From the Acting Deputy Principal (Thursday 1 September)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Mission Community Night

In light of this week’s focus on mental health and wellness, and coinciding with Wear It Purple Day and R U OK? Day, our students working within the Marist Mission space engaged in their Mission Community Night. Our Game Changers and MSol students from both campuses are constantly giving their time to ministry through volunteering, fundraising and advocacy, all in an effort to make our world a better place. Mission Community Night was an opportunity for those who are always giving to others to take some time for themselves, enjoy the company of our cross-campus Mission community, and to focus on their own mental health and wellness.

After spending some time building connections and getting to know one another better, the group took the opportunity to paint a canvas (time for mindfulness and reflection), and to simply get away from the busyness of life. The group concluded the night with prayer and gratitude, renewing a commitment to care and compassion for ourselves and for others. 

Southern Coastal Youth Environmental Leadership Program

Year 8 students and Environmental Representatives from MSol (Marist Solidarity), Amelie and Piper, gathered at Woodend Primary School for a day of sustainability activities on Monday. They continued to plan for the initiation of the Hearts Herb Garden that will come to fruition at Champagnat Campus before the end of the year. They also participated in sessions that focused on plant propagation and nature journalling, along with other students from schools in the region. Well done to both for bringing sustainability and environmental awareness to the fore.

Operation Flinders

Congratulations to our group of eight Year 9 students, ably led by Warren Wright and Jacqui Schar, who participated in the Operation Flinders exercise over the last week. The group participated in a series of team and character building activities where they were challenged to demonstrate resilience and teamwork. This is the second group from Sacred Heart that have participated in Operation Flinders this year, and we look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.

Year 11 Beach Clean Up

The Stage 1 Society and Culture class walked to our local beach last Friday as part of their unit of inquiry into waste in Australia. They looked for rubbish on the beach, recorded what they could find, collected it, and then disposed of it properly. 

While at the beach, the students could see that part of the beach had been closed off for sand pumping which was fascinating to observe and an insight into the work our council does to maintain our beautiful beaches. Most of the waste that the group found was mixed up in the seaweed or hidden in the rocks. Alarmingly, they removed many cigarette butts from the local beach. Students were quite passionate about removing all the rubbish from the beach after viewing a documentary that exposed the amount of plastic being consumed by our marine life and sea birds.

Year 12 Student Leadership Program

Throughout late 2021 and 2022, our Year 12 Leaders have worked closely with Steve Lacy from Leading Teams in developing the skills and attributes of a high performing team. This year’s Year 12 Leadership Team have worked diligently to be a strong voice and advocate for their cohort and have continued the legacy of successive leadership teams from previous years.

This week was the conclusion of the formal program which we celebrated by conquering the Adelaide Tree Climb and gathering for a shared dinner where we acknowledged the members of the leadership group that best espoused the team’s non-negotiable behaviours and trademark.

Visit to the Altavilla Club

Che bella gita! Today the Year 10, Stage 1 and Stage 2 Italian classes ventured to the Altavilla Irpina Sports & Social Club in Beulah Park to immerse themselves in Italian language and culture. During the post-war period, the Italians were asked to head out on the world’s roads and make a better life for themselves, and this is exactly what many migrants from Altavilla Irpina (a small town in Campania) did.

Students met with the Club President and members, hearing about the club’s history and its role in the community. They listened to some migrant stories, gaining an appreciation of the great sacrifice and the immense gratitude Italian migrants have for their new country. Assisted by Old Scholar, Lillian Orsillo (SHC ’21), students engaged in a number of activities, including tombola, conversation practice, cooking demonstrations and, of course, a hearty meal of antipasto, pasta and cannoli – the Italians certainly know how to live la dolce vita! Instead of ‘eating to live’, Italians ‘live to eat’ and the Altavilla Club celebrate this every Friday night with a pizza night – open/available to all.

We would like to thank the Altavilla Club for their wonderful hospitality and for always making Sacred Heart students feel welcome.

Years 10-12 Parent/Teacher Interviews

We look forward to welcoming boarding parents to Parent Teacher Interviews on Friday 2 September; these are being conducted in the Library. Years 10 and 11 interviews are being conducted across two sessions on Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 September. Parents will have received information about requesting interviews with teachers via email.

Marcellin Campus Early Dismissal (1.25pm Friday 2 September)

Families are reminded that all students at Marcellin Campus will be dismissed at 1.25pm tomorrow (Friday 2 September) due to Parent Teacher Interviews.

Call for Exam Invigilators

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from members of the Sacred Heart College community, to join our pool of Exam Invigilators at Sacred Heart College – Marcellin.

Exam Invigilator volunteers provide valuable assistance to staff and students as they progress through a critical stage of their education, through the supervision of students undertaking exams. 

Assistance is specifically required for the upcoming October/November examination period.

All volunteers must meet the College and CESA screening processes, including holding a Working With Children Clearance.

Volunteers receive an honorarium to cover costs.

For more information regarding volunteering, please visit

Interested community members are asked to please email and include a current resume.

RUOK? Day and Battle of the Bands Reminder

Next Thursday is the annual Battle of the Bands at Champagnat Campus where the school community celebrates the talents of some of our music students and ensembles. The event aligns with R U OK? Day, a national day of action when we remind our school community that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’. Performing in front of the students fosters community pride, is enjoyable, and engages everyone in respectful behaviour. Events like this are a great way to bring people together to share the R U OK? message.

Congratulations to all of our students who were involved in the 99th Intercollegiate Round with Rostrevor College over the weekend. There was great competitive spirit on display and some memorable highlights across the week, including the final few heartstopping moments in the First XVIII Football. Please check out the results from Intercol in today’s Sports News.

Our Year 12 Student Leaders had their final session on Monday with Steve Lacy from Leading Teams. It has been a privilege to watch these Student Leaders develop their leadership and team building skills under the direction of Steve. In a very challenging year, these leaders had advocated for their fellow students and promoted a range of initiatives within our community. I look forward to seeing them become leaders in our wider society in their post school years 

Alex Dighton
Acting Deputy Principal