ISSUE 10: 1st April, 2022
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and Friends,
It is very hard to believe we have only one week left of Term One.
2023 Prep Enrolments are Now Open
We are currently taking enrolment applications for 2023 Prep Students. Enrolments will close on Friday 20th May 2022 at 4 pm. We encourage existing families to apply now via the school website if you know your child will be attending Sacred Heart: (Click Here)
If you know of any new families who are looking at enroling we encourage you to share our enrolment processes that are outlined below:
2023 Prep Enrolment Process
2023 Prep Enrolment Enquiry
An Enrolment Enquiry can be completed on the school website at any stage: (Click Here)
This will ensure that the family will receive any important communication or invites. We encourage you to have a good look at our school website to find out more about our school.
Discovery Tours are a great way of getting a feel and vibe for what Sacred Heart has to offer. Booking numbers are limited. The tours are more suited to parents and particularly for those new to Sacred Heart. Tours take around one hour.
Parents who have completed an Enrolment Enquiry will receive an email to book a tour or they can be booked on the school website: (Click Here)
Tours which will be for no longer than one hour will be available on Tuesday 3rd May, Wednesday 4th May and Thursday 5th May with times available at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm, or 6 pm.
Apply For 2023 Prep Enrolment
From Friday 1st April 2022 applications for Prep enrolment in 2023 are open. This needs to be completed via the school website: (Click Here)
Enrolments will close on Friday 20th May 2022 at 4 pm.
For those that have applied to enrol their child, an Enrolment Meeting for the prospective enrolment and at least one parent or guardian will be conducted.
Parents meet with a member of staff from the Leadership Team and the prospective enrolment meets with a classroom teacher to do fun play and learning activities.
Parents will be contacted to book a time to attend or can be booked on the school website: (Click Here) - (These are not available to book at this stage.)
These meetings will be conducted at the school from Monday 9th May 2022 through to Friday 27th May. Meetings take around 40 minutes.
Confirmation of Enrolment
Parents will receive an email on Friday the 10th June 2022 to confirm whether their Enrolment Application has been successful. Parents will need to confirm this acceptance before Friday 24th June.
Casual Clothes Day
We will have a Casual Clothes day with an optional gold coin donation on the last day of term, Friday 8th April. Proceeds will go towards Project Compassion.
End of Term Arrangements
Please note that students finish at the earlier time of 2.10pm. Students will eat lunch at 12:30pm and Assembly will commence at 1:30pm.
School Sports Victoria (SSV) Division Rugby Gala Day
We wish our Year 5/6 Rugby teams all the best at Division Rugby Gala Day on Wednesday, 6th April and likewise for our Year 3/4 teams on Thursday, 7th April. Both days are being held at the Aerodrome Ovals.
New School Website
We have a new website from today. This is nearly complete but we have a few things that will be added to complete the website. We invite any feedback. The website is www.shmildura.catholic.edu.au
Journey Pole Painting
On Monday and Tuesday classes will be painting their Journey Pole that is located on the edge of the oval on 12th Street. Painting these poles has been a tradition at Sacred Heart since 2010 when classes were “gifted” their own totem/journey pole as part of our NAIDOC celebrations. The poles symbolise what is “precious” and “sacred” to each of our classes. Each year our poles are painted over with a plain colour and then get painted on the top with the new design. What is on the pole is there always but is just hidden from view. Our very special poles are blessed each year as part of our NAIDOC celebrations.
We ask parents to provide children with an old shirt to bring to school to wear over their school clothes on Monday and Tuesday when they are painting their class Journey Poles.
Good Luck Miss Madden
Miss Madden begins Maternity Leave at the end of this term. We wish Miss Madden and her partner Josh all the best with the upcoming birth and look forward to hearing some exciting news in the near future. Thanks to Miss Madden for her contribution to support student learning over the past year.
Year 4 Roses Gap Camp
Well done to our Year Four students for their participation in a wonderful camp at Roses Gap this week and thank you to the supervising staff - Sophie, Corey, Natalee, Kyle, Hayley & Ryan. In particular, thank you to Sophie for her organisation and coordination of the camp. The experiences have been a fantastic opportunity for children to develop their learning, social skills, independence skills, health and fitness and decision making. Well done also to the students for their fantastic behaviour while on camp.
School Sports Victoria (SSV) Girls and Boys Cricket
Congratulations to all students who represented the school with Division Cricket this week. It was great to hear that the students displayed outstanding behaviour and were great sports. Both the boys and girls teams won all three games and were the Division winners.
Click and Collect Second Hand Uniform Shop
As a response to current COVID measures we have developed an click and collect system for Second Hand Uniform Shop orders. Please complete the order below. Parents will be contacted when the order is prepared. Parents collect their package at the Office with payment required via eftpos before taking items home.
Second Hand Uniform Shop Order Form
Assembly - Principal’s Awards
Thank you to Student Leadership for hosting today's Assembly. At next week’s Assembly, Principal Award’s will be presented to one student from each year level. The assembly will be held in the Stadium at 1.30pm.
We are seeking parents to volunteer to be class contacts for our classrooms in 2022. We still require people for Wahroonga, Bundaleer, Waminda, Kyema, Amaroo, Yongana 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.
We hope everyone has had a great week ten 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 wish many of our Year 3, 4 & 5 students all the best for this Wednesday’s Sacrament of First Reconciliation. This is being held at the church at 7pm. Students have been preparing for this Sacrament over the last five weeks by working through lessons at home. We pray for our Reconciliation candidates and wish them all the best.
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 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
Just a reminder to those families who have opted to pay school fees via Direct Credit Termly (3 Terms), That is, you transferring the funds into the school account via your bank. or Families who have opted to pay Annually via Direct Credit or at Reception. These fees are due and payable prior to 7th April, 2022. For Families that are paying via Direct Debit Annually, these fees will be deducted from your bank account by the school on the 7th April.
A reminder to all parents to ensure that all your details are correct on PAM, eg phone numbers, address, contacts etc. This is vital information that we require if we are trying to contact you.
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.
Prep Unit News
Over the past couple of weeks we have introduced two new sounds to our bank! Please practise the sounds SATPIN MFR at home - here is the link on the correct articulation for these two new sounds Pronouncing the Alphabet Sounds. We have also spent some time with our buddies completing a buddy activity about our ancestry, discussed numbers that come before and after and started learning about the Zones of Regulation. Ask your child, ‘what feelings do I feel if I am in the blue zone?’ ‘What does it mean if I am in the blue zone?’
Here are a few points to help your child with their show and tell presentation:
- Select something that your child would like to share with his/her class.
- Talk about the item with your child - Why do you like it? Where did you get it from? What is special about it? Your child will need to talk about their show and tell for approximately 1 minute.
- Have your child practise in front of the family.
- Make sure they speak clearly, at an appropriate pace and with a volume that can be heard by everyone.
- Have your child begin their show and tell with ‘Good afternoon show and tell group (whichever class your child is in). Today for show and tell I have …..’ and then end their presentation with ‘Thank you for listening to my show and tell. Would anyone like to ask me a question?’
- Have a conversation with your child about what a good member of the audience does.
- Practise lots of times!
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
During the week, our students have worked incredibly hard to consolidate their learning on many different topics. They have also been reminded about the importance of frequent reading in the hope to make the students more aware of the purpose and benefits of reading each day.
All classes have also spoken about our school Journey Poles and their significance and history. Next week (Monday and Tuesday), we bring our 2022 NAIDOC Journey Pole creations to life and ask each child to bring in a smock/ old LARGE t-shirt to wear over their uniform whilst they are painting.
As we move closer to Easter, we will be visiting the Sacred Heart Church to investigate its symbols, the artwork and find out information about the statues and the stained glass windows. We will also revisit the Stations of the Cross to enhance our knowledge about Jesus' passion and death on Good Friday.
Junior Unit Team Contact Details
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- 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 Campers have had an excellent time away at Roses Gap. Well done to the students for going outside of their comfort zone in some of the activities! Stay tuned next week for some photos of our adventure!
Middle Unit Team Contact Details
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- 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
On Monday and Tuesday, students participated in two Science Immersion days. They had lots of fun conducting experiments whilst learning about the properties of matter and reversible and irreversible changes to matter by using common, everyday substances.
Journey Pole Painting
Please ensure your child brings an old shirt to wear over their school clothes on Monday and Tuesday as we will be involved in painting the Journey Poles.
Senior Unit Team Contact Details
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- 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
Next term all grades will be exploring a unit on Puppets. During the term we will be making our own sock puppets. Please find some clean old socks over the school holidays that can be transformed into puppets. Football socks, colourful socks, bed socks and dad's work socks are all great examples.
Please also start collecting craft objects that may be glued onto the socks to add interesting features to the character. E.g. pom poms, buttons, googly eyes, wool for hair, paper clips for glasses, felt and material scraps for clothes etc.
Students will be notified when they will be required to bring their socks to school, and if possible please bring extras for your friends in case anyone forgets.
Physical Education News
Library at Lunchtime
All children are able to come into the library at lunchtime. They may choose to play games like Chess or Blokus with their friends, play on the lego wall, colour in pictures or, of course, read with a friend! It is wonderful to see children socialising in the library with children they don’t necessarily play with, developing some wonderful social skills and enjoying themselves! It can also be a pretty ‘cool’ place on a hot day! Check out some of our children enjoying their time in the library at lunchtime!
Monday - Mootwingee, Bundaleer, Yr 6, Yongana
Tuesday - Yr 5, Kyema, Barramunga
Wednesday - Eumeralla, Waminda,
Thursday - Preps
Friday - Minga, Karinya