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Principal News Term 1, Week 7

Welcome everyone to Week Seven of Term One.

Education- Catholic Schools of Excellence (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

A wonderful day for our students in Years 3-6 was enjoyed last Tuesday as the 2021 Faction Swimming Carnival was conducted at the Terry Tyzack Swim Centre.  As a school, we were particularly grateful to the parents who assisted on deck, and as “in the water support” for our students, ensuring everyone’s safety and a level of support for Miss Witkowski and our staff. It was a wonderful day, and the first competitive opportunity for our Year Three students to enjoy the Pool. Once again, this year saw Championships and Runners-up awarded to our swimmers, with children having the opportunity to gain points from events across all strokes.

A special thank you and acknowledgement is extended to Miss Kate Witkowski for the co-ordination of the Carnival- her efforts are greatly appreciated by staff, students and parents.

As a school, we are very grateful for the support we received from the many parents who kindly offered their services this year at the Carnival, and we thank parents also for their efforts to support our coaching sessions that have been secured for the 2021 Interschool Swim Squad Swimming Training on Mondays from 7.15am.  Parents are reminded that the decision for Interschool swimmers to return to school in their Sports Uniforms has been made, to assist with ease and punctuality.

Community- Catholic Pastoral Communities (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

Please see the regular P and F Information section of the newsletter for further information and join us! Note that we are also trying to secure volunteers for the roles of Treasurer and Vice president for this year- perhaps this is you?

It has been a very real pleasure to work in partnership with our families during this week in the scheduled meetings with teachers and parents for some of the Curriculum Adjustment, and Individual Education Plans to be discussed. These occasions are the result of much ‘behind the scenes’ preparation by our staff, and I extend my thanks to them all for their commitment and dedication to their roles as the teachers of your children.

I am compelled at this time of the term, to remind us all of the busyness and challenges that the beginning and end of the school day presents to all, and once again, remind parents, particularly of our younger students, that all playgrounds, including the Oval, are out of bounds both before and at the conclusion of the school day.

Parents are reminded that our children are not permitted to bring their own sports equipment to school for play and use. The benefits of play and activity cannot be discounted, and with this in mind, perhaps parents may consider an organised walk after school for a picnic afternoon tea and a play at the very beautiful Hyde Park?  The continued good weather during this Autumn, makes for a perfect opportunity to enjoy family time.

Additionally, all parents are asked to remember the need to be punctual in commencing the school day. Children can become very anxious if they habitually arrive late and rushed, to discover their classroom is already settled and underway.  Classes PP- 6 commence promptly at 8.40am. Arrivals after this time, will need to be through the School Office and students signed in.

Ms Hilary Campos, our school’s Social Worker, has prepared summary information for all, which outlines her position and role here at Sacred Heart, and she is keen to gauge interest levels in the presentation of planned parenting workshops that Hilary is keen to facilitate this year- Additional sessions may be provided on Wednesday evenings if there is sufficient interest. Please see the regular Social worker section of the newsletter for further information.

Stewardship Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable System of Schools (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

The work of the Sacred Heart School Advisory Council (formerly known as the Sacred Heart Primary School Board) continues, with its particular focus on our financial management being an important part of this new school year. I remind all families that the School Advisory Council’s role is one of financial planning and management, and of an advisory nature to the review of school policy, and that any operational matters or queries are not the domain of its elected members. Parents are encouraged to bring matters of query or concern in the first instance, to their class teacher, and subsequently, to me, as the School’s Principal.

Our external financial audit is currently being undertaken this week, and the preparation of the 2020 Annual Financial Statement (AFS), is being finalised. This month’s SAC meeting on Wednesday 24th March will see this AFS examined and endorsed. Additonally, the review of marketing our school with a particular interest in both securing and maintaining enrolments, is  set to continue as a focus area this year, and this area will feature prominently in the development of strategic directions we will pursue. We are particularly grateful to those who have signalled their desire to assist the school with this work.

Education- Catholic Schools of Excellence (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

Learning continues in our classrooms and specialist areas, with our children having continued with their standardised assessments in Reading, Mathematics, Grammar and Punctuation, and the individual interviews focused on the skills of literacy and numeracy.  Together with other in-class work and assessments, these results will assist our teachers in preparing for both IEP and CAP Meetings scheduled for tomorrow and coming days, and the Term One Parent Interviews that are being undertaken this and next week. The Work Sample Folders that will accompany children in Week Eight of next term, will contribute to all parents’ understanding of their child’s progress and capabilities, and also support the formal Semester One Reports that will be prepared at the conclusion of next term.  The purpose of the Folders, is to identify areas worthy of celebration, and enable you all to establish goals for the coming semester.

In addition to interventions designed to address some areas of concern, assessments will also assist in determining the appropriate enrichment and extension activities and programmes that are provided to students based on their results and achievements.

STRIVE (Seeking to Reach Independence, Vision and Excellence)

STRIVE is an Extension Program designed to provide academic enrichment and extension learning experiences, which are appropriate to the abilities and needs of the identified students in our care.

The program incorporates content and skills from the various learning areas identified in ACARA, as well as problem- solving, creative and thinking skills, with an emphasis on higher order thinking for these students. Modules include problem solving, computations, competitions and real-life challenges and tasks. All modules are geared to generate the students to “learning through learning” with an emphasis being placed on not only the end product of their learning, but also the learning process.

STRIVE aims to provide a diverse and challenging differentiated program that enables our students to progress beyond standard curriculum requirements.

A special thank you to our class and specialist staff, for their work in preparing for our interviews and assessments.

The National Assessment Program –Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3,5,7 and 9. All students are expected to participate in the testing, when they will be assessed in language conventions, (spelling, grammar and punctuation), writing, reading and numeracy. The test results provide a snapshot of a student’s achievement in comparison to all students of the same year level across the country. They assist teachers to better identify students who require additional support or enrichment, and enable schools to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programmes.

Community- Catholic Pastoral Communities (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

Parents are asked to join us for the first of this year’s Parents and Friends Association Meetings on Wednesday 31st March at 6.30pm in the Staff room (numbers permitting- with access via the main Mary St gate and School’s Front Door).

Please RSVP your intention to attend to the Secretary, Mr Damian Lailey, or the School Office, at

This is to ensure we can adequately prepare for numbers and the required physical distancing.

The meeting will include plans for the 2021 events, the allocation of classes to particular events, clarification of the Class/Parent Rep roles, and information regarding planned commitments of P and F funds. Plans continue for this year’s P and F Association events, and we look forward to further information being made available in the coming weeks. All of this year’s ventures will of course, be dependent on continuing Covid restrictions, and the level of participation and support we receive from our parent community, and I’m sure you will all be poised to contribute and work together to ensure we have much to celebrate and enjoy.

Together with our school’s Social Worker, Ms Hilary Campos, and our current P and F Association President, Mrs Lindsay Fletcher-Hammond, we have prepared information and support materials for this year’s 2021 P and F Class Representatives, in an effort to provide clear information about the role and its importance to ensuring our school is a place of welcome, and that the opportunity to share giftedness here is always present. It is outlined below, in an effort to attract volunteers to the roles that are yet to be filled in Years Pre Kindy, 2, 3 and 4.

The aim of the Class Representative is to contribute to the strong community spirit already evident in our school, by building friendships and offering support to all families.

The Role of the Class Representative

  • Provide a welcoming face to new and existing families that will assist in building stronger connections within the school community e.g. encouraging year group attendance at key social events. that will assist in building stronger connections within the school community e.g. encouraging year group attendance at key social events.
  • Monitor year group social pages and chat groups, and encourage parents to contact the school for any issues raised, or direct parents to the relevant information via Seesaw, the School Newsletter,the School Office or School website.
  • Seek approval from the School Principal, to create any social media groups with the School’s name-ie, Sacred Heart Primary SchoolHighgate, or SHPSH in a group’s title. This approval will be granted on the condition that the School’s Social Media Policy guidelines are understood and agreed upon.
  • Attend the monthly P&F Association Meetings,(usually the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm-7:30pm) and feedback relevant information toother parents from within the class.
  • Facilitate an atmosphere of parents working together, for the benefit of their children
  • Manage the provided list of contact names, and email addresses for the class, via the School Office.
  • Organise class/year level “get together events”. Approximately one per semester, which can be for parents or famili Please check proposed dates with the School Office to ensure there is no clash with otherscheduled school events.
  • Assist staff with securing volunteers from your year to help with certain or allocated school activities, for example Excursions, Grandparents events,Mothers and Fathers Day Breakfasts, Retreats, Art Displays/Exhibitions
  • Assist and/or facilitate in the recognition of class specific collections, for example end-of-year teachers gift (maximum donation capped at $20in 2021, to cover all teachers/staff of the class), the arrival of a new sibling, or a bereavement in the family. Please note this is not a requirement, nor should families be expected to contribute.Any gesture made, needs to be small. A card is often enough or the Class Representative may organise parents to provide meals, child care assistance, extra play dates or even let us know, so that the School can recognise or acknowledge families in the Newsletter. If any collection is undertaken by a Class Representative parent, they must manage it (please do not request that money be sent to the School Office).

The Personal Qualities Required of a Class Representative

  • Be able to conduct yourself in a discrete and confidential manner. At times, a Class Representative may be privy to information that is not for public knowledge.For example, a family may be struggling with bereavement and with that family’s permission, the Class Representative may make contact with other families, to provide support. At times such as these, the Class Representative would need to be comfortable saying to inquiring parents, that it is not their place to discuss a family’s personal circumstances.
  • Be accepting and have a non-judgemental attitude towards parents, children and staff.The Class Representative needs to be able to serve as a sound role model to the School Community as a whole. It is through their abilities and daily example as a non-judgemental, accepting Christian, that Class Representatives will facilitate an atmosphere of parents working together for the good of their children.
  • Be visibly present at school. The Class Representative needs to come into the school and classroom, and be seen and accessible.This does not need to be daily, but a regular presence at school is necessary.

Thank you to this year’s Class Reps who have volunteered/ accepted the invitation for this special and valued role this year.

Our 2021 Class Representatives are as follows:

KINDY Berdine Forti
KINDY Sigrid McLachlan
PRE-PRIMARY Rebecca Chau
PRE-PRIMARY Marina Maidment
YEAR 1 Rose Murphy
YEAR 1 Carma de Groot
YEAR 1 Kristie Weisz
YEAR 2  
YEAR 2  
YEAR 3  
YEAR 3  
YEAR 3  
YEAR 4  
YEAR 4  
YEAR 5 Annmarie Baltov
YEAR 5 Camilla Machado
YEAR 6 Georgie Strain
Event Co-ordinators Camila Machado
Event Co-ordinators Georgia Caceres


Our Parents are encouraged to watch for contact from this year’s Class Reps.

The Parents and Friends Association Executive for 2021 is as follows:

President- Mrs Lindsay Fletcher-Hammond

Vice President- TBC

Treasurer- TBC

Secretary- Mr Damian Lailey

Stewardship – Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable System of Schools (CEWA Strategic Directions 2019- 2021)

The work of the Sacred Heart Advisory Council continues, with its particular focus on our financial management being an important part of this new school year. I remind all families that the School Advisory Council role is one of financial planning and management, and of an advisory nature to the review of school policy, and that any operational matters or queries are not the domain of elected Council members. Parents are encouraged to bring matters of query or concern in the first instance, to their class teacher, and subsequently, to me, as the School’s Principal.

The Sacred Heart Primary School Advisory Council for 2021 is as follows:

Principal- Mrs Tanya McGuire (Ex-Officio member)

Parish Priest- Fr Mark Payton (Ex-Officio member)

Council Chair- Mr Tim Hammond

Council Treasurer- Mr Lino Brolese

Council Secretary- TBC

Parents and Friends Association Nominee -Mrs Marina Maidment

Parish Council Nominee- Mr Peter Le

Elected Council member- Ms Helen McNally

Elected Council member- Ms Anka Burns

Co-opted Council member- Mrs Erin Sullivan

Most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plan for the 2021 School Fees, and together with our Finance sub- committee members, I thank them for their commitments. Please ensure an appointment has been scheduled with me, to discuss any variations to fee structures, or any circumstances that have the potential to impact on your family’s obligation to meet your 2021 School Fees. The Finance Sub Committee have met this week, in preparation for the March Meeting scheduled for next Wednesday 24th March at 6.30pm.

Next week, our Sacred Heart Leadership Team will host the Term One School Improvement meeting, that sees us focus on discussion of our 2021 plans, including our School Improvement and Curriculum Plans. We will be joined by our school’s CEWA School Improvement Advisor, Ms Kelly Smith, together with our CEWA School support consultant, Mrs Deanne Sutherland.

Discipleship – How did I live out the teachings of Jesus today?

As the Lenten season continues I thought it may be timely to share the following reflection, that calls us to examine our conscience in the context of our Ten Commandments. I hope you enjoy it.

A Brief Examination of Conscience   Based on the Ten Commandments

I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me. Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God?

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the Church, or people?

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation? Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God, joy for the Lord’s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?

Honour your father and your mother. Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with my parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?

You shall not kill. Have I harmed another through physical, verbal, or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?

You shall not commit adultery. Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself?

You shall not steal. Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to another?

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?

You shall not covet your neighbour’s spouse. Have I honoured my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love?

You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods. Am I content with my own means and needs, or do I compare myself to others unnecessarily?

Christ’s Two Commandments

How well do we love God and others? Do we love as Christ calls us to? In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ gives us Two Commandments: “He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Mt 22:37-40).

Not sure what love is?  St. Paul describes it for us in his Letter to the Corinthians. Is this how you love God and others?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Cor 13:4-8)

In closing, can I wish everyone well for our coming week, and ask for your prayers, fasting and almsgiving to continue during the Church’s Lenten season. We call for prayers during our Lenten season, as we acknowledge a world filled with people less fortunate than we are.

As a Catholic community, we can extend our prayers for all of those impacted in Australia and abroad with Covid 19, and commit to show care and support for all members of our community.

As parents, the best teachings for our children, are grounded in our actions- what conversations are happening in your family about commitments to Lenten promises?

Enjoy God’s blessings over this coming weekend!

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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