2014 Annual Report to the School Community



Annual Report to the

School Community







Contact Details

ADDRESS:    4 Newcastle Street, Newport 3015


PRINCIPAL:   Tony Crosbie

PARISH PRIEST:    Fr Joe McMahon


TELEPHONE:    (03) 9391 6262

EMAIL: principal@shnewport.catholic.edu.au

WEBSITE:   www.shnewport.catholic.edu.au


Minimum Standards Attestation

I, Anthony Michael Crosbie, attest that Sacred Heart School is compliant with:

All of the requirements for the minimum standards and other requirements for the registration of schools as specified in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic), except where the school has been granted an exemption from any of these requirements by the VRQA
Australian Government accountability requirements related to the 2014 school year under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 (Cth) and the Schools Assistance Regulations 2009 (Cth)

22 May 2015


Our School Vision


We believe in the importance of living the Gospels and the teachings of Jesus


We are a welcoming, nurturing community which encourages people to feel that they belong


We value our connectedness to our school, our Parish Community and the wider community


We reflect and celebrate the diversity of the community of Newport


We treasure Mary MacKillop’s spirituality


We promote the principles of social justice, inclusiveness, concern for the poor and equity


We value leadership which is inspiring and dynamic


We believe learning enables all learners to participate fruitfully in their society


We value a safe, beautiful, educationally rich physical environment


School Overview

Sacred Heart School is situated at 4 Newcastle Street, Newport in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, eight kilometres from the CBD in the City of Hobsons Bay.  The school was opened in 1901 under the direction of the Sisters of St. Joseph, with the first Principal personally chosen by Mary MacKillop.   The school has maintained a strong link to the Josephite Sisters and the tradition of Mary MacKillop.  We still have a Josephite Sister working full time at Sacred Heart.  Sacred Heart appointed its first lay Principal in 2001.

Sacred Heart is a typical inner-suburban school of its time being red brick and two storeys. The school has been constantly added to and upgraded over the years, resulting in clean, bright facilities. A house adjoining the school was purchased in 2001 so we could expand the size of our school grounds. The house was demolished and a new adventure playground and hall were constructed in 2002/03.  To green our school environment and recognise our history, a garden dedicated to Mary MacKillop was built between the school and the Church in 2005.  Extensive playground development occurred in the latter half of 2009, adding sandpits, seating, trees, rubberised surface under the adventure playground, areas of artificial turf and a dry creek bed.   With our $2M BER Project, one wing of the school was extensively rebuilt and refurbished to accommodate a Library Learning Area and a Senior Level Learning Area.

We had an enrolment of 256 students in 2014 in 11 class groupings.  In 2014 we had two Prep classes, two Year 1 classes, three Year 2/3 classes, one Year 4 Class and three Year 5/6 classes. The demographic profile of Newport has changed over the last few years.  Newport as a suburb has seen real estate values increase and Newport has experienced a movement of younger families into the area, especially in the last few years.  Our Education Maintenance Allowance percentage has been steadily dropping from 20.8% in 2008 to 7.3% in 2013.  Our socio economic status has been steadily increasing over the last few years to 107.  Our Language Background Other than English is 28.9% with our largest group being Arabic followed by Greek, Vietnamese, Italian and Macedonian.  The majority of our students come from families where both parents were born in Australia although many of the parents have ESL backgrounds which impact culturally and linguistically on our students. We value and celebrate the multicultural aspect of our school.  Our enrolment of Catholic students in Prep 2014 was 73%.  We have students baptised into other Christian faiths, as well as Muslim and Buddhist.  Less than 1% of students indicating no religious denomination. Our enrolment mix is reflective of the cultural background of Newport.

In 2014 we had 23 staff members in total with 15 being full-time.  We had 11 classroom teachers, 3 specialist teachers (Physical Education, The Arts, Library, LOTE), four leadership / support staff (Literacy Co-ordinator, Numeracy Co-ordinator, Reading Recovery / Pastoral Care, Principal), three Integration Aides, a Position of Leadership release teacher and two Administration staff.  We worked on improving student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy by using data more consistently and rigorously to assess students’ skills and inform planning for learning and teaching.  For the past two years the school has participated in the Strategic Support Mathematics Professional Development Program offered by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.  In 2014, all staff undertook Professional Development with a focus on Restorative Practices and Assertive Discipline Approach across the school.


Principal’s Report

The 2014 school year has been a time of great activity both inside and outside the classroom.  I wish to extend my thanks to the staff for their commitment to the children of Sacred Heart School.  The whole community can be left with no doubt that their children are receiving the best educational program possible and that every endeavour is being made to ensure the continued growth and development of all facets of Sacred Heart school.

Enrolments:  In 2014 Sacred Heart had an August enrolment of 253 students.

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team in 2014 consisted of:

  • Principal: Mr Tony Crosbie
  • Deputy Principal: Mrs Donna Condon
  • Religious Education Co-ordinator: Ms Ashley Kelly
  • Numeracy: Ms Jill Crowe
  • Literacy Co-ordinator: Mrs Bern Pelka
  • Mr Rory McCaughey: Learning and Teaching

Religious Education

Ms. Ashley Kelly commenced her position as REC and continued with the work of developing the school’s Religious Education and Sacramental Programs.  During the year the children and staff were involved in a number of Liturgical events including:

  • Opening of the School Year Mass at Sacred Heart Church
  • Catholic Education Week / St Patrick’s Day Celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Easter Paraliturgy
  • Mission Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Celebration of Sacred Heart Feast Day
  • Celebration of the feast day of St Mary of the Cross
  • Weekly Class Masses

Children in Years 4 & 6 were involved in the Parish Based Sacramental Programs for the reception of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  Parent/ child formation sessions were held prior to the reception of each of the Sacraments.

All year levels from Prep to 6 continued to participate in class and school celebrations of the Eucharist. In December, the school held 3 level Masses at the new Saturday Mass time of 5pm.

At the beginning of the school year, the staff from Sacred Heart gathered with the staff from the Western Zone to celebrate the beginning of the School Year with Mass at Carolyn Springs.

Two staff attended the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre in East Melbourne to participate in the Mackillop Colloquium.


School Improvement Framework - 2014


In 2012 the school participated on the School Improvement Framework as specified by the Catholic Education Office.  During 2014 the school continued to undertake parts of the 4 Year Plan of implementing the Review Recommendations focusing on the areas of: 


  1. Education in Faith,
  2. Learning and Teaching,
  3. Student Wellbeing,
  4. Leadership and Management,
  5. School Community

which make up the 5 spheres of the School Improvement Framework.



The major focus area in 2014 in each of the areas was:


Education in Faith:  Continued review of Parish Sacramental Program


Learning and Teaching:  Numeracy: CEO Strategic Support Mathematics

                                        Literacy: Participation in the CEO Learning and Teaching Network


Student Wellbeing:  Restorative Practices PD for all Staff


Leadership and Management:  ICON Change 2 Facilitator Training


School Community: Community Building / Development of the Web services including Staff Lounge / Parent Lounge

Curriculum Developments and Initiatives

The staff continued their focus on the development of the school’s approach to Personalised Learning and this continued to be a major focus for staff PD in 2014.

All staff have continued to be involved in a number of related Professional Development Programs specific to their needs and areas of interest.



The school’s Literacy Co-ordinator – Mrs Bern Pelka attended all Professional Development Sessions conducted by the CEO.

Staff and Students in Year 3 – 6 continued to be involved in the LAP – Learning Assessment Project

Mrs Bern Pelka and 3 staff attend the Early Intervention Program conducted by the CEO Melbourne


The Numeracy Co-ordinator continued to be the primary source of contact between the school and Numeracy Leaders from the Catholic Education Office.

In 2014 the school undertook the final year of involvement in the Strategic Support Mathematics Program conducted by the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.  All staff undertook two Professional Development Days in the area of Numeracy along with participation in the in-house Professional Development Meetings with the School Advisors, Mathematics.


Major changes in the school ICT Program were implemented primarily through the engagement of Cyberdec to oversee the development of the school’s ICT.  Mrs Christine Skrzypko was employed by the school (0.6) to assist staff and students in the development of their ICT skills. 

Assisted Technologies:  IPads were purchased for the use of all staff, Electronic Whiteboards were installed into all Senior Classrooms, Existing Laptops had new keyboards installed and a new Server was installed.  Existing computer hardware in school continued to be replaced as part of the ongoing upgrading of the school’s computer facilities. 

Performing Arts

The Year 5/6 Students starred in the inaugural School Production – “Raise the Rooftops”   This was a great success due to the work of staff members Mrs Rita McEwen, Mrs Mary Cassar and a group of parent helpers lead by Mrs Jodie Henry, Mrs Rebecca Lienert-Harris & Mrs Naomi Norris

NAPLAN Testing

All students in Years 3 & 5 participated in NAPLAN conducted by the Board of Studies.

Camps Program

The children in Year 5/6 attended a 3 day camp at Mt Evelyn.  Year 4 students attended a 3 day camp at Dromana.  Year 1/2 students undertook a one day Outdoor Education Program at school.

Special Days

During the year the students participated in the following “Special Days” activities. These included Multi-cultural Lunch, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Footy Day, Art Show, Book Parade, and Walkathon for Sacred Heart Feast Day, Prep Breaky, and Combined School Day with St Margaret Mary’s, Art Show, Book Night, and Parent Child Personal Development Night.


The annual Athletics Sports was held in August.  The children in Year 6 participated in the Yarraville Primary Schools Sports Association. (YPSSA) Summer and Winter Sports program.  Teams of students from Year 3 – 6 represented the school in the Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country.  Students in Years 5/6 participated in the Hoop Time Basketball Program.

Grounds and Buildings

Upgrading of resources is a constant endeavour and the school environment has continued to receive a great deal of attention during the past 12 months.  The school held two Working Bees during the year resulting in ongoing works in the school’s garden areas and playgrounds.

Security/ Safety/ First Aid

The school continues to be monitored by the “Essential Services” Program.  This program monitors and assesses the status of the schools - Fire Services/ Passages/ Exits/ Air conditioners. 

The school’s Alarm system is monitored on a 24hr basis. The school is able to report no breaches in security over the past year.

The school continues to engage EMQ Services in the development of our Emergency Response Policy and Procedures.  Staff Training and Evacuation Drills were conducted by EMQ during the year.

Program Involvement in   2014

Emmanuel College

Students in Year 4 were invited to Emmanuel College to experience a day at the College. Year 5/6 students attended the Annual Concert – The Little Shop of Horrors and the Year 5 students participated in the Soccer Day.

YMCA – Out of School Hours Care

The school continued to engage YMCA to run an Out of School Hours Care Program – Before and After School care for families attending Sacred Heart School.

Counselling Services

The school continued its partnership program with OnPsych to provide Counselling Services to the students and families of Sacred Heart School. Student and families from Sacred Heart now have access to psychologists for educational and social concerns.

Fundraising Group

The support of the parent body is essential to the development and well-being of any school and Sacred Heart is no exception.  The parents have continued to show their support for all aspects of school life. The major focus for fundraising was the School Fete and this was a huge success thanks to the efforts of Mrs Jo Williams and Mrs Nicole Kingston and their band of helpers.

Other events included the Welcome BBQ at the beginning of the School Year, the Easter Raffle, weekly icy pole sales and Hot Chocolate sales, Christmas Carols and Family Gathering.

The Fundraising Group had a most successful year – raising over $34,000 during the year. 

Parental support for Reading Programs, Library, Excursions and Class and Sporting activities continues to be the source of greatest assistance and the staff are extremely grateful for this.

My thanks to the members of Sacred Heart School community for assisting in making 2014 such a significant year.  My thanks to Fr Joe for his support and assistance in all aspects of the school and to all members of Sacred Heart staff.  I look forward to the continued development of Sacred Heart School and pray that we will never lose sight of our vision for the future.

Tony Crosbie



School Education Board Report

Chairperson’s Annual Report: 2014

For Sacred Heart Newport 2014 was yet another year of positive outcomes for both the school and school community.  The community continued to rally behind the school to show how as a team we can achieve so much.  As Chair it was very satisfying to reflect on what the community and the Education Board achieved in 2014.  At this point I would like to thank my fellow board members – Donna Condon, Bruce Hill, Graeme McCann, Josephine Williams, David Luxford, Vanessa Weber, Carmel Mitvalsky and Marija Maher for the support and commitment they gave to the board.  I would also like thank Tony Crosbie for his leadership of the school and Father Joe Mc Mahon for his continued support of the board.

Education Board Focus for 2014

Each year the Education Board focuses on priority areas for the school.  In the recent past the board has focused on building and facilities and the external marketing of Sacred Heart.  In 2014 the main focus for the Education Board was predominately around how effectively the school supports our parish community as well as the continued financial planning and potential growth of the school in the future.

The Board examined many of the concerns regarding declining numbers at mass and how best the school could help in this area.  Mass times were discussed and changes approved by Father Joe in an attempt to encourage more families to attend mass.  The school arranged special masses for each class level, again to encourage family participation.  The feedback from most parents was very encouraging and it is anticipated this will continue in 2015.

Tony again invited the school’s accountant Rodney Kwok to present the current status of the school’s financials as well as giving us an understanding of government funding and how a schools funding can change.  This was yet again extremely interesting and beneficial to all members of the board.  It was also critical we understood the school’s financial position as we are responsible for recommending any changes to school fees. 

School Community Fundraising – 2014

Fundraising is an essential part of all school communities.  Not only does it benefit the school and its students, it brings together parents, extended family members and friends for a worthy cause.  The parent community at Sacred Heart showed its fundraising prowess this year with some extraordinary achievements in raising much appreciated funds for our school.  For many years we have had committed parents and friends working tirelessly for the good of the school.  Whether it is the organisation of the much loved Icy Poles and Hot chocolates to the eagerly anticipated Fete, we have always had a dedicated group of people to assist.

2014 was a Fete year!  Due to the tireless efforts of many parents and willing support people this year’s Fete was yet again a brilliant success.  Perfect weather and bumper crowds had the grounds of Sacred Heart buzzing. As you can see by the chart below the culmination of our fundraising activities in 2014 has been amazing.  It is evident the generosity of our parent community is truly alive and well.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the board to thank the extraordinary efforts of all the people involved in our fundraising activities in 2014. 

To conclude, I would like to again thank the staff and school community for its on-going support of this very special school.  I look forward to working again with the Education Board in 2015.


Leah Kerr

Chair, Sacred Heart School Education Board




Education in Faith

Goals & Intended Outcomes

To raise the profile of spirituality and faith.

1. That parent links and commitment to their faith is broadened beyond the current Sacramental Program.

2. That prayer and liturgy become a stronger focus in parish and school links.

3. That the current consistency of the responses between parents, staff and students in regards to the Opportunity variable remain high.




  • Teachers planned and implemented exemplar units based on the text “To Know, Worship and Love”.
  • The Principal and Religious Education Co-ordinator (R.E.C.) worked as part of the Parish Sacramental Planning Team to plan and facilitate our Sacramental Programs across the two schools in our Partnered Parish.
  • The First Eucharist and Confirmation Reflection Days were very well planned and focused.
  • The Sacramental Planning Team organized and ran Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation Parent Faith Education Meetings.
  • Students and families participated in whole school Masses including Sacred Heart Feast Day (Poor Man’s Mass, St Mary of the Cross Feast Day and beginning and end of year Mass.
  • Classes took turns to attend the Wednesday morning Parish Mass at 9.00am.
  • School Captains attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral to take part in the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Education Week / St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrations.
  • Designated release time for the R.E.C. to plan liturgies and celebrations, prepare professional learning and support teachers in their learning and teaching.
  • The R.E.C. supported staff in their involvement in the Weekly Mass by preparing the readings of the day and discussing them with the teachers, who in turn prepared their class.
  • At least two Staff Meetings per term are dedicated to whole staff professional development in Religious Education (R.E.)
  • The R.E.C. developed a suggested outline for Staff Prayer format and each staff member was rostered to prepare a Staff Meeting Prayer following this format resulting in well thought out and reflective prayer opportunities.
  • With our Partnered Parish School, St. Margaret Mary’s, Spotswood we organized a Combined Schools Day.  The day began with a Liturgy celebrating the many cultures in our schools and Australia.
  • The Principal, as a member of the Association of Josephite Affiliated Primary Schools (AJAPS) group worked to ensure the spirit of Mary MacKillop was kept alive in our schools.
  • Senior students are invited to be Altar Servers in the Parish. 
  • Students and teachers planned and participated in Lenten, Holy Week, Easter, Advent and Christmas Prayer Services.




The place of Prayer and Christian Meditation in the school was strengthened and expanded with staff and students.


The statue of St Mary of the Cross was relocated to a position of more prominence at the school entrance providing a more visible focal point for the school community.


A Faith Education evening for all parents of students receiving a Sacrament in 2014 was held including a separate evening for the parents of Year 2 students.  There was excellent attendance and very positive feedback.


Above 90% attendance at each of the Parent/ Student Sacramental Meetings.


The end of the year Carol Service provided all parents with the opportunity to participate in the carols with their children.


Learning & Teaching

Goals & Intended Outcomes

To improve Literacy and Numeracy.

1. That all results in Literacy will be trending up.

2. That all results in Numeracy will be trending up.

3.  That there will be improved student learning through the use of I.C.T. to support contemporary learning.

4. That a clear understanding of Learning & Teaching priorities across the school community is developed.

5. That an understanding of Contemporary Learning is developed by the whole staff.



  • The 3/4 and 5/6 Level teachers participated in the CEOM Literacy Assessment Project (LAP), with 2 staff attending two days of professional learning.  This was followed up at PLT meetings and implementation of LAP in their classrooms.
  • Literacy Professional Learning Team (PLT) Meetings from Prep – 6 (as a whole group, or in Level Teams) occurred each week during teacher release with a focus on data analysis, student learning and outcomes.
  • Continued refinement of the use of the PROBE reading comprehension assessment program (diagnostic), mainly for Years 3-6 and Keys into Comprehension series.
  • Consolidation of PAT-Reading for Years 3 - 6.
  • Numeracy Professional Learning Team (PLT) Meetings from Prep – 6 (as a whole group, or in Level Teams) occurred each week during teacher release with a focus on data analysis, student learning and outcomes.
  • The school participated in the Strategic Support in Mathematics Program.  School Advisers – Mathematics worked with all staff in the implementation of the Project.
  • All Staff attended two Professional Development Days at the CEOM as part of the Program.
  • An increased emphasis on analyzing assessment data and planning teaching and learning.
  • Development, implementation and moderation of Rich Assessment Tasks regularly in Measurement, Chance & Data, Space, Structure and Working Mathematically
  • Improved identification of students at risk or in need of extension.  Development of student withdrawal groups by the Numeracy Co-ordinator to meet these needs.
  • Students in Years 5/6 were able to participate in extension Maths sessions at least once per week.
  • Ongoing implementation of the Mathletics Computer Program for all Year 3 to 6 students to increase student interest in Mathematics and to develop their skills through the program.
  • Maintaining and upgrading of classroom computers so all classes have at least six high functioning computers for student use and with access to class sets of Ipads and Laptops.  






NAPLAN TESTS      2012       2013    2012–2013 Changes    2014  2013–2014 Changes

YR 03    

Reading                 100.0       100.0                  0.0                  100.0           0.0

Writing                    100.0       100.0                 0.0                    93.9           -6.1

Spelling                    94.9          95.0                 0.1                    97.0           2.0

Grammar &

Punctuation            100.0        100.0                 0.0                    97.0          -3.0

Numeracy               100.0        100.0                 0.0                  100.0           0.0


YR 05

Reading                   94.6         100.0                 5.4                  100.0            0.0

Writing                     91.9           97.2                 5.3                    97.3            0.1

Spelling                    94.6          94.4                -0.2                    97.4            3.0

Grammar &

Punctuation             89.2           97.2                 8.0                     97.4          0.2

Numeracy                94.7         100.0                5.3                      97.4         -2.6


Student Wellbeing

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To improve student wellbeing
  • That the school implement a whole school approach to student management
  • Student Engagement levels will trend up




  • All staff continued to focus on the Restorative Practice Approach and Assertive Discipline Approach.  School Rules were discussed with students in class and at Assemblies and notified to parents through Newsletters
  • Attendance by Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Cluster Meetings as well as Zone PD Days.
  • Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator facilitated staff meetings on Social and Emotional Learning.
  • Continued focus on established programs such as the Buddy Program, Junior School Council and the senior Leadership Program. This Program involves all Year 6 students in a variety of leadership roles, as well as School Captains, Vice Captains and Sports Captains.
  • More systematic tracking of students using the nWellbeing Program from year to year to monitor learning, social or emotional progress / needs.
  • Regular Program Support Group Meetings to support students with special needs.
  • Teachers were provided with release time and support by the Individual Differences Co-ordinator and CEO staff to develop and write Individual Learning Plans for students as well as support and release in the writing of Integration Submissions.
  • All parents are required to contact the school if their child is not at school.  Notes indicating reasons for absence are required.  An On-line Absence Form is also available on the Parents’ Lounge.




Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator worked with Zone Wellbeing Cluster to organise and run a day transition programs for Year 6 students.

Provision of access to an external psychologist at school during school time for students identified in need of this service.

Continued implementation of a whole school transition program at the end of the year ‘Step Up’ so that students had an opportunity to experience the year level above them for at least four sessions.

Extra-curricular activities such as our Outdoor Education Program from Prep - 6, regular excursions and incursions, involvement in interschool sporting activities, Book Week Parade, Junior School Council organized events, visit to the R.S.L., Kelly Sports (during and after school) and an after school instrumental music program enhanced student connectedness and community connections.



The 2014 Survey data revealed an increase in all areas of Student Experience:

Emotional Wellbeing

Teacher relationships

Engagement in Learning

Student Behaviour


Leadership & Management

Goals & Intended Outcomes


To develop leadership skills

1. That staff will develop new understandings of leadership and be more empowered.

2. That opportunities for career direction and greater job satisfaction will be created.




  • The Leadership Team met regularly to oversee the School Improvement Plan and Annual Action Plan and to ensure that the actions were implemented in line with the goals.
  • The Leadership Team have put into place efficient and effective structures to support the Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s) through coordinators who are given time to work with Level planning teams.
  • Setting agendas for PLT Meetings which have a greater focus on student learning, student outcomes and data analysis.
  • PLT Meetings used to meet the needs of levels, individual teachers and the needs of students.
  • Staff had the opportunity to be involved in professional learning through PLT Meetings, Staff Meetings, school closure days and off site professional development activities.
  • The Consultative Committee met to consult on issues such as class groupings and Positions of Leadership.
  • Staff met formally with the Principal during the year as part of the Review and Appraisal process and informally at other times.
  • All teachers in Positions of Leadership were given weekly release time and met with the Principal during their time to discuss goals and tasks.
  • School computer network was maintained and upgraded as needed to meet demand.
  • Ongoing upgrading of resources and materials.






All Staff:


Strategic Support Mathematics Project – Catholic Education Office Melbourne

Restorative Practices                  

Social Justice

Social Emotional Language - PD


Individual Staff:

ICT Network       Literacy Network       Numeracy Network      Religious Education Network

Student Well-being Network          Library Network         Principal Network/ Conference

Intervention Framework (CEOM)

Consistent Collection of Data


ICT – EduTec & Google Conferences

CEOM Teaching & Learning Network

CEOM ICON Facilitator Training

Godly Play      LAP Online

Administrative Officers Conference








The 2014 Survey data revealed an increase in the following areas of:

School Climate

Staff Wellbeing






Team Based Practice

Teaching and Learning

Overall Quality


The 2014 Survey data revealed a decrease in the following areas of School Climate:

Student Behaviour


School Community

Goals & Intended Outcomes


  • To improve the connectedness between the school and the parent and the wider community.
  • That children and parents will have a sense of belonging to the school and both the Newport and wider community



  • Regular extra-curricula social and fundraising events – Multicultural Lunch, School Sports, Christmas Concert & Picnic, Catholic Education Week Open Classrooms, Afternoon Teas, and Inquiry Unit activities.
  • Strong numbers of parents volunteering through the Community and Fundraising Team, School Education Board.
  • Strong consistent numbers in Parent Helper’s in the Classroom Program.
  • Increased parent participation numbers in school events e.g. End of year Christmas Concert, Multicultural Lunch.
  • There are opportunities for parents to meet each other, talk to school staff, and to feel connected and supported by each other e.g. Refreshments provided before Prep Information Nights and in the mornings when their Preps begin school, Mothers’ Day & Fathers’ Day Breakfast.
  • Opportunity to attend weekly School Assemblies.
  • A weekly parent morning tea that has become parent run and supported by staff.
  • Continued development of the School Education Board’s roles and responsibilities.
  • Ongoing development of a parent social group ‘Bringing Families Together’ to facilitate and organise parent run social events for parents.
  • Continuous improvement of Newsletter format, resulting in increased Newsletter information sharing about curriculum, school events, student work and photos.
  • Development and sharing of a Curriculum Newsletter which gives parents information about learning in each Level in each key area every term.
  • Further development of the school website with an increasing amount of information included on the website.
  • Discussion of School Fees at School Education Board Meetings and subsequent increase of school fees and levies.
  • Regular visits by students to a local Nursing Home, John Kerr Southern Cross to talk to residents, sing songs and share art work.
  • Community involvement through visits to local Library and the RSL and attendance by School Captains at the Newport Anzac Day Ceremony.
  • Comprehensive school tours were provided for prospective parents.
  • Ongoing links with the Newport community facilities including Library, Newport Lakes, The Substation and local sporting clubs.
  • Weekly story time in the library for toddlers and parents.
  • School involvement in District Sporting events such as Athletics Carnival, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer and T-Ball.



The 2014 Survey data revealed an increase in all areas of Parent Opinion:


Community Engagement
Learning Opportunity
Staff Engagement
Student Engagement
Per Relations Student Behaviour





Financial Performance

REPORTING FRAMEWORK                                                MODIFIED CASH   $

Recurrent income                                                                                       Tuition

School fees                                                                                               128,992

Other fee income                                                                                      104,463

Private income                                                                                                 536

State government recurrent grants                                                           493,104

Australian government recurrent grants                                                 1,720,960

Total recurrent income                                                                           2,448,055


Recurrent Expenditure                                                                                 Tuition

Salaries; allowances and related expenses                                            1,874,224

Non salary expenses                                                                                 334,027

Total recurrent expenditure                                                                     2,208,251


Capital income and expenditure                                                                   Tuition

Government capital grants                                                                              -

Capital fees and levies                                                                               124,213

Other capital income                                                                                       -

Total capital income                                                                                   124,213

Total capital expenditure                                                                              60,279



Loans (includes refundable enrolment deposits and recurrent, capital and bridging loans)


Total opening balance                                                                               696.900

Total closing balance                                                                                 599.600

Note that the information provided above does not include the following items:

System levies charged to individual schools, intra-systemic transfers and diocesan supplementary capital fund (SCF) supported borrowings for primary schools. The information provided is not comparable with other educational sectors. This VRQA template is not comparable to the ACARA school-level income reporting requirements which are to be reported on the MySchool website. ACARA school level reporting requirements will require system level income from Government grants and some private income to be allocated by school.  This will be a small adjustment in relation to the total level of school resources.  At this stage, recurrent income from Government sources, school generated income and capital expenditure are to be reported by schools. Additionally when assessing the private income of the school include both recurrent and capital school fees.


Future Directions

The 2015 school year promises to be another exciting and productive year.


We have identified many features of Sacred Heart that we need to maintain because they meet our needs and are part of the fabric of our school.  We are constantly looking to the future, evaluating what we are doing and looking for ways in which we can improve.  The School Review Process held in May 2012 has set School Improvement Plan (2013- 2017) and has provided us with long term directions for the next five years.


In the coming years Sacred Heart will specifically focus on the following projects and initiatives:


  • Religious Education – Assessing and Reporting according the CEOM developed standards; prayer and meditation
  • A focus on using data more rigorously in Literacy and Numeracy to plan for learning and teaching and improve student outcomes
  • Our participation in the Strategic Support Mathematics 2013 National Partnership Strategic Support Mathematics has formally ceased; however staff will work with the school’s Numeracy Co-ordinator to implement the practices learnt as a result of our participation in the program.
  •  Contemporary Learning and Integrated Inquiry Units
  •  ICON: Supporting Contemporary Learning in Victorian Catholic Schools will continued to be introduced to support contemporary teaching and learning. Increased integrated use of ICT in the classroom through staff professional learning, electronic whiteboards, and multimedia tools.
  • Providing opportunities for creative play and engagement both at recess times and in the classrooms
  •  Working with the Board and school community to enhance and improve communication between school and home, especially developing our website to enable this enhanced communication


As a community, we are looking forward to working together in a culture of recognition, celebration and continual improvement.


Tony Crosbie



VRQA Compliance Data


Sacred Heart School, Newport




NAPLAN TESTS      2012       2013    2012–2013 Changes    2014  2013–2014 Changes

YR 03    

Reading                 100.0       100.0                  0.0                  100.0           0.0

Writing                    100.0       100.0                 0.0                    93.9           -6.1

Spelling                    94.9          95.0                 0.1                    97.0           2.0

Grammar &

Punctuation            100.0        100.0                 0.0                    97.0          -3.0

Numeracy               100.0        100.0                 0.0                  100.0           0.0


YR 05

Reading                   94.6         100.0                 5.4                  100.0            0.0

Writing                     91.9           97.2                 5.3                    97.3            0.1

Spelling                    94.6          94.4                -0.2                    97.4            3.0

Grammar &

Punctuation             89.2           97.2                 8.0                     97.4          0.2

Numeracy                94.7         100.0                5.3                      97.4         -2.6




Year 1                                                                                              94.89

Year 2                                                                                               93.91

Year 3                                                                                               95.86

Year 4                                                                                               97.17

Year 5                                                                                               94.40

Year 6                                                                                               94.05

Overall average attendance                                                              95.05



Teaching Staff Attendance Rate                                                      90.85%



Staff Retention Rate           89.74%



Doctorate                            0.00%

Masters                             10.00%

Graduate                           25.00%

Certificate Graduate          10.00%

Degree Bachelor               80.00%

Diploma Advanced            35.00%

No Qualifications Listed      0.00%



Principal Class                                    2

Teaching Staff (Head Count)            21

FTE Teaching Staff                           17.900

Non-Teaching Staff (Head Count)     8

FTE Non-Teaching Staff                    4.460

Indigenous Teaching Staff                 1


Sacred Heart Primary School
4 Newcastle Street
Newport VIC 3015

Tel: (03) 9391 6262
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