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Principal News Term 3, Week 2

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our second week of our new term together- I’m sure the recent July holiday period was a lovely chance for families to enjoy time together, as we embark on the second half of our academic year. This week has been one that has provided us with some less than welcome continued winter rain, but the children remain warm and snug in their Winter Uniforms, and are keeping active during our lunch and recess breaks! Please remember that red school jumpers and sports tracksuit tops must accompany children to school every day- many of these items are making their way to the lost property box- if you are missing things, please direct your children to peruse this area for any of your missing labelled items, including lunch containers and water bottles.

Last week saw a very special celebration at Sacred Heart, as we enjoyed the presentation of the 2021 Night of the Notables by our STRIVE students from Years  5 and 6. We were all treated to a very professional showcase of student learning, and a beautiful supper afterwards, as families and special guests gathered at the Display tables, to learn more about each of the Notables that had been chosen by our students!

Congratulations to Mrs Carolyn Perlini for what was a very successful culmination of many hours of preparation and polish! Please enjoy the associated photos in today’s Newsletter, and our recent social media posts!


Christ-Centred Leadership

(Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive)

This week, together with  members of our school’s Leadership Team (the Assistant Principals)  have had to participate in some exciting professional learning at a CEWA system level- we have attended the regionally clustered Leaders Forum where together with leaders and Leadership Teams from our surrounding CEWA schools, we were provided with further information pertinent to the successful operation of CEWA Pty Ltd,  including the launch of the final version of Quality Catholic education- incorporating the four pillars of :- Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship. These pillars are aligned to the CEWA Strategic Directions 2019-2021, all aimed at ensuring our system’s commitment to a Vision for Learning,  continues.

Our Catholic schools are vitally important to WA communities, and at the same time, are heavily dependent on a strong working relationship between the Catholic education sector and Government, both Western Australian (state) and Australian (federal).

We were also provide with the following message from our CEWA Executive Director, Dr Debra Sayce:-

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a range of additional demands on our system. The increased cost burden facing our schools was the subject of a recent meeting with our State’s Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sue Ellery.

We provided the Minister with our annual budget submission and reinforced our role as a significant contributor to not just the education of one-in-five school students, but the broader social and economic well-being of Western Australia.

Our budget submission seeks equity for our schools on a range of key funding measures, both in one-off grant programs and in recurrent funding structures.

Specifically, we have asked the State Government to:

  • Provide recurrent indexed funding for an additional 50 school psychologists;
  • Provide equitable funding under the new National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement to all government and non-government schools;
  • Replace the current scheme of Low Interest Loans (LIL) for capital expenditure with capital grants, especially for remote and regional schools, to deliver world class education infrastructure and ease the debt burden on Catholic school communities;
  • Review outstanding low interest capital funding loans to Catholic schools and refinance to provide fairer rates in line with current commercial debt finance options;
  • Provide up front funding for education infrastructure to Catholic schools rather than  staged payments to allow long term planning and contract awarding for infrastructure works;
  • Ensure equitable distribution of funds for early years education to Catholic schools;
  • Provide proportional recovery support funding to COVID-19 affected Catholic schools; and
  • Allocate school funding for the achievement of wider State Government policy objectives equitably among government and non-government schools.

These measures would ensure our parents and students are treated fairly and given access to an equitable level of funding support.

Yours sincerely

Dr Debra Sayce
Executive Director


A Catholic Pastoral Community

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

Next week’s P and F Meeting on Wednesday at 6.30pm, will see us gather in the School Hall, via the Harold St gate, to cover plans for this term’s two events- The Fathers Day and Parent Breakfast celebration scheduled for Friday 3rd September and the School Disco- planned for the night of Friday 17th September. We are calling for RSVPs for the meeting.  Please join us as we discuss plans and proposals for future school support.

In the background of a restricted school community that has not been able to mingle  and socialise as we would normally, I am ever grateful to the energetic and focused Class Reps who have made efforts to co-ordinate recent outside gathering for parents and children, to ensure a connectedness and opportunity to socialise safely.


Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling

(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 School and Tuition Fees.

Just prior to the July holidays, the School Board focused on the 2021 Mid Year Budget Review, when expected expenditure and income is calculated for the remainder of the year. As always, the anticipated sources of income for all schools is vital to our operation, and I remind parents of the need to attend to the most recent School Fees statements that were issued prior to the July holidays.

Having concluded our 2022 Kindergarten Enrolment Interviews, we anticipate a happy and vibrant class of 30 students for next year. Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also offer a Pre Kindy (Three Year old) Class in 2022. In coming weeks, we will conduct 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.


A Catholic School of Excellence

(An effective community developing students as whole Christian persons).

We look forward to the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation later this term,  (Sunday 22nd August at 4.00pm ) for our current Year Six students. On Wednesday 11th August at 6.30pm the Parent-Child Workshop will be undertaken in the School Hall.  I commend our staff, Ms Renee Byrne-King and Mrs Leonie Wyre,  for their dedication and giftedness in assisting the children at this special time.

Sacramental preparations remain Family focused, Parish centred and School supported.

We will also remember during August (on 8th August and the 15th August), the  celebrations of the Feast of Australia’s saint, St Mary of the Cross, and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary,  respectively.   Our whole school Mass on Wednesday 11th August will see our Year 6 and Year 2 students lead our school community in the Church.


Mary MacKillop was born of Scottish parents on January 15, 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne and died in Sydney on 8th August 1909.  Mary was the eldest of 8 children.  The early years of her life were turbulent.  Her father was unable to keep employment and her family endured hardship as she grew up.  Mary experienced what it was like to be poor.  From her teenage years, Mary had a special love for those in need.  She worked as a governess, and after hours went to rural workers’ huts and to Aborigines to teach their children basic literacy and numeracy.  In time, together with Fr Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, providing education and assistance for the needy, especially in rural areas.

She took the religious name of Mary of the Cross.  Responding to the isolation of colonial families, she pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their children.  She and her sisters shared life the life of the poor and the itinerant, offering special care to destitute women and children.  She is remembered for her eagerness to discover God’s will in all things, for her charity in the face of calumny, and for her abiding trust in God’s providence.


In closing, can I say thank everyone for their continued efforts to prepare the children for new learning, and your commitment to working hard in our wonderful school.  I look forward to more accomplishments for all this term, as we continue to “Strive for Excellence!”

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of all to remain focused on learning and extra practice and training. Despite the winter weather and associated chills and colds, many of our boys and girls are approaching their nightly reading and homework with a consistent effort, and have also approached their Choir Practice sessions and the planned Athletics training and After School STEM Club very positively- Congratulations boys and girls!

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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