From the Principal (Friday 27 November)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony – Saturday 5 December

Following Premier Marshall’s announcements today, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre has indicated that our ‘Year 12 Graduation Ceremony’ will proceed next Saturday 5 December. For booking information & details, please click here. Any further updates will be communicated early next week. We are so pleased for our Class of 2020 that they can graduate in 2020 as is the tradition!

Year 9 Rite of Passage Ceremony – Thursday 3 December

Again, in keeping with the SA Government restrictions, the Year 9 Rite of Passage Ceremony will proceed next Thursday 3 December at Marcellin Campus – but as an outdoor event. At this stage, the Year 9 Beach House Excursion is looking promising but the venue is awaiting confirmation from SA Health. 

Further details will be provided to Year 9 Families early next week regarding these events, we look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.

Catholic School Parents SA

The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) is pleased to announce the formation of Catholic School Parents SA as the new representative body of Catholic school parents. Catholic School Parents SA will connect with parent groups across the 101 Catholic Schools in the State. Chair of SACCS, Professor Denis Ralph, said “Parents and carers have always played a pivotal role in the success of Catholic schools in South Australia.  This new parent representative and advocacy body will further enhance parent engagement and participation in the education and care of children and young people in Catholic schools in South Australia.”

In 2020, the Commission engaged an independent reviewer to consult with parents in all Catholic schools to seek their feedback as to whether they felt they had an adequate voice in the education of their children and what kind of support they would like to see in the future. “While acknowledging that the current structures have served parents and our school communities well in the past, the review recognised that parents and carers have busy lives and are looking for new ways to engage in and support the education of their children,” Professor Ralph said.

Catholic School Parents SA will be closely aligned with Catholic School Parents Australia, the national body that represents and advocates for parents and carers of children and young people in Catholic schools across Australia, and will seek to have broad representation of parents of students in our schools.

The new group will:

  • Engage in a program of listening to the needs of parents across Catholic schools
  • Advocate for improved funding and support for children and young people in Catholic schools and preschools
  • Ensure parent voice in policy development
  • Represent parents on a range of committees and working parties
  •  Participate in the work of Catholic School Parents Australia.

“We are excited by the opportunity to engage with parents in our schools in new ways in 2021 and beyond,” Professor Ralph said.

Schools will receive further information early in 2021.

Curriculum Extension Activities (CEA) Nominations 2021

A reminder that CEA Nominations for 2021 are open for students wishing to participate in the College’s sporting, music and extra curricular programs. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to submit their nomination with their Child and have read the Sports & Music Handbooks prior to completing the nomination.

‘Agile mindset, can-do attitude!’

With school sport cancelled last week I took the opportunity to catch up on some reading. One of the articles I enjoyed from the AICD monthly journal focused on how certain business leaders had successfully navigated the pandemic.

Dr Jana Mathews (UniSA Business School) noted that these leaders had an agile mindset, a can-do attitude, and had a team around them with a similar attitude  and a penchant for problem solving. Rather than deferring to a ‘this is why we can’t’ attitude, they asked the question ‘how can we?’

When the Sacred Heart students are encouraged to use their growth mindset, as I did last week when we returned from the lockdown, this is what we are hoping they will do – be agile in their thinking and to adopt a ‘can-do’ attitude. It’s an attitude and disposition which will assist them in many aspects of their lives, including those who venture into business pathways!

Wishing you wellness

Steve Byrne