Sacred Heart Primary School 1 Clifton Grove Preston Newsletter

06 December 2019
Bulletin 37

Students are at the Heart of everything we do!

Principal News
Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 
Classroom News 
Dates to Remember  
OHSC by Extend
Sacred Heart Primary School
03 9487 1001
1 Clifton Grove
Preston, VIC, 3072

Principal News


Dear Scared Heart Community

As I did last year, I would like to take the opportunity presented by the school newsletter, to present my final Principal's Report delivered at the School Board AGM on Tuesday evening


School Board AGM

 3rd December 2019

Principal’s Report

My first two years as principal at Sacred Heart Primary School are nearly complete, and like all very positive experiences, the time has gone very quickly. Just as at the end of last year, when I thought I had won Tattslotto being appointed principal at Sacred Heart, another 12 months in the Principal’s chair has not dimmed my emotions.


As I wrote in last year’s report, before I commenced my work at Sacred Heart, I was well aware of the challenge our school like many Catholic schools had with continued falling enrolments. I was aware that Catholic Education is facing a challenge in maintaining its historical foothold in education within our country.

Again this year we have implemented some strategies to try and rectify falling enrolments (some new initiatives and others continuing the work commenced in 2018). At a stage this year we had 24 year preps enrolled for next year, which was a wonderful achievement for our school community and a sure sign that our school’s profile is growing. Unfortunately, some events conspired against us with the number now at 18 (due to 4 students having another year in kinder and one family returning to India for family reasons). 18 students however, is a pleasing increase on our prep enrolments for the past three years.


My firm belief is that the goal to make Sacred Heart the best school possible is the best way to counter falling enrolments. Every decision, strategy employed, initiative introduced that is made to improve our students learning, make Sacred Heart a safe and inclusive environment, gives our students a sense of emotional wellbeing will have a flow on effect upon enrolments.

Our relationship with the two local kindergartens has continued to grow. In 2019 we were invited to run the school readiness parent information night at the Darebin Child Care Centre and I have joined the Board of Management at the Gower Street Kindergarten.


In 2020 we have made continued efforts to engage a proportion of our parent population who whilst happy with the school are not involved. This year we introduced the classroom helpers program which saw a number of parents commit to giving some of their precious time to help our teachers with the everyday routine of the classroom. An increased parent engagement was evidenced in the outstanding number of families who attended the school dinner dance and our school concert and increased numbers at our whole school assemblies. Tonight we take the opportunity to thank the wonderful parents who have offered their time and energy to be involved in the life of our school.


In 2020 we have continued to strengthen the relationship between our school and wider parish community. A symbol of this ever evolving relationship was the performance of the Parish Tongan choir on the CD “Music from the Heart”.

The years 2016 and 2017 saw a slight decline in the schools overall NAPLAN results from the very good results the previous few years. The 2018 and 2019 results have been an improvement on the previous two years. Our writing results in particular have been a challenge and not meeting the standards we want. Next year we have employed educational consultant Deb Viteri to look at our planning model and how in particular to incorporate our literacy into our enquiry learning so our students are given more authentic writing stimuli.

When I look at the list of things that as a school we have initiated this year, I am filled with positivity for the work ahead. When I meet with colleagues about their schools, I realise that we all face challenges. Some are systemic whilst others are unique to their individual school community. I know that hard work by our staff based upon strategic thought will continue to set our school and its students up for success. As a staff we are committed to fulfilling the responsibility parents who have enrolled their children in our school have placed on us.


On a personal level, during the year I have been well supported by the staff, parent groups within the school and the students, and I thank all the stakeholders for this. I have really enjoyed the year and look forward to 2020 with renewed enthusiasm


Some highlights of 2019

Visible Learning Collective         NCCD Audit

Year 5/6 Anglesea Camp     

Introduction of  Before School Care Program

Halogen Leaders Day     

CD, “Music from the Heart”

Concert Thornbury Theatre      

Year Prep – Two Billy Cart Incursion 

School Dinner Dance                             

Introduction of Sacred Heart “Good Samaritan Award”

Introduction of Whole School Assemblies        

Bunnings BBQ

Year Prep to Two Puppet Show                          Football Day     

Whole School Transition Program                                   

Year Six student Aleisha, placed 19th in State CC titles

Staff member Tanya married


Mark Tierney

(2nd December 2019)


I would like to thank retiring School Board members Marilene Fortuna, Leon Nevrous and Maria Panuccio for their tireless contribution to our School Board for the past few years. Their passion for our school, and commitment to school improvement will be sadly missed by all. We wish these families every happiness as their children move into their secondary education  in 2020. Next year, I will announce the board members for 2020.

Parent Helpers Thank you

Last Tuesday evening, after our 2019 School Board AGM, we took the opportunity to thank the many marvellous parents who have offered their services during 2019 through groups such as parents and friends, uniform shop, school board, etc. As a school, we are extremely grateful to these parents who support us with their selfless contributions to our school community.


Choir Performance at Zoo

Congratulations to our great choir who sang yesterday at the zoo. Your performance reinforced how proud I am to be part o the Scared School Community.


Year Prep's visit to Spectrum

Yours Sincerely

Mark Tierney


Library Returns 

The library is now closed for 2019. 

Could you please check that any library books (that may be at home) are now returned to the library. 

Keep reading during the Christmas break! Your local library will be open for borrowing as well as hosting fantastic activities.

Please note your child will receive a notice in their  school bag if they have are any overdue books.


We are also looking for volunteers to help with stocktake of the library. If you can assist, please leave your name at the office for Liz. 

Angela Gangi (Library)


Artivive / Music from the Heart

As promised before the CD launch, I have put up some of the photos with the linked videos at the front of the school. Make sure you have downloaded the Artivive App, so you can check out the behind the scenes process to recording the CD. 

Denise Esposito (ICT Coordinator)


Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 

Christmas Carols

When: Thursday 12th December at 7:00pm

Where: Sacred Heart Church

Everyone is invited to come along and join in singing as one.


Year 6 Graduation

Our Year Six students will be celebrating their primary school achievements with a special Graduation Mass on Monday 16th December at 7:00pm.  They can wear smart casual clothes only. Year Five students are required to attend in full school uniform to support their peers and they will also take an active part in the mass. 

End of School Year Mass

We will celebrate the end of our school year with a special mass on Wednesday 18th December at 9:10am. All families are welcome to attend and we will also announce the 2020 School Captains and Vice Captains. School for 2019 will finish at 3:15pm.

The Giving Tree

A reminder to families to support the Giving Tree in the foyer at Sacred Heart Church this Advent Season. Families are welcome to drop off items for Christmas Hampers for St. Vincent de Paul Preston at school and we will take them to the church. Items wanted include: soft drinks, Christmas goods: pudding, shortbread, chocolates etc.


Advent Season

This Sunday we will celebrate the 2nd week of Advent and light the second purple candle on the wreath in our classrooms. 

We have four candles on our wreath to represent the four weeks of Advent where we prepare to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • God's people -The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place.
  • The old testament prophets - The Candle of Peace. 
  • John the Baptist - The Candle of Love. 
  • Mary the mother of Jesus - The Candle of Joy.

Classroom News 

P-2 Village News 


This week, the current Year Preps and Year 1's participated in a STEM challenge requiring them to build a boat that would stay afloat when a magnetic man was placed on top. The students collaborated in teams, where they designed and tested their creations. Discussions where had as to why the boats were successful or unsuccessful.  It was great to see that all the students would happily evaluate their creation and make the necessary changes, understanding the need to 'Try, Try Again'.  

Prep's Visit to Spectrum 

On Wednesday, the Prep's were taken on a short walk down the street, to Spectrum. Here, they got the chance to interact with Chinese elderly and sing some beautiful carols. Both the elderly and the Prep's loved the experience and as Isabella Xu (Prep) mentioned on her walk back to school, it was "the best day ever". 


Choir Performance at the Zoo

On Thursday the 5th of December, the whole choir went to the Melbourne Zoo to spread some Christmas cheer. We sang jingle bells, Light of the World, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Do you hear what I hear, In the Jungle, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Star, One day and Away in a Manger. We also had fun looking at some of the animals and seeing what their habitat looked like. During different songs, some little kids would stand near the gate to go on to the stage and dance, it was really funny to watch them. 

By Makayla and Jasmine M (Year 5/6)


Check out the mosh pit below. 


Maurice (Zoo events coordinator) told us that we had the biggest crowd so far, watching us sing. If you want to see some videos check out the Sacred Heart Facebook page. 

Dates to Remember  

Term 4 - 7th October - 18th December



12th December - Thursday 7pm

School Carols Night

16th December - Monday 

Y6 Graduation 

17th December - Tuesday 

Year 6 Fun day, Last Day. 


18th December - Wednesday 3:15pm 

P- 5 Last Day Term 4.

2020 Dates 

9th August - Sunday 10.30 


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Science- Rock Candy making 

Art- Christmas painting collage  

Science- Fluffy snow making 

Art- Cardboard Gingerbread house making  

Cooking- Christmas Shortbread making  


The Extend Superstar is…

Josh, for being a great teamplayer


What’s Been Happening?

What a wonderful week we had at Extend. We enjoyed playing outside in the sunshine. This week we made some icky oobleck slime, the cornflour makes it turn hard but when you squish it- it turns runny! We also made some fluffy slime that looked and reminded us of soft snow. How fantastic were our knitting skills. 


As the festive season approaches  we will be completing lots of Christmas activities, this week we completed a fantastic experiment with candy-canes, made super reindeer or snowmen out of styrofoam cups and love to decorate our room festively.


Community Links

This month we will commence our pen pals with a local Extend school. We look forward to communicating with others and learning about some other students our age. 






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