After finishing 2nd to John XXIII College in the All Schools Cross Country Carnival two weeks ago, Sacred Heart rebounded to record a hard fought win at the ACC Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 30 May. Sacred Heart eventually prevailed over Peter Moyes Anglican Community School to win by 80 points after trailing for most of the day. This is our 15th consecutive ACC Cross Country title and the 22nd win in the last 23 years.

On Friday 17 May, our Year 11 students organised a Biggest Morning Tea at recess to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The students brought in cakes, slices, biscuits and savoury food which were sold to students and staff at recess. Young Vinnies students and staff organised and manned the stalls.

On Wednesday 3 April, 40 students in Years 7-11 represented the College at the annual The da Vinci Decathlon at The University of Western Australia. This is a unique competition where teams of students are challenged in 10 different disciplines (Engineering, Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge) to come up with the best solutions to problems.

On Wednesday 27 March, Sacred Heart created more history by winning the 'A' Division ACC Swimming Carnival for the 9th year in succession. The margin of 22 points was the lowest for many years. The win keeps alive the prospect of achieving the 'nonatriple'- winning the three major carnivals in the one year for nine years in a row. Sacred Heart has won the last 27 ACC 'A' Division Carnivals in succession.

On Tuesday 5 March, a group of 15 students, Mrs Hywood and Ms Hunter attended the launch of Project Compassion 2019 at Clontarf Aboriginal College, run by Caritas Australia.

Congratulations to Year 9 students Jeff Liu, Liam Ferreira and Keegan Watson who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Maze Rescue section of the RoboCup Junior Internationals in Sydney in July.

The Years 10-12 Carnival was held at HBF Stadium on Monday 25 April. The Carnival is an important part of our preparation for the ACC ‘A’ Division Swimming Carnival which takes place at HBF Stadium on Wednesday 27 March.

The College Years 7-9 Inter-House Swimming Carnival was held at HBF Arena on Monday. The standard of swimming was high, as was participation, with students having the opportunity to part in both the traditional swimming and novelty events.

Claudia Fazzari (Year 12) was presented with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand award for Most Outstanding Student of Economics at the College. This is a great testament to her hard work and dedication as she only took up Economics in Year 12 after changing from Specialist Mathematics.

Parents driving into the College may have noticed the beautiful new panels on our Observatory. These colourful paintings represent the six Aboriginal seasons, as known to the South West Aboriginal people. Under each panel is a description of the seasons.

Journeying to Guangzhou in China to the APICTA, showcasing technological innovation, was the experience of a lifetime. Not only did we, as ‘Passion Your Purpose’, get a huge opportunity to showcase and promote our own application for the promotion of mental health, but we also got to make TONNES of new connections within the worldwide business and technology world.

Congratulations to Year 9 students Matilda Anthony, Salina Re, Jack Bailey and Pascale Weeramanthri for being announced as WA Young Innovators of the Year at a very prestigious Gala Dinner at Frasers Restaurant on Wednesday night. Many of the attendees congratulated our students on their achievement, including the Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science, The Hon Dave Kelly, Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Barry Marshall and the previous WA Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley. It was a wonderful night and, besides the trophy, the students received $250 each plus marketing for their app.

On Wednesday, a group of Year 10 students and Mrs Hywood were lucky enough to be invited to participate in the 2018 Catholic Youth Ministry’s Anti-Poverty Mass. It was a great experience as we were surrounded by like-minded students from other schools who also value social justice and its contribution to the community.

The 2018 Robocup National Titles were held in Melbourne last weekend. The event was also the qualifying tournament for next year's Robocup World Championships and the World Robot Olympiad competition, meaning the quality of the teams was outstanding.

On Wednesday 19 September, the ECO Heart students held a large scale waste audit as part of the Environment Awareness Week at the College. The rubbish from the day before was sorted and recorded by the students to indicate the amount of waste that goes straight into landfill each day. By displaying the waste all at once the students could see the amount of rubbish being thrown away daily, which could instead be recycled.

Congratulations to Team 4 (Year 11) and Team 8 (Year 10) who won their WDNA Grand Finals on the weekend. Team 4 won the U18 Division 7 competition and Team 8 won the U18 Division 8 competition.

Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of modern Olympics and was convinced of the importance of sport in the development of the individual. He believed in the qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect which embody the values of Olympism.

Sacred Heart continued its success in athletics by winning the ACC 'A' Division Carnival for the 20th time in succession. In a brilliant all round performance, the College won by a massive 290 points. This was Sacred Heart’s second biggest winning margin ever and the second largest for any school for the last 25 years in the 'A' Division. The College won all seven trophies on offer - Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Aggregate Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Girls, Aggregate Girls and the Overall Aggregate. The total score of 1940 points was the highest total ever.

The Young Vinnies Annual Fun Day Out for 50 primary school children was held on Saturday 1 September at the College. Children of diverse ethnicity and socio-economic groups were treated to a day of fun and activities. They came from organisations such as St Vincent De Paul Migrant/Refugee Group, Edmund Rice Centre, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s Group, Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) and Roseworth Primary School. Some of these children in their short lives have endured abandonment, homelessness and fleeing war torn countries.

One of the many opportunities on offer within the Marine Science Year 10 course is the AQWA scuba diving experience. For the past few weeks the Marine Science classes have been taking turns in traveling to AQWA and taking part in scuba diving.

Sunday 2 September to Saturday 8 September was eSmart Week and to celebrate, the College ran a competition for all Year 7 students. Drawing on all of the information that that they had attained so far in their Digital Citizenship class, students were given one period to write a poem, rap or song to promote an eSmart message to other students at the College. Once they had written their lyrics, students had the challenge of recording their performance in the form of a 1-minute video. There is a $50 gift voucher for the entry judged to be the most creative and informative. The winner was Ella McCallaugh, congratulations.

Mr Tony Budas and I have just returned from an amazing week in Melbourne where our students competed in a range of academic challenges as part of the World Scholar's Cup. There were 1600 students involved from across 27 countries and 18 students represented Sacred Heart College with distinction. It was quite a cultural experience on top of the competition aspect and the students have learnt so much.

Our Young Vinnies group, Year 12 students and staff held various activities over the past two weeks to raise funds for the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day.

Sacred Heart teams did very well at the TOM Regional Finals on Saturday 25 August. The judges commented that they can pick a Sacred Heart Team in the Spontaneous section because they have such a great formula for team work.

Our teams performed exceptionaly well, with those that missed out the State Final, placing in the next two or three teams.

Last Friday, Mr Ian Goodenough, Federal Member for Moore, visited the College to distribute Certificates of Commendation to the parents, staff and students in our community who have gone above and beyond. He joined the recipients in the RNDM Foyer for a morning tea before handing out the certificates, which said "In recognition of your valued contribution to the Social Justice Program at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento."

On Friday 10 August, Sacred Heart attended the ACC Inclusive Soccer Carnival. We had two teams competing on the day; the indoor team was at Lords Recreation Centre and the outdoor team was at Pat Goodridge Reserve.

Before the games started we did a training session practising our goal kicking and passing.

We had an awesome day out playing soccer with our friends from Sacred Heart and other schools. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the day. We’re all looking forward to the next carnival.

Holly Picknoll and Conor Rowan
Year 8 Student and Year 11 Student

Earlier this year, Years 11 and 12 Religion and Life ATAR students were asked if they would like to participate in the Speak for Faith competition. This competition is a joint project of WA's Catenian Association and the Catholic Education WA. Students were asked to publicly speak on Christian ethics and Catholic values that draw on the Curriculum material studied in the Senior Secondary Religion and Life course, with first prize being $700.

Many of our Design and Technology students received State Awards at this year's WA Wood Show, held at Claremont Showgrounds. These students were:

On Friday 3 August and Saturday 4 August, 23 students in Years 7-10 participated in the RoboCup Junior State Titles at Curtin Stadium. The standard of competition was evident right from the beginning, with a lot of close rounds full of talented students.

From Monday 5 August to Friday 10 August, Sacred Heart celebrated NAIDOC Week with the theme for this year being “Because of Her, We Can”.

It was fantastic to be a spectator, along with Mr Alex Smith, watching the members of the Sacred Heart Debating Team do mental and spoken battle against competitors from other schools, as part of the Western Australian Debating League’s Octo-finals. Mr Bothe also joined us to show his support for our insightful orators, for which we are very grateful. Our three teams travelled to Hale School where we acquitted ourselves well on some difficult motions.

This week is National Homelessness Week, coordinated by Homelessness Australia with this week's theme being "Ending Homelessness Together".

Every year, our College sends two of our staff members to Vietnam, in order to teach English to aspiring RNDM Sisters. Trevor Lynch and I were the fortunate staff members chosen this year.

On Saturday 23 June, our Year 9 GATE students presented their mobile applications (app) at the Catholic Education Office as part of the Just Start IT program, this year sponsored by Catholic Education WA. The program requires students to research a problem and provide a solution for it by creating their very own app and covers all of the 21st Century learning skills. The students also have the opportunity to be mentored by professionals in the business field. 140 teams from a variety of schools and sectors were involved on the day.

Mrs Sandra Manning and Mr Chris Kan launched an art competition at the beginning of Term 3, providing students with the opportunity to create their very own portrait of Euphrasie Barbier, the Founder of the RNDM Sisters. The winning students would receive a $300 prize and have their artwork used to represent Euphrasie around the College for a year. Other entrants recieved a gift voucher to Riot Art and Craft.

A representative group of parents, staff and students began a review of the College Uniform in October of last year. The Uniform Committee has worked extremely hard with considerable research and deliberation. 

Last Friday, 95 Year 10 students braved the horrible weather conditions to sleep in the corridors of SHC to find out what it is like to be homeless for just one night.

We have been celebrating National Reconciliation Week at Sacred Heart.

On Tuesday, a group of students had the opportunity to attend a Reconciliation Walk at Lake Gwelup with Mr Chris Kan and myself.

Sacred Heart continued its impressive cross country record with comfortable wins in the recent ACC and All Schools Carnivals.
The team showed great character to win by 363 points from John XXIII in the ACC Carnival after registering a 205 point victory in the All Schools Carnival. Sacred Heart has now won 15 All Schools titles in the past 18 years and 14 consecutive ACC Carnivals.

Sacred Heart hosted the World Scholar's Cup (WSC) Perth Round last Friday and Saturday. 17 schools were represented and I am pleased to report on an outstanding event where our students surpassed my expectations.


The following students entered the Rostrum Public Speaking competition for the first time and did a fabulous job.

DaVince Decathlon

It has been a busy week in the Academic area, with 32 students competing in the da Vinci Decathlon over four days.

Congratulations to all students who were involved in these challenges and thank you for representing our school and doing so well:

Mary Poppins Broadway Musical Sacred Heart

We are excited to announce that tickets are on sale for our Mary Poppins Production!

Students making hand heart

The Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull, has written to all schools in Australia asking them to sign up for this day.

He says: “We believe all students have the right to be safe at school. Bullying and violence has no place in Australia.”

Students with teacher

In October last year an intrepid, and perhaps brave, representative group of parents, staff and students began a review of our College Uniform. Since then we have met each fortnight and engaged in robust discussions to come up with a shared plan.

Memorial Garden Statue

Parents may have noticed that our Chapel now has a large white cross on the Western wall.

Launch of Project Compassion

On Tuesday 6 February, we attended the launch of Project Compassion at Newman College with Mr Bothe and Mrs Hywood. Many other Catholic Colleges joined us.

Students getting ready to swim

The College Years 7, 8 and 9 Inter-House Swimming Carnival was held at HBF Arena on Monday 5 February. The standard of swimming was high, as was participation, with most students taking part in both the traditional swimming and novelty events.

Year 8 students Morgan Knox, Joel Bayntun and Liam Foley broke College records. These new records are as follows: