The Sacred Heart School is the one and only primary school on the island. Even though it is a Catholic school, it accepts all denominations. Parents who do not want their child to follow the religious instruction can send in a written letter stating this. Every term we attend the Sacred Heart Church in the Bottom at least once. During the course of the year we also celebrate a certain theme.
It remains a heartfelt passion of every teacher to reach every child and to see them succeed in life.
At the SHS teachers observe and test students. This is done to make sure that they are understanding and could apply what is being taught. If a child is having a difficulties in the class the teacher will try different ways to help the child. Different ways such as one on one explanation, using concrete materials, letting another child explain the concept etc. If that does not work then we call our first line of help, namely the internal guidance officer. The problem that the teacher observes will be documented and discussed during the care staff meeting at school. Suggestions will be offered by the staff and tried out at least for two weeks by the teacher. A report will be given when there is a next care staff meeting.
The Internal Guidance Officer plays a very important role. One of the tasks of the IGO is to observe, give advice and some times work with the child. If the IGO sees that the problem is more severe than what was explained this will be reported to the Principal and to the CART group the second care line.
This second care line is made up of other internal guidance officers, the psychologist, a member from the Center of Youth and Family and the director of EC2.
The out come of the CART meeting will result in special help for that child once the parents have been informed and have given their consent.
Expertise Center Education Care Saba (Expertise Centrum Onderwijs zorg) EC2 has the task to provide care for all youths on the island from Day Care throughout SKJ. That means from ages 4 until 24.
School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1p.m. The school buses start picking children up between 6:30 an 7:00 a.m. The kindergarten children (K1 & K2) start their day between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.
Teachers give extra classes three times a week, this starts at 1:15 until 2:00 p.m.
Recess / Break Time
At school there are two recess periods. Each recess time last 30 minutes. One for the upper grades(3-6) and one for the lower Grades (K1-2). K1– Gr.2 recess time is at 9:30 until 10:00 a.m.; Gr.3-Gr.6 recess is at 10:00 until 10:30 a.m.
Parents are asked to provide healthy snacks for their children. (Snacks such as sandwiches, juice, fruit, cereal etc.). No sodas are allowed.
For students who come from low income homes, the school will provide them with warm milk and a sandwich. This insures that their little tummies are filled and they are ready and well energized for learning.
The school sells the following items during break time as well:
- Sandwiches $ 2.00
- Hot Dog $ 2.00
- Pizza $ 3.00 (Wednesdays)
- Water $ 2.00
- Popcorn $ 0.50
- Capri-sun $ 1.00
Code of Conduct
- Form of address: We use Principal, Teacher, Ms, first name
- Respect towards each other is always our focus point. All members of our school community are treated with respect
- We don’t use indecent or dubious remarks to hurt others, neither discriminating or sexual remarks nor abusive language.
- We use a positive approach when correcting students
- Everyone is held accountable for respectful and responsible behavior and must model such behavior
- Proper behavior in the school bus must be shown as well
- No electrical gadgets are allowed at school
- Handle books, Tablets, Headphones and other material with
Consequences for inappropriate behavior may include:
- Assignments such as extra work or cleaning duties
- Behavior plan
- Confiscation of property that is not allowed in the school
- Contact with parents or guardians
- Damage or loss items must be paid for by parents
- Loss of privileges
- Reminder or warning
- Suspension from school or bus
Our school policy allows no tolerance for aggressive behavior. This means that we do not tolerate:
- Disrespectful body language
- Rude gestures
- Rude language
- Rude play
At times students are confused with rules at home and at school, because they are usually not synchronized. Nevertheless, at school we can’t tolerate certain behaviors. Sometimes children lose their self-control. During these moments we teach them other ways to express their feelings or solve a problem.
If students persevere in rudeness they will consequently be punished.
Students’ behavior will be communicated to their parents by phone or by asking you to come in.
School Dress Code
Our school uniform is a blue polo shirt with the school’s logo on it, along with either a short or long navy blue “Dickies” pants absolutely NO JEANS. Girls are allowed to wear a navy blue skirt). During gym your child should wear a white t-shirt which should also have the school logo on it, with black or dark blue sports pants (these pants should be loose fitting, NOT tight nor too short). The school board usually recommends that children wear a black belt and also black sneakers. Slippers are only allowed if your child has a note from parents stating why they are in slippers.
On Monday morning we usually start out with an assembly. Each class gets a turn to share something that they have learned during the week. At the assembly we also sing our anthem, school song, birthday song and we share the house points of the week. Every month the house with the most points will get a treat. There are also special activities planned throughout the course of the year.
Term Dates – Term Dates may vary
Term 1: August 18 – November 21 = 64 school days
Term 2: November 24 – March 13 = 64 school days
Term 3: March 16 – July 3 = 65 school Days
The House System
- The school is divided into four Houses named after Sabans who contributed to in one way or the other to the island.
- Houses will be identified by their colors.
- A House button will is part of the school uniform. Each student will be expected to wear this button every day. Failure to do so will lead to your house losing points.
- A jersey with your House color will be worn on special occasions: walkathon, sports day etc.
- The house System will encourage everyone to act responsibly. You will be obligated to ensure that you contribute in gaining points for your House every day.
- All points gained and lost by students in every House will be tallied weekly. The winning House will be announced during assembly every week. A price will be given to the House of the Month and theHouse of the Year.
- A list of students in each House and the points gained and lost is posted in each class.
Criteria for awarding and deducting house points: Maximum 13 points per day
Complete uniform 5 points (1 point each):
- Blue uniform shirt
- Dark blue pants
- A black belt
- Shirt tucked in
- A house color button
Academic Performance 3 points (1 point each):
- Completing class assignments
- Completing homework
- Positive work attitude
Appropriate Behavior 5 points (1 point each):
- Showing kindness and respect to teachers
- Showing kindness to peers
- Working co-operatively
- Lining up punctually/ orderly
- Acting responsibly