ISSUE 30: September 16th, 2022
Principal / Executive Leadership Team
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and Friends,
Welcome to our final newsletter for Term Three. We have managed to get to the end with minimal interruptions considering the last few years.
Our whole school Mission Mass is being held on Thursday 6th October at the church beginning at 9.30am. Parents are invited to join us for this celebration.
October, as always, is ‘Mission Month’ and we have many exciting and fun activities planned. We will begin with Mission Mass on Thursday, 6th October at 9:30am and all are welcome to join us. This will be followed by our first fundraising event on Friday, a Casual Clothes day for a gold coin donation (footy jumper auction). Throughout the month our students will participate in numerous whole school, unit and class events. Detailed information about these can be found in the Mission Month calendar below. We look forward to and appreciate your support during this time when we concentrate on bringing our faith to life through a deliberate focus on those in need. All money raised will once again go to support Fr Michael McKinnon, our former parish priest in his overseas missionary work.
P&F Social Event
On the evening of Friday 7th October from 6:30pm-11:30pm we are planning to hold a parent social evening at the Mildura Rowing Club with supper and line music included. The cost of the event is $25 per person and should be a great way for families to meet other people and to have some fun together. This event is not a fundraising event. Nibbles will be provided by Solunar and The Italian and drinks will be at bar prices. Tickets are limited to 120 people so please book your ticket ASAP.
Assembly - Student Leadership Team
Thank you to Karinya for hosting today's Assembly. Our Student Leadership Team will host our next assembly to be held in the Stadium at 2.30pm on Friday 7th October.
Principal Awards Term 3
Congratulations to our Principal Award winners for Term Three
Prep - Hannah Cirillo
Year 1 - Grace Durie
Year 2 - Stella Roberts
Year 3 - Donny Marciano
Year 4 - Ada McInerney
Year 5 - Ryder Alderton
Year 6 - Mia Hards
School Advisory Council (SAC) Annual General Meeting
On the evening of Tuesday 25th October the Sacred Heart Primary School Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm. We are asking for interested parents to nominate as parent representatives for the School Advisory Council (SAC). Please consider taking an active role in this body. Nomination forms are available from the Office, and we ask that any nomination be handed into the Office by Tuesday 18th October.
SHPS Specialist Showcase
Tuesday’s Showcase was a great success. Big thanks to staff involved with the coordination. It was a great community event with outstanding art pieces, student work, performances and modelling of learning. A huge thanks to everyone who attended. We raised over $2,000 to go towards supporting our mission efforts for 2022.
Footy Colours Day
As part of our Footy Colours Day AFL clinics were held on the oval this morning. Students participated in activities run by AFL Victoria. The students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
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 MUST be paid in full by the end of this term unless other arrangements have been made. As always, if you are experiencing any difficulty in making your fee payment please contact us to make an arrangement.
I extend congratulations to Mr Ryan O’Callaghan who has completed his two year leadership training as part of the “Pathways to School Leadership – Leading with Impact” program facilitated by Dr Stephen Brown. It is great that Ryan has taken on this big commitment to further develop his leadership capacity within a Catholic school.
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) State Election Message
Please see below a letter from CECV regarding their commitment to our Catholic schools and the support they are seeking from the state government with the upcoming election. Please take the time to read it.
Finalising school numbers
It is at this time of year that we begin to forecast how many students will be attending our school in 2023. These forecasts are very important as it tells us how many classes will be required for 2023. This of course impacts on how many teachers we need and how many classrooms we need. Subsequently, I ask that all parents advise me if children will be leaving Sacred Heart at the end of this year. Thank you.
Our deepest sympathies and heart felt condolences go out to Harlequinn Hendy and her family on the passing of her Grandfather, we will keep them in our prayers.
Return to School Term Four
Well done to the students, staff and parents for their wonderful efforts throughout the term. We look forward to everyone returning for Term Four on Monday, 3rd October refreshed and ready for a big Term Four.
I hope everyone has a very relaxing and enjoyable break after a very busy term.
Sacrament of First Eucharist
Please read carefully all of the requirements for this Sacrament.
The celebration of this Sacrament will be held at the following masses:
Friday 21st October 6pm Sacred Heart Church Mildura
Saturday 22nd October 9.30am Sacred Heart Church Mildura
6pm Sacred Heart Church Mildura
Sunday 23rd October 8.30am St Francis Xavier Church Irymple
9am Sacred Heart Church Mildura
10am St Joseph’s Red Cliffs
10.30am Our Lady’s Merbein
5pm Sacred Heart Church Mildura
Week One – I am Welcome Wednesday 7th - Sunday 11th September
Week Two – My Family Celebrates Monday 12th – Sunday 18th September
Week Three – We Share Meals Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September
Week Four – The Parish Family Listens Monday 26th – Sunday 2nd October
Week Five – Parish Family Celebrates Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th October
Week Six – Parish Family Sends Me Out Monday 10th – Sunday 16th October
Please note that the worksheets are due on the following dates:
Week One and Two Sunday 18th September
Week Three and Four Sunday 2nd October
Week Five and Six Sunday 16th October
All booklets need to be completed and handed into the office or in the church foyer by the due dates, failure to complete will mean the candidate is unable to celebrate the sacrament.
Each candidate will be given a passport and they are asked to attend three masses over the preparation time. The candidate is asked to present this to the priest at the end of mass.
The parish has the following masses:
Tuesday 9.30am Red Cliffs 6pm Mildura
Wednesday 9.30am Mildura
Thursday 9.30am Mildura and Merbein 5.30pm Red Cliffs
Friday 6pm Mildura
Saturday 9.30am Mildura 6pm Mildura
Sunday 8.30am Irymple 9am Mildura 10am Red Cliffs
10.30am Merbein 5pm Mildura
2022 Sacramental Program Dates
Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist) 2022 Year 4 students
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
A registration form will be sent home with all Year Two students on the first day back of Term Four (Monday, 3rd October).
Learning Diversity News
A reminder that Maggie Dent and Mona Delahooke are offering a class on Challenging Behaviour with a focus on toddlers to tweens, on September 20th at 11am.
To register, click on the Common Sense Parenting link. Cost is $35. Upon registering, you will receive access to the participant area and webinar link via Zoom. You will have access to a recording and handouts also.
Something that we all need to be cognisant of from time to time:
Learning and Teaching News
Thank you for your support of the Sacred Heart Showcase. It was a wonderful event and so lovely to see families connecting with one another. The Art Auction raised a total of $1995 towards our mission fundraising.
Prep Unit News
WOW…. the end of term 3! Well done to all Prep Unit students on all you have achieved in this very busy term. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break and look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 4.
Congratulations to both Prep classes on their wonderful performances at the SHPS Art Showcase… you were fantastic, a true reflection of the great work achieved in your Specialist lessons. This week we have also had the Responsible Pet Program at school, completed another art piece and learnt a lot about AFL.
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
Thank you families for a wonderful term of excitement, enthusiasm and fun. We are grateful for the support you’ve provided to our school in the classroom, at school social and sporting events as well as special days. Students’ have access to Reading Eggs during the school holidays are encouraged to have fun, relax and continue to practise their reading skills.
We enjoyed the visit from ‘Podge’ the dog and Tracy on Monday. Students participated in Responsible Pet Education experiences as well as received activity and information sheets to support their learning.
Our Sacred Heart Art Showcase was an absolute success. The smiles, conversations, feedback and learning opportunities the night provided was a credit to the persistence and hard work from our students and specialist teachers. THANK YOU!
Wow! What a way to finish the term. Congratulations Karinya on an outstanding assembly. They have had many highlights from Year One so far and we look forward to continuing this excitement into Term 4.
Third year student teachers from La Trobe, Elizabeth Rowe and Sarah Valance will be joining the Junior Unit in Term 4. For their 4 week Placement working in Barramunga and Karinya. Karinya warmly welcome Carter Bush, who will be joining their class.
Our Junior Unit have been learning about local history throughout the term. Year One student, Alyce Kilpatrick, incorporated her love of writing with her knowledge of the Chaffey Brother’s to independently produce this ingenious piece using a writing plan, local resources and her creative talents.
We wish all our students and their families a restful and safe holiday break. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 3rd October.
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
Yesterday students in the Middle Unit celebrated a wonderful term of learning about Hospitality in Religion by having a shared lunch. Students were able to put their new knowledge of hospitality into practice by sharing a meal with their friends. Thank you to those families who provided a plate to share.
We have reached the end of another busy term! Well done to all Middle Unit students on a fun filled term of learning! We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break and look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 4.
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
The Year 6 students had a visit from First Constable Rachel Dodd & Joe Clarke this week. They learnt about how to stay safe online, digital footprints, cyberbullying, grooming and and who to turn to for help.
Year 5 students have had a big focus on Kindness and getting along at school this term. A few of our students reached out to an ex Sacred Heart student to ask him about his school experience. We are excited to share the message we received.
We congratulate our students for their effort and hard work in what has been another busy term. Students may wish to use this break time as an opportunity to practise and develop their times table knowledge and we encourage all students to continue a daily reading routine. We wish our students and their families a wonderful break. We hope you all take some time to relax, have fun and recharge your batteries in readiness for Term 4!
Senior Unit Team Contact Details
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- Unit Leader: Mrs Jo Campbell
- Myalla (Year 5): Mrs Danielle Gunn (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
This term in the library we have had lots of learning! All students from Year 1 through to Year 6 are now familiar with the Non Fiction section of the library, with Senior students completing some amazing Passion Projects, Middle Unit beginning to work on a powerpoint of a topic of their choice and the Juniors discovering what sorts of information books are available in our library. Our prep students have been enjoying and responding to many different books, as well as learning how to use Book Creator. Next term, we continue Book Creator with the Preps, the Juniors will consolidate their learning on NonFiction and learn about reviewing books, the Middle Unit will continue their power points as well as study different book characters; and the Seniors will work on a special project for their buddies.
All students in Years 3-6 will continue to need their devices during library days next term. Please remind students in Year 4-6 to charge their devices and bring them to school.
Monday - Illawarra, Eumeralla, Preps, Waminda
Tuesday - Amaroo, Minga, Karinya
Wednesday - Bundaleer, Barramunga, Year 6, Mootwingee
Thursday - Yongana, Kyema, Myalla
Students of the Week
No Students of the Week this week.
Ray White Positive Behaviour Awards
No Ray White Awards this week.