From the Principal (Thursday 17 November)

To our Sacred Heart Community

At the going down of the sun and in the morning… We will remember them.

On Friday 11 November, students and staff on both campuses gathered to commemorate Remembrance Day. The Marcellin community gathered on the Heart Lawn, whilst Mackayla Harrison, Tayah Coulthard-Todd and Damien Dunn represented the College at the official Remembrance Day Ceremony at the West Terrace Cemetery, hosted by Adelaide Cemeteries. Tayah and Mackayla read the poem “In Flanders Fields”, written by John McCrae and Damien delivered the Ode to Remembrance with great reverence. Staff and students at Champagnat recognised Remembrance Day during their annual swimming carnival at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre. 

As a part of the commemorative ceremony, we recognised First Nations people who fought and died for their country. It is hard to comprehend but this occurred at a time in Australia’s history where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were not yet classified as citizens, proving we still have a long way to go with the process of reconciliation. Listening to “In Flanders Fields” was a timely reminder of the devastation of war and the sacrifice of so many, and the “Ode of Remembrance” and the “Last Post” provided a moment of reflection and silence.

Thank you to those who participated in the ceremonies. To those in our community who continue to be affected by war, our thoughts are with you.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning…

We will remember them.

Champagnat Swimming Carnival 2022

On Friday 11 November, students gathered at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre to participate in the annual Champagnat Swimming Carnival. It was a day full of friendly competition and House Spirit with students dressed in House colours and creative dress-ups, whilst passionately cheering from the grandstand.

Throughout the day students participated in a variety of water activities including swimming races, diving boards, the Wibit, water polo and novelty games. The day concluded with the highly anticipated relay events, which showcased the top female and male swimmers from each House. 

Congratulations to Montagne for taking out the overall Championship Shield, and to Chavoin who were awarded the House Spirit Shield. We also congratulate our Age Champions who received the highest individual points in their year level across the array of swimming events.

Year LevelAge ChampionRunner Up
Year 7 GirlsAva NeedhamJasmine Bevan
Year 7 BoysJack MartinNelson Meehan
Year 8 GirlsCharlize Laird-BrittonHolly Fanning & Grace Norman
Year 8 BoysEamon WrightXavier Eitel
Year 9 GirlsRosie DaviesSophie Scrivener
Year 9 BoysLogan TurraBlake Biddell

Champagnat End of Year Arts & Technologies Gallery and Performing Arts Exhibition

Spirit flows from the painter outward to the painter’s audience of viewers. In today’s often insane world, art can be a positive force that offers balance to both the artist and audience. ~ Lisa Chakrabarti

This week has seen students at Champagnat realise their work from the perspective of an audience. Artistic endeavours – from Food Technology, to Robotics, to Dance to Visual Arts – can be a personal journey, and some work in an ensemble, sharing, creating and showing their passion and the ‘love of work’ for what they do. 

This week saw the Kavanagh Room transform into an exhibit of students’ work from a range of Arts and Technology electives. Visitors to the exhibit were charmed by the thoughtful menu catered by our Year 8 Food & Technology students. 

From Drama plays ‘So you wanna be a Cheerleader’ performed by the Drama Club and ‘Prolonged Life’ by our Year 9 Drama class, our audiences laughed and celebrated the quirkiness of human nature. 

Being inspired by nature elements, Earth, Wind, Fire and Water, our three classes of Year 8 students created their own group dance compositions. Students then learned teacher devised choreography at their level and combined all sequences to present a nature themed dance. 

Congratulations to all the many performing arts students who presented their learning to appreciative audiences. Gratitude is extended to all members of our community who took the time to celebrate our students’ learning. Thanks are also extended to the various staff who supported these events. 

Making a difference

On 3 November, Year 7 student, Indiana, was one of 41 students across South Australia who proudly represented Sacred Heart College at the 2022 Youth Environment Council (YEC) at a Celebration Forum in Adelaide Botanic Garden. The forum was a chance for students to immerse themselves in nature, and share their personal research and action projects with each other.

Indiana became a member of the YEC this year where she has undertaken personal research and developed an action project tackling the issue of dog waste in her local area. Through her research she was successful in convincing her local council to install a bin and dog bag dispenser at the entrance of a local coastal walking trail. She also made and displayed a range of posters to educate and encourage the general public to pick up after their dogs. Indiana shared her research at the forum with many special guests and visitors. 

Lots of hard work, creativity and bravery went into her efforts and we congratulate Indiana on this fantastic achievement!

Curriculum Extension Activities Nominations 2023

Sacred Heart College offers a broad Curriculum Extension Activities Program giving our students the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, music and clubs. Participation in these activities provides a great opportunity for students to be more connected to the College, whilst pursuing a passion or learning a new skill. It also provides teachers and parents/caregivers to form partnerships in the education of our students.

Nominations for sports, music & clubs will be available until Wednesday 30 November 2022 via the College website ( Online Nominations are to be submitted via the link and students are encouraged to read the Sports Handbook & Music Handbook before making their nomination. 

Year 12 Graduation Ceremony (Friday 2 December)

Our Class of 2022 Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday 2 December at the Br Joseph McAteer Centre, Marcellin Campus. All students who have completed their Year 12 studies at Sacred Heart College in 2022 and up to four guests are invited to the Graduation Ceremony.  

Date:  Friday 2 December 2022
Time:  5.00pm arrival for 5:30pm start – 7.30pm.
Venue: Sacred Heart College Br. Joseph McAteer Centre, Marcellin Campus

Tickets: Tickets are available here. There is no cost to families for the Graduation Ceremony. Families will be able to book a maximum of 4 tickets per Graduating student. The Graduating student does not need to book a ticket. Please ensure you add their name to your booking request form in the appropriate area.

All Graduating students are required to check in upon arrival with their Head of House and sit in their House section in front of the stage. They will find a seat with their name on a label in their House section.

At the conclusion of the Ceremony there will be a celebration on the Main Oval with music, light food and refreshments. 

For further information, please contact Kathryn Mortlock via email:

Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Wednesday 23 November

The Sacred Heart College Parents & Friends Association warmly invites you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 23 November at 7.00pm in the Staff Centre, Champagnat Campus (28 Percy Avenue, Mitchell Park SA 5043). 

The P&F is a great way to meet other parents, and stay connected to the College throughout your child’s schooling  – and there is no obligation to attend our once a term meeting (yes – we only have four brief meetings a year!) or hold a committee position. 

For catering purposes, please RSVP via Text (0417 617 474) or Email ( by Monday 20 November. We look forward to you joining us!

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

I hope all families managed their way through last weekend’s storms and that your lives are getting back on track? We were most fortunate to be able to operate unaffected, mostly, unlike over 50 other schools across Adelaide. It will be good to get a glimpse of summer sometime soon!

As this Hearts News depicts, there is no ‘winding down’ to the conclusion of the school year at Sacred Heart. Several significant events across several important aspects of the College’s learning program have been held, which are indicative of the holistic nature of the educational program at Sacred Heart.

Just when life in Adelaide seemed to be getting back to normal with ‘The Pageant’ being held on the city streets, we are experiencing an increase in the number of ill students and staff. Please, if your children are unwell it is best for all that they recover at home until any symptoms have cleared. This is much appreciated!

Best wishes.

Steve Byrne