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Principal News Term 4, Week 6

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Week Four of this final term.

Last Friday, we gathered as a school following a slightly earlier recess break, to mark the most special of days, Remembrance Day, and I thank the Year Five Class, who under Mrs Laura Taylor’s guidance, had worked so hard to provide all our students with a ceremony that fittingly honoured the memory of those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. Lest We Forget.

On Tuesday of next week, we will welcome the 2023 Kindergarten families for their Orientation Session within their classroom. Families will be guided to our facilities by our Senior Year Six students. They will also proudly present the School Song and tour with families as we share all that Sacred Heart has to offer, and we thank your boys and girls for presenting themselves as the “finished product” as senior student leaders!

The Sacred Heart Primary School Advisory Council (SAC) and Parents and Friends Group (P and F) will gather next Wednesday 23rd November at 6.00pm in the Hall, to conduct their respective Annual Community Meetings.

The ACM is where the presentation of the 2023 Budget and 2023 School Fee Schedule is made, and additionally, the election of ordinary members to the School Advisory Council, and the Executive members to the Parents and Friends Group take place.

Outgoing members of both these parent bodies will be farewelled and acknowledged at this year’s Concert and Prize Night on Friday 2nd December. On a personal note, I wish to acknowledge the very generous service offered by parents in our school community, who have volunteered their time, and wish to contribute so positively to our journey together in providing a “Sacred Heart” education for our boys and girls.  It continues to be a very real pleasure to work with so many of our parents who are committed to serve the school, in order for all children to benefit. Well done everyone!

I would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and contributions that our representatives of these two bodies made to our school’s recent Quality Catholic Education School Review (QCESR), and thank them for their participation in the visiting Panel discussions.

Yesterday afternoon I was provided with a verbal summary of the Report that the Panel will conclude writing in the coming days, and this Report will then be presented to the Executive Director of Catholic Education WA, Dr Debra Sayce.  I will be invited to participate in discussions with Debra within the next couple of weeks, and will return to share with you all, a summary of the School’s Review. However, in our discussions yesterday afternoon, all panel members expressed how delightful our students were, acknowledged our school’s data and student growth, and confirmed how positive our school environment and community is- these compliments reflect your dedication, and I certainly hope that everyone is happy to take this positive affirmation for their work and dedication here at Sacred Heart.  Once again, a huge thank you to everyone for what has been a very big process, at probably our busiest time of the year!

Learning

Learning from our experiences

As our term comes to its final weeks, teachers are busily attending to assessments and the analysis of our boys’ and girls’ progress. This is in preparation for the Semester Two Reports, that will be issued online to all families, during the pupil free week following the close of school for our boys and girls after the conclusion of this Term for students on Friday 9th December at 3.00pm.  This enables our staff to continue with the teaching and the presentation of content and concepts, until the very end of this term. Please ensure your login details and passwords are known from Semester One, to ensure Reports can be accessed. A text message will be sent to all families, alerting them to when these are going to be available.  A special thank you to our class and specialist staff, for their work in preparing for Reporting, and the analysis of any in class assessments.

Engagement

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

Our Parents and Friends continue with their hard work to assist Mrs Leonie Wyre and our staff with preparations for the upcoming 2022 Art Exhibition and Auction scheduled for 7.00pm next Friday 25th November.

We look forward to this adult only evening to be enjoyed in the school’s Hall, involving canapes, grazing boards and cocktails! I’m sure your Class Representatives have provided you with further details. The event is greatly anticipated, and the following day, will see the Exhibition open to our boys and girls, where they’ll enjoy an icy pole and some lawn games and Art activities!  Please ensure you get your very reasonable tickets, at just $10.00.

Following next week’s Exhibition, the concluding events that are such a special part of this coming Advent Season, will be occupying much of the children’s following days. Many of our parents may need an additional reminder that the celebration of our 2022 school year together, our 2022 Concert and Prize Night will take place on the School Oval on Friday evening, 2nd December from 6.30pm sharp.  All the necessary details about costumes, gates and access have been directly communicated to all families and today’s Newsletter will have an abridged version of these important reminders.

It promises to be a wonderful evening for all to enjoy. Parents are asked to remain at the back of the seating area if they are going to be using chairs, and those on rugs will be prioritised at the front of the family section, to allow for the best viewing.

We await the performances of the Nativity story we all know so well, by our Year One students, with much anticipation. The occasion will provide all families with the opportunity to come together and acknowledge the hard work and beautiful voices and acting skills of our boys and girls, who will shine in the Arts Learning Area as they perform dance and sing for all!

Family events at school when children are in attendance, are alcohol free evenings, as the potential for injury (eg broken glass) is ever present. The children in Years K-6 will be sitting in their class groups with their teachers, both before, and after their performances, until the conclusion of the night, at approx. 8.30pm.  Families are welcomed and encouraged to join us for the evening!

Both of these out of hours occasions have called for preparation by our staff, at what is a busy time of year- I’m sure you will join me in expressing your gratitude for their devotion to their work.

The Sacred Heart Primary School Advisory Council (SAC) and Parents and Friends Association (P and F) will gather next Wednesday 23rd November at 6.00pm in the Hall, to conduct their respective Annual Community Meetings. The ACM is where the presentation of the 2023 Budget and School Fee Schedule is made, and additionally, the election of ordinary members to the School Advisory Council, and the Executive members to the Parents and Friends Group will take place.  Thank you to those families who will be able to join us.  

The Place of the School Advisory Council in Catholic Schools

The work of the Council takes place within the context of the work of the Catholic Church, educating its young people in the Catholic faith and for full participation in society. Key principles underpinning this are partnership and service.

Role of the School Advisory Council in a Catholic School

The Council is responsible to the Conference of Bishops through CECWA for planning, the financial management of the School and to provide advice on policy formation.

The overall role of the Council is to help the school fulfill its educational responsibilities in accordance with the constitution, the policies, guidelines and practices of CECWA and diocesan guidelines.

Functions of the Council

The Council shall carry out the following functions in pursuit of its objectives:

  • planning for the present and future operation of the school
  • providing membership on selection panels for the employment of staff to the school in accordance with CECWA policy;
  • providing membership on the panel which recommends the appointment of a Principal in accordance with CECWA policy;
  • disseminating information about the school and about Catholic education to persons and organisations in the local Catholic community;
  • liaising in all matters relating to the financial management of the school with persons and organisations in the local Catholic community;
  • managing all finances associated with the School; and
  • advising the Principal with respect to School policy.

Council Focus

The Council is entrusted with the duty of planning, on behalf of the school community, with the school staff (through the Principal) and with the CECWA to meet the present and future needs of the students.

Although the Council has no authority in the internal operation of the school, it is a legitimate function of the Council to provide an advisory service to the Principal and staff with respect to policy formation and review. In carrying out this role, the Council is advisory, rather than operational or administrative. The Council’s sole connection to the operation of the school is through the Principal.

The Council has no managerial responsibility for the staff, this being delegated to the Principal by the Bishop of the Diocese. Again, the School Council should be a clear sign of the partnership between parish and school, parents and staff, the school and Catholic education as a whole, and between the school community and the broader Church community and society.

Criteria for Membership of the Council

  • possession of an enthusiasm for, and a willingness to promote Catholic schooling;
  • a deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff;
  • a desire to give service to the Catholic school community;
  • an ability to work co-operatively and constructively with all other members of the Council;
  • sufficiency of time to devote to Council duties;
  • an ability and desire to uphold confidentiality in Council matters; and
  • possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Council.

Council members provide a service in the Christian tradition, and they serve the School Community according to their particular skills- it is a shared ministry. As such, it draws upon the shared wisdom of its members, working together as Christians both to support the ethos of the Catholic School, and to provide the material needs of the school. School Council members need to be well informed about relevant educational issues. They need time to reflect and think on matters to be discussed, and they need to prepare thoroughly for each meeting. This year, a number of positions on both the Council and The Parents and Friends Association Executive become vacant, and nominations will be called for. If parents are seeking additional information, they are asked to contact the me via the School Office.

Accountability

Taking responsibility for the quality of our work

Parents are reminded of the need to have addressed all outstanding 2022 School Fees by the end of November and details of these outstanding fees have been sent. Please correspond about financial matters to our School Bursar, Mrs Linda Robertson on the email address  linda.robertson@cewa.edu.au or  finance@shpsh.wa.edu.au  or alternatively, by phone 92532502. (Please note the new dedicated Finance number)

Discipleship

Living out the teachings of Jesus

This Sunday, our Church will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.

Lord God, King of Heaven and Earth, We worship you! We Praise You! We give you glory! Amen.

In closing, I leave you all with a Prayer for Remembrance Day-

God our Father, your Son Jesus gave up His life to free us from the power of sin and death.
He showed us that the greatest love is in giving up one’s life for others.
Today we remember those who fought and died for our freedom.
We ask you to bless and console them together with their families.
Help us to understand the sacrifices they made in leaving their loved ones to face the horrors of war. May we never forget their generosity.
May your Holy Spirit give us the courage to resist evil in all its forms and show us how to be peacemakers through prayer and action, lest we forget those who fought, suffered and died that we might have the freedom and peace we enjoy today.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Thank you everyone for your continued efforts to contribute to all that is Sacred Heart! This Term continues as a busy one, and through everyone’s hard work and organisation, our children’s learning experiences are positive and productive. On a personal note, I wish to acknowledge the very generous service offered by parents in our school community, who have volunteered their time, and wish to contribute so positively to our journey together in providing a “Sacred Heart” education for our boys and girls.  It continues to be a very real pleasure to work with so many of our parents who are committed to serve the school, in order for all children to benefit. Our sense of responsibility to the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, as we continue the wonderful work they began here at Highgate 125 years ago, is only possible when we combine our strengths and talents to provide an authentic Catholic education for our boys and girls, and a continued sense of community, for all families and staff. Well done everyone!

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