In our final week of Term Two we acknowledge all the amazing learning, activities, sport and experiences that have gone on. Our staff work tirelessly to ensure all our students have the very best opportunities to achieve growth and success. Our investment in the literacy and numeracy programs in our school, particularly K-2, have borne exceptional results and we thank Catholic education for the financial investment in our students. Today all our reports will be sent home. Our Primary students will receive their report package and our Secondary student reports will be mailed home. Please read them closely using the reporting criteria to recognise the skills and habits we are trying to build in our students. Accompanying the reports will be a letter with instructions on how to book a parent teacher interview for Term Three. As already noted in previous newsletter, the reports are devoid of comments but all aspects and grading will be explained at the interviews with greater clarity and effectiveness.
Also being mailed home today are the Personalised Plans (PPs) to support the differentiated and individualised learning of students who require tailored programs. These contain a receipt that needs to be returned to school as a legal requirement to acknowledge that you have received and read the document. Teachers at Sacred Heart are committed to ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential at school, in all areas of their school life. Some students may require the teacher to make adjustments or accommodations to their teaching, or to the learning environment, so that they will achieve success at school. If a teacher is making adjustments for a child, these adjustments must be documented in a Personalised Plan (PP). It is a requirement of Catholic Schools NSW that teachers record all adjustments, through an online tool. This online tool outlines student details, along with details of the support the student is receiving, the types of adjustments being made, and the goals being set for this student. As parents, it is important that we share this plan with you so that you have the opportunity to see and discuss the adjustments and the types of goals being set for your child. It is an opportunity for you, your child’s teacher and in many cases, your child, to share, add to, discuss and further develop the PP. Please contact the Front Office if you have any queries.
Work of the Week
We have had so many nominations for Work of the Week that I had to choose two different examples of outstanding work. The first was shared between Charlotte Gay and Ned Hazlett of 1GH for their excellent mathematical skills in addition and subtraction of large numerals. Also our Stage 1 students spent some time with Mr Alderman in the Woodwork room constructing little wooden crosses for their prayer boxes.
Over the past week we have welcomed possible new enrolments for next year. It is so exciting to see new faces who would like to join us as part of our Sacred Heart community. Our 2020 Kindergarten parents were introduced to all the wonderful things on offer at Sacred Heart and then were taken on a tour by our school leaders. Our students are our greatest asset and it was obvious to all the parents how our students feel comfortable and settled in our environment. This definitely makes for better learning and development. Yesterday our 2020 Year 7 students toured the school and sampled many of the different activities and learning on offer. From the chromatography experiment in the Science Lab to the bounteous feast in the Food Tech rooms it was a wonderful showcase of what we do well!! If you know of anyone who would like further information about possible enrolment please contact the Front Office and we will mail out relevant information.
Last Friday Cootamundra hosted the Western Region Athletics Carnival. We welcomed students from 11 different schools as they competed for a pathway to Archdiocesan level. A huge thank you to Mrs Natalee Litchfield for her seamless convening of the carnival, to Mrs Megan Gale and her 9/10 PASS class who assisted with the running of events and to our wonderful staff and students who gave 100% to all that they did. The weather was exceptional and we were definitely blessed to have such a beautiful day. I have attached part of an email that recognised what we already knew, that we have the very best students.
Congratulations on such a wonderful carnival on Friday. Our parents, students and myself are grateful to you and your Cootamundra team for such a well organised, smooth-running carnival. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Everything ran smoothly. I was particularly impressed with the gracious support from your senior students at the start of the day who willingly offered to help put up tents. Please pass on my sincere thanks to them with a compliment for their beautiful manners.
Sacred Heart Feast Day
This Friday at 11.45 we will celebrate Sacred Heart Feast Day Mass as a school community. This special way to finish such a productive term and to recognise all is great about our school. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle lunch and conclude with House trivia. The afternoon activities have been organised by our Senior School leaders and coordinated by Ms Marsay. We thank them for their efforts to finish the term in such a positive manner. All parents and parish community are very welcome to join us at Mass and for a BBQ lunch. If there are any parents who would like to volunteer to cook the 500 sausages then I would love to hear from you.
When we return next term we will mark NAIDOC Week to recognise that we need to work together for a shared future and to celebrate the theme of Voice, Treaty Truth. More details will be made available as we refine our plans.
We hope that everyone manages to have a restful and relaxing holiday break and that all travel safely. Staff will be in Temora on Monday 22 July for an important presentation on the legal obligations and professional responsibilities of Duty of Care, social media, privacy and record keeping. This is an invaluable way for staff to learn about the current climate that we are working in. Students will return on Tuesday 23rd July ready for another action packed term. All students are expected to be in full winter uniform and come prepared for a challenging 10 weeks of learning experiences.
Go gently and if you can be anything…be kind!
ES1 Miima Class Mass
Last Wednesday ES1 Miima's celebrated their first class mass. The theme of the mass was Creation- God made everything. It was a beautiful celebration of all that our youngest students love about what is around them.
Yr 1 Reflection Day
On Thursday our Yr. 4 have their year’s Reflection Day at Dickson Hall. The theme of the day is “The Good Samaritan – Who is My Neighbour.” Please ensure your child has returned their note to the front office.
Sacred Heart Feast day Mass
This Friday at 12 noon the school will come together to celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This mass is a celebration of Jesus’ unconditional love of us and how we can offer all that we are.
Year 7 Retreat
Last Friday Year 7 from Sacred Heart, St Anne’s Temora and Macaulay Tumut gathered together for the regional retreat lead by the St Francis Xavier secondary school youth ministry team. The theme of the day was being open to the call from Jesus. The day was filled with games, discussions and testimonials.
|Seaton Wheeler||Rose Dickinson|
|Danielle Sargent||Stella Blackman|
|Ava Smith||Maycee Twyford|
|Charlie Paterson||Jett Johnson|
|Ivy Clark||Matilda Lewis|
|Jasper Howarth||Iszak Balzan|
|Sean O'Brien||Amarli Kelleher|
|Ashlee Peacey||Blake Holder|
|3W||Secondary House Points Winner|
|Mia Northey||Mischa Boxsell|
|Rose Dickinson, Alexander Byrne, Henry O'Brien, Sarah Lake, Harvey Fitzgerald, Lily Peacey, Isabella Ward, Tia Lawson, Roy Dunk, Lucy Smirl.|
Western Region Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to the 42 students who competed at the Western Region Athletics Carnival last Friday. Sacred Heart hosted the carnival this year with 350 students participating from 12 schools within our region. The weather was certainly on our side, making for a glorious day.
Thank you to Mrs Trinder, Mrs McLeod, Mrs Maxwell, Mrs Gale and Mr & Mrs Winsor for your support throughout the day. A thank you to the Year 9/10 Pass Class for assisting on events throughout the day. We also appreciate the assistance parents gave on the day on events and in the canteen.
We have nine students who will now compete at the Archdiocesan Carnival in August. Congratulations to Zara Bodycott, Declan Brown, Scarlett Chambers, Josh Harris, Amarli Kelleher, Zane Lange, Lily McLeod, Nellie Ward and Jake Winsor.
Primary and Infants T-Ball Sessions
For the past four weeks, Albert from Wagga Baseball has been coming to Sacred Heart to coach Kinder-Year 6. Each class has had a session with Albert each week, learning various skills surrounding the game of T-Ball.
Transportation of students to events:
If you are transporting students, other than your own child/ren to events please ensure that the Front Office have a copy of the following:
- Drivers licence
- Compulsory Third Party Insurance
(Parents are still required to provide this information even if transport is privately arranged).
Todd Woodbridge Tennis Cup, Cootamundra 25/7/19
Canberra Goulburn Archdiocesan Athletics 22/8/19
Canberra/Goulburn Netball Carnival 31/7/19
Canberra Goulburn Archdiocesan Athletics 22/8/19