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Assistant Principals’ and School News

What’s new in Writing at Sacred Heart?

But what is it, I hear you say!

Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.

What is VCOP?

VCOP stands for vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. These four elements quickly and easily enhance writing by creating the writer’s voice.

What is a Big Write?

A Big Write is just one, of your many, writing sessions in the week. It’s a special piece of writing, where the students ‘show off’ and celebrate all the skills they have been learning. It has a particular atmosphere to promote calm and creative writers and encourages students to reflect on their learning and how they can improve.

Stay tuned to learn more about our Big Write and VCOP journey, including our Big Talks!

Years 4 and 5 Fremantle Prison Excursion

On Friday 6th August, the Years 4 and 5 classes went on an excursion to the Fremantle Prison. We participated in a guided tour of the Prison, exploring the prison’s history as a maximum-security gaol from 1887 to 1991. We discovered how this convict-built prison transformed into Western Australia’s primary place of incarceration for men, women and children. We walked back in time through the Main Cell Block and exercise yards and learnt about the daily routine of prisoners and the realities of life on the inside. We heard about Moondyne Joe and his many escapes. We enjoyed a lovely walk in the sunshine through Fremantle and reached Cicerello’s, where we enjoyed a treat for lunch.


National Primary Principals Day 2021

Over the last year we have seen, perhaps more clearly than ever, the capacity and calibre of principals as they stepped up to the challenge of leadership through COVID-19; and the strength of the contribution they bring every day to their respective schools, staff members, students, families and the wider community. On Friday, 7 August, Primary Principals across the nation were celebrated on National Primary Principals Day. Last week we celebrated our principal, Mrs McGuire, with a small token of our appreciation. Thank you Mrs McGuire for your leadership, vision, support and daily impact you make at Sacred Heart.


Year 5 Excursion to Government House

On Tuesday of this week, the Year Fives attended a morning tea with the Governor of Western Australia, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, in recognition of the Meritorious Leadership prize in the 2020 Governor’s STEM Award won by Sacred Heart.

The children entertained the Governor with many questions about his role as Governor and the history of Government House. The Governor congratulated Sacred Heart for their passion for discovery and learning and was impressed by their enthusiasm. A scrumptious morning tea was enjoyed by all!


St Mary of the Cross Whole School Mass

On Wednesday, the 11th August, the Year 2 and Year 6 Classes lead the whole school in a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Mary of the Cross. We thank Fr Mark for facilitating this whole-school mass.


Confirmation Parent-Candidate Workshop

On Wednesday night, the Year Six Confirmation candidates and their parents attended the Sacrament of Confirmation Parent and Candidate Workshop. Mrs McGuire presented the CEWA catechist information, in a wonderful workshop providing parents with a greater understanding of the history of the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the opportunity to share the learning with their child. This workshop has assisted the parents in supporting the candidate’s understanding of preparing for Confirmation. We thank Mrs McGuire for an engaging presentation and the parents and candidates for the dedication to their faith. We now look forward to the Year 6 Confirmation Retreat of Tuesday, at the St Mary’s Cathedral.


Year 4 Assembly

The Year 4 students have been learning about the First Fleet and looked fantastic dressed as convicts for their assembly on Friday 13th of August. They began by acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land. Captain Arthur Phillip addressed us and took us on his wild journey to Botany Bay. We heard about the youngest convict at the time, nine-year-old John Hudson, and the terrible conditions for the convicts on board the fleet. The student’s displayed their creations of the eleven ships in the fleet and a map that also outlined the convicts’ journey to Australia. They all sang the song, ‘Bound for Botany Bay.’

We then moved forward in time, across the land on the other side of Australia in 1829, when the city of Perth began as the Swan River Colony. After gaining a lot of knowledge from our recent excursion to the Fremantle Prison, the students told of someone who knew how to escape the prison many times, the infamous Moondyne Joe. We were entertained by the students acting out of the story of Moondyne Joe.

In the 19th century, bush dances were popular in many Western countries and their colonies. The steps were easy so that everyone could join in. We danced a traditional circle dance to the song, ‘Click Go the Shearers,’ and everyone enjoyed singing along too.


National Science Week 14- 21 August

Next week, Sacred Heart will celebrate National Science Week. The theme this year, is Food: Different by Design. It honours the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Across the week, Sacred Heart students will participate in a number of activities, centred around our SHPSH Bee Friendly Project.


SHPSH National Science Week Bee Friendly


CBCA Book Week 21-27 August

Each year across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Children’s Book Week. The 2021 theme will be: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.

Our students will be invited to come dressed to school as their favourite book character for a special Book Week Parade on Monday 23 August. Parents are welcome to attend. Throughout Book Week, our students will participate in a number of activities.


School and Drive-Through Safety

We are noticing an increasing number of students and siblings exiting the school unsafely. At the end of the school day, students may be excited, distracted and tired and may not concentrate on road safety. Given their young age, students may also be unable to predict or identify dangers and tend to act impulsively. We ask that parents picking up their children to please carefully supervise them and discuss the importance of road awareness.  We encourage parents to talk with their children about safe behaviour on the footpath. Please include a discussion on the dangers of vehicles that may be entering or exiting school driveways and teach them how to stop and check for vehicles before crossing.

Until your child is at least eight years old, please hold their hand:

  • on the footpath leaving the school grounds
  • in the car park and;
  • when crossing the road.

Up until at least 10 years old, it is necessary to supervise your child very closely, holding their hand when crossing the road.

Talk with your children about StopLook, Listen and Think every time they cross the road leaving school.

STOP! one step back from the kerb. LOOK ! for traffic to your right, left and right again.

LISTEN! for the sounds of approaching traffic.

THINK! whether it is safe to cross.

We thank you for your support with the above as we continue to keep our students’ safety a priority, especially at this extremely busy time of the day. We would be very happy to address any concerns or questions.


Spotlight on a past SHPSH Student!

Congratulations to Luke Perlini (Class of 2017) on recently completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The Award is a youth awards program founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The program empowers all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. Luke’s activities as a part of his Bronze Award included participation in cricket for his Physical Recreation component, piano practice for his Skill section and participating in voluntary activities such as football umpiring for his Service component. He was also able to be complete an expedition along the Bibbulmun Track for his Adventurous Journey component. Luke becomes the 55th participant from his Secondary School to complete his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and should be very proud of his accomplishments. Congratulations Luke!



Coding and STEM Club is back! Thank you to our dedicated teachers for facilitating this out-of-hours School Club again this term. This year, the students have been coding with algorithms, loops and conditionals using and have gained a sound understanding of how code is used to fulfil particular functions. Recently, our after-school students applied their coding skills to code a ‘dance party’! Well done, coders!

Mrs Perlini – Science Specialist

Ms Renée Byrne-King and Mrs Carolyn Perlini (Assistant Principals)

Parish Notice

Dear Parents of Sacred Heart,

The Parish of Sacred Heart will soon begin the RCIA process for anyone who would like to look into becoming Catholic or for anyone who didn’t complete their Sacraments. If you would like to enquire please contact the parish by email or speak to Fr. Mark.

Fr. Mark Payton
Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart Church, Highgate, W.A.

Parish Office (Open Tuesday and Thursday morning)
64 Mary St Highgate WA 6003


Finance Notice

Fee Statements were emailed to all families/carers on Thursday 29 July 2021.   These serve as reminders of the total amount outstanding as well as receipts for payments already made.  Should your fees not be up to date, could you please make arrangements to do so.

Alternatively please contact either Tanya McGuire or Linda Robertson to make alternative arrangements/discuss your ongoing position.

Please note that unless advised otherwise, all financial correspondence is automatically emailed to the female parent/carer.  Enhancements are being made to our financial system which will include financial email correspondence being generated for both parents/carers in the future.  Pending this upgrade, should you wish the financial correspondence to be emailed to the male parent/carer please email the office at as this can be amended manually.

Mrs Linda Robertson, Finance Officer


Social Worker Notice

Dear Parents/Carers,

URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills.

You are invited to take advantage of free parent membership with access to hundreds of resources – including an 8 session video series. This will allow you to learn the same language & strategies being taught in the classroom through the Friendology 101 curriculum. We hope that, as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home.

» For Parents – URSTRONG

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope that, together, we can support your children to have healthy, feel-good friendships.

We are preparing for our Friendship Day on Wednesday 8th September.  Watch this space with more details to follow over the coming weeks.

Ms Hilary Campos
School Social Worker


P&F Notices

Glow Crazy Disco

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the SHPSH Glow Crazy Disco on Friday 17th September.

Buy your tickets online at Please note that the early bird pricing ends August 17th and all funds raised will go back into providing resources for our children. This year, we also have the option of further supporting your P&F by making a cash donation directly when purchasing tickets.

The disco promises to be the best yet with a wonderful selection of donated door prizes from local businesses – Chi Cho, Gusto Leederville, Chu Bakery & Lollipops. Prizes donated include gift vouchers, family entry passes, toys and two lots of double passes to the ballet.

 Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sacred Heart Primary School


40 Mary Street, Highgate WA 6003
(08) 9328 8817