|Friday 24th May||
No Choir in the morning
Cross Country Carnival and School Run4Fun Colour Explosion
|Monday 27th May||
Public Holiday Reconciliation Day
|Tuesday 28th May||
Fete Meeting 6.30pm - 7.30pm
|Thursday 30th May||
50th Anniversary Meeting 6.30pm in the Italian Room
|Friday 7th June||
Student Information Checklist due back please
Dear Parents and Carers,
In the ACT we will have a public holiday on Monday in recognition of Reconciliation Day, which in turn marks the start of National Reconciliation Week. The date for the holiday was chosen because on 27 May 1967, 90 percent of Australia’s population voted in a referendum in favour of amending the national constitution in regard to indigenous peoples.
‘Specifically, the amendments caused indigenous Australians to be included in the official census and extended parliament’s jurisdiction to include them.
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth…
… Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.’
(From the National Reconciliation Week website)
Cross Country and Run4Colour Explosion Run
We are very much looking forward to the Cross Country and Run4Colour Explosion. Thank you in anticipation to all of the parents who have volunteered to help out on the day.
Be You Parent and Carer Surveys
The Be You Action Team (formally KidsMatter) are asking adult members of each Sacred Heart family to complete the Be You survey. The link is provided below and on a push via SZapp. Older students and staff will be invited to complete a survey tailored to their experience during this period too.
Be You Surveys empower all members of the learning community to share their voice about mental health and wellbeing and their understanding of a whole‑setting approach to building a mentally healthy learning community. The surveys will be accessed via the online survey platform.
Similar surveys were completed when we first became a KidsMatter School in 2016. The results of which were used by the KidsMatter Action team to formulate a number of actions and investigations. These in turn informed and supported our school’s improvement frameworks and strategic planning over the past three years.
Consulting and collaborating with our wider learning community is essential to creating and maintaining a mentally healthy learning community. Be You Surveys are an excellent platform to support greater partnerships between learning community members and allow everyone to have a voice. Each of the survey questions are mapped to the Be You Framework.
The data gained from parents/carers, teachers and students in Yr5-6 completing the surveys will be used to help guide Sacred Heart’s priority areas for action by highlighting:
- differences between 2016 and 2019
- strengths within the learning community
- areas for further growth.
We hope that all families will take the time to contribute to this valuable initiative.
Here is the link to the Be You Survey
This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and includes 26 questions.
- Your responses are anonymous
- The landing page has contact details for Wellbeing Support if the surveys challenge your wellbeing. CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn (formerly CentreCare) are also an available counselling service on 6162 6100.
Community Council Connections
We held our Term 2 Open Council meeting last week. It was a well attended meeting with good discussions on a range of topics from reports, school finances, uniform, ergonomics, and some great interactive sessions on school curriculum and the Be You program. We also continue to run an ideas collaboration session on ‘Why choose Sacred Heart Primary School?’, something we started last year and will continue to do as part of our agenda to capture new ideas from our community. The ideas gathered will be shared separately to this update, as we reach further into the school and get a wider set of opinions on what makes Sacred Heart so good.
In the Classroom
The Open Council meeting is a great opportunity for parents and carers to understand what your children are learning during the day. At this meeting Anne Staines ran a spatial awareness exercise using shapes and lateral thinking. It was a good way to understand how measurements and mathematics comes to life across the various school years. (It also probably took us longer than the kids!!)
Kerry used scenario based bullying examples to demonstrate how children use the Rock & Water resilience strategies under the Be You program to manage their actions and reactions. It was an interesting reflection for parents to discuss how we can adopt the language at home.
Interim reports were discussed, with parents providing feedback on the new format. Parents felt that more communication prior to the introduction of the new categories would have been helpful along with a definition key.
A question was raised on the ergonomics of using tablet devices in the classrooms. Anne Staines is going to check with the Catholic Education Office on how they are tackling these issues with a view to a health and wellbeing program being put in place to support growing bodies.
In the Community
The Council has approved funding for works to the central courtyard (between front office and the library). This area is to be revamped as an outdoor reflection and learning space. A shade cover will be put in, with ideas for decking and soft furnishings to make it a welcoming place for outdoor learning or lunchtime reading.
The 50th Anniversary committee will meet next week to hold a brainstorming session in the school to make 2020 a truly memorable year for our community future, past and present.
All classes now have a parent rep. Sharon Poole is our executive Parent Rep Coordinator and will continue to provide a conduit between the school executive, council and classrooms. This should help with ensuring every parent and carer has an opportunity to get involved in our school community.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Council via the front office if you have feedback or questions regarding any of the above. We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as possible at the next open meeting. Watch out for the adverts in the school newsletter.
Sarah Lloyd | Catherine Woods | John Berry | Jac Hrast | Sharon Poole | Josie Lanzetta | Anne Staines | Kerry Wode | Brendan Mitchell
Woden Parish, Pearce - Year 6 and above, Confirmation for 2019
Enrolments Now Open and filling fast!
Essential Program dates are on our website - Enrol NOW at http://www.mhoc.org.au/sacraments/confirmation/
Confirmation Mass availability is filling fast as enrolments are taken on a first come basis, so please enrol well before the Parent Information Night on Tuesday 29th May 2019. Any questions regarding the Sacrament, please contact the Parish Office on 6286 1908 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following students celebrating their birthday in May
Karen L, Josephine K, Phoebe O, Levi T, Blake H, Joel S, Ava S, Logan W, Thomas K, Miranda C, Armani S, Finn K, Palak B, Lucy M, Eleanor L, Tom B, Angelo V, Grace M, Gilda R.
Here are some photos from Saturday Netball.
Sacred Hearts Cross Country and Run4Fun Colour Explosion is on Friday 24th May 2019 please go to the link for parent/carers information:
The School Run4Fun Colour Explosion is next Friday the 24th May! The event will start straight after our School Cross Country Carnival at Pearce Oval. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt and a change of clothes as you will be covered in vibrant, non-toxic colour powder.
If you want more information on the colour powder we will use in our event, please request the Test Report at the School Office. The powder we will use is sourced from India, the home of Holi Powder. It’s non-toxic, environmentally friendly, biodegradable and skin safe. Only the best for our students!
How are you tracking towards your fundraising goal?
Hopefully students have been raising funds using their Sponsorship Form together with online fundraising through the www.myprofilepage.com.au. Don’t forget, the more sponsorship donations you receive the better prize you can choose.
HOW TO ORDER YOUR PRIZE? EASY!
You have two options to order your prize – either by completing and returning the back page of the Sponsorship Form to the front office or login or create a Profile Page at www.myprofilepage.com.au. You have until 24th May to return all cash donations and 7 days from the 24th May to order your prize.
Teaching: Assistant Principal and supporting learning especially in 2 Red.
My favourite subject is maths and anything that makes me think in different ways.
Before teaching at Sacred Heart, I taught in country NSW including St Joey’s at Oberon and Canberra schools including St Thomas the Apostle at Kambah.
I have 2 children, Michael is at Canberra Uni and Gemma is on a gap year from ANU, currently living in Spain.
I love hot chips covered in sauce or gravy.
I listen to a wide range of music, but am always happy to listen to Keith Urban and ABBA.
If I could have a superpower, I would love to fly, so I could cut out travel time to holiday destinations every weekend.
If I wasn’t teaching, I would be a photographer with the newest drone technology.
My favourite funny quote from a student was from an excursion in my first year of teaching walking through Hyde Park in Sydney. My students were asked by a group of men ‘Who is your teacher?’ One answered ‘Kerry and she’s not married!’ After which we left the area quickly with a strict lecture about stranger danger.
Something that people may not know about me is that I play squash twice a week and love playing card games.
Role: Teacher Librarian
When I graduated from University, I worked at Mater Dei in Camden NSW, a school for young people with developmental delay and intellectual disability. I worked there for two years.
We then moved back to Canberra in 2002, and I have been teaching at Sacred Heart ever since. I taught as a classroom teacher for ten years. This is my eighth year in the Library. The best thing about the Library is that I get to share my love of books with EVERYONE!
I have three children: Xavier (16), Aly (14) and Olivia (10)
Our much loved miniature schnauzer Salty went to doggy heaven late last year.
Along with pet chickens we also have lots of kangaroos, wombats and echidnas that like to visit us often too.
Chocolate or hot chips? If it’s ok, I’d just rather coffee.
I would love to have the superpower of having multiple ME’s so I could be in lots of different places at once.
If I wasn’t a teacher, I would love to be a flight attendant to travel and explore the world. Or perhaps a florist, being around lots of flowers would make me happy too!
Favourite funny quote from a student: One little person’s eyes nearly popped out of their head when they saw me at the supermarket and said “Mrs Borgia, what are you doing here? Don’t you sleep at school?”
You may not know that I enjoy the AFL and I don’t just have one favourite team – I have THREE – Sydney Swans, GWS and Geelong but also have a soft spot for Collingwood, Hawthorn and Richmond! At least I have a good chance of one team making the Grand Final each year.
Carers/Parents that would like to help cover some new, fabulous readers, particularly for K-2 classes please email Mrs Morella at Book Covering. Thank you to the few Kindergarten parents that have helped to cover new books. We have alot of books to cover and they can't be placed into the classrooms until they are covered, please help.
Friday the 17th May is Walk Safely to School Day. This is a national event run by the Physical Activity Foundation and aims to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.
Everyone is encouraged walk or ride to school from our usual meeting points throughout the suburb at 8am. If you would like to know where we meet there is a large map in the Front Office that details the meeting locations and the route we take.
This is a community event and parents are encouraged to get involved and boost their step count and set a good example for their children by participating as well. If you would prefer to walk from somewhere else other than our four meeting points you are more than welcome.
Participants will be greeted with a sticker and some party tunes when they get to school. Your body and the environment will thank you too!
Thanks to the efforts of our past and present Environment and Stage 3 Leaders our worm farms are producing some black liquid gold fertiliser. We are collecting our worm wee in 3L milk containers which we have repurposed from the canteen and staffroom. We are selling our produce for $2.50 per bottle while stocks last.
When applying this black liquid gold fertiliser to your garden remember to dilute the worm wee 1:10L. This means you are getting 30L of 'A grade' liquid fertilser for less than a cup of coffee. Wow that is good value! All proceeds will go towards other sustainability initiatives within our school.