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Principal News Term 2, Week 8

Welcome to Week Eight of our second term- a little shorter than a normal week, but hasn’t today’s wonderful celebration of our Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus provided us all with fun, excitement and much celebration today! A special thank you to our staff for their efforts to ensure our lovely Mass and Buddy activities. We were supported in today’s special celebrations by Sisters from our Founding Order, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, who were delighted to return to the school and enjoy time with our boys and girls!

Last week’s week’s traditional mid-term break for Sacred Heart students and staff, with our school celebrating Catholicity Day for staff  (Pupil Free) and Professional Learning on Tuesday 8th June- saw Sacred Heart Primary School closed to all students from Friday 4th June-Tuesday 8th June. No doubt, this was a welcome break and opportunity to rest and recharge, as we approach the very full downhill run to the conclusion of our second term, in just three weeks time.

The return to wintery showers and cold weather brings a reminder about the need to stay warm at school- red jumpers and tracksuit tops are not optional items and must accompany all children to school each day. The Sacred Heart Winter jacket is the only extra layer of warmth that is permitted for outdoor wear at school. Orders for these can be placed through the School Office. Please remember that beanies, gloves and scarves are not uniform items, and the school jacket is not to be worn instead of school tracksuit tops or jumpers.

Staffing Information

After a period of sick leave this term, Mrs Leonie Cornish has confirmed that she will not return and has resigned from her position as an Education Assistant at Sacred Heart, after what has been many years.  I’m sure the school community will join us in acknowledging her contributions to many children’s journeys here at our school. Mrs Cornish’s position has been able to be covered with increased hours to Education Assistants currently on staff, ensuring continued support to the Year One, Year Two and Year Five classes.

In addition, Mrs Emma McHardie has confirmed this afternoon, that she will continue to access leave from her position for the remainder of this school year, and as such, Miss Mikaela Caruso will continue in her Year Three teaching role. We wish Mrs McHardie all the best as she continues to support her family, and enjoys all that a break in service provides.

We are also very pleased to acknowledge the valued work that Mis Caruso has commenced with our boys and girls in Year Three, and look forward to her continued contributions here at Sacred Heart!

Learning

(Learning from our experiences)

Over the next few weeks, I will enjoy the privilege of reading the Semester One Reports and I hope that as parents, you gain a greater insight of your child’s strengths, skills and achievements over this first Semester.  The Semester One reports are to be issued online on Friday 2nd July.

As the term continues, teachers remain focused on assessments and the data these provide to inform teaching- all aimed at determining interventions and enrichment opportunities.

As parents,  you will receive your child’s Work Sample Folders at the conclusion of next week on Friday 18th June, thus ensuring you will have the chance to explore achievements in each of the Learning Areas, and celebrate with your child, areas of positivity and also identify areas to continue to work on.

Our obligations as a school, and our “core business,” is a commitment to individualised learning, acknowledging each child’s uniqueness.

This week, have enjoyed the real pleasure of meeting with families to review Individual Learning Plans (ILPs-previously known as CAPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – this opportunity for the school and parents to communicate and plan for children’s learning needs is a very necessary part of our “business” and I am very grateful for the time and efforts of parents and teachers in preparing for these meetings.

Engagement

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

The Parents and Friends Association is a hard working body within our School, and both their fundraising, and community building and celebrating efforts, are planned to benefit all our children and their families.  I do hope that our Class Reps are able to reach out and connect with parents at this time, and keep everyone informed about the year’s planned events.

Please see below, and on the school website, the planned P and F Association “Friend and Fund raising”  events, and their associated dates for the remainder of this year.

PRE-KINDY Kelly Rimpas Fundraiser Minor Event Parents 12th Nov
KINDY Berdine Forti Friendraiser School Disco Students 17th Sept
KINDY Sigrid McLachlan Friendraiser School Disco Students 17th Sept
PRE-PRIMARY Rebecca Chau Friendraiser  Colour Fun Run Students 22nd Oct
PRE-PRIMARY Marina Maidment Friendraiser  Colour Fun Run Students 22nd Oct
YEAR 1 Rose Murphy Friendraiser  Colour Fun Run Students 22nd  Oct
YEAR 1 Carma de Groot Friendraiser  Colour Fun Run Students 22nd  Oct
YEAR 1 Kristie Weisz Friendraiser  Colour Fun Run Students 22nd  Oct
YEAR 2 Francesca Parr Fundraiser Minor Event Parents 12th Nov
YEAR 2 Lorraine Donachie Fundraiser Minor Event Parents 12th Nov
YEAR 3 Jasmine Johnson Friendraiser School Disco Students 17th Sept
YEAR 3 Kristie Skinner Friendraiser School Disco Students 17th Sept
YEAR 4 Clare McLean Friendraiser Fathers Day Families 3rd Sept
YEAR 5 Annmarie Baltov Friendraiser Graduation Dinner Year 6 8th Dec
YEAR 5 Camila Machado Friendraiser Graduation Dinner Year 6 8th Dec
YEAR 6 Georgie Strain        
YEAR 6 Damian Lailey Friendraiser Mothers Day Families 7th May
PRESIDENT Lindsay Fletcher-Hammond        
VICE PRESIDENT Marina Maidment        
TREASURER Tamryn Mackie        
SECRETARY Damian Lailey        
EVENT CO Camila Machado        
EVENT CO Georgia Cacares        

 

Accountability

(Taking responsibility for the quality of our work)

Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also offer a Pre Kindy (Three Year old) Class in 2022. In coming weeks, we will commence 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 for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class.

In budgeting for any expenditure within a Catholic school, School Fees contribute to projected planned income. The majority of our families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plan for their 2021 School Fees, and I thank them for their commitments and also, their recent payments towards these School and Tuition Fees.  Reminders have been communicated to those families who had not completed these plans, as requested.

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 any overdue School Fees.

Discipleship

(Living out the teachings of Jesus)

This term, our Sacred Heart children in Year Four, continue their preparations to celebrate that most special of sacraments, the Eucharist, on Sunday 20th June, at the special time of 4.00pm.

The Eucharist Parent and Child Workshop has been conducted in the School Hall last week, and yesterday, our Eucharist candidates participated in their Eucharist Retreat, when they prepared bread and a special liturgy and enjoyed many exciting activities that make this most special time, memorable for them.

Thank you to Mrs Amanda Saraceni, together with Ms Renee Byrne-King,  for their work in preparing so well for this occasion for our boys and girls.

Father Mark has asked that I communicate to families who may have queries or enquiries regarding the Baptism of students and siblings, that further information can be obtained from the Parish Office via

highgate@perthcatholic.org

In closing, can I ask of everyone, special prayers for those in need from our School Community, and I thank everyone for their continued efforts to contribute to all that is Sacred Heart!   I look forward to continued accomplishments and achievements for all over the remainder of this term which will conclude on Friday 2nd July.

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire
Principal

 

Sacred Heart Primary School

Highgate

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