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Principal News Term 3, Week 4

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Week Four – we’ve nearly reached the half way mark of our third Term together, and anticipate many wonderful activities and occasions over the coming weeks, and we embrace some of our greatly anticipated events like continued Sacramental celebrations, Athletics training and over coming weeks, very special events like next Wednesday’s 2022 STEM Careers Expo,  and  the following week’s Book Week Parade and Fair !

The winter chills are taking their toll on our children and staff, and many have succumbed to illness this week- please remember that children need rest, warmth and isolation to recover fully.  I’m sure parents will appreciate the need for children to remain at home until they are well, as infectious diseases and viruses are spread easily in a school environment. Children are not to come to school if they are sick. Their learning is hampered if they are not feeling well, and it can be distressing for them to be in a classroom if they have not been able to rest as they recover.

Additionally, Winter jumpers and tracksuit tops are needed at school every day, together with all other correct uniform items. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to adhere to our school’s requirements outlined in the Uniform Policy and Grooming guidelines.


Learning from our experiences

We look forward to remaining busy over the coming weeks of this term and remind parents/carers that the education of students is a partnership between home and school, and as such, we encourage and welcome open and respectful communication with you about your child’s progress and development. Nightly obligations to reading aloud, practising spelling words and sounds, and times tables learning, all continue.

Next week, our school will enjoy the challenges of celebrating National Science Week– Mrs Carolyn Perlini has some exciting events and activities planned for our children as we gather for the STEM Careers Expo and dress up as a STEM Career that they aspire to on Wednesday 17th August!  We care delighted to be able to showcase our school at this event, when we will be hosting visitors from CEWA and surrounding catholic schools,  together with featuring  wonderful presentations by our parent volunteers,  and staff from educational facilities, universities, mining companies and  other WA STEM organisations!

At this time of the year as Week Six approaches, we are preparing to celebrate 2022 Book Week with its associated activities, displays and a Dress up Parade. As such, the purchase of the shortlisted titles, and our associated Book Fair via Beaufort St Books will be conducted during that time, and we all look forward to  experiencing  this year’s theme, “Dreaming with Eyes Wide Open!”. Our Parade  will take place on Monday 22nd  August. Please see the details in the flyer that accompanies your child next week.

A special thank you to our parents who are able to support their children’s participation in the  Running Club on Monday mornings, and Athletics Training sessions that take place on Tuesday mornings (from 7.30am sharp- 8.30am). Miss Witkowski, together with Mr Moore, are keen for our boys and girls to achieve their best, and this is only possible with concerted practice and opportunities to increase fitness- well done everyone!

Our 400m races (for Years 3-6), the Jumps and Throw Carnival events, and the Athletics track and games events are all scheduled for later this term. “Preparation makes for positive performances” 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.


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

The community of Sacred Heart Primary School is traditionally alive and vibrant, thanks to the support given by our parent community.  At Sacred Heart we value the partnership between the 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. Some ways for this assistance and parental engagement to be undertaken is through participation in planned excursions, incursions and workshops.

On Friday 2nd September, the P and F Association will gather and work hard to provide a special gift for our Fathers! Our P and F meeting scheduled for Wednesday 24th August will see a summary of the very successful Christmas in July event, presented- this wonderful occasion is able to assist the school in some upgrades to our Library storage and display items, and we remain very grateful for everyone’s hard work and many hours of preparation! It was truly a fun evening together for so many, after the restrictions to social occasions that Covid had previously placed on everyone!  Previous funds raised by our P and F Association have been directed to new furnishings, (specifically, seating)  for our upper classrooms, and these chairs are expected to arrive on Monday, with new tables also heading this way very soon.


Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

School Advisory Board Information– Together with our school Bursar, Mrs Linda Robertson and our School Board Finance sub Committee, Mrs Erin Sullivan and Mr Nick Muriale, we remain focused on the monitoring of the 2022 School Budget, having recently completed the federal and state census documents, as our funding income is calculated in this way. Thank you to those families who have maintained their commitments to their 2022 School Fees.

Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct
In previous Newsletters, we have looked at 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 the second statement of the Code of Conduct, which is that
 ‘We give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all our behaviour and decision making’.   

We will all be meeting the standard of this statement if we ensure that the safety and well-being of students is the primary focus of our actions and decisions, and takes precedence over other considerations.

Examples of behaviours by parents that meet this standard include but are not limited to:

  • A parent only driving other students, having been provided with the necessary parental permission.
  • A parent adhering to all school policies and procedures.
  • A parent listening to concerns reported to them, about their child.

Examples of behaviours by students that meet this standard include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-bullying behaviour
  • Listening to safety instructions
  • Using equipment in a safe manner
  • Engaging in safe behaviour

Examples of behaviours by staff that meet this standard include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning adequately for all learning activities, and in particular, ensuring excursions and incursions plans are meeting required policy guidelines
  • Undertaking duty supervision as required and directed

Our school staff experience ongoing professional development on this Code of Conduct, and have discussed ways in which we display behaviours that meet each statement of this Code.

Parents are reminded of the need to ensure the School Office is kept informed about any changes to usual collectors of their children, and additionally, adhering to previously communicated instructions about exiting the Mary St Drive Through gate, by only turning left. 

Parents are also reminded of the need to ensure their child arrives and is collected punctually from classrooms each day.


Living out the teachings of Jesus

This past week has seen our children experience very positive Liturgical experiences within the School Hall, and not as large groups within the Church. Next Monday, as the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated we are reminded of the very special role that was afforded to Mary as Jesus’ mother, when she was assumed into heaven, body and soul. 

On Saturday 20th August at 6.00pm, our senior students in Year Six, will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. This has necessitated the children participating in their Parent Child Workshop on Wednesday evening, and yesterday, together with Ms Renee Byrne-King and  Mrs Carol Panaia, the students undertook their retreat at St Mary’s Cathedral.  We thank parents for their support of the children at this special time of preparation, and also acknowledge the second group of First Holy Communicants from Year Four, who will be in attendance at this Sunday morning’s 9.00am Mass.  We look forward to the photos of these happy and special times in our children’s faith journeys. 

In closing, can I ask that we all “strap in tightly ” for a busy next few weeks of this term.

I envisage happy events like the upcoming Athletics Carnivals,  as continued opportunities for you to support your children’s primary education experience.

Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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