With the start of the year being a very busy time for us, we have little time to process preloved clothing for sale in the shop and currently have a back log. For this reason we cannot accept any more preloved items for sale until after 15 February.
DUNCRAIG LIBRARY CLOSURE - SCHEDULED BUILDING WORKS
From Monday 6 February to Saturday 18 March Duncraig Library is having scheduled work completed on the public toilets and the front counter area. To progress these works the Library, including the after-hours returns chute, will be closed for six weeks. Whitford, Woodvale and Joondalup Libraries will be operating as usual. Duncraig Library will reopen on Monday 20 March.
Welcome to 2017, and a particularly warm welcome to all the staff, students and parents who are joining us for the first time. We extend a very special welcome to the 238 new Year 7s who have really enjoyed their first week and settled in with energy and enthusiasm (a photo gallery from their first day can be found HERE.)
As we begin the second half century of our existence, I hope that everyone in our community is fulfilled, engaged and happy in their roles and enjoying their work. Like many of us, I marvelled at Bruce Springsteen and admired the sublime Roger Federer. To observe people who have worked hard to become accomplished and then revel in their skill is a beautiful thing.
NEW STAFF 2017
Welcome to the following staff who join our community this year:
Julie Bertolucci - Careers (from Term 2 @ 0.5 FTE)
Liza Baskovich - Parent Engagement Coordinator
Nicole Dodgson - Religious Education
Leida Eykyn - Home Economics (Coordinator 2017)
Margaret Lydon - Health and Physical Education Technician
Jessica Rawnsley - English
Ivan Resta - HOLA Maths
Jonathan Sykes - Geography
Natalie Walker - Physical Education
We also welcome back the following staff from leave:
Chris Barker-Malcolm - Visual Art Coordinator
Lucio Cicchini - Deputy Principal Curriculum
Sam Di Nucci - Media
John Edmondson - Science
Rachel Jones - English
Mark Martino - Music
Renae Oliver - Science
Amanda Ottaway - Home Economics
Robert Popiel - Mathematics
PARENT CONTACT DETAILS
In order to be able to fully support students, it is vital that the College has accurate contact details recorded for all parents. Please log in to Seqta-Engage to check and, if necessary, update your details as soon as possible. Please email details of any changes/updates to email@example.com
Seqta-Engage is designed specifically to manage and maintain student information i.e. timetabling, reports, personal information etc. Parents of students in Years 8 to 12 should already have their login details for Seqta-Engage. All new families and parents of students in Year 7 will receive their link and password to Seqta-Engage in due course. Both portals can be accessed via our website (HERE).
CODE OF CONDUCT
All Catholic schools in Western Australia are now required to have a Code of Conduct in place. This Code of Conduct is aimed at ensuring the protection and wellbeing of students in our care. The desire to have such codes in schools has come out of the recent Royal Commission into Child Abuse. This Code applies to all staff, parents, guardians, students and volunteers at the College. This Code complements the current ways that we protect children: Working With Children Checks, Police Clearances, Mandatory Reporting and Protective Behaviours Training for students. The Preamble and 12 Code of Conduct statements are available on our website (HERE).
VISITORS TO THE COLLEGE
All visitors to the College must report to Main Administration for a Visitor’s Pass. Please note that any parent picking up students from the College during the school day should report to Main Administration and wait for the student to meet them there. Parents should not proceed to the Pastoral Care Centre or Sick Bay unless they have a Visitor’s Pass or are accompanied by a staff member. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
CHANGE OF TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
Please note that traffic flow direction coming into the College via Gate No 1 on Hocking Parade has changed. Traffic from Hocking Parade should proceed to the roundabout and turn right, passing the RNDM Theatre. We hope these arrangements will make it safer for vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
A reminder that Bahama Close is a No Standing zone. This is a narrow roadway and should not be used for the pick up and drop off of students. The northern boundary road of the College is now a one-way thoroughfare east to west and there is no entry from Bahama Close. Pick up and drop off on this road is only allowed for students from the Mary MacKillop Centre.
Our Pastoral Care Group (PCG) structure places students in Houses who stay with the same PCG teacher from year to year. It is designed to improve our pastoral care and help achieve our goal that “every student is well known and cared for, and no child will fall through the cracks”. I encourage parents to get to know their son or daughter’s Pastoral Care Group teacher who will be a 'significant other' in the life of the student.
At Sacred Heart, all teachers have made a commitment that any formal assessments are marked and recorded on Seqta ideally within one week and no later than two weeks. Timely feedback is vital in the learning cycle for students. In regards to email contact with teachers, we expect that they will respond within two days. They certainly cannot respond within one day as they are busy teaching classes, marking assessments, planning lessons, on yard duty or taking cocurricular activities. I ask parents to accept these timelines as very reasonable turnaround times in the busy world that is Sacred Heart.
Congratulations to Luciano(Year 11) and AdrianoTodoro(Year 9) who competed in the Open Water Nationals held at Brighton Beach, Adelaide over the school holidays. Luciano competed in both the 15 year olds 5 kilometre and 7.5 kilometre swims, placing 7th and 11th respectively. He completed the 5 kilometre swim in 1 hour and 1 minute and the 7.5 kilometre in 1 hour and 41 minutes - an incredible feat.
Adriano competed in the 13 year olds 5 kilometre swim and finished in 5th place with a time of 1 hour and 8 minutes.
This year we are trialling having a morning tea twice a Term for parents, straight after drop off – from 8.45am until about 9.30am.
This will be an opportunity to hear information on a range of topics from a variety of staff including members of the Leadership, Technology and Pastoral Teams.
Our first morning tea is on TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY at 8.45 am in the Staff Room. Our guest speaker will be our Principal, Peter Bothe, speaking about the transition to secondary school/ making the most of your school time.
The College is extremely proud of the academic achievements of the Class of 2016. Our Year 12 students genuinely embraced the College motto, “Always Striving Upwards” to achieve their personal best. We acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of our students, enabling them to achieve excellence. Their achievements can be attributed to their resilience, diligence and persistence. The fierce determination of our students is by far the most important contributing factor to their success. A record number of Sacred Heart students were recipients of Awards from the School and Curriculum Standards Authority. 49% of ATAR students achieved a score in the top third of the State. A normal distribution would be 33%, 33%, 33%, so the fact that 49% of our students were in the top third is significant.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority published a “league” table ranking school performance according to the median ATAR achieved by students in each school. Sacred Heart College was ranked the 19th school in Western Australia based on this measure.
The recipients of the General Exhibition, Subject Exhibition, Subject Certificate of Excellence and Certificates of Distinction in addition to the Top 10 ATAR students and the Top 5 VET students have been invited as special guests to attend the Opening College Assembly on Wednesday 8 February. These students will be publicly acknowledged for their outstanding achievements. We congratulate all of our Year 12 students and wish them every success in their future endeavours. A summary of the 2016 Year 12 results and Award Recipients can be found HERE.
SETTING GOALS FOR 2017
As we embark on a new academic year, the importance of setting clear, achievable goals is paramount. I encourage all students and their parents to read THIS article on the “6 Steps to Setting Goals”. These steps provide simple, practical advice on how to set effective goals.The steps are adapted from the work of the famous US motivational speaker, Mr Zig Ziglar.
Fee accounts were sent by email to all families on Friday13 January 2017. A Payment Option Form needs to be completed by each family and was due on Wednesday1 February 2017. If your family has not received the necessary information, please double-check your inbox and check that it did not end up in your junk email. If you have not received it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org call 9246 8208. The completion of the Payment Option Form is an important part of our processes and we appreciate you giving it your prompt attention.
SECONDARY ASSISTANCE SCHEME
Students in Years 7-12 may be eligible for up to $350 towards school expenses. Do you hold a:
CENTRELINK HEALTHCARE CARD and/or a
CENTRELINK PENSIONER CONCESSION CARD and/or a
VETERAN'S PENSIONER CONCESSION CARD?
Applications close Friday 7 April 2017. Ask at the College Reception for more information.
Sacred Heart College has a rich history of parent and College partnership in our students’ education. We acknowledge the importance of this partnership and the results that benefit our students.
Throughout my time as a parent at Sacred Heart, I have immensely enjoyed being active within the College community. I have also felt pride in the generosity and spirit shared by the parents of our College actively contributing to the wider community, carrying out the charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions.
Being parents of four boys, two already having graduated from the College, my husband and I found that being part of the SHC community has been not just fun, but an excellent opportunity to meet other parents socially. We have a sense of satisfaction that we have made a valuable contribution and investment in our sons’ future and the future of the College.
The College knows that parents have many skills and great ideas to share. In my new role as Parent Engagement Coordinator, I would love to build an even stronger Sacred Heart community through broad parent engagement so we can all make a real difference in our children’s lives.
The College understands the time constraints and demands we all face but we hope that you can support us, even for a few hours, in our efforts to build a more connected College community. For this to succeed we need your ongoing involvement and support.
If you are available to assist us in any way, please register or re-register HERE.
Please contact me via email on email@example.com or phone 9246 8294 if you would like more information on how to volunteer or help with social events.
As part of the lower school Physical Education program, students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be attending Sorrento Beach during the first four weeks of Term One. The program aims to build friendships through team-building activities as well as fitness through various activities on both the sand and in the water. Students are asked to come prepared to these classes by having the following compulsory attire:
• College Hat
• Appropriate bathers under College sport shorts
• Rash shirt or old T-shirt to wear whilst at the beach
• Thongs or runners
Students are required to get changed into their bathers and sport uniform within the major breaks (before school, recess and lunch). The other clothing articles (towels, hat etc.) should be retrieved from their lockers at the start of the PE period. All students will be given time at the conclusion of the lesson to get changed back into their College uniform.
Hannah Waddell Head of Learning Area - Health and Physical Education
Registrations are now open and will close Thursday 23 February.
Sacred Heart Netball fields teams in the Winter competition at Wanneroo Districts Netball Association (WDNA). Games are played at Kingsway Sports Grounds on a Saturday during Terms 2 and 3. The Club focuses on girls having fun, building friendships and getting some exercise. We do not grade teams and the girls usually arrange their own teams which they submit to us. However, in Year 7 and for students new to the College we will work with the girls to arrange suitable teams for them.
Last year’s teams are also welcome back. Please complete the team registration form and send it through to Fiona Walton or myself. Any new players in your team who are first-time players for Sacred Heart will need to complete an individual registration form.
The following forms are available on the Sacred Heart College website (HERE):
An introductory letter that provides more detailed information
2017 Team Registration form
2017 Individual registration form (this needs to be completed if you are a new player for Sacred Heart)
BOYS, BOYS, BOYS…
WDNA are trying to start an U15 (males between 12 and 15 by 31 December 2017) all boys competition this year. Sacred Heart Netball Club are happy to register a team or teams if we have enough interest. Please contact me if you are interested ASAP as we may look at putting a combined year group team together.
To ensure uniforms arrive in time for the first game, we must order these early. There is limited second hand stock available and any old dresses are gratefully accepted. The Uniform Shop will be available for netball dress fittings on Monday 6 and 13 February (11am to 4pm) and Wednesday 8 and 15 February (11am to 5pm). The order form on the website must be completed when ordering a new dress, especially if you are sending your daughter by herself to be fitted.