From the Principal (Thursday 11 August)

To our Sacred Heart Community

SHC sleeps rough for Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout

Last Thursday night, 40 “Courageous Hearts” participated in the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout. This was an opportunity to come together in solidarity, joining a nationwide effort to do something about homelessness. Every year, over 100,000 people in Australia and over 6,000 people in Adelaide experience homelessness.

We were pleased to welcome the St Vincent De Paul National President, Clare Victory, to provide an insight into the work Vinnies do to support those doing it tough and living on the streets. Of those experiencing homelessness, Clare mentioned that:

  • Over 15,000 people nationwide that are sleeping rough are under 12;
  • Approximately half have experienced some form of domestic violence or abuse; and
  • Only 7% are sleeping on the streets, the rest are couch surfing, sleeping in crisis centres or other forms of accommodation, highlighting the pressure on the state and nation’s emergency housing system.

Walk A Mile In My Boots at Marcellin

Following the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout, Marcellin staff and students met on Friday morning at 7am to participate in the “Walk a Mile in My Boots” event, a Hutt Street Centre initiative to eradicate homelessness.

A key part of the Walk a Mile is to raise funds for the Hutt Street Centre to provide meals, hot showers, laundry facilities and much-needed support so people can rebuild their lives.

In 2022, we are pleased to announce that together with the efforts of students and staff at Champagnat, Sacred Heart College reached our target of raising over $6,500 for more than 6,000 South Australians experiencing homelessness, contributing to a much bigger amount across South Australia. 

A huge thank you to those in our community who donated – at the time of writing, the Hearts tally reached $6,869. And to those who participated in the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout or Walk a Mile, the feeling of Marist Family Spirit was truly alive!

‘Science Alive‘ STEM Day Out

Last Friday, the Year 9 STEM students attended the Science Alive exhibition at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Students explored the exhibits including having the opportunity of getting in the driver’s seat of the Formulae SAE vehicle, built by the engineering students in the UniSA Motorsport Student Club. They also explored lasers and discovered how we detect black holes and gravitational waves, as well as interacted with native animals up close. The snake was a particular highlight! 

There were a number of challenges for the students to compete in, which tested their problem-solving and critical thinking; the students vs teacher pipeline challenge showcased great team spirit with the student team ultimately taking the win. 

It was great to see students engage with industry professionals and enjoy immersing themselves in STEM related activities.

Pedal Prix Power (Race 4 – Tailem Bend)

It was great to be back at The Bend, this time for an 8 hour race – our longest in 2 years! Our teams just made the minimum of six riders which meant that all riders had much longer rides out on the track. Our changeovers have also improved – not quite the 1.2 seconds of the F1 Ferrari team yet, but we’re getting there!

Congratulations to all teams on their placings below:

BraveHeart (Seniors) – 7th Place with 85 laps and a fastest lap time of 4.22 mins
An awesome result finishing in its best position yet. Faster changeovers and longer stints out on the track certainly helped this team creep their way up the overall race standings even though they were down a rider for most of the day.

HeartBurn – (Year 8/9) – 29th place with 67 laps and a fastest lap time of 4.56 mins 
This trike was back to all its glory after its rebuild between races, ensuring final technical specifications were added so it met race regulations. Surprisingly, the trike finished the race without a scratch on it. Well done riders!

HeartBeat – (All girls team, Year 7-9) – 17th place with 76 laps and a fastest lap time of 4.56 mins
For this race we had to change categories as we were unable to field an all girls team. The mixed team showed great teamwork and increased their position on the overall standings for the category.

HeartAttack (Year 7) – 32nd Place with 62 laps and a fastest lap time of 5.31 mins
This team was also down on rider numbers which meant riders had to work together to ensure they finished the race. A rollover and slide on the bitumen left the roof damaged, however, nothing that lots of duct tape couldn’t fix!

A special thanks to the parents/carers of the riders who got up super early to drive their riders up to The Bend. To everyone who helped out in the pits and the paddock; we couldn’t have done it without you.

We look forward to the return of the 24 hour race on September 24/25 at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge.

Year 7 and 8 Author Visit

Author, Martin Chatterton has been writing, illustrating and performing for over 30 years. His books have been published in many languages and have been shortlisted for multiple awards in the US, UK and Australia.

Martin’s performances with the Year 7 and 8 students featured large scale interactive ‘live’ drawing, ‘mind reading’ and loads of audience participation. Wide ranging and funny, the sessions included targeted insights into the different kinds of writing, the intricacies of the publishing industry, the telling of tales, story beginnings and personalised dissections of what goes into a book.

There were many laughs from the students as Martin wove tales about his life and his broader writing skills as a crime fiction writer, screenwriter, academic and through his new YA book – ‘Scorpion Falls’.

Year 11 SAPOL Road Awareness

The SAMFS (South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service) with their RAP Program, and SAPOL with their Traffic Training and Promotion Section, have very strong messages to deliver – especially as they witness the death and injury that is caused by road crashes on a daily basis.

The Police Youth Driver Education team from the South Australia Police (Traffic Training & Promotion Section) has worked with our Year 11 students this week to remind them of their obligation as road users and to provide them with insight into the risk taking behaviours that cause road accidents. 

This program has a real impact on young drivers and passengers, and has the potential to save lives. We thank SAPOL for their presence at the College throughout this week.

Year 11 and 12 2023 Subject Selection

Over the past two weeks all Year 10 and 11 students have attended Subject Selection Information sessions and are now in the process of planning and researching their subjects for 2023. Students have two extended homeroom sessions to discuss their selections with their homeroom teachers to support them in this process.

We thank all parents who attended our Information Evenings. Recordings of these presentations, along with resources such as our Curriculum Handbook and subject planning sheets are available on the Curriculum page of our website, which can be accessed here.

Students will be required to enter their subject preferences on Edval Choice by Thursday 25 August.

Winter warmers – Limited Edition 125 Years Merchandise

With Intercol less than 2 weeks away, support our SHC teams and keep warm with our limited edition 125 Years SHC jumpers, scarves and beanies!

All 125 Year merchandise is available to order via our College’s Online Store, but be quick as items are available for a limited time only!

Items are available to try on at the College Uniform Shop and a small range is also available to purchase from the Uniform Shop. 

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Marist Immersion Program and the SHOC Hearts Hub Project. 

We thank you for your support!

This weekend our sports teams commence the Grand Finals/Finals/Playoffs for the 2022 Winter season. The Heart’s extensive sports program aims to cater for all levels of ability across a range of sports with each team in each sport aiming to perform at their best.

We thank the College staff, players, coaches and supporting families for their role in our program!

We wish all our teams every success and personal bests on the day!

Steve Byrne