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Principal News Term 4, Week 9

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our last week together and our final publication for the 2021 school year!

I can hardly believe that a whole school year has passed since we were welcoming you all to 2021, and now we find ourselves signing off on the last issue of the Sacred Heart Newsletter for this year. As we prepare to enjoy quality time with our families and friends over the Christmas season, may I take the opportunity to thank each and every member of staff, and all of our parents who have contributed to ensuring the success of everything our school has been involved in this year. I hope everyone enjoys the photos in today’s Newsletter of some of this past week’s special events.

What a wonderful evening we all enjoyed last Friday night, when we gathered for our 2021 Concert and Prize Night (A Broadway Spectacular!) on our School Oval.  We were blessed with fine and very warm weather that ensured a lovely night together, and our boys and girls produced beautiful singing, dancing and entertainment for us all to enjoy! Well done to Mrs Deanna Saraceni as our Music Specialist and Director of this year’s items.

Our Graduation Mass and Dinner was celebrated on Wednesday night and yet again, proved to be another wonderful celebration for our Year Six children, their families and friends.  The Year Five parents all undertook the running of the evening, and under the calm and very competent directions of our co-ordinator, Mrs Camila Machado. A heartfelt thank you is extended to all the Year five parents and in particular, Mrs Rhonda Kingsbury, Mrs Vashta Grill and Mrs Annmarie Baltov, who all worked many long hours together to produce such a beautiful occasion, a wonderful meal, and a stunning venue for all to enjoy!

The Mt Lawley Bowling Club looked beautiful and was completely transformed with its lavish white, black and pastel decorations.  I’m sure it will be a night fondly remembered by all. Special thanks to Father Mark for his celebration of a beautiful Mass, to Ms Renee Byrne-King and Mrs Leonie Wyre for their work in preparing our children, and of course to all our staff, past and present, who have contributed along the children’s learning journeys, to such a special evening of celebration! I hope you all enjoy the photos that accompany today’s Newsletter.

Amidst all of these special events, our staff have continued with their work on preparing the Semester Two Reports. These Reports will be issued online next week, after 3.30pm on Monday 13th December. Our staff conclude the Term next Friday 17th December.

Accompanying today’s Newsletter is information about our Staffing placements for 2022.  Mrs Emma McHardie and Mrs Leonie Cornish had formalised their resignations earlier this year, after thirteen years and thirteen and a half years respectively, spent here at Sacred Heart. We wish our staff members accessing leave in 2022, Mrs Marie McKenna, Mrs Amanda Saraceni, Mrs Nerissa Angwin and Ms Gabby Previti, all the best as they undertake their new plans for the 2022 school year, and anticipate them visiting us often with treats and tales of their new adventures over Morning Tea!

Our boys and girls experienced their Transition time last Wednesday, so that they have had the opportunity to visit their new classrooms for next year, and welcome new students to their groups. I’m sure all in the Sacred Heart School Community will welcome our new students and staff members to their classes, and support them in their roles here at our school.

Today saw us commence the day with our 2021 Thanksgiving Mass at 9.00am in the Church.  This occasion gives our children the opportunity to give thanks for all the rich blessings we have enjoyed this year at Sacred Heart Primary School.

We are going to be able to distribute our wonderful 2021 Sacred Heart Year Book at the commencement of the new school year.  The Year Book represents many hours of hard work and I extend my thanks to this year’s Co-ordinator, Mrs Amanda Saraceni, and all our staff members who operate as the editing sub committee. A special thank you for their efforts to produce such a wonderful celebration of our year together, and a lovely memento for all to enjoy. Our leaving families will be contacted to arrange the collection of their family copies, next year.

In closing, can I wish for you all to experience the joys of Christmas, and that these joys be present in your homes and hearts in the coming weeks.  May the holiday season be a time of relaxation and renewal, as we prepare for the New Year of 2022 together, and all that it promises.

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Past Sacred Heart Students Acknowledgement

Please join us in celebrating the election of Owen Koroll to Head Boy and Captain of Band at Chisholm Catholic College 2022.


Staff List 2022 Sacred Heart Primary School Highgate




Mrs Tanya McGuire

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL                      

Ms Renee Byrne-King

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL                      

Mrs Carolyn Perlini

YEAR 6                                    

Ms Renee Byrne-King & Mrs Aleisha Adair

YEAR 5                                   

Mrs Laura Taylor


Mrs Julia Hill

YEAR 3                                    

Miss Danica Gullotto

YEAR 2                                    

Ms Misty Waters

YEAR 1                                    

Miss Mikaela Caruso

PRE PRIMARY                        

Miss Alicia Fraser


Miss Catherine Boyes


Miss Catherine Boyes



PHYSICAL EDUCATION                      

Ms Kate Witkowski




TBC via Italo-Welfare (Years PP-6)

VISUAL ART                                       

Mrs Leonie Wyre


Mrs Carolyn Perlini


Mrs Carolyn Perlini




Mrs Jo Southern & Mrs Annalisa Blanchard

KINDERGARTEN – (Mon, Wed and Fri)

Mrs Jo Southern

KINDERGARTEN – (Mon, Wed and Fri)

Mrs Annalisa Blanchard 


Miss Rachel Sandon


Mr Steve Moore


Mrs Rebecca Cattai 


Mrs Carol Panaia



PARISH PRIEST                                  

Fr Mark Payton

SOCIAL WORKER (Wednesdays)      

Ms Hilary Campos

FINANCE OFFICER                              

Mrs Linda Robertson

ADMIN OFFICER                                

Mrs Vanessa Castelanelli


Mrs Anita Miocevich

GROUNDS PERSON               

Mr Ian Watson

BEFORE /AFTER SCHOOL CARE                    

Conducted by outside service provider, (YMCA)





Sacred Heart Primary School


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