Welcome to Week Eight – it’s hard to believe how quickly this third term is racing by! It would appear that the Spring has arrived- our trees and shrubs are covered in buds and blossom, and the warmth of our sun during these early days of the new season, is a welcome addition.
We all enjoyed a wonderful day together at Birdwood Square last Friday for this year’s 2020 Faction Athletics Carnival. 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 helpers who came together to ensure the day was set up so efficiently, and ran very smoothly. Well done to our this year’s Runners up and 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 preparation of our 2020 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 has been 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 were presented to the whole school and received their School Athletics singlet, at this week’s 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 anticipate great results, and we wish our boys and girls all the best for this year’s Carnival, that will be conducted in Week 10 on Thursday 24th September. – please note, we depart very early (8.15am) on the morning of the Carnival from Sacred Heart, and it is an expectation that we travel as a team on the bus.
Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive
I know that as parents, you are grateful to our Teachers and Education Assistants for their continued efforts, and on behalf of you all, I extend gratitude and appreciation to all the staff for their co-ordination and preparation of meaningful learning experiences and activities for you and your children.
This week, as we remain future-focused, the staff have had their eye on the coming weeks of our new term, that will see the celebrations of 2020 Book Week, and Founders Week- to be celebrated during Week Two. There promised to be wonderful activities and experiences, displays and celebrations. We will round the week off on Sunday 25th October, which is our school’s birthday, by hosting an Open Day for prospective parents and new students, which will be an opportunity for selected students to provide leadership as they perform as a choir of welcome, and also provide ushering and tour duties.
Watch this space for details of these three events that involve many hands to ensure light work!
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 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 the 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
Pleasingly, we have been notified that our students in Year Six will be able to undertake their Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 8th November. The children will confirm the promises made for them at the time of their Baptism, as they undertake the last of the Sacraments of Initiation, and will be anointed with Oil of Chrism, and supported on this occasion, by their chosen Sponsors.
Thank you in anticipation, 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 their children to our Parish Priest, Father Mark Payton.
Thank you also, to Mrs Leonie Wyre and Ms Renee Byrne-King who continue their preparation and support of the children at this time.
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In closing, can I thank you all for your wonderful efforts to determine what has been a successful and happy term here at Sacred Heart! I extend my thanks to the staff for their attention to detail and hard work, to ensure things are always prepared and ready for our children.
I hope the upcoming holidays provide everyone with the much needed rest and opportunity to recover from any lurking ills and demands of the past weeks- let’s get plenty of sunshine and return to school on Tuesday 13th October in Full Summer uniform, ready for another term of new learning and consolidation across its nine weeks!
Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire