Welcome to Week Two 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- mine certainly did!
We were all delighted that Sacred Heart Primary School was able to welcome our students back to school last Tuesday. 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 our new Uniform provider- One World Uniforms in West Perth- further details can be found on the school website.
Please ensure your children are wearing correct school socks, and black leather school shoes, not 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.
In light of the current updates to the identification of close contacts to a positive Covid case, parents are reminded that school and classrooms are no longer considered close contact settings. Close contacts are identified as those in a residential setting.
With this in mind, the notification of any positive cases within your child’s classroom, calls for close monitoring for any symptoms. I write today to inform parents that there are currently, several positive cases from within classrooms, and parents are reminded that it may be prudent to undertake a RAT test before commencing school in the mornings, and of course, if desired, children are able to wear a mask whilst attending class.
Parents will be called to collect their child in the event of a student displaying any Covid symptoms.
The decision to notify other parents within your child’s class, remains a parent choice.
Learning from our experiences
I continue with plans for the Kindergarten 2023 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.
Next week of this term, will see the 2022 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.
The promotion of positive relationships with our students/staff/parents
This year on Saturday 21st May, as the Federal Election is conducted, Sacred Heart will serve for the first time, as a Polling Place, and it is our plan to provide the ever popular democracy Sausage Sizzle and a Cake Stall– please keep your eye on communications from your Class Representatives, and also alert any family and friends who would like to join us. Remember- many hands make for light work!
We would normally have enjoyed a delightful P and F Mothers Day Breakfast, courtesy of our hard working and very adept Dads at this time of the year- However, our Covid situation called for agility and different approaches this year- This afternoon, our special mothers and friends will receive a beautiful gift from the P and F, lovingly created by your children and packed with Mothers Day chrysanthemums, to enjoy this weekend!
A very special thank you to a great and enthusiastic team, who have been so keen to step forward and ensure all mothers have been treated!
The April Meeting of our Parents and Friends Association was held in the first week of this term, and accompanying today’s Newsletter is the proposed 2022 Calendar of events– please save the dates for the great events we are all looking forward to!
|Easter Raffle and Buns||Friday 8th April|
|Mother’s Day||Friday 6th May|
|Sausage Sizzle||Saturday 21st May|
|Buy a Brick||May|
|School Incursion||June Week 8 or 10?|
|Christmas in July||Saturday 23rd July|
|Father’s Day||Friday 2nd September|
|Pirate Day||Monday 19th September|
|Art Auction||Saturday 19th November, Sunday 20th November|
|Graduation Dinner||Wednesday 7th December|
|Christmas Raffle||Wednesday 7th December|
Taking responsibility for the quality of our work
Most families have completed their obligations to nominate their payment plan for the 2022 School Fees, and I thank them for their commitments and also, their recent payments towards the 2022 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 2022, 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 2023. In coming weeks, we hope to undertake the 2023 Pre Kindergarten and 2023 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 2023, 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.
Living out the teachings of Jesus
The Community Service Council from Year Six, remain focused on the Stewardship of Creation, and offer the following message to all:-
“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, have been 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”.
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.
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire