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From the Principal (Issue 11 2016)

Written on the 4 August 2016

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Strategic Plan 2016 2018 (see link here)
Earlier this year the College Advisory Council approved and signed off on the College Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018 as developed by the College Executive and Leadership Teams of the Middle and Senior Schools. The format and presentation highlights the key intentions of the College over the next few years. I invite you to view and consider the document as it provides a context, vision and the key dimensions upon which our strategic planning will be based. In fact, we report against this Strategic Plan by way of our Annual Action Plans which are provided in the College Annual Report (see link here).

The presentation also highlights the College colours as extracted from the College crest and the contemporary images provide an insight to life at Sacred Heart. The document is available from the web-site and hard copies are available from each office. Sacred Heart College is a multi-faceted community and the Strategic Plan aims to further nurture the collaborative relationships which exist within the 'family spirit' at SHC. Next year marks our 120th 'Birthday' and is the Bicentenary of the foundation of the Marist Brothers and this document places our priorities before you as the keys to our ongoing and future success as an excellent, Catholic College in the Marist tradition!

Regional Focus Groups
Over the past year or so there has been a discussion occurring amongst the Principals of the South West Region (SWR), School Boards and Councils and Catholic Education South Australia in regard to the provision of Catholic Education from Early Years to Year 12 in our region. The next phase of consultation involves a number of focus groups being formed in each of the SWR Catholic Primary, Middle and Senior Schools which will conducted by Tatu, a market research business.

The current structure of South West Region Catholic Schools was established in 1977 and a thorough review is timely, especially in light of the decision by Catholic Education South Australia to structure Primary School to conclude at Year 6 and Secondary School to include Years 7 to 12 from 2019/20. The key drivers of this process are to assess the appetite for possible changes in the region in regard to, but not limited to, co-educational/single sex options, pathways, school size, Early Learning Centre availability, ease of enrolment and so on. No doubt there'll be other issues which arise which will form part of the study. The focus group participants input is appreciated as we discuss and design future options for the region.

Since Peter Dermody's time as Principal at the Middle School during the 1990's we have enjoyed a full enrolment of boys which has steadily increased since that time. Next year our Boarding House is actually over-prescribed and demand is strong. Of major concern to us are the female enrolment numbers at the Senior School. We intend to fully explore possible options within the region in this regard.

The intention is that draft recommendations for the future provision of Catholic Education in our region will be developed by next term and these will be communicated more broadly at this time. From this point, broader consultation will occur across the Sacred Heart community as we seek your views on the issues which will arise, just as we did when consulting in regard to the College amalgamation discussion during 2014. Never a dull moment at Sacred Heart!

Kind regards,

Steve Byrne
Principal

 

 

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