Sacred Heart Primary School is part of the Sacred Heart Parish of Yarrawonga. Our Parish Priest's name is Fr Steve Bohan. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Tungamah and St Mary's, Burramine also form part of the parish.
We have three Sisters of Mercy living in the parish – Sr Margaret McDonnell, Sr Mary Hunt and Sr Ursula Gilbert.
Our Parish Prayer
God our Father, bless our Parish of the Sacred Heart, so that we may love you more. Help our parents to give a good example to their children, and our youth to grow in strength as good Christians. Encircle our families with your loving care. To the sick grant health, to the aged bring serenity, and to those in sorrow, joy. May each parishioner grow stronger in faith and may our love for one another become deeper in our daily living.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A small group of Year 6 students, along with the Religious Education Co-ordinator, form the Social Justice Team at Sacred Heart Primary School. They are responsible for educating the school community on various issues of social justice, some Diocesan initiatives (ie A Day in the Dark) and to publicise fundraising events in classrooms.
During Term 1, our Lenten focus is to raise funds for Project Compassion. This is a CARITAS initiative that aims to raise awareness of poverty in the world. We raise money by making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and each Unit organises a major fundraising event during this time.
The Junior Unit is busily raising money for chickens. For every $7 they raise, it is equivalent to buying a chicken for a Cambodian family to begin raising chickens.
The Grade 3s are raising money to see how many cows they could purchase. The Grade 4s are trying to raise money for a well to provide clean drinking water to a community. The Senior Unit conducted a School Disco raising $280. Families and students have fully supported all the events – and we've raised over $1,000 as a school.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
In conjunction with celebrating our school's feast day with Mass, at this time we also seek donations for the local St Vinnies organisation. This Eucharistic celebration is sometimes referred to as a "Poor Man's Mass", and our act of giving is a physical sign of Jesus' unconditional love for us all.
October is Mission Month, a time when we are all encouraged to consider what we are called to do as disciples of Jesus – What is our mission as Christians? Students participate in a variety of activities to heighten their awareness of global poverty and are informed about ways we can help to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY!
Catholic Identity - Liturgical Celebrations
Opening School Mass
Celebrated at the beginning of the school year. The focus is on our hopes for the school year ahead, welcoming the new Prep students to school and awarding positions of leadership to Year 6 students.
Ash Wednesday Mass marks the beginning of Lent, the six-week preparation time leading up to Easter. All students receive a cross of ash on their forehead as a sign of our human weaknesses, our need for repentance and commitment to good works of prayer, penance, fasting and almsgiving during this time.
Holy Week Ceremony
The events that took place in Jesus' life from Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are re-enacted and celebrated.
Mothers' Day MassMothers' Day Mass
On the Friday preceding Mothers' Day we invite all mums, grandmas, aunts and special ladies who nurture, care and love us along to Mass. The Mass is followed by a catered morning tea.
Catholic Education Week Mass
During Catholic Education Week we hold a Eucharistic celebration on the year's specific theme. We are thankful for all we do as a community to "live out" Jesus' call to love one another and are simultaneously challenged to be living disciples here and now by what we say and what we do.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated in on the 11th of June. It is a time for us to reflect on the unconditional, generous and compassionate love Jesus has for everyone, especially the poor and the suffering in our world.
We also gather donations (ie canned food, used toys and clothing) for the local St Vinnies organisation.
Feast of St Joachim & Anne (Grandparents' Mass)
On the 26th of July, we celebrate the Feast Days of St Joachim and St Anne. These were Mary's parents and Jesus' grandparents. We invite all our grandparents to a special Mass, to have morning tea with their grandchildren and enjoy a school concert.
Feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop
On the 8th of August, we celebrate the Feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop. Mary is on the way to becoming Australia's first saint and was the foundress of the Josephite Sisters. Her example of love, peace, forgiveness, justice, compassion, kindness and trust challenges each one of us to have the courage to live out the Gospel message of love.
Feast of the Assumption of Mary
On the 15th of August, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary with a whole school Mass. We gather to give thanks and praise for the holy and blessed life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We celebrate how God has honoured her and welcomed her into Heaven. We use Mary's example to inspire us to try to lead faithful lives to earn our eternal resting place in Heaven with her.
Feast of Our Lady of Mercy
On the 24th of September, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. We recall the selfless compassion of Mary, mother of Mercy and Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. We acknowledge and thank all Sisters of Mercy for their dedicated lives of service to God. We are challenged to reflect the mercy of God in our lives by what we do and say each day.
This year we officially opened and blessed the Mercy Assembly Area.
End of Year Mass/Year 6 Graduation
During December we hold our End of Year/Graduation Mass. We thankfully celebrate our time together, the friendships we have made and the knowledge we have gained. This is of special importance to Year 6 students, families and staff who are leaving.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist provide a special opportunity for Home, Parish and School to be renewed in faith as we face the challenge of helping children to understand these beautiful traditions of our faith. At Sacred Heart, Yarrawonga, these three Sacraments are offered each year. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is first received in Year Three. Opportunities to regularly participate in the reception of this Sacrament are scheduled in the Middle and Senior areas of the school. The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist are received in Year Four.
The Catholic Church believes that the primary job of preparing children for the Sacraments belongs to the parents. This has led to the Sandhurst Diocesan Policy called "Steps in Faith" that has been in operation for several years. At Sacred Heart, our preparation for Sacraments is in line with the Sandhurst Diocesan Policy and is seen as a task that should be the responsibility of parishes and families, while being actively supported and assisted at school. The "Steps in Faith" policy has meant a shift from a school-based sacramental program to a parish-based sacramental program with a strong emphasis on parental commitment and involvement. The school will still support the sacramental preparation of the children in its regular Religious Education lessons.
Enrolment details for each of these Sacraments are included in the school newsletter and parish bulletin. Information nights are scheduled on the school calendar. Reconciliation is generally held during Term 3 and consists of attending four weekly home-based meetings. Preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist occurs in Term 2 and involves participation in six weekly home-based meetings and for the candidates to attend Spirit Day.
Rosemary Cullen Foundation
The Rosemary Cullen Foundation was established to support the Bethlehem Day Care Center in Cebu in the Philippines. The foundation is established in memory of Rosemary Cullen, an outstanding and talented teacher who was tragically killed in a car accident on the 3rd of October, 2008.
Sacred Heart Primary will raise funds to support the continued development of the Rosemary Cullen foundation and all proceeds will be presented to the Bethlehem Day Care Centre in Cebu each September when the Social Justice Immersion Group visit each year.
The fundraisers set aside are the Fun Run at the annual Splash & Dash event held in Term 1 each year and the Father's Day breakfast. Also, proceeds from the sale of Hot Dogs at the Athletics Carnival will go towards the foundation.
All donations are warmly welcomed and may be left at the office of Sacred Heart Primary School at any time during the year.
The Sacred Heart School Community is indebted to Rosemary's parents, Frances & Michael Cullen for their support of this acknowledgement of the gift Rosemary has been and continues to be in our lives.
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School Information - Indigenous Support
Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education
We at Sacred Heart Primary School have taken part in the Fire Carriers (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education) Project. This project aims to "keep the Reconciliation flame alight within schools", by allowing participating schools to educate the wider community about Aboriginal Rights.
Christine Cussen, our Music and Dance Coordinator, has nominated herself as our school's Fire Carrier. She is accompanied by our Grade 6 Fire Carriers, Felicity Thomas and Tessa Wood. As Fire Carriers, their duties involve:
~ Raising the Aboriginal Flag at assemblies, and gatherings.
~ Implementing Reconciliation-related activities amongst staff and students.
~ Writing prayers for Aboriginal people.
~ Encouraging the use of Aboriginal liturgy.
~ Acknowledging the traditional Custodians of the land we live on.
~ Celebrating significant dates in our Shared History with the Indigenous.
Christine and her Grade 6 Leadership Team's appointment at Sacred Heart Primary School extend our dedication to recognising and appreciating Aboriginal rights, history, customs and culture.
For more information on the Fire Carrier Project, click here.