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From the Principal (Issue 13 2016)

Written on the 1 September 2016

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Winter Sport
The winter sport season wrapped up this week for the vast majority of Sacred Heart students. Across the sports offered many matches, challenges, joys and tribulations were had. Congratulations to all students on their participation and to the Staff, Parents, Old Scholars and Friends of SHC for their involvement and support of our substantial program.

The recent CEA newsletter is testament to the breadth and depth of the program and a final wrap up of the season will be forthcoming. Sport and co-curricular programs have long been an integral component of the holistic educational program at Sacred Heart College. Its place within the fabric of the culture of the College is firmly cemented. At times, commitment to the program by some students and families can wane and this is then challenged by the College - as a commitment is a commitment. Sometimes there are conflicting priorities at play and tough decisions need to be made. From my perspective, Sacred Heart is what it is and remains a quality school of choice because of its culture which includes: its Marist heritage; its academic endeavour and achievement; its learning within the classroom and beyond which includes sport, music and the arts and so on; and a family spirit which continues to permeate all that we do. My sincere thanks to the hundreds of people who made this possible over winter, especially our coordinators: Mr Adam Rice (Middle School), Mrs Alex Penhall (Girls Sport), Ms Ali Trewartha (Boys Sport), Mrs Emily Williams (Netball) and Mr Robert Gill (Football).

Outstanding achievements were had by many teams including our A1 Netballers (Marist Champions, Catholic Schools Champions, 3rd State Championships), Open A Boys Basketballers (State Champions, qualified for Australian School Nationals later in the year), coached by Ms Jordan Walker-Roberts and our First XVIII who this week defeated Prince Alfred College to win the State Title for the 5th year in a row. A simply outstanding result and congratulations to coach, Mr Anthony Goodrich, the boys and support staff. Our best wishes go with our rising stars - the Girls Hockey Team who play their grand final shortly. Go Hearts!

A special mention to the staff and students involved in the College musical - Hairspray! Hours and hours of rehearsals come together next week for what is close to a sold out season. The production combines students from across the College in a showcase of music, dance and drama with a couple of very special guest appearances from staff members! Well done to Ms Tracey Dorian, Mrs Gail Radford, Ms Robyn Page, Mrs Louise Durrans, Ms Sarah Melhuish, Mr Dan Ryan, Mr Scott Smelter, Mr Kelvin Maynes and a number of Old Scholars; Tim Markham, Lachlan Micklethwait, Zoe Nolan, Zoe Russell-von Bujdoss, Erinn Templeton and Monique Van Der Heyden.

Director of Students (Senior School)
Further to Mr Daniel Lynch's (Head of Senior School) article in the last newsletter outlining the proposed changes to the House system at the Senior School and in time the flow on to the Middle School, a new Director Students has been appointed. Congratulations to Mr Alex Dighton who will assume the new role from next year. The current Year 10 and 11 students were informed of the new changes this week. Exciting times ahead!

Wishing all fathers a very happy Father's Day on Sunday!

Best wishes,

Steve Byrne




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