Welcome to Week Six – it’s hard to believe how quickly this third term is racing by! This weekend, we herald the first day of Spring! Let’s hope this morning’s clouds and heavy rain pass by quickly, and that the sun peeps through for the children to enjoy as they go about their Friday together.
The P and F have hosted our wonderful Fathers Day Breakfast this morning. It was so very pleasing to see so many Dads and Grandfathers come along with their children to enjoy a delicious, complimentary breakfast and coffee! A huge thankyou to the co-ordinating team of Kindergarten and Year Four mothers who have spent many hours preparing with Nerissa Richardson to provide a successful gathering. These ladies have been well supported by many additional “worker bees” who have contributed all that goes with a shared meal and hungry folks! The addition of some very classic automobiles to a display on the oval, added some “grunt and muscle” to a day planned for all of our special dads, uncles, grandparents and carers in our families – we are truly blessed here at Sacred Heart, to have such capable and willing helpers- on behalf of the School Community, we thank you! Photos accompany today’s Newsletter.
(Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive)
Haven’t we been busy and exposed to wonderful leadership in its many forms over the past two weeks here at Sacred Heart?- our adept and skilled staff have been instrumental in co-ordinating wonderful learning opportunities like our 2019 Book Week celebrations, continued with our commitment to the Social Skills programme, and also, such beautiful singing at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. More details can be found within today’s Newsletter- please highlight these contributions to your children, as they enjoy affirmation and well-deserved accolades!
A special thank you to our parents who have assisted in supporting their children’s participation in this term’s Athletics and Jumps training sessions on Monday mornings and afternoons. Our 2019 Jumps and Throws Carnival is scheduled for next Thursday 5th September, and this will be followed by the Athletics carnival at Birdwood Square the week after Tuesday 10th September. As always, we rely on the support and participation of our parents to ensure the days are ones of smoothness and fun for our children. Miss Kate Witkowski (Physical Education Specialist) has prepared a programme of exciting Junior events that will see our younger competitors (Years 1 and 2) participating throughout the day, as we respond to feedback about the number of events and degree of participation opportunities for our children.
Despite the recent and unannounced demolition of the Birdwood Square toilet block by the City of Vincent, we have arranged for the hire of temporary toilets to ensure the Carnival goes ahead- let’s hope for good spring weather and an abundant source of committed helpers!
Our focus for the remaining weeks of the term following this year’s Faction Carnivals, will be on the finalisation of our 2019 Sacred Heart Interschool Team, and the preparation and training sessions at the WA Athletics Stadium in Floreat, as we undertook last year. Final Interschool selection is based on a combination of results and performances throughout the term, time trials, other recorded data, and Faction Carnival performances.
A Catholic Pastoral Community
(The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents) (The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents)
The community of Sacred Heart School continues to be alive and vibrant, thanks to the support provided by the parent community. Here at Sacred Heart we value the partnership between our parents and the school.
Upcoming events such as planned class excursions, provide another opportunity for parents to support their child’s learning, and see first hand, how their child interacts with others and staff. Thank you to those of you who have been able to volunteer your time to support these events. As children’s safety is always our first priority, Parent helpers are reminded of the briefing sessions that Class teachers will provide before departure, and the need to remain focused and visible when leading small groups.
Please see the information below, provided to the School in relation to congestion in the afternoons on Mary St. Parents are reminded that upon entering Mary St, remaining in a queue beyond the school entrance gate is a potential hazard, and against traffic restrictions. Circling the block may become necessary, to ensure Mary St traffic is not blocked, and the exit from the Mary St Drive through will flow more quickly, if all cars turn left and head towards Beaufort St.
Additionally, Parents are encouraged to time their entrance to the drive through for some minutes later than 3.00pm, with a view to allowing congestion to ease.
“Good afternoon all Parents and Carers of Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate,
We recently received a complaint regarding the banking of cars along Mary St during school pick up times.
I attended on Friday, and agree that the queue of cars is a hazard. On the day I attended, cars were queued back to 70 Mary St by 15:10.
Could we please work together to find a solution so that there is no backlog of cars idling on the road? Perhaps a mention in the next newsletter? Or encouraging parents to use the Harold St pick up area? We’re happy to work with the school to find the best alternatives.”
Roslyn Stephens (City of Vincent, Ranger)
Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling
(Taking responsibility for the quality of our work).
Preparations for the 2020 Pre- Kindergarten Class are a focus for this term- if your family, or a family you know of, is interested in access to the Pre Kindy programme for next year, (2020) please make contact with the School Office- (places are limited). Interviews are scheduled for the coming weeks of this term, and it is hoped that I will be supported in this work, by our parish priest, Father Mark.
The Mid-Year Budget review, (MYR) is when expected expenditure and income is calculated for the remainder of the year. As always, the anticipated sources of income for all schools is vital to our operation, and I remind parents of the need to attend to the most recent School Fees statements that were issued at the commencement of this term. Additionally, parents are reminded of their commitment to payment plans and the associated due dates for instalments.
Code of Conduct
In previous Newsletters, we have looked at the first three statements in the Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct. The Code is applicable to all members of our school community including, staff, students, parents, guardians, carers, visitors and volunteers. This week we highlight specific behaviours that will meet Statement Four of the Code of Conduct, which is that:-
‘You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.’
Our relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship.
- If you are a member of staff, it is your employment agreement.
- If you are a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement.
- If you are a member of the School Board, it is our School Board Constitution.
- If you are a visitor, it is in accordance with the permission of the Principal to be on school grounds on condition that you act safely and competently.
If we witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, we have both a responsibility and an obligation, to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority, and to take other action as necessary to protect students.
A Catholic School of Excellence
(An effective community developing students as whole Christian persons).
During the past week here at school, our students in Year Six have continued with their preparations as they approach the Sacrament of Confirmation which is planned for Saturday 7th September at 6.00pm. The children undertook their Retreat at St Mary’s Cathedral, and then their Parent Child Workshop last Thursday evening.
This next step in their faith journey, sees them confirming the promises made for them at the time of their Baptism, as they undertake the last of the Sacraments of Initiation, their Confirmation. They will be anointed with Oil of Chrism, and supported in this occasion, by their chosen Sponsors.
Thank you to all in the parish and school communities, for their support of our parents, who as the primary educators in faith of their children, will present them to their Parish Priest, Father Mark Payton, who in turn, will present the candidates to the Very Reverend Fr Peter Whitely, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Perth, who will be officiating our Confirmation Mass this year.
On Tuesday afternoon, Fr Peter met in our church, with all the children and their parents.
In closing, can I acknowledge the wonderful efforts that so many of our Mums made this morning, to ensure all Dads, uncles and grandfathers enjoyed a hearty breakfast and time with their children- Well done everyone, it was another wonderful Sacred Heart occasion!
Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire