From the Principal (Issue 5 2017)

Written on the 6 April 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

As Term 1 draws to a close, Holy Week commences this Sunday. Reflecting on this term, a few things emerge - ongoing change, transition, development and growth. We have celebrated the significant achievements of the Class of 2016, which spring-boarded the Class of 2017 into their studies and they have worked diligently throughout the term. Students new to Sacred Heart are now immersed and engaged in the holistic learning programs of the College which have included learning in the classroom and beyond.

We have accessed a wonderful new facility, The Br Joseph McAteer Centre at Somerton Park, celebrated the 200th Birthday of the Marist Brothers with the Young Marists facilitating an enjoyable social event, commenced the amalgamation process in earnest with the Marymount community and Catholic Education SA, and SHOCs footy opened their season with all grades victorious on the Main Oval last Saturday. SHOCs Netball, Soccer and the newly established Music group are also ready to launch!

If we wrap into this reflection the numerous young, primary school children, boys and girls, and their parents who attended the recent Middle School tours, one can develop a broad sense of what comprises the Sacred Heart Community. Grounded in the Marist Tradition, we are blessed to be involved with such a vibrant community.

'Tradition' in the current context can be viewed as both a curse and a blessing. Some perceive tradition as replicating the past in terms of custom and practice whilst others focus on further nurturing the underlying spirit which energises the Catholic, Marist culture of Sacred Heart. This presents an ongoing challenge in a period of change as a balance needs to be struck such that our collective identity remains authentic to the founding ideals of St Marcellin Champagnat, which is often expressed as making Jesus known and loved whilst being game-changers for young people, especially those most on the peripheries. Certainly something to consider further, especially in light of the sense of 'hope' which permeates the Easter story.

Mrs Helen O'Brien, Director of Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
As Helen concludes her tenure as Director, on behalf of the College I would like to acknowledge and thank her for her open engagement with the Sacred Heart community, particularly with the College Council. There has been an obvious need to rethink and further develop the provision of Catholic Education in the broader south west region of Adelaide. This has included reflection and action around the amalgamation of Marymount and Sacred Heart Colleges. This is but one of a myriad of projects underway across CESA, many of which have occurred during Helen's leadership. We wish Helen every blessing in the next phase of her life.

On Easter Sunday I depart for a Marist Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome and Champagnat country (Lyon, France) with a large group of fellow Marists from across Australia. I am looking forward to the experience and have much to ponder, some of which is mentioned above. In my absence, Mr Daniel Lynch will be Acting Principal.

I wish all the Blessings of Easter - Hope, Love and Joy! I also invite you to the liturgy of the Stations of the Cross around Paringa Hall on Good Friday.

Steve Byrne



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