From the Deputy Principal (Thursday 9 February)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Marist theme 2023

In 2023, the Marist theme is ‘Created and Called: a revolution of love and tenderness.’ This theme invites us to look at our lives and to see how we might better be the people that God has created and called us to be. As a Marist Catholic community, we have Mary, whom St Marcellin Champagnat called, ‘Our Good Mother’, to be our model of love and tenderness. 

This year’s theme image is entitled ‘Where Heaven and Earth Meet’ by Mark Rothko (a Latvian-American abstract artist). Rothko once said: “A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience.’ Therefore, the artwork prompts a personal interpretation of ‘Created + Called.”

Aboriginal students witness moment in history

Today, 10 students from the Sacred Heart College Aboriginal Students Program and part of the Tjindu Program witnessed the Attorney-General of South Australia and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Kyam Maher, introduce a Bill to legislate Australia’s first Aboriginal Voice to Parliament. 

This moment in history was one that made us all face and experience a variety of emotions. Personally, I felt excitement, as I know everyone in that room’s hard work had finally paid off after four years of procedures. I saw Elders’ faces relax after holding tension in their bodies from years of their own struggles as well as letting go of our ancestors’ stress. This was only step one, involving South Australia, with many more initiatives to come – including taking this legislation to federal level. 

We all know though, that we are getting somewhere and making progress. Whether it’s Uncle Moogy’s years of commitment to active participation on committees and within community, or whether it’s individuals like ourselves showing up to a protest … it all makes a difference. 

At Parliament House, I got to talk to Uncle Moogy and he was beaming. Premier Peter Malinauskas was passionate about making an even playing field, delivering a breathtaking speech right after Kyam Maher who rightfully received a standing ovation. 

Overall, the morning was a revolutionary experience that acknowledged and affirmed many people’s hard work and dedication. I was proud to be a part of it.

Mackayla Harrison
Aboriginal Program Leader

L-R: Sacred Heart College old scholar, Jarrad Parish (SHOC ’20), Year 12 student, Ben Dewhirst and old scholar, Lewis Rayson (SHOC ’20).

Support our student-led initiative by supporting those in need

Year 12 student, Ben Dewhirst has joined forces with Sacred Heart old scholars, Jarrad Parish (SHOC ’20) and Lewis Rayson (SHOC ’20), to produce light-weight Sacred Heart sports training hats with all profits from the hat sales going to children in need via Project Six Foundation

Project Six Foundation is a not for profit Adelaide-based organisation that supports children from disadvantaged communities across the Philippines and Cambodia. 

The sports training hats are available in two styles (regular cap and visor) for $25 each from the Marcellin Sports Office (Br Joseph McAteer Centre), but get in quick as they are selling fast! 

Please note the cap/visor is to be worn during sports training only and is not part of the official Sacred Heart College uniform.

Support our Courageous Hearts in action! 💙

Welcome evening links

It has been a wonderful start to the year in welcoming new and returning families to Sacred Heart College at our Champagnat and Marcellin Campus Parent Welcome Evenings. 

The College values the importance of all families being well-informed with the relevant information for their child(ren). Please find below some helpful links as were discussed at these evenings:

2023 Parent Handbook

Co-Curricular (Sports, Music & Clubs)

New Hearts Families 2023

SEQTA Engage (Parent Portal)

Canteen (Flexischools)

Device Order Portal

Year 12 Retreat (8-10 March 2023)

A reminder to our Year 12 Families, the Year 12 Retreat Online Consent2Go is to be completed by Friday 10 February.

Please check your email and complete the Consent2Go form. Further information regarding Year 12 Retreat and parent letter has been included in the Consent2Go email.

If you have any questions regarding the Year 12 Retreat, please contact Liz Shrimpton, Assistant to the Director of Marist Mission (

A short video of highlights from the 2022 Year 12 Retreat can be viewed below.

Year 12 2023 SHC crested jumper

Please see information below for current Year 12 students wishing to have a College crest applied to their jumper or vest:

  • Student owned jumpers must be freshly laundered, be the uniform colour and in good condition.
  • $15.00 payable when you leave your jumper at the Uniform Shop. Credit Card or EFTPOS available.
  • New jumpers can be purchased – the $15.00 is an additional cost.
  • All garments must be NAMED.
  • Closing date 16 February 2023.
  • This crested garment can not be recycled as it is a current year garment only.

For further information, please contact Lisa Harvey at the College Uniform Shop on 8350 2586 or

Sacred Heart College Parents and Friends Association Meeting

The first meeting of the Parents and Friends Association will take place on Wednesday, 15 February – 6.00 – 7.00pm at Paringa Hall, Marcellin Campus, Sacred Heart College

The Parents and Friends Association provides opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the support of their children and within the wider Sacred Heart College community. One meeting is held per term. 

If you don’t wish to attend the meetings but would still like to be involved, you can add your name to the volunteer list and assist at events where possible.

Please RSVP if you are attending (or if you have any questions) by contacting P&F Chair, Fiona Davies at

Sibling enrolments – Year 7/2025 and other enrolment information

With the new school year now underway, enrolments are currently being processed for students eligible to commence in Year 7/2025.  An application is required for every enrolling student with interviews commencing in Term 2 for this entry point.

Current families who have a sibling eligible to commence in 2025 and have not submitted an application to date, are requested to please complete an Application for Enrolment Form for their child by the end of Term 1 (Thursday 6 April). While sibling enrolments are prioritised, places cannot be guaranteed for late applicants. Application Forms are available on the College website or can be collected from the Front Office at both Champagnat and Marcellin campuses.

Change of contact details

To ensure that our records and communication to you is accurate, it is important that we have current family contact details at all times. Should your residential address, telephone number or email address change at any time, please inform the College or use the online platform “Consent2Go” to update your records.

Enrolment enquiries

For any enrolment enquires you are welcome to contact our College Registrar, Virginia Miller, on 8350 2580 or by email

All boarding enquiries can be directed to Julie Raymond, Personal Assistant to the Director of Boarding, on 8350 2559 or by email

The volume of information in this edition of Hearts news is a reflection of the rapid pace at which the first few weeks of school have moved! This is certainly what we love about the Family Spirit which we say describes our Marist community; there is a place for everyone and an authenticity in how we relate to one another.

It has been a privilege to meet a number of parents – both new and existing – at parent evenings across Champagnat and Marcellin Campus, something we have missed in schools at the beginning of recent years. Similarly, our Year 7s are having an amazing time making connections at their various camp sites and a highlight of my week was hearing one young person excitedly tell me of the new connections she had made; the energy was palpable.

So, as we now move from the beginning-of-year excitement to the routine of learning, I extend our best wishes for a successful 2023 to all members of our community.

Daniel Head
Deputy Principal