Welcome to Week Ten of this extraordinarily long second Term, that will see our boys and girls conclude for their winter holidays next Friday 2nd July.
We were all treated this morning to a wonderful performance in the Hall, as the Year Three children took us all “Around the World” on an international flight that saw them entertain and educate us as the audience about countries from within different continents, highlighting some geographical information and enticing us with references to special cuisine and national costumes!
What a polished performance it was, and special thanks go to Miss Caruso and our parents for their help in sourcing appropriate items and props for their costumes!
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 2rd July, is called for to renew our combined energies as we return to Term Three on Tuesday 20th July for a new term with some eagerly awaited events planned, including Sports carnivals and the celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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 from our experiences)
I have spent many happy hours over this week reading the Semester One Reports.
I hope that as parents, you gain a greater insight of 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 next Friday 2nd July. All parents (both new this year to Sacred Heart, and those who have been existing over past years, have received a reminder message via SEQTA today, to ensure all accounts are provisioned to access reports online).
(The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents)
What wonderful experiences and competitions our boys and girls have enjoyed last week, with the Year 3-6 Class Spelling Bee competitions, the Winter Lightning Carnival incorporating AFL, Soccer and Netball for our two senior classes, and the Academic All Stars competitions for selected Year Five students!
These opportunities were all presented as chances for us to continue to “Strive for Excellence”, and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the photos from these occasions.
Next Thursday evening, the very special “Night of the Notables” will take place in our Hall- this evening is the culmination of this term’s STRIVE students researching and preparing a presentation on a Notable STEM identity from the past- we look forward to welcoming the children’s families to such a special evening together- thank you to Mrs Carolyn Perlini and all our staff for their support of this prestigious event!
(Taking responsibility for the quality of our work)
As most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plans for the 2021 School Fees, I’m grateful to them for their commitments and also, any recent payments they’ve made towards their 2021 School and Tuition Fees. Individuals who are yet to have responded, will be contacted personally.
Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also offer a Pre Kindy (Three Year old) Class in 2022. Over coming weeks, we will conclude the 2022 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 2022 are encouraged to contact the School Office and submit their downloadable Enrolment Forms. Places are strictly limited to twenty for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class.
(Living out the teachings of Jesus)
What a beautiful celebration we all enjoyed last Sunday afternoon! Our Year Four boys and girls took another special step in their faith journey, and were presented to their parish for their First Holy Communion (Eucharist).
As a school, we are delighted to support our families as their children’s first educators in their faith, at this special time.
A big thankyou to Mrs Amanda Saraceni and our school staff for their work in helping to ensure such a positive preparation and delightful celebration within the Church. Our boys and girls have continued the “Sharing at a Table” theme this week, as they gathered to enjoy a cupcake together, signifying that a meal is central to much of our faith celebrations. Thank you also to Father Mark for his support of our children and their families.
In closing, can I thank you all for your continued commitment to working hard in, and for Sacred Heart. Our school is indeed a very blessed community, and this second term has been one of much work and achievement- it is very easy to promote such a positive school community to our new and prospective families- please keep up these wonderful efforts everyone!
I look forward to sharing even more positive experiences for all, over next term!
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire