From the Deputy Principal (Friday 7 August)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Hutt Street Centre‘s Walk a Mile (Friday 7 August)

Students and staff across the College have been involved in 3 initiatives this week as part of ‘National Homelessness Week’.  In addition to daily prayer focus during Homeroom, students have been supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal, The Winter Sleepout at Home and the Walk a Mile Challenge for Hutt Street Centre.

This morning saw approximately 100 staff and students make their way from Marcellin Campus down to the Somerton Park Life Saving Club, walking in solidarity with all those who are doing it tough this winter. 

As a Marist community we continue to raise awareness and provide support for those experiencing homelessness in South Australia.

COVID-19 Ready

As we watch, wait and pray that South Australia remains a COVID-19 safe environment we also must prepare ourselves for any potential short or longer term closures at the College. We learnt a great deal in Term 1 when we moved to the Hearts@Home program and through that experience, the College Staff are well prepared to move back to an online environment if the situation in South Australia requires us to do so. 

As per recommendations made in Term 1, I would encourage our learners to be prepared in case things change, keep the majority of learning materials at home and each day only bring to school what is needed for the lessons that day.  If the school is required to close, we will revert to the Hearts@Home learning and learning will continue through Google Classroom, Google Meet, SEQTA and email. 

I also remind students and families of the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices, remaining away from school if unwell and highlight that if you have had a COVID-19 test you must remain away from school until a negative result is received. I am aware that the wait times for COVID-19 tests have been very lengthy in the last week and appreciate the frustration that this can cause – but we must all do the right thing and keep our community and one another as safe as we possibly can.

Champagnat Campus Cross Installation

During the July school holidays we were able to install the new and specially designed cross on top of the Good Samaritan Centre at Champagnat Campus. 

The wait has been well worth it with the new cross, and Marist Heart as a feature, now placed for all to see from around the campus. 

My thanks to Scott Klaebe and the Champagnat Campus Maintenance Team for supporting the vision, construction and installation of the cross.

Funky Friday Fundraiser

Today we celebrated our first “Funky Friday” with many of our students getting into the spirit by wearing their scrunchies, socks and Hearts beanies.

Funky socks have been worn worldwide to raise awareness for adolescent mental health and it’s wonderful to see our students engaging with such an important message.

All items will be available for purchase individually at the College Uniform Shop from Week 4.

Subject Selection for 2021

We are at the time of year when we start planning for the 2021 school year and in recent weeks students at both Marcellin and Champagnat Campus attended a subject selection information session:

  • Current Year 7 Students Monday August 3
  • Current Year 8 Students Thursday August 6
  • Current Year 9 students Monday August 3
  • Current Year 10 students Tuesday July 28
  • Current Year 11 students Tuesday August 4

These presentations have also been shared electronically with students while copies of the 2021 Curriculum Handbook and subject selection forms can be found here:

Further information about subject selection and  the transition process for Year 9 students will be communicated with families in the coming week. Learners and families  in Year 10 and 11 have been emailed links to information about SACE, ATAR and the subject selection process.

It is with sadness, I share the news with our Hearts Community that Steve Byrne’s Mum passed away peacefully on 6 August. Steve is currently self- isolating after returning from New South Wales last week and should be back at school at the beginning of Week 5.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the Byrne Family.

Shana Bennett
Deputy Principal