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Welcome to Week Eight – it’s hard to believe how quickly this third term is racing by! It would appear that the Spring has sprung- our trees and shrubs are covered in buds and blossom, and the warmth of our sun is a welcome addition.

We all enjoyed a wonderful day together at Birdwood Square on Tuesday for this year’s 2019 Faction Athletics Carnivals. Our children enjoyed a day full of activity and were provided with many opportunities to demonstrate their sportsmanship, athleticism and team skills! A special thank you to our Physical Education teacher, Miss Kate Witkowski, who co-ordinated such a well organised Programme, and the many staff and parents who came together to ensure the day was set up so efficiently, and ran very smoothly. Well done to our new record-setters and this year’s Champions. Further results and photos can be found in today’s Newsletter.

Our focus for the remaining weeks of this term will now 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.

Our Interschool Athletics Carnival competitors will be presented to the School Community at next week’s Assembly- Thank you to Ms Kate Witkowski for her earlier preparations of our children, and to all parents who have continued in these past weeks with training and practice- we anticipate great results, and we wish our boys and girls all the best for this year’s Carnival in Week 10 on Thursday- please note, we depart very early (8.15am) on the morning from Sacred Heart!

Our Year Four students stole the show at Assembly this morning with their rendition of songs from the early days of colonisation and the convict past! We all learned so much about the early days of settlement, the impact on our Aboriginal population, and the harshness of such times. The convicts in Year Four have gone on today, to prepare damper, build shelters and scrub the place clean- and all for the promise of a bread and water treat! A special thank you to our staff for coming together to collaborate and present such a special performance- Ms Byrne-King, Mrs Adair, Mrs Wyre and Mrs Hogan are to be rewarded for their enthusiasm and solid preparations of the children. Congratulations to them all for such an entertaining performance.


Christ-Centred Leadership

(Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive)

What a fabulous experience this evening’s Learning Journey evening will be- we are always pleased to receive feedback from many families and grandparents, about what a wonderful opportunity a Learning Journey is, to share with our boys and girls, and see first-hand their achievements and progress in all Learning Areas. In keeping with our commitment to constantly improve and build on experiences of engagement, all families will receive next week, an electronic survey to provide us with your suggestions and evaluation of this year’s event. Please ensure you complete this quick survey, in order for our plans for 2020 to reflect your suggestions and thoughts.

I know that as parents, you are grateful to our Teachers and Education Assistants for providing such meaningful experiences, and on behalf of you all, I extend your gratitude and appreciation to all the staff for their co-ordination and preparation of meaningful experiences and activities for you as families to complete.


A Catholic Pastoral Community

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

Code of Conduct (A model for healthy relationships in our School Community).

In previous Newsletters, we have looked at the first five 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 Six of the Code of Conduct, which is that:-

‘You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.’

This statement pertains to our ethical and legal obligation to treat personal information as confidential. We protect the privacy of each member of the school community by treating the information gained in the relationship as confidential.

Examples of a breach of this statement would include, but are not limited to:


  • A staff member disclosing contact details of parents or staff to other parents or staff
  • A staff member using social media to connect with students.


  • A student taking photographs, videos or audio of people or property and disseminating information without permission.


  • A parent disclosing personal information about staff.
  • A parent discussing a situation and exposing the personal information of others.

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.


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 early weeks of next term, and it is hoped that I will be supported in this work, by our parish priest, Father Mark.

You are asked to confirm your plans for not continuing enrolment at Sacred Heart Primary School in Highgate for the 2019 School Year and indicate this in writing.  As this information is to assist with administrative plans for waiting enrolments and staffing levels, you are asked to confirm this information to the School Office by Friday 27th September. Failure to provide a term’s notice in writing of a withdrawal, incurs an additional term’s fees.


A Catholic School of Excellence

(An effective community developing students as whole Christian persons).

Last Saturday evening, 7th September students in Year Six undertook their Sacrament of Confirmation at the 6.00pm Mass. The children confirmed the promises made for them at the time of their Baptism, as they undertake the last of the Sacraments of Initiation, and were 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, presented them to their Parish Priest, Father Mark Payton, who in turn, presented the candidates to the Very Reverend Fr Peter Whitely, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Perth, who was officiating at the Confirmation Mass this year. Thank you to Mrs Amanda Saraceni for supporting the children at this occasion.

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In closing, can I thank you all for your wonderful efforts to ensure a successful and happy term here at Sacred Heart! Next week, our school undertakes the scheduled Executive Director’s School Registration Audit, and despite a flurry of cleaning and preparing over the past weeks, we welcome the opportunity to host visitors to our setting to verify our plans, programmes, premises and performances as a school.  I extend my thanks to the staff for their attention to detail and hard work, to ensure things are prepared and ready.

I hope the upcoming holidays provide everyone with the much needed rest and opportunity to recover from the lurking ills and demands of the past weeks- let’s get plenty of sunshine and return to school on Monday 14th October in Full Summer uniform, ready for another term of new learning and consolidation across its ten weeks!


Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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

Newsletter 12th September 2019 Term 3, Week 8