On Friday 28 May, Advisory Council Chair, Mr Steve Cleaver, on behalf of the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, announced that Mr Leo Di Gregorio will be our College Principal from 2022.


Leo comes to our College community from his current position as Principal of Emmanuel Catholic College, Success, a position he has held for eight years. From 2004-2013, Leo was Deputy Principal at Sacred Heart College, during which time he was Acting Principal for one Term. Prior to that, from 1999-2003, Leo was Head of Senior School at Ursula Frayne Catholic College, Victoria Park.


We congratulate Leo on his appointment and look forward to working with him in our College and community.  


Mr Peter Bothe, our current Principal, has reached his maximum contract term (12 years of service to our community) and will begin a transition into retirement. 

Sacred Heart’s Year 11 Contemporary Rock Band was chosen to perform at the 200 years of Catholic Education celebration on Sunday 21 February at the Perth Convention Centre. This event was also a celebration for Catholic Education Western Australia, as we celebrate 50 Years Together.


The Year 11s performed the 200 years commemorative song “Faith In The Future” (words and music by Fr Rob Galea and Luke Batterbury) for all principals of Western Australian Catholic Schools. Our students were outstanding and were very well received by all principals. The Year 11s then continued to entertain the celebrating party with other songs.


HeartSpace, the story of Sacred Heart College from 1967 - 2019, focuses on the 'Spirit' and 'Heart' of our Sacred Heart College history. The story begins with an introduction to Euphrasie Barbier and her formation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM Sisters) halfway across the world, before exploring the reasoning behind Sacred Heart Girls' School's gradual move from Highgate in Perth's CBD to Sorrento in the far north extremity of Perth, our transition from an Order owned school to being governed by Catholic Education WA, the many 'actors' along the way and our current reputation as one of Perth's leading Catholic Colleges.

At the end of last year, our much loved Principal, Mr Peter Bothe, proudly received Western Australia’s only National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) for leadership by principals following a challenging year in education.


Peter was nominated for the Founders’ Principal Award for Leadership by Head of Gifted and Talented and 2011 NEiTA Award recipient, Mrs Tanya Atherton, in recognition of his outstanding stewardship of student education and welfare and exemplary teacher and school community leadership in a year of pandemic.

The College Year 7 and 8 Inter-House Swimming Carnival was held at HBF Arena on Monday 17 February. The standard of swimming was high as was participation, with most students taking part in both the traditional swimming and novelty events. Barlow swum brilliantly to win the Shield and Carden cheered brilliantly from the stands, winning the Spirit Award. Year 7 student Sam Carmignani and Year 8 student James Neal had very successful days, breaking records.

Last year, RNDM Sr Kate O’Neill visited our Young Vinnies volunteers and Year 7 students to talk about her work in the Philippines. Inspired by the talk, Mia Cubbedu (now Year 8) came up with the idea of raising money for the missions by having a special House Shirt Day. House Shirt for Mission Day raised $1,701.80 for the Missions and the College also donated two large cartons of old uniforms, stationery, medical supplies and redundant IT equipment.

Sacred Heart College was named as one of Australia's Most Innovative Schools in 2019 by The Educator, a leading magazine for education professionals. Sacred Heart's submission included 16 projects across various Learning Areas, showcasing breadth and opportunity for a wide range of students.

Last week, Elizabeth Martin (Year 10), Alexandra Mennie (Year 9), Kai Schlegl (Year 10), Ella West (Year 9) and Tyler Williams (Year 10), competed against 1,600 students in 530 teams at the Tournament of Champions.


The Tournament of Champions is a world academic final following the World Scholar’s Cup Regional and Global Rounds held in various locations earlier in the year. The top teams from each of the six Global Rounds are then invited to compete at the Tournament of Champions. This year, 50 countries were represented.


For the ninth consecutive year our students have won all three Associated and Catholics Colleges (ACC) 'A' Division carnivals - Athlectics, Cross Country and Swimming. The number of consecutive wins across ACC carnivals is now 29. 

Whilst the swimming team fought hard for a close win, the Cross Country team won by 80 points and the athletics team by 133 points.

We had 65 teams compete in the Northern and Associated Schools (NAS) afterschool competition and won the Overall Trophy for the seventh year in a row.

Each year our Year 11 students raise funds to help students in need in Vietnam. This year our students visted four convents, Thu Duc, Cu Chi, Suio Da and Xuan Loc where they stayed with our Founding Order, the RNDM Sisters.


The students renovated a boarding house in Long Dien where 100 students from surrounding communities were receiving education from the Sisters.


Our Year 11 students painted and decorated two classroms, the dining hall and the meeting hall.


Sophia Thirza Joyce (Year 7) and George Hunt (Year 8) were invited to Sydney to represent Sacred Heart at Canva's fifth Season Opener.


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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

Memorial Garden Statue

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