sacred heart college geelong 2006
maguire 2006 ii
From the Principal
Welcome to the 2006 edition of Maguire. At the beginning of each year the Student and
Staff Representative Council identifies a theme for the coming year.
The theme for 2006 is Renaissance which is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as
‘a renewal of interest or creativity’. It is about new beginnings but also about
implementing positive changes that are informed by the traditions and values of the past.
I feel the Renaissance theme is particularly appropriate this year as the College is entering
one of the most exciting phases in our history. We have just launched our new strategic
plan - Strategy 2010 – which will guide every facet of the College’s activities in the lead up
to our sesquicentenary in four years time.
The strategic plan includes the physical development of the school and this year we started
work on our new $7.3million performing arts centre and school of music. The development
is the largest building project to be undertaken at the College since Mother Xavier Maguire
built the beautiful bluestone school, Convent and Chapel in the 1860s.
Strategy 2010 is a blueprint for the College’s future. It has been prepared with input from
our whole community and is structured around our core values of spirituality, learning,
community, respect and social justice.
It is our goal that our graduates will be knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers, communicators,
principled, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, caring and reflective individuals. We need
to provide a curriculum and co-curriculum to help us achieve this goal and ensure that the
College has the resources necessary in a modern, dynamic school.
We have clearly set ourselves a considerable challenge but I am confident that all members
of the school community will accept their share of responsibility and help us to implement
the changes necessary to help us achieve our goals.
Change is not new to Sacred Heart. Over the years our founding Sisters and the Sisters
who followed them have had to change and adapt the focus of the school as times
and circumstances changed. They were truly Renaissance women and we are guided
by their example.
In this edition of Maguire we have highlighted some of the exciting developments taking
place at the school and shared our hopes and aspirations. I am confident that the future
holds great promise for Sacred Heart College and will continue to be shaped by the spirit
'Lord, send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth' Psalm 103
2 principal 10 Picture courtesy Matt Murphy Times Publications
2 From the Principal 8 Social justice
3 Contents 10 Mercy in action
The College has a special bond with
4 Renaissance the children from Odafuro School in
The theme for the College in 2006 is East Timor and our students and staff
Renaissance. On page 4 read why the raise funds to provide much needed
Student and Staff Representative Council resources. Principal, Jeffrey Burn
chose the theme and why it is so discovered first hand the difficulties
important to the school. teachers face in this troubled nation.
More examples of mercy in action
pages 10 and 11.
5 College leaders
12 Staff and Convent news
Ardent Cats fan Rebekah Best, far right, 13 Return of the eagle
was selected from hundreds of Victorian
students to sing the national anthem at College archivist Glen Turnbull is trying
the pre-season NAB Cup in Adelaide. to solve the mystery of the eagle that
Rebekah sang before a 40 000 crowd has been missing from the Aphraisia
and a huge television audience and Street gates for more than 25 years.
watched her team win the day against St Turn to page 13 to find out more.
Kilda. She is pictured with fellow Year 8
student Lizzie Sahlstrom who sang the 14 SHOCA news
national anthem at last year’s Wizard
Cup. More College news page 6.
15 Boarders’ reunion
7 Sport Sr Olive Toirmey, right, tries out the
gym equipment during the Boarders’
Year 12 student Kacey Braddock had Reunion weekend much to the surprise
stars in her eyes when she joined the of Year 12 students Rose Sejean, right,
enthusiastic spectators to cheer on their and Kiri O'Connor. Share the joy of our
teams at this year’s athletics carnival. first ever boarders’ reunion page 15.
Turn to page 7 to read about our sporting
highlights and the achievements of our
teams and individual performers.
16 Performing arts centre
This year work began on the school's
8 Performing arts new $7.3million performing arts centre
and school of music. On page 16
To coincide with the opening of the new discover how you can play a role in this
performing arts centre next year the exciting new development.
College is setting up a new School of
Performing Arts with a special Talented
and Gifted Students Program. On page 8 17 Financing the dream
and 9 read about our talented current
and former students. 18 Thanks to our supporters
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College Captain Renaissance
Sophia Katos, Matilda Myers Each year the Student and Staff Representative Council identifies a theme for the year. This
year the theme is Renaissance and at the Catholic Education Week Celebration Mass,
House captains College Captain Bridget O’Dwyer explained why it had been chosen.
Arts: Millicent Burke "We wanted the theme for 2006 to be unique, bold and striking. We wanted a single word
Sports: Cara Kennedy that had a powerful meaning and so after careful consideration the SSRC agreed that our
Deputy: Shari-Ann Livingston theme this year would be Renaissance.
Assistant: Claire Breed
Renaissance is a French word meaning ‘Rebirth’ and this has come to mean the revival of
Arts: Rose-Marie Sejean
learning and culture. Renaissance was a period in time, several hundred years ago that
Sports: Felicity Pendergast began in Italy. It was a time when the people of Europe started taking big strides forward.
Deputy: Edith Kenny-Smith The rebirth spread into many aspects of life from literature, to art, to music, to science and to
Assistant: Ashlyn Gibbons exploration.
Renaissance was not just about art and literature however; it was a period in time where
Arts: Daisy Tsen
Sports: Brittany Hennessy cities grew in size and wealth, reform movements stirred the Christian church and voyages of
Deputy: Yvette Edsall discovery changed popular ideas about geography.
Assistant: Prue Morrison
People began to use their initiative and became inspired to move forward and explore. We
believe that at Sacred Heart, in the year 2006, we can experience our own Renaissance.
Arts: Kiri O’Connor
Sports: Evie Maguire This is your year to follow your dreams, join the choir, be a part of that particular sports team,
Deputy: Lauren Giggins take up debating, start your own sports aerobics squad, become a peer support leader,
Assistant: Cara Mathison
nominate yourself for class captain or become the chess club champion because all of these
Year level leaders opportunities await you.
Year 7 That is why we hope we can all embrace the theme, draw inspiration from it, but most
importantly, move forward together and explore. It is not about letting go of the old; it is
about developing the old and revitalising ourselves in the process."
Enza Maree Taranto
Jessi Canny Call for prayers Foundress:
Gabrielle Paatsch Sr Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin
Ashlee Skorjanec 175 years ago this year. Her leadership has inspired Sisters to
At the start of each day the students
Molly Smyth carry the message of Mercy around the world to establish
come together for a class assembly
Year 9 and the school day begins with a schools and hospitals and care for the poor and disadvantaged.
prayer. This year students were
invited to contribute their own
prayers for “A Book of Prayers” to Catholic students:
provide a compilation so that classes Marilyn Peterson, Marita
could select an appropriate prayer Fitzpatrick, Judith Watts
for the day. More than 400 students and Kathy MacDonald
responded to the request for prayers pictured at the Young
Catholic Students summer
Madeleine Smith written in their own words.
camp in 1951.
Year 11 This is just one of those prayers:
Caitlin Moore Dear God, My life is great but I
am aware that it is not the case
Please help us to take care of
the poor and under-privileged in
Morgan Smyth our society and do your work
Melanie Turnley here on earth. AMEN
4 ssrc 2006
Phoenix: Zoe Crerar
This image of a phoenix rising from the flames Sarah Goring
designed by Year 12 student Ashleigh Robertson
features alongside the Renaissance theme and Ellana Katos
encapsulates the message of rebirth and of Gemma Ballan
From left, Deputy College
Captains Matilda Myers and
Sophia Katos, pictured with
Fr Greg Trythall, one of
our College Chaplains
and College Captain
ssrc 2006 5
2005 VCE results
Dux of the College
This year has seen a dramatic change in the All students are involved in activities to improve the
Caltex All-Rounder Award
physical appearance of the school with the lives of others through our social justice program
Justine Buckley demolition of McAuley Hall to make way for our and the personal project which is part of the
Soroptimist Award new performing arts centre. The building International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.
Madeleine Jackman project will take the whole of 2006 but once One of the many imaginative projects undertaken
Maguire Award completed it will transform the Aphrasia Street was a CD "Journey to the Soul" recorded by Stefanie
Kate Tamblyn & Tricia Rose
Thornton aspect of the school. Gumienik in Year 10. Stefanie is a gifted classical
Performing Arts Award pianist and is donating the proceeds from sales of
In spite of having a massive building project
Kate Gore her CD to an isolated Aboriginal community in
taking place in our midst, College life continues
Pierre de Coubertin Award Western Australia.
and students are enjoying an enriching and
Sarah Jane McDonald
fulfilling year. A highlight of the school year was a concert of
beautiful, sacred music held at St Mary’s Basilica in
Our graduating class achieved excellent VCE
academic awards Geelong in June. More than 600 people attended
results and some students achieved top marks
Accounting: Jessica Gulli the concert which featured our soloists, vocal
in their subject areas. Students involved in
Art: Natalie Debeljuh ensemble, College orchestra and the newly formed
Vocational Education and Training programs
Biology: Katlyn Wilson
junior choir which made its début on the night.
Business Management: were equally successful and Rachel Belton, Year
Many of the students also contributed their talents
Caitlin Grace 12, was regional finalist for commercial cookery
Chemistry: Ann-Louise Slee
to the production of the Renaissance CD launched
in the WorldSkills VET in Schools competition.
Dance: Megan Blyszak, at the concert by noted Geelong tenor Tim
Emma Madden McCallum. The concert and the CD are the
English: Emily Pegan, students’ contribution to the campaign to raise
funds for the new performing arts centre.
French: Holly Windle
Further Mathematics: Olivia Roles, Our talented textiles students were the hit of the
Alison Slee show at the 2006 PaintRight Victorian Fashion
Geography: Adelle Hosking Awards. The event brought together some of the
Health & Human Development:
state’s most promising young designers and
Sarah Sheehan, Emily Pegan
dressmakers and the school walked off with a clutch
History Revolutions: Jade Brunt,
Sarah Fagan of awards including the John Claringbold Cup for
Industry & Enterprise: the best school and in the individual awards, Year
Emma Wischmann 11 student, Carley Harman, pictured left, won the
Italian: Elise Flynn
top award in the long gown section.
Japanese: Jessica Sferco,
Legal Studies: Elizabeth Muhlebach
Wild and wet weather for the annual swimming
Literature: Olivia Roles
carnival failed to dampen the spirits of Year 7 students
Mathematical Methods: Elise Flynn
Harriet Darley left, Natalie Palmer and Brianna Weigl.
Media: Kristen Turner
Music Performance – Solo:
Physical Education: Christine Fagan
Psychology: Kate Tamblyn
Physics: Elise Flynn
Specialist Mathematics: Elise Flynn
Studio Arts: Lauren Glasson
Theatre Studies: Sophia Katos,
VET: Hospitality: Hayley Guy
Visual Communication & Design:
Sophie Rowe, Deanna German
Picture courtesy Matt Murphy Times Publications
6 awards news
Sporting highlights Class of 2005
The hard work and
commitment of the Class of
At Sacred Heart every student has the opportunity to Athletics carnival 2005 certainly paid off and our
participate in a wide range of sporting activities - graduating students achieved
By contrast the weather for the annual athletics
everything from netball and tennis to rock climbing some excellent academic
carnival brought a magnificent sunny autumn day.
results. Of the 212 students to
and rowing. The school offers 20 team sports and The main oval looked a treat and the grass undertake VCE 98 percent
school teams compete against other schools, locally spectators’ area was "abuzz" and full of successfully completed their
and interstate and the girls achieve some amazing anticipation. It was a fabulous carnival with plenty studies, 18 percent achieved an
successes. of team spirit displayed by spectators and athletes, ENTER score of 90 or above
and 41 percent scored 80 or
Our athletics and netball teams have been state and Results at the end of the day saw Siena defeat
above. The Dux of the School
national champions, our quad sculls rowing team Clairvaux followed by Padua and Loyola.
Emily Pagan received an
competed in the national finals against some of the ENTER score of 99.70.
top independant schools in Australia and we have Cross country Every member of the
lots of outstanding results from individual students. At our annual cross country day in May we had graduating class has gone on to
either further study or has
Sports coordinator Mrs Karen Cordy says that at serious runners, joggers, power walkers and many
gained employment. The
Sacred Heart the emphasis isn't on trophies and just out for a stroll. But with spot prizes as well as
majority of our graduating
medals but trying to make sure that each student medals, and participation points up for grabs the class is now involved in tertiary
becomes the best person that they can be - day was quite competitive. studies and 94 percent of those
physically, mentally and spiritually. who applied were offered
places at the universities and
She said: "Sportmanship and celebrating the colleges of their choice.
achievements of others are just as important as Our school teams have had a very busy year. Congratulations and well done.
individual or team successes. Interestingly when the We were runners-up in the State Surf Lifesaving
Schools event and our junior swimmers and honours
emphasis is on enjoying sport - rather than being
intermediate tennis players won their SCSA The following students
driven to be number one - it is then that the
divisions. Our athletics team again dominated the achieved an ENTER score of
students achieve the results."
Division SCSA Athletics Carnival in May winning 90 or above.
Here are some of the highlights of the past year. Elise Flynn
the junior and intermediate sections as well as the
overall points trophy for the day. Katlyn Wilson
Swimming carnival Elizabeth Muhlebach
Football has been very popular again in 2006 with
On the day of the swimming carnival the weather many girls taking part in trials and training days for Johanna Williams
was wild and wet. Conditions were so bad that heats the junior and senior teams. Our senior girls team Olivia Roles
were abandoned and students returned to the finished runners-up to Clonard in the Geelong Lauren Glasson
school. However by recess the weather had Sophie Wayth
Independent Schools Lightning Premiership and the
improved and the students returned to Kardinia Pool junior team narrowly missed playing off in the Deanna German
and enthusiastically took part in a modified Grand Final. Tara Breheny
program. The different format still saw a carnival Jessica Kelly
result with Loyola narrowly defeating Siena. Individual athletes Rose Farrugia
Many students have achieved outstanding
individual success in their chosen sports. Alison Slee
Cheer squad: Three Sacred Heart girls were nominated for the
All dressed up and ready to cheer Geelong Advertiser award for the Junior Sports Star Tegan Riley
on their teams are Year 7 students of the Year. Jess Gulli, former student and winner of Anne Fitzgerald
the award in 2005, and current students Jessie Caitlin O’ Sullivan
Clancy Ferris, Dee Dee Jones,
Alexandra Trower, Madeleine Couch and Bianca Maurer were in line for this Madelyn Smith
Hibble and Annabelle Nunan. prestigious title which honours local sports stars. Sarah Tinitali
Sophie O’ Keefe
sport awards 7
Social justice Spotlight on
Through the College’s social justice program
every student is involved in a project which will
Sacred Heart is raising the curtain on a new direction for the performing
make a positive difference to the lives of others. arts. To mark the opening of the new performing arts centre and school
of music next year, the College is setting up a new School of Performing
The aim of the program is to maintain and
Arts with a dedicated Gifted and Talented Students Program to nurture
develop the Spirit of Mercy in the school
those who have special skills in dance, drama and music.
through action, raising awareness of justice
Students from Years 8 to 12 will be able to audition for a place in the
issues and creating opportunities to work
program and once accepted will take part in an individually tailored
collaboratively with the Sisters.
course to develop their skills and fast track their performing arts studies.
The opportunity to develop the expertise and confidence to perform in
Projects undertaken by the students touch
public will be a key focus of the program and students will have a mentor
people in our local community such as street
to help them prepare for auditions and interviews and design folios for
retreats, serving meals to homeless people and
entry into tertiary courses. Senior students will also take part in a guided
distributing Christmas hampers to needy extra-curricular program which will include workshops, theatrical and
families. Other projects focus on international musical excursions.
issues. In response to a request from former
It is expected that the program will open exciting new opportunities for
principal Sr Elieen Ann Daffy the whole school students involved so that they can complete academic studies in the
raised funds for earthquake victims in Pakistan. performing arts while developing their performance skills and networks. It
Money has also been raised for people in need will form a springboard to further studies and careers in all aspects of the
in East Timor, the Sudan and Nepal. entertainment industry.
The College already has an excellent reputation in the performing arts
Through the social justice program students are
and in addition to the academic program students delight local and
encouraged to lead by example and show that by
national audiences with their performances. In June, students in our
our actions we can make a difference. vocal ensemble, College orchestra and junior choir performed to a
capacity audience at a concert of beautiful sacred music in St Mary’s
The performing arts have been an important part of the curriculum since
the College was founded and all students have the opportunity to
Students Annette Whelan
develop their talents and or interests. Music, dance and drama are
and Macey Barratt chat with
residents of Maryville
taught from Year 7 to Year 12 and students from other schools come to
Nursing Home during the the College to study these subjects at VCE level.
monthly visiting program.
There are currently 18 different performance groups in the school
including a school orchestra, vocal ensemble, rock band and Jazz group,
Felicity Program: liturgical dance group, strings, brass and saxophone groups. All students
Below, our young friends in Years 7 and 8 learn an instrument and students at other levels are
from St Thomas Aquinas encouraged and supported to continue music studies. Students are
and St Francis Xavier
encouraged to perform and be involved in all aspects of school
PrimarySchool enjoy a visit
productions. Each year the school stages a joint production with St
to the O’Dwyer Centre to use
the climbing wall. The visit
Joseph’s College and these provide opportunities for students to
hosted by students from showcase their talents and also experience live performances.
Years 7-11 was part of the Productions range from full musicals to Shakespearean plays and often
Felicity Program set up to include original music and choreography.
allow the College to share its
resources with local primary Over the years many students have gone on to achieve successful careers
schools. The program was an in the performing arts – some of our talented former students are
initiative of former student featured here.
Felicity Hoare (2005).
8 social justice performing arts
Tim and Noni McCallum (2000)
Noni and her brother Tim, right, are both professional performers and both studied at Sacred
Heart. Noni, graduated in 2000 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at
the Australian Catholic University. She has appeared in many productions and is currently touring
as a member of Hi-5 the popular children’s entertainment group.
Tim, is Geelong’s favourite tenor, and in 1997 studied VCE Theatre Studies at Sacred Heart whilst
a student at Belmont High School. At the age of 19, a swimming accident left him confined to a
wheelchair but in spite of his injuries he has gone on to establish a successful singing career which
has seen him perform on television, in musical theatre and cabaret and as the guest artist for the
Prime Minister’s Celebration of Federation Dinner.
Tim’s inspirational story, his determination and his God-given talent ensure he is always in high
demand as a singer, performer and motivational speaker. The school was delighted this year when
Tim agreed to launch Renaissance – a CD of beautiful sacred music produced by College students
to raise funds for the new performing arts centre.
Amy Lehpamer (2003)
Amy is a gifted musician and singer and while at the school performed in front of an audience of
40 000 people at the Jubilee 2000 Mass at Colonial Stadium. She was the inaugural winner of the
Performing Arts Award established by the Parents’ and Friends’ Association.
Sally Beck (1984 )
Sally has a successful career in arts administration as the general manager of Geelong Performing
Arts Centre. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and her
qualifications and interest in dance and music led to a career in the entertainment industry.
Natalie O’Donnell (1994)
Natalie, right, launched her career in musical theatre at Sacred Heart and her performances
have included the lead role in the Australian production of Mama Mia.
Lee Abrahmsen (1996)
Lee’s beautiful soprano voice has won her lead roles with Melbourne Opera Company including
Adele in Die Fledermaus and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Catrionadh Dobson (1994)
After leaving Sacred Heart Catrionadh went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University
of Melbourne. She is now Community Program Manager at Orchestra Victoria which plays for all
seasons of the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia in Melbourne, as well as the new Victorian
Opera Company. Catrionadh manages all the Orchestra's non-ballet & opera activities which
includes approximately 70 performances each year across the regional concert program, the
education program of workshops and concerts, as well as a series of Melbourne concerts in
partnership with a range of community-based and charity organisations.
Carla McKernan (2002)
Carla has managed to combine studies with her music career and is achieving success as a jazz
singer. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and is now studying
towards a Diploma of Education.
performing arts 9
Who will speak if we don’t?
This year several staff had the privilege of experiencing Mercy in action visiting and working
with the Sisters’ missions around the world. Principal Jeffrey Burn visited Sisters and other
Catholic organisations working in East Timor; Annette Chidzey spent time with former principal
Sr Eileen Ann Daffy in Pakistan and Laura Doherty visited the Sisters’ mother house in Dublin
during the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy. Here they talk about their experiences
Sr Carole McDonald, Social Justice Contact for the Sisters of Mercy Melbourne introduced the
Sacred Heart community to the staff and students of Odafuro School in Timor Leste (East
Timor). This co educational school works in the face of immense challenges to provide a
Catholic secondary education for students in one of the country’s poorest areas.
We decided to make supporting Odafuro part of the whole College social justice program and
raised funds to help the school. In April I had the opportunity to see how our support was
making a difference when I was invited to visit Timor Leste - the world's newest nation.
The trip was funded by Mercy Works so that I could see first hand how the funds raised by
Sacred Heart and others are being used and to look at further ways we could help.
The poverty of the country is striking. The country has a population of 1 million and there
seems to be inaction on the part of the government to improve basic human needs such as
sanitation, health care, education, roads and power. During my stay I was based in Baucau,
the second largest city after the capital, Dili. There is electricity for only six hours per day and
inadequate sewerage and plumbing.
Villages consist of grass huts with earthen floors although some have electricity. Malnutrition is
a problem and the young have little resilience to diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
Sixty out of every 100 babies die before their first birthday and half the population does not
have access to safe drinking water. Life expectancy is 55 and not improving.
Together with Sr Herminia, an Ursuline sister who is Deputy Director for Catholic Education in
the Baucau Diocese and Sr Carole, I visited a number of schools. All were desperately in need
Most schools needed money for urgent repairs, classroom furniture, basic equipment and
for teacher salaries which are about US$100 per month. I was able to visit a school where
funds from Norway have made a real difference and the Salesians and other religious orders
run very good schools. But there are many, many schools which need help and between
10 – 30 percent of primary school aged children do not go to school.
During my stay I tried to visit Odafuro School but days of torrential rain meant that the river
crossing was impassable and our FWD was unable to reach the school. However Mr Rui Da
Costa Branco, the school principal, came to meet me on his motorbike and waded across the
crossing so that we could talk. He thanked me for the funds that we had sent to his school and
told me that they had been used to put a new roof on the school, provide salary support for
the teaching staff and to buy diesel to power the generator.
Rui told me that he has many students who walk for 13kms down from the mountains to
attend school and his hope is to build two cottages so that these students can board during
the week and then return to their families at the weekend.
In spite of the hardships of life, the Odafuro School achieves good results and in the last six
years 350 students have passed the national exam.
As I left Timor Leste civil unrest had broken out in Dili and the situation in the country is
bound to make the task of educating students harder for Rui and other teachers. They need
our assistance more than ever and we will continue to give the school our support and try and
persuade others to help us make a difference for our friends at Odafuro.
10 mercy in action
The plight of women and children in many parts of the world can
move us to tears, yet our readiness to act and genuinely make a
difference to their lives is often less pragmatic. However, Sr Eileen
Ann Daffy, who was College Principal from 1976 to 1981, is a
Never one to be daunted by a challenge, for the past 12 years, she
has worked to advance education for thousands of boys at St
Mary’s Academy, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. As principal and visionary,
she has grafted new opportunities for her students, providing them
with invaluable skills and experiences that have empowered these
young men to take charge of their lives.
However, it is her capacity to reach out to help others, apart from
the 2000 boys at the academy, that characterises her true qualities
of mercy and social justice. Never one to just ‘ talk the talk’, but
This year I had the opportunity to take part in a
rather one to ‘walk the walk’, it is her commitment to the
education of Afghan women and children in the tiny village of program entitled "Walking and Praying with
Tarnool on the outskirts of Pindi that speaks volumes for her deep Catherine" at Mercy International Centre in Dublin.
commitment to those less fortunate than herself. The participants were Sisters from New Zealand,
Ireland and the United States and I was the only
As a current member and past President of the local Rotary Club
based in Rawalpindi, she has been a driving force behind the
creation of a school and vocational centre for Afghan women and Over the four days of the program, we were led to
children to help prepare them for repatriation to Afghanistan. consider Catherine McAuley's work, writings and
spirituality, and sessions were held in various rooms
Many of these refugees had no assistance prior to the club’s
of her house, which brought her life and her spirit
involvement, even though they had been living in the area for
many years. Sr Eileen oversaw the establishment of a health clinic very much alive.
and a primary school for girls as well as a vocational training One of the highlights for me was the walking tour
centre to provide adolescent girls with sewing and design skills. around areas of Dublin in which she lived and
In 2005, she approached Mercy Works Inc. to provide funding to worked. We ended that pilgrimage at Georges Hill
assist in the vaccinating of these women and children against Convent where Catherine was professed. The Sisters
Hepatitis B as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to practical on the course renewed their vows there and I
health education. Sr Eileen’s awareness about the importance of renewed my commitment to mercy and justice - a
educational skills for women and children ensured that some very moving occasion. It was a thought provoking
female members of the local Afghan community were trained as and enriching experience, and I am grateful that as
teachers in basic literacy and vocational skills. a layperson working in a Mercy school, I have
It was recognized that by giving skills to women they could gained in my understanding of Catherine and in the
supplement the family income from work within the home through sense of mercy alive in the world today.
activities such as sewing as social custom still restricts the
movement of many women outside the home.
A small plot was selected, a well for portable water constructed,
and a school, community centre and vocational centre established.
Those who would like to
From a few children in the beginning, more than 175 children are
contribute to the Mercy projects
now receiving education that otherwise would have been forgotten
in East Timor and Pakistan are
and neglected. Plans to introduce electricity, develop the vocational
asked to contact Annette, Jeff or
centre, buy more sewing machines and better equipment loom in
Laura at Sacred Heart College
the next phase of this project’s growth.
by calling 03 5221 4211.
Sr Eileen is a true woman of Mercy and the expression of God’s
love in this part of the world. Who will speak if we don’t.
Sr Eileen will.
mercy in action 11
Convent News Staff news
They say - "The older one gets the quicker time flies!" Congratulations
Deputy principal Peter Morgan has been awarded a Master of Education in
This must surely mean we are really getting older as
Leadership and Administration by Deakin University. Peter, pictured below,
this year is already half way through and we don't joined the College in 1992 and was appointed deputy principal responsible
know where it has gone! for pastoral care in 2002.
Early in the year we were delighted with Tim Student Counsellor Sandra Jelly has been awarded an honours degree in
psychology from Deakin University. Sandra, pictured below, is part of the
McCallum's performance as Herod in ‘Jesus Christ
counselling team working from the school’s new Well-being Centre at the
Superstar’ and Rose Sejean played Cosette in
corner of Cumberland Street and Retreat Road. The new centre, formerly
‘Les Miserables’. The Sisters are always delighted to the caretaker’s residence, was opened in April this year.
see our past students performing and feel so very
College archivist Glen Turnbull has been elected as president of the
proud of them.
Australian Institute of Genealogists. Earlier this year he also took up the
position of archivist at St Joseph’s College, Newtown. It seems appropriate
The Boarders' Reunion was a highlight and enjoyed
to have the one person in charge of the archive collections of schools that
by all. Sometimes we are asked if there are still
share a comparable history.
Sisters living here and indeed there are - 16 of us at
present and we love the SHC girls visiting.
We were saddened by the death of our dear Sister The school community has bid a fond farewell to staff members Ruth
Brendan in April, but we also have many happy events Kulakaukas, Agata Gulli and Bev Haigh who have retired from the College.
to which we can look forward - one of which is Jubilee Ruth first joined the school the 1983 and held several positions. Until her
Day when we celebrated Sr Jude's 75th anniversary of retirement at the end of 2005 she worked in the food technology area.
Agata joined the College staff in 1989 and retired in 2005 as the cleaning
Profession and Sr Philomene's 60th anniversary
Bev has worked at the school for 20 years as a member of the science
Happy feast day to all, from the Sisters faculty. She said: “I value the friendship of so many of my past students.
I am always interested in what they are doing and if anyone wishes to
Sr Madeleine Fox
contact me in my retirement I would love to hear from you. My email is
Newtown Convent Community Leader firstname.lastname@example.org.”
New babies Farewell:
Congratulations to Phil and Loretta Wayth on their appointment to the
Melody Joy Campbell-Gordon teaching staff at the International School in Luxemburg - an IB school.
24 December 2005 Phil has been a member of the teaching staff at Sacred Heart since 1991
and was latterly responsible for timetabling.
Lachlan Thomas Elevato Linehan
27 September 2005
Abby Lea Cookson The College community celebrated the wedding of two popular members of
1 November 2005 the teaching staff when Lea DeWaard and Heath Selleck, were married in
the Chapel in April. Lea teaches psychology and biological science and
Noah James Poirier Heath teaches art, RE, graphic communication, studio art and photography.
1 October 2005
Jamieson Casey Renkauskas
1 May 2006
Aaron Paul Malley
17 May 2005
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Return of the eagle
With the spotlight now on the construction of the new performing arts centre and
school of music, attention is also turning to the Aphrasia Street façade of the
College and the wrought iron entrance gates.
The gates, which were a gift from the Old Collegians’ Association for the school’s
centenary in 1960, will be renovated and restored in time for the opening of the
new centre next year.
However a mystery surrounds the gates. Several members of the Old Collegians’
Association believe that when they were first installed an eagle, part of the school’s
emblem, was attached to the gates.
Judging by the welds and rivet holes on the wreath, which is part of the emblem it
would appear that the eagle has ‘flown’ and a 1982 photograph of the gates shows
that it has been missing for at least 25 years.
It is hoped that when the gates are restored the eagle can be replaced. Unfortunately
the school does not have a photograph of the gates showing the original eagle. If
anyone has such a photograph we would be grateful to get a copy for our archives so
that the new eagle will match the original.
Photographs are an invaluable part of the school archives and we welcome
donations from former students. Last year following the Old Boys’ Reunion several
photographs were added to the collection and have provided a record of this
important part of the school’s history.
Hundreds of photographs were given to the archives by former boarders who took
part in the first boarders’ reunion in May. Other items donated by the boarders
included pieces of uniform from the 1950s, badges, medals, trophies and
One of the most interesting additions to the archives, presented during the reunion
weekend, was the Jeopardy Cup kindly donated by former student Bernadette
Renwick (Stokes). Bernadette was awarded the cup, pictured page three, for winning
‘Jeopardy’ a national television quiz for school students in 1970.
I encourage anyone with photographs to consider either donating the original
photographs or allowing us to copy and return your images. Most of the images are
small informal "box brownie" photographs, some measure just 80mm x 50mm.
These images are just as important to the collection as the large formal
All photographs and other items of memorabilia donated to the school will be
cherished and preserved for future generations. Many items will feature in displays
which are placed in Reception and other areas around the College. In the future,
some will form part of a permanent archives display to be housed in the upper floor
of the former Convent in space made available when the music school moves to its
new home following the completion of the performing arts centre.
03 5222 0416
2006 is an important milestone for Sacred Heart College. This year Mercy schools
around the world are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy and the
contribution Catherine McAuley, the order’s foundress, has made to Catholic
Those who knew her best say that she loved each student, found joy in the presence of
young people and celebrated their development.
I think Catherine would be proud of what has been achieved at Sacred Heart College,
but I think she would be equally proud of the contribution that the former students
make to the school and our role as a bridge between one generation and the next.
As I come towards the end of my two-year term as president of the Old Collegians’
Association I am delighted with the direction the association is taking. In the last two
years we have had a 25 percent increase in membership and celebrated many reunions
which have given former students an opportunity to return to the school and renew old
friendships. Boys of Sacred Heart, who were students in the junior school, met for the
first time, as did the boarders, and many former students took part in year level
The boys are back: reunions. Our annual reunion in November provided a wonderful opportunity for
former students of all years to return to the school.
Top, former students of the junior school, from
left, Brian Dummett, Brian Brushfield, Richard One of our tasks is to try to keep in touch with former students and provide them with
Perry and Des Podbury pictured at the first boys opportunities to stay in contact with each other and the College. Over the last two years
of Sacred Heart reunion. we have been developing an electronic database of students who attended the school
and this will be an on-going task. We have students all over the world working in many
The Event: professional areas. There is a group of former students living in London, another in
Above, Old Collegian Annice Lappin pictured the United States and our Queensland Old Collegians are keen to form a chapter. The
with her brother Commonwealth Games Colac group celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the Melbourne group again
distance runner Louis Rowan and Cameron
held its annual gathering.
Healy at "The Event" hosted by the Association
at Kirrewur Court, Newtown. If the growth of the Association continues at the current rate we will have more than
3000 members by the school’s sesquicentenary in 2010 and half will be under 30 years
Cameron, Accreditation Coordinator for the
of age. It is wonderful to see the paths that the former students have taken and the
2006 Commonwealth Games, gave the after
contribution that they are making not only in professional and community areas but
dinner address and spoke about his "job of a
lifetime" and the challenges of providing
also as wives and mothers.
accreditation for the Queen, hundreds of The Old Collegians’ Association is an important part of the school community and the
athletes, thousands of volunteers and an future of the Association is too important to leave to chance. This year we have been
assortment of mascots during the
involved in a strategic and financial planning exercise to chart our future direction. We
clearly have many talented and committed members ready to make a contribution to
the Association and the role we can play in supporting our school. I think the current
Chapel wedding: committee and all members can feel confident that the future of the Association will
Pictured right, after their wedding in the Sacred be in good hands.
Heart College Chapel, are Old Collegian
Lorraine McGrath and her husband Gerald
I would like to thank the committee for
Fitzpatrick. Lorraine (Roche) said she had their help and support over the past year
dreamed of being married in the Chapel since and the College Leadership Team for
her schooldays in the 1940s. providing opportunities for former
students to share the life of the school. As
we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart
I think we can all count ourselves
fortunate to be part of this wonderful
Bernice McGann (Love)
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For more than a century Sacred Heart College was highlight. We saw the nuns’ cells, their
a boarding school as well as being a day school. In recreation room and the organ gallery. The
May, 100 former boarders returned for a weekend boarders’ chapel, where we remembered daily
of memories, non-stop talking and lots of fun Mass, visits, Litany, Benediction, brides’
reliving their years at the College. Marita Fitzpatrick consecration to Our Lady, is now the Religious
shares the joys of the school’s first boarders’ Education Centre.
reunion: The school extended an invitation to sleep over
"As we drove down Retreat Road we noticed the if we wished and after dinner on Saturday
familiar gates are now closed, the tower can barely evening 18 former boarders slept on the lower
be seen for the trees, the hedge has gone, windows balcony. But it was a totally different experience Old habits:
enclose the balconies where we slept, but the from our school days. The balconies where we To give former boarders a special
entrance is still the same and the Grotto, scene of slept in the open air now have glass windows welcome back for their first ever
and lockers replace the beds. Some drank reunion Sr Madeleine pulled one
many photos, is still there.
champagne to celebrate the occasion, everyone of the traditional Sisters’ habits out
Fashionable outfits replaced the hats, gloves, of mothballs and wore it to greet
talked and there were only a few hours sleep.
blazers, tunics and lisle stockings as we entered the the visitors. She is pictured, above,
We understand now why there was silence in the with the Carew sisters who along
front door where we were greeted by a nun – Sr
dormitories and on the balcony from 8.30pm to with their mother and aunt were
Madeleine – who wore the well-known habit of the
8am! boarders at the school. The sisters
Mercy Sisters for the occasion. One girl even wore are, from left, Claire McGannon,
her school hat! On Sunday, Monsignor James Murray celebrated Carmel Dingemans, Mary Stoddart
Mass in the Chapel and College Principal Mr and Shirley Murphy.
A roll call revealed we had come from Queensland,
Jeffrey Burn and Old Collegians’ Assoication
New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Darwin Claire recently hosted the 25th
President Mrs Bernice McGann welcomed
anniversary lunch of the Colac
and New Zealand. There were mothers and everyone back to the school. We remembered group at her home which was
daughters, sisters, cousins, twins, nuns who had deceased Sisters and boarders and sang some attended by many of the former
looked after the boarders, who taught us and who of the familiar hymns from our past. students whose families lived in
had been our classmates. the Western District and sent their
At the end of the weekend everyone left daughters to the College.
We had boarders from the 30s through to 1975, determined that our first boarders reunion will
the last year of boarders. Photographic displays Carmel received a special honour
not be our last. We are indebted to the SHOCA
this year when she was awarded an
and memorabilia in the Sacred Heart Cloister committee member Margaret Purcell for
honorary life membership of the
brought our memories to life. Letters from those suggesting the reunion and pursuing her dream National Council for Women in
unable to attend spoke of their experiences and of so enthusiastically. appreciation of her contribution on
the Sisters who taught them. Hats, prefects’ behalf of the Old Collegians’
We thank all the boarders who shared their
badges, a form prefect’s blazer and a prefect’s Association. Carmel was invited to
memories and for the school and Old represent the OCA on the Council
pocket were shown with pride.
Collegians’ Committee for making the weekend by former president, the late
The Year 12 students, who led tours of the College, possible." Miss Lille Sheridan.
were amazed to hear that current classrooms were
dormitories, the staff room was two classrooms, the Footy fans:
Former boarders from the 70s pictured below,
staff work area was the senior refectory and the with Sr Madeleine Fox, centre, who was in charge Leon Brown, second left, enjoyed a
principal’s office was St Cecilia’s Parlour. To visit of boarders and Sr Patsy Burke, far right, who boarders’ day out at the football
with sisters Clare, Mary and
areas that were out of bounds to boarders was a taught at the school.
Marge. The picture above was
taken by the Melbourne Herald
before the match at Victoria Park
and had appeared in the
newspaper by the time the girls
arrived back at the College - where
Leon received a severe reprimand
for not wearing her full uniform!
Appeal committee Performing arts centre
A committee has been formed to lead our capital appeal Sacred Heart College has a well-deserved reputation for excellence
and fundraising program and members represent the in the performing arts. However, the strength of our teaching
groups that make up the College community. program and the achievements of our students are not matched by
Mr Frank Costa is our appeal patron. Mr Costa is a former the quality of our facilities.
pupil of the school and attended the junior school under This year we plan to redress the balance.
Sr Celestine’s tutelage from the age of three. His eight
Performing arts will be a major focus of activity over the next
daughters have all attended the school and he was a
18 months. Work has begun on our new $7.3million performing arts
former chair of College Council.
centre, we have established a new Performing Arts School and in
The membership of the Appeal Committee includes:
2007 Sacred Heart will be one of the few schools in Australia to
have a Talented and Gifted Program for students who excel in
Ms Gillian Costa (chair) music, dance and drama.
Costa Family Foundation representative,
Our new performing arts centre is the largest and most ambitious
Old Collegian and current parent
building project to be undertaken at the College since our foundress
Mr Michael O’Brien Mother Xavier Maguire built the school’s beautiful bluestone
Past parent, CEO of G-Force Recruitment quadrangle and Chapel in the 1860s.
and Director of United Way’s 2004 appeal The new development will be an icon building for Sacred Heart and
will transform the Aphrasia Street aspect of the College. We will
Sr Madeleine Fox
retain important features such as the entry gates and our architects
Newtown Convent Community Leader, Sisters of Mercy
have designed the facility to complement our historic buildings.
representative, Member of College Council and former
staff member To make way for the new centre McAuley Hall and two classrooms
adjoining the main school buildings have been demolished. The
Mrs Gael Perry building project is now well underway and it is planned that the new
Secretary of the Old Collegians’ Association, former Chair centre will be completed in April 2007.
of Colac Hospital Board, member of Kalkee Community
The two-storey centre will include a new 588-seat auditorium, a
Appeal Committee and the Multi Cultural Hostel Board
school of music, a galleria, tutorial rooms, practice and
Mrs Anne Mathieson performance spaces. As well as being a focus for performing arts at
Chair of College Council, Old Collegians’ Association the school it will also provide a much-needed teaching space. The
member, current parent and, senior manager with new auditorium will have retractable seating and will be used by the
Coles Myer whole school community as an events venue.
Mr Jeffrey Burn We also intend, in a managed way, to make the centre available to
local Catholic primary schools and other groups that do not have
College Principal and the College’s
the resources to access a venue of this size or quality. Our intention
first lay principal, former parent
is not to compete with commercial venues but to share our
Ms Anna Negro resources with our community.
Deputy Principal, staff representative To acknowledge the outstanding support that Mr Frank Costa and
and Old Collegians’ Association his family have given to Sacred Heart over many years, the new
centre will be named the Costa Centre for the Performing Arts. The
Mrs Kath Walsh school of music will be called the Sr Raphael School of Music in
honour of the late Sr M Raphael Sheehan who taught music at the
College Development Manager.
school for 34 years. The generosity of former student Mrs Joan
Cameron and her husband Wallace has ensured that the school of
music can be included in the new centre. The support of Mrs
Heather Austin and her family will allow the project to proceed in its
entirety. The new auditorium will retain the name McAuley Hall to
honour Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy,
and to maintain links with our heritage.
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Financing the dream How you can help
Financing our new performing arts centre is a major Make a tax deductible donation of any
commitment for the school and the support of our whole amount to the performing arts centre appeal
community will be critically important.
We do not intend to raise fees to finance the project as this Name a seat in the new auditorium
would be contrary to the values of the Sisters of Mercy which is Naming a seat in the new McAuley Hall involves a tax
to ensure that fees are affordable to families from all walks of deductible donation of $500 which can be made as single
life. Instead we hope to finance the development through other gift or in two instalments. For more information please contact
means. Kath Walsh, Development Manager, 03 5222 0459
or email email@example.com
We have taken out a $5.5million low interest loan which we will
repay over 15 years. We are contributing $300 000 from the
school building fund and we have set ourselves the target of To make a donation please complete the
raising $1.5million towards the new centre. form overleaf and return to:
This is the first major capital appeal to be conducted by the Performing Arts Centre Appeal
school and was launched at a special ‘Night to Remember’
Sacred Heart College
dinner and auction in October last year. There has already been
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school is indebted to some very generous individuals, families NEWTOWN VIC 3220
and organisations which have pledged more than $920 000 (no stamp required)
towards the building program.
But we still have a long way to go and we need to raise an
additional $580 000 to help fund our new centre. To help make
our dreams a reality we are seeking the financial support from
members of our community who share our vision for the future
of the College.
Our families, former students and friends can help by making a
tax deductible donation of any amount to the project or naming
a seat in the new auditorium.
Chairperson of the Performing Arts Centre
Capital Appeal Committee
all gifts are welcome
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and every gift will
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YES. I/We would like to make a donation of ?................
to help Sacred Heart College to build a new performing
arts centre and school of music.
I/We would like to name a seat in the new auditorium
I/We would like to make a single tax deductible
donation of $500
I/We would like to make two annual tax-deductible
donations of $250
Please find enclosed a cheque for $....................... payable to
Sacred Heart College. (If payment is in two instalments we will
send you a reminder when the second instalment is due.)
Please deduct $........................ from my
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Expiry date ......../ ...... Signature ..................................
Name on card.......................................... Date ............
(If payment is in two instalments we will deduct the second
instalment 12 months after the first payment.)
Please name the seat or acknowledge my gift as follows:
(i.e. Mary Kelly (Class of 1999), Frank Kelly, The Kelly family,
Mr & Mrs F Kelly).
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& family Stephanie Witcombe
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Compensation Services Whelan family
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Melbourne John Fitzgerald Our thanks to the In addition we would like to thank our parents for
following families who Russell Briers
Bannockburn Cellars their contributions to the School Building Fund and
John Gill Butcher have contributed in 2006 Butler family the School Development Fund and the individuals
Barbara Barry Helen Jordan to the Sr Marita O’Connell and organisations who have made gifts to the
Scholarship fund Jeff Burn & family
Barwon Cleaning school but wish to remain anonymous.
Supplies Adamovic family Joan & Wallace Cameron
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