From the Acting Principal (Friday 24 September)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Marist Day

“Marist Day”, held on September 24, 2021, was a concept that grew out of a simple question at the Marist Student Leaders Gathering at the end of 2020. “How will you bring alive the Marist Spirit in your school in 2021?” Newly elected College Captains, Jorjia Kleemann & Matthew Laverty and Mission Captains, Kristy Allison & Jared Irvine posed the idea of a student-led celebration, bringing students and staff from across the College to Marcellin. Kristy says it was an “opportunity to gather as a community, celebrate our Marist Spirit and continue to grow as a one College”.

The Marist Day theme was “Beating as One Heart”, a recognition of the hard work and growth of Sacred Heart College following the amalgamation of the Mitchell Park and Somerton Park campuses, and Marymount College. Marist Day commenced with a College liturgy featuring involvement from over 100 students and staff. The entrance procession of the liturgy included a video that saw our Marist Heart weave its way through significant spaces at the Champagnat and Marcellin campuses before it entered the Marist Hall to signify the beginning of our celebration.  The liturgical celebration was enhanced by a traditional Welcome to Country by Tiahna Sily-Williams, and by professional cartoonist and illustrator, Simon Kneebone, who captured the significance of the day’s theme through words and drawings. Acting Principal Shana Bennett delivered the Principal’s address, utilising student voice to describe what Beating as One Heart means to them:

  • Marist Day is a really special opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate not only the year, but each other; our friendships, successes, and the unique ways that each and every one of us contributes to making our College a truly amazing place to come to school.”
  • Beating as One Heart describes the love and the need we have for each other here, as we have a bond stronger than we know.  Beating as One Heart at Sacred Heart means that we are family.

Students then participated in a variety of cross-campus outdoor activities in their Houses. The day ended with a College Assembly which included musical performances and the announcement of 2022 Year 12 College and Year 9 Campus Leadership Teams. 

Our College set the target of raising $10,000.00 through the Marist Day Mission Appeal. These funds go straight to Marist communities in our Immersion countries to provide educational resources and improve community facilities. The relentless impact of COVID-19 on our Marist Communities in Fiji, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka has been devastating during the last 18 months. We have not been able to physically support these communities through the Sacred Heart College Immersion Program once again this year but we can offer them our financial support. Donations can still be made at Mission Appeal.

Year 9 Rite Journey Walk

This week, our Year 9 students ventured off site to begin preparing for next term’s camp known as the ‘Abyss’, an important and challenging component of the Rite Journey Program.  Students participated in an all-day hiking event at either Belair National Park or Morialta Conservation Park. The hiking tested the students’ resilience and growth mindset by taking them out of their comfort zone both physically and mentally.

Congratulations to the Year 9 students as they embraced the challenge of this hike with zest!

Women in STEM Breakfast

Our budding scientists had an early start to this morning, attending Catholic Education SA’s “Rise and Shine – Women in STEM Breakfast” at the Adelaide Convention Centre. 

The event aimed to promote careers in STEM and provide young female students with role models within the STEM industry. The breakfast featured two engaging guest speakers who shared their experiences:

  • Shanti Berggren (Deputy General Counsel – Optus Enterprise) spoke passionately about engaging women to enter careers that traditionally have low female participation rates. 
  • Nicole Russo (Director of Product – Myriota) described her work with start-ups and innovators to productise emerging and disruptive technologies. She described how the products she designs are improving the lives of people now and into the future.

College Uniform Shop Trading Hours – Term 3 Holidays

A reminder the College Uniform Shop will reopen from Tuesday 5 October during the Term 3 School Holidays.

  • Tuesday 5 October: 1.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 October: 8.00am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 7 October: 1.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 8 October: 1.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 9 October: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Further information relating to the College Uniform Shop can be found here.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College – 70 Years Celebration

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College is celebrating 70 Years at the Heart of Girls’ Education (1951 – 2021).

You are invited to our “70 Years Celebration” on Sunday 24 October 2021.

Scan the QR Code or type the link to book your tickets!

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With the holidays now upon us, I hope that all students, staff and families have the opportunity to relax a little and have a break from the normal term time routine.  Following the holidays our Year 12’s only have 9 school days left for the year – 9 days! 

When I addressed the Year 12’s at their assembly on Monday,  I reminded them of the importance of finishing well, making the last weeks count and most importantly, reminded them of the wise saying “your last impression is your lasting impression”.  

Enjoy the break and hopefully some delightful Spring weather!

Shana Bennett
Acting Principal