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A priest in the Andes
annointing the sick
More than 1700 current and former
students, staff, family and friends
from Sacred Heart College senior
and middle school campuses came
together last month to celebrate
the Feast of the Sacred Heart at the
State Netball Centre, Mile End.
The celebration also marked the
recent amalgamation of the senior
and middle schools to form Sacred
Heart College. Principal Steve
Byrne said it was a “momentous
occasion” for the SHC community.
Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley
celebrated the Eucharist, with local
parish priests Mgr Ian Dempsey and
Fr John Shanahan concelebrating.
Bishop Hurley reflected on his time
as a boarder and the founding
beliefs and values which remain
important in his life. In particular,
he touched on two key themes:
the special nature of the Marist
family which continues with him
throughout his life and insights to
the power and capabilities of young
people to change the world for the
In keeping with tradition the
celebration concluded with a
communal rendition of the 'Sub
Tuum' – an ancient prayer to
Mary imploring her protection and
Sharing blues can change its hue
Seventeen-year-old Darcy Nitschke has helped
spearhead a mental health awareness campaign
at Rostrevor College in the hope of raising much
more than $1800.
“I really think it’s about raising awareness among
boys more than anything,” said Darcy, one of 15
prefects involved in coordinating the campaign.
Darcy (pictured) said his main aim was to inform
boys about depression and anxiety and help
reduce the stigma and silent fear associated with
“I definitely feel that stereotypes around mental
illness definitely prohibit people, especially boys,
from reaching out for help,” he said.
“I’ve had my own experiences of mental health
and people around me have had their own
experiences and I know how debilitating it can be
and so I feel passionate about making a change.”
Darcy prepared a presentation shown at House
gatherings during the College’s Blue Week, held
from June 9 to 12. He included statistics such as:
one in five people are experiencing mental health;
men are at greatest risk of developing mental
health problems; and less than a third of men
with mental health problems seek help.
The presentation, heard by every student from
Year 7 to 12, also listed ways students could
access help through the school and other
Principal Simon Dash said research showed one
in four students in secondary schools suffered a
mental health issue at any one time, and one in
seven in primary schools. “So we have to try to
open up the dialogue and the space for boys to
feel free and safe to speak up,” said Mr Dash. He
commended the prefects for their initiative.
During Blue Week students wore blue for a gold
coin donation, ate blue fairy floss and participated
in events, including a BBQ lunch and a netball
match against Loreto College. Money raised went
to Beyond Blue.
“I hope students understand that if they talk
about it they will feel better; and that they can
reach out and not be scared because they are not
alone,” said Darcy.
Anyone needing help can contact Lifeline on
13 11 14 or the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Much-loved Joey Sister Joan Barry
rsj returned to St Joseph’s School
Port Lincoln recently to witness the
naming of a new outdoor learning
space in her honour.
Members of the Barry family
gathered with invited guests, staff
and students for the opening and
blessing. From 1993 Sr Joan spent
19 years at St Joseph’s, providing
“wise guidance and genuine Mary
MacKillop spirit”, she said.
Deputy Principal Karen Browne said
Sr Joan was still known by many
students and warmly welcomed
back each time she visited.
“With her friendliness, her passion
for learning, her enduring interest in
Catholic education and her sense
of fun endearing her to all, she
demonstrates what is important
about being a part of a Josephite
Karen said the move to develop
a purpose built outdoor learning
space as an extension to junior
primary classrooms reflected the
importance of active learning
through play and discovery.
Sr Joan thanked the school
community for inviting her to the
opening of the Sr Joan Barry rsj
Outdoor Learning Space, saying
she felt honoured and privileged.
“The junior primary students and
those who come after you are
fortunate to have this facility to
complement your education. I am
sure that St Mary MacKillop, who
opened this school in 1876, is
smiling on you as you use this area
and on the whole school.”
A mosaic cross donated by
the Pejic family was blessed
by Fr Steve Ardill and Fr Julius
Third generation SHC student Patrick Kitschke gives a reflection at the
Mass last month.
Photo: Festival City Photographers
YOUNG AT HEART: Sr Joan with students (L-R back) Jesse Milton,
Dana Hurrell, Wilson McShane, Tessa Rusden, (front) Isobel Shepherd,
Sophie Rerich and Lukas Walmsley in the new play area.
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