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From the Principal (Issue 9 2017)

Written on the 22 June 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,

Marist Symbol - Three Violets
The image of three violets is a traditional Marist image which depicts three particular virtues as spiritual attitudes which motivate certain behaviours. The 'virtues': humility, simplicity and modesty resonate strongly with Jesus' Gospel message and the notion of Mary as a model for us all. Another way to apply these virtues has been expressed as 'doing good quietly' - not for one's personal benefit but for the benefit of others, or to promote a particular cause worthy of redress.

During this week, a number of our students were recognised at the SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards. Sacred Heart students have participated in this project for the past few years under the direction of our Visual Arts staff. Following is an email excerpt from staff member, Kurtis Harrison:
"I just wanted to share with you some photos from today's SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards Exhibition. Kirstin Tocker (SHC Staff) and I were very proud of Laura Wilson, Loretta McKinnon, Larnce O' Flaherty and Olivia McColl. The four Year 11 students represented themselves and the College with pride today and Laura Wilson was also given a Commended Award for her poster design (meaning her design was judged as one of the best three in the state at a Secondary School level)."

An example of 'doing good quietly' - I think so! 

Christ the King Homework Club
Another project worth noting in this context is the Christ the King (Parish Primary School) Homework Club. Each Monday afternoon

a number of our students assist these younger girls and boys with their homework. Cara McGlaughlin, Amanda Devanana, Aisling McCorry-Jenkinson, Siobhan Schulz, Alyssa Sedunary, Olivia Carver, Chloe Dutschke, Liam Byrne, Olivia Boyd, Pauline Malycha and Inkeka Garton offer their time 'quietly', as do former students and 'Young Marists', Jesse Romeo, Daniella Rosa-Hernandez, Matea Hayden and Emma Zeitz.

Brother Michael Green FMS in his take on the three violets suggests that the three violets are intended to be symbolic of spiritual attitudes, not just human behaviours. Read his reflection here.

That our students readily engage in such activities and projects, utilising their many gifts and talents for the benefit of others, is inspiring. The role of the Visual Arts and social outreach projects are typical of the Catholic, Marist mission of Sacred Heart College. As we mark the traditional Feast of the Sacred Heart this week, 'reaching out' is tangible evidence of the love and care we can express to others

Well done to all involved!

Steve Byrne



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