MESSAGES FROM MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Student Leadership Team Message
As School Captains at Sacred Heart in 2018, we believe that the most valued trait of our school is the close connections and relationships between all students from Kindergarten to Year Ten. This is because we are blessed to be a small school, which means students and staff get to know each other well, building a strong sense of community. These close bonds create a fantastic learning environment for students. Like our families, the staff work with all individuals helping them to pursue their dreams and ensuring that we are trying hard to succeed in our learning.
While small in size Sacred Heart Central School is not limited in depth, creating many wonderful opportunities and pathways for all students whether it be academically, through the Arts or on the sporting field.
Leadership is a privilege at Sacred Heart and it regularly gives students across the school a chance to set an example, to encourage and to support their peers and younger students. It is an example set by the dedicated P&F, a hardworking team providing much appreciated funds and assistance for updated facilities and general support.
Our theme for the school year, chosen by Year Ten 2018 is “Reach For The Stars!” This theme encourages us to try our best and achieve the potential within all of us. Our scripture from 2 Corinthians also reminds us that in order to reap generous rewards for all in our community, we have to sow generously.
This year will be a busy one, as Captains we plan to join in as much as we can in our last year at Sacred Heart. We encourage others to also make the most of their opportunities through participating in events like the school play, “Robin the Hood”, sporting carnivals, the Science Fair, Book Week, Faith in Action, and our many fundraising and community events like the Annual Colour Fun run.
Overall, 2018 will be an outstanding year for our school community and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead as well as welcoming new students and their families to the Sacred Heart community. We hope that their years of association with Sacred Heart will be as treasured as ours are.
Joseph Ward and Sianne Marsay-Turner (2018 School Captains)
School Board Message
The school Board is a group comprising of parents, teachers, parish priest and parishioners who represent the entire school community to determine the current and future direction of the school.
Working closely with the school Principal to continue the growth and improvement of our school is an important part of the Boards responsibility. Along with approving the school’s budget and setting the fees, the board always considers of the impact of fee increases while ensuring the appropriate resourcing of the school.
During 2017 we will officially open our newly refurbished infants building. From preliminary planning in 2014 right through, it has been a long and rewarding process, and was not possible without help from the state government funding and the Catholic Education Commission.
Our tireless P & F committee have been busy raising funds and answering requests from the school community to help furnish our new infants building and also increase our lawn in the secondary playground. The P&F have recently donated funds for more literature to for all students to access, Maths incursions and cultural excursions to visit drama productions.
We are very fortunate to have a very active P&F who support our school and the Board.
All community members are encouraged to discuss concerns and suggestions with a member of the board.
Parents and Friends
There is a strong community of parents who volunteer within the classroom, in the school canteen and as volunteers at a number of frundraisers and events held throughout the year. Parents are welcomed into the school and the Parents and Friends provide much needed support to parents through the 'Welcoming Committee' as well as providing a forum for parent voices to be heard. Parents are encouraged to engage closely with teachers and volunteer as they are able. Students love to see parents at the school and at school events.
Fundraising plays an enormous role in providing resources within the school and ensuring a safe and engaging learning environment.
We encourage all parents to be involved with the P&F committee. For further information contact the school front office on
6942 2612. There are many ways to help our great school and be a strong part of your child's education.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Archbishop Christopher Prowse is the head of our Archdiocese.
Director of Catholic Education - Canberra Goulburn
Mr Ross Fox is Director for Catholic Education in the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese.
Sacred Heart is a co-educational K to Year 10 Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn situated in the Riverina town of Cootamundra, NSW. The school has a rich history in the traditions of the Mercy Sisters and De La Salle Brothers.
Our school motto 'Faith and Knowledge' challenges us to be a community who serves others, provides academic excellence and to nurture relationships. The school caters for students in Kindergarten – Year 10, and has a current enrolment of 300 students.
Our professional and dedicated staff provide a contemporary teaching and learning approach to education with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy and a commitment to social justice and personal excellence. The school is well resourced and committed to the integration of technology in the curriculum. School achievements are celebrated in the areas of sporting, debating, public speaking and academic fields.
Parental involvement is actively encouraged. Our school has a Religious Education curriculum that enhances Christian life in a contemporary world; fosters a personal relationship with Christ and ensures the history of the past informs the future. Every student has the right to feel happy and safe within the daily life of the school.
Many of our Year 10 graduates become leaders in their new schools in Stage 6 and excel in the Higher School Certificate. Our school believes in developing independence, pride in community and developing resilient young minds that can rejoice in success and have the skills to cope with challenges.
With modern teaching and learning facilities, the learning experience for all students includes iPad technology. A newly refurbished Infants Building provides a state of the art learning environment, along with a new Administration and Library Centre completed in 2011.
With recent upgrades in Secondary to ensure state of the art machinery in the TAS building, students produce high quality works in wood and metal work. A new computer lab was also refurbished in 2016 offering up to date technology for students, STEM is now an elective for students in Years 7 and 8 with forward planning for this to also be introduced to Year 9 and 10 students in 2018. New pathways and extensive concreting took place throughout the school, particularly in secondary but also providing pathways to primary, which allow students with mobility challenges smooth and easy movement throughout the school.
The school is comprised of three areas - infants (K-2), primary (3-6) and secondary (7-10). Whilst these areas are separate buildings and playgrounds, we encourage K to 10 activities and ensure younger students are supported throughout the school by our older students. Each term, we have K to 10 group activities which allow students to get to know students in other year levels and feel supported on their educational journey. These activities include lunches, sports, trivia, tabloids and a talent show. Our Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming carnivals all include our older students encouraging and supporting our younger ones and teaching them the importance of service and participation.
Students attending this school come from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities with a strong support program for students of Aboriginal and Torres Islander descent.
The school employs 38 staff comprising 28 teachers and 10 non-teaching staff, the latter being employed in a variety of capacities including Office/Admin Staff, Classroom Support Assistants, a groundsman and a Canteen Manager. There is one Indigenous support staff member, who is employed as the Indigenous Education Officer and a teacher appointed to support in this role.
The school Canteen is open every day for lunch and recess and offers high quality, nutritious meals and snacks to students and staff.
Sacred Heart Central School and Sacred Heart Parish are in the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese. There are 56 schools in the archdiocese.