Last Friday, the lovely celebration of our Sacred Heart Feast Day, with a special liturgy, a shared lunch and special craft activities took 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 our staff for their wonderful planning and support of our buddy classes and the children’s activities.
I’m sure you are all approaching the upcoming July holidays with enthusiasm, as our students and staff alike, continue with their management of tasks and learning, so enthusiastically. I imagine the solid couple of weeks’ rest commencing next Friday 3rd July, is called for to renew our combined energies as we return to Term Three on Tuesday 21st July for a new term with some eagerly awaited events planned as the new phase of COVID -19 restrictions is implemented.
The majority of our boys and girls 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, including shoes, tights and hair ties. Please ensure the holidays are utilised to attend to any items that need to be replaced or purchased.
Learning: Learning from our experiences
I have spent many happy hours over the past week reading the Semester One Reports.
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 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 3rd July.
Term Three will see the Parent Interviews being conducted, with parents having the opportunity to discuss with class teachers, accomplishments and skills, as well as areas that need to become a focus for growth and improvements.
Accountability: Taking responsibility for the quality of our work
As most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plans for the 2020 School Fees, I’m grateful to them for their commitments and also, any recent payments they’ve made towards their 2020 School and Tuition Fees. Individuals who are yet to have responded will be contacted personally.
Should you not have received an email containing the Annual Fee Statement please could you advise Linda Robertson at email@example.com immediately to ensure that you are emailed a copy of the Statement.
These statements act as both a reminder of fees outstanding as well as a receipt for fees already paid. Should you already have a direct debit in place, no further action is required on your behalf if your payments are up to date. For those families that pay via Bpay, please could you ensure that the payment plan you committed to is up to date. Please note that direct debit agreements are required to be renewed at the beginning of each year, and therefore any prior direct debit agreements would not have been carried over from the previous year.
If you have not paid any fees to date, please could you do so imminently to ensure that we can accurately budget and provide the necessary resources for your children’s needs and learning.
Should you be experiencing any financial difficulties, or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either Tanya McGuire or Linda Robertson to discuss.
I have commenced and continue with our 2021 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 had to be postponed, and a virtual tour will be provided, prior to being able to host visitors to classrooms.
Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also offer a Pre Kindy (Three-Year-old) Class in 2021. In coming weeks, we will commence the 2021 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 2021 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 week, the Leadership team hosted Fr Mark to the school to determine the Sacramental dates for next term, that will see all three sacraments celebrated over several weekends. These confirmed dates, together with information about Parent and Child workshops has been communicated directly to families, and the onus is now on them to make direct contact with the Parish secretary to book which Mass will be suitable. Numbers are strictly limited. The Parish secretary reports today, that she has received approximately half of the necessary response.
In closing, can I thank you all for your continued commitment to working hard in, and for our school. Sacred Heart is indeed a very 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