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Principal News Term 2, Week 8

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Week Eight of our second term- Last week’s traditional mid-term break for Sacred Heart students and staff, with our school celebrating the 2022 Catholicity Day for staff (Pupil Free) and Professional Learning, saw the school closed to all students from Friday 3rd June-Tuesday 7th June.

No doubt, this was a welcome break and an opportunity to rest and recharge, as we approach the very full downhill run to the conclusion of our second term, in just two week’s time.

The wintery showers that are to be expected in June, have made themselves well and truly present this week- our parents are asked to support their children by ensuring they are in correct and full winter uniform each day as the need to stay warm at school is upon us- red jumpers and tracksuit tops are not optional items, and must accompany all children to school each day. I am still finding items without names/ labels!  The Sacred Heart Winter jacket is the only extra layer of warmth that is permitted for outdoor wear at school. All uniform items can be sourced from our uniform provider- One World Uniforms in West Perth. (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, but only in addition to these items.)

Next Friday, the celebration of our Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will provide us all with fun, excitement and much celebration! A special thank you to our staff in anticipation of their special efforts and hard work to ensure our Liturgy and associated Buddy activities, will form happy memories for our children, in this our special 125th Anniversary Year.   We will be supported in next Friday’s celebrations by Sisters from our Founding Order, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, who are always delighted to return to the school and enjoy time with our boys and girls!

Learning

Learning from our experiences

Over the next 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 1st  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. Our obligations as a school, and our “core business,” is a commitment to individualised learning, acknowledging each child’s uniqueness.

I acknowledge the teachers for their many hours of work on the Reports, both in terms of collating their assessments, assigning grades and drafting and editing comments; all whilst dealing with their regular classroom responsibilities.

Semester One reports will be issued online on Friday 1st July.  All parents (both new this year to Sacred Heart, and those who have been existing over past years, have received a reminder message via SEQTA to ensure all accounts are provisioned to access Reports online). Parents are reminded to download and save these Reports for all future access.

What wonderful experiences and competitions our boys and girls continue to look forward to.

Next Thursday, the 2022 Winter Lightning Carnival incorporating AFL, Soccer and Netball for our two senior classes, will be conducted- thank you to those parents who have offered support, and ensured the necessary forms have been returned.  Next Semester will see Year 3-6 Class Spelling Bee competitions, and the Academic All Stars Interschool competitions for selected Year Five students take place. 

These opportunities are all presented as chances for us to continue to “Strive for Excellence”, and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the photos and results from these upcoming occasions.

Staffing Information

We are delighted to have welcomed to our Pre Primary classlast week, our newest staff member, Mrs Eleonora Klymova. Eleonora is fluent in the Ukrainian language, is also a parent of a Pre Primary aged child, and very experienced in teaching English to Ukrainian speaking students! I’m sure this combination of skills and experience will assist in making our newest addition to Pre Primary, Davyd (and his family), transition successfully to our setting. Together with our current teacher, Miss Alicia Fraser, and assistants, Miss Rachel Sandon and Mr Steve Moore, our staff continue to provide a level of support to our children as they navigate the Pre Primary curriculum, in their first compulsory year of schooling.  I’m sure our School community will join me in welcoming Eleonora to Sacred Heart Primary School.

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. 

The coming holiday period will see the engraved paving bricks that have been a recent focus and opportunity for families to commemorate their association with our school, laid within the existing Gibney Entrance of the school.  

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

Parents are asked to “Save the date” for the upcoming 2022 Adults Event- a Christmas in July Dinner planned for Saturday 30th July (Week Two of next term). Our school is indeed a very blessed community, and this second term has been one of much work and achievement- it is very easy to promote such a positive school community to our new and prospective families- please keep up these wonderful efforts everyone!

The June (fourth Wednesday of every month) P and F Association meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday 22nd  June at 7.00pm in the Hall- entry via Harold St gate. Please join us to hear of the organising plans that are made all the easier when many hands are involved. 

Accountability

Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

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 2022 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 2022, and or, any overdue School Fees.

Sacred Heart Primary School will continue to also offer a Pre Kindy (Three Year old) Class next year, and we have commenced the 2023 Pre Kindergarten Interviews.

Three-year-old education programs operate at schools as part of an education course. A Catholic three-year-old programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 2023 are encouraged to contact the School Office and submit their downloadable Enrolment Forms. Places are strictly limited to only twenty students for our “Little Hearts” Pre Kindy Class.

Discipleship

Living out the teachings of Jesus

Our Sacred Heart children in Year Four, continue their preparations to celebrate that most special of sacraments, the Eucharist, on Sunday 7th August, and Sunday 14th August  at the 9.00am Masses.

The Eucharist Parent and Child Workshop will be conducted in the School Hall in the first week of next term, Thursday 21st July,  and our Eucharist candidates will participate in their Eucharist Retreat, on the first day of next term, Tuesday 19th July. This school occasion will be when the children prepare their own bread and  “supper”, for a special liturgy, and enjoy many exciting activities that make this most special time, memorable  for them.

Thank you to Mrs Julia Hill, 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  email at:- highgate@perthcatholic.org

In closing, can I ask of everyone, special prayers for those in need from our Sacred Heart 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.  I’m sure you are all approaching the upcoming July holidays with enthusiasm, as our students and staff alike, continue with their management of tasks and learning, so enthusiastically. I imagine the solid couple of weeks’ rest, commencing on Friday 1st July, is called for,  to renew our combined energies as we return to Term Three on Tuesday 19th July for some eagerly awaited events planned, including Sports Carnivals and the celebrations of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire
Principal

 

Sacred Heart Primary School

Highgate

40 Mary Street, Highgate WA 6003
(08) 9328 8817
admin@shpsh.wa.edu.au