From the Principal (Friday 30 April)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Welcome to Term 2!

ANZAC Assembly

During the week we celebrated our traditional ANZAC ceremonies. 828 Old Scholars have served in the various branches of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with 63 Old Scholars giving their lives for our nation. The majority of these were in the two World Wars with all of them listed on the Honour Rolls in the foyer of Paringa Hall. Lest we forget!

Major Sandra Daly, Champagnat staff member, had special leave last year to help coordinate Operation Bushfire Assist in response to the devastating fires at Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island. She shared her role and experiences which captivated the assemblies. On behalf of the Sacred Heart Community we thanked the ADF and Major Daly for their outstanding and well received service of these communities. It was noted that as a Boarding School several of our College community, past and present, were impacted by these fires and were most grateful for this assistance.

In concluding this assembly, it was noted that the ANZAC Spirit forged at Gallipoli has come to stand for the positive qualities which Australians have seen their forces display in war. The Australian War Memorial lists these as: endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship.

With our College motto of Virtus Ubique VincitCourage Conquers All! – the students were implored to have the courage to stand up for what is right and to ‘call out’ what is not! The College Student Leaders will be using this theme as part of their initiative to further develop the respectful relationships which must prevail across the College and beyond. More on this next week!

SchoolTV – “Raising Girls” and “Raising Boys”

In these editions of SchoolTV, adult carers will attain a clearer picture of what girls are wanting from their adult carers and how best to support them through adolescence, and some of the more complex issues relating to raising boys. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in these editions, and we always welcome your feedback.

Some parents and carers may feel uncertain about how best to support their daughter through the ups and downs of adolescence and how to keep the lines of communication open. With the rise of social media and technology, mental health difficulties in girls are increasing as often they are faced with online images that make it difficult to see themselves as acceptable. Ensuring a daughter’s opinions are heard and her views listened to, will go a long way towards making her feel loved and supported as she tries to establish her own identity.

Here is the link to the edition on ‘Raising Girls’ –

Societal beliefs about how to raise boys can sometimes influence their adult carers. Although we are not determined by our biology, it is a factor. It is important to support boys in their natural tendencies and nurture their strengths and abilities. Teach them the skills they need for their future and to develop a healthy identity. It is important for boys to have a role model they can connect with and acknowledge who they are. One of the most important determinants for a boy’s development is how secure they feel growing up.

Here is the link to the edition on ‘Raising Boys’ –

Marcellin Campus Parents & Friends Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You are warmly invited to attend the next Sacred Heart College (Marcellin Campus) Parents and Friends AGM Meeting on Wednesday 5 May at 7.00pm in the Brother Stephen Bugg Room of Paringa Hall. Due to COVID-19, no AGM was held in 2020.

“Back to the 80’s…The Totally Awesome Musical!” 2021

Tickets to the 2021″Back to the 80’s…The Totally Awesome Musical!” are available to purchase via Trybooking (

If you love 80s music, or remember the hairstyles or brightly coloured fashions, you will love ‘Back to the 80s!’. Get in quick!

Marist Schools Australia Marian Lecture 2021 – Tuesday 11 May

The 2021 Online Marian Lecture (via zoom) is being held on Tuesday 11 May, 6.00pm – 7.30pm (AEST). The lecture is entitled Crisis or Opportunity? The Post-Covid Church. Christopher Lamb (religious affairs journalist and Vatican expert) will be reflecting on the Pontificate of Pope Francis to reform the Catholic Church and its relevance in the Australian context. Click here for further information.

Entertainment Memberships

Entertainment Memberships are being sold by the College again this year to raise money for our Mission charities.

Entertainment memberships have changed. They are only available electronically now, but this also means you can start your membership any time of the year and still get a full 12 months of savings no matter when you purchase. You can activate your membership by downloading the Entertainment App from the App Store or Google Play.

Memberships start from $69.99. With thousands of offers for discounts on dining, activities, shopping and travel, the memberships soon pay for themselves.

To order, go to:

If you order before April 15, you can receive a bonus $10 or $20 eGift card from your choice of  JB Hi-Fi or Woolworths.

Many thanks for your support of this charity fundraiser!

This week our girls sports teams have been competing with the girls from Immanuel College in the Pre-season Carnival. Whilst unable to establish an intercollegiate competition similar to the near century old Rostrevor Intercol, the Carnival has been growing each year as we establish yet another opportunity and hopefully a traditional event with another outstanding local College. Soccer was held on Wednesday, Football today and Basketball and Netball tomorrow morning. The Pre-season Carnival Program is available here. Go Hearts!

In closing, I wish to acknowledge the memorial service held on Thursday afternoon at Glenelg Oval to celebrate the life of Charlotte Rose Agostino, Class of 2020, following a courageous, yet harrowing battle with cancer. With the Agostino family – Anthony, Jo, Sophie (SHOC 2017) and Jack (SHOC 2015) surrounded by family and friends, we farewelled ‘Lottie’. The Hearts community were a significant presence with five of her close friends and classmates sharing eulogies.

‘Souls that sparkle leave a little glitter wherever they go!’

May she rest in peace.


Steve Byrne