Home' The Southern Cross : February 2017 Contents The last week in January is often super
charged in households across the state.
It heralds for many the return to school,
leaving behind those lazy and delightful
days of summer holidays: no more sleep-
ins and late nights.
Many children will be starting school for
the first time and feeling excited, nervous
and curious, perhaps all within the same
moment! Principals, teachers and other
staff members will have already been
at our 103 Catholic schools preparing
for the first weeks. For parents who are
bringing their child to the school for the
first time, the awareness that they are
handing over their greatest achievement
and joy into the care of others becomes
apparent. The air will be potent with
excitement, concern and promise!
I have a message for the mums and
dads who will bring or send along their
child to one of our Catholic schools. The
Catholic educational sector in South
Australia shares a common view on all
of the children in its care: Every child
matters! This means that your child’s
school community has a responsibility
to create a partnership with you focused
on the wellbeing of your child. When
I visit schools or talk to parents, I
hear stories of deep and meaningful
ways of engagement between parents
and our school communities. This is
foundational in ensuring success for
each child. It is also a critical component
in the development of a good school.
I encourage our school communities
and parents to continue to develop this
partnership, even in the more difficult
times. Our schools are good places!
It seems that we have only just finished
celebrating the outcomes for our 2016
Year 12 young people, where entire
school communities have been able to
proclaim that all students achieved their
SACE. Now another year starts where the
next cohort of young people will engage
with the exciting opportunities for learning
what their SACE studies offer, including
vocational learning. Parents of students
in Catholic schools can have a high level
of confidence that their individual young
person will be well prepared for the final
year of schooling, further study or work.
At the heart of Catholic Education is
the opportunity for every student, staff
and community member to engage
with the Catholic tradition, in learning
or experience, systems and structures.
These experiences further shape and
prepare our children and young people
for full and purposeful lives. Our schools
are places where care for every child and
young person is the beginning point for
Recently, we asked some of our children
from the early years of schooling to reflect
on their first days at school and to offer
some words of advice to others. Emmett.
Ava, Anthony, Eliza, Liana, Stelios, Dhruv
and Jessica show a wisdom beyond their
years in relation to new adventures. I
encourage you to visit our website where
you can find a series of resources for your
family and to listen to what they have to
Blessings to all who belong to Catholic
Education in South Australia.
BACK TO SCHOOL
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About 48,000 students have enrolled in Catholic
schools this year, including 3500 reception
students and 3900 young people who started
Year 8. Their education journey will be supported
by more than 6000 staff from Catholic Education
South Australia. As part of our Back to School
feature CESA Director Helen O’Brien shares her
thoughts on this pivotal moment for families.
Sacred Heart College
Middle School Percy Ave, Mitchell Park T: 8276 7877 (Boys Years 6 - 9)
Senior School Brighton Rd, Somerton Park T: 8350 2500 (Co-educational Years 10 - 12)
Boarding House Brighton Rd, Somerton Park T: 8350 2500 (Girls and Boys Years 7 - 12)
Middle School Tours 2017
Tuesday 28 February, 9.15am
Thursday 23 March, 4.00pm
Thursday 18 May, 9.15am
Senior School Tours 2017
Wednesday 15 March, 9.00am
Thursday 25 May, 9.00am
Educating in a spirit of audacity and hope.
CHILD’S PLAY: The return to school was highly anticipated by Loreto College
students Leja Rajcic (front), Phoebe Smith (yellow hoop), Victoria Binns (blue hoop)
and Imogen Smith (rock wall) who were keen to try out the revitalised play area in
the junior school. Made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Parents &
Friends Association, the quadrangle redevelopment is providing students with an
exciting new play and learning space that includes gardens and timber seating areas.
Features include rock climbing walls, a large running/scooter track and cubby house.
The development was officially opened with a blessing by Father Paul Mullins SJ on
November 28 last year.
Photo: Nat Rogers
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