From the Principal (Thursday 1 December)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Leading with a Marist Heart

Last weekend, nine of the College’s incoming Year 12 Leaders travelled to Perth to take part in the annual Student Leader’s Gathering, joining student leaders from Cardijn College (SA), Bunbury Catholic College (WA), St Joseph’s School (WA) and Newman College (WA). The program provides the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Marist Leadership, form connections with other Marist leaders and identify some leadership goals and strategies for 2023. 

Br Tony Leon’s session on Tuesday focused on “Leading with a Marist Heart”, inspired by St Marcellin Champagnat. Our leaders resonated with Br Tony’s wisdom around courage, servant leadership, kindness and “rolling up the sleeves”. Joseph shared the following reflection that will inspire his leadership as Mission Captain in 2023:

“I was inspired by Br Tony’s insights into empathy. I once thought empathy was walking in the shoes of others; and whilst I still think that is true to an extent, I now see empathy as walking alongside others”.

Christmas Hampers

Over the past six weeks, students at Marcellin have been gathering items in support of families who have reached out for assistance this year. Each homeroom put together a Christmas Hamper with a designated family to buy for. The response from the Marcellin community was amazing, as can be seen in the images attached. 

At Champagnat, each House is currently collecting items for those in need in our wider community: Chavoin (Hutt St Centre), Chanel (Louise Place – Centacare), Fourviere (St Vincent De Paul), Marian (St Vincent De Paul via St Ann’s Parish) & Montagne (Catherine House). We welcomed guest speakers from the various charities to speak to students about the impact that their donations will have during the Christmas period and beyond.

A big thank you to all families and staff who donated or will donate to the Christmas Appeal – this will definitely bring some added joy and Christmas cheer to many families in a few weeks’ time. Champagnat students can continue to bring in their donations up until the end of term.

Thank you to our Hearts Community

As the year comes to a close, we take this opportunity to once again, thank the Hearts community for their generosity and sense of family spirit throughout 2023. Earlier this week, $22,629 was transferred to Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS), which will be used to support projects in India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, the Philippines and Marist Communities affected by the flooding on the East Coast of Australia. Additionally, $16,544 was also donated to a wide variety of organisations, including the Catholic Charities St Vincent De Paul, Project Compassion and the Hutt Street Centre.

Champagnat MSol and Game Changers

Champagnat students who are members of Marist Solidarity (MSol) and Game Changers met for an end of year celebration on Wednesday afternoon. They watched a film together and reflected on how they have contributed to the Marist mission of the College throughout the year. Students will be presented with certificates and pins in recognition of their contribution to these two important Sacred Heart College groups at their final meetings next week.

The Year 9 Game Changers held an after-school baking session as a part of their ministry for the year. They prepared a variety of pink-themed baked goods that were sold to students the following day. All proceeds will be donated to Pink Ribbon – Cancer Council.

Arch D Radio & Podcasting Awards

On Sunday 27 November, an awards ceremony for Arch D Radio & Podcasting was held at the DeBourg Centre at Marcellin Campus with students and parents from Catholic schools around South Australia. It was a red carpet event with a 70s theme.

Well done to the following Sacred Heart College students who were nominated for an award:



PODCAST EPISODE OF THE YEAR (SENIOR): The Baby Sister Conspiracy – Anneliese Pittman 

PODCAST EPISODE OF THE YEAR (MIDDLE): Feminism for the People – Isabel Taylor, Rhiannon Zovi & Ella Cox 

MOST CREATIVE PODCAST (SENIOR): The Baby Sister Conspiracy – Anneliese Pittman 

PODCAST ARTWORK OF THE YEAR (MIDDLE): Close the Gap – Fiona Jenkinson & Amber Hunter

Congratulations to Anneliese (Episode of the Year – Senior, pictured left) and Fiona & Amber (Artwork of the Year – Middle, pictured right) who received awards for their work at this event!

VALO 500 – Girls on Track Event

Today, 10 students from Champagnat Campus participated in the Girls on Track event at the VALO 500 at the Adelaide Parklands circuit.

This event was a unique opportunity for the girls to get an insight into the motorsport world. They participated in a variety of activities and workshops that gave them an insight to the various career pathways in the sport.

The girls participated in a STEM activity where they built a motorised car form Lego that they raced against other teams. The girls also completed a simulated pit stop where they changed the tyres on a mini car. They were taken on a tour of some of the pit garages where they were also given the opportunity to see the new Gen 3 Camaro and Mustang that will be on track in 2023.

Some of the girls got to meet Jack LeBrocq who races for Matt Stone Racing, while another group got to meet motorsport hero, Craig Lowndes.

Premier’s Reading Challenge Awards 2022

On Thursday morning, our avid readers were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge. 

The Challenge is a literacy engagement strategy that requires students to read 12 age appropriate books in a year. Students who complete the challenge receive an annual award.

There were 34 participants this year across the College:
– 2 Reader for Life – 11 years (an awesome achievement)
– 6 Reader for Life – 10 years
– 6 Reader for Life – 9 years
– 15 Reader for Life – 8 years
– 5 medals.

Research tells us that students who read independently have greater reading comprehension, verbal fluency and general knowledge than those who do not. They become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than their non-reading peers.

In the words of former US President, Barack Obama, “Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” Books are like windows. By looking through them, we can see different views on humanity, current events, history, culture, and more.

Those who took part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge have helped choose books from the selections brought in by Jacqui Cookes from Dymocks each term, to help build a library collection full of excitement, adventure, tears and laughter. One of compassion, magic and fantasy worlds and one where students can learn about extraordinary people, true life stories and delve into the world in which they live to be informed global citizens with the knowledge to become activists for change in their future as they go out into the world with courageous hearts.

Year 7 & New Students 2023 Orientation Day

Last Friday, more than 650 new students, who will join the Hearts Community in 2023, arrived at Champagnat and Marcellin Campuses for their Orientation Day.

Champagnat Campus welcomed 345 new students from a range of primary schools. There was a sense of excitement, coupled with some nervous faces, as families dropped their children off to experience a day in the life of a Sacred Heart student. The students engaged in a variety of activities throughout the day including; a tour of the campus, getting to know you activities in their Houses, cooking in food technology, PE on the oval, keyrings in the technology centre and virtual reality using the headsets. At the end of the day, the students were beaming as they gathered in the gym as a group to reflect on the events of the day.

At Marcellin Campus, next years’ Year 10 cohort and new students in various year levels gathered in their 2023 House groups in Walter Park and then with their House Leaders, were taken in their groups to hear a presentation and play get-to-know-you games. We also welcomed new Boarding families who were treated to an information session and morning tea.

We look forward to the new school year where we will formally welcome these new students into our Marist family. 

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

Last day of school and early dismissal (Friday 9 December)

A reminder to families that the last day of school is next Friday, 9 December 2022. 

Champagnat students will be dismissed at 12.30pm.

College Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

The Sacred Heart College Uniform Shop is trading as per normal hours until 15 December 2022. 

January 2023 Trading Hours:

Trading begins Thursday 12 January 2023

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Wed: 8.00am – 4.30pm

Sat: 9.00am – 1.00pm


For more information, please visit the College Uniform Shop website page.

Thank you for your support this past year. Merry Christmas to all!

Champagnat Band Sandwich Tonight! (1 December)

Join our talented CEA Music students tonight for Champagnat’s Band Sandwich! 🎶

A picnic-style performance where you can eat, relax and be entertained by our CEA student musicians.

Date: Tonight – Thursday 1 December
Time: 5-7pm
Where: Champagnat Campus Oval (Quad if inclement weather)
BYO picnic blanket, chairs, food and drinks

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

What is Christmas Spirit? Well, it is the long held tradition of being kind and thoughtful to others during the Advent season which commenced last Sunday. Being kind can take on many forms and some of those are described above by way of the funds raised for Marist Solidarity for projects across our near neighbour developing nations, or the Christmas Hamper drive, or the initiatives of the Year 9 Rite Journey classes at Champagnat.

All of this stems from the Christian tradition of ‘loving each other’! Tertullian, a second century Christian author, noted the observation about the early Christians: ‘See how they love one another!’ It was also a key theme used by St Marcellin to imbue his early Brothers to be true to their convictions.

So, on behalf of the recipients of the kindness, generosity and ‘Christmas Spirit’ thank you for continuing this vital tradition!

Wishing the Sacred Heart families the blessings of Advent: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy!

Steve Byrne