From the Principal (Friday 29 January)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Welcome to 2021!

We have begun the new school year quite smoothly and with unusually mild weather!

The return of our students began on Monday with our new Boarders; Tuesday with our returning Boarders and Wednesday with all students across both Champagnat and Marcellin. All in all, we had 400 new students who were warmly welcomed into Sacred Heart via Houses, Homerooms and classes. The Learning Program has commenced!

The traditional Boarders Welcome Mass and Dinner was held on Tuesday evening, it was wonderful to see our Boarding families again! The Opening Mass was held Thursday morning. We thank Fr Michael Musyoka Kyumu, Brighton Parish Priest and Chaplain to the College.

We also welcomed new staff at the Marcellin Opening Mass on Thursday. Staff new to the Hearts Community this year are:

Champagnat CampusMarcellin Campus
Meagan Heinz – Learning Enrichment & Transition CoordinatorTim Fernandez- Director of Marist Mission
Nick Vasic – Head of Learning Area (English)Brigitta Ragg – Head of Learning Area (English)
Garreth Hutton – Head of Learning Area (Physical Education)Stephen Kay – Head of House (Chavoin)
Anthony Salerno – Mathematics/Science TeacherJessica De Silva – English Teacher
Harriet Clough – Visual Art, Food & Textiles TeacherKate De Marco – Health and PE Teacher
Hannah Lally – English, HASS & Media Arts TeacherSean Kuerschner – Maths and Science Teacher
Tim Wright – English & HASS TeacherJessica Barratt – English and History Teacher
Jordan Polkorny – Digi Tech & Design Teacher (Term 1)Lachlan Brannan – Science and Workplace Practices Teacher
Damien Cardone – Maths/Science Teacher (Term 1)Jodie Reading – Girls Boarding Supervisor
Paul Robinson – Curriculum TutorAmanda Graham-Sutton – Curriculum Tutor
James Uren – Curriculum TutorEvie Goldsmith – Aboriginal Support Officer
Lisa Pilla – Curriculum Tutor
Leo Taylor – Youth Minister

In addressing the students at Opening Mass, a few key points were made. 

  • Firstly, we all need a sense of purpose for our work or studies for the year ahead. Not to do so is to be like a rudderless ship floating at the mercy of the sea. 
  • Secondly, we are not in this alone. There is a great deal of support for the students: Homeroom Teachers, their peers, the Counsellors and Pathways Coordinator, their families and their subject teachers. If we are supported, supportive of others and purposeful then we will be well placed for a successful 2021!

It was pleasing to see most of our Year 7 and new parents to Champagnat parents on Thursday evening. Whilst COVID prevented the usual drinks and nibbles, and caused the restriction to just new parents, it was still important that we were able to conduct this event. Many thanks to the families who attended!

Speaking of events – there is a revamped College Calendar on the College website should you be wondering when things are on and so on. It’s a hectic time of the school year and a very exciting time as well!

Living & Learning at Sacred Heart College

We are delighted to share with the wider Hearts Community our “Living & Learning at Sacred Heart College” visual. The visual is a representation of the three key areas that shape education at Sacred Heart; our Catholic Marist Ethos, Learning and Wellbeing. 

Over the coming weeks we will share with you video content which explains each of the elements within the framework. We hope that all members of our Hearts community feel connected to Living & Learning, it might look new but the work we share simply builds upon the quality formation, learning and wellbeing programs that have existed at Sacred Heart for many years. 

Marcellin New Parent Welcome Evening 2021

Next Thursday 4 February, we invite all new Marcellin Families to attend the Marcellin New Parent Welcome Evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Details of the evening can be found here.

We ask families to register their attendance via Trybooking (

Fruit Fly

We have been notified that there has been a recent fruit fly outbreak and share with you the following information:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has advised that most of metropolitan Adelaide and some Riverland areas are in fruit fly outbreak or suspension areas. In response to the current outbreaks, PIRSA has introduced restrictions to prevent fruit fly from becoming an established pest in SA. These restrictions, generally outlining that home grown or store purchased ‘host’ fruit must not leave your home, are effective immediately and will be in force until at least Thursday 15 April 2021. This also means that students cannot bring ‘host’ fruit to School in a lunchbox or bag unless processed, cooked or preserved. PIRSA is asking for families to be responsible for upholding these restrictions – schools are not being asked to check lunchboxes or bags. While there are a few notable exemptions, the ‘host’ fruit and vegetable list is extensive – to view the chart, please visit To understand more about this concerning situation, please see the attached flyer or visit

Bus Timetables 2021

An important update for families using local Bus Services across both campuses:

Council Parking and Road Safety Reminders

A friendly reminder from our respective local councils regarding the parking & road safety rules:

A great start to the term, we look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Wishing you well!

Steve Byrne