From the Deputy Principal (Friday 19 March)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Harmony Week #EveryoneBelongs

This week, we celebrated Harmony Week across the College. Harmony Day in Australia is a day to promote tolerance for a more culturally diverse society and a day to celebrate an inclusive and cohesive Australia.  

The continuing message of Harmony Day is “Everyone Belongs”, a theme which we also echo at Sacred Heart not only today but on all days. 

To mark Harmony Day 2021, a range of students and staff collaborated to share the message of Harmony Day with our wider Hearts Community.

Harmony Week

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National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence #TakeActionTogether

Today also marks the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (Bullying. No Way!). This year’s theme ‘Take Action Together’ highlights the importance of calling out unwanted behaviour and uniting as a community to show support for one another. Our Leaders prepared a presentation to share with their peers, below is an excerpt of their presentation:

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical or social behaviour that causes physical or psychological harm. Bullying No Way Day is a moment in our time in our lives to acknowledge and support those in our community who feel isolated and reach out to new people to enhance the Family Spirit of our College.

Student Leadership Formation Day

On Thursday, 114 student leaders from Year 7-12 participated in a Leadership Formation Day. 

The focus of the day was to develop teamwork and collaboration skills amongst our leaders and so we started the day by learning how to race Dragon Boats at West Lakes. The design of the dragon boat ensures that all members must be working together to achieve success, a great analogy for the challenges of leadership and working in teams. 

Students then travelled to Marcellin Campus for lunch before participating in a feedback session which will help us in the development of our next Strategic Plan.

Year 12 Parent Information Evening & Kirrilie Smout Presentation

On Tuesday evening, Kirrilie Smout presented ‘Wellbeing and success in secondary school: A Parent’s Guide’ to our Year 12 Parents. Kirrilie has worked as a clinical child and adolescent psychologist for the last 25 years in private, government and community settings.  She has provided therapy to approximately 5000 children, teens and families, supervised over 50 child and adolescent psychologists, and presented seminars to more than 50,000 students, parents and teachers in schools around Australia.  

Kirrilie shared with us how  positive relationships, meaningful and valued activity, sufficient sleep, and systems and routines  are the critical factors associated with wellbeing and academic success in adolescents. 

For those unable to attend, please find a recording of Kirrilie’s presentation via

Strategic Plan Parent Forum (Wednesday 24 March)

The past three years has seen the College continue its growth and development across the key areas of the College including: Faith Formation, Teaching and Learning, Pastoral Care and Wellbeing and Community participation, and others. The current, 2019-2021 Strategic Plan was developed in 2018 during the first year of the amalgamation of Marymount and Sacred Heart Colleges and the construction of the Champagnat Campus. Time has passed quickly!

We are now consulting on the 2022- 2024 Sacred Heart College Strategic Plan. In 2018 we were convening multiple parent forums as we established the ‘new’ Sacred Heart. The input from families was critical to the success we enjoy some three years later. To date, the staff have had their input, and the student leaders across the College were engaged on Thursday this week in a ‘Keep! Stop! Start!’ activity. Their input reflected the inherent wisdom of youth which too often goes unheard!

Phil Lewis, former Principal of Gleeson College and Nazareth College and current Executive Secretary of the National Catholic Principals Association is facilitating the process on Wednesday 24 March at 7.00pm in the Function Centre, Br McAteer Centre, Marcellin Campus. We ask parents/caregivers to register their attendance via Trybooking (    

Join us and have your input to the planning process for the next three years!

This afternoon our First XI Cricket Team took out the Summer Intercollegiate Cricket Match against Rostrevor College. Congratulations to all players & staff on a fantastic result to finish off the season! More to come in next week’s Sports News.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Shana Bennett
Deputy Principal