ISSUE 4: 12th March 2021
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Welcome to our update for next week.
This Wednesday is St Patrick’s Day. Students can wear casual clothes on this day and are encouraged to wear something green. Many classes across the school will be doing activities related to this special day.
On Wednesday from 3:45-5pm we have Lilly Pointon an Occupational Therapist from Lime Therapy working with staff around sensory processing, what sensory breaks are and how they look in the classroom. For any parents who may be interested in attending you are most welcome to join us. The meeting will be held in the staffroom.
On Thursday we have our external School Auditor’s visit and they will work with Mary Avery while they audit our 2020 financial year.
Good luck to Grace Brown, Liana McClaer & Evie Smythe who will participate in the Region Swimming, which will be held in Swan Hill on Thursday.
We have our first School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting occurring on Monday from 5pm. We did have a combined SAC and Parents and Friends (P&F) meeting arranged for next Wednesday, however that will now be moved to a different date that will be confirmed next week.
Parents, children and family members are invited to attend St Joseph’s College 2021 Open Day next Tuesday, from 4pm to 7pm. This will occur at both the Enright and Mercy campuses. Parents are asked to report to reception on arrival.
We have Myalla participating in this Wednesday’s Parish Mass at the church. Students will do some of the readings and jobs throughout the Mass. This celebration will begin at 9.30am and parents are welcome to attend.
Thank you to Karinya for hosting today’s Assembly. Narooma is hosting next week’s Assembly, which will begin at 2.30pm in the Stadium on Friday.
Program Support Group (PSG) Meetings have been held yesterday and today. PSG’s brings together key stakeholders who have relevant knowledge of, and responsibility for, a student. Through the meetings the participants in the meetings plan and review implementation of inclusive educational practices for students who may have academic, social, emotional, behavioural, cultural, health and/or wellbeing needs. We would like to thank the parents who have attended these meetings and to Mrs Deacon who has facilitated them. Our last day of meetings will be held next Tuesday.
On Friday 26th March we have a Pupil Free Day with staff involved in Professional Development. This PD will provide support to teachers to improve writing skills and achievement and increasing reciprocity between reading and writing. We will aim to have a more consistent approach across the school in teaching writing, improve learning outcomes and improve teacher capability in this area. This was identified as a need within our School Improvement Plan 2021-2025. Camp Australia will be operating on this day.
It has been great all classes now have parents who have volunteered to be class contacts for our classrooms in 2021. Thank you to Rebecca Siale for co-ordinating this. If any class contacts have any queries please
As most would be aware our administration team at Sacred Heart is Mrs Mary Avery (Business Manager), Mrs Sarah Beggs & Mrs Candy Fleming. Please be aware that Sarah’s work days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday and Candy’s days are Wednesday to Friday. Parents are encouraged to use firstname.lastname@example.org as the preferred email contact.
The Year Four Camp to Roses Gap is fast approaching. Miss Price, Mrs Beer, Mrs Kotsiakis, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Willis & Mr O’Callaghan will attend this camp from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th March (Week 9). The Year Four teachers have been busy getting organised and are looking forward to what will be a new camp experience for our students. If parents have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Today was Mrs Pacher’s final day before beginning Maternity Leave. We wish Mrs Pacher and her husband Daniel all the best with the upcoming birth and we look forward to hearing some exciting news in the near future.
Richmond Football Club held a Virtual Community Camp today for our year 3-6 classes. The students enjoyed the opportunity as can be seen from the pictures below. They got to enjoy the chance to listen to the players David Astbury and Liam Baker who both played in Richmond’s premiership last year. AFL Sunraysia who hosted this session have a registration day for Auskick tomorrow Saturday 13th March from 9am at Jaycee Park.
We hope everyone has a great week eight of term one.
Religious Education News
Sacramental Program - Reconciliation
Reconciliation will be held at the church for all Sacred Heart students on Thursday, 25th March at 7pm. We hope that weekly lessons are going well for all families. Please contact Ryan O’Callaghan at school if you have any questions regarding the 2021 Sacramental Program.
Sunraysia Catholic Communities Bulletin
We have attached below the bulletin for this weekend for the Sunraysia Catholic Communities. (Link to be added when published.)
Learning Diversity & Wellbeing News
The parents of students with a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) have been set a time for a Program Support Group (PSG) Meeting. PSG meetings will continue on Tuesday 16th March. These PSG Meetings will be held in the Boardroom of the school.
Twenty minutes is allocated to meet and discuss each child’s progress in their Personalised Learning Plan goals for Term 1, and to set goals for Term 2. It is essential that the meetings run to the time-schedule agreed, so we ask parents to please be on time.
Occupational Therapist Session for Parents & Staff
On Wednesday 17th March, from 3:45-5pm, we invite parents and friends along to an information session and professional learning for staff around sensory processing; what it is, what ‘sensory breaks’ are and how they can look in the classroom. The session will be facilitated by Lilly Pointon, Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at Lime Therapy.
Learning & Teaching News
A group of Senior Unit students have been selected to take part in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads for 2021. This is an annual contest which has schools from all over Australia and New Zealand taking part.
The Olympiads consist of five separate contests held approximately one month apart between March and September. The students will be working together between Olympiads to learn from and challenge each other. The overall aim of the Maths Olympiad is to encourage students to develop important mathematical problem solving skills in an enjoyable environment.
Prep Unit News
Thank you to all the prep families who have sent in a pair of headphones for their child to use at school. If you haven’t done so, could we please have them at school by Monday 15th March. A reminder that library borrowing is every Thursday, library books need to be returned for students to be able to borrow. Library bags must be at school everyday. This is how we bring home our reading book, diary, notes and any work from class.
Letters and sounds to focus on: m, s, t, a, p, i, f
Tricky words to know: I, my, the, a, is, was, they, that, you, to
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
Next Wednesday, Junior Unit Students will be celebrating the Feast of St Patrick. Students are asked to dress in green or wear a touch of green on this day.
Thank you to those families who have provided headphones for your child/ren and who are bringing back diaries, library bags and nightly readers each day. This assists students with their daily routines and enhances their organisational skills.
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
Year 4 students met today to discuss the final arrangements for our fast approaching camp to Roses Gap. Students received a note with the final details of the camp, including a packing list. This was also emailed to parents earlier this week. A reminder for all students to be at school by 6:30am on Monday 22nd of March. For the first day, students will require a backpack with their lunch, snacks and water bottle as well as their hat. Any medication must be clearly labelled and handed to Mrs Beer on Monday morning. Please ensure you have advised your child’s teacher of any specific dietary requirements. If you have any queries or concerns about this camp please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
A reminder to please ensure your child has brought a set of NAMED headphones to use at school.
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
On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of March, children in Years 5 and 6 will be involved in Science Immersion Days. The focus of these days will be learning about Biological Sciences- Living Things. Spelling Mastery and Specialist lessons will still occur on these days at their scheduled times. The Year Six classes require 600ml plastic bottles for an activity during these days. If you have any at home, please send them in with your child.
All students should now be back into a nightly reading routine. Students are expected to read each school night as part of their homework routine.
All children will need their own set of headphones to use in the classroom. Please ensure these are named.
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
Student Representative Council (SRC)
Our student leaders have been busy this term with duties such as helping facilitate parts of our school assembly, changing the notices on our notice board out the front of the school, selling icy poles each Tuesday and Thursday during lunch, helping organise class groups during our school photo day and generally being fantastic role models for the rest of the student body. Well done so far guys!
Our PLAY (Positivity, Leadership and Active Youth) leaders were busy organising games for lunchtime activities last week and executed some very engaging games on Wednesday of this week for any students who wished to join in. They will continue to plan for and provide various games each Wednesday until the end of Term One. PLAY creates and strengthens healthier relationships, and in this respect is a great pro-active, inclusion for all program. PLAY works by directly involving students in creative student-led play at school.
Timetable for week 8:
- Monday: Year 5, Year 6, Bundaleer
- Tuesday: Minga, Year 2
- Wednesday: Nangare, Mootwingee
- Thursday: Preps, Karinya, Amaroo, Yongana, Eumeralla
- Friday: Barramunga
Just a reminder to ensure that children keep library books in library bags, and bring this to school on their library day. If children do not return their books they are unable to borrow new ones. A number of children have been bringing empty library bags to school, and leaving the books at home!
Scholastic book club Issue #2
Book club orders were sent in during the week. Estimated delivery is at the end of this week/early next week.
We do have available to all parents/Grandparents our book swap, located in the library. With parents now able to be onsite, you are welcome to visit the book swap at drop off or pick up time from Tues-Thurs. We can also organise library book borrowing for younger siblings. Please see Mrs Collins in the library.
St Joseph's College 2022 Year 7 Enrolments
Please contact Mrs Tracy Aston, Admissions and Communications Manager on 5018 8034 or email email@example.com if you wish to receive an enrolment information package for your child for 2022. The College Open Evening will be held on Tuesday March 16 commencing at 4.00pm. Activities and displays will be available at the Enright Campus, 154 Twelfth Street and the Mercy Campus, Cnr Riverside Avenue and Eleventh Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.Please visit the College website - www.sjcmda.vic.edu.au
2021 Student Residential Address Collection Notice
Sunraysia Junior Football
Imperial Football & Netball Club
Junior Football will commence training on Wednesday 10th March @ Brian Weightman oval (No 1 Oval). U/10 & U12 commence @ 4:30pm. Training will be for around 60 minutes. Please bring a drink bottle. New children and families most welcome to attend. For more information call David Kennedy 0411 448 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Auskick is open. Register through PlayAFL.com When registering type in Imperials FNC (Mildura).
Mildura Football & Netball Club
Mildura Football Netball Club are open for registration! We are taking new player registration for junior football; Ages 8 to 13 (U10 to U14 colts). For more information please contact Bec at email@example.com
Mildura JFC Auskick is now open for registration! Commencing Thursday 22nd April, 5pm. Ages 5-12. Register through PlayAFL.com
South Mildura Football Club
Junior Football training for U/10 and U/12 is each Thursday from 4:30pm-5:30pm (No 3 Oval). Please bring a drink bottle. New children and families most welcome to attend. For more information contact Kerry Scobie, 0428 121 193.
Registration for Auskick is open. Register through PlayAFL.com When registering type in South Mildura.
Sacred Heart Tennis Club
Irymple Basketball Association
Please refer below to a flyer from Irymple Basketball Association.
Student of the Week
Congratulations to our Student of the Week winners for this week!
Ray White Award Positive Behaviour Award
Congratulations to the following students who demonstrated our school beliefs of either being Safe, Repsponsible or Respectful.