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From the Head of Middle School (Issue 18 2017)

Written on the 23 November 2017

Yes, the end of the year is very much in sight, but still a lot to achieve across the next three weeks!

This Friday we welcome all of our new students for 2018 as they participate in the various orientation activities planned. Historically, our new Year 6 students will be our last ever cohort of this age group and the end of an era. It promises to be a great day as students are officially welcomed into the Sacred Heart community. A special thank you to all those involved with the planning, organisation and facilitation of the day.

Some important dates as we close out the year:

  • Thursday 23 November - New Parents Information Evening (7pm in the gym)
  • Friday 24 November - Orientation Day
  • Thursday 7 December - Final Day of school for students (10am End of Year Mass, 11.30am Good News Assembly, both in the gym)
  • Friday 8 December - No school for students (staff moving day).

I would like to finish by acknowledging an outstanding achievement in gymnastics by one of our Year 9 students, Jesse Moore.

On May 2017, Jesse won his 3rd Australian all-around Gymnastics Championship in a row at Hisense Arena in Melbourne. His win this year in the Level 9, U/15 competition, comes after wins in 2015 in Level 7 U/12, and in 2016 in Level 8 U/14. His 2017 year also included for the 6 individual apparatus, 2 gold medals in Floor and Parallel Bars, and 3 silvers in High Bar, Vault and Rings. In 2017, He also won the SA State Championship at level 9, U/15 in the all-around competition plus all 6 individual apparatus. This was his 5th State all-around Title, the last 3 in a row. Jesse is clearly, over the last 3 years, the best gymnast of his age in Australia.

Jesse is now part of the Junior National Gymnastics Squad, which involves 4 camps a year at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, plus the likelihood of multiple international competitions. He has been selected to be part of the Australian Junior U/18's team to compete in an International Invitational event in Houston, USA this coming January. Not a bad effort for a 14-year-old! All going to plan he will also compete at the Pacific Rim Championships in Columbia in April 2018, and the Junior World Championships in Hungary in early 2019. Well done Jesse!

Have a great week, all!

Tim Mullin
Head of Middle School


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