Sacred Heart Primary School 1 Clifton Grove Preston Newsletter

13 February 2020
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Students are at the Heart of everything we do!

Principal News
Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 
Safer Internet Day at SHS
Classroom News 
Dates to Remember  
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Sacred Heart Primary School
03 9487 1001
1 Clifton Grove
Preston, VIC, 3072

Principal News

Dear Sacred Heart Community


Sacred Heart Learning Dispositions

Curiosity, Respectful, Self Managing, Creative, Responsible and Resilient

Parents will remember that last year, our staff and students did a lot of work on developing a set of learning dispositions that will enhance the acquisition of skills and knowledge at Sacred Heart School. Our parents were also asked for their input. By the end of last year the input from all three groups had been diligently studied and we were able to formulate a set of dispositions that will be integral to our students and staff learning over the coming years. We want these dispositions to be at the forefront of our student's and staff thinking, when they are involved and challenged in learning experiences. An emphasis on presenting and understanding our “learning dispositions” has been asked of all teachers, when planning their classroom programs this term. We want all our students

  • to be able to articulate the dispositions
  • explain how they help their learning
  • identify the dispositions they already use as part of their learning
  • identify the dispositions they need to develop further
  • identify in a given situation what disposition they are using
  • identify a disposition they could use, when faced with a learning challenge


Welcome to our New Students

A big welcome to our two new students in Year One/Two,  Stephanie, and Lauren, and welcome back to Sacred Heart, Future, who left our school at the end of term one last year. I am sure you will really enjoy continuing your education at our school as you make new friends and become really connected to our beautiful school community.


Opening of the School Year Mass

On Tuesday, a letter went home to all families about our Opening of the School Year Mass on Sunday 23rd February. The Mass is a great opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate  the new school year, welcome our new Year Prep students and present our Year Five/Six school leaders. We would love to see as many families as possible join us at the 10.30am Mass, and afterwards in the school multi purpose room for some light refreshments.


Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder that Parent/Teacher interviews take place this Tuesday 18th February. Our students will be dismissed at 1.00pm. Extend will be offering out of school care commencing at 1.00pm on this day, and parents are encouraged to register for this service. The interviews are an important opportunity to meet your child's 2020 teacher, and to share information about the upcoming school year.


Parents and Friends

Our first Parents and Friend's meeting of the year, takes place tomorrow at 9.00am in the staff room. Meetings usually run for about 45 minutes. We would love to see any mums, dads and guardians who would like to be involved in the group attend the meeting. The Parents and Friends committee is an integral part of our school community, and help organise both social and fundraising events. Tomorrow we are doing a taste test on hot cross buns for our annual Easter, hot cross bun fundraiser.


School Office Days

Our school office is open for the receiving of payments, Tuesday to Friday. We ask that any payments made in person to the office, be on one of these days.


Lunch Orders

All families will receive a hard copy of the 2020 Parade canteen menu with costings today.


Yours Sincerely

Mark Tierney



Camps, Sports, Excursions Fund

​​The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like: school camps or trips. swimming and school-organised sport programs. outdoor education programs. excursions and incursions.

Maria has given application forms to parents she thinks are eligible, however if you have not received a form and think you meet the criteria as set out below, please contact her.


The applicant must be one of the following:

  1. a parent/carer (of the relevant student) who is:
    • on the first day of term one (28 January 2020) or the first day of term two (14 April 2020) an eligible beneficiary of either a Centrelink Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession Card; or
    • an eligible beneficiary of a Veterans Affairs Gold Card; or
  2. a temporary foster carer; or
  3. the parent/carer of a student who is 16 years or older and who holds a valid concession card (such as a Youth Allowance Health Care Card or Disability Support Pension Card).

The parent/carer must submit an application to the school prior to the end of term 2.

Parents/carer who receive a carer allowance on behalf of a student, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF payment unless they also meet the above eligibility criterion.

Where the parent/carer is seeking eligibility based on holding a Centrelink Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession Card, eligibility will be determined when the relevant concession card successfully validates with Centrelink on either the first day of term one or term two.

If the eligible card is in the name of the student, the fund is only granted to that student, not their siblings.


Yours sincerely

Maria Rontani


Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 

Attention Year 5 2020!
Year 7 2022


If your child is in Year 5 2020 and you wish to enrol in a Catholic Secondary School it is important to start looking now! All enrolments are open and the closing date for Year 7 2022 is Friday 21st August, 2020. If you would like your child to attend a State Government school then you will need to contact your chosen school and book a tour. State school enrolments will not open until 2021 and you need to complete enrolment forms directly with the school.

Visit for assistance with Catholic schools.

Visit for information about Government Schools.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank You, Jenny Del Prete Deputy Principal.

Safer Internet Day at SHS

Buddy Time on Safer Internet Day 

On Tuesday, the Prep's learnt about the four R's of online safety, being, Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Reasoning. Their 5/6 buddies then joined them to create a colourful mask to consolidate their learning. The students could choose from the following:

  • Terry the Turtle, who reminds us to get back up from tough situations, both online and offline. 
  • Zara the Zebra, who reminds us to question what is real and what is not, both online and offline. 
  • Karla & Karly the Koalas, who remind us that it's important to have each others back, both online and offline.
  • Rex the Dog, who reminds us to treat ourselves and others with respect, both online and offline. 


Year 3/4 

Today was Safer Internet Day and the students in Y3/4 were learning how to be safe online, working in small groups to create a poster to show their learning. 


Classroom News 

Year 3/4 Learning Dispositions 

This week the Year 3/4's are looking at the Learning Disposition "Curiosity". First we made our 'Curiosity Glasses', then we went out into the school yard and lay down to look at the sky.  

We came up with some wonderings about the clouds.

Why are some clouds flat and some puffy? Brian

Why do we see clouds sometimes but not always? Julian

Why are some clouds different colours (shades - grey, black etc)? Zane

What are the names of the different clouds? Hansvi

Why are the clouds up so high? Caitlin

Can you touch clouds? Sinchan

We then looked at some of the plants and trees.

Why do some roses have spikes on them and others don’t? Enock

Why are some roses different colours? Sheen

Why is the tree (near the slide) shaped like a heart? Isabelle

Why do trees and plants grow out of soil? Amelia

Why are some trees darker than others? Enock

Why do the trees change colours with different seasons? Isabelle

Why is the sky sometimes hazy? Ethan

In our Design Project time we will be researching our wonderings. 

P-2 Need Your Help!

In P-2 we are after old appliances that we can 'tinker' with as part of a discovery learning activity. If you have any appliances that are no longer in use and would like to donate them to us, please bring them into the P-2 area and see Alexandra or Bethany. Thank-you!




Dear Parents,

Instrumental music lessons will continue in Term 1 2020.  Application forms can be obtained from the school office.

Why learn a musical instrument?

With so many different instruments to choose from, learning a musical instrument is fun and enjoyable, and more importantly it can significantly improve the development of social, emotional and academic abilities. Here are just some of the benefits of learning a musical instrument:

  •  Promotes time management and organisational skills
  •  Increases memory capacity
  •  Enhances coordination
  •  Improves Mathematical ability and language performance
  •  Improves reading and comprehension skills
  •  Promotes resilience and perseverance
  •  Improves your concentration and listening skills
  •  Provides a sense of achievement
  •  Promotes social skills


Lessons are of thirty minutes duration and will rotate weekly so that there are minimal disruptions to the student’s scheduled class time.


The instrumental music lessons that will be offered are: Guitar, Keyboard.

Musical instruments may also subsequently be purchased at a special discounted school rate and payment instalments can be arranged for this. 



To enrol in the Instrumental Music Program, parents should complete an ‘Instrumental Music Enrolment Form’, sign a copy of the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and hand this in to the School Office.  An invoice will be sent out the first week of term and payment is STRICTLY due within 14 days.  Parents will also be notified of the scheduled time and day of the instrumental lesson.

Students of families who have arrears with their current school fees are not permitted to participate in the Instrumental Music Program.



The cost of Instrumental Music Lessons at Sacred Heart Primary School is less than the minimum fee recommended by the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA). For 2020 the fees are:

$30.00 (Per Private Lesson) or $20.00 (Per Group Lesson)


Fees are invoiced on a per term basis and are payable in advance.  Invoices are sent out in week one of each term.  Payment can be made via internet transfer, Cash or cheque and can be left at the School Office.

  • All students enrolled in the Sacred Heart Primary School Instrumental Music Program are committed to a full term of weekly lessons. If a student wishes to discontinue lessons, then written notice, e-mailed to is required two weeks prior to the end of the school term.
  • If written notice of cancellation is not presented, the Music Coordinator will presume students will continue learning for a FULL YEAR under the same agreement as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • In the event that the Instrumental Instructor is absent for a scheduled lesson then this lesson will be rescheduled and students will be notified of the time and date of the rescheduled lesson.
  • If a student is going to be absent from school due to a SCHOOL APPROVED ACTIVITY, it is the responsibility of the student’s parents to inform the Instrumental Music Instructor. When possible, the Instrumental Music Instructor will endeavor to reschedule the lesson at another time providing 48 hours’ notice is sent to
  • In the event that a student is absent due to illness on the day of a lesson, the lesson will still be payable, and cannot be re-scheduled.
  • Please email  with any questions you may have.


Dates to Remember  

Dates to Remember 

Term 1 - 28th January - 27th March


Please note that our Year Prep students do not attend school on Wednesday in the month of February

18th Feb, Tuesday 1pm  finish - Parent Teacher Interviews

23rd Feb, Sunday 10.30am - Opening of the School Year Mass

27th Feb, Thursday 2.30pm - Whole School Assembly


9th March, Monday - Labour Day

15th March, Sunday 10:30am - Reconciliation Commitment Mass 

15th March - Catholic Education Week

19th March, Thursday -  Open Day

25th March, Wednesday - School Photos

26th March, Thursday 2.30pm - Whole School Assembly

26th March, Thursday Y3/4 Sleepover

27th March, Friday - Last day of Term 1pm finish. 


Term 2


10th April - Good Friday

12th April - Easter Sunday

13th April - Easter Monday

21st April - 23rd April Monday- Wednesday Year 5/6 camp


4th May - Monday St Johns Ambulance lessons

26th May - Tuesday  7:00pm Sacrament of  First Reconciliation 

Term 3 


26th July - Sunday 10:30am First Eucharist Commitment Mass


9th August - Sunday 10.30 - Y5/6 Confirmation 


13th September - Sunday  10:30am Sacrament of First Eucharist

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Extend Update


EXTEND UPDATE.                  







Cooking: Homemade Vegetable Pizza

Art: Paint your own Plaster Sculpture

Art: DIY Glitter Jar

Science: Marble Milk Swirl Experiment

Cooking: Sushi


The Extend Superstar is…

Amelia... for showing initiative and being a positive participant.


What’s Been Happening?

In before school care we made some delicious watermelon juice and are even growing our own plant rock creatures. The disco ball playdough was squishy and the gorgeous colours and shimmer captured our attention. We learnt how to make a simple syrup and squeezed fresh lemons for our own homemade lemonade!


Our cornflake cookies were crunchy and flavoursome. We used our science skills and attempted to power an alarm clock with citrus fruits!


We are so proud of our wonderful students settling back into our Extend routines so well and also embracing new changes. Thank you, students!


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