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From the Acting Principal (Issue 10 2018)

Written on the 2 August 2018

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community

Welcome to Term 3! I trust our students have returned to classes reinvigorated by the break and ready committed to working towards the goals they set themselves at the start of the year. I take this opportunity to provide an update with regard to the Staff Professional Learning Week, held in Week 10 of Term 2. In addition to the Mid-Year Exams being undertaken by our Year 12 students, staff across three campuses came together on a collective learning journey that covered the following themes:

  • Positive Psychology - Dr Suzy Green from the Positivity Institute (www.thepositivityinstitute.com.au) and her team led staff on a three-day process looking at wellbeing, coaching, character strengths and growth mindsets (to name just parts of the program). 
  • Visible Learning - Staff from all three campuses participated in the next phase of the Visible Learning process, as we worked to better define the learner characteristics we desire for the young people entrusted to our care. The day was titled "Evidence into Action: Day 2" and relied on an analysis of data collected across the College, with regards to learning, students identifying their learning outcomes and their success criteria.

As previously communicated to families, Positive Psychology will underpin the Pastoral Care of Champagnat Campus from 2019, while Visible Learning will guide our planning, programming and assessment. There is of course much work still to be done in the space, but throughout 2018 and most importantly, during Week 10 of Term 2, great progress has been made! In addition to the work on Visible Learning, and indeed the setting and marking of Mid-Year Exams, staff from the Senior School spent time in Learning Areas, moderating samples of work, setting upcoming assessment tasks, and writing curriculum. They also spent a day with Deb Black from the centre for Restorative Justice, focusing on a restorative approach to addressing matters of conflict. This learning also ensures a continued and more seamless approach to conflict resolution will exist across campuses, into the future.

62nd Kilmore Exchange can you help?
From Friday 17 until Sunday 19 August, the College is proud to be hosting the 62nd Annual Kilmore Exchange, an event steeped in great history and imbued with the Marist spirit. Participants will compete against our Marist family from Assumption College, Kilmore in events including Soccer, Drama, Dance, Music, Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Football. Please click here for the program. Based on the Marist characteristic of Family Spirit, a key element of the Kilmore Exchange is the billeting of 120 students from Kilmore, into the homes of Sacred Heart students and their families for two nights. As it stands and with little time remaining, we are still seeking a significant number of families willing to billet a student for the weekend.

If you are in a position to support this significant event, I'd ask that you please contact Luke Hildyard at the College via lukehildyard@shc.sa.edu.au.

Daniel Lynch
Acting Principal


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