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From the Principal (Issue 1 2018)

Written on the 8 February 2018

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Each year at Sacred Heart we adopt the Marist Schools Australia (MSA) theme as our College theme. Prior to the students returning, the staff spent a few hours considering, pondering, listening and reflecting on the theme and how we might best bring this into the lives of our students. Tony Clarke, MSA Director of Formation, who co-presented to our staff, expresses it this way:

In the Year of Youth and taking up our 2018 theme of believing in hope and a future for all people, let us as Marists be people who, through our word and action, offer the world a new way of seeing and being. A world where every young person can enjoy the hope of a future beyond the horizon which they are yet to discover. Pope Francis said that 'a single individual is enough for hope to exist.' The Good News is that our Marist communities are full of single individuals that together create an 'us'. Indeed, hope does have a future.

It was also a special moment for the Sacred Heart staff to spend time with the Marymount staff exploring key aspects of our shared Marian traditions through the Marist lens. The future at Sacred Heart is very different from the past - two Colleges are now one, three campuses will soon be two. Year 6 will no longer be the entry year level to the College and much of the Mitchell Campus lies in rubble or has already been removed with a relocatable 'Village' established on the old tennis courts. It will be a challenging year, yet very productive!

The new year also brings an additional sense of the revitalised, Courageous Heart - Sacred Heart 'tag' as developed from a consultative process in the latter half of 2017.

The word 'courage' is drawn from the College motto - Virtus Ubique Vincit. We have adopted a contemporary translation - Courage Conquers All! You'll find this in bold print on the walls under the McAteer Centre as players enter and exit the oval or courts above it. This sense of courage is one which challenges us to have the moral strength that is prepared to face the demands of life, its duties and obligations to one's self, to one's neighbour, to one's country and to God (Br Kenneth, Principal 1964-69). It demands a deep contemplation of the heart and mind and determined action to live respectfully, in a family spirit, as our students advance to maturity and independence.

My prayer for the year ahead is that our young people are blessed with a Sacred Heart Family Spirit and that they develop their sense of courage as they create the foundations of a hope-filled future. We - parents, carers, teachers, support staff and the broader Hearts community - have a key role to play in this and may we be blessed with the necessary gifts, time and patience to ensure that we nurture our young people as best we can!

Best wishes to all for 2018!

Steve Byrne



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