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From the Head of the Middle School (Issue 1 2016)

Written on the 11 February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would again like to again extend a very warm welcome to all of our new families to Sacred Heart College. It has been a terrific start to the year and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many of you at our Welcome Evening. Already there is a great sense of community and good energy at the school. Please don't hesitate to contact any of your son's teachers if you have any concerns, effective education can only be built on the back of good communication between home and school.

This week both our Year 6 and 8 cohorts enjoyed their respective camps to Wellington and Hindmarsh Island. The camping program is a valued and integral part of the holistic curriculum offered here at the Middle School. Camps provide a rich opportunity for the boys to build resilience, solve problems and develop skills connected with outdoor education. I would also like to thank and acknowledge all the staff who helped facilitate and supervise the students on camp.

This year we welcome several new staff members to our community who I know will bring a wealth of knowledge and good teaching practice to our community:

  • Tamara Smith (Year 8 Mathematics and Science)
  • Marcus Trimboli (Year 8 Leader of Student Wellbeing, English and HASS)
  • Heath Varts (Year 6 replacement for Ashley Jenner who is one leave this term)
  • Alex Jackson (Year 7 Mathematics and Science)
  • Keiko Nielsen (Year 7 and 8 Japanese)
  • Domenica Caruso (Year 7 and 8 Italian and Religious Education)

Our Lenten journey also begins this week with Ash Wednesday. The forty days of Lent provide us with the opportunity to deeply reflect on our own lives and to contemplate the changes we may need to make to allow or develop our relationship with God. These can be simple things like visiting a friend or trying harder with our kids to be better parents. The following reflection may help us to begin collecting our thoughts as we move towards Easter:

Growing With You
Lord, we would grow with you
New shoots reaching out
Hands stretched upward
Like leaves newly formed
Soaking up your light and warmth
Lord, we would grow with you Lord, we would grow with you
In sunshine and rain
In darkness and light
In cold days and summer days
From spring time to winter
Lord, we would grow with you Lord, we would grow with you
And bring forth fruit
That is pleasing to you
Fed by your living water
Giving sustenance to others
Lord, we would grow with you

Have a great week!

Tim Mullin
Head of the Middle School

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