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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

26 October 2021

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Principal’s Report

Ignite Learning Project

As the year begins to come to a close, we reflect and evaluate the projects and initiatives we have been a part of and the impact they have had on our student learning. These reflections and evaluations help guide our future school plans. This year we have placed particular emphasis on continuing to develop our school culture of learning and learner qualities (Habits of the Heart and Mind).

Last week, we welcomed Mrs Cath (Education Officer: Ignite Learning) to our school. The purpose of her visit was to complete a learning progression assessment to see how we have progressed with the project so far. Findings from Mrs Kimmorley’s visit showed that our students understand what they are learning about and know that learning involves challenge and persistence. They are able to name and describe most of the Habits of the Mind and Heart and understand that they are important.

Our next steps include providing students with strategies to help them to get out of the learning pit when they are stuck. To do this, our students will work on deepening their understanding of the Habit of the Mind, Independence, and learn how to self-question. We began these discussions yesterday during our students weekly briefing. Check out our learning pit below and the questions we are learning to ask ourselves when we are trying to solve a problem in our learning.

The Learning Pit.

World Teacher’s Day

Our teachers make a difference everyday, educating and inspiring young students.

This Friday 29th October, we celebrate World Teacher’s Day where we get the opportunity to thank our wonderful Sacred Heart teachers for the significant role they play in the lives of our students. I would like to sincerely thank our teachers for the wonderful work they do every day and the dedication they demonstrate towards empowering minds, creating opportunities, and engaging students in quality teaching and learning.

Our students have something special to share with the teachers at our liturgy this Friday 29th October 9am. We hope you had a brilliant day!

School Extravaganza!

What an absolute hit our school extravaganza was! The students put on a fantastic performance which scored many belly laughs from the audience. The “Wizard of Aus!” was cleverly written by Miss Devey our Prep-2 School Officer. A big thank you to all staff for all your hard work organising costumes, rehearsing with students, preparing props, practising dance and much more to make the night a great success. I really appreciate your dedication in ensuring our students are provided opportunities to improve their Arts skills.

Have a fantastic week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Student Attendance

A friendly reminder that students are not to arrive at school before 8am as there is no school supervision before this time. Before school play begins at 8:15am with lessons beginning at 8:30am.

Prep/1 News

Welcome to Week 4! Nearly halfway through the term and we are hard at work down in Prep/1! This fortnight we have had lots of fun in all our learning areas. In Maths, we have been learning about position and location as well as giving directions. On Monday last week we looked at grids and practiced giving each other directions. On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to borrow the ‘Bee Bots’ from the library and practice giving them directions to get to different places in the classroom. In Science, we are learning about light and sound. We started in our classroom naming different parts that are light and dark. We then went on a scavenger hunt around the school looking for light and dark places to draw in our books. In HASS, we are learning about different celebrations and how we commemorate different important events. We were discussing what materials we might use when celebrating a birthday, for example cake, candles, balloons, party games. The students were then asked to draw a picture of their favourite birthday celebration. In English, we held a phonics gameshow. We competed in teams to guess which letter was being described, it definitely tested our brains! Lots of learning has been happening in our classroom and we are excited for it to continue! Thanks for a great start to term 4, we are now on the home stretch!

Miss Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

The creative arts have been very much in the fore since our last class news went to print. The musical was a wonderful occasion, and a huge success and thanks go to Miss Devey for her tireless efforts and the children themselves of course, who embraced it with such enthusiasm. I think everyone agreed that they shone on the big night. I was very proud of them as I’m sure you were too. This week we’ve busied ourselves preparing our liturgy for grandparents’ day on October 29 and making a few bits and pieces for those who are lucky to have entered the ‘grandparent’ club. The effort they put into their production is a reflection of their deep love for them. I’ve played several roles during the course of my life but being a Ma Ma would have to be at the top of the list; the love we have for our grandchildren is like no other. I very much regret that I will not be there on the day to attend the liturgy.

From there we’ve progressed to delving into our units of work, as the end of the term, in fact the end of the year, looms closer. In English we’ve been learning about instructions, improving our spelling skills and of course reading. I’m delighted with the progress they’ve made, which is reflected in their improvement in both reading and writing. Their growth has been very pleasing, but it hasn’t come without hard work.

Most concepts have been covered in maths, so as is almost always the case, fourth term sees us tying up loose ends and consolidating areas that require reinforcement and it’s usually when we cover the measurement and chance and data concepts. In our religious education unit, we’ve been exploring New Testament stories that exemplify forgiveness, as the children learn of God’s unconditional love for us, regardless of the choices we make.

We continue to explore mixtures in science and have been learning their different consistencies. HPE sees us learning about safe and unsafe situations and the need to learn to distinguish between the two. This week we covered all areas of safety particularly around protective behaviours and in particular, the need to protect our bodies against harm. During our IT lessons with Mrs Tolete, they’ve also explored the ways in which we can still enjoy technology, particularly the internet, while guarding against predators. Another very important area, as we want our children to continue to enjoy all the internet has to offer while discerning between safe and unsafe sites. I’ve been corrected by one child who took exception to my login details being exposed to the public, so those details now reside in my drawer! I stand corrected 😂

Mrs Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 4! What a busy term we have had already in the Year 3-4 room.

In Science, we have begun looking at what heat is, how it travels, how it is made and its uses. To begin our exploration of this topic, we conducted an experiment with an ice block. We held the ice block in our hands and observed what was happening as it melted. Once the ice block was completely melted, we quickly dried our hands and put them on our cheeks. After we were all warm again, we discussed what happened to the ice block and why, as well as discussing the reasons our hands became very cold after holding the ice block. We really enjoyed this hands-on way of exploring heat and what happens when it is used. Over the coming weeks we will be engaging in more experiments and observations to further explore the concept of heat.

Swimming has begun again for the term, and it has been a nice escape from the heat! In Week 1, our swimming lessons commenced, and we warmed up with a few games to refresh our memories and break out those swimming skills after our Winter break. Over the last 2 weeks, we have begun practicing our strokes and continuing to develop our confidence and ability within the water. We will be continuing to develop our skills and abilities within the water over the coming weeks.

Miss Charlton
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

Welcome to Week 4! We have a very busy fortnight ahead of us! I would also like to thank all parents for attending the Parent Teacher Interviews last week, it was great to see you all and discuss the success of your children.

In Maths, students have been conducting chance experiments and describing probability using fractions, decimals and percentages. In HASS, students have been learning to classify and describe different types of resources (Human, Capital and Natural). This builds on students learning about the differences between a want and a need. In English this week, students will continue to analyse poetry, identifying imagery, language and effect.

Our class has started preparing for Graduation and Awards Night, that is towards the end of the term. Year 6 parents, can you please start to look around your home for about 8-10 baby/toddler photos of your children and bring them in. These photos will make a feature in a PPT on the night.

I hope you all have a great week!

Miss Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

Habit of the Heart: Courage
Habit of the Mind: Persistence



Kendall McDermott

Displaying courage when learning becomes challenging.

Year 1/2

Noah Anthony

Displaying courage to both ask questions and to share his thoughts in class discussions.

Year 3/4

Laura Murphy

For courage to share her thoughts and ideas during class discussions.

Year 5/6

Goothala Rynne

Continuously demonstrating courage in all learning.



Isla Dunne

Continually demonstrating persistence in all areas of learning.

Year 1/2

Deegan Murphy

Showing persistence to learn all of his sight words in term four.

Year 3/4

Charlotte Ashley-McKellar

For her continued persistence towards all Maths tasks.

Year 5/6

Dominick Pender

For showing persistence when conducting chance experiments.



Lake Wilson

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 1/2

Kaiarn Combarngo

Happy Birthday

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

Thoramus Nelson – 25th October
Mrs Fagan – 24th October

Grandparents’ Day Liturgy

This Friday 29th October, the Year 1/2 class will lead the Grandparents Day Liturgy. All grandparents are invited to join us in the Church at 8.40am.

Prep Transition Days

Sacred Heart Primary School will be hosting three Prep Transition days this term. The purpose of these days is for new students to build relationships with staff and students and to become familiar and comfortable in the Sacred Heart school environment. We encourage all students who are enrolled to start Prep in 2022 to attend as well as those families who are still yet to decide where to enrol their child. The school leadership team are available to provide a school tour, discuss what Sacred Heart can offer your child and answer any of your questions.

Next Transition Dates & Times

  • Day 2: Wednesday 27th October 8:30am-11am. Students will need to bring a hat, water bottle and packed morning tea.
  • Day 3: Wednesday 17th November 8:30am-12pm. Students will need to bring a hat, water bottle and packed morning tea.

The process for drop off and pick up

  • Parents are to bring students to the office on arrival and sign them in. This means that the students will be in the duty of care of Sacred Heart School. Parents are not required to stay with their child during these sessions. If your child is not already enrolled to begin in 2022, we will require emergency contact details and medical information to keep at the office.
  • Students will spend these sessions with Miss Aimee Bretherton (Prep/1 Teacher 2022), Miss Crawford, Mrs Haig and our current Prep students.
  • Parents are to pick up students at the set times and sign them out.

For more information, please contact the school office on 4655 1486.

Our 2022 Prep students enjoying their first day at Sacred Heart School. Lots of fun activities based around Lego exploration.

Building Opening

On Tuesday 2nd November at 9am, we will be blessing and officially opening our new school library, amenities and under covered area. The building will be blessed by Bishop Robert McGuckin and opened by Hon David Littleproud. There will be many special guests attending the event as well as a special performance from our students. All school parents, parish and community members are welcome to attend.

Health & Wellbeing Week

This week (25th – 29th October) students will be participating in Health and Wellbeing week. As part of this students will be presented lessons on Personal development, Sexuality Education and Protective behaviours for children. These lessons are a part of the Daniel Morcombe Curriculum that students are participating in this term. These lessons align with the ACARA subject Health and Physical Education strand Personal, Social and Community Health and follow the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, Guidelines for Teaching Sexual Health.

Please be assured that this material will be handled with sensitivity, and that there will be an emphasis on the idea that our bodies are a gift from God. The purpose of this note is to inform you of this part of your child’s education and to prepare you for the possibility of questions being asked at home.

As your child’s primary caregiver, you are welcome to seek further information about the curriculum documents or to view any materials which will be shown to your child. Simply see your child’s teacher to make an appointment.

If you give consent for your child to participate in these lessons, please sign the permission slip that is attached to the newsletter and hand into your child’s classroom teacher. If you wish for your child/children not to participate in these lessons, please contact their classroom teacher.

Loud Shirt Day

Thank you to all those students and teachers that supported Loud Shirt Day to raise awareness and provide valuable funds for those who are deaf or hearing impaired. Congratulations to the students who won the ‘Loudest Shirt Design’ competition.

Congratulations Heather Cavanough, Jason Tolete and Penny Schmidt for winning the best T-shirt design competition.

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.

Swimming Days

Class swimming days will be as follows for Term 4:

Thursdays: Year 2 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Prep/1 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Fridays: Year 3/4 – 12.15pm – 12.45pm and Year 5/6 – 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Students will need to bring: Togs, sun smart shirt, towel, thongs, goggles and $1 every 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 selling lunch packs for the Sacred Heart students on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Term 4. 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 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.

PPF News


We are in desperate need of helpers for Tuckshop as well as a Tuckshop Convenor, so if you are interested, please contact the school office. Our ability to continue providing tuckshop as a service will depend on whether these positions can be filled.

Sipahh Straw Fundraiser

The PPF are selling Sipahh straws at the school office. What are Sipahh straws? They are flavoured straws you use to drink milk! Flavours to choose from include chocolate, choc-mint, vanilla, caramel and strawberry. They have no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and contain less than ½ teaspoon of sugar. A perfect after school treat!


1 straw = $2
Pack 10 = $15


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

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

Sunday 31st October – Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am – Cunnamulla
Saturday 6th November – Mass @ 6pm – Cunnamulla
Sunday 7th November - Mass @ 9am – Eulo
Sunday 14th November - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 21st November - Eucharistic Service @ 8.30am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 21st November - Mass @ 11am – Thargo
Sunday 28th November – Mass @ 8.30am – Cunnamulla
Sunday 28th November – Mass @ 6pm - Quilpie

Community News

Term 4 Important Dates

Week 4

Monday 25th – Friday 29th October

Health and Wellbeing Week

Wednesday 27th October

Prep Transition Day @ Sacred Heart 8:30-11am

Friday 29th October

Assembly 8:40am

Red Shirt Day for Daniel

Grandparents Day/World Teachers Day Liturgy

Week 5

Tuesday 2nd November

Library Opening Day 9am

Week 6

Thursday 11th November

Remembrance Day

Friday 12th November

Assembly 8:40am

Year 6 Transition Day at Cunnamulla State School

Week 7

Wednesday 17th November

Prep Transition Day @ Sacred Heart 8:30-12pm

Karen Bruggemann visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Thursday 18th November

Karen Bruggemann visiting (School Guidance Counsellor)

Week 8

Wednesday 24th November

Graduation and Awards Nights 6pm

Friday 26th November

Assembly 8:40am

Week 9

Tuesday 30th November

Carols Night 6pm

Thursday 2nd December

Christmas Liturgy in the Church @9am

Pool Party 11-1pm

Last Day of Term 4