From the Deputy Principal (Thursday 24 November)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Rite Journey Solo Experience and Outreach

Last Wednesday, Mr Taylor and Mr Higgins’ Rite Journey classes travelled to Hallet Cove Beach to complete a “solo experience” following the Year 9 Camp at Deep Creek. Students were required to spend approximately an hour alone, without distraction, and write a letter to their future selves in Year 12. The students were asked to reflect on how far they have come this year, express how they are feeling about moving on from Champagnat, describe their goals and ambitions for the next chapter in their schooling, and spend some time contemplating their purpose moving forward.

Students will receive their letters in 2025 at their Year 12 Retreat, and will be able to once again reflect on their personal growth in that time. Thanks goes to Mr Leikas and Mr Oleszczuk who accompanied the classes, and to the students for their engagement in the activity.

Furthermore, during Term 4 Rite Journey classes have been participating in community outreach projects. These have included initiatives such as staff affirmation boxes, beach clean ups, reading with primary school students and letter exchanges with nursing home residents. This is an important aspect of the program and relates to the ‘connection’ aspect of the program, and asks students to see themselves as an intrinsic part of a wider community.

Hearts Aboriginal girls graduate

Congratulations to 10 of our Year 10 and 11 girls from the Hearts Aboriginal Education Program who graduated today from the Kuwa Circles 2022 cohort as Junior Mentors. Old Scholar, Courtney Summers (SHC ’18) graduated as a Senior Mentor. 

The girls were presented with their certificates by the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC at a ceremony held at Government House.

Kuwa (Kaurna word for Crow) Circles is designed to engage underrepresented female Indigenous student cohorts in culturally responsive and engaging support and mentoring mechanisms relating to academic confidence and career pathways. The three weaves that underpin the core of the Kuwa Circles program are Connection, Context and Concepts and Careers.

Kuwa Circles was run in conjunction with the Adelaide Crows Foundation and explored the maths and science of football to learn broader STEM principles and their practical applications to real world environments. The young  women also achieved 20 Stage 1 credits for their participation in the program. Well done to all involved!

Celebrating Year 7 Languages

On Wednesday 23 November, Year 7 Italian and Japanese students enjoyed cultural performances and the opportunity to try some Italian Cannoli and Japanese Yakisoba.

We welcomed “Bella Italia” to Sacred Heart – a husband and wife team – Mira and Franco. Mira told the story of her arrival in Australia from Napoli when she was eight years old and the culture, language and food that came with her and her family at the time. Students learned to sing a traditional Italian song, “Finche la barca va” and had great fun learning some traditional Italian dances. This was topped off with Cannoli for recess.

Japanese students had a special lunch of Yakisoba (fried noodles), prepared by Linda Oswald and our Year 9 Japanese class. They were then entertained by Jarrod Hoare, who taught us the ancient art of Japanese comedy known as “Rakugo”, in Japanese and English. Students then had a go at performing Japanese charades and Hyogen movements.

A wonderful celebration of languages at Sacred Heart!

PE Week celebrations

PE Week was celebrated at Champagnat Campus during Week 5 with a variety of activities before school and at lunchtime to encourage the benefits of physical activity. The students had fun taking part in activities such as NFL throwing, longest kick, basketball bump, diamond cricket, dodgeball, volleyball, classic catches and Just Dance. We also had House Netball, which gave students a chance to get active as a House.

Each morning in Homeroom a Sports Trivia Quiz was held, which tested students’ sports knowledge. Homerooms were competitively engaged in the quizzing and in the end, Chanel B just pipped Chavoin C, taking out the #1 mantle with a whopping 46 out of 50! On the last day of PE Week, we celebrated with a “Show Your True Colours Day”, where many students proudly donned their team colours, whilst the Champagnat staff enjoyed a morning tea together.

Many thanks to the Health & Physical Education staff for running these activities during the week, which saw crowds of students swell, especially when prizes were up for grabs. Thank you also to all students who enthusiastically took part across the week!

Year 10 STEM Exhibition

The Semester 2 STEM cohort recently completed their Final Exhibition Task where they researched an individual topic related to content from the course. Students sought to answer some BIG questions, including: “Do Parallel Universes Exist?”, “Can Humanity Establish an Ocean-floor Colony?”, and “How are Microplastics Affecting Life on Earth?”. 

The work produced was above and beyond standard expectations of a Year 10 class, with many societal applications and considerations noted. The students were fortunate to work with Dr Michelle Blewitt, Marine Scientist, during the semester and undertake field work to learn about the effect of Microplastics on Marine Ecosystems. Their Final Exhibition Task was assessed by guests including Dr Blewitt and members of the Sacred Heart Leadership Team.

Congratulations to the Semester 2 STEM class, and to a resounding success for the first year of the Year 10 STEM subject at Sacred Heart College – who knows what the future will hold for us in this arena…?

Curriculum Extension Activities Nominations 2023

Sacred Heart College offers a broad Curriculum Extension Activities Program giving our students the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, music and clubs. Participation in these activities provides a great opportunity for students to be more connected to the College, whilst pursuing a passion or learning a new skill. It also provides teachers and parents/caregivers to form partnerships in the education of our students.

Nominations for sports, music & clubs will be available until Wednesday 30 November 2022 via the College website ( Online Nominations are to be submitted via the link and students are encouraged to read the Sports Handbook & Music Handbook before making their nomination. 

Sacred Heart College Stationery Requirements

As we prepare for the commencement of the 2023 College year, a reminder to check the recommended stationery list for students. Marcellin Campus parents/caregivers will receive confirmation of their child’s 2023 subject enrolments in December.

Please find the link to the Stationery Requirements for both Champagnant and Marcellin below.  

Champagnat Campus Stationery Requirements

Marcellin Campus Stationery Requirements

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony (Friday 2 December)

Our Class of 2022 Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday 2 December at the Br Joseph McAteer Centre, Marcellin Campus. All students who have completed their Year 12 studies at Sacred Heart College in 2022 and up to four guests are invited to the Graduation Ceremony.  

Date:  Friday 2 December 2022
Time:  5.00pm arrival for 5.30pm start – 7.45pm approximate finish.
Venue: Sacred Heart College Br. Joseph McAteer Centre, Marcellin Campus

Tickets: Tickets are available here. There is no cost to families for the Graduation Ceremony. Families will be able to book a maximum of 4 tickets per Graduating student. The Graduating student does not need to book a ticket. Please ensure you add their name to your booking request form in the appropriate area.

Dress Code: The dress code is Semi Formal. Students are expected to be dressed in respectful, smart attire. For example jeans, shorts, t-shirts, thongs, joggers and other casual clothing or footwear are not considered appropriate. Students are not required to wear their school uniform. Stiletto style shoes are not allowed due to safety concerns both inside the Br McAteer Centre and on the Oval.

The evening will begin with the formal presentation of Student Testimonials and Graduation Certificates to each student of the Class of 2022 by our Principal, Mr Steve Byrne in the Brother McAteer Centre.

This formal recognition ceremony will be followed by a festive celebration around the Sacred Heart Memorial Oval with music and light refreshments.

For further information, please contact Kathryn Mortlock via email:

Carols on the Green – Sunday 4 December

Brighton Catholic Parish invites you, your family, and friends to Carols on the Green.

Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary carols performed by the talented singers and musicians of the Brighton Parish community. Sing along, come dressed in something Christmas-themed and join the fun!

Date: Sunday 4 December
Time: 5.00-7.00pm
Venue: 24 Strathmore Tce, Brighton (western side of the Activity Centre. Enter through Old Beach Rd car park or Strathmore Tce gate)
Tickets: Free entry
Other info: Sausage sizzle + BYO non-alcoholic drinks, chairs, and picnic rugs

View invitation here.

For more information, please contact 8296 7292 or

This Sunday, 27 November, marks the start of the Season of Advent. Advent for Christians is a time of joy-filled hope; a hope that comes with the birth of the Christ. For some in our community – particularly some boarding families –  as well as our extended Marist family, we are acutely aware that Advent might not be a very ‘hope-filled’ time as they wait for flood waters to reach their regions. Already this year our fellow Marist community in Trinity College, Lismore has been severely affected by floods, and now our friends at Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes are faced with a similarly challenging situation with flood waters surrounding their campus and learning moving online. Closer to home, we know well the challenges our Riverland families are facing. 

I am also aware that mere words – or thoughts and prayers – can mean little, particularly when faced with an impending catastrophe. However, we Marists are people of hope and part of living that hope is showing solidarity to those who are in need. One of the Marist Brothers’ seminal documents speaks to this:

“[As Marists, we must help] young people, whatever their faith tradition and wherever they are in their spiritual reach, to grow to become people of hope and personal integrity, with a deep sense of social responsibility to transform the world around them.” (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, [70])

If our students are able to turn their hearts and minds to those who are suffering and, where possible and appropriate, translate their solidarity into action, we have gone a way to realising our Marist Mission and embracing the hope that Advent promises. 

Daniel Head
Deputy Principal