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

Phone: 07 4655 1486
Fax: 07 4655 1400

9 November 2021

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Principal’s Report

Building Opening

Last week, was a busy but memorable week as we finally got to bless and officially open our new library, student amenities and undercover area. We welcomed many special visitors to our school for the event including Bishop Robert McGuckin, Dr Pat Coughlin (Executive Director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools), Mr Lester Ehrlich (Elia Architect), Parish priests and parishioners, Suzette Beresford (Mayor of the Paroo Shire), Toowoomba Catholic Schools staff and Sacred Heart school and community members. Unfortunately, the Honourable David Littleproud was unable to be with use on the day due to current COVID 19 restrictions on interstate travel, however, he did provide our gathering with video message.

We shared with the community the advantages of this wonderful new learning space:

“Our new library provides our students with a contemporary, flexible learning space that allows for whole class, small group and individual instruction. The breakout rooms allow for private spaces for student intervention to take place and the main floor space provides a welcoming, modern environment for learning. The student amenities design and layout has increased safety, visibility, accessibility and is supportive of students with physical disabilities. The wonderful undercover area, provides a functional communal area for our students to enjoy their morning tea and lunch and is an ideal space for students to experience learning outdoors. Over the year, staff and students have used this space for art lessons, science experiments, reading groups, maths lessons, dance practice and assemblies!”

The highlight for me and many others was the student performance of the National Anthem and Home Among the Gum Trees in Auslan. Many visitors commented on the exemplary behaviour, presentation and manners of our students. I am extremely proud to be a part of this wonderful, supportive school community. Thank you to all who came and supported this event.

Ignite Learning

This term, our goal for students is to use self-questioning to be independent in solving a problem. To support our students in learning this, teachers have been modelling ‘think alouds’ where they demonstrate their thinking processes. “If you want them to know it, you have to show it!” We have also been connecting the learner quality of Independence to the learning pit. Students have developed their own learning pits in their classrooms to use as a visual support when stuck in their learning. It includes their ‘learning luggage’ and questions they can ask themselves when stuck in the learning pit. We have already noticed students beginning to use this strategy to help them when they are trying to solve a problem. Please visit your child’s classroom to check out their learning pit and self-questioning cues.

Have a fantastic week.

Miss Polly Crawford

Prep/1 News

Welcome to week 6! We have been hard at work in Prep/1 with all our learning this term. We have been trying really hard to work on our self-questioning strategies to assist with our habit of the mind, independence. We worked together, brainstorming ideas of how it looks and feel to be in different stages of the learning pit and what we have to do to get out of it. We then used these strategies in our writing. The students were also lucky enough to have the pre-prep students for next year come and visit for a transition morning. This was their second transition morning for this term, with in weeks 7 & 9. We also celebrated Melbourne Cup last week. The students each made either a fascinator or a tie which they wore while cheering on their chosen horse. It was lots of fun! We have also started preparations for the Christmas carols which the students are very excited about. Thank you for a great 6 weeks so far, we are excited for the end of term!

Miss Bretherton
Prep/1 Teacher

Year 1/2 News

As our school year draws to a close, I am ticking off what has been taught and looking at what’s still to be covered and I know why the little faces looking back at me each day are beginning to look tired. We have covered so much and they have worked really hard but results are pleasing. We’ve begun assessment in reading and maths and over the coming weeks, we’ll finish our units of work with assessment happening throughout.

We continue to measure things in the classroom and this practical side of maths has been popular. We have discussed how we measure objects in centimetres, metres or kilometres, how we can use arbitrary objects to measure the area something covers and how liquids and some solids, are measured differently and we refer to it as volume and capacity. As time progresses, we’ll move on to chance and data and of course complete the required assessment.

We have come to the end of our time musing on mixtures with our science and English units being closely related this term. Once again, the hands-on activities have been a winner and somewhat entertaining! If they ventured home a little white or brown, I dare say it was because of spillages with either cocoa, icing sugar or cornflour! We shall now progress to writing a procedure for a mixture of their own before we progress to looking at letters via the gorgeous Jolly Postman series of books, the Christmas one in particularly and how letter writing helped people to remain ‘connected’. A letter to Santa shall be included, so you may begin to see wish lists appear that is, if they haven’t already!

Role playing the steps required for forgiveness has been discussed recently in religion and prior to beginning our short Advent unit, we will look at how Catholics obtain healing via the sacrament of Reconciliation. A very important aspect of life which is closely related to our You Can Do It lessons, where we have reflected on our different ‘moods’. We have discussed some possible strategies on how to live with our variety of emotions and the children are realising that all of them are part of each of us. It’s actually very timely, as our energy levels begin to fade and some relationships are tested. Having taught for many years, I have come to understand that there’s no easy way to wind up a school year!

We do have time for fun however and beginning to choreograph our Christmas Carol numbers has brought smiles to both their faces and ours. They just love anything to do with music and movement and we’ve been so lucky to have Miss Devey to lead us in this area this year. It’s quite difficult to believe that’s it’s once again time to do all of our end of year activities and I must say, as much as I look forward to a break just like yourselves, I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach these children this year.

Mrs Shellshear
Year 1/2 Teacher

Year 3/4 News

Welcome to Week 6! Over the last fortnight we have been very busy in the Year 3-4 room. We have had lots of important visitors around the school over the past fortnight and the students have enjoyed interacting with them. They particularly enjoyed performing for them at the opening of our New Library Building.

In Science, we have been exploring heat sources and how heat can be produced. We began exploring heat sources that produce their own heat, compared to those that get their heat from something else. The students had the opportunity to explore how the heat from a candle is produced and discussed reasons why the bottom of the candle remained cool, while the wick and wax at the top became warmer the more the candle burned. As a class, we identified and observed a variety of items within the classroom that are heat sources. We then sorted them into categories in order to identify how heat can be produced in a variety of ways. Over the next fortnight, we will be exploring how heat moves from one object to another.

In English, we have been exploring poetry and the language features used within poems to make them more entertaining. Each of the students has chosen their own poem, which they will be performing in week 7. We would like to invite any parents that would be interested in attending to come and watch the students perform their poems. A note will go home later this week with more details.

Have a lovely fortnight and I look forward to catching up with you all before the end of semester.

Miss Charlton
Year 3/4 Teacher

Year 5/6 News

4 more weeks left of term! In English, Students have started independently analysing a range of poems and looking at viewpoints. Ask your child what poems they have been reading and which one they have enjoyed most. In Maths, students started the week with brainstorming all they know about money. Students will be creating financial plans and working out discounts on items. Our class has been busy preparing for the end of year Christmas Carols. The class have decided on their costume – Group 1 is wearing all green and Group 2 is wearing all things red, white and sparkles. Please ask your child what group they are in.

Miss Daly
Year 5/6 Teacher

Class and Uniform Awards

This fortnight’s focus:

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



Jacqui Hooper-Monaghan

Consistently doing all she can to help care for our school and classroom.

Year 1/2

Chelsea Ashley-McKellar

Helping others on a consistent basis.

Year 3/4

Kirsten Higgins

Seeing a need and taking action within the classroom.

Year 5/6

Paige Tanner

For actively helping staff and students with a positive attitude.



Lucy Schmidt

Engaging and participating in a range of investigation activities.

Year 1/2

Jason Tolete

Asking questions in science to gain meaning.

Year 3/4

Charlotte Meurant

For asking questions to learn more about the topics she is curious about.

Year 5/6

Macey Mitchell

For posing questions in English and applying her understanding to her analysis.


Year 3/4

Amaya Partridge

For wearing your uniform with pride.

Year 5/6

Ava Anderson

Happy Birthday

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

Sterling Woodcroft – 6th November
Jazaha Francisco – 9th November
Marley Mitchell – 9th November
Kaiarn Combarngo – 14th November
Dallas Ramsay – 15th November
Charlotte Ramsay – 15th November
Miss Crawford – 9th November

Remembrance Day

The 5/6 class will walk down to the fountain to participate in the Cunnamulla Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday 11th November at 10.30am.

Grandparents’ and World Teachers Day

Recently we celebrated the care and kindness that our wonderful Grandparents and Teachers show us each and every day. The Year 1/2 class lead the liturgy sharing the things they appreciate and giving some special gifts. Thanks again to all of the grandparents and family members who came along to celebrate this special day.

Year 1/2 students lead our school in liturgy for our Grandparent’s and Teachers on their special day.

Behaviour Level Promotions

Congratulations to the following students on their promotion to Behaviour Level 1 & 2. The following students have met the Behaviour Policy requirements:

Level 1: Kendall McDermott, Noah Anthony, Dallas Ramsay, Chloe Fett, Jason Tolete, Maddison Hickey & Goothala Rynne

Level 2: Lake Wilson, Jacqui Hooper-Monaghan, Thais Vanini, Thoramus Nelson, Jesse Fett, Brooke Roberts & Justin Mitchell

Prep Transition Days

Sacred Heart Primary School will be hosting 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 Date & Time

  • Day 3: Wednesday 17th November 8:30am-12pm. Students will need to bring a hat, water bottle and packed morning tea.
  • Day 4: Wednesday 1st December 8.30am-1pm. 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.

Pre-Preps enjoying their 2nd day at Sacred Heart.

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.

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 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 6

Thursday 11th November

Remembrance Day

10.30 am 5/6 Class will walk to the fountain for the Town ceremony.

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