Welcome to the end of week three. I hope you and your children are settling back into routines and all are making the most of the glorious weather we have been experiencing.
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of the Lenten season. As we enter the season of Lent, we begin a time of being more; it is not just about giving up sweets or indulgences; it is about embracing a deeper sense of reflection and renewal as a family. Lent offers us a precious opportunity to journey inward, to examine our lives, and to grow spiritually.
Rather than merely focusing on what we might abstain from, it may be a time to consider what we can add more of into our lives: more kindness, more gratitude, more patience, and more time spent together as a family in prayer and reflection. Lent invites us to simplify our lives, to detach from distractions, and to recenter our focus on what truly matters.
In this season of sacrifice and self-examination, let's not lose sight of the essence of Lent—the journey toward a more meaningful and authentic connection with our faith, our loved ones, and ourselves. May this Lenten season be a time of profound growth, deepened spirituality, and abundant blessings for our families.
Next Tuesday, the 27th, there will be parent/teacher conferences; this is a time to meet your child’s teacher and check in to clarify any questions you may have. As partners in your child's educational journey, your collaboration with us at school plays a pivotal role in their success. Positive partnerships between home and school foster an environment where children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Your involvement in your child's education sends a powerful message—that learning is a priority and a shared responsibility. Whether it's attending parent-teacher conferences, volunteering in the classroom, or simply engaging in conversations about their day, your active participation demonstrates the value of education and instils a sense of importance in your child.
Talking with your child about school is important. Research shows that the way parents communicate about school significantly impacts a child's attitude, motivation, and resilience. Whether offering encouragement during tough times or discussing academic achievements, your words matter. By fostering a positive and supportive dialogue, you can equip your child with the tools they need to navigate the ups and downs of their educational journey with confidence and resilience.
As we progress through the year together as a community, it is important that we all understand the value of working together to sustain a culture where we can all feel safe, connected, and have a sense of belonging.
Yours in partnership
This year, Project Compassion brings you the stories of three resilient women from three different corners of the world. They are facing vastly different challenges, but are all united by one dream: to create a better tomorrow for all future generations.
Meet Ronita from the Philippines. Ronita lives with her husband and two children in a barangay (local district) in Quezon City, which is situated in Metro Manila in the Philippines. She went back to school to finish her education so that she could earn income to support her children.
Meet Leaia from Samoa. Not having access to a reliable source of clean water was very difficult for Leaia and her family. But, with the support of Caritas Australia, a water tank was installed at their home, improving their health and living conditions.
Meet Memory from Malawi. Memory, the eldest daughter from a rural Malawian family, trained to become a carpenter and is now a trailblazer for future generations of women in her village.
Throughout Project Compassion, you will get to know the stories of Ronita, Leaia and Memory. Journey with them as they forge a path to a brighter future for all generations.
At Sacred Heart this year each classroom will have a large Project Compassion box and we encourage students and families to donate where they can to support this worthy cause. You can also donate online by visiting caritas.org.au/project-compassion or by calling 1800 024 413.
Mersey Leven Catholic Parish
Our teachers have begun implementing an online assessment platform that allows them to pre-assess students within each strand of the Mathematics Australian Curriculum. Student results are automatically compiled, advising the teacher of each student’s current achievement level and analysis of the achievement standards that have been understood and misunderstood for each student, group and class.
Teachers can differentiate the curriculum within each sub-strand based on each assessment result and create a tailored paper-based and online curriculum (My Numeracy) for each student or class. My Numeracy is a differentiated and personalised formative assessment model with an interactive teaching and learning function that enables students to progress through each content description and their four proficiency strands of the curriculum.
The post-assessment identifies each student’s new Australian Curriculum achievement level demonstrating the growth achieved by each student. Continued analysis of class and cohort data within each strand and sub-strand is provided along with guidance on the developed Numeracy progressions within each sub-element.
Sacred Heart staff value the partnerships between home and school; effective communication is important to us. Please see below the expectations for using our platforms and communication channels.
TOP OVAL DROP-OFF AND COLLECTION
SUPERVISION - DUTY OF CARE
School starts at 8:30am. Students are not to be dropped off at school prior to 8:30am as there is no supervision before this time.
TENISON WOODS CENTRE CARPARK
This car park which is located near the school's blue shed is not to be used for school drop off or pick up.
Mersey Leven Catholic Parish Sacramental Program
The Mersey Leven Catholic Parish Sacramental program runs between May – October 2024 and will include preparation and celebration of the Sacraments for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion.
A Parent Information Session is on Monday 18th March – 5pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Devonport.
A more detailed letter from the Parish was sent out to families with children in Grades 3-6 next week, via Compass last week.
For more information please contact Miss Davis through the school office.
Parent-Teacher conversations will be conducted as follows:-
Kinder Joeys — Grade 6 – Tuesday 27th February 2023 - Between 3:10pm — 7:30 pm.
Kinder Kookaburras – Wednesday 28th February 2023 — Between 3:10pm — 5:00pm.
Bookings will need to be made through the Compass app.
To make a booking:-
1/ Make sure you have downloaded the Compass App and logged on via your mobile device or iPad.
2/ Open the app and click on the 3 bars at the bottom of the screen
3/ Click on the conference link
4/ Click on the meeting you are wanting to book an appointment for
5/ Click done once you have read the information
6/ Click on the child you are booking for and then the times and dates will appear that are available at the time of booking
7/ Click on the time that suits you and then click on confirm booking
8/ Click on the arrow in the top left if you need to make another booking for more students and follow the prompts as per above.
These conversations will be for 10 minutes to allow you to meet with the teacher and discuss the year ahead for your child/ren.
Families who have a Learning Plan meeting already booked in Term 1 do not need to make a booking.
If you encounter any problems please contact the school office during office hours on 64252680.
New Student ICT Agreement
Our student ICT agreement has been updated and sent out as a compass event. Can all families please read through this agreement with their child/ren and give permission on this event to acknowledge and agree to the terms of the agreement. Students have also discussed the expectations of using technology at school in their classes.
Safer Internet Day
Classes across the school have been engaging in a range of activities to equip students with the knowledge and skills on how to engage online safely. They have particularly explored the difference between personal and private information and what sort of information is and isn't okay to share online.