|Friday 2nd August 2019||Assembly at 2.20pm hosted by 5/6 Red.|
|Saturday 3rd August 2019||Working Bee Part 1 at school 10.30am to 12.30pm.|
|Wednesday 7th August 2019||ACT Oztag South Canberra Gala Day Primary School.|
|Friday 9th August 2019||
Kindergarten Mass, 9.30am - 10.00am.
Assembly 2.20pm hosted by 1 Red.
School Survey closes today.
|Saturday 10th August 2019||
National Science Week. Classroom activities.
|Tuesday 13th August 2019||
Netball Gala Day, Years 5-6.
|Thursday 15th August 2019||
Junior Years, K-2, 6pm -7pm.
Senior Years 3-6, 7.15pm - 8.30pm.
|Friday 16th August 2019||
Working Bee Part 2, 3.30pm - 5.00pm at school.
|Tuesday 20th August 2019||
Fete Meeting 6.30pm - 7.30pm.
Beginning of Term Reminders
- WE ASK THAT FAMILIES DO NOT SEND NUT PRODUCTS TO SCHOOL. Just a gentle reminder that we have several children with anaphylactic reactions to nut products. To support these children we ask that nut products are not brought into the school on any occasion.
- Playground supervision begins at 8.30am. No child should be on the grounds before this. YMCA operate a before school service at Sacred Heart. A link to YMCA can be found on our website.
- We ask that children do not bring personal items such as toys to school. Ooshies are big at the moment. Loss or damage to personal items can cause great anxiety and frustration for many of our students.
- The link for the Sacred Heart Primary School Calender is:
Survey My School
An email was sent to all parent and carers early this week, if you did not receive the email please check you junk email or use the link below. We encourage you to take a moment to complete the survey. It is an opportunity to celebrate what makes Sacred Heart a wonderful and effective learning community and to reflect on areas in which we can keep improving. The link for parents is:
PARENTS WEBLINK https://www.research.net/r/sacredheartpearceparent2019
The surveys are only open until the 9th August 2019.
Choir - Heart Voices
The Sacred Heart Choir has recommenced. Rehearsals are held in the Music Room on Tuesday mornings at 8:30am and Wednesday lunchtimes. The choir is open for all children in Stages 2 and 3.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I work Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Mrs Shelley Salzke
Piano tuition is again being provided at the school this year. Those parents who are wanting their child/children to have piano lessons can contact the teachers directly on the following contact numbers:
Mr Craig Mewett Phone: 0409 151 887/6278 7382
Mrs Pam Cox Phone: 0418 442 203
Mrs Hildegrade Mendoza Phone: 0417 580 975
Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Sacred Heart Primary School (Pearce, ACT) is held on Thursdays from 11:00am to 11:45am.
Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment. Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games.
Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.
If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an expression of interest note from the school office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.
Let’s put some polish on the grounds before the fete!
Saturday 3rd August, 10.30am-12.30pm. We are asking for 6 helpers to work with Greg, our maintenance person, to rebuild the walls of the sandpit. Please bring shovels.
Friday 16th August, 3.30-5.00pm We need as many helpers as we can to fill the sandpits, spread mulch and build the irrigation for the new environment centre. Please bring wheelbarrows and shovels.
Please email email@example.com if you are able to come along.
We promise a cool drink and a warm welcome. We have spare tools if you don’t have your own. If it is raining, we will send a notice via SZapp to postpone.
Thanks Kerry Wode
School Disco Thursday 15th August 2019
Please see the attached Disco Note and Volunteer Note for the School Disco on Thursday 15th August 2019.
Parent Information Notes Term 3 2019
7 weeks until our BIG SPRING FETE
What can I do now?
- Donate pre-loved scarves, books, and toys (clean and in good working order). These can be dropped to the front office.
- Identify items to donate to the White Elephant Stall. These can be dropped off to school on Friday 13th September 2019 between 8.30am and 3.30pm. Come through the office or canteen doors to meet a helper in the Maker Space. Items need to be in clean working order. We are accepting household items, great quality clothing, toys, games and sporting equipment. Unfortunately, we cannot accept large items, any electrical items, mattresses or baby furniture.
- Get gardening and pot up some beauties for the Plant Stall.
- Why not put your talents on show by donating items to the Craft Stall. These can be dropped off to the office by Friday morning 20th September.
- Grab your choice of time on the helper rosters. We need helpers Wednesday 18th September and Friday 20th September in the afternoon and FETE day Saturday 21st September. We welcome parents, carers, grandparents, friends of the school and parish, and older siblings seeking volunteer hours to give an hour or a day! Visit our rosters online via the links below or see the rosters in the School Office.
- Talk to the teachers about typing stories for the children’s books.
- We have two dishes on the multicultural food stall. We would love another. Talk to Kerry Wode if you have something in mind.
Support our fete and Support our sponsors. Here is the start of the list….
The fete is our biggest fundraiser and a huge social event for our community. In 2019 the funds will be used towards the refit and covering of our internal courtyard into a quieter playground area and sensory play space
The raffle and pick-a-package prizes this year are unbelievable thanks to the fabulous businesses in our community who are sponsoring us.
Our dedicated fete committee have been working tirelessly for months. We appreciate their Excellence!
Read the newsletter each week for updates.
Follow our event page on Facebook ‘The Big Spring Fete – Sacred Heart Primary’
Refer to your FETE fridge to-do-list for what is coming up next.
Volunteer opportunities for The Big Spring Fete Saturday 21st September are now open. There are so many options! We rely on each and every parent or carer to make this a success, and every little bit counts.
Choose your stall or where you’d like to help, then please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet. You can sign up for multiple days, times and different stalls
Fete Stalls Saturday 21st September 2019
Indoor junior inflatables: volunteersignup.org/K3TQJ
Outdoor rides/ big kids games:volunteersignup.org/8YRY4
Decorate cupcakes with Marcella (Lilija’s mum year 2) volunteersignup.org/YLK4F
Sideshow alley, showbags, tom bola, lucky dip: volunteersignup.org/4ACKT
Lego competition: volunteersignup.org/TBDMC
Drinks, popcorn, fairy floss: volunteersignup.org/4QCTY
Selling student’s storybooks: volunteersignup.org/TYYRK
Multicultural street food: volunteersignup.org/H3TJT
Information booth: volunteersignup.org/PRMM3
Face painting and tattoos: volunteersignup.org/HYEJP
Wine cage, Pick-a-Package and raffle tickets with Meg Salter: volunteersignup.org/JLAQT
Handmade market stall with Karin MacDonald: volunteersignup.org/97RDM
White elephant, pre-loved toys and books: volunteersignup.org/HL9Q3
Cake stall with Allison Tyron: volunteersignup.org/KJQKH
Devonshire tea: volunteersignup.org/FM44Q
Plant stall: volunteersignup.org/TF8Q4
Saturday Set up or packdown: volunteersignup.org/XWQHD
Friday night prep: volunteersignup.org/D4J3A
Wednesday night working bee: volunteersignup.org/T83XQ
To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering!
Sacred Heart Big Spring Fete Committee
1 Red have embraced inquiry thinking this week. They were given a design brief to build a push-pull toy. They needed to talk about the forces that were at work on their toy. Excellent work from students who know how to self-manage and think.
Our TOMs team hard at work writing their script to solve the Arts Challenge. They were being confident communicators.
5/6 White have been studying poetry and the students were asked to do a poet study on Dorothea Mackellar with a focus on her poem “My Country”. Great thinking and creating. This is what they produced:
In 2017 we began our first Action Team for KidsMatter. Using the results of the first round of surveys the team mapped out a course of action, bringing about changes which strove to connect, support and recognise all members of our community.
Our original list included the ten actions below. Some worked as planned; some were adapted; some are still to be completed. All have had an impact on the wellbeing of our community.
- Implement a communications strategy to alleviate some administration on school staff and to aid communication to parents.
- Better utilisation of parent and community resources. Idea - Term happenings published prior to the beginning of the term for community to forward plan.
- Better use of parent reps. Ideas - Create a parent handbook to define the role for both parent and teacher; School seen to be supporting the parish sacramental program. Idea - cards to candidates.
- Acknowledge the achievement of the whole child by including outside of school achievements. Idea - ‘achievement wall’.
- Streamline communication between staff and parents/carers. Idea - school to produce and publish a flow chart of ‘who to contact and when’ scenario.
- Look at ways to celebrate diversity. Ideas - Multicultural days, use the vegie garden to celebrate cultural food.
- Invite feedback from parent and staff after events. Idea - continue what has already started with the surveys.
- Update school policies to build whole school consistency and community awareness. Publish in public forum for parents. Eg: on webpage.
a. ICT Agreement to advise of school & parent facebook accounts/communication accounts, purposes, usage guidelines.
b. Update the discipline policy. Note differentiation for individual student needs.
9. Continue the great community events that have been implemented since Term 4 2016.
We wish to thank the dedicated members of our first Action Team. While some have moved on from SHPS and others have come and gone as circumstances have changed, we wish to acknowledge two parents, Stef and Anne, who have been the driving force behind the team from the beginning. We hope they can continue with the team.
Now in 2019, KidsMatters has been brought under the umbrella of Beyond Blue and it has been renamed as BeYou. The purpose of the framework is similar:
Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Our vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
Be You promotes mental health and wellbeing, from the early years to 18, and offers educators and learning communities evidence-based online professional learning, complemented by a range of tools and resources to turn learning into action. Be You empowers educators, helping them to develop valuable mental health skills and knowledge, while also providing an effective model for implementing a whole-learning community approach to mental health and wellbeing. https://beyou.edu.au/
We recently asked our community to complete the second round of surveys. The link to the surveys was unfortunately not able to be used on some tablets and phones, but does work well on computers. We have left the survey open for a few more days to gather as many responses as we can.
Invitation to join the Action Team and attend the open meeting.
The next step is to invite members of our community to become part of a new BeYou Action Team. We will begin by analysing the data, sharing our experiences and hopes and then creating an action plan to move our school into the next phase. We are hoping to form a diverse team, representing all parts members of our community. We meet each term in the Italian room at 6.30pm on Wednesday of Week 5. Our next meeting is on the 21st August.
If you are able to join us for this open meeting please rsvp via email to firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like further information please talk to Kerry Wode, Brendan Mitchell, Anne G or Stef L.
Be You Action Team
Sacred Heart Primary School participated in National Tree Day on Friday 26th July. The event started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event.
It is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community.
Sacred Heart was presented with a Eucalyptus tree from Actsmart Canberra as we are a recognised Actsmart school supporting sustainability.
Each year, across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together by celebrating Book Week. During this time the focus is on enjoying children's literature from Australian Authors and Illustrators.
BOOK WEEK CHARACTER PARADE
Our Book Character Parade is on Friday 23rd of August and all students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character and bring along either the book or a copy of the front cover. Alternatively, students may wish to come as a superhero in keeping with the 2019 CBCA Book Week theme "Reading Is My Secret Power".
BOOK WEEK ART DISPLAY - Westfield Woden
In Library this term, the students are busy creating artwork based on the Shortlisted books. The art will then be displayed at Westfield Woden, in Centre Court for the duration of Book Week from Monday 19th August to Sunday 25th of August.
CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL SHORTLISTED BOOK FOR 2019
The books on the bookshelf near the doors to the Stage 2 classes are the Children's Book Council Shortlisted Book for 2019. If you would like to use any of the books next week to celebrate Book Week you are more than welcome to do so. Please just leave me a note if you borrow from here.
Community Council Connections
We held our Term 3 Open Council meeting this week. It was a small group, but that did not prevent good discussions on a range of topics from school finances, book mornings and a very informative activity as part of the Be You framework. We also had our very first 'student voice' representative that brought us important feedback about the school, through the eyes of our year 5/6 students. We will continue to run an ideas collaboration session on ‘Why choose Sacred Heart Primary School?’, something we started last year, and will continue to do so 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 great.
In the Classroom
The Open Council meeting is a great opportunity for parents and carers to understand what our children are learning during the day. At this meeting, Brendan Mitchell ran a discussion on the Rock ‘n Water activities our Year 3-6 students take part in as part of the BeYou framework. This was very informative and a good way to understand how students are being taught to use a strong voice and body language to communicate in difficult situations. Along with challenging themselves and most importantly reflecting on their actions and achievements at the end of the lesson.
An important addition to this open meeting was the introduction of a student voice to the Community Council. Mia, one of our Year 5/6 leaders, brought along some great discussions points from the senior students ranging from the positive enjoyment of gala sports days, peer support and kindy buddies program to improvement suggestions such as condition of the toilets and providing Year 1 students with their own play space. It was fantastic to hear both the positive and negative feedback from our students and we will work together on the suggestions brought forward.
In the Community
From the last Executive Community Council news we reached out for ideas, from landscapers or builders in our school community, for a suitable floor covering to replace the harsh concrete in the interior courtyard. Please contact Kerry Wode if you have any ideas for this space.
As we start Term 3 the Fete is fast approaching and the fete committee are working hard behind the scenes to make this a fun day for the whole school to enjoy as well as raising funds for the school. Please watch out for the regular updates in the school newsletter or via social media and consider helping out were you can to help make this day a great success for all.
The 50th Anniversary committee continue to meet and discuss ideas and events to make 2020 a truly memorable year for our community future, past and present.
Our parent reps 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
Feast of the Assumption, Holy Day of Obligation is on Wednesday 15th August 2019.
Mass times at Sacred Heart Church: 7.30am, 9.30am & 6pm.
“Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Stephen B Whatley”
Mary Help of Christians Parish, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation - Adults) Program - The RCIA is a process for preparing and welcoming new and returning adult members into the Catholic Church. Our parish is offering an RCIA program for anyone interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church or becoming members of the Catholic Church. Enquiry night is Thursday 22 Aug, 6.30-7.30pm in the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart Church, 115 Hodgson Cres, Pearce and the program will run from September. For more information please see the attached flyer/registration form RCIA, call 02 6286 1908, email email@example.com or contact Fr Richard or Fr Adrian. Please spread the word to ‘Spread the Word’.
No Parking on grassed area in front of the Church – Our parish has roped off the lower portion of the grassed area in front of the Church and we respectfully request that it is not used as a carpark or drive through area. This will prevent any traffic causing further damage. Thank you for your understanding.
On Monday, Kindergarten celebrated 100 days of Kindergarten. Here are some pictures from there day.
Josie in KW wrote about "In Kinder I have learnt" below
Creating 21st century rites of passage
Attend a webinar for parents at no cost
Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia's most trusted sources of parenting education and support. Great news - through this membership, you can attend all of their webinars for parents in 2019 at no cost! Here is the information about the next upcoming webinar:
Creating 21st century rites of passage
In this webinar you’ll develop clear guidelines and learn impactful strategies to support you to build strong healthy relationships with your children, bolster their independence and support them in their use of technology in these rapidly changing times.
Wednesday 28 August 2019 8:00pm AEST.(Webinars can be viewed at a later date if you are registered but not available on the date advertised)
How you can register
- Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-creating-21st-century-rites-of-passage
- Click ‘Add to cart’
- Click ‘View cart’
- Enter the voucher code RITES and click ‘Apply Coupon’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 28 September 2019.
- Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
- Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
- Click ‘Place Order’
|Kindy||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|Lucy Mc||Alice H||Rosauro S||Maisie M|
|Jack W||Gilda R||Jim C||Thea M|
|Milana B||Isara W||Sean E||Palak B|
|Stella R||Olive P D||Sopie S||Emma F|
|Joel S A||Veer A|
|Karissa F||Quintin C|
Congratulations to the following students celebrating their birthday in August
Alvin M, Charlotte RB, Aislinn O'D, Hayden O'M, Matthew K, Emelyn C, Mikayla R, Kamal S, Keshav S, Leila G, Lily C, Natasha L, Nathon R, Shivon Y, Ansh B, Liera G, Natalia C, Parise T, Ryan G, Georgia A, Ameya R, Roland S, Lachlan S, Zoe C, Seni W, Jim C