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Principal News Term 3, Week 8

Dear Parents,

Christ-Centred Leadership

Leadership that is inclusive, flexible and responsive

Welcome to Week Eight – it’s hard to believe how quickly our third term is racing by! It would appear that the season of Spring has sprung- our trees and shrubs are covered in buds and blossom, and the warmth of our sun during these early days of the new season, is a welcome addition. It seems like an eternity since I was with you all here at Sacred Heart, having succumbed last week to a rather debilitating episode of the dreaded Covid virus! Fortunately, our school remained in capable hands, as our Assistant Principals, Mrs Carolyn Perlini and Ms Renee Byrne-King, together with our remaining staff, kept the ship afloat!   I was very grateful for everyone’s super efforts in what was a busy and full week.  

This week, after the illnesses that had settled here at Sacred Heart, I was very fortunate enough to venture to Melbourne, together with our Leadership team, and those from our other Western Australian Catholic schools, to attend the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) Conference- an event that was last held six years ago, and as a result of Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions, was two years overdue. The event was very well supported by all states and territories, and delegates from Timor Leste, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea also joined us.

An event such as this calls for shared leadership, enthusiasm and competency from those staff who were left behind- I am extremely grateful to Mrs Julia Hill, Mrs Amanda Saraceni and Mrs Laura Taylor for their “above and beyond the call of duty” approach to ensuring the smooth running of the school in our absence! I’m sure you as parents felt well supported, and all of the extra tasks and responsibilities were happily carried out, whilst they also managed their classroom teaching obligations! Thank you ladies.  

A Catholic Pastoral Community

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

A huge thank you to our very capable and professional Parents and Friends Association volunteers who all seemed to achieve such a lovely gift that was wrapped and presented with love to all of our Sacred Heart Fathers and Dads last week! Well done everyone- and I hope the socks and chocolates were appreciated!  We met as an Executive this morning to finalise some of the financial decisions that were held off on last week, as I was absent, and our plans for the Week 10 Library work are a focus for us all, now that funds have become available for some much needed upgrades.

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

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 Statement Six of the Code of Conduct, which is that:- 

‘You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.’
 
 This statement pertains to our ethical and legal obligation to treat personal information as confidential. We protect the privacy of each member of the school community by treating the information gained in the relationship as confidential.
 
 Examples of a breach of this statement would include, but are not limited to:

Staff

  • A staff member disclosing the contact details of parents or staff to other parents or staff
  • A staff member using social media to connect with students.

 Students

  • A student taking photographs, videos or audio of people or property and disseminating information without permission.

 Parents

  • A parent disclosing personal information about staff or students.
  • A parent discussing a situation and exposing the personal information of others.

If we witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, we have both a responsibility and an obligation, to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority, and to take other action as necessary to protect students.

Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable Catholic Schooling

Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

Preparations for the 2023 Pre- Kindergarten Class are a focus for this term- if your family, or a family you know of, is interested in access to the Pre Kindy programme for next year, (2023) please make contact with the School Office- (places are limited). Interviews are currently underway and prospective new Pre Kindy students and their families will join us at next term’s Open Morning Tour in October. 

 All Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate parents have been asked to confirm their plans for the 2023 School Year, and indicate this in writing.  As this information is to assist with administrative plans for waiting enrolments and staffing levels, you are asked to ensure the completion of the forwarded Forms survey to the School Office by Friday 23rd September.

As stated in the school’s Enrolment and Fee Setting and Collection Policies, failure to provide a term’s notice in writing of a student’s withdrawal, will incur an additional term’s Tuition Fees.

In closing, can I thank you all for your wonderful efforts to determine what has been a successful and happy term here at Sacred Heart!  I extend my thanks to the staff for their attention to detail and hard work, to ensure things are always prepared and ready for our children. 

Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!

Mrs Tanya McGuire
Principal

 

Sacred Heart Primary School

Highgate

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