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. I look forward to seeing many parents visiting Sacred Heart next week for the open classrooms sessions.
Leadership that is inclusive, flexible, and responsive
What a fabulous celebration of “Excellence” we experienced at Assembly this morning, as our beautiful Kindergarten boys and girls stole the show with their lovely singing! Thank you, Miss Boyes, Mrs Blanchard and Miss Sandon for their wonderful work with the children, and their support of the performance. Our boys and girls certainly enjoyed the opportunity to entertain their parents and grandparents!
In addition, those wonderful areas of celebration of all learning at Sacred Heart were featured as we presented Choir members, Chess players, Athletes, Netballers, Library readers, STEM Showcase winners, and our Science Week Innovators with recognition! Enjoy the remainder of today’s Newsletter which also features last week’s wonderful 2023 Faction Athletics Carnival. Thank you to Mr Geoff Mason and our staff for their work in ensuring a successful day!
I was very happy to be able to join our Sisters of the Lady of the Missions, and former Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Highgate, Fr Peter Bianchini this week, for the Rededication and Blessing of the Marian Grotto in our grounds here at Highgate. This refurbishment project has been funded by the Sisters and will ensure our families and staff have a beautiful and reflective space once again, to visit for prayer and contemplation.
As this term comes to an end, together with Mrs Carolyn Perlini, I will accompany our Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, on their pilgrimage over the upcoming school holidays to retrace the footsteps of their foundress, Euphrasie Barbier in France and England. It is an opportunity to come to an understanding of the inspiring, rich and courageous story of Euphrasie, and how this story is continued in the lives of the RNDM Sisters and their partners in Mission today. Of course, an event such as this calls for shared leadership, enthusiasm and competency from those staff who will be left behind- I am extremely grateful to Ms Renee Byrne-King, (Assistant Principal), who together with our other staff will ensure their “above and beyond the call of duty” approach to ensuring the smooth running of the school in our absence during part of the upcoming last week of this term! I’m sure you as parents will continue to feel well supported, as all the extra tasks and responsibilities will be happily carried out, whilst they also manage their classroom teaching obligations! Thank you everyone.
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 of a delicious Bacon and Egg Roll Breakfast presented with love to all of our Sacred Heart Fathers, Father figures and Dads last week! Well done everyone- and I know your efforts were greatly appreciated!
We look forward to the continuing preparations for the Colour Fun Run on the last day of term, Friday 22nd September. Wednesday and Friday spot prizes are proving to be very popular!
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:
- A staff member disclosing the contact details of parents or staff to other parents or staff
- A staff member uses social media to connect with students.
- A student taking photographs, videos or audio of people or property, and disseminating information without permission.
- 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 2024 Pre-Kindergarten Class remain our 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, (2024) please make contact with the School Office- (places are limited to 20 students). Interviews are currently underway and prospective new Pre Kindy students and their families will join us at next term’s Open Morning Tour in the spring.
All Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate parents have been asked to confirm their plans for the 2024 School Year and indicate this in writing, via the Forms link that has been sent to all families. As this information is to assist with administrative plans for waiting for enrolments and staffing levels, you were asked to ensure the completion of the forwarded Forms survey to the School Office by the end of this week.
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 Fee.
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!
Many thanks and God Bless
Mrs Tanya McGuire