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From the Principal (Issue 1 2016)

Written on the 11 February 2016

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Welcome to the 2016 School Year!

Classes have commenced with a distinct energy on the back of the safe return of our students after the traditional summer break. There is a settled and focused ambiance across the College which bears testament to the combined efforts of our families and staff to ensure the preparedness to smoothly commence the year. Thank you to both our parents and staff in this regard.

At the Senior School 'Welcome Assembly' the key theme was 'purpose' - a theme which College Co-Captain Patrick Pivato relayed to the boys at the Middle School. We all need to have a sense of clarity as to why we do what we do and what we are hoping to achieve. Whilst this is a worthwhile discussion at home, the students at Sacred Heart do not undertake this alone.

A range of supports are available and the students and families of the College are encouraged to seek this when needed. The starting point is the Homeroom Teacher whom the vast majority of Middle School parents and carers met last week - your presence at this event was overwhelming!

Parent Forum
Throughout the year there will be a number of forums designed to inform and engage the parents and carers of Sacred Heart. Next Monday (15 February) there will be a Forum for parents of senior school students. The forum will focus on Parent/Carer Portal access to their Year 10-12 daughters' and sons' progress as documented in the Learning Management System (Edumate). We hope to see you there! (7pm at the Senior School - Debourg Performing Arts Centre). A similar forum is planned for the Middle School later in the year.

Opening Mass
The traditional Opening Mass and College Student Leaders Commissioning was conducted on Ash Wednesday. Mr Daniel Head provides more detail on this significant event which was yet again well supported by the Student Leaders families.

During the celebration, led by Monsignor Ian Dempsey, was the traditional ashes ceremony. In the words of one 'bright' student - we were all '#Ashtagged!'

I look forward to crossing paths in the coming weeks!

Kind regards

Steve Byrne
Principal

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