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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

20 July 2021

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to another term of learning and fun at Sacred Heart! We have had an action packed first week getting back into the learning pit, celebrating NAIDOC and participating in our school athletics carnival. A special thank you to Dan McKellar, Lawrence Anderson, Roberta Thomas and Guyahny Rynne for running our NAIDOC rotations and teaching our students about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It was a very enjoyable and successful day. We also welcome 3 new students to our school, Harlem in Prep, Charlotte in Year 3 and Emersyn in Year 4. I am sure they will be warmly welcomed into their new classrooms and the Sacred Heart Community.

Students participating in NAIDOC rotations, learning about Indigenous culture.

Habits of the Mind and Heart

This fortnight students have been practising the Habit of the Mind, Communication and Habit of the Heart, Belonging.

Why is Belonging important?

Belonging is about being included and feeling welcomed, like you are an important member of the school community. Belonging gives us a sense of purpose and meaning. Research shows that feeling a sense of belonging supports student wellbeing and motivation as well as academic achievement. We teach our students to use the following strategies to encourage a sense of belonging:

  • Welcoming and greeting people in a welcoming manner
  • Including people when they feel left out or not included
  • Sharing your knowledge with others (we are social learners!)
  • Showing interest in others
  • Accepting others for who they are

Why is Communication important?

Communication is the imparting and exchanging of information verbally, non-verbally and written. Good communication skills allow students to progress through the learning process. It enables us to pass information onto others and to understand what is being said.

We teach our students to use the following strategies to encourage good communication skills:

  • Being collaborative
  • Turning and talking to your learning partner
  • Asking questions and asking for feedback
  • Listening to others’ opinions
  • Clarifying with others
  • Sharing your thoughts or understandings
  • Eye contact and body language
  • Verbal or non-verbal
  • Sharing ideas and feelings appropriately

To further support our student learning of these skills, ask them at home where in their day did, they have a go at using these habits and how it helped them to learn.

Welcome Fr Shane Carr

We welcome Fr Shane Carr to the Sacred Heart Parish and School community as he takes on the role of Parish Leader. Fr Shane is a MSC priest and joins us from St Edmunds Ipswich. Fr Shane is a qualified teacher and counsellor and brings with him many years of experience. I am sure he will be warmly welcomed into the community.

Fr Shane will run the Sacramental Program next year and is willing to undertake personal reconciliation for those who are interested. Please contact him via email if you have any questions.

Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week will be celebrated in Catholic schools in Queensland from 25 – 31 July 2021. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: A Spirited Tomorrow.

Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

There are 309 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 154,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.

As part of the week, our students receive a pupil free day on Monday 26th July. On this day, the Sacred Heart staff will be participating in religious professional development along with Bishop Robert McGukin, Dr Pat Coughlan (Executive Director) and the staff from St Finbarr’s Quilpie and St Mary’s Charleville.

We will also celebrate the week by holding an open classroom morning from 9-10am where parents can come to school and participate in classroom learning and activities with the students. We will also celebrate with a liturgy at 10am held by our Yr 5/6 class. We encourage parents to come and join in on this special morning.

Prep Enrolments 2022

We are now calling for Prep enrolments for 2022. If your child is born between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017, they are eligible to be enrolled in Prep for 2022. Prep Enrolment packages are available at the front office or at the Churches of Christ Kindy. Prep interviews will be conducted over the next month. Please contact the office to pick up an enrolment pack and to make an enrolment interview.

To kick start our transition process, Miss Crawford visited the Kindy and read the story, First Day to the students. They were very excited to talk about beginning school next year.

Marketing Updates

If you haven’t already done so, check out our new school website and school facebook page! Both provide an updated and refreshed outlook on the education and learning that happens at Sacred Heart School.

School website address

School Facebook page – search Sacred Heart Primary School Cunnamulla.

Have a great week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome back to Term 3! We hope everyone had a great holiday and a good rest because this term is jam packed! To start off the term, we reflected on our holidays and created some artwork showing our friends what we did on the holidays. On Thursday, we participated in some NAIDOC week rotations. We played some traditional games, listened to some stories and looked at some traditional tools, we ate some yummy treats and finished with some painting. The fun didn’t stop there because then we participated in the school Athletics Carnival on Friday! We were all a little exhausted by Friday afternoon. This week, we have more exciting things planned. This Thursday, the Prep/1 class will be participating in ‘100 Days of Prep/1!’ where we can all come dressed to school as an ‘old person’. We will be doing some themed art and fun activities. On Friday, we will also be hosting ‘Crazy Hair Day’ to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. We are super excited for this week and cannot wait for the rest of this term! Have a great fortnight!

Prep/1 Teacher
Miss Bretherton

Year 1/2 News

We began term three gradually in some respects but with lots of things happening. Tuesday saw us return to school and we all seemed to be rested and ready to embrace another ten weeks of teaching and learning. NAIDOC WEEK Celebrations happened on Thursday and as the photos show, we not only had lots of fun, we also learnt some interesting things about Indigenous culture. Playing games, painting and cooking were also enjoyed by all. Friday was an action-packed day with our athletics carnival and saw all participate with a great attitude, win, lose or draw. Xavier were the victors on the day but by oh so small a margin. Despite the very windy conditions, it was a great day and everyone enjoyed being able to be part of it, after the COVID restrictions saw last years’ event cancelled. What a wonderful way to begin the second half of the academic year.

Year 2 Teacher
Mrs Shellshear

Year 3/4 News

Welcome back to school for Term 3! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing time over the holidays. The year 3/4 class have started in full swing with a very busy first week! The students engaged in a variety of activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week, participated in the Athletics carnival and began exploring Information Texts. I look forward to the term ahead.

Year 3/4 Teacher
Miss Charlton

Year 5/6 News

We are officially half-way through the year and have a very busy term ahead of us. This term in English, students will be reading the novel ‘Boy Overboard’ and learning about text features. This week students will be learning about Afghanistan, where the novel is set, make sure to ask your child about what they have learnt about life in Afghanistan. In Science this term, the class will be learning about micro-organisms. On Monday students investigated bread and the effect of yeast. Some of the Year 5/6 Students will be fundraising for Year 6 camp this week, making hot chocolates of a morning ($1) and selling baked goods.

Year 5/6 Teacher
Miss Daly

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Heart: Belonging
Habit of the Mind: Communication



Lincoln Thompson

For welcoming new and old students back to school.

Year 1/2

Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

For making everyone in our room feel as if they belong.

Year 3/4

Henny Coolwell

For making new students to our class feel welcome.

Year 5/6

Bella Anderson

For always including others and making others welcome.



Isla Dunne

For discussing her ideas with the teacher and her class.

Year 1/2

Deegan Murphy

For discussing his ideas with his turn and talk buddy.

Year 3/4

Sterling Woodcroft

For his willingness to share his ideas and knowledge, particularly in English and HASS

Year 5/6

Felicity Higgins

For always sharing and clarifying her ideas and knowledge with the class.



Mia Haig

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Charlie French

Happy Birthday

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

Charlie French – 7th Jul
Lake Wilson – 16th Jul
Natasha King – 16th Jul
Max Manning – 22nd Jul
Lennox Falconer – 24th Jul
Mrs Haig – 6th Jul

Athletics Carnival

Last Friday we held our annual Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to Xavier for winning overall by 1 point. All students showed great courage and sportsmanship throughout the day. You all should be very proud of yourselves. A big thank you goes to Des & Tina for supplying donuts and Jesse for the coffee. District Athletics will be held on Friday 30th July.

Crazy Hair Day

Country School Photos

On Thursday 19th August we will be having our school photos done. Can all envelopes be back to school by Monday 16th August?

Cement Works

Over the holidays, Matthew Bell Constructions have been working hard replacing all the cement verandahs around the classrooms, church and quadrangle. It is looking great and ensures a much safter space. Work is still being completed, so there are some fenced off areas around the school. Please be sure to stay out of these areas. It also means for the next couple of weeks, students will have to enter the school grounds via the front gate of the school (John St) and the Alice St entry will be closed off. More work is due to be complete next holidays including laying of artificial turf in the quadrangle (including hopscotch and handball courts), landscaping and stencilcreting. We are very much looking forward to the finished product.

Effective Hand Hygiene is Vital

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout, 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

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

Church Times

Mass/Services will be held at the Presbytery (27 Alice Street Cunnamulla)
Sunday 25th July – Mass @ 9am - Cunnamulla
Sunday 1st August – Mass @ 9am - Cunnamulla
Saturday 7th August – Mass @ 6pm - Cunnamulla
Sunday 8th August - Mass @ 9am - Eulo
Sunday 15thAugust – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am - Cunnamulla
Sunday 15thAugust – Mass @ 10am -Thargo
Sunday 22nd August – – Mass @ 9am -Cunnamulla
Sunday 29th August – Mass @ 9am - Quilpie

Community News

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 2

Tuesday 20th July

Sue Keefer Visiting (Education Officer Literacy)

Wednesday 21st July

Sue Keefer Visiting (Education Officer Literacy)

Karen Bruggemann Visiting (School Guidance Counselling)

Steph Keogh Visiting (TCS Speech Therapist)

Thursday 22nd

Steph Keogh Visiting (TCS Speech Therapist)

100 days of Prep Celebrations

Friday 23rd July

Steph Keogh Visiting (TCS Speech Therapist)

Crazy Hair Day

Assembly 8:45am

Meals on Wheels

Saturday 24th July

PPF Donut Stall – Rotunda – 9am

Week 3

Monday 26th July

Pupil Free Day

Catholic Education Week

Wednesday 28th July

Open classroom morning 9-10am

Catholic Education Week Liturgy 10am

Youth Council Meeting Wyandra 1:30pm

Friday 30th July

District Athletics Carnival - CSS

Week 4

Monday 2nd August

Prep Visit to the Kindy 10am

Wednesday 4th August

P-2 Visit to the town library for Indigenous Literacy Foundation books

Friday 6th August

Assembly 8:40am

Week 5

Sunday 8th - Wednesday 11th August

Principal Forum Cunnamulla

Week 6

Monday 16th August

Kindy Visit to Sacred Heart for a Teddy Bears Picnic

School Photos Envelopes due back

Wednesday 18th August

Youth Council Meeting at Sacred Heart 1:30pm

Thursday 19th August

School Photos

Regional Athletics St George

Friday 20th August

Regional Athletics St George

Assembly 8:40am