From the Principal (Thursday 3 November)

To our Sacred Heart Community

Year 9 Rite Journey Camp

Over the past two and a half weeks, Year 9 students participating in the Rite Journey program have embarked on their final challenge activity, the Rite Journey Camp. The Camp involves a 3 day hike through the pristine Deep Creek Conservation Park along the Heysen Trail. Students spent Term 3 preparing their equipment, meal plans and tent groups, as well as participating in preparation walks through Belair National Park and Happy Valley Reservoir.

In total, students walked up to 30km in 3 days, and were required to show their teamwork, resilience and patience to get through the experience. The camp represents the final challenge, better known as ‘The Abyss’ within the Rite Journey program.

Thank you to all of the staff who supported this camp and contributed to its planning.

Year 11 Leadership Team host inaugural SHC Family Feed

“Whether it be parents, grandparents, friends or other special people in our lives, the Family Spirit which we share with our loved ones is like no other. It is through a foundation of family which we are fortunate enough to experience in our own homes that we channel into our Sacred Heart community to develop an even stronger bond amongst our cohort. So on behalf of all of us in this room, we say to our parents, grandparents and family members – those present here, and those unable to be here – thank you for developing courageous and grateful hearts in us.” – Conor Gluyas, Year 11 Leader and 2023 College Captain.

Thank you to the parents, grandparents and caregivers who joined our Year 11 students for the inaugural ‘SHC Family Feed’ on Wednesday morning, celebrating Family Spirit, and acknowledging with gratitude the sacrifices that our families make in providing opportunities for our students. We appreciate the support of our community in raising funds through this breakfast to the Smith Family and look forward to more opportunities to have parents and caregivers back on site.

Click here to view video of our students expressing what they are grateful for.

Year 11 Geography Deep Creek Excursion

On Tuesday our Year 11 Geography class returned from a wintery, but beautiful, Fleurieu Peninsula. As part of their studies, students monitored the varied levels of flora and fauna biodiversity present within the ecosystems in Deep Creek Conservation Park and will use this evidence to analyse how well the natural resources in the park are managed in a summative field work report.

As usual, our students positively represented the College and connected with a part of the state that many of them have not been to before. 

They monitored the impending wet weather in the lead up to the trip, thus being able to secure dorm accommodation at Willow Creek Farm was a blessing as opposed to the original plan of camping in the open. As the rain pelted down overnight, the combustion heater and dry beds were a welcome comfort.  

A special thanks to Mick Boers, Kurtis Harrison and Adriana Cvorkov for ensuring the trip ran smoothly, and to Kathy Cilento for her assistance prior to the trip.

Game Changers – La Valla Leadership Camp

For the first time in the short history of the Game Changers program at Sacred Heart, our Year 10s travelled interstate to participate in the La Valla Leadership Camp. Held in Phillip Island, Victoria, the camp focused on further developing leadership capacity from a Marist perspective. This included ‘how to be an authentic leader’, the ‘art of listening’ and ‘rolling up the sleeves’.

A big thank you to their mentor, Liv Carver, for her work with our Year 10s this year, and to Ali Sampson, Kristy Allison and Matthew Laverty, for giving up their weekend to accompany the group to Victoria. 

Year 10 2022 and Year 11 2023 Student Leadership

On Wednesday morning, our Year 10s gathered for portfolio and House Leader elections for 2023. It was pleasing to see another strong group of candidates present their visions for 2023. The outcome of the process will be announced soon.  

Commencing with a Year 10 assembly in the DeBourg, we also took this opportunity to thank and congratulate the Year 10 Leaders for 2022, who under the guidance of David Threadgold from One and All Consulting, should be extremely proud of their individual growth, collaboration and contribution to the College this year.

Champagnat State Chess Champions!

On Monday 31 October, a group of Champagnat students participated in the SA School Teams Chess Championships at Tyndale Christian School.

Sacred Heart College competed against students from five other secondary schools on the day and finished as State Champions! A fantastic effort by all students involved – Shubham Bhatt, Tyler Clayton, Xavier Eitel, Maxim Junke, Lincoln Manning, William Miles and Cameron Carson-Dawson. Congratulations to all!

Special thanks to Chess Coach, David Shaw for his expertise in coaching the group every Tuesday afternoon.

Join us this Sunday for Back to Paringa Family Fun Day

Join us this Sunday to celebrate 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!

Champagnat and Marcellin End of Year Arts Exhibitions

Students at Champagnat and Marcellin have been busy this year in the The Arts. To showcase their magnificent work, please join us for the upcoming exhibitions and celebrate our students’ wonderful talents, kicking off with the Year 12 Art, Design & Photography Exhibition tonight at 7pm!

TONIGHT – Marcellin Year 12 Art, Design and Photography Exhibition

Join us tonight for the opening night of the Year 12 Art, Design and Photography Exhibition! Showcasing the culmination of their work over their Stage 2 studies.

Thursday 3 November, 5.00 – 7.00pm
Speeches will be held at 6.30pm
Br Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre, Marcellin Campus

The exhibition will remain open to the public on weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm between Thursday 3 November until Thursday 17 November.

Champagnat Arts & Technologies Gallery Exhibition

Tuesday 15 November – Thursday 17 November
3.45pm – 4.45pm
Kavanagh Room, Champagnat Campus

Champagnat Dance & Drama Exhibition

Tuesday 15 November
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Good Samaritan Centre, Champagnat Campus
Featuring Year 7 & 8 Dance, Drama Club play (‘So You Wanna Be a Cheerleader’ by M.G. Davidson)

Wednesday 16 November
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Good Samaritan Centre, Champagnat Campus
Featuring Year 8-9 Dance and Year 9 Drama.

Tickets via TryBooking: 

Arrive early to check out our talented artists by viewing our Gallery in the Kavanagh Room and sample some catering from our Year 8 Food and Technology students (Tues/Wed only).

Year 12 2023 SHC Embroidered Pullover

Current Year 11 students wishing to have an embroidered pullover (jumper) for next year should consider the following:

  • Student-owned pullovers must be freshly laundered, be the correct uniform colour and in good condition with no holes in the garment.
  • $15.00 is payable when you leave your pullover at the Uniform Shop. Credit Card or EFTPOS only. Cash not accepted.
  • New pullovers can be purchased (the $15.00 is an additional cost).
  • All pullovers MUST BE NAMED.
  • Closing date for all orders is 25 November 2022.
  • Pick up from January 2023 onwards.
  • This crested pullover can not be recycled as it is a current year only garment.

For further enquiries, please visit the College website or contact Lisa Harvey at the Uniform Shop on (08) 8350 2586 or via email at

‘Back to Paringa’ on Sunday will mark a significant point in time at the College. Events planned for earlier this year were postponed or cancelled due to COVID but it seems that even the unseasonal weather of this week will dissipate and we will be blessed with a sunny, warm day!

 There are actually a few anniversaries occurring across the College this year:

  • Our quasquicentennial (125th) having been established in 1897 at Port Adelaide 
  • The Marist Brothers are celebrating their sesquicentennial (150th) of opening their first school in Australia in Church Hill, The Rocks, Sydney 
  • Paringa Hall is 140 years old having been completed in 1882
  • The College Chapel foundation stone was laid Sunday 24 September 1922, thus marking its centenary this year!
  • And finally, at year’s end I will conclude my 10 years of service as the 20th Sacred Heart College Principal.

I hope you can join us in the company of family and friends on Sunday to explore and enjoy the rich heritage and grounds of our fine Marist College!

Steve Byrne