From the Principal (Issue 8 2017)

Written on the 8 June 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat
Happy Feast Day (for June 6)!

This year's message from superior general Brother Emili Turú for the feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat on 6 June relates to the Institute's Bicentenary celebration and the 22nd General Chapter.

"I invite you to celebrate the 6th of June, in union with Marists throughout the world, in the same spirit with which we celebrated the 2nd of January earlier this year: giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of the charism of Champagnat to the Church and to the world; asking forgiveness for our lack of faithfulness to God's Spirit; renewing our commitment to Marist life and mission."

"The motto of the Chapter: "A New La Valla" invites us to return to La Valla, the house of our origins, our "Lighthouse", to reconnect to what is essential in our charism, and to offer us an opportunity for "a New Beginning", here and now."

Brother Emili recalls the words of Brother Basilio Rueda, who during the General Chapter of 1993 underscored "the need to turn around our lives, our communities and our works."

He concludes by inviting all Marist Brothers of Champagnat to open themselves up to the action of the Spirit:

"God willing, we may all be as courageous as Mary was, and allow ourselves to be led by the emerging newness of the Spirit, rather than be held captive by our achievements, or by simply managing what is already in existence!"

This invitation has been integral to our Marist theme for 2017 - Awaken! We take up the invitation of Pope Francis to 'Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!'

Parent Amalgamation Forum
On Tuesday evening we had a gathering of over 150 people at the Amalgamation Forum with a focus on the Champagnat Campus, which will commence in 2019. For those unable to attend, we covered a range of key issues. Shana Bennett (Head of Marymount) outlined our intended focus on Visible Learning (John Hattie) as the underpinning pedagogy of the amalgamated campus. She also outlined the Positive Education/Positive Psychology approach we will be comprehensively adopting as our wellbeing program.

A brief insight was provided into our Marian spirituality and relationship-based ethos, which has been integral to both Sacred Heart and Marymount over the decades. During the Professional Learning Week (Week 1, Term 3) staff from both Colleges will participate in a program based on these three pillars of Champagnat Campus.

Edge Architects, Pino Dichiera and Peter Spain, presented their concept plans for the Campus. These can be accessed here and are also available on the Sacred Heart and Marymount Facebook pages.

Following the presentation, a 'Q & A' session was conducted and a wide array of topics were raised. A summary of 'Frequently Asked Questions' has been composed and is accessible from the Marymount Newsletter here. These will also form the basis of the upcoming transition meetings for Marymount families transferring to the Champagnat Campus in 2019.

It was an engaging forum and many thanks to all who were able to attend including the numerous staff members in attendance.

Enjoy the long weekend as we wish our Year 7 and 9 'campers' a safe return from Canberra/Mittagong and the Flinders Ranges respectively.

Best wishes,

Steve Byrne



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