From the Principal (Issue 13 2017)

Written on the 31 August 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Research Project
Earlier this term, our Year 12 students received their SACE Results for their Research Project (RP). The results were outstanding and I've invited Mrs Rachel Aldrich, Head of Cross-Disciplinary Studies, to share the good news:

We are extremely proud of all 358 Year 12 students who have completed the compulsory 10 credit Research Project and been awarded a passing grade to count towards their SACE completion. The work of each and every student is something to be applauded; conducting an independent investigation into a question of choice and managing that study along with all the other demands of a Year 12 student is no easy feat. We must also recognise and applaud the 27 students who managed to gain an overall result of A+ for their Research Project - well done to you all for your energy, passion and drive in attaining exemplary results!

Further to the release of these results, the SACE Board held their annual Research Project Expo in the Ridley Centre at Wayville Showgrounds during Week 3. Sacred Heart were represented in our expo booth by a number of current Year 12s who were able to display and discuss their Project with visiting students from all over the state who were about to embark on their own Research Project journey.

Our students represented the College in the true Marist way, and the SACE organisers and many visiting students and teachers commented on how helpful and generous in spirit they were to give their time to talk about their research process with all expo visitors. It was once again a very proud SHC moment. We thank the following students for their time and energy: Paulina Malycha, Oscar Forster, Aisling McCorry-Jenkinson, Sammy Mylan, James Wallace, Charlotte Tidswell, Alex Burrow, Matt Learhinan, Tom Symonds, Amber Ramage and Matt Donnellan.

Congratulations to the many staff who have facilitated our students' learning and we join with them and their families to acknowledge this significant achievement by the Class of 2017!

Professional Learning Week
Week 1 of this term was a Professional Learning Week (PLW) for the staff of Sacred Heart and Marymount College. During the week significant steps were taken in laying the foundation for the future in regard to the Learning and wellbeing frameworks of Sacred Heart into the future, as well as a focus on our Marist ethos.

A review of the PLW has indicated that this is a very worthwhile program of professional and collaborative learning. As such, this week will now be aligned to that of other Independent Colleges and be conducted in Week 10 of Term 2 from 2018.

This alignment assists with our interactions with other Colleges and to provide a standard mid-year break in regard to our near Colleges - Immanuel and Westminster. This matter was discussed across the staff of the three campuses and supported by the College Council at its recent meeting last week. We remain committed to establishing a three year Professional Learning Plan in the areas of Positive Psychology/Education and Visible Learning.

Winter Sport
The winter sport season concluded last weekend for the vast majority of teams and I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and thank the staff, parents, caregivers, siblings, Old Scholars and officials who support our extensive program. A quick glance across the latest CEA Newsletter provides a glimpse of the breadth and depth of the program. A full wrap up of the season will be forthcoming but in general terms - thank you to all!

Regards and may the Adelaide and Port Adelaide Footy teams do well in the coming finals!

Steve Byrne
Principal

 

 

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