From the Acting Deputy Principal (Thursday 29 September)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Sustainable Living in Action – Year 7 Ignite Christie Walk

This week, all Year 7 students had the opportunity to visit ‘Christie Walk’ in preparation for their Term 4 Ignite project on sustainable ‘tiny house’ living. Christie Walk is a small community of 27 homes and gardens on 2,000 sq m. It was named Christie Walk to honour the memory of Scott Christie, an environmental activist. The development combines many ecologically sustainable and community enhancing features, which can be viewed here.

The students gained valuable first hand knowledge about sustainable living, with the highlight being the eating of organic kumquats from the rooftop garden!

Year 9 Rite Journey Camp Preparation

On Wednesday, Year 9 students participated in a day of hiking in preparation for their Term 4 Rite Journey Camp (an important element of the Hero’s journey known as the ‘abyss’). The boys spent the day at Belair National Park, while the girls completed the Happy Valley Reservoir walk. By completing the practice hike and camp, students are able to complete particular challenges to conquer the 7Cs of the Rite Journey Program (camp, courage, collaboration, commitment, connection, consideration and compassion).

Stage 2 Child Studies Nature Play morning at Sacred Heart

This morning we welcomed some younger visitors on site in Walter Park for the Stage 2 Child Studies Nature Play Morning.

As part of their summative assessment, students were required to examine the benefits of nature play for children, as well as consider the sociocultural factors that may present barriers to this type of play. For their practical component, they were asked to create a nature based station that provided an opportunity for children (6 months – 4 years) to engage in outdoor play.

It was a beautiful Spring morning and our students did a wonderful job in preparing this highly valuable and engaging experience for the “smaller members” of our Hearts Community. Thank you to all those who came along to share this memorable moment – it was a perfect way to finish off the Stage 2 Child Studies course and a beautiful way to end the term.

Year 12 Nutrition students visit University of Adelaide

Last Friday, Year 12 Nutrition students worked in a state-of-the art Food Science laboratory at University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus. They completed a sensory characteristics activity which challenged their sense of taste and required them to consider other stimuli that are used for our experience of food. Many science inquiry skills were discussed in the context of testing foods.

Students then heard from a PhD student on her research into Everyday Entomophagy: An investigation into pathways for accelerated adoption of edible insects in western food cultures and the ways that food scientists are improving the taste and attitudes towards this novel protein source. Students were then able to taste mealworm bliss balls and goat’s cheese with green ant and mealworm sprinkles.

Marist Day 2022

On the last day of Term 3 (Friday 30 September), all staff and students across the College will gather at Marcellin Campus to celebrate Marist Day. This is an opportunity for cross-campus interaction and collaboration, to celebrate our Marist Spirit and continue to grow as one College. The theme for this years’ Marist Day is “Voice of the Courageous Heart”, chosen by a cohort of student leaders.

All students will be dismissed from Marcellin Campus at 1.00pm.

The 2022 Marist Day appeal will support “Australian Marist Solidarity” in their efforts to provide education, resources, meals and other essential items to communities in the South East Asian area. Sacred Heart College continues to have a strong relationship with Marist communities in India / Sri Lanka, Fiji and the Philippines, and the majority of funds raised on Marist Day will be directed towards supporting current projects in these countries in particular.

This year, we have set a target goal of $6,000 which will have a huge impact in our associated Marist communities. Donations above $2 are tax deductible and can be made by clicking here.

Parents and Friends Committee

The Sacred Heart College Parents and Friends Committee is a great way to have involvement as a parent/caregiver in the College Community. Through meeting one evening per term, there is the opportunity to be involved in the wider community of your son’s or daughter’s school. Why not come along to meet our friendly committee and see how we are involved with organising social events. Our meetings are relaxed and inclusive, and we look forward to meeting new members!

Our next meeting is Wednesday 19 October 2022 at 7.00pm at Marcellin Campus (Staff Lounge).

For further information and to RSVP to the next meeting, contact Fiona Davies (President) on 0417 617 474 or via email

Back to Paringa Family Fun Day

Join us in celebrating 125 years of Sacred Heart College and saying farewell to Principal, Steve Byrne at our ‘Back to Paringa’ family fun day!

The day will be filled with live entertainment, historical tours of Paringa Hall, food trucks, bars, outdoor games and more!

Sunday 6 November 2022
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sacred Heart College – Marcellin Campus
Tickets: $10 and receive a commemorative 125 Years Glass upon entry
FREE entry for those 18 years old and under

Bookings essential via TryBooking:

Call for Exam Invigilators

We are continuing to seek 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.

Term 3 will conclude tomorrow (Friday 30 September). All students from both Champagnat and Marcellin Campuses will be dismissed at 1pm from Marcellin Campus, Somerton Park after our Marist Day celebration. 

Our term concludes with our Marist Day Celebrations. Marist Day is an important event for a community for a number of reasons as it epitomises our Marist Characteristics of Family Spirit, In the Way of Mary and Presence. The day is a celebration of Family Spirit as our two campuses, Marcellin and Champagnat, come together as one to celebrate our community. It is also an opportunity to be compassionate like Mary as we raise money for those less fortunate than ourselves. The day was formulated and organised by our student leaders and we finish the day with the announcement of 2023 Year 12 and Year 9 Student Leaders. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out who has been appointed as the 2023 students leaders.

Term 4 will commence on Monday 17 October.

We wish all of our Hearts families a safe and enjoyable Spring holiday break!

Alex Dighton
Acting Deputy Principal