ISSUE 17: 25th June 2021
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students & Staff
Lord Jesus Christ, light of this world, thank you for the hope you have given us.
Help us to give our worries to you and, above all, to trust in your unfailing love.
For you have promised us “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
God, our protector, let us trust in you to carry us through this time of uncertainty.
Whatever tomorrow may bring, we will praise your name.
Students and staff have had a fantastic day today celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart. A big thank you to all families for your generous donations to support those in need within our community. Here is a message from Sister Patricia Fitzgibbons - "Many thanks Sacred Heart for the wonderful donations that we received for the Sunraysia Regional Assistance Centre, St Vincent de Paul Society, at the very moving Mass this morning. I was very impressed with all the work that had obviously gone into celebrating your School's Feast day." Thanks to our canteen staff and parent helpers for setting up for lunch and to the Knights of the Soutern Cross for cooking hamburgers. Students enjoyed Family Group Activities throughout the day and our Year Six students took on the staff at lunch time in games of Rugby and Netball. A great way to finish the term. Well done to all!
Thank you to all families for your hard work, commitment and dedication to supporting your children and our school community throughout Term Two. We have worked our way through various challenges throughout the term and have continued to see lots of positive learning happening across all year levels. Have a well deserved break and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.
Term Three commences for all staff and students on Monday, 12th July. We look forward to a rewarding and positive term ahead.
At the beginning of Term Three, we welcome the following new staff to Sacred Heart - Sarah Beckwith (Year Five Classroom Teacher), Kerryn Weaver (Year Four Classroom Teacher Monday & Tuesday), Christine Sherry (Intervention/Boost Teacher) & Clare Taylor (Performing Arts Teacher). We look forward to them joining our staff team and the Sacred Heart school community.
The Region Cross Country is being held in St Arnaud on Tuesday, 13th July (Term 3 Week 1). We wish the following students all the best: Charlie Spratt, Henry Guthrie, Max Gaylard, Olivia Alvey, Remi McClelland, Maya De Rosa, Mia Hards, Thomas O’Callaghan, Rafferty Wiseman, George Miller, Tanner Strong, Darcy Collins, Isabel Alvey, Mollie O’Callaghan & Sadie Woollard. Mr O'Callaghan will be attending this event. Please contact Ryan if you have any questions. Parents please give permission for your child to attend via PAM.
Division Netball & Soccer is being held on Wednesday, 14th July (Term 3 Week 1). Our boys & girls Netball teams and boys Soccer team are competing on this day. Mrs Campbell & Mr Burford will attend with our Netball teams and Mr Barbary will attend with our Soccer team. Netball is being held at Sarah Oval and Soccer is being held at the Aerodrome Ovals. Parents please give permission for your child to attend via PAM.
Division Football & Hockey is being held on Friday, 16th July (Term 3 Week 1). Our boys & girls Football teams and boys & girls Hockey teams are competing. Mr Burford & Mr Barbary will attend with our Football teams and Mrs Beckwith & Miss Madden will attend with our Hockey teams. Football is being held at the Aerodrome Ovals and Hockey at the Sunraysia Hockey Centre. Parents please give permission for your child to attend via PAM. We wish our teams all the best on both Wednesday & Friday.
Thanks to Wahroonga for hosting today's Assembly. They all did an amazing job! Illawarra will be hosting our first Assembly of Term 3, which will be held in the Stadium at 2.30pm on Friday, 16th July.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day is planned for Friday, 23rd July (Week 2). We will confirm arrangments for this day in the first week of Term 3.
Have a great break everyone.
In God we trust.
Ryan O’Callaghan (Deputy Principal)
Religious Education News
Nangare & Eumeralla will attend the Parish Mass in the first week of Term 3 on Wednesday, 14th July.
Levi McClellend, Max Fleri, Ivy Hunt & Darcy Collins will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, 16th July at 6pm. We wish them all the best for this special occasion.
Ryan O'Callaghan (Religious Education Leader)
Learning Diversity & Wellbeing News
At SHPS we make adjustments to support the needs of our students. Students who have a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) are supported with adjustments specific to their imputed (assign, attribute) or diagnosed learning disability. Our teachers and school teams use their professional judgement, based on evidence, to determine the level of adjustment each student is currently being provided with. There are the four levels of adjustments referred to in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).
In the NCCD, the four levels of adjustment are: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice (QDTP), supplementary adjustments, substantial adjustments, and extensive adjustments.
QDTP - Students are supported through active monitoring and adjustments that are not greater than those used to meet the needs of diverse learners. These adjustments are provided through usual school processes, without drawing on additional resources.
Supplementary - Students are provided with adjustments that are supplementary to the strategies and resources already available for all students within the school. Adjustments occur for particular activities at specific times throughout the week.
Substantial - Students who have more substantial support needs are provided with essential adjustments and considerable adult assistance. Adjustments to the usual educational program occur at most times on most days.
Extensive - Students with disability and very high support needs are provided with extensive targeted measures and sustained levels of intensive support. These adjustments are highly individualised, comprehensive and ongoing. Adjustments to the regular educational program occur at all times.
Holiday reading -
What the research says about screens.
Learning & Teaching News
Please be advised that you can no longer cancel lunch orders online. This has come about due to parents running a continuous credit and not using this up on the next lunch order placed.
If you require to cancel an order, please phone the office (50231204) during school hours. Your label will be given to the canteen and you may use this order on another day, by phoning the school and placing that order. This will only be valid for one month.
If when logging onto your account you see that you have a credit, please use the credit and not pay with a Credit Card. All current credits will be valid until the end of this Term (25th June). If unused they will be not valid after that date.
To use a credit on your account you order your child’s lunch as normal. Once you have submitted your order, the option to use the credit on your account will come up in the payment section. Please be aware you cannot use Bank Transfer, only Credit Card to pay any balance owing after the credit has been used.
Prep Unit News
Prep Unit Team Contact Details
- Unit Leader: Mrs Rebecca O'Callaghan
- Cooinda (Year Prep): Mrs Rebecca O'Callaghan
- Wahroonga (Year Prep): Miss Courtney Sheridan
Junior Unit News
Congratulations on a successful Term Parents and Students. We hope that your break is restful and enjoyable.
We would like to thank our parents, students and Literacy helpers for a fantastic term and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 3.
Today we farewell Jed Willis and Raquel Vieira. You have left an imprint on all our hearts and will be missed.
Thank you Mrs Driscoll. Your cake was delicious and looked amazing!
Term three brings our Sacred Heart Athletics Day, Grandparents Day, Junior Unit Social, Assemblies, Book Week, Year One Stay Back and Year Two Sleepover. We are looking forward to experiencing all the excitement the next Term has to offer.
Just a reminder that Year 1 children have access to Reading Eggs and PM eCollections should you require additional reading materials during the holidays.
Junior Unit Team Contact Details
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- Unit Leader: Mrs Katrina Groves
- Karinya (Year 1): Mrs Chris Carmichael
- Barramunga (Year 1): Mrs Katrina Groves (Monday-Thursday) & Mrs Wendy Collins (Friday)
- Bundaleer (Year 1): Mrs Maree Irvin (Tuesday-Friday) & Mrs Wendy Collins (Monday)
- Waminda (Year 2): Miss Georgina Hewitt
- Kyema (Year 2): Mrs Kim Taylor
Middle Unit News
Well done to all students in the Middle Unit on a very successful term of learning. We hope that families have a restful break and look forward to seeing everyone back at school in Term 3.
We also thank Mrs Willis for all her work in the Middle Unit! We wish her and her family all the best as she moves to Bendigo. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Weaver to our unit next term.
Middle Unit Team Contact Details
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- Unit Leader: Miss Sophie Price
- Amaroo (Year 3): Mrs Xana Priestley
- Yongana (Year 3): Mrs Cathy Rowles
- Mootwingee (Year 3): Miss Sophie Price
- Minga (Year 4): Mrs Natalee Johnson
- Eumeralla (Year 4): Mrs Maria Beer
- Nangare (Year 4): Mrs Jacqui Willis (Monday-Wednesday) & Mrs Emma Kostiakis (Thursday-Friday)
Senior Unit News
Farewell Miss Niutta
Below are some reflections from a few students from Myalla about their teacher Miss Niutta.
Miss Niutta has been an amazing teacher for this semester. She has helped me a lot with all the subjects we have been learning and has taught me so much since the start of the year. One thing I enjoyed about Miss Niutta is the way she teaches because she always explains things so that I can understand what she’s talking about. Another thing I enjoy about Miss Niutta is her generosity. She is always kind and always speaks in a friendly manner. I'm sad that Miss Niutta is going because I have had such a good semester while she has been my teacher. Thanks for all the support not just to me but to all of Myalla we will miss you and goodluck with the baby.
- Written by Aidan Njegovan
The students in Myalla are experiencing a sad and exciting time as Miss Niutta is leaving this term to go on maternity leave, to have a gorgeous little baby.
We are so sad to see you leave but we know you will be back. I would like to say thanks for this semester, you have taught us so much! I would especially like to thank you for your help with division algorithms which I now find easy and my creative writing.
We wish you all the best at this special time and thanks again for the wonderful semester we spent together.
- Written by Alice Siale
Miss Nuitta is an amazing teacher to have. She has made Myalla a really fun class to be a part of for semester 1. Myalla will miss Miss Nuitta when she leaves. Thank you for teaching us this semester and on behalf of Myalla we wish you all the best.
- Written by Mia Hards
Thank you Miss Niutta for being an awesome teacher for Myallla this semester. We wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your new baby. Thankyou for being an amazing teacher and helping us to learn.
- Written by Harper Roberts
Year Six and Prep Buddy Activity
The Year Six students have really enjoyed spending some time helping their Prep buddy complete their weather report over the last two weeks
Senior Unit Team Contact Details
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- Unit Leader: Mrs Jo Campbell
- Myalla (Year 5): Mrs Bianca Niutta
- Illawarra (Year 5): Miss Belinda Zappia
- Narooma (Year 6): Mrs Jo Campbell
- Dourim (Year 6): Mr Corey Barbary
Student Leadership Groups
Make time these holidays for reading! Enjoy the time with your family, and curl up with a great book or two! Research says that just 15 mins a day of reading can make a positive impact on your child’s learning.
Most children have borrowed a few extra books from the library for over the holidays. Please ensure these are returned early next term. Perhaps make sure the children keep them in library books when not reading!
Our library also has access to nearly 2000 eBooks, which can be ‘borrowed’ by students to download and read on any device. Students in Year 3-6 will be able to log in to our school library via the ‘Orbit’ or ‘Oliver’ links on the student homepage.
To access eBooks, students will need to click on the ‘Sora’ link below to take you to a website.
Alternatively, the Sora app is available on Google Play and the App store and can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets.
Follow these steps:
- Click or copy and paste the following URL https://soraapp.com/welcome
- Select the SET UP CODE: nswprimaryau.
- Scroll to find Sacred Heart Primary School. Log in with Google
- eBooks can be searched for and read straight from Sora or from Oliver and Orbit.
Semester One Year 3/4 Class Captains
Congratulations to our Year 3&4 Class Captains for Semester One. Great job!
Term Two Principal Awards
Congratulations to our Term Two Principal Award recipients.