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Principal News Term 3, Week 10

Welcome to Week Ten, our final week of the term – this week has provided us with warm Spring sunshine and a busy finish to what has been a busy and very productive Term Three!

Christ-Centred Leadership

Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive

Our Interschool Athletics Carnival competitors were presented to the School Community at our past Assembly- Thank you to Miss 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 rightly anticipated great results, and we were very proud of our boys and girls and their performances at yesterday’s Interschool Athletics Carnival.

Greater details about our final results accompanies today’s newsletter, but this morning saw us make presentations to our special record breaker for this year- Ruby Van Vliet for the Year Six Turbo Javelin Throw Carnival. Congratulations to all on such a super occasion and wonderful results again this year!

Earlier this year, Sacred Heart Primary School, under the leadership of our Assistant Principal and Science Specialist teacher, Mrs Carolyn Perlini, submitted our application for the Governor’s STEM Award 2020. The Governor’s School STEM Awards recognise excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.

The winners are to be announced at the awards ceremony in November. 

The Media statement regarding this wonderful news is below:-

The State Government is committed to increasing STEM participation to drive Western Australia’s technological future.

Science Minister Dave Kelly today announced the six public schools and one private school recognised for excellence in developing a strong STEM culture, and named as finalists in the 2020 Governor’s School STEM Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the Governor’s School STEM Awards recognise and celebrate primary and secondary schools that demonstrate leadership, advocacy, engagement and achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

 The awards support the McGowan Government’s STEM skills strategy and Take 2 STEM campaign, as well as highlight the importance of a whole-of-school STEM culture that positively impacts on students, parents and the community.

 The finalist primary schools are (in alphabetical order):

  • Brookman Primary School (Langford)
  • Sacred Heart Primary School (Highgate)
  • Tambrey Primary School (Karratha)
  • Wembley Primary School (Wembley)

The finalist secondary schools are (in alphabetical order):

  • Ashdale Secondary College (Darch)
  • Cecil Andrews College (Seville Grove)
  • Hampton Senior High School (Morley)

Prizes for both primary and secondary school categories include a $2,000 Leadership Excellence Award for the winner, a $1,000 Meritorious Leadership Award for the runner-up, and an excursion to Scitech for up to 90 students, or a DIY science kit for an entire term of lessons for both winners.

We look forward to welcoming the judging panel to Sacred Heart Primary School in Week Two of next term. I am also very grateful to Mrs Perlini and our teachers for their pursuit of excellence in all things STEM!

A Catholic Pastoral Community

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 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 give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.’

This means that we seek information from parents, colleagues and experts or find information in documents and policies when making decisions or giving advice.

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


  • A staff member not taking the roll properly.


  • A student not alerting staff and seeking help when required, particularly when dealing with difficult situations.


  • A parent not providing information about a child’s learning difficulties, giftedness social/emotional, medical needs or any other information important to being able to support the education and care of the child.

Breaches of the Code must be reported to the Principal and it is breach of the Code not to do so.

A breach of the Code may constitute a failure to follow a lawful direction from the Principal and therefore, the Principal will have the discretion as to what action to take, which may include counselling, professional development or sanctions.  If you are a parent volunteer or visitor, the Principal may take such action as is appropriate in your circumstances to maintain the safety and well-being of students.

The Principal must notify the appropriate authorities of any breach of the Code that constitutes grooming behaviour.

There are 12 Conduct Statements in the Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct.

  1. You act safely and competently.
  2. You give priority to student’s safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
  3. You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
  4. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
  5. You respect the dignity, culture, values and belief of each member of the school community.
  6. You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.
  7. You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.
  8. You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students.
  9. You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
  10. You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
  11. You act reflectively and ethically.
  12. You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.

Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling

Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

The Sacred Heart School Board meets for the October Meeting next term.  Preparations over the coming holiday period will focus on the 2021 School Budget and the setting of 2021 Tuition and other School fees. Additionally, we will host members of the CEWA Communications Team, to assist us in the final version of the work undertaken by the Marketing Sub Committee in establishing and developing strategies to promote our school and impact positively on enrolments and communications.

Parents are reminded of the need to address all outstanding 2020 School Fees. Those families who opted for a three payments per year plan, should have now made their final payment. Details of these outstanding fees have been sent. Please correspond about financial matters to our School Bursar, Mrs Linda Robertson on the email address or by phone 92532502.

Parents have been asked to confirm plans for not continuing enrolment at Sacred Heart Primary School in Highgate for the 2021 School Year and indicate this in writing.  As this information is to assist with administrative plans for waiting enrolments and staffing levels, you were required to confirm this information to the School Office by today, Friday 25th September. Failure to provide a term’s notice in writing of a withdrawal, will incur an additional term’s fees.

A Catholic School of Excellence

An effective community developing students as whole Christian persons

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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. I ask that the School Community keep Emma and Hannah in our thoughts and prayers, following the sad news earlier this week about John’s sudden passing.

I am confident that as a school community, we will be able to provide them both with the necessary pastoral care at this very challenging and sad time.

I hope the holidays provide everyone with the much needed rest and wonderful family times together!

It is my hope for plenty of sunshine and an enthusiastic return to school on Tuesday 13th October in Full Summer uniform, ready for another term of solid learning and consolidation.

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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