Sacred Heart Primary School 29 Murphy Street Pearce ACT 2607 Parish Priest Father Laurie Blake 6286 1908 6286 2443 fax 6286 5123 No. 38 www.sacredhps.act.edu.au Community Council Anna Washington 6161 8553 2 Decemberr Email email@example.com Council Meeting Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 7pm 2010 Principal Brad Gaynor Email firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Parents and Carers H It has come to my attention that some parents are dropping their children off at school as early as 8.00am, in some cases earlier. Please be aware that no supervision is provided at the school until 8.30am. Dropping them off before this time leaves your children in a potentially very dangerous situation, where they are not being supervised. This is done entirely at your own risk. E Staff may be on site early for work purposes, or there may be no staff on site. Supervision of students is a carefully managed arrangement between the school and the staff. It is not fair to expect staff to supervise students before official work hours commence. A Your child’s best interests are paramount to us all. If I become aware of families regularly leaving their children at the school before supervision begins, I will ask you to attend an interview to discuss the matter. If you continue to do so, in some cases, I may consider reporting the matter to Care and Protection Services. Under mandatory reporting laws, R we are legally bound to report cases of neglect. Would you please ensure that you have arrangements in place for your children to be dropped off at the appropriate time, and not before. T WHOOPING COUGH We have had another reported case of Whooping Cough in the school. Whooping Cough starts with a runny nose and progresses to bouts of coughing that can last for many weeks. The infection is spread to others nearby by coughing. If your child has a B cough it is very important to keep them away from babies. If your child has symptoms of Whooping Cough, including a persistent cough, which may be especially bad at night, please see your doctor. Antibiotics given early in the illness can prevent spread to others. If your doctor diagnoses Whooping Cough, please let the school know and keep your E child at home until they have taken 5 days of antibiotics. More information for school communities is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au and go to the Whooping Cough link. COMMUNITY COUNCIL A The Community Council AGM was held last night and we welcomed new members and a new Executive. Thank you and congratulations to: Chairperson Anna Washington Deputy Chairperson Gabry Borzatti T Secretary Justine Nagel Treasurer TBA Council Members Lauren Maguire, Karen Ottaviano, Cate Anderson, Helen Roden, Michelle Murphy, Andrew Wilson, Kimberely Ellis, Tony Weber, Natasha Parker, Jane Curry, Stephen Supple We are still in need of a Treasurer, so please see Michelle Murphy for details about the role and notify me if interested. Minutes from the meeting will be available on the School Website shortly. Dates to Remember Notes out This Week Please see Page 2 Year 6 Fun Day 5/6B Christmas Lunch 2011 School Fees Principal Performance SCHOOL FEES & DIRECT DEBIT FAMILIES School Fees are now overdue and outstanding accounts need to be paid immediately so we can finalise the school finances before the end of the term. Families who pay fees by Direct Debit will need to lodge their form to modify payments for 2011 by Wednesday, 8 December 2010. Thank you. 2011 SCHOOL FEES The Community Council has approved the 2011 school budget and fees. A letter outlining the new fees and payment details went home yesterday. Please see the school website for a copy if you did not receive it. STAFF NEWS • Congratulations to Judy Egan, our wonderful Religious Education Coordinator, who was this week appointed as Assistant Principal to St Thomas the Apostle, Kambah from 2011. Judy will be sadly missed but it is a wonderful opportunity for her. The position of Religious Education Coordinator has been advertised. • Last week we interviewed for a music teacher and have appointed Evaline Tjhia to the position. Evaline has a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching. She is very excited to be joining our staff and you will have an opportunity to welcome her to our community next year. PERFORMANCE REVIEW A letter is being sent home today from the Director of the Catholic Education Office informing you that I have undergone a successful performance review and have been offered another 5 year contract as Principal of Sacred Heart. This may be received as good or bad news! However, while I have the potential to be here another 5 years, in reality, most Principals will move schools before the end of their second contract. I am certainly not going anywhere at the moment, so sorry, you are stuck with me for the time being! IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER • Music Assembly - Friday, December 3 at 12.30pm in Hall • Year 6 Graduation - Thursday, December 9 at 6.00pm in Church • Thank You Morning Tea - Friday, December 10 at 11am in Hall • Candle Ceremony - Tuesday, December 14 at 12.45pm in Church. • Year 6 Fun Day - Wednesday, December 15 • New Class Afternoon - Wednesday, December 15 at 2.00pm • Kinder Nativity and Christmas Songs - Thursday, December 16 at 12.30pm in Church. • End of Year Mass - Friday, December 17 at 9.30am in Church. CONGRATULATIONS • Rohan, Anita and Clare Langford (KD) on the birth of baby ‘Bridget’ last week. We all got a laugh when Clare said, “Mum pushed it out last week!” • Fleur Evans, Grace Hampton and Eilis Small who scooped the pool at their recent Dance School Awards. CARPARK SAFETY Please ensure if you are dropping your children off in front of the school that they get out of the car on the left side. This is much safer than them having to negotiate cars on the right side. PRAYERS PLEASE • For the Ross Family, Amelia (2G) whose baby Joseph is recovering from illness in hospital • For Tano, our Janitor, who is recovering from minor surgery. THANK YOU Jose Del Rio (Grandfather of Jacob 1M) for cleaning out our drain to clear the ever increasing puddle of water that was building up! BIRTHDAYS Congratulations to the following students who celebrated their birthday this week: Nishanka Kapuruge, Joshua Colussi, Carla Brancella, Owen Turner, Nadia McNeill, Chloe Ottaviano, Charlton Asher, Sarah Godwin, Sarah Crivici, Chirstos Dritsas, Joseph Mamalai. AWARDS KC Annalisa Ciesiolka, Julia Cross, Helen Derix KD Callie Robertson, Sophie Rogic, Caitlyn Skillicorn, Ronin Lindenmayer, Levi Kiwi 1M Sam Alexander, Charlie Cooper, Jessica 1W Ruben Hinton, Eliza Fleming-Berry, Regan Armstrong, Tilse-Carpenter, Noah Bouquiaux Joshua Petrovic 2F Mia Fitzgerald, Hayley Corby, Bianca Gomes 2G Shreya Bhatnagar, Abbey Osmond, Sam Misic 3/4BR Aidan Giberti, Richard Caines, Marcus 3/4BT Mikayla Murphy Anna Mihalyka, Aidan Moore, Nilsson, Amy Trotman Danny Mesics, Ellen Patat-Tanevska 3/4L Molly Henry, Violet Ollman, Thomas McLean, 3/4M Rebecca Zivkovic, Ethan Hamill, Tailee Vecchi Zoe Grimes 5/6B Niarei Bandy, Klara Johansson Cranfield, 5/6BW Grace D'Amico, Grace Lustri, Rianna Masih Olivia Kambouris 5/6DS Luke Nagel, Johny O'Gorman 5/6E Shalini Collins, Caroline Doherty, Chelsea Slater Brad Gaynor Principal RE NEWS As I turned the calendar page over today the quote for December reads; “In Christ who is the source of my strength I have strength for everything.”(Phil 4:13) How apt at this time of year when teachers are writing reports, families are making all kinds of plans and the pre-Christmas Lord of Creation rush is almost upon us. We need to be reminded that we are loved deeply and that Jesus walks with us in the ups and downs of our everyday lives. The next big event for our Year 6 students will be the Graduation Mass and ceremony next Thursday, 9 December at 6pm in the Sacred Heart Church. Many thanks to the multitude of helpers who have offered their assistance for the event. All members of our school and Parish community are very welcome to attend this Mass. We would like to support St. Vincent de Paul this year by asking families to donate items for Christmas hampers. More information will follow regarding items for families to donate. Thank you for your continued support, many blessings. Judy Egan, Religious Education Coordinator MATHS MARVELS The Advent Season is here and as we are beginning to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth, many other associated activities begin to take on a life of their own. Christmas planning, budgeting and shopping are wonderful opportunities for children to apply the mathematical skills they’ve learnt this year. It’s a parent challenge this week! Think of some ways you could involve your child or children in the logistics and financial aspects of this season. Narelle Macfarlane, Maths Coordinator HEALTHY HEART CANTEEN NEWS Week 9, Term 4 Roster Tuesday, 7th Wednesday, 8th Thursday, 9th Friday, 10th 10.00am-12.00pm Heather Ross Lynette Wilson Sarah Stoove Kathy Burless Giselle Rosin Kirrilly Morrison Nadia Giorgi Belinda Doherty Sam Hampton 12.00pm-2.00pm Frances Egan-Richards Monika Van Ewyk Michelle Murphy Kathy Burless Lesley Smith HELP PLEASE HELP PLEASE Rebecca Kain Tracey Kane, Manageress SPORTS NEWS The ACT Government has closed all sports grounds until Monday due to the current and expected wet weather. As a result all Diamond Ball and Teeball games are cancelled. Trish Isles, Sports Coordinator MUSIC NEWS The Junior Music Assembly this Friday, 3 December, at 12.30pm shall feature performances by students in K-2, the School Choir and Rhythmic Heart. All members of the community are welcome to attend this last music concert for the year. Please note that due to scheduling issues there will be NO performance at Goodwin Homes this year. Rehearsals conclude for Choir and Rhythmic Heart next week. Veronica Moore, Music Coordinator News from the Library 2010 has been an interesting and different year for our library. After 3 terms of uncertainty we are thrilled to be in our wonderful new learning space. It has been lovely to show it off to parents, friends and visitors who have popped into see it. We are enjoying discovering the learning opportunities this lovely space provides. However as it is almost the end of the year it is time to call in all our library resources and check everything back in for the year. As many of our books were in classrooms for much of the year our borrowing records may not be accurate. Could I ask that families do a check for books that may have come home earlier in the year - we do seem to have a lot of books that are unaccounted for, either on a student’s record but not borrowed by that student or showing that they are in the library but unable to be found. I will send home reminders to help in the search. Thank you to everyone who helped with our move in particular Rachael Dawes and Kirrily Morrison who spent countless hours checking, sorting and shelving books and generally being indispensible. We are planning a book fair early next year so if you haven’t had a chance to call in yet we hope to see you in the new year. Many thanks. Pam Bryce, Sarah McGoram and Marg Foody YEAR 6 GRADUATION 2010 Year 6 Graduation RSVP’s and money are due tomorrow, Friday, 3 December. ANCILLARY/SUPPORT STAFF DONATIONS Ancillary/support staff Christmas gifts or small monetary donations need to be left at the Front Office by Tuesday, 7 December. Thank you to those who have donated already. LOST PROPERTY If your child is missing something please check the lost property. Lost property will be sorted in Week 10. Any unnamed items will be donated to the Clothing Pool. Please also check that your child/ren have not mistakenly taken another child’s clothing home. CLOTHING POOL NEWS The Clothing Pool will be open this Friday, December 3 from 2.45 to 3.30pm. New and quality second hand school clothing available. This week’s helpers are: Angela O’Rourke, Rebekah Tyhouse and Lauren Maguire. Next Friday, 10 December the helpers are: Kelli Turner, Kathy Burless and Lauren Maguire. Clothing orders can be left at the Front Office, with payment in full by cash, cheque, or credit card ($2.00 transaction fee applies) and it will be delivered to your child’s class on Friday. Hats are always available at the Front Office. Thanks to all the helpers, your work is very much appreciated. Any queries please contact me on 6161 7174. Lauren Maguire, Clothing Pool Coordinator MUSIC LESSONS The Music Learning Centre will continue to provide private music tuition here at Sacred Heart next year. If you are interested please contact them on 62854595.