Sacred Heart Primary School 1 Clifton Grove Preston Newsletter

06 February 2020
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Principal News
Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 
Special Events  
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

As we draw to a close on our second week of the term, I would like to congratulate all our students for the way they have commenced the school year. The teachers are very happy with the focus and commitment of their students, as they meet the challenges of their new school year.


Meet our 2020 School Leaders

I would like to introduce our school leaders for 2020, to our school community. Whilst they were announced at the end of last year, we have many new members join our community at the start of this year. I firmly believe that you do not need a badge to be a leader, and as such, all our senior students are leaders in their own right. However, these four students have been recognised by their peers and staff for their qualities, they will be asked to draw on these, as they have a very important role to play within our school during 2020.


Georgia: "I am always willing to give up my time to help anyone who needs help. I will always stick up for the right thing. I want to make sure that everyone is friendly to each other and always help one another."

Connor: " I think I let anyone join in games with me. I think I am respectful and nice to the teachers, students and parents. I want to give up my time to help students and teachers when they need help."

Vice Captains

Alana: "I am able to stand up for other students and I will respect all other students and teachers. I want to make sure in this school that all students help each other despite who they are and whether they are friends or not."

Huy: "I am willing to help others at any cost. I like to help others like the teachers with jobs. As a school vice captain I will make sure that all students are safe in the yard and know they can come up to me with any problems concerning other students."


Parents and Friends Meetings

Our first Parents and Friends meeting will be held next Friday 14th February in the staff room. The meeting will commence at 9.00 am and will finish by 9.45 am. The Parents and Friends Committee is a great way to be involved in the life of the school. The committee itself plays a very  important part  in helping create a sense of community within our school. On behalf of Jodi our Parents and Friends President, I warmly welcome any new and existing parents and guardians to join us at the first meeting. (Please note: toddlers are very welcome at our meetings)


Unexplained absences

A reminder to all parents, that our state government has legislated that schools must make contact with the families of any students

 who are absent from school without an explanation. We ask that if your child is going to be absent from school that you email your child's teacher, use the skoolbag app or ring our school office. Your cooperation with this will be greatly appreciated.


Lunch orders

Lunch orders will recommence next Wednesday 12th February. Like last year, we have an agreement with the canteen staff at the Parade Preston campus, who will supply lunches on a Wednesday. Lunch orders need to be submitted by the day before ie Tuesday by 3.20pm. We ask that orders be written on a paper bag with your child's name and classroom. The lunch orders proved to be very popular last year with their emphasis on healthy food. The menu with prices can be found on the "Special Events" page of this newsletter.


Friday Icy Pole Sales

A big thank you to Jodi and the Parents and Friends Committee, who gave all our students a free icy pole last Friday, to celebrate the start of the school year. Icy poles will be sold this Friday and each Friday until the end of the term. The Icy poles sell for $1.00.


School Facebook Page

A great way of staying abreast of what is happening in our school, is through our school facebook page. If you have facebook, I encourage you to request access as have many families over the past eighteen months. So far this year, Marty has posted twice on the Year 5/6 transition days and I posted last week, about the start of the school year with some photos of our Year Preps and Year 3/4 students working hard.


Yours Sincerely

Mark Tierney


Lids for Limbs

Dear Parents and Guardians, late last year you will remember we started collecting plastic bottle tops for the "Lids for Limbs" campaign. These bottle tops are recycled to make prosthetic limbs for children who have a missing limb. We feel that this is such an important thing to do, that we are going to continue collecting bottle tops until the end of second term. We really encourage all our families to collect their plastic lids and bring them to our school.

Alana and Huy (School Vice Captains)

Deputy Principal / Religious Education News 

Teeth On Wheels

Teeth On Wheels - a mobile dental van will visit the school on Tuesday 11th February, If you would like to have your child/children's teeth checked please complete the form and return it this week.  If you are eligible for Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) you will be entitled to assistance from Medicare. Please read the note carefully and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Jenny DelPrete



Religious Education News

Students in Year Three will begin preparing for the Sacrament of  First Reconciliation this term. Their will be a special mass at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday 15th March at 10:30am where they will present their commitment to the parish community.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be held in Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday 26th May at 7:00pm.

Students in Year Four will be preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist starting with a Commitment Mass on Sunday 26th July at 10:30am. They will receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist on Sunday 13th September at 10:30am.

Students in Year 5/6 will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 9th August at 10:30am.

Further  information will be sent home closer to the dates. There will be a small cost associated with each Sacrament which will be invoiced in the school fees.

Student Medical Management

At the beginning of each school year we need to update our medical records for our students. If your child is asthmatic, anaphylaxis (allergy to nuts etc), gluten intolerant or is on specific medication we require written information and permission to administer medication. We require an updated Asthma/Anaphylaxis plan signed by a doctor and updated medication. A note will be sent home with further information. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you, Jenny Del Prete

Special Events  



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.


Classroom News 

Year 5 6 Transition Program 


By Huy Pham


The moment I stepped into the school grounds last week was the most excitement I felt in seven weeks! Kinda’ strange though; casual clothes, being over at the presbytery, then the activities began.


With the sound of the school bell, every child rushed to get inside, the 3 / 4’s bolted inside, the new Preps and 1 / 2’s lined up in wait of their teachers, as the 5/6 students stood in front of the office.


Marty appeared, as did Amanda, Jenny and Amalie, our teachers for 2020. We stepped across the street where Marty led us to the holy place that is the presbytery. Inside was huge!! On the outside, it didn’t look more than a normal house! The entrance was a little dark, but nothing to worry about for sure.


After prayer, we got straight into finishing off last year’s transition work about our hopes and dreams for 2020. After a few facilitated discussions with the teachers, we began the ‘Getting to Know You’ activity. It was as loud as an angry mum to their child as if they hadn’t cleaned their room! It was fun.


After all the commotion we had morning tea, nice food and thirty minutes playtime.

The next session we had Belinda explain to us the six new Learning Dispositions for 2020; Self-Managing, Creativity, Curiosity, Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. After that we has Drama with Amalie. We split into pairs and my partner was Connor. We had to do a role play showing one of the Dispositions. Ours was a little funny.


After lunch it was too hot so we came back to the air-conditioned classrooms where Marty let us play board games when we came in. I’m still undefeated at chess……

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

11th Feb, Tuesday - Safer Internet Day 

11th February - Teeth on Wheels

18th Feb, Tuesday 1pm - 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

27th March, Friday - Last day of Term 



10th April - Good Friday

12th April - Easter Sunday

13th April - Easter Monday

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



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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