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Principal News Term 2, Week 2

Welcome to Week Three of Term Two, and the first of our Newsletters in this, our new term together!

I do hope that our Autumn and Easter holidays have been enjoyed by all, and that there were many chances for rest, recreation and recovery, including a few later than normal starts, and some days where pyjamas had a slightly extended presence- I know mine did!

We were all delighted that Sacred Heart Primary School was able to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, following the snap Lockdown of three days, announced last Friday afternoon, after Perth’s community spread cases of Covid 19.

The most important aspect of the continuing restrictions has been a requirement for all staff members to wear masks.  There is no requirement for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 to wear a mask, however they may choose to do so, if they wish.

Parents on Campus:

Parents are requested to minimise their time on the school campus, particularly throughout this week. Ideally, this would only be for the purpose of drop off or pick up.
Parents on the school grounds must:

  • wear a mask at all times
  • sign in using the SafeWA app
  • practice 1.5 metres physical distancing where practicable, and
  • follow good personal hygiene practices- sanitise hands

We anticipate a further update by this Friday afternoon, that will provide clarity about any extension of restrictions, and will ensure all families are kept abreast of the most up to date information.

Our boys and girls have commenced the new term at Sacred Heart in their full Winter Uniform, looking very smart and wearing their items with pride. Parents are reminded about our School Uniform guidelines, and that all items are to be purchased from the Uniform Shop, operated by Mrs Vilma Spence in Maylands. Vilma can be contacted regarding uniform items on 9271 4479 and vedronza@optusnet.com.au.

A number of students are opting for variations to the winter uniform, and this is not permissible- this includes the wearing of incorrect school socks, blue school tracksuit tops in lieu of red jumpers and vice versa, and black sports shoes instead of the required black leather lace up school shoes.  School shirts are to be worn tucked in, and with the top button fastened to accommodate the school tie correctly.

Parents are asked to attend to incorrect items, before children receive a uniform notice.

 

Learning

(Learning from our experiences)

I continue with plans for the Kindergarten 2022 Enrolment interviews at this time of the year, and upon reflection and in speaking with many families who actively seek membership of our school community, I am reminded of all that is so positive here at Sacred Heart! Well done to everyone as we continue with our plans to ensure we Strive for Excellence in all that we do.

Our wonderful celebration of the ANZAC Liturgy on the Oval on Friday afternoon was one such excellent occasion- our Year Four children, ably prepared by Mrs Amanda Saraceni, and our special guest from RSL Highgate, Mr David McLean, led the school in a very reverent and solemn service that was well supported by all who attended. Mr McLean reminded us of the importance of commemorating, and not celebrating war, and spoke also of the very brave and courageous men and women who have gone before us. Thank you everyone.

Week Four of this term, will see the 2021 NAPLAN assessments being conducted.  Our Year Three and Year Five classes have already conducted their practice assessments, as this year will see tests once again conducted online.

I thank parents in anticipation of their efforts to ensure the children will be well rested, nourished and prepared for the tests. These conditions will always produce the best results, and when children are supported and encouraged to do their best, but not pressured or made to feel anxious, everyone benefits.

 

Engagement

(The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents)

We look forward to next Fridays’ absolutely delightful P and F Mothers Day Breakfast, courtesy of our hard working and very adept Dads!  Conditional to the easing of Covid restrictions, the morning will see juice, cakes, granola and yoghurt, and delicious bacon and egg rolls being served on our Oval and of course, made all the more tasty as it will be accompanied by our delicious and efficient coffee van (for adults only). Thank you to a great and enthusiastic team, who are keen to step forward.

The May Meeting of our Parents and Friends Association was held in the last week of the term, prior to Easter, this week, and accompanying today’s Newsletter is the 2021 Calendar of events- please save the dates for the great events we are all looking forward to!

 

Accountability

(Taking responsibility for the quality of our work)

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 the 2021 School and Tuition Fees.

Fee collection is a very necessary focus for the School Board, and formal collection processes will commence, in the event of failure to make contact with the School Principal to discuss any variations to fee structures, or any circumstances that have the potential to impact on your family’s obligation to meet their outstanding 2021, and or overdue School Fees.

Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to offer a Pre Kindy (Three Year old) Class, and Kindergarten (Four Year old ) Class in 2022. In coming weeks, we hope to undertake the 2022 Pre Kindergarten and 2022 Kindergarten Interviews.

Three-year-old and Four-year-old education programs operate at schools as part of an education course. Catholic Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten programmes provide rich learning environments that cater 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 our programmes in their Catholic school, is encouraged to develop a positive self-image of themselves and others as they begin to live the gospel message.

Parents of siblings, and those in the wider Parish community who are seeking a position in either of these classes for 2022, are encouraged to contact the School Office and submit their downloadable Enrolment Forms. Places are strictly limited to twenty students for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class, and thirty students in Kindergarten.

 

Discipleship

(Living out the teachings of Jesus)

The Community Service Council from Year Six, remain focused on the Stewardship of Creation, and offered the following message to all at this week’s Assembly:

“As the Community Service Council, we’re here today to firstly thank you for your efforts to minimise waste within our school, by recycling and committing to Waste Free Wednesdays.

You are also thanked for your support of the Battery Bin which has been used to collect used batteries.

The City of Vincent is moving to include special FOGO bins to each household, which will encourage residents to separate food scraps, from other household rubbish and recycling.

This initiative will mean some changes here at Sacred Heart, because we are a business within the City of Vincent. Our green bins, and yellow top recycling bins, will be replaced with large skip bins located in the Carpark area of Mary St drive through, and we will also have a “Containers for Change” bin, that we can all donate to.

The profits collected from the Containers for Change will be directed to a very worthy Catholic agency, the St Vincent De Paul Society, to assist the less fortunate in our community.

We’d like to encourage you all to support the Containers for Change bin, and thank you in anticipation”.

This term, our children in Year Four, will be preparing to celebrate that most special of sacraments, the Eucharist, to be celebrated on Sunday 20th June at 4.00pm.  Parents will participate in the compulsory Parent Child Workshop evening, on Tuesday 1st June at 6.00pm.

Our Eucharist candidates will participate in their Retreat, on Thursday 10th June when they prepare bread and a special liturgy, and enjoy many exciting activities that make this most special time, memorable for them.

In closing, can I thank everyone for their continued efforts to contribute to all that is Sacred Heart! Term Two is going to be a full and busy one and through everyone’s hard work and organisation, our children’s learning experiences are sure to be positive and productive. When we combine our strengths and talents, we are able to provide a wonderful education experience for our boys and girls, and build a sense of community for all families and staff.

I look forward to sharing even more positive experiences for all, over the remaining weeks of this term.

Enjoy God’s blessings over this coming weekend!

Mrs Tanya McGuire
Principal

 

Sacred Heart Primary School

Highgate

40 Mary Street, Highgate WA 6003
(08) 9328 8817
admin@shpsh.wa.edu.au