ISSUE 9: 25th March, 2022
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and Friends,
It is very hard to believe that we only have two weeks of school remaining for Term One.
Year 4 Camp
We wish our Year Four students all the best for their three day camp to Roses Gap. Students and teachers will leave at 7am on Wednesday, 30th March and return to school on Friday evening. We will inform parents of return time. This camp is a fantastic opportunity for children to develop their learning, social skills, independence skills, health and fitness and decision making. An enormous amount of work goes into organising a camp and so we must thank Miss Price and the Year 4 teachers for their many hours spent preparing for the camp. Have fun everyone!
Parish Mass - Myalla
We have Myalla participating in the Parish Mass at the church next Wednesday 30th March. 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.
School Sports Victoria (SSV) Girls and Boys Cricket
We wish our boys and girls cricket teams all the best for this week’s Division Cricket Finals which are being held at the Aerodrome Ovals. The boys games are on Wednesday 30th March and the girls games are on Thursday 31st March. Mr Burford will be the supervising teacher/coach on both days.
School Advisory Council
Our School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29th February at 5:15pm in the staffroom. An agenda has been sent home today for our SAC representatives.
On Monday, 28th March we will practising our Evacuation Drill, as part of student safety and OH&S requirements. Students will hear an evacuation warning and be required to evacuate to the oval. If this may concern your child, we encourage you to discuss with them what will be happening at school.
Second Hand Parents and Friends Uniform Shop
As a response to current COVID measures we have developed an online system for Second Hand Uniform Shop orders. Please complete the order below and your information will be sent through to the School Office and our Second Hand Uniform Shop Co-ordinator. Our co-ordinator will strive to prepare the order at the next assembly when it will be packaged. Parents will then be contacted and can collect their package at the Office with payment required via eftpos before taking items home.
Second Hand Uniform Shop Order Form
I would like to thank the parents who have attended Program Support Group (PSG) meetings and to Mrs Deacon who has scheduled these meetings with classroom teachers facilitating them. We have had over fifty meetings in the last two weeks.
Assembly - Myalla
Thank you to Myalla for hosting today's Assembly. Next week the Student Leadership Team will host the Assembly, which will be held in the Stadium at 2.30pm.
We are seeking parents to volunteer to be class contacts for our classrooms in 2022. We still require people for Wahroonga, Bundaleer, Waminda, Kyema, Eumeralla, Minga, Amaroo, Yongana, Illawarra and Myalla. If anyone is able to assist or has any queries please contact Rebecca Siale on 0427 300 878. It would be great to fill these positions soon. Please see below for further information.
2023 Prep Enrolment
Enrolment processes will commence for new Prep students in 2023 at Sacred Heart from Friday 2nd April. Information will be sent out in next week’s newsletter. Enquiries, applications and meeting bookings will be online this year. The information will be included on our new website that will be launched later next week.
Over this week we have three COVID cases impacting the classes of Mootwingee (Year 4) & Narooma (Year 6). We encourage families to complete their twice weekly RA Tests as some cases within the school have had no symptoms but testing has indicated a positive test. Please inform the school of positive cases.
Students with any COVID-19 symptoms should be tested for COVID-19 and kept home even if they test negative on a rapid antigen test, until their symptoms subside. If students display symptoms at school they will go to the sick bay and parents will be called to collect their child.
We hope everyone has a great week nine of term one.
COVID Positive Case Procedures
Below is a summary of what you need to do in the event that your student or a member of your household produces a positive test result.
A student tests positive to COVID19, either through RA test or PCR test
- Isolate at home or in private accommodation for 7 days (inclusive of weekends) and do not attend school during this period.
- Inform the school that they have tested positive to COVID-19.
- Self report via https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests#report-a-positiveresult-on-a-rapid-antigen-test
- A negative test is not required to return to school following completion of 7 days of Isolation.
- Anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if they are re-exposed to a case within 30 days of testing positive.
- Follow the Checklist for COVID cases located at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases
A student is a household contact to a positive COVID-19 case:
- You have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility.
- Inform the school that the student is a household contact.
- Follow the Checklist for COVID contacts. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklistcases
- Students must quarantine for 7 days (inclusive of weekends) and must not attend school during this period.
- Contact at school is not included in this definition, unless contact has occurred in a school based residential setting, e.g. school camp or boarding school.
A student has been in contact with a case of COVID-19 at school:
- If asymptomatic, students should continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms.
- If symptomatic, all students must stay or return home, take a rapid antigen test, or get a PCR test if a rapid antigen testing kit is unavailable.
- On receipt of a negative test result, and if well enough, the student can return to school.
- If students are too unwell to attend school, usual leave/absence policies apply.
Follow the Checklist for COVID contacts. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases
We hope that families are able to contribute to this year’s Project Compassion. Boxes will be due back at school by the end of this term - Friday, 8th April.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
We hope that lessons are going well for families at home in preparation for this Sacrament. Reconciliation will be held on Wednesday, 6th April. Please contact the Parish Office if you have any questions or Ryan O'Callaghan at school via phone or email@example.com
Sacrament of Confirmation
Registration forms (blue) have been sent home with all Year 3, 4 & 5 students. If parents wish to register their child for this Sacrament please fill out the form and return to the Parish Office with a payment of $50. See dates below for this Sacrament.
2022 Sacramental Program Dates
Sacrament of Reconciliation 2022 Year 3 & 4 students
Celebration of Sacrament Wednesday 6th April 7pm
Sacrament of Confirmation 2022 Year 3, 4 & 5 students
Parents Information Night Wednesday 27th April 7pm Sacred Heart Church
Celebration of Sacrament Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June & Sunday 5th June
Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist) 2022 Year 4 students
Parents Information Night Wednesday 7th September 7pm Sacred Heart Church
Celebration of Sacrament Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Sunday 23rd October
Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) 2022 Year 2 students
Parents Information Night Wednesday 12th October 7pm Sacred Heart Church
Celebration of the Sacrament Wednesday 23rd November 7pm Sacred Heart Church
Our whole school photo and student leadership photos are on display in the school foyer now. If you would like to place an order for one please advise the office ASAP, these are $12 each.
Banjo's Easter Colouring Competition
We have Banjo's Bakery annual Easter colouring competition available from the front office if your Child would like to collect one. When completed please drop them to Banjos, Langtree Mall.
Learning and Teaching News
No news this week.
Learning Diversity News
Thank you to the parents who attended the PSG meetings over the past two weeks. It was great to hear that so many students have made a positive start to the school year and have settled into their new classrooms. If you were emailed a copy of the PSG minutes, please ensure that you either sign digitally or print, sign, scan and send back to Mrs Deacon - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next term’s scheduled PSG meetings will be for students who are supported via adjustments made to their program that are Substantial (most of the time) or Extensive (all of the time) and some Supplementary (some of the time) as deemed necessary by the classroom teacher. PSG meetings can be held at any time during the year also, depending on the necessity.
Prep Unit News
This has been our first 5 day week in Prep for 2022… and WOW we handled it like champions! On Wednesday we visited the Church to look at all the symbols that tell us we are Catholic Christians. We have also been collecting data in Maths and learning about what it means to be responsible both at home and at school during our Social and Emotional lessons.
On Thursday 26th May we will celebrate our Junior Unit Social. Our theme is AUSTRALIANA! This is a special night where parents and their child/ren in the Junior Unit (Prep/1/2) come together to perform dances for you and with you! We ask that babysitters be arranged for other siblings on this night as numbers are limited. More information will follow.
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
Over this term, the Junior Unit have been working on building relationships with each other, within our world and with each other. We have been reflecting on what a positive relationship looks like, feels like and sounds like and the importance of building safe and healthy relationships with each other.
Clock time and calendar time continues to be an area of focus this week with our students; investigating the significance of reading, writing and explaining time using different platforms (digital and analog) as well as exploring the vocabulary.
On Thursday 26th May we will celebrate our Junior Unit Social. Our theme is AUSTRALIANA!
This is a special night when parents and their Junior Unit student/s come together to spend quality time where they will perform dances for you and with you!
We ask that babysitters be arranged for other siblings on this night as numbers are limited. More information will follow.
Junior Unit Team Contact Details
Click on the teacher's name if you wish to email them.
- Unit Leader: Mrs Katrina Groves
- Karinya (Year 1): Mrs Katrina Groves (Monday-Thursday) & Mrs Amilea Pacher (Friday)
- Bundaleer (Year 1): Mrs Maree Irvin (Tuesday-Friday) & Mrs Amilea Pacher (Monday)
- Barramunga (Year 2): Miss Georgina Hewitt
- Waminda (Year 2): Mrs Chris Carmichael
- Kyema (Year 2): Mrs Kim Taylor
Middle Unit News
Year 4 Camp - NEXT WEEK!
We are so excited for our Year 4 Camp on Wednesday 30th March! Some final reminders:
- Please be at school by 6:30am on Wednesday morning.
- Students need to have a backpack for the first day with their lunch, snacks, a water bottle and hat.
- Please ensure you have everything packed on the list.
- If your child has any medication please ensure you have emailed the details of this to Miss Price and it is labelled and handed to Mr Barbary at the bus Wednesday morning.
- If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s teacher.
Shared Fruit Recess - Last Day of Term
This term in Integrated Studies we have been learning all about healthy eating. To celebrate the end of a fantastic term of learning, we are planning on having a shared fruit recess on the final day of Term 1. We are asking students to bring in some fruit that is cut up in bite sized so we can create some rainbow skewers. Watermelon, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, grapes etc would be greatly appreciated.
Middle Unit Team Contact Details
Click on the teacher's name if you wish to email them.
- Unit Leader: Miss Sophie Price
- Minga (Year 3): Mrs Cathryn Rowles
- Eumeralla (Year 3): Mrs Sarah Beckwith
- Amaroo (Year 4): Mrs Natalee Johnson
- Yongana (Year 4): Mr Corey Barbary
- Mootwingee (Year 4): Miss Sophie Price
Senior Unit News
It is important for students to arrive at school each day with a fully charged laptop. Please remind your child each night to charge their device.
On Monday and Tuesday, Year 5 & 6 students will take part in two Science Immersion Days. The focus for this learning will be Chemical Science - Matter
On Tuesday the Grade 5s went to the Mercy Campus at St Joseph’s College. They had lots of fun doing different activities like dancing, drama, cooking and different activities in sport. They made chocolate rum balls in cooking and got to take them home. In drama, they got into groups and played a pretend game show. In sport they split us into small groups and they did games like rubik's cube, rob the nest and simon says. In dance they danced to baby shark and learned moves like the grape vine. They got a barbecue for lunch. They had a great day!
By Sophie Burns and Olivia Alvey
Senior Unit Team Contact Details
Click on the teacher's name if you wish to email them.
- Unit Leader: Mrs Jo Campbell
- Myalla (Year 5): Mrs Kerryn Weaver (Monday-Wednesday) & Mrs Emma Kotsiakos (Wednesday-Friday)
- Illawarra (Year 5): Miss Belinda Zappia
- Narooma (Year 6): Mrs Jo Campbell
- Dourim (Year 6): Mrs Xana Priestley
Last chance for anyone wanting to audition for a solo part for the Grade 1-6 choirs to be sent to me at email@example.com by Friday.
Another reminder for all Grade 3-6 students to please bring headphones and charged laptops/ipads to lessons for the remainder of the term.
Physical Education News
This week our Year 5 and 6 cricket teams competed in our district interschool cricket. Both teams were successful in advancing to the division level next week and displayed great skill, teamwork and sportsmanship over both days. Congratulations to those students involved and we wish you the best of luck next week.
Some children were handed overdue notices this week. Please check at home on bookshelves, under beds, on the coffee table, etc for any library books and return to school as soon as possible. If you are unable to find these books, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. This is a good reminder that children should keep their library books in their library bag, which should also be taken to school each day.
Monday - Mootwingee, Bundaleer, Yr 6, Yongana
Tuesday - Yr 5, Kyema, Barramunga
Wednesday - Eumeralla, Waminda,
Thursday - Preps
Friday Minga, Karinya
Students of the Week
Ray White Awards