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Welcome to Week Seven of our second Term.  I’m sure the recent mid-term break for you all as families was very welcome and has provided the opportunity to recharge and rest well, in preparation for the downhill stretch of this winter term.

The winter weather brings a reminder about the need to stay warm at school- red jumpers and tracksuit tops are not optional items and must accompany children to school each day. The Sacred Heart Winter jacket is the only extra layer of warmth that is permitted for outdoor wear at school. The children continue to look smart and well groomed in their Winter Uniform. Thank you to all parents who have responded positively to reminders about ensuring the children are wearing their correct uniform items.

The rain continues and our boys and girls have been challenged over this and past weeks with wet weather whilst undertaking some of their Sporting challenges- we’ve been very pleased that their best efforts have been at the forefront of their performances, and  that preparations for these events have been approached with a strong commitment to training and preparing.  I’m sure you will all enjoy some of the photos from our recent Interschool Cross Country Carnival, and we anticipate many more action shots after next Friday’s Interschool Lightning Carnival that will see our Years Five and Six students participate in Netball, Football and Soccer!

Learning: Learning from our experiences.

On Friday 24th May, we celebrated National Sorry Day and the commencement of Reconciliation Week, with a very poignant Sorry Day Liturgy in our Hall. The Year Six students enlightened us all about the plight of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, (The Stolen Generation) and their past suffering as a result of government policies of the time, that saw children forcibly removed from their parents and families. Thank you to Mrs Amanda Saraceni for co-ordinating this occasion for our school, and to the Mayor of the City of Vincent, Ms Emma Cole for joining our school community.

Parents will receive their child’s Term Two Work Sample Folders next Friday 21st June, – thus ensuring they have the chance to explore achievements in each of the Learning Areas, and celebrate with their child, areas of positivity and also identify areas to continue to work on. Once again, I commend our teachers and Education Assistants who have worked very hard to ensure folders are relevant, uncontrived and consistent. The setting of goals and celebrating of achievements and progress (in the form of a PMI or Two Stars and a Wish), is an important part of demonstrating to children, their parents’ engagement with their learning- special thanks to all parents for their assistance with this process, and of course, the return of the folders in the final week of the term, for continued work.

I am currently enjoying the privilege of reading the Semester One Reports and I hope that as parents, you gain a greater insight into your child’s strengths, skills and achievements over this first Semester. In addition, the Reports provide information about what your children need to work at, in order for further progress and accomplishments.

I acknowledge the teachers for their many hours of work on these Reports, both in terms of collating their assessments, assigning grades and drafting and editing comments; all whilst dealing with their regular classroom responsibilities.

Semester One reports will be issued online on Friday 5th July.

Engagement:  (The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents)

The Parents and Friends Association is a hard-working body within our School, and both their fundraising, and community building and celebrating efforts, are planned to benefit all our children and their families.  

 Over the past week, information about this year’s biggest event being coordinated by our parents, Musical Bingo! 

You’re encouraged to save the date, Saturday 27th July and gather your friends for what promises to be a fun-filled evening for all.

This week, the teams for the night’s styling, drinks, food and auction and raffles, have gathered for the first of their planning meetings to progress with preparations for the event. 

Our next P and F evening for all parents within the school, will take place on Wednesday evening, as we prepare to host our specialist breathing physiotherapist, Pip Windsor, of Physio2breathe.   

I encourage all parents to come along, and hear of Pip’s services such as a comprehensive assessment and treatment of the symptoms associated with faulty breathing habits,  and the raising  of awareness of the vital need to breathe well to be well,  particularly in the areas of asthma, anxiety, sports and exercise, chronic pain, COPD, child health and development.

So often, our beautiful natural nose-breathing infant will succumb to colds, ear infections, tonsillitis etc. and the only route available to breathe becomes the mouth. The infection passes, but the mouth breathing habit remains.
We should care about how our children are breathing as correct nasal breathing has an influence on the following:-
Jaw development
Bite pattern
Airway development
Nasal/sinus health
Emotional regulation
Posture and movement
Allergies and asthma

The evening will commence at 7pm and a light supper will be served. Please join us for this very informative session.  The link below will ensure your RSVP is received.  Breathing RSVP

Accountability  Taking responsibility for the quality of our work.

Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to offer a Pre Kindy (Three-Year-old) Class in 2020. In coming weeks, we will commence the 2020 Pre Kindergarten Interviews.

Three-year-old education programs operate at schools as part of an education course. A Catholic three-year-old program provides a rich learning environment that caters for children’s development across the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and spiritual domains. Learning occurs through planned and spontaneous play experiences that are based on the strengths, interests and needs of each child. Each child participating in a three-year-old program in a Catholic school is encouraged to develop a positive self-image of themselves and others as they begin to live the gospel message.

The program is provided to the children on a sessional basis. This means children will only attend for some portion of the week.  It is anticipated that classes will again, run on two mornings each week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00am until 11.30am. All children must have turned three years of age, before they can commence. 

The program is an introduction to the school community for children and their families,and sets the foundation for future school learning. School readiness is promoted, as children develop self-help skills, independence and self-efficacy. Sacred Heart Primary School uses the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to guide the development and delivery of the programme, which also responds to the needs of our local school community. Parents of siblings, and those in the wider Parish community who are seeking a position for 2020, are encouraged to contact the School Office and submit their downloadable Enrolment Forms. Places are strictly limited for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class.

Discipleship: Living out the teachings of Jesus.

A wonderful celebration that is parish based, family focused and school supported, will take place on the Feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ), as First Holy Communion (the Sacrament of Eucharist) is planned for Sunday 23rd June at 9.00am.

A special thank you to our Year Four teaching staff, Ms Renee Byrne-King, Mrs Aleisha Adair, who together with Mrs Bek Hogan, all worked collaboratively to present the recent Eucharist retreat, that saw our children explore the elements of this special meal within our Church. The children also prepared and decorated their own chalices and plates, and made unleavened bread as part of the day, before sharing pizza together. 

Last Wednesday, the LifeLink launch for 2019 was held at Newman College in Churchlands. Sacred Heart was represented at this event by Year Six students, Frankie and Sophie, and they were treated to a strong message or call to action by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, as we seek opportunities to support and help those less fortunate than us, within our community. A special thank you is extended to everyone in anticipation of their gold coin donation to raise funds on Tuesday next week- these funds will be directed to Lifelink agencies within our Archdiocese.

On Friday 28th June, the lovely celebration of our Sacred Heart Feast day, with Mass, a shared lunch and special craft activities will take place! This special day will see us all contribute to ensuring the legacy of our Founding Order, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, is one that continues, and of which we are very proud.

In closing, can I thank everyone for their continued efforts to contribute to all that is Sacred Heart! Term Two is a full and busy one and through everyone’s hard work and organisation, our children’s learning experiences have been positive and productive. When we combine our strengths and talents, we are able to provide a wonderful educational experience for our boys and girls, and build a sense of community for all families and staff.

I look forward to sharing even more positive experiences for all, over the remaining weeks of this term.


Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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