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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

14 September 2021

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Principal’s Report

Welcome to Week 10! It is hard believe that we have almost finished another term of learning at Sacred Heart. The students have worked extremely hard over the term, getting into the learning pit, using the Habits of Mind and Heart to develop new knowledge, concepts and skills.

Last week, I enjoyed interviewing students across the classes about their learning journey. Collecting student voice about, what are you learning? How are you going with your learning? What are your next steps? What makes a good learner?

Collecting student voice and finding out what students know about learning is an important part of the process of developing expert learners. We have seen a definite shift in our student responses from believing learning is about your behaviour (sitting still, listening to the teacher, legs crossed) to learning being about our Habits of the Mind - communication, making connections, persistence, curiosity and independence.

What students answered to the question, what makes a good learner?

“You try even it if is hard and you think you can’t do it”
“Working independently”
“Someone who wants to learn more about something”
“Following the success criteria”
“A good listener”
“Someone who practices, practices, practices”
“Reading and writing”
“Helping people”
“Someone who doesn’t give up and keeps on trying”
“Showing confidence and wanting to find out more”
“Focusing and having a good attitude”

Next term, I look forward to continuing to improve our implementation of Habits of the Mind and Heart into school life so that we continue to develop critical and creative thinkers and expert learners.


NAPLAN results have arrived and have been distributed to Year 3 and Year 5 student families. We use NAPLAN data to inform future teaching as it shows us what our students know, what they need to learn, areas of strength and areas of weakness in comparison to other students in Australia. Our results indicate good student growth in most areas. In comparison to their Year 3 results, our Year 5 students have shown above average growth in reading, spelling and numeracy. This is compared to the average growth of students across Queensland. This is not by chance but by working hard, high levels of classroom engagement and transferring learnt knowledge to new contexts.

National Child Protection Week

Last week was National Child Protection Week where we promote the value of children and focus attention on keeping our children safe. Students enjoyed a talk from the Queensland Fire Services about staying safe in our community. Teachers also discussed and explained the role our school Student Protection Officers (Mrs Crick, Mrs Haig, Mrs Bruggemann and Miss Crawford) and asked students to nominate five people they could go to if they were feeling unsafe.

“Protecting children is EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS”

Habits of the Mind and Heart

This fortnight students have been practising the Habit of the Heart, Excellence and Habit of the Mind, Independence.

Why is Excellence important?

Excellence is about doing things to the best of your ability and encouraging others to do the same. It is not about being the best at something or winning, it is about ensuring that no matter how hard a task is to complete, you try to do your very best.

What does excellence look like?

  • Actively engaging in and valuing my learning
  • Persisting with challenging tasks
  • Admitting to mistakes and learning from them
  • Working hard and striving to improve
  • Keeping an open mind and being positive
  • Asking questions to clarify
  • Using learning strategies to solve problems
  • Reflecting
  • Keeping track of progress
  • Being proud of yourself

Why is Independence important?

Independence is when you attempt to complete a task by yourself before asking for help. It is important for students to attempt and complete tasks independently to improve confidence and self-esteem but to also allow a student to think on their own and transfer their learning to similar or real world situations.

What does independence look like?

  • Working on your own to solve problems before asking for help
  • Setting goals and taking small steps to achieve them
  • Using Learning Intentions and Success Criteria to guide your learning
  • Reviewing your work
  • Not comparing yourself to anybody else
  • Breaking tasks into manageable parts and improving one thing at a time
  • Being responsible for your own learning journey
  • Celebrating success and having a positive mindset

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Happy Week 10! We made it! Another term done and dusted and we have had a great time in Prep/1! Over the past fortnight we have been bringing all our knowledge together and implementing it within our assessment pieces. In Maths, we have been learning about function machines. The students sat on chairs and became the function machines as their partner asked them questions to solve. It definitely made our brains work! We have also been learning about money and the different Australian coins. We set up a restaurant in our classroom and took turns being the waiter and the customers.

Each Thursday this term, we also participated in Deadly Choices lessons. We learnt so much about how to be healthy and also learnt heaps of fun Traditional Indigenous games. Thank you to Guyahny Rynne for an awesome term of lessons!

As Term 3 comes to an end, thank you to all parents and family members for your support throughout the term. It has been a long 10 weeks and we are definitely ready for a holiday! Have a safe and happy break, and we will see you all in 2 weeks for the final term of 2021!

Miss Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

The fact that we are three quarters of the way through the school year is astounding, although I must admit we’re beginning to feel as if that’s the case. Amidst sickness and absenteeism, we’ve been completing our units of work and assessing, taking time to think of our dads on Father’s Day and putting our dances together for the Extravaganza at the beginning of next term.

The highlight for many in our class has been delving into our science unit titled Dinosaurs and More, discovering we have one or two budding palaeontologists in our class in the process. Setting up our dinosaur display, viewing Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and researching a particular prehistoric beast, have kept us very busy. I’m delighted to relay that they all gave their very best when reading / listening to information online via the Britannica School resource and transferring the relevant information onto a mind map. They shall be transformed into Andy himself, when they present their findings to the class in oral form.

We are yet to record our take on a Cunnamulla landmark but that shall happen before the close of term, along with the remaining assessment. All of this shall see Friday September 17 come around very quickly and your child will be well and truly looking for a break, as shall the teachers. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday and look forward to everyone’s return on October 5. The children have worked very hard and I am in awe of the progress they have made.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to the final newsletter for Term 3! We can’t believe how fast this term has gone!

Over the last two weeks, we have completed our final lessons in the Deadly Choices program for this term. We have been learning about how things like food, exercise and sleep can affect our health and how we can make choices that allow us to lead healthy lives. As our time with Guyahny and the team from Deadly Choices comes to an end, we were lucky enough to receive new jerseys! We are so excited about them and are extremely grateful for both our Eels and Broncos Deadly Choices Jerseys.

In Maths, we have been exploring the concept of Shape. Throughout our exploration of this topic, we have engaged in a variety of activities including: 3D Shape Bingo, creating pictures out of 2D shape blocks, building towers with 3D shapes and creating our own Properties of Shapes books. We have also explored the nets of 3D shapes. To help us connect 3D shapes to their nets, we engaged in a fun (and tasty) activity. We used skewers and marshmallows to construct the nets of a variety of 3D shapes. The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience as it allowed them to explore the concept of Shape in a hands on and interesting way.

As the term comes to an end, I would like to wish you all a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating holiday break and look forward to seeing you all bright and refreshed next term!

Miss Charlton
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

We are on the home stretch to the end of the term. The class have been very focused on creating their science presentation that explores micro-organisms. All students have been kicking goals in mathematics this week. Students have been learning about shape transformation and rotational symmetry. The Year 5 Students were very excited to head off on Sports Camp and have been very focused on getting all their work completed. This week, the Year 6 Students will be revising Mathematics concepts, continuing with creating imaginative texts and completing a range of class challenges.

Miss Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

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



Dylan French

For continuously striving to produce work of a high standard.

Year 1/2

Lennox Falconer

For always working hard to communicate his ideas clearly.

Year 3/4

Sophia Tolete

For working hard to produce her best work across all subject areas.

Year 5/6

Brooke Roberts

For continually striving to do her best in all she does.



Nathanial Mitchell

For continuously working hard to improve his independence.

Year 1/2

Jason Tolete

For working conscientiously and independently to produce work to a high standard.

Year 3/4

Brayden Munn

For trying hard to complete literacy tasks independently.

Year 5/6

Jesse Fett

For showing independence when completing his HASS assessment.



Heather Cavanough

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Chloe Fett

Happy Birthday

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

Jesse Fett – 6th September
Brooke Haig – 12th September
Thais Vanini – 12th September
Emersyn Francis – 20th September
Miss Bretherton – 29th September

School Extravaganza

Get excited for our School Extravaganza next term!!! Students have been working extremely hard on the production “Wizard of Aus!” The performance will take place next term on Friday 15th October 2021. All students have a role and need to be in attendance for the grand event.

The PPF will be putting on a BBQ and Bar, for food and drinks purchases on the night!! The Parish will also have a sweet stall.

If students are keen to practice their dances at home over the holidays to ensure they do not forget their exquisite moves, please find the links below.


Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (Play School)

Wake Up Jeff (The Original Wiggles)

Year 1/2

Thunderstruck (ACDC) 3:23 - the end of the song

Two Strong Hearts (John Farnham) 1:43- the end of the song

Year 3/4

Red Dirt Road Trip

Out of the Cage

Year 5/6

Down Under

Am I ever Gonna See Your Face Again - From 1:54

Whole School

I Still Call Australia Home

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.

If you wish to place an order, please pick up a form from the school office. Forms need submitted to the office the Friday before the week you have ordered lunch. 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.

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.


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 19th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 26th September – Eucharistic Service @ 9.00am - Cunnamulla


Sunday 3rd October – Mass @ 9am – Cunnamulla
Saturday 9th October – Mass @ 6pm - Cunnamulla

Community News

Term 3 Important Dates

Week 10

Tuesday 13th – Friday 17th September

Thargomindah Sports Camp Years 4/5

Friday 17th September

Assembly 8:40am

Last day of Term 3

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 1

Monday 4th October – Saturday 9th October

Year 6 Camp Sunshine Coast

Monday 4th October

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 5th October

Term 4 begins

Wednesday 6th – 7th October

Sue Keefer (EO Literacy) and Janine Ritter (Accountant) Visiting

Week 2

Monday 11th October

ICAS Writing Testing

Wednesday 13th October

Prep Transition Morning 8:30-10:30am

Friday 8th October

Mercy Day Liturgy 9am

School Extravaganza Night 5:30pm