ISSUE 19: 17th June, 2022
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and Friends,
I hope that you all had a lovely long weekend last week and had the opportunity to enjoy some downtime with your families. With only one week of Term Two remaining it is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the school year.
First Semester reports are now available via your SIMON (PAM) account. If you have any issues accessing these please contact the school.
Parent Teacher Meetings
At Sacred Heart we view education as a joint venture between student, school and parent. We value parents as the first and most important educators of their children. Parent Teacher Interviews give you a great opportunity to learn more about your child's academic, emotional and social development and for you to meet and get to know your child's teachers.
Parent-Teacher meetings are being held at school this Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2.30pm. Teachers will meet with parents in your child’s classroom. Please be aware that interviews are 10 minutes in duration and we ask that both parents and teachers adhere to these times as best they can. Bookings are still open via SIMON (PAM). Please note that these will be closed at 12pm on Tuesday. You will need to contact the school if you wish to make a booking after this time.
We wish Ms Clare Taylor all the best as she goes on leave at the end of this term and we hope that all goes well with the upcoming birth. We thank Clare for her contribution to our school over the last 12 months with both Performing Arts lessons and her great work with our school choirs and school performances including Junior Unit Social and End of Year Concert last year.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to replace Clare for our Performing Arts position after advertising on two separate occasions over this term. For the remainder of the 2022 school year Mrs Wendy Collins will now have a one hour Library lesson with classes each week. Students will borrow books and will also have a focus related to the year level curriculum. This might be a research focus in senior classrooms and literary appreciation in the younger year levels. We hope to be able to find a Performing Arts teacher for the 2023 school year.
Kaboom Kids Tabloid Sports
On Monday, 20th June from 9am-11am, all students will participate in a tabloid sports event facilitated by Kaboom Kids. Students are given the opportunity to enhance their skills in cooperation, leadership, teamwork and resilience while enjoying movement and fitness. Student Leaders guide and assist their multi-age group throughout the event. Parents are invited to come along and watch students participate in this fun event. All students will need to wear their Sports Uniform this Monday.
Sacred Heart Feast Day
Our annual Sacred Heart Feast Day will be held this Friday 24th June. We look forward to coming together for Mass, Family Group activities and enjoying our Feast Day lunch. Further information is in the Religious Education section.
Assembly - Eumeralla
Thank you to Eumeralla 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 will be farewelling the Rajeesh family at the end of this term. We wish Jewel & Juan and their family all the best with their future endeavours.
School Sports Victoria - Region Winter Sports
Congratulations to our Netball, Soccer, Football and Hockey teams who competed at this week’s Division Finals. Our boys and girls Netball teams have qualified for the Region Finals which will be held next term. Football & Hockey? Thank you to the teams for displaying good sportsmanship against their opponents and to staff who have coached or supervised our students.
Well done to the Junior, Middle and Senior Choirs who performed at the 43rd Mildura Eisteddfod today. We will include results in our newsletter next week. We congratulate all the students along with Ms Taylor on their efforts. We also congratulate our many students who have participated in other events singing, dancing, musical and performance events over the last few weeks.
End of Term Arrangements
Please note that students finish at the earlier time of 2.10pm on Friday. Students will eat lunch at 12:30pm and Assembly will commence at 1:30pm.
Senior & Middle Unit Disco
The Middle & Senior Unit Disco is being held in the Stadium on Thursday evening from 6.30 to 8.00pm. It’s great to have this event back after a two year hiatus. All students in Years 3-6 are encouraged to attend. We wish everyone all the best for a great night.
Special Interests Day
Being the last day of term students are welcome to bring in any ‘Special Interests’ to play with ie - footy cards.
Have a great holiday everyone and God Bless!
Sacred Heart Feast Day
Mass will be held at the Sacred Heart church at 9.30am. All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to join us for this special celebration.
Donations of gold coins, blankets and clean, warm clothing (in good condition) are being sought. Your child can bring these items on the day or leave them in the classroom any time prior to the Mass. A representative from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be attending Mass and will accept our donations; these will then be distributed among those in need within our community. Many thanks in anticipation of your generosity.
Lunch will be provided for all children on this day.
Lunch will consist of hamburgers (bread roll and meat patty, with choice of lettuce, tomato and cheese, with or without sauce). If your child does not want a hamburger for lunch they will need to bring a packed one as there will be NO CANTEEN on this day.
A huge thank you to all Sacred Heart families who donated money towards this year’s Project Compassion. A total of $1319 was raised and deposited into the Caritas Ballarat Diocesan account. Our Sacred Heart families are always very generous in their donations and we sincerely thank you for contributing towards such worthy causes.
2022 Sacramental Program Dates
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
Learning Diversity News
Thank you to the parents who made time out of their busy schedules to attend their child’s Program Support Group (PSG) meeting this week. Term two goals, adjustments to learning programs to support students to successfully achieve the goals and evidence of progress of attainment of goals were discussed during the meetings. Term three goals were discussed and set.
If your child did not have a PSG meeting on Wednesday and Thursday this week and they have an Individualised Learning Program (ILP), you are encouraged to book a parent teacher interview time via SIMON. Term two and three goals will be discussed briefly. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mrs Deacon.
As per post on our Facebook page: Dr John Hattie is well-known as being an education specialist who has devoted his life to helping educators understand the best ways that children learn. In this small book he teams up with his son Kyle, also a teacher, to explore the ways our parents can best support their children to become competent learners. This great little book is full of common sense and practical suggestions, and plenty of hope.
Learning and Teaching News
Reading storybooks to children is an enjoyable and incredibly important activity. Reading to children supports their language development, literacy skills and overall achievement in reading. Giving them time to practise their own reading skills, with an appropriate text, alongside a supportive adult is necessary in order for children to become confident and fluent readers.
Conversation about the text both during and after reading is invaluable. It supports children in consolidating their understanding of what is being read and helps them make connections to their own experiences.
Over the holidays we encourage children to continue to read- what a wonderful time to get lost in a good book and share reading as a family activity!
Prep Unit News
We are fast approaching the end of Term 2…. what a fast and busy term we have had. Next Monday the students will be making sock puppets in Performing Arts, please remember a sock and some art supplies. We will be finishing up our Science unit on Weather by the end of term. With the conclusion of our science topic the students will be becoming weather reporters. Here is a link that you could watch with your chil/ren at home and practise being a weather reporter Weather Reporter Video. Enjoy our photos of this week's learning!
Show and tell reminder for this week (odd week):
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 to our talented Junior Unit Students for their confidence and tremendous behaviour when participating in the Eisteddfod today. A HUGE thanks to Miss Clare Taylor for the organisation, time and drive you have put towards this valuable experience. They sang beautifully and should be congratulated on their performance.
Waminda students are required to wear their Sports Uniform on Tuesday. On Monday and Friday, all children are encouraged to wear their Sports Uniform as we will be participating in Tabloid sports (Monday) and Sacred Heart Feast Day activities (Friday). We look forward to seeing you at Mass next Friday.
Next week, Karinya students will BORROW from the library on Tuesday.
We say farewell to Juan Rajesh who is moving to Melbourne at the end of this term. We thank the Rajesh Family for their terrific contribution to Sacred Heart Primary School and will celebrate Juan next Thursday. You will be missed.
ALL Junior Unit students will need to have their own sock in order to make their sock puppet for Performing Arts on Monday please.
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 3-6 Disco!
The Year 3-6 School Disco is back this year! This event will be held on Thursday the 23rd of June from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in our school stadium.
The disco cost is $2.00. This will grant your child entry to the disco as well as a small packet of chips and a drink.
Sign In/ Sign Out
Students must be signed in to the disco by a parent and signed out before they are collected. Sign in and sign out tables will be located at the front of the stadium. Students are not to be dropped off or collected at Kiss and Go, they must be walked to and from the stadium by a parent.
Students can wear appropriate casual clothes. There will be a cloak room if students wish to put away any large jackets.
If you have any queries about the disco, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Performing Arts Reminder
Don’t forget to bring in a sock for Performing Arts next week for the puppet task!
Johnny’s Big Adventure
This week Mootwingee were very excited to Zoom with Johnny Guthrie who is travelling Australia with his family. We can’t wait to see Johnny next term and hear all about his amazing adventures!
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
There will be no homework for Year 5 and 6 students this week.
Next Thursday (June 23rd) is the Middle & Senior Unit DISCO!! A note was sent home on Wednesday with details. The cost to enter the disco will be $2. Students will also receive a packet of chips and a drink. The doors will open at 6:30pm and will conclude at 8:00pm. Students will need to be signed in/out by a parent/guardian. If you have any questions about this event, please contact your child’s teacher.
Next week, students will be making sock puppets during their Performing Arts lessons. ALL students will need to bring in a sock for their lesson.
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
Parent/Teacher Book Swap
All parents, Grandparents and teachers are welcome to utilise our Book Swap. This can be found in the library and adults are free to take any book from this shelf and then leave a book if you wish. Children will not be accessing this shelf – but please do think about what you bring in to swap!
We currently have various books by Clive Cussler, Patricia Cornwell, Matthew Lloyd, John Grisham, and many others- even a few cook books! Feel free to pop in and have a look before or after school!
Monday - Mootwingee, Dourim, Yongana
Tuesday - Yr 5, Kyema, Barramunga, Karinya
Wednesday - Eumeralla, Waminda,
Thursday - Preps, Bundaleer, Amaroo
Friday - Minga
Just a reminder for everyone to bring in a sock to school for the last week of the term. We will be supplying Pom poms, googly eyes and wool to decorate the sock puppets. Children are welcome to bring any other craft supplies from home they may wish to use on the day.