ISSUE 30: 22nd October 2021
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
God of the protective fold, God of the abundant life: you did not form us
to live in fear of others
or in want of simple joys.
In your keep may we find
the abundance you came to provide: a constant supply of the love we need and an ever-opening expanse
of a life that is ours to explore.
~ The Corrymeela Community
Welcome back to our students today! The school was abuzz with excitement on their return this morning and it was wonderful to see so many happy, smiling faces.
Again, we thank you for your understanding and partnership during these uncertain times. We have been blessed to have you supporting us during our Remote Learning efforts.
It is time now to enjoy what is in front of us. Let’s be optimistic about the next eight weeks of Term Four and look forward to connecting, engaging and enjoying school life in it’s best form. And that is here, face to face and working alongside one another.
Our staff are very aware that some students require extra support as they return and we are monitoring each child’s progress closely. If you feel your child is experiencing high anxiety please communicate with your child’s teacher. We will aim to put in the necessary support for the children to make the transition back to school a little easier.
2022 Classroom Structure, Transition and Class Placement.
Over recent times significant planning has been undertaken in regards to the 2022 school year. Part of this has been making decisions around classroom structure, transition and class placement. An important note is attached outlining our formal processes.
Parents have the opportunity to contribute to this process via the Class Placement Survey which can be picked up from the front office and needs to be returned in a sealed envelope by Friday, 29th October. In regards to placement of students in classrooms. If parents have any classroom placement considerations for their child it will be very important that you read the note.
In regards to our classroom structure our main change will be that our current Grade 4 group will be divided into only two groupings rather than three making all Year 5 and 6 groupings having 27 students. Across the week we will have 2-3 additional experienced part-time teachers available ensuring at all times for their classroom learning an extra teacher is available to support students in the senior unit.
School Advisory Council (SAC) Annual General Meeting (AGM)
On the evening of Wednesday 3rd November the SHPS School Advisory Council (SAC) Annual General Meetings (AGM) will take place at 6.00pm. We have vacancies for Parent Representatives on SAC, if you are interested in joining, please collect nomination forms from the front office and return them completed by Friday 29th October.
At our AGM we have a guest speaker Leah Wiseman who is a parent at Sacred Heart and is currently the
Director of Mental Health at Albury Wodonga Health and is also working at Lime Therapy. Leah will be talking to those who attend around the theme ‘Reconnection After COVID’. This is very relevant as we strive to make our school community stronger after a few disrupted years. We hope that we have many from our community in attendance.
Duct Tape a Teacher to the Wall
This Mission Month event will now be held this Friday, 29th October. Students will be able to buy a 1 metre strip of duct tape for $2 to tape a teacher to the wall. We are asking that families purchase their pieces of tape through CDF Pay before Thursday evening at 5pm. Cash won’t be accepted. The number of teachers taped to the wall will depend on the amount of tape pieces that are purchased. Voting is currently very close between Mrs Taylor, Mr O’Callaghan and myself. Voting will close Wednesday at 4pm: Which staff member do you want to duct tape to the wall?
It has come to our attention that some students in the school may have head lice. I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair and in those instances where head lice or eggs are found, treating your child’s hair before returning to school. To help us identify classes where head lice is present we encourage you to inform the school.
Pupil Free Day Date Change
Our Pupil Free Day that was scheduled to occur on Friday 5th November has been cancelled. This day has been moved to Wednesday 15th December. This will mean that the last day for students in 2021 will now be Tuesday 14th December. Please note also that Monday 1st November is a normal school day and Tuesday 2nd November is the Melbourne Cup public holiday.
2021 School Fees
Thank you to everyone who has paid their school fees. Reminder to the families who opted for payment by term or year that these accounts should have been paid in full by the end of Term 3.
2022 Fee Commitment Packs
All families who haven’t already received should have today received their 2022 fee commitment packs. Please complete and return in the plastic pockets provided ASAP.
We are asking that any iPads and chargers that were sent home for Remote Learning are returned. If you have forgotten to do this can you please do so ASAP.
With students returning to school we know that many students, parents and staff may feel anxious due to the current situation in Mildura. We are fully committed to doing all we can to protect the safety and wellbeing of all in our community. Please read the important information below in regards to how we can work as a community to minimise risks to members of our community as we return to school.
Return to School Arrangements - Minimising Risk to Our Community
As students start returning to school we know that many students, parents and staff may feel anxious due to the current situation in Mildura. It is a certainty that Coronavirus will still be present in the community, but as a school, we all need to be fully committed to doing all we can to protect the safety and wellbeing of all in our community. Below we have some important points that we hope provides some reassurance to families. The guidelines we are required to follow aim to minimise risk so that if cases do present in a school community our safety measures taken would hopefully mean only a few people or a class are impacted by isolation. This is much better than what we have been experiencing over the last two years.
Supporting Primary School Children Return to Onsite Learning
Do you have questions about the safety and logistics of a COVID-safe return to school? This webinar from the Royal Children’s Hospital looks at how we can support students returning to school from lockdown. The panel features experts in COVID-safe practices for children, mental health and educational development. To watch this video please click on the link below:
Masks for students in Years 3 - 6 are now mandated in indoor settings, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID as on-site learning recommences over the coming weeks. We have a limited supply of child-sized masks in each classroom. Please send your child with their own mask with their name clearly written on it. Masks are strongly recommended for students in Foundation – Year 2 in indoor settings, but will not be mandatory.
Face masks, along with other preventative measures, improve the safety of the school environment and contribute to reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the school community and the wider community. To be effective, a face mask must be worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth. Face shields, scarves or bandanas do not meet these requirements.
Staff and students who are unable to wear a face mask due to the nature of their disability, medical or mental health condition may be exempt from wearing a mask. Further details are available on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website:
We ask that those students from Year 3-6 who are exempt provide a letter to the school. It can be emailed to email@example.com If the school has no evidence of medical reasons the school may request documentation from a doctor.
Parents Accessing School Grounds
Parents are able to enter the school grounds to drop off and collect students. It is a requirement that visitors wear masks and socially distance themselves from others, but we strongly advise against parents gathering outside classrooms for more than 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, parents will be required to check in via the QR codes provided outside each classroom door. When entering any school building the QR check in is a requirement.
As a staff, we are very conscious of maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres between ourselves and other staff members or adults. Where practicable we also encourage this between adults and students and between students themselves. Seating has been arranged in confined spaces for staff and visitors to promote appropriate physical distancing. Larger meetings are held via Zoom amongst our staff. Some classes are being held outside and students are given opportunities to have breaks outside where appropriate.
Classes & Year Level groups
We will be working towards limiting as much as possible classes mixing with other classes and other year levels. Where possible, students will work, eat and play with members of their own class or year level to minimise risk of transfer in the event of a positive COVID case.
Recess & Lunch Play Times
All students will follow our normal timetabled recess and lunch times, however units will be restricted to playing in designated areas of the school on specific days.
Kiss and Go
Kiss & Go will be slightly different - students will sit in their year levels when waiting to be picked up. Areas will be marked in the Kiss and Go area for students to sit. To spread students out more, we will use the grassed area further down from where students normally sit.
Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
The mental health and wellbeing of students remains an important consideration. If you have any concerns in regards to your child please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher. Our Wellbeing Officer is also available for families or students to speak to if needed.
Illness/Monitoring of Symptoms
It is important that we all continue to monitor our own health and that of our children daily during this time. If you or your child develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath you should get tested and remain at home, even if symptoms are mild. Everyone should consider their health before they go to work or attend school.
Due to the current situation, the school will be extra cautious and if children present with any symptoms, parents will be contacted to collect their child. If covid symptoms are present, they must get tested. If symptoms do not go away and are due to allergy or other conditions we will ask that a medical certificate is supplied stating that the child is safe to attend school.
Illnesses or symptoms that are passed on amongst those in our school community can have an impact on staff and families. This may just be a cold but if passed on it can impact and cause distress to both families and staff as this may mean having to get tested, waiting for results and staying at home with students. With many parents currently working in important roles to help protect our community and many people anxious about the current situation, I think it is important that we take this cautious approach.
As a school, we are required to increase fresh air flow into indoor spaces whenever possible. Where possible we are keeping windows and doors open. Air conditioners are set to external air rather than recycling. Where fans are available they are being used. The Victorian Government is delivering air purifier units (model Samsung AX7500) for the school to use in high-risk areas.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect the community and slow the spread of COVID-19. All staff, contractors and visitors who work in our school are required to have the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by now. All staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by 29th November unless a medical exemption applies. All staff are required to show evidence of their vaccination status.
At this stage It is important to know that when parent volunteers return to classrooms and are required to work in close proximity to students or staff that they will be required to follow the same vaccination requirements as staff.
Hygiene and Cleaning
All staff, students and visitors to the school should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival at school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. Staff are reminding students of this regularly. COVIDSafe routine cleaning arrangements continue to be in place; in particular regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces, and the inclusion of some elements that were not included prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, COVIDSafe measures have been put in place to ensure our school is safe for all children including those that are medically vulnerable. If a student has a higher risk for severe outcomes or complications of COVID-19 (for example, those with chronic medical conditions) advice from the child’s medical practitioner regarding onsite school attendance should be sought. In most cases, the presence of common conditions such as asthma or diabetes, should not preclude a student from attending face-to-face learning.
Supervision of Students
Please note that when school is open for on-site learning, remote learning will not be facilitated. Students who don’t attend will be marked as absent. Students who do not attend in-person will be supported as per the school’s normal procedures for students who are absent from school. We would encourage parents to talk to their child’s teacher who may be able to give suggestions for learning that could occur at home, but their priority will be with the students attending school.
Arriving at and Leaving School Grounds off Twelfth Street
As students arrive and leave school, they will be encouraged to not use the office area as a thoroughfare. They will need to enter and leave via footpath near the bike rack and around the Office. This will help ensure appropriate social distancing can occur. We can set up a portable sanitising station near the bike racks.
If a student becomes a primary contact or is a confirmed COVID-19 case we would greatly appreciate it if you could let the school know ASAP. This will allow the school to be proactive and not wait for confirmation from DHHS. This can sometimes take some time after a person is a confirmed case.
Sacred Heart will keep the school community up to date with the latest advice on school COVID requirements as directed by the Chief Health Officer, State Government and Catholic Education Commission Victoria.
I thank you for your support as we continue to work through the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic as a school community.
Religious Education News
Sacramental News Update
Year Four First Eucharist - Masses for First Eucharist celebrations begin tonight and continue this week and next week. We thank families for their flexibility in adjusting to the current restrictions and the format in which this Sacrament is being held. Likewise, we thank Father Matt and Sr Helen for their work with the Sacramental program and providing opportunities for this Sacrament to go ahead. If you have any questions regarding First Eucharist please contact the Parish Office by phone 5021 2872 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish candidates and families all the best for these special occasions.
Mass days/times are as follows:
- Friday 22nd Oct 6pm
- Sat 23rd Oct 9.30am
- Sat 23rd Oct 11.00am
- Sat 23rd Oct 1.00pm
- Sat 23rd Oct 6.00pm
- Sunday 24th Oct 8.30am Irymple
- Sunday 24th Oct 9.00am
- Sunday 24th Oct 12 noon
- Sunday 24th Oct 3.00pm
- Sunday 24th Oct 5.00pm
- Tuesday 26th Oct 6.00pm
- Wed 27th Oct 6.00pm
- Thurs 28th Oct 6.00pm
- Fri 29th Oct 6.00pm
The Mission Month schedule has been adjusted once again. We will officially begin Mission Month this week with the selling of Icy Poles on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, and Duct Tape a Teacher to the Wall on Friday. Please see the calendar below for all dates and fundraising activities.
Just a reminder, to keep the School Fee Commitment forms coming back to the school, from your responses,Mary will send out payment options for individual families which will need to be signed and returned promptly.
Prep Unit News
Nothing to report this week.
Junior Unit News
We have had a FANTASTIC two days with these wonderful children and are looking forward to seeing everyone again next week. Our little people have clearly been working hard at home and we wish to thank you all for your ongoing dedication to their education.
Over the next few weeks, we welcome Miss Alexandra Pallot and Miss Katrina Land to our Junior Unit team. Both ladies are from La Trobe University and are currently in their 3rd year of study. Miss Pallot will be working in Barramunga and Miss Land will be working in Bundaleer
A friendly reminder to check that your child has working headphones with them as they require these daily.
Year 1 Children will require their shoebox on Monday for Science. Please bring one along if you have not already done so.
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
The Middle Unit teachers would like to commend all Year 3 & 4 children and families for their efforts during Remote Learning. It has been a long journey but we are so happy to be back at school. Below is a poem entitled ‘Back to School Today’. You might like to share this with your child. Anxieties around returning to school after such a long period of time are to be expected. We encourage you to talk through this with your child and please don’t hesitate to let us know if your child may require extra support in transitioning back to school.
A friendly reminder to please ensure your child has a working set of headphones (that are named) at school. Please also ensure your child returns any items to school from Remote Learning, including workbooks, pencil cases and library books. A reminder that students are expected to have their library bag at school every day.
Middle Unit Team Contact Details
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Senior Unit News
We are all so excited to be back in the classroom!!
Scholastic Book Club Issue #7 has been ordered. These will be delivered to school hopefully within a fortnight. Orders marked as “gift” will be left in the office and parents contacted to collect these, other orders will be given to students on site.
All students are reminded to bring their library bags and books every day to school. Library visits by classes during onsite, regular learning usually happens on set days, however in these more uncertain times, teachers may take their students to visit the library on any day, therefore it is important that library books are brought to school daily. Please also check at home for any library books that may be overdue.
No Awards this week.