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Principal News Term 3, Week 6

Dear Parents,

Welcome to today’s Newsletter– wasn’t our special 2021 Book Week Parade a wonderful way for us all to commence this week, and we look forward to ending it, with our Beaufort St Books Book Fair on Friday afternoon.   Thank you to all our parents for their commitment to costumes and for joining us as the children proudly paraded around our oval for all to enjoy! Of course, our teachers have spent many hours ensuring activities related to this year’s finalists in the CBCA, have been enjoyed and explored within classrooms and with buddies.

Our Parade was once again, hosted in spectacular fashion by Ms Byrne-King- or was it Ursula from The Little Mermaid! Let’s hope our boys and girls remain excited about reading and exploring new books for many years to come.

Next week we herald the first day of Spring! Let’s hope that the sunshine is not too far away after what has been a very wet winter.  Everyone would like to see the children enjoy their remaining weeks of this term together, with some warm sunshine, and all that spring brings with blossoms and buds!

Christ-Centred Leadership

(Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive)

Last week, our school enjoyed the challenges of celebrating National Science Week! Mrs Carolyn Perlini had prepared some exciting competitions and activities planned for our children- Bees, honey production, pollination and other ecological understandings were a feature of the week, as were the staff costumes- Apparently Sacred Heart was hosting a Queen Bee and her workers! Today’s Assembly saw a wonderful display of the entries that our clever boys and girls had undertaken to meet the brief that requested them to design a message that ensures we “Save the Bees!” Congratulations to our class winners!

Haven’t we been busy and exposed to wonderful leadership in its many forms over the past few weeks here at Sacred Heart?- our adept and skilled staff have been instrumental in co-ordinating wonderful learning opportunities for our boys and girls, including the celebration of Sacraments, incursions, wonderful School Photos, and this week’s Jumps and Throws Carnival.

A special thank you to our parents who have supported their children’s participation in this term’s Athletics and Jumps training sessions on Monday mornings.

We see these and upcoming events like next Tuesday’s Faction Athletics Carnival at Birdwood Square, for all children in Years 1-6 as continued opportunities for you to support your children’s primary education experiences.

The Carnival Programme will be communicated to all families today, and in anticipation, we thank those generous parents who have offered their assistance with setting up from 7.30am on Tuesday morning at Birdwood Square, and to those who have offered their support and assistance throughout our day’s events.

As always, the day promises to be one of fun and team spirit! We rely on the support and participation of our parents to ensure these days are ones of smoothness and fun for our children. Children will require their Faction Sports uniform, a packed lunch, (note- no canteen orders available) a water bottle, school hat, sunscreen, plenty of snacks and of course, their permission slip needs to have been returned as requested. Miss Kate Witkowski (Physical Education Specialist) has prepared a programme of exciting Junior and Senior Team events that will see our competitors participating throughout the day, as we respond to previous feedback about the number of events and degree of participation opportunities for all children.

Parents are reminded that these Carnivals are compulsory elements of our learning programme, and a medical certificate will be called for, if it is necessary for a child to be exempted.

Once again, we have arranged for the hire of temporary toilets to ensure the Carnival setting is safe. Let’s hope for sunny spring weather and an abundant source of committed cheer squads for each of our factions!

Our focus for the remaining weeks of the term following this year’s Faction Carnivals, will be on the finalisation of our 2021 Sacred Heart Interschool Athletics Team, and the preparation and training sessions at the WA Athletics Stadium in Floreat, as we have undertaken in past years. The Interschool Carnival is planned for Tuesday 21st September.

Parents are reminded that the final Interschool Team selections are based on a combination of results and performances throughout the term, time trials, other recorded data, and Faction Carnival performances. However, in the event of opting to travel for holidays or vacation, and thus being absent from planned and scheduled events and Carnivals, (not through illness or injury), children may not be able to be included in the final Team selection.

Please remember that our Pre Primary and Kindergarten classes will participate in their very own Junior Athletics Carnival on Monday 25th October, here at Sacred Heart’s Oval- a day that promises much fun and happiness, and of course, a coffee van!

A Catholic Pastoral Community

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

Last Sunday at the special time of 4.00pm, our senior students in Year Six, gathered as they celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. It was a lovely celebration in this important faith journey, and as a school, we have felt privileged to be able to support our families in the preparations for such a lovely afternoon together. Please enjoy some of the accompanying photos.

The community of Sacred Heart School continues to be alive and vibrant, thanks to the support provided by the parent community.  Here at Sacred Heart we value the partnership between our parents and the school. Children’s learning is enhanced and encouraged when parents are actively involved in the life of the school, and at our school, parent support is considered vital with parents being encouraged to fully involve themselves in the life of the school.

At this month’s P and F Meeting, which is scheduled for next Wednesday 1st September, at 5.45pm (note the new time, due to our YSafe Cybersafety Parent Workshop that will be taking place in the Hall at 6.30pm) and that we will be in the staff room via Mary St front door we hope to hear from Class Reps who have been in touch with families within classes, to invite you all to gatherings off site that are aimed at connecting everyone, after what has been a busy term. Next Friday, 3rd September from 7.30am-8.30am the much anticipated Parent Breakfast is being conducted- please ensure you have RSVP’d to this event, to enable access to a coffee and delicious breakfast item that our special Year Four parents are busily preparing! Later in the term, on Friday 17th September, our P and F will host the School Disco! More details are to follow soon…….


Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling

(Taking responsibility for the quality of our work).

Preparations for the 2022 Pre- Kindergarten Class are a focus for this term- if your family, or a family you know of, is interested in access to the Pre Kindy programme for next year, (2022) please make contact with the School Office- (places are limited). Interviews are currently being conducted, and we have been delighted to welcome some very excited and enthusiastic little people to become our “Little Hearts”!


A Catholic School of Excellence

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

Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct
In previous weeks we have looked at some of the statements in the Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct.  The Code is applicable to all members of our school community including, staff, students, parents, guardians, carers, visitors and volunteers. This week we highlight specific behaviours that will meet Statement Four of the Code of Conduct, which is that:-

 ‘You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.’

Our relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship.

  • If you are a member of staff, it is your Employment Agreement.
  • If you are a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement.
  • If you are a member of the School Advisory Council, it is our Terms of Reference/ Constitution.
  • If you are a visitor, it is in accordance with the permission of the Principal to be on school grounds, on condition that you act safely and competently.

If we witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, we have both a responsibility and an obligation, to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority, and to take other action as necessary to protect students.

In closing, can I acknowledge the wonderful efforts that so many of our parents and staff continue with. Our boys and girls enjoy a level of nurture and support that is assisting in their development as very special young people, focused on reaching their God given potential. Well done everyone!

Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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