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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 including next Friday’s Book Week Parade for 2019. This year’s theme is “Reading is my Secret Power!…..” and our boys and girls will participate in some wonderful activities to go with this year’s short listed titles.

Our Book Week titles have been able to be purchased from Beaufort St Books, using our reward token credits that are gained as a result of the Book Fairs the Parents and Friends Association conduct in partnership with our local business – we are very grateful for your support, and the resulting benefits for all. Jane from Beaufort St Books will be in our Library over coming days, preparing for next Wednesday’s Book Fair, when children and their parents can purchase items for home, or for donation to our Sacred Heart Primary School Library.

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 communication with you about your child’s progress and development.

A special thank you to our parents who are able to support their children’s participation in the Athletics Training sessions that will take place on Monday mornings (from 7.45am sharp- 8.30am) and afternoons (from 3.00pm-3.45pm).  Miss Witkowski is 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.


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

The community of Sacred Heart School is alive and vibrant, thanks to the support given by the 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.  At Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate, parent support is considered vital and parents are encouraged to fully involve themselves in the life of the school.

This month, we shift our focus to our next P and F Association event for our children and their families- the Fathers Day Breakfast on Friday 31st August.  Please come along with your children to enjoy a complimentary breakfast  for all, and coffee from the van (for our Dads only, not children), and some great vehicles to be viewed on the oval from 7.30am.  Parents are going to be asked to RSVP, to assist with catering preparations. A special menu for children will be provided, with an alternative for our dads, and a hot drink from the Coffee van!

Please see in today’s newsletter, information about the much anticipated move to online Canteen ordering! We hope the launch of this option will minimise stress and details that can become a burden on busy mornings- our thanks to Ms Antoinette Torre for her willingness to adopt this initiative for our families. Please ensure you follow the link to register.


Taking responsibility for the quality of our work.

Preparations for the 2020 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, (2020) please make contact with the School Office- (places are limited). Interviews are scheduled for the coming weeks of this term, and I hope to be supported in this work, by our parish priest, Father Mark Payton.

Together with our school Bursar, Mrs Linda Robertson and our School Board Treasurer, Mr Michael Binetti, we remain focused on the prepartions of the 2019 Mid Year Review of our Budget.

The Mid Year Budget review, is when expected expenditure and income is calculated for the remainder of the year. As always, the anticipated sources of income for all schools is vital to our operation, and I remind parents of the need to attend to the most recent School Fees statements that were issued over the July School Holidays. Additionally, parents are reminded of their commitment to their chosen payment plans, and the associated due dates for instalments.

Sacred Heart Primary School Code of Conduct
In previous Newsletters, we looked at the first statement 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, with their 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

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.


Living out the teachings of Jesus.

This past week has seen our children experience very positive Liturgical experiences, with the Assumption Day whole school Mass being celebrated yesterday, and we were led by the Year One class.  Thank you to all parents for their attendance and support of their children, and to our staff, including Mrs Laura Taylor and our choir, and of course, our other staff for their preparations and support of our boys and girls.

Preparations continue for the senior students as they approach the Sacrament of Confirmation which is planned for Saturday 7th September at 6.00pm. They will participate in their Retreat at St Mary’s Cathedral and their Parent child workshop on Thursday evening.

The opportunity for our children to take an active role of service and commitment as a witness within their parish is very important, and as they approach this more independent phase of their journey, we acknowledge their commitment and devotion to their faith.

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

I envisage happy events like Friday’s Book Week Parade, the upcoming Athletics Carnivals, Sacraments and this term’s Learning Journeys as continued opportunities for you to support your children’s Primary education experience.

Enjoy a happy and restful weekend together!

Many thanks and God Bless

Mrs Tanya McGuire


Sacred Heart Primary School


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