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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

17 August 2021

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Principal’s Report

Kindy to Prep Transitions - Teddy Bear’s Picnic!

On Monday, we welcomed the Kindy students and Ms Sam to Sacred Heart. This is their first of many visits to the school this year. The purpose of these initial visits is for the Kindy students to continue to build positive relationships with school staff and become familiar with the environment and feel safe and secure at Sacred Heart.

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was a huge hit as students searched for missing teddies, played on the obstacle course, in the home corner and sandpit, dressed up and listened to the story, “Where’s my Teddy?”

The next step in the transition process, is for our Year 5 students to visit their buddies at the Kindy to find out their likes and dislikes.

School Visitors

This week, we welcome a number of visitors to our school from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office. Mrs Sue Keefer (EO: Literacy) will be working with teachers and school officers on their reading and phonics to spelling approaches and Mrs Janine Ritter (School Support Accountant) will be working with Mrs Crick and myself on the 2022 school budget.

Mrs Karen Bruggemann, our school guidance counsellor will also be visiting the school and seeing students in person on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Sacred Heart Snack Shack

Are you fed up packing lunches each morning? Well we have the solution for you!

The Sacred Heart Parish are now selling lunch packs for the Sacred Heart students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The lunch pack includes enough food for both morning tea and lunch (sandwich, fruit, yoghurt, biscuits and home baked cooking e.g. cake) for $5. This service will be available from next Monday 23rd August.

If you wish to place an order, please see Mrs Crick at the school office and complete a Snack Shack form. If parents wish to set up a regular order this can be arranged as well.

We thank Fr Shane and the Parish community for their support.

Habits of the Mind and Heart

This fortnight students have been practising the Habit of the Heart, Service and Habit of the Mind, Curiosity.

Why is Service important?

Service is about being willing to help others in our school and in our community. The Sisters of Mercy encouraged their congregations to work for all peoples, to educate, to care for the marginalised and to make a difference for all in their communities. At Sacred Heart, the Mercy tradition is continued and encouraged by teaching students to:

  • Smile and be polite while assisting others
  • Offering to help someone and lending a hand
  • Being there for others in need
  • Helping out in our community
  • Listening to the needs of others
  • Donating money, goods or time
  • Doing good deeds without a reward

Why is Curiosity important?

Curiosity is being eager and interested in learning more about the topic. It is the engine to academic achievement as it prepares our brain for learning and helps students develop new skills, knowledge and mindsets. We are more likely to remember what we’ve learned when we are interested in the topic. Sacred Heart teachers model curiosity by using the strategy ‘think aloud’ when teaching a new concept or skill. This allows our students to see curiosity in action and hear the learning process.

What does being curious look like?

  • Noticing things
  • Looking for patterns and connections
  • Researching and questioning
  • Listening without judgement
  • Exploring topics of interest
  • Thinking of possible reasons
  • Finding an answer
  • Trial and error

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 6! We have had another busy fortnight full of learning and fun in Prep/1!

We took a trip down to the town library on Wednesday 4th August. We chose a book to keep which was provided by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and played with some of the toys in the library. Thank you to Miss Tammy and the lovely staff at the library, we had a great time!

In science, we have been learning about weather and the different symbols that are used to represent the weather. We became news reporters and discussed the different weather conditions that were happening around the country.

Yesterday, we welcomed the Kindy students to school for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic as part of their transition process. We played with the obstacle course and the outdoor kitchen, the sandpit and the playground. We also read a story and enjoyed some yummy fruit together. Thank you to the Kindy students for coming to school and we can’t wait to see you again soon!

We are excited about a busy fortnight ahead, and we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel…school holidays! Have a great week!

Miss Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

Visiting the railway and watching the All Aboard movie, would have to be the highlight of week 5. Exploring how we are drawn to places with which we have a connection from the past, was the reason we made our little journey to Railway St last Tuesday and we weren’t disappointed. I congratulate all who were a part of the restoration of the Railway Station and instrumental in the construction of the theatre. Our year 1 / 2 students fully embraced the experience, reclining in the beautiful leather chairs and soaking up the history on the screen. What they could remember was astounding and I think just about every little boy wanted to be Bob Poncho! The children shall now go on to study one other place of interest in the town, either the Darby Land Bridge, The Water Fountain or the Robbers’ Tree, after our talk from local historian Mike Hogan, next week. I look forward to watching the short video they each produce. You’ll be delighted to learn that this shall all be completed in school time, so there’s no call for stressing!

During maths we’ve been exploring multiplication concepts, reinforcing telling the time and skip counting patterns and now we are introducing division. The children really enjoyed our block tower activity last week in which we had to count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to calculate the value of each tower. They are asking to do it again soon, so it was obviously a winner.

Our study of Mem Fox books has been an engaging way to encourage interesting sentence writing. Most are much loved however Tough Boris wasn’t as popular as predicted. Where is the Green Sheep, intended for a much younger audience most probably, was a real winner and making our sheep a very popular activity. The culminating activity will be writing a few interesting sentences using conjunctions, to inform us of their favourite Mem Fox book and why.

I’ve been delighted with reading results during our week five testing and the time spent learning sight words at home, has paid dividends. Most have made very pleasing progress and should be commended for their dedication to home reading. The children who are reading at benchmark level for their year level, only need to be tested twice a year, so their chance will come in week 5 of term 4.

We have much to work on as the second half of the term progresses, almost impossible to imagine that in five short weeks, our students shall only have one term to go before they progress to the next year level.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 6!

On the 6th of August, our class held a Pyjama Day at school. The purpose of this day was to raise money to support Little Kids with Big Dreams. Thank you to all who got involved and wore their Pj’s to school.

We have been lucky enough to have Guyahny and the team from Deadly Choices back to teach us about Healthy Lifestyle choices. Over the last few weeks we have been learning about Chronic Diseases, Healthy Choices and how to live a healthy life. The children have really enjoyed their unit so far and can’t wait to keep learning new things.

In HPE, we have begun learning how to play Tee Ball. We have worked in partners to practice getting used to the equipment, catching the ball using a glove and communicating clearly to ensure everyone stays safe. So far, we are enjoying learning how to play and can’t wait to be able to play a full game.

Miss Charlton
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

We are officially halfway through the term - time flies when you are learning and having fun. Last week, students conducted a science experiment using yeast, sugar and balloons. Ask your child what they now know about yeast and the result of the experiment. Last week the Year 6 students were learning about reading and interpreting timetables using persistence to solve tricky questions. The Year 5 students deepened their understanding of 12-hour and 24-hour time and converting between them. We finished reading our class book ‘Boy Overboard’ and now students are busy writing the first pages of the sequel ‘Girl Underground’. Make sure you ask your child how they are going with their writing.

Miss Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Heart: Service
Habit of the Mind: Curiosity



Charvee Narula

For helping in the classroom and school community.

Year 1/2

Chloe Fett

For seeing a need and doing something about it.

Year 3/4

Penny Schmidt

For always being willing to help both in the classroom and playground.

Year 5/6

Max manning

For always being willing to help at events both at school and in the community.



Lake Wilson

For engaging in class discussions and posing a variety of questions.

Year 1/2

Jason Tolete

For demonstrating curiosity by extending his learning about Mem Fox titles.

Year 3/4

Thoramus Nelson

For asking questions and contributing to class discussions, especially in Maths.

Year 5/6

Felicity Higgins

For posing excellent questions to extend her learning.



Jacqui Hooper-Monaghan

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Deegan Murphy

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to all our students that have a birthday.

Lily McCarthy - 12th August
Laura Murphy - 13th August

Country School Photos

This Thursday 19th August, we will be having our school photos taken. All order envelopes should be back at school. Students are to wear their green school uniform (green shirt, green bottoms, white socks, black shoes).

From the Library

Get your costumes organised!

We will be celebrating Book Week and the CBCA (Children Book Council of Australia) Book Awards, next Friday 27th August. The theme this year is, “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds!” Come dressed as your favourite book character on the Friday and bring the book along if you have it. Mrs Fett will be running activities and competitions in the library next week. Parents are welcome to come along to our character parade on Friday 27th August 8:40am in the eating area.

Remember that Library borrowing day is now every Thursday for all students. Students need to bring a library bag to school if they wish to take their library books home.

PPF Father’s Day Stall

The PPF will have a Father’s Day Stall on Wednesday 1st Thursday 2nd September from 3.00pm -3.30pm. Nothing over $5.

If you need a gift for Dad, come and grab a bargain.

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 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.

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.


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop, 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.


At Sacred Heart, we continue to be vigilant with cleaning and hygiene protocols within our school community.

The staff continue to ask children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow;
  • dispose of used tissues in the bin immediately;
  • apply social distancing as far as possible at school.

We ask parents to ensure they do the following if their child develops flu like symptoms:

  • keep the child at home and seek advice about undergoing COVID testing
  • contact your doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

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

School Tuition Fees

Term 3 Fees have been sent home; can these please be paid by Friday 11th September 2021? 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 22nd August – Mass @ 9am
Sunday 29th August – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 5th September
– Mass @ 9am – Cunnamulla
Saturday 11th September – Mass @ 5:30pm – Cunnamulla
Sunday 12th September – Mass @ 9am – Eulo
Sunday 19th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 26th September – Mass @ 9am - Cunnamulla

Community News

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 6

Monday 16th August

Road Safety Week

Monday 16th August

Kindy Visit to Sacred Heart for a Teddy Bears Picnic

School Photos Envelopes due back

Tuesday 17th August

Sue Keefer Visiting (Education Officer: Literacy) & Janine Ritter (TCSO Accountant)

Wednesday 18th August

Sue Keefer Visiting (Education Officer: Literacy) & Janine Ritter (TCSO Accountant)

Youth Council Meeting at Sacred Heart 1:30pm

Year 3/4 visit to Town Library – 2pm

Thursday 19th August

School Photos

Friday 20th August

School Assembly 8:40am

Road Safety Week Talk on Assembly

Week 7

Monday 23rd August to Friday 27th August

Book Week

Wednesday 25th August

Year 5/6 visit to Town Library – 2pm

Friday 27th August

Dress Up for Book Week Parade – 8.40am – Eating Area

Week 8

Monday 30th August

Yr 5 Buddy Visit to the Kindy

Wednesday 1st September

PPF Father’s Day Stall 3-3:30pm

Thursday 2nd September

Assembly 8:40am

Father’s Day Liturgy 9am

PPF Father’s Day Stall 3-3:30pm

Friday 3rd September

Pupil Free Day

Week 9

Monday 6th – Friday 10th September

National Child Protection Week

Week 10

Tuesday 13th – Friday 17th September

Thargomindah Sports Camp Years 4/5

Friday 17th September

Assembly 8:40am

Mercy Day Liturgy 9am

Last day of Term 3