participated in our school cross country either at the Golf Course or in the School grounds. I witnessed great sportsmanship and a wonderful effort put in by all students.

Age Champions:

2014 Girl – Chloe Fett
2014 Boy – Jazaha Francisco
2013 Girl – Penny Schmidt
2013 Boy – Dallas Ramsay
2012 Girl – Sophia Tolete
2012 Boy – Kaydan Munn-McFarlane
2011 Girl – Ruby Schmidt
2011 Boy – Jah-Corey Maxwell
2010 Girl – Macey Mitchell
2010 Boy – Justin Mitchell
2009 Girl – Bella Anderson
2009 Boy – Noah Hatchman

SHPS Cross Country Snaps 2021

District Cross Country

District Cross country will take place next Thursday 20th May in Eulo. Students who have been selected to participate will receive a note this week with further details.

Dress Like a Pirate Day

This Friday 14th May, students from Sacred Heart are welcome to come to school dressed like a pirate to support kids’ brain cancer research. Students who decide to dress up, please bring a cold coin donation.

Kilometre Club

This term Miss Lilly Daly and the teachers will be running Kilometer Club for our students.

What is Kilometer Club?

Kilometer Club is an opportunity for students to come to school for a couple of leisurely (or frantically) paced laps around the oval. Each distance walked/run is recorded and awards are received at the end of term for achieved distance milestones.

Who can join Kilometer Club?

All ages! Students, teachers and parents are welcome to attend.

When can we participate in Kilometer Club?

Due to a number of public holidays coming up, Kilometer Club will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8am in Weeks 2 – 5. In Weeks 6 – 10 it will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and mornings.

What do I need to bring?

Students need to arrive at school at 7:30am in their school uniform. Students can bring more comfortable running/walking shoes if required. Students are expected to change back into their black school shoes when finished.

Other information:

Students will receive a Kilometer Club book and are able to complete kilometers in their own time. Kilometer Club will also be great training for Cross Country which is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Please contact Miss Daly (Yr 5/6 Teachers) ifs you have any questions.

Book Fair

In Week 4, we will be holding our annual book fair and the theme this year is ‘The Book Fair and Beyond!’ Mrs Fett with be coordinating the Book Fair on Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May between 3-4pm. Students will be visiting the book fair with their classes to make a wish list. Book fair is a great way to purchase new books! If you would like to make a donation to the school library, please choose a book and Mrs Fett will organise for a label to be placed on the inside cover of the book you have donated.

District Sport Trials for Term 2

Please see the trial information for Term 2 sports. If your child is interested in any of the following sports, please contact the school office to make a nomination.

*Please note that students need to participate in a district trial before a regional trial*.

Term 2 District/Regional Sports 10-12 years


District Trial Date

District Location

Regional Trial Date

Regional Location

Cross Country

20th May


28th May


Football (Soccer)

7th May


1st June


Touch Football

21st May


14th June



Individual Nom due 28th May

13th June


Girls Rugby League

4th June


30th July

St George

PPF News

The next PPF meeting is Thursday 17th June at 5pm. All welcome to attend.


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop this year, so if you are interested, please contact Tom King on 0457 990 027 or ring the school office. Tuckshop runs on Fridays 9am – 1.30pm during Term. 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. A reminder that ALL orders are to be into the Tuckshop by 9am on Friday.

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)

School Tuition Fees

School Fees have been sent out; can these be paid before the end of Term 1. 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

Sunday 16th May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am
Saturday 22nd May – Mass @ 5.30pm
Sunday 23rd May – Mass @ Eulo
Sunday 30th May - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am

Term 2 Important Dates

Week 4

Monday 10th – Friday 15th May

Book Fair and Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 11th – 13th May

Year 3 and Year 5 NAPLAN Online Testing

Thursday 13th May

Instrumental Music with Mr Whatling

Friday 14th May

Dress like a pirate day (all students) – gold coin donation

Week 5

Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th May

Karen Bruggemann Visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Thursday 20th May

District Cross Country Eulo

Friday 21st May

Cunnamulla Show Holiday

District Touch Trials Charleville

Week 6

Friday 28th May

Regional Cross Country Charleville

Week 7

Monday 31st May

Reconciliation Day

Tuesday 1st June

QLD Governor General Visit – Hon Paul De Jersey

Regional Soccer Trials Chinchilla

Friday 4th June

Girls Rugby League District Trials Charleville