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As most Catholic schools in South Australia prepare
for the transition of Year 7 into secondary settings
from 2019, one college on the Eyre Peninsula has
already embraced the change.
At the start of the 2017 school year, 59 students
began their Year 7 studies at the Saint John’s secondary
campus of Samaritan College in Whyalla. The students
moved from the college’s two primary campuses
at St Teresa’s and Our Lady Help of Christians, and
according to principal Damien Judd have made a
smooth transition into their new surroundings.
Existing classroom facilities in Samaritan Hall have
been used to accommodate the Year 7s, with specialist
facilities such as the science laboratories, commercial
kitchen, gymnasium, art, music and technical studies
rooms already in place. However, the school identified
a need for the new students to have their own dedicated
outdoor area. This area, which includes undercover
seating, garden beds and a basketball area, was blessed
by Whyalla parish priest Father Jim Monaghan in late
May and is now being put to good use by the students.
According to Mr Judd, the Year 7s have merged
seamlessly into the secondary school’s events,
including sports day and patrons day, and although
they are on the secondary campus they remain eligible
for selection in SAPSASA sports teams.
The transition of Year 7 into the secondary campus
began in mid-2016, with principal’s tours, information
nights and the then Year 6 students attending an
orientation afternoon and immersion day.
Meanwhile, Gleeson College at Golden Grove
will next year become the first Catholic school in
the Adelaide Archdiocese to transition Year 7 into a
Principal Andrew Baker said the college had been
“overwhelmed” with the response from the community
and there were currently 66 Year 7s enrolled for 2018.
Past and present meet at
new SHC sports centre
HONOURED: Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Graham Spurling, Jim Whiting, Sergio Melta and Rob Chapman. Below: Middle
School students, from left, Oliver Martin, Nicholas Brooks, Cael Mulholland, Jed Ffrench and Maxwell Underwood outside the
new sports centre.
Teacher Matt Thursby helps Year 7 student
Kayne Elliot-Flanegan with a tech studies
Year 7s enjoying move
to secondary campus
Two archbishops, a horse racing legend, an AFL champion, an
Australian spin bowler, a Socceroo, a Davis Cup tennis player, an
award-winning mathematician, a comedian and a musical entrepreneur
are among 21 Sacred Heart College old scholars recognised in a Hall
of Fame established in the college’s new multi-million dollar sports
The Hall of Fame was launched at the opening and blessing of the
Brother Joseph McAteer Centre by Archbishop Wilson last month.
Overlooking the iconic War Memorial Oval at Somerton Park,
the $8.4 million sports centre includes a multi-purpose gymnasium,
conference room, health and PE classrooms, sports change rooms and
The gymnasium can be configured to seat 1700 people and was at
capacity for the opening Mass which was attended by all students
from the senior and middle campuses as well as representatives of
Marymount College, which will become part of Sacred Heart College
Archbishop Wilson celebrated Mass and gave a blessing to 12
members (or their family representatives) of the newly-created Hall
of Fame. The plaque for the new centre was unveiled by Brother
Built by Badge Constructions, the development was completed in
January and followed the demolition of the old gym and grandstand
The Hall of Fame honours former students who have achieved
outstanding success in their chosen endeavour or profession.
On display at any one time will be 21 names of distinguished
alumni, with other old scholars being chosen for display over time.
As they are added, a selected number will be removed and added to a
permanent honour board.
The inaugural inductees are: Albert Hannan, Robert Stigwood,
Shaun Micallef, Bernard Wadsworth, Leon Simon, Lawrie Smart,
Archbishop Gleeson, Archbishop Faulkner, Bart Cummings, David
Sincock, John Fitzgerald, Matthew Pavlich, Dean Wills, Graham
Spurling, Rob Chapman, Jim Whiting, Rob Kerin, Bill Denny, Philip
Kennedy, John Willis and Sergio Melta.
CONFIRMED: Students from St
Joseph’s Primary School Payneham
received the sacrament of
confirmation during Catholic Education
Week. APRIM Ingrid Douventzidis said
the confirmation ceremony, which was
celebrated by the Vicar General Fr
Philip Marshall, on Thursday May 18,
was full of excitement and anticipation.
“Celebrating this sacrament
highlighted the sense of community
and support and the expression of
individual gifts in different ways,” she
said. Nine-year-old Sienna said being
confirmed made her realise “how
much I am part of God’s family”. Mia
Perris (pictured with her family and Fr
Marshall) said: “A very special part for
me was the laying of the hands and the
special blessing for my family.”
Kyla Smith and Annika Enbom are members of
the Year 7 band.
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