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Principal News Term 3, Week 10

Dear Parents,

Christ-Centred Leadership

Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive

Welcome to Week Ten, our final week of Term Three – this week has provided us with warm Spring sunshine and a busy finish to what has been a busy and very productive Term Three!

Our Interschool Athletics Carnival  demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and effort on  Tuesday of this week-  Thank you to Miss Kate Witkowski for her earlier preparations  of our children, and to all parents who have continued in these past weeks with training and practice- we rightly anticipated positive results, and we were very proud of our boys and girls  and their performances at the 2022 Interschool Athletics Carnival.

Greater details and photos accompany today’s Newsletter-Congratulations to all on such a super occasion and wonderful results again this year!

What a wonderful Assembly we all enjoyed this morning, as the Kindy students took to the stage to share their knowledge about the Jungle and its animals! Thank you to Miss Catherine Boyes and her Education Assistants, Mrs Annalisa Blanchard and Mrs Joanne Southern for their work with the children- it was a fabulous performance!

Our classes have also enjoyed wonderful Incursions and excursion experiences this week – enjoy the photos!

A Catholic Pastoral Community

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

Code of Conduct (A model for healthy relationships in our School Community).

In previous Newsletters, we have looked at earlier 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 Seven of the Code of Conduct, which is that:-
‘You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students. 

This means that we seek information from parents, colleagues and experts or find information in documents and policies, when making decisions or giving advice.

Examples of a breach of this statement would include but are not limited to:

  • Staff –A staff member not taking the roll properly.
  • Students-A student not alerting staff and seeking help when required, particularly when dealing with difficult situations.
  • Parents-A parent not providing information about a child’s learning difficulties, giftedness social/emotional, medical needs or any other information, important to being able to support the education and care of the child.

Breaches of the Code must be reported to the Principal, and it is breach of the Code not to do so.
A breach of the Code may constitute a failure to follow a lawful direction from the Principal and therefore, the Principal will have the discretion as to what action to take, which may include counselling, professional development or sanctions.  If you are a parent volunteer or visitor, the Principal may take such action as is appropriate in your circumstances to maintain the safety and well-being of students.

The Principal must notify the appropriate authorities of any breach of the Code that constitutes grooming behaviour.

There are 12 Conduct Statements in the Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct.

  1. You act safely and competently.
  2. You give priority to student’s safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
  3. You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
  4. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
  5. You respect the dignity, culture, values and belief of each member of the school community.
  6. You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.
  7. You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and well-being of students.
  8. You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students.
  9. You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
  10. You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
  11. You act reflectively and ethically.
  12. You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.

Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling

Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

The Sacred Heart School Advisory Council meets for the October Meeting next term.  Preparations over the coming holiday period will focus on the 2023 School Budget and the setting of 2023 Tuition and other School Fees.

Parents are reminded of the need to address all outstanding 2022 School Fees. Those families who opted for a three payments per year plan, should have now made their final payment. Details of these outstanding fees have been sent. Please correspond about financial matters to our School Bursar, Mrs Linda Robertson on the email address or by phone 92532501

Parents have previously been asked to confirm plans for not continuing enrolment at Sacred Heart Primary School in Highgate for the 2023 School Year and indicate this in writing.  Thank you to the 70 families who have responded to the survey as requested. There are however, a number of outstanding responses that are still needed.  As this information is to assist with administrative plans for waiting enrolments and staffing levels, you were required to confirm this information to the School Office by today, Friday 23rd September. Failure to provide a term’s notice in writing of a withdrawal, will incur an additional term’s fees

A Catholic School of Excellence

An effective community developing students as whole Christian persons

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In closing, can I thank everyone for their wonderful efforts to ensure a successful and happy term here at Sacred Heart! The Term Four Parent Planner is on the school website. Please access.

I hope the holidays provide all with the very deserved and much needed rest, and some wonderful family times together.   It is my hope for plenty of sunshine and an enthusiastic return to school on Tuesday 11th October in Full Summer uniform, ready for another term of solid learning and consolidation.  In the event that Summer Uniform items are not available, families are reminded that there is a two week period of transition.

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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