Welcome everyone to our 2021 celebrations of Holy Week. As we approach the special Easter season in our Church, we’re reminded of how quickly these past weeks of the term have progressed.
The beautiful autumn sunshine continues, but chillier mornings have signalled the need for red jumpers and tracksuit tops. Please ensure these are clearly labelled and don’t make their way to our Lost Property area!
Mrs Vilma Spence continues with her School Uniform business, Prefect Uniforms in Maylands, processing all Uniform orders off the school site, and can be contacted to replace or supply any new and needed items. We prepare to return for Term Two on Tuesday 20th April in full Winter Uniform. The Sacred Heart Uniform Policy and grooming guidelines can be found here https://www.shpsh.wa.edu.au/pdf/policies/policies_uniforms.pdf
Please ensure your child is correctly attired and groomed for each day of school.
Term Two commences for all children after the holidays, on Tuesday 20th April, in Winter Uniform, or the appropriate Sports Uniform, for those children who are scheduled for Phys Ed lessons on a Tuesday.
Last Thursday at Assembly, the 2021 Interschool Swimming Team was presented to the school community, in preparation for this year’s Interschool Swimming Carnival, to be conducted at Challenge Stadium, on Thursday 1st April.
Thank you to Miss Kate Witkowski (Physical Education Specialist) for her co-ordination of this event. As always, we are very grateful for parental support at events like these, and you are encouraged to attend to support and cheer for the children. Additionally, the children have participated in dedicated Interschool Squad Swimming Training sessions before school on Monday mornings, where we have been fortunate enough to enjoy the services of two coaches. “Perfect preparation ensures positive performances!”
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. The 2021 NAPLAN tests will held from 11th -14th May, (Week Four of next term). Last week, our children in Year Three and Year Five undertook their sample practice test session, as the technical demands (eg. locked down browser) of the online NAPLAN programme for this year are being determined. Well done to our boys and girls for their positive approach to this session!
“When large numbers of people have a deeply understood sense of what needs to be done and see their part in achieving that purpose, coherence emerges, and powerful things happen”. (Lyn Sharratt)
We here at Sacred Heart, are blessed to enjoy the giftedness of such competent and energtic families, who work hard to build a strong and focused school community.
Instead of an Easter Raffle for this term, the P and F explored other options and decided on the very popular Easter Hat Parade! Thank you for your support of this successful venture- our boys and girls were very enthusiastic about their participation in the parade, and spoke confidently of their commitment to almsgiving during this Lenten season. Well done everyone. The first P and F meeting for the year is scheduled for Wednesday 31st March at 6.30pm in the School Hall, with entry via the Harold St gate. Please join us to hear of other exciting P and F Association plans, and the discussions and floating of ideas for the remainder of this year together.
Next term, will see the re launch of our commitment to Waste Wise Wednesdays, and parents are asked to support this initiative with providing minimal wrapping and packaging. The senior children from the Community Service Council will raise the children’s awareness of our continued commitment to the call we enjoy as Stewards of Creation.
Most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plan for the 2021 School Fees, and I thank them for their commitments and also, their recent payments towards this year’s School and Tuition Fees. 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 their 2021 School Fees.
Today in the School Hall, we were treated to a very reverent and polished performance of the Easter Story by the Year Six students with each class contributing with their allocated song that complemented each scene and sharing with us all, their wonderful singing. A special thank you to our Year Six teachers, Mrs Aleisha Adair and Mrs Leonie Wyre, and of course, to Mrs Deanna Saraceni, who in her first Holy Week Liturgy, has prepared our children so beautifully over the weeks of Hymn Singing!
Please access the updated Term Two Parent Planner on the school website, to ensure our next term together is a productive and happy one.
I wish everyone well for the coming holidays, and our Easter break and encourage you all to enjoy special family time together.
Enjoy God’s blessings in the coming weeks,
Enjoy God’s blessings over this coming weekend!
Mrs Tanya McGuire