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Welcome to our ninth week of the second Term.

I’m sure you are all approaching the upcoming July holidays with enthusiasm, as our students and staff alike, continue to battle the coughs, colds and viruses that are prevalent and circulating- I imagine a solid couple of weeks’ rest is what is called for! 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.

Today, the lovely celebration of our Sacred Heart Feast Day, with Mass, a shared lunch and special craft activities has taken place! This special day saw 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. Special thanks to those parents and parishioners who were able to join us for our Mass this morning.

Learning: Learning from our experiences.

I have spent many happy hours over the past week reading the Semester One Reports, and all parents will receive their child’s Term Two Work Sample Folders today- thus ensuring they have the chance to explore achievements in each of the Learning Areas, and celebrate with their child, areas of positivity, and identify areas to continue to work on. Once again, I commend our teachers and our Assistant Principals, who have worked very hard to ensure folders are relevant, uncontrived and consistent. The setting of goals, and celebrating of achievements and progress, is an important part of demonstrating the engagement of parents with their children’s learning.

I hope that as parents, you gain a greater insight of your child’s strengths, skills and achievements over this first Semester. In addition, the Semester One 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 the 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.

Term Three will see the Learning Journey evening being conducted, with parents having the opportunity to explore all classes and complete various stations with their children. This is traditionally, a very well supported event.

Very successful sporting outings and carnivals have been run in past weeks with the Year Five and Year Six Winter Lightning Carnival- producing a 2nd in Soccer, a 4th in Football, and a 2nd and 3rd in Netball divisions A and B respectively!

In addition, our Faction and Interschool Cross Country Carnivals were both features of earlier weeks this term.  We continue our plans for Term Three’s Athletics events, and Mr Watson has marked our lanes in anticipation earlier this week!

Mr Watson and others are also heavily occupied in assisting Mrs Perlini with the preparations for our very prestigious evening next week, the 2019 Night of the Notables, which will see the Senior Enrichment class of STRIVE present their term’s research and reveal their “Notable’s” contribution to our society.

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

The Parents and Friends Association always undertake a lot of work with our events, and of course, in preparation for Term Three’s big occasion- Musical Bingo on Saturday 27th July, teams of busy and capable parents are working away, to ensure the success of the evening. You are all encouraged to adopt a positive and promotional role, to ensure everyone is aware of the evening and planning to corral friends for a successful table or two!

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 co-ordinated 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.

Unfortunately, the decision to postpone our visit by specialist breathing physiotherapist, Pip Windsor, of Physio2breathe. was necessary due to many parents being unable to attend due to other commitments. Fortunately, we have secured another date in August, and remind all folks to save this night to experience valuable information regarding the necessity of correct breathing techniques for our children and us as adults.

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.

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, lLearning/attention/communication
emotional regulation, posture and movement, sleep, allergies and asthma

The evening will commence at 7pm on Tuesday, 27th August and a light supper will be served. Please join us for this very informative session.  An RSVP link will be forwarded in coming weeks, and we will also host parents from St Columba’s of South Perth to the event.

Accountability (Taking responsibility for the quality of our work).

As most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plan for the 2019 School Fees, I’m grateful to them for their commitments and also, any recent payments they’ve made towards their 2019 School and Tuition Fees.

I have commenced and continue with our 2020 Kindergarten Enrolment Interviews and anticipate a happy and vibrant class of 30 students for next year! This year, the decision to conduct an Early Years Tour, prior to the Interviews has been met very positively.

Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also 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.

Last Sunday’s wonderful celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist (First Communion) was a very special occasion for our children, their families and our parishioners.

The extra hours of preparation by our staff, that events such as these call for is greatly appreciated by me, and I’m sure you as parents also. Our children’s faith journeys are very positively impacted by these happy events.

I extend my thanks to the staff for their commitment and dedication to their roles as the teachers and faith leaders of your children. Sacred Heart is indeed blessed to enjoy the commitment of so many.

A special thank you to our Year Four teaching staff, Ms Renee Byrne-King and Mrs Aleisha Adair, who together with Mrs Bek Hogan, and Miss Bronte Manuk, ensured such a positive and happy occasion for all to remember. Next term, our children in Year Six, and some others from within the Sacred Heart parish, will be preparing to celebrate the last of the Sacraments of Initiation, Confirmation.

In closing, can I thank you all for your continued commitment to working hard in, and for our school. Sacred Heart is indeed a blessed community, and it is very easy to promote such a positive school community to our prospective families- well done everyone!  I look forward to sharing even more positive experiences for all, over next term!


Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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