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From the Principal (Issue 1 2017)

Written on the 9 February 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Welcome to the 2017 school year at Sacred Heart College! This year marks the bicentenary (200 years) of the founding of the Marist Brothers, 120 years of Sacred Heart College and 50 years of Marist education at the Mitchell Park campus!

The Marist theme of AWAKEN! sets the tone that the bicentenary provides the opportunity for a new dawn as we continue to reflect and ponder on new possibilities. We express gratitude for all that has gone before and excitedly anticipate what lies ahead! The Marist story, and that of Sacred Heart College, is characterised by agility and responsiveness to unfolding realities. 2017 will be no different!

At times this has meant a 'reboot' and at others, consolidation. This year the detail will be developed for the amalgamation of Marymount and Sacred Heart Colleges for the commencement of the new educational enterprise at Mitchell Park in 2019. Consultations commence in earnest next week. It is important that this engagement occurs in a spirit of collaboration. The intentional focus will be the best interests of our students in light of the existing strengths of the two colleges and contemporary best educational practice.

The Class of 2016 have set a new benchmark in excellence and on Tuesday of this week our Merit students were presented at Government House. The forty five young Sacred Heart Old Collegians (SHOCs), along with the thirteen students who achieved High Distinctions in their university studies, reflect the high calibre of the teaching and learning program across the College, and indeed of all of their education prior to Sacred Heart! This includes St Joseph's Clare, whose principal Mr Peter Shearer was quick to claim the foundation provided to our Dux and Governor's Award recipient, Joshua Smith. Josh achieve 5 Merits and the perfect score - one of only seven students in the state. Josh's family are farmers from Farrell Flat and he is a proud 'SHC boarder'!

Throughout the year we will use Facebook ( to keep you informed of key events and newsworthy items from the College. A quick glance over the past few weeks provides an insight to the breadth and depth of talent across the 'Hearts' community.

Sadly, we respectfully acknowledge the sad passing of Maddi Beck (Year 9 Marymount student) and pray for the repose of her soul. We also pray for her brother, Sam (Year 7 SHC student) and parents, Angela and John.

May perpetual light shine upon Maddi. May she rest in peace.

Steve Byrne

Ethan Murphy responds on behalf of all      SHC 2016 Merit students.
2016 SACE students at the SACE
Merit Ceremony.


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