Handbook

The Sacred Heart Primary handbook below, covers all the information and procedures you and your child will need.

You can print a full version to read at your convenience by pressing the ‘Print to PDF’ button at the top of the page.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact Sacred Heart, Mt Druitt, by phone on 02 9625 8733 during weekdays (8:30 - 3:30pm).

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School opened in 1983, with two Sisters of St Joseph and two lay teachers. Classes for one Kindergarten, one Year One and one Year Two were conducted in temporary classrooms.

The construction of Stage One of the permanent school buildings commenced in 1984 and were occupied in 1985. By 1985, the Principal was the only representative of the Sisters of St Joseph. Stage Two buildings commenced construction in 1987. By then, there were two classes each of Kindergarten to Year Three, and one each of Years Four, Five and Six.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary was also included in the Disadvantaged Schools Program (DSP) from 1987, with successful submissions for Music and a Community Liaison project. Involvement in this project continued in 1988 with the funding for Music and implementation of a Language project being continued, along with participation in “Meet-a-Mate”.

The Sisters of St Joseph withdrew in late 1988, and in 1989 a lay Principal was appointed. Stage Three of the building project was completed in September 1989 and involvement in the DSP projects continued.

By 1990, student numbers were up to 396 and classes were two stream from Kindergarten to Year Six, for the first time. The Official Blessing and Opening of the school buildings took place on Sunday 13th May 1990. Bishop Bede Heather performed the Blessing and Mr Roger Price M.P. opened the buildings on behalf of the Federal Minister for Education. Sacred Heart’s involvement in the DSP program was discontinued at the end of 1990.

In recent years a major emphasis has been placed on Literacy and Numeracy, as well as Religious Education.

In 2007, the school began a major building project which saw the refurbishment of the Kindergarten, Year 5 and Year 6 rooms, the Library, and the Administration block. These new open learning spaces, allow for teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

In 2010, thanks to the Building Education Revolution Project (BER) undertaken by the Government, we were able to construct our new Multi Purpose Learning Area (MPLA). The Multi Purpose Learning Area was officially opened and blessed by Bishop Anthony Fisher.

The Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA), which covers the amphitheatre, was redesigned in 2014 to provide a much more useful space for students in various weather conditions. In 2015, a shade structure was constructed adjacent to the basketball court to provide students with additional weather protection.

In October 2016, Information Technology was upgraded in every learning space to include 165cm (65 inch) television monitors connected to Apple TV, wireless document cameras and new iPads. This technology ensures our students are 21st century learners.

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide a quality education for our children in a Christ-centred environment and to support, develop and promote the educative mission of the Catholic Church.

WE VALUE:

  • Respect
  • Openness
  • Compassion
  • Tolerance
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Trust
  • Dignity.

WE BELIEVE:

  • children are the focus of all our endeavours
  • in a caring school community where all feel safe, valued and respected
  • in an educational environment where we continually strive to meet the needs of children and the challenge of educational change.

WE CELEBRATE:

  • our Catholic tradition
  • the uniqueness and achievements of the individual
  • the richness of the diverse culture and background of our school community. 

VISION STATEMENT

FAITH COMMUNITY
We strive to build a strong and caring faith community where children meet and deepen their knowledge and love of Jesus.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY
We strive to provide an environment where pastoral care is evident in relationships which are based on respect, honesty, and affirmation.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
We strive to make a difference in the lives of the children entrusted to our care, by developing children who are happy, confident and independent.
We strive to support the personal, spiritual and professional development of our staff by providing access to high quality professional development.

CURRICULUM
We strive to provide a relevant and balanced curriculum, reflecting student needs and current educational thinking.

PARTNERSHIP
We strive to support, encourage and involve parents in understanding all aspects of their child’s education.
We strive to promote the school and foster positive relationships with the wider community.

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, please send enough cupcakes or doughnuts with serviettes for the whole class. Large, uncut cakes are not permitted. Drinks, lollies or other food are not permitted as some students have food allergies.

SCHOOL HOURS

Student supervision is provided from 8.20 am

Classes begin at 8.50 am

Recess is between 10.50 and 11.20 am

Lunch is at 1.20 pm

Students eat lunch with their class at this time.

Between 1.30 and 2.00 pm is playtime.

Students are dismissed at 3.00 pm.

Student supervision is provided until 3.30 pm.

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE

A Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC) is located at Sacred Heart. The COSHC is for Sacred Heart students, and opens at 7am and closes at 6pm.

BUSES AND TRANSPORT

Please make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child will be travelling to and from school.

Many of our students travel by bus. This places great responsibility on each student to behave and to be aware of how their conduct affects others.

Parents should read carefully the instructions on the School OPAL Card Brochure to determine if your child is eligible for a School OPAL Card.

Lost School OPAL Cards may be replaced by submitting a new application.

PARKING

  • Parents are to park in the street when bringing students to or collecting students from school.
  • Parking is not permitted in the Church car park.
  • Please do not park illegally, in driveways, no standing or bus zones in Nelson Street, as police do patrol these areas and fines will be imposed.
  • Please be mindful of the neighbours when dropping off and picking up your children.

The school draws students from South Mount Druitt and Minchinbury areas. Sacramental programs are undertaken at Sacred Heart Parish.

Sacred Heart is a feeder school for St Agnes, Rooty Hill. The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) guarantees continuous education from K-12 for Catholic families who seek high enrolment in the local Catholic High school.

TELEPHONE

On certain occasions the school will need to make urgent contact with parents by telephone (in case of illness or an accident), therefore it is essential that the school be informed if your home, mobile, work or emergency contact telephone number is changed.

Parents are expected to telephone the school if their child is unable to attend school due to illness. This will allow us to be sure of your child’s whereabouts each day. This absence must be followed up with a separate note from you to the class teacher to explain your child’s absence from school.

ABSENCE NOTES

We are required by law to keep written records of each child’s attendance at school. For this reason, if you know in advance that your child is to be absent:

  • please send a note explaining the circumstances, or
  • if your child is absent without notice, please ring the school and send a note when your child returns to school.

Notes are required for all absences, including part absences i.e. late arrival or leaving early.

Under Section 25 of the Education Act 1990, the Principal may grant an exemption from school due to exceptional domestic circumstances. This may include, but is not limited to family holidays. Certificates of Exemption Forms can be obtained from the school office for completion and must specify the reason and dates your child will be absent from school.

LEAVING THE SCHOOL

Parents who wish their child to leave the school at any time during the school day for appointments or other special reasons must send a note. It is expected that parents will collect their children from the office personally at these times. Please do NOT go directly to your child’s class. Parents will need to go directly to the office and fill in a slip, if they have not already sent in a note to school. Parents need to wait in the office and the student will be called.

APPOINTMENTS

Appointments to see your child’s teacher should be made through the office.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

A school newsletter goes home to parents once a week, usually on Wednesdays. This contains important information for parents about school activities. Please contact the school if you do not receive your newsletter.

The School newsletter is also posted on our school website.

EXCURSIONS

Excursions provide opportunities for students to participate in experiences beyond the classroom, contributing to their learning growth and development. Notes giving details and seeking permission for students to participate are sent home prior to all excursions. Only students who have returned signed permission notes will be permitted to participate in excursions.

MEDICATION

All medication must be sent to the office with a signed consent form from parents (or guardians).

ASTHMA medications are to be kept in the office.

  • Only prescription medication will be administered.
  • Parents must provide in writing, signed and dated, details of dose, time and duration of the medication, the reason for the medication, and an acceptance of full responsibility in delegating the administering of the medication to the school.
  • All medication must be clearly marked with the student’s name and dosage.
  • A copy of a standard letter is attached.

ACCIDENTS OR SICKNESS AT SCHOOL

In the event of a serious accident or sickness at school, the following procedure is followed:

  • The school will ring the parents/guardians.
  • If parents are unable to be contacted the school will ring the emergency contact person/s nominated by the parents.
  • If the injury or illness is considered serious, an ambulance will be called and medical assistance sought. 

At all times the school will take all reasonable steps to ensure the wellbeing of the student.

All Key Learning Areas (KLAs) are taught with particular attention given to Sharing Our Story in Religious Education. Integration is encouraged especially in English, Human Society and Its Environment (H.S.I.E.), and Science & Technology. The syllabuses prescribed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) are followed.

The Learning Support teachers support integration of special needs students in the classroom. Our Literacy Support teachers assist students from Non English Speaking Backgrounds to develop skills in Literacy.

In 2010, Sacred Heart introduced Reading Recovery, an intervention program for students in Year 1 who were having difficulties with reading. This has made a tremendous difference to our students’ reading at Sacred Heart. We started by training one teacher and now in 2016 we have three Reading Recovery trained teachers to work with students. This allows us to have three teachers supporting students with reading in Year 1. This is a great opportunity for our students, and the benefits can be seen in other Grades.

Teachers ensure that the ability levels of all students are catered for within the classroom.

The use of Information Technology is integrated throughout all the Key Learning Areas.

Assemblies provide opportunities for the Student Leadership Team to exercise leadership roles, for each class to demonstrate achievements and for students and staff to celebrate learning. The Student Representative Council, with representatives from across Years 2 - 5, provides opportunities for student input into policies and practices as well as developing leadership skills.

For the protection of other students in the school, the following periods of exclusion must be observed.

Infectious

Chicken Pox : Exclude until fully recovered - minimum exclusion for 7 days after the first spots appear.

German Measles : Exclude until fully recovered - minimum exclusion for 5 days from appearance of the rash.

Infectious : Exclude until medical practitioner certifies recovery.

 

Hepatitis

Measles : Exclude for at least 5 days from the appearance of the rash

Mumps : Exclude until fully recovered - minimum exclusion for 10 days from the onset of the swelling.

 

Streptococcal Infection

(Colds, Flu, Respiratory) : Exclude until fully recovered from the infection.

Whooping Cough : Exclude until fully recovered - minimum exclusion for 3 weeks from the onset of the whoop.

 

Conduct

Good manners will be insisted upon at all times, in the classroom and in the playground.

We aim to have a safe and happy playground environment.

It is expected all students will demonstrate respect for themselves, and for the rights of others. Misbehaviour will not be accepted or tolerated. We are sure you would not want us to allow disruptive behaviour to interfere with your child’s education.

  • Kindergarten classes will begin on Thursday 2nd February 2017.
  • Please bring your child to the classroom at 8.50 am. Pick your child up at 2.45pm from the classroom.
  • Friday 3rd February 2017 - please bring your child to the classroom at 8.50am. Pick your child up at 2.45pm from the classroom.

KINDERGARTEN’S FIRST WEEK

  • Friday 27th January to Wednesday 1st February MAI & EYA Assessments
  •  Monday 6th February Kindergarten students will commence school full-time 8.50am - 3.00pm

Please provide “Recess” and “Lunch” clearly labelled with your child’s name.


Parents are asked to bring their child to the Kindergarten classroom in the morning during the first week and THEN LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.


SCHOOL OFFICE PHONE NO. -
9625 8733

OFFICE HOURS – the office is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm

SCHOOL HOURS –

Student supervision is provided from 8.20am

Classes begin at 8.50am

Recess is between 10.50 and 11.20am

Lunch is at 1.20pm

Students eat lunch with their class at this time.

Between 1.30 and 2.00pm is playtime.

Students are dismissed at 3.00pm.

Student supervision is provided until 3.30pm.

Medical Authority

Date:                     _________________________________

Student’s Address: _________________________________

                            _________________________________

 Dear Principal of Sacred Heart,

 RE: Notification and request for the Administration of Medication during school hours.

 

I request the school to administer prescribed medication at school, during school hours, to my

son / daughter __________________________________________ according to the following

medication details. (Child’s Name)

Student’s Name: ______________________________________

Prescribing Doctor: ______________________________________

Medical Condition

requiring medication: ______________________________________

Period of Treatment: From: ______________ To: _______________

Name of Medication: ______________________________________

Dosage: ______________________________________

Times of Administration: ______________________________________

Special Instructions: ______________________________________

Self Administered: Yes  No 

I / We accept and agree to observe the conditions imposed by the school and understand and

agree that it is my / our responsibility to inform the Principal of any changes involving the

administration of the medicine.

Yours sincerely,

________________________________________

(Parent/Guardian Signature)

 

Please click here to download medical authority form. 

 

We believe parental participation is important in the education of students, and to the vitality of the school.

We aim to enhance parents’ understanding of the curriculum and teaching practices through parent information programs.

Parents can also contribute to the school community through reading groups, class help groups, computer assistance and sporting programs. Attendance at Grade Masses, Assemblies, Open Days and Parent/Teacher conferences is strongly encouraged.

Before coming to school your child should be able to:

When deciding whether your child is ready for school, look at your child’s readiness in all areas of development. Look for 70% success rate. Remember children develop at different rates and your child’s ‘stage’ is more important than age.

  • know their full name (first & last), and age
  • be able to make the sign of the cross
  • take jumpers or cardigans off and put them on without help
  • put on socks and shoes without help
  • use a handkerchief properly
  • go to the toilet independently (able to use toilet paper and flush the toilet)
  • wash hands after using the toilet
  • put toys and books away after use
  • distinguish between ‘Recess and ‘Lunch’
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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School South Mount Druitt. This is a multicultural Catholic school with a most dedicated staff, which has built up an enviable reputation for providing quality Catholic Education since it’s beginning in 1983.

The school works closely with the Parish. The Jesuit Priests from Emerton support the Liturgical life of the students and teachers in the important area of Religious Education. In all the other Key Learning Areas the school follows the Syllabuses as directed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Parents are encouraged to take a keen and active interest in their children’s education. And the school prides itself on providing a safe and happy learning environment, in which students are led to develop their skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to the full.

We also pride ourselves on being an ‘Open School’ where parents are welcome to come and discuss any problems – no matter how small – with the teachers, Assistant Principal or Principal.

On behalf of the school community, I welcome you to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. May your years with the school be long, happy and fruitful.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Glenn Patchell

Principal

Resource fees are $85 per child.

Resource fees help us to provide the books and resources that each student requires for learning.

They cover –

HIRE: e.g.

Information Technology

Maths Text & Materials

Religious Education Resources

Class Reading Material

Dictionaries / Atlases

Sport equipment

Science equipment

Maths equipment

Library – reading material

ITEMS USED BY STUDENTS

IN CLASS: e.g.

Home reading box

Writing and coloured pencils

Exercise books

Manilla folders

Art & Craft material

(e.g. paint, art paper, crayons etc.)

ITEMS USED BY THE TEACHER

FOR STUDENTS’ LEARNING: e.g.

Photocopying & copy paper

Printing

Textas / Pens

Students in Primary classes are to provide their own writing and coloured pencils, pens, ruler, paste and Library bag.

Textas and liquid paper are NOT permitted.

The First Years of School

To assist your child in his/her first years at school:

  1. Assure your child of your love.
  2. Provide him or her with opportunities to talk with you about things in general, about activities in school, and in particular about lessons, books and projects.
  3. Take time to read to your child each evening before bedtime. Classic stories and Bible stories are excellent reading material.
  4. Help him or her to stick to some type of daily schedule or routine for homework, television watching and home responsibilities.
  5. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night. At least eight hours are needed for healthy minds.
  6. Provide him or her with a healthy diet.
  7. Be an example of the type of personality you desire for your child.
  8. Provide opportunity for your child to develop a spiritual faith that can be relied on during difficult growing years, and fallen back on when Mum or Dad are no longer available for guidance.
be wise

The Public Health Act 1991 requires parents to supply documentation of the immunisation status of their children starting in school (Kindergarten class), preschools and childcare centres.

This means that Parents of children starting in the Kindergarten class in 2017 must provide an Immunisation Certificate from:

Your Doctor (General Practitioner)

Senior Health Surveyor of your Local Council

Medical Officer of Health of your nearest Public Health Unit

Community Health staff

Recess and Lunch

  • Label lunch boxes and drink bottles with your child’s name.
  • Label Recess and Lunch with “Recess” or “Lunch” (for the first five weeks)—until students learn which is which.

Examples of possible foods include:

Recess—a piece of fruit &/or another healthy snack

Lunch—a sandwich and a drink

  • Supply drinks, preferably ‘POPPERS‘ (no soft drink, glass bottles or cans).
  • Make sure your child has enough food for the day but not too much.

A spare change of underpants, socks, and shorts for the boys in a plastic bag, plus:

  • handkerchief or tissues
  • raincoat and rain hat (no umbrellas please)
  • school hat clearly labelled with your child’s name (to protect children from sunburn, we have a ‘no hat—no play’ policy).

 

PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING WITH FULL NAME

Students will need a LIBRARY BAG (available from the school office at $10.00 each) and a paint shirt (adult T-shirt) to stay at school.

UNIFORM

  • Full school uniform is to be worn at all times.
  • School hats are to be worn by all children. NO HAT, NO PLAY APPLIES.
  • Hair ribbons should be blue or white.
  • Girls only are permitted to wear a single pair of earrings.

Please see the Uniform lists for items available through the school office and Lowes at Mt Druitt Westfield.

SECONDHAND CLOTHING POOL

Some second hand uniforms are available from the school office at reasonable cost and in good condition.

FEES

School fees are fixed by the Diocese. There is a concession if more than one child in a family is attending a Catholic school.

  • School fees are payable within the first three weeks of Terms One, Two and Three.
  • Parents facing any difficulties paying fees are asked to speak to the Principal.
  • Fees may be paid by instalments upon arrangement.
  • A Book and Equipment Fee is charged each year.
  • A Diocesan Building Levy is charged each year.

OFFICE HOURS

The office is open from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.

PAYMENTS

When sending money to school for excursions, bookclub, school fees, etc., please enclose it in a sealed envelope or Snaplock bag clearly labelled with your child’s name and class, amount enclosed and the purpose.

SCHOOL (STUDENT) BANKING

If your child opens an account with the Commonwealth Bank, they may have their deposits processed at school on Thursdays.

In 2017, ALL students at Sacred Heart will be doing the Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI). To enable us to get ALL students to complete this MAI we will be completing them on the first two days of the year for Year 2 - Year 6. Kindergarten and Year 1 will do the MAI and Early Years Assessment (EYA) in the first week of the year. We would like to get all this completed so students can start their learning as soon as possible.

We are trialling an Online Booking Tool so that parents can choose their own dates for children to come. Each interview will take about 25 minutes to complete. Families can book all students at the same time.

 

TERM ONE

27th January 2017 to Friday 7th April 2017

Friday 27th January 2017

Pupil Free Day MAI & EYA Assessments K-6

Monday 30th January 2017

Pupil Free Day MAI & EYA Assessments K-6

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Year 2-6 commence at 8.50am and finish at 3.00pm

MAI & EYA Assessments Kindergarten & Year 1

Wednesday 1st February 2017

MAI & EYA Testing Kindergarten & Year 1

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Kindergarten commence at 8.50am and finish at 2.45pm

Year 1 commence at 8.50am and finish at 3.00pm

Friday 3rd February 2017

Kindergarten commence at 8.50am and finish at 2.45pm

Monday 6th February 2017

Kindergarten commence at 8.50am and finish at 3.00pm

 

TERM TWO

Monday 24th April 2017 to Friday 30th June 2017

TERM THREE

Monday 17th July 2017 to Friday 22nd September 2017

TERM FOUR

Monday 9th October 2017 to Friday 15th December 2107