From the Principal (Thursday 20 October)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Marist Day 2022 – ‘Voice of the Courageous Heart’

On the last day of Term 3 (Friday 30 September), all staff and students across the College gathered at Marcellin Campus to celebrate Marist Day with the theme, ‘Voice of the Courageous Heart’. This was an important opportunity for cross-campus interaction and collaboration to celebrate our Marist Spirit and continue to grow as one College.

Students began the day in cross-campus homerooms where they participated in some Year 7-12 icebreaker (get-to-know-you) activities. A whole College Liturgy followed and was documented via illustrations by professional cartoonist and illustrator, Simon Kneebone. The Gospel reflection included a video where students symbolically placed words of kindness into the College’s Marist Heart. 

Students then completed a Mission Walk in the local area and finished the day with a whole College Assembly where the Year 12 and Year 9 Student Leaders for 2023 were announced and the audience were treated to a comprehensive summary of Term 3.

The 2022 Marist Day appeal supported “Australian Marist Solidarity” in their efforts to provide education, resources, meals and other essential items to communities in the South East Asian area. Sacred Heart College continues to have a strong relationship with Marist communities in India, Sri Lanka, Fiji and the Philippines. Funds raised on Marist Day will be directed towards supporting current projects in these countries in particular. A total of $4,728 was raised and we thank all students and families for their generous donations.

Announcing our 2023 School Leaders

At the end of last term, the College was pleased to announce the 2023 College Captains and School Leaders. Students undertook a process of nomination, interview and finally presenting their peers to be elected into various positions. Congratulations to all students who were nominated for leadership roles in 2023, and to the following students who were elected into their respective portfolios.


    Champagnat Campus Captains
    Angus Ganley & Shayanne Lim

    Chanel House Leaders
    Klara Harrison & Jesse Johns

    Chavoin House Leaders
    Klara Guse & Kuda Jeranyama

    Fourviere House Leaders
    Kate Allen & Ethan Mangos

    Marian House Leaders
    Dihini Amaraweera & Jai Kiryk

    Montagne House Leaders
    Amber Williams & Jack Dermody

    Sports Leaders
    Emme Day & Ollie Beer

    Arts Leaders
    Harper Quigley & Xavier O’Loughlin

    Mission Leaders
    Eden Brown & Callum Nguyen


    College Captains
    Conor Gluyas & Manni Tierney

    Boarding Captains
    George Wilson & Isabel Bryksy

    Deputy Boarding Captains
    Charlie Hillier & Scarlett Trethewey

    Mission Captains
    Joseph Tregenza & Lola Ryder

    Arts Captains
    Harrison Wickers & Ava Musarra

    Sports Captains
    Jack Oates & Georgia Mackereth

    Aboriginal Program Leaders
    Tayah Coulthard-Todd & Mackayla Harrison

    Chanel House Captains
    Beau Symonds & Jane Johnson
    Chanel Deputy House Captains
    Jack Wilson & Macy Scripps

    Chavoin House Captains
    Kai Reid & Francesca Vizzari
    Chavoin Deputy House Captains
    Oliver Betterman & Emerson Aristidou

    Fourviere House Captains
    Ben Dewhirst & Tully Kerrish
    Fourviere Deputy House Captains
    Rhys Vella & Bek Richardson

    Marian House Captains
    Patrick McAvaney & Chella Zacker
    Marian Deputy House Captains
    Connor Duke & Olivia Hooper

    Montagne House Captains
    Charlie McAuliffe & Mya Grandoni
    Montagne Deputy House Captains
    Tysa Miles & Adele O’Dea

Energy4Me STEM Workshop

On Tuesday, a select group of Year 12 students interested in the chemical engineering field had the pleasure of attending the 2022 SPE Asia & Pacific Oil and Gas Conference – a world renowned event. Students (Charlotte, Juan, Sasha, and Victoria) took part in the Energy4Me program, competing against other schools in simulated challenges, hearing from world industry leaders and professionals, and exploring the exciting new initiatives in creating sustainable energy usage in our world. It was a privilege to be invited to this event, which assisted our graduating students in directing their passions towards a bright future. Thank you to Old Scholar, Issy Ryles, who assisted with this event.

Back to Paringa Family Fun Day

Join us in celebrating 125 years of Sacred Heart College at our ‘Back to Paringa’ family fun day!

The day will be filled with live entertainment, historical tours of Paringa Hall, food trucks, a bar, outdoor games and more!

Back to Paringa also allows the opportunity for you to say farewell to Principal Steve Byrne who has been appointed as the Principal of Cardijn College from 2023. 

The day will begin with Sunday Mass at 11.15am in the Memorial Chapel and then follow on with a picnic style afternoon in Walter Park.

Date: Sunday 6 November 2022
Time: Sunday Mass at 11.15am, 125 Year Celebrations at 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Walter Park, Sacred Heart College – Marcellin Campus
195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park SA 5044

Tickets: $10 and receive a commemorative 125 Years Glass upon entry. FREE entry for those 18 years old and under. Bookings essential via TryBooking: 

Who: Anyone who has had an association with SHC – current, former and future students, staff, families and friends of the College. 

BYO picnics are welcome although please no BYO alcohol. As noted above, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Keep up to date with the event on our College Facebook page HERE.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on the day!

Leaving the College

A reminder for families that may be considering leaving the College at the end of 2022, that written leaving notification to the Principal one term in advance is required. Failure to give such notice will involve payment of fees in accordance with our current enrolment agreement.

For any questions in relation to enrolments, please do not hesitate to contact our College Registrar, Virginia Miller, on 8350 2580 or by email and for all Boarding enquiries, please contact Julie Raymond, PA to the Head of Boarding, on 8350 2559 or via email

Teen vaping: An update for parents

Webinar for Parents
Monday, 14 November 2022 
7.00 – 8.30pm (AEDT)
Cost: $25 plus GST

Vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or ‘vapes’) continues to be an issue that attracts a great deal of attention as well as debate across the country. As a result, many parents have little or no experience with the issue as the devices simply weren’t around when they were in their teens.

This session will examine what we currently know about the use of e-cigarettes and vaping amongst Australian school-based young people. This is an area that is constantly changing and parents attempting to make sense of the information provided by both the ‘pro-vaping’ and ‘anti-vaping’ lobbies may find it extremely difficult to navigate. As we move towards the end of the school year parents are likely to need as much assistance as possible.

This event will be live-streamed but, for those unable to attend live, a recording of the event will also be made available for a period following the event’s conclusion.

To register for the event please click here.

As we move into my final term at Sacred Heart I do so with mixed emotions, as I am certain most of our Class of 2022 do as well. These first few weeks are critical for our Year 12 students as they move closer to concluding their formal schooling years.

The key message to all students in regard to Term 4 is to conclude the year well! The summer break is within sight but there remains much to be done. A family discussion and goal setting in a written format is a good place to start: what is it that I am trying to achieve this term such that I can conclude the year well?

Wishing every Sacred Heart student every success coming their way as a result of committing to their studies and involvements beyond the classroom!

Steve Byrne