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From the Deputy Principal (Issue 6 2017)

Written on the 11 May 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

I trust Term 2 has started smoothly for you all. With the Principal, Mr Steve Byrne currently on pilgrimage, I write on his behalf with regard to a number of events taking place across the College in Term 2.

NAPLAN
We wish our Year 7 and 9 students and families well for the NAPLAN testing taking place this week. These tests provide College staff an opportunity to gather data, at a point in time, to better support the learning of the boys in our care. Of course, across the year, there are many other opportunities to gather such data, and the NAPLAN experience is simply one part of that process.

The NAPLAN tests should not be a source of stress for students and families, as a result on a Year 3, 5, 7 or 9 test on any given day does not in itself reflect the capacity of any individual.

We thank Ms Natasha Williams and her team at the Middle School for their work in supporting our boys through this process.

Blessing and Official Opening of the Br Joseph McAteer Centre
I understand information has been distributed to families across both campuses with regard to the celebration in the morning, followed by the Mission March. We are privileged to have our Mass presided over by Archbishop Philip Wilson, who will then bless our wonderful new facility. Among our special guests will be many who will be recognised in our Hall of Fame. We look forward to welcoming our Marist family home for this occasion.

Finally, the Mission March will mark the first occasion where students across both campuses have come together in their (new) five Houses. I am confident next Wednesday (17 May) will be a wonderful celebration.

Co-Curricular Activities
Many sporting teams from the Senior School began their winter season last Saturday, with most remaining teams across both campuses playing their first match this weekend. We wish every student, coach, manager and parent involved all the very best for the coming season.

Whilst every team prepares to win every week, we understand that will not always be the outcome. Regardless of the final score, our expectation is that "we may lose the game, but we must never lose our name". We win respectfully and with dignity, as we do in defeat.

Congratulations must go to Mr James Grant, Coach, David Tyrell and the Rugby League side who defeated some highly rated opponents to take out the State Championship earlier this week. Having qualified top in the Southern Region late last term, we had hard fought victories against Golden Grove and Windsor Gardens (in the Final) to secure the Championship.

In addition, in the last week we have had a Sacred Heart convoy travel to Mt Gambier for the annual Generations in Jazz Festival, the Year 12 Dance class undertook their self-arranged choreographic performances in the Debourg Centre, REMAR Retreats, Paringa Hall Open Day, Golf Championships, Excursions, and VET programs, among others. There is never a dull moment at Sacred Heart College!

Parent Evenings
The College is committed to engaging families, where possible, for reasons beyond simply the sharing of information regarding events or at Parent-Teacher Interviews. To that end, I bring to your attention to  some key dates over the coming weeks.

The first is a Parent Information Evening with Sonya Ryan regarding your child's online presence, and ensuring their safety. We are privileged to be joined by Sonya. Please note the evening will commence at 7pm on Wednesday 10 May in the Debourg Centre (Senior School). All families are welcome. Thank you to Mr Alex Dighton for facilitating this important event for our students and their families. More information on Sonya and the Carly Ryan Foundation can be found at http://www.carlyryanfoundation.com/.

The second evening is an invitation to all Sacred Heart Middle students families to join the SHM Parent Social Group at their inaugural Family Fun Night on Friday 19 May from 5pm to 8pm at the Br Joseph McAteer Centre (Senior School). Further details of this event are included in this Newsletter. Many thanks to the SHCMS Parent Social Group, led by Leanne De Young, for all their work in putting this event together. We look forward to seeing many families there!

Happy Mother's Day
Finally, but most importantly, I offer a vote of thanks to our mothers! On Sunday, we celebrate, spoil, and give thanks to you all. The poem below by Carol Matthews says much of what needs to be said. I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!

A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.
A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there's no time to rest.
A Mother is there when things go wrong.
A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.
So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.
Happy Mother's Day.

Dan Lynch
Deputy Principal

 

 

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