Welcome Back to 2020
We would like to welcome all students and families back to Sacred Heart Primary School for 2020. We trust that all our students and families have had a relaxing and enjoyable Summer break. We are looking forward to a productive and engaging year ahead for all students at Sacred Heart Primary. It has been wonderful to see the students’ excitement and enthusiasm this week. Our students have made a positive start to the new school year and have shown a wonderful sense of pride and commitment. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new students, parents and staff to our caring Sacred Heart Community. We thank our very committed staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure a very smooth start to the year for all students.
A Prayer to Begin the New School Year
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin
this new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Commitment Masses for Sacraments
This weekend (8th/9th February) all students celebrating a sacrament in 2020, will be required to attend the Commitment Mass at Sacred Heart Parish on either Saturday night (6pm) or Sunday morning (9am).
Sacred Heart’s 2020 Opening Mass
It is with great pleasure that we will be celebrating the commencement of the 2020 school year with a whole-school mass taking place at 9.00am this coming Monday 10th February in the Sacred Heart Church. We encourage as many parents as possible to attend this school event. This Mass will be led by Father Mark Payton and is prepared by our Year 6 students.
2020 Parent Information Evening
We welcome all Sacred Heart parents to the 2020 Parent Information sessions for Kindy to Year 6 next week, on Monday 10th February. These sessions will provide important information regarding your child’s education this year. It is an expectation that at least one parent attends the session scheduled for their child. In addition, if your child is celebrating a sacrament this year, you are also required to attend a short information session in the school hall at 5pm. Please note this is a child-free evening.
The session times are as follows:
5.00 -5.45pm – Sacrament Information Session in the School Hall (Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation)
5:00pm – 5:45pm – Kindy, Year 2 and Year 5
5:45pm – 6:30pm – Pre-Primary, Year 3 and Year 4
6:30pm – 7:15pm – Year 1 and Year 6
Parent Term Planner
To keep parents informed with up-to-date information, the school planner is available on the school website. Please check the website regularly as the planner will be updated when required. The Planner is available on the school website is at:
Follow Sacred Heart on Social Media
Sacred Heart uses some social media platforms to showcase what is happening at the school. Families can follow and engage with the school via Instagram and Twitter.
Crunch & Sip
Our school is committed to improving children’s health through education and by supporting the Department of Health’s Crunch&Sip® initiative. Crunch&Sip® is a set break for students to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water in the classroom.
We invite you to support your child to participate in Crunch&Sip® by providing a clean water bottle to sit on the desk and a piece of fruit or vegetable each day for Crunch&Sip®. Research has shown that drinking water and eating fruit and vegetables is essential for good health and can help concentration throughout the day.
Crunch&Sip® has be in operation at Sacred Heart for four years now and the children are responding with great enthusiasm. Please remember to send suitable fruit/vegetable and a small clear plastic water bottle. Thank you for your support.
School Pick Up (Drive – Through)
We are happy to report that the after-school pick-up on the Mary St Drive Through has been running very smoothly this week. Thank you parents for moving up to the first bay when stopping, moving promptly and considering the traffic on Mary St. Students should not be entering cars in drive-through unless these are parked in one of the three pick-up bays available. The drive-through gates will continue to close at 3.20pm each day, so please ensure that the children are collected before this time. Thank you for your co-operation, and for helping us to ensure that we keep the students safe during this busy time of the school day.
Please note: Unless an emergency, please do not phone the school office during school hours to put your child in drive-through. Let your child know whether they will be in drive-through at the end of the school day, before you drop them to school.
Playground and Oval Reminder
A reminder that the school oval and playgrounds (both Naturescape and Oval playground) at Sacred Heart are not to be played on before or after school. This action is for the safety of all children here at Sacred Heart as there is no staff supervision at these times. We ask that parents supervise their children at all times to ensure that this school rule is adhered to each day, as we are noticing that there are a good number of students still accessing the playgrounds at these times (in the presence of parents). We thank all Parents for their diligence with this matter.
Whole School Social Skills Program
Social skills remain an important focus at Sacred Heart in 2020. At Sacred Heart, we recognise that the learning of social skills is most effective when it is fun, engaging and students apply what they have learnt to authentic situations. We also recognise the important role of parents, primary caregivers and the wider community in helping our students to become proficient at using social skills. Please talk to your child about what they are learning and look for opportunities to practice the current social skill – Active Listening – outside of school. Please find below a summary of our Term 1 Social Skills to be taught at Sacred Heart.
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
There are steps parents can take to protect their children who use the Internet. Some are listed below:
Provide general rules for ensuring Internet safety.
It’s important to be knowledgeable about the Internet, because even if you don’t have a computer at home, your child can access it at school, at a friend’s house, or at your public library.
Create a family agreement for Internet use, including hours of use, which sites can be accessed and which ones shouldn’t be.
Place your computer in a central, open location, like the living room, so Internet use can be supervised. We recommend that students do not access their computers or go online without supervision.
The Uniform Shop is open on Friday mornings between 8-9am.
All enquiries please contact Mrs Vilma Spence direct on 9271 4479.
The Uniform Shop sells school trolley bags and school homework folders.
At Sacred Heart we wish for the students to take great pride in the way that they present themselves in the correct Summer school uniform. It has come to our attention that some students are not wearing the correct school shoes. This week’s uniform focus is on: school footwear. A reminder that black sneakers, should be worn on sports days only. Coloured sneakers and coloured laces are not permitted.
Black lace up school shoes (not Mary Jane buckle up styles) or brown school sandals, (not tan) should be worn with the everyday uniform. Thank you for your assistance with this matter. The full Sacred Heart School Uniform Policy can be found on the school’s website.
The School Canteen is open every day except for Tuesdays.
Canteen orders can be placed via the classroom basket or the online system at www.schoollunchonline.com.au
Parents are requested to please UPDATE their online details to include their child’s updated class group for 2020. The Canteen menu is available on the school website.
Ms Renee Byrne-King and Mrs Carolyn Perlini (Assistant Principals)