From the Deputy Principal (Friday 15 May)

To our Sacred Heart Community

College News

News delivered differently!

Over the last few weeks the College has implemented changes in the way we communicate updates and news with families. “Hearts News” will now be delivered on a regular basis, replacing the more traditional and static Hearts Newsletter.

We are also developing Careers, Sports and Arts Blogs which will be updated on a regular basis. Our aim is to provide a platform to showcase different aspects of College life while keeping you up to date with what is happening around the campuses.


We were delighted to welcome back many members of our boarding community this week. Our thoughts are with our boarders who can’t be back just yet due to restrictions and quarantine requirements, we shall continue to support our students who are unable to return both academically and pastorally. 

While the changes we were required to implement in the Boarding House have been significant, the positive attitude of both our staff and boarders has been exceptional and shown true Marist Spirit!

We have also welcomed Robert Gill into the role of Director of Boarding while Shane Hennessy takes some well deserved long service leave!

Student Wellbeing & College Leaders

Our student leaders have been exploring different ways to exercise their leadership given many of their “normal leadership” opportunities and experiences have changed in 2020.  Our leaders have recognised the struggles many experience with mental health, especially in more recent COVID-19 times, and have been determined to take action and lead the Hearts community in a proactive way. 

From the College Captains, Sophie & Adam:

Yesterday the Year 12 leaders had another Leadership Development Session facilitated by Leading Teams. The session was an opportunity to reconnect, catch up with each other and provide feedback on what leaders were doing well. This helped us develop a cohesive dynamic and strengthen our relationships within the team. From this, the Year 12 leaders are planning two main initiatives to support our College Community; supporting health & wellbeing and continuing the War on Waste to reduce the waste footprint of Sacred Heart College. 

As we know, it is more important than ever that we are taking the time to monitor and take care of our personal health and wellbeing, which on top of school and study, can sometimes become overwhelming. One of the main initiatives the Year 12 leaders have chosen to focus on this year is the mental health and wellbeing of students; looking at ways we can each look after our own wellbeing, while at the same time, taking care of and looking out for our peers. Over the coming weeks, the focus will be to raise awareness about our wellbeing.

The other focus is the War on Waste initiative, which aims to improve environmental awareness at the College. In Term 2, a new bin system will be implemented, allowing students to correctly dispose of their waste to ultimately decrease the amount of waste the college sends to landfill.

We look forward to working with our fellow students in making our Hearts Community a better place!


As of Week 4 the Canteen at Marcellin will be open from Tuesday – Friday each week. We will follow strict guidelines in terms of food handling and delivery and all food will be served in single use containers. A requirement of reopening is that the canteen will be cashless, all purchases must be made via cashless payment only.

We recognise that many of our younger students at Champagnat Campus may not have the option of cashless payment and therefore we are working with our canteen provider to create an online booking option. We hope to have the Champagnat Canteen open in Week 5 – more information regarding this will be shared over the course of the next week.

Term Dates

A reminder to families that Term 2 will conclude on Friday 3 July. As the Professional Learning week normally held at the end of Term 2 was brought forward the end of Term 1, the holiday period in July is only a two week break. Click here to access the Term Dates for the remainder of 2020.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • category of disability
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal.

If you have any questions about the NCCD, or if you do not want your child to be counted in the for the purpose of the NCCD collection, please contact Sonja Brownridge ( at Champagnat Campus or Meredith Jones ( at Marcellin Campus

As many restrictions lift in the coming weeks, we look forward to returning to our new normal in the not too distant future.

Shana Bennett
Deputy Principal