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From the Principal (Issue 12 2017)

Written on the 17 August 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Assumption College Kilmore Exchange
On Friday more than 100 students and accompanying staff will be heading to Kilmore in Victoria for the annual SHC-Assumption College Kilmore Exchange. This rich tradition is an integral aspect of our 'Hearts' culture and the cultural and sporting events are the conduits by which long lasting relationships are formed. Whilst a full report will be forthcoming, we wish the students well for this special experience and thank Mrs Amanda Reichelt and Mr Luke Hildyard for their considerable organisational work in preparation for what is shaping up to be a wintry, but warm hearted Exchange LXI!

Br Austin Stephens RIP (20/7/1921 (Hamley Bridge) - 11/8/2017)
Br Austin died peacefully last Friday and his funeral was conducted in the College Chapel on Wednesday. Br Austin had a rich life, attending Marist Norwood (later St Ignatius College) and then joining the Marist Brothers. His time in schools included prinipalships in Brunswick and Bendigo, Victoria. One of his loyal former students is the renowned entertainer, Bert Newton, who said of Br Austin: "For me he was an outstanding teacher who was able to see in me something I don't think I was able to see in myself!"

Following a stint as the Province Supervisor of Schools, Br Austin undertook studies abroad from 1983 - 96. He worked for the Adelaide Catholic Education Office focusing primarily on School Boards.

Br Austin was known by many and held in high regard for his knowledgeable and courteous demeanour. Much of his work remains relevant to this day. May he rest in peace!

Marist Bicentenary Message
Last Saturday Bicentenary Masses were held in Brisbane, Bulleen and Parramatta. We held a celebration earlier in the year as part of the opening of the Br Joseph McAteer Centre at Somerton Park. The Provincial, Br Peter Carroll, delivered a message to Australian Marists which acknowledges the past, present and future of Marists in Australia. If you would like to ponder his thought provoking message, covering three key themes of gratitude, forgiveness and commitment, it is available here.

Finally, congratulations to our State Champion Open Girls Football Team! The SHC girls defeated Henley High School in the Grand Final of the Statewide Knockout Football Championships for 2017 on Tuesday this week. In tough, rainy conditions, the girls showed true Heart taking the win 4.6 (30) to 4.2 (26). Congratulations to Best on Ground recipient, Emma Smith and to coach, Garreth Hutton on his 4th State title in 5 years.

Go Hearts!

Steve Byrne



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