Home' The Southern Cross : February 2016 Contents The focus of this
workshop is the
initiation of unbaptised
children of catechetical
age who wish to
become members of
the Catholic Church.
WORKSHOP ON INITIATION OF
UNBAPTISED SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
Presented by the Family and Parish Based
Catechesis Office and the Office for Worship
For Priests, Pastoral Associates, APRIMS,
RECs, Catechists, Sacrament Coordinators
THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY
1.00 PM —4.30 PM
Room S1, Adelaide College
of Divinity Campus
34 Lipsett Tce, Brooklyn Park
RSVP TO LYN
AT THE OFFICE FOR WORSHIP
BY MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY
The workshop will address
current questions or
concerns, outline the process
to be used in relation to
the RCIA, identify guiding
principles for initiating
unbaptised children and look
at important implications for
parishes and schools.
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BUBBLING WITH SUCCESS: St Francis de Sales College, in Mt
Barker, has been highly successful in the Australian National Titration
Competition with students Jasmine Hobbs, Jessica Sachse and
Melanie Vande Veerdonk not only nabbing gold awards in the national
final but as a team, coming eighth out of 162. The college entered
six teams in the event held last year. Two teams qualified for the
State final held at the University of South Australia. The Titration
Competition involves teams across Australia completing a chemical
procedure. They are judged on the accuracy with which each member
determines the amount of substance present in an unknown sample.
2015 was a big year for Sacred Heart
College Year 12 student Dre Ngatokorua,
beginning with being selected as the first
Indigenous college captain and ending
with him successfully completing his
South Australian Certificate of Education.
Dre is one of a number of Aboriginal
students who boarded at Sacred Heart
College last year while completing Year 12.
He is a young man of Wankangurru,
Adynamathanha, Luritja and Maori descent
who grew up Davenport Community, a
small Aboriginal community 306km north
of Adelaide. His family now resides in Port
Sacred Heart College principal Steve
Byrne said Dre had taken his position of
school captain very seriously and had
worked hard to educate the school in
terms of reconciliation.
This included the erection of a flag
pole that flies the Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander flags, and an inaugural
reconciliation football match between
Sacred Heart and Westminster College
which was played on June 1, 2015.
A passionate Fremantle Dockers AFL
fan, Dre was able to visit the change
room and meet the team, including fellow
Sacred Heart boy Matthew Pavlich, in the
Indigenous round earlier in the year.
Mr Byrne said Dre's experiences at school
had been diverse.
He completed a Certificate III in Music as
part of his SACE, studied Year 12 Drama
and performed in the biennial school
musical last year and was also a member
of the inaugural Stage 1 dance class.
He was part of the "Remar" program – a
Marist Youth Ministry program – for three
“We are very proud of Dre and are sure
he will do well this year when he moves
to Melbourne to study architecture at
the University of Melbourne’s Newman
College,” he said.
Mr Byrne said connections with the
Davenport Community and Carlton School
in Port Augusta were initially made through
the Remar program in 2011 and since that
time the school had enrolled a number of
Indigenous students from the region.
Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies was offered
at Sacred Heart for the first time in 2015,
with Dre being one of the six students
undertaking the subject. All of the students
in the class were Indigenous boarders with
strong connections with the Port Augusta
Dre said he wanted to be a role model for
his community in Port Augusta, “helping
kids from Aboriginal communities strive to
be the best they can be in their schooling”.
He said being the first Aboriginal school
captain at Sacred Heart College was “one
of my proudest moments during my senior
After the Year 12 results were released in
late December, the following Facebook
post appeared: Congratulations to our
legendary Hearts Indigenous Students
and their mentor, Robyn Sutherland. All
achieved their SACE with outstanding
results, including a few A grades thrown in
PROUD GRADUATES: SHC Indigenous students, from left: Liam Stuart, Aziel Stuart, Jaleel Stuart, Leona Fatt-Clifton, Dre
Ngatokorua and Dakota-Marie Newchurch.
Leading the way for Indigenous students
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