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From the Acting Principal (Issue 11 2018)

Written on the 16 August 2018

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community

"You may not win the game, but you must never lose the name"

My much admired and respected Principal of Burke Ward Primary School, Broken Hill in the early 1980's (Mr Misson), used to share these words each Friday at lunch time, before we headed off to Friday afternoon sport. At the start of this season, I reiterated these comments, when addressing all participants of our winter sports program, in advance of the first round of matches. Over the course of recent weeks, I have received emails, calls and comments from people not directly associated with Sacred Heart College, commending our students for their attitude, their spirit, their teamwork and their grace, whether in winning or in losing. See extracts of those conversations below:

"I am writing to you to let you know of the wonderful boys from Sacred Heart I encountered on the weekend at Middle School soccer. Cabra's team were being beaten a lot to nothing. Towards the end of the game, the SHC team were encouraging the Cabra team to kick for goal, passing it to them and 'lightly' defending. My son ended up with 2 goals a career high!!! Our boys got such a thrill out of being successful and your boys seemed thrilled that they were a part of this success. I spoke to your team after the game. I thanked and congratulated all the boys and the coach Dave Herbert (who was just fantastic) for their wonderful sportsmanship and how their kind deed made our boys' day in fact, season. Your players and coach are a credit to your school and sport in general".

And secondly...

"You should be very proud of your girls, who recently represented your College at the Marist Netball Carnival, held in Warragul. They were the team to beat and every other College and their supporters, seemed to lift a little when they played Sacred Heart! To their credit, your girls remained focused, they played hard and fair, and were gracious in victory, and more importantly, in defeat. They are a credit to your College".

And finally...

"I have umpired the Sacred Heart First XVIII on three occasions during this 2018 season. They have lost each match - to Rostrevor by 7 and 1 point, and PAC by 8. On each occasion the behaviour of your young men has impressed me enormously. After each match, I have had a greater number of your players shake my hand than the opposition, even under such circumstances as the gut-wrenching 1 point Intercol loss. The on-field demeanour of your players in each match has been exemplary. This is a credit to the players, but also to the coaching staff who engender such traits in their players. Jon Symonds and his fellow coaches are to be commended on how they have managed a team of young men in a sport that is played with passion".

The scoreboard is not always the most important part of a sporting clash. It seems we have far more to be very proud of at Sacred Heart, than simply scoreboard success! In this spirit, I take this opportunity to invite all families and the Sacred Heart community, more broadly, to come along and enjoy the 62nd annual Kilmore Exchange, to be held this weekend at the Senior School. Please click here for the schedule.

Thank you also to the overwhelming number of families who have agreed to take a billet for this Exchange. A key component of the ACK Exchange is the connection made between our Marist families and quite simply, a Cultural Exchange such as this would not be possible without the support of our families. A special mention to those from the Middle School and Marymount Campuses who agreed to take billets, despite their children not yet participating. True Family Spirit at its best!

Go Hearts!

Daniel Lynch
Acting Principal

 

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