Our Provincial Sr Lynette, Toohey RSCJ, Principals, Board Chairs and staff from Baradene College (New Zealand), Kincoppal - Rose Bay (Sydney), Sacré Cœur and Stuartholme (Brisbane) spent a very engaging day unpacking what it is to raise culturally competent global citizens in Sacred Heart Schools.
The students have been engaged in finishing and presenting their works, working with an artist in residence to create a collaborative mural, playing with new technologies, and being involved in a film festival!
Recently Joigny students Allegra R and Kaylene T attended Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O'Dwyer's morning tea and were announced as finalists of the Higgins Anzac Poetry Competition.
Allegra also received a Highly Commended Award for her piece.
This year the school has re-introduced, after a five year hiatus, the Australian and New Zealand Network (ANZNET) student exchange program, starting this week with visiting Stuartholme. From Year 8 Madeleine D, Jessica H, Kira D and Lily C and from Year 9 Kallista S and Jasmine P.
This term’s whole school social justice initiative will be supporting a local project called the Malvern Emergency Food program (MEFP), a voluntary non-government organisation. This program provides over 1000 emergency food parcels to members of the local Malvern community in times of crisis.
On Monday 8 May an external presenter who has worked with us over the last two years, Bill Jennings, ran another successful Year 8 Mother and Daughter Evening. There were approximately 80 mothers and daughters; the evening holds real significance for those who participate.
Thank you to the staff who gave of their time on Saturday to supervise our students at the Maytime Fair. Despite the inclement weather, the girls raised almost $900.00 through their snow cone venture. We also had Year 12 students and a Year 11 and 10 student performing on the Quad Stage at Xavier- our performers were very well received!
It is always lovely to welcome students from our sister schools. Katie, from Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Massachusetts, was asked about her highlights and surprises in Australia so far...
Olivia's work is on display at the NGV Ian Potter, there’s an interview with her and images of her processes in the arts studios playing on screens as well.
Her work and interview is also on their website.
David’s and his partner have returned to Melbourne for two weeks of their Spring vacation, having lived here about five years ago. David is a French and Humanities teacher and spent the day observing classes during his day at Sacré Cœur.
On Friday 17 March, Joigny students joined with schools throughout Australia to mark the seventh National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Students from Prep to Year 5 shared their ideas for how to take a stand together against bullying by speaking at assembly and creating Bullying, No Way! posters.
The always dazzling Visual Arts Display at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne, is a long-established highlight of the Arts Education calendar. The following students had their work displayed, for their work created in 2016:
"Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity". Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
On Monday 1 May, Sacré Cœur will host the annual Foundation Golf Day at the Commonwealth Golf Club. Bookings are now open so follow the links to register your attendance. Sponsors are still being sought, so if you would like to be involved please let Marian Andrews know!
Recently, Gymnastics Victoria held its Family Ball and Awards Night at San Remo Ballroom in Carlton to acknowledge the achievements of 2016. Part of this ‘Honour Roll’ was Year 10 student, Emma Ward who was presented with the All Aerobic Gymnastics Level 6-7 Aerobic Gymnast of the Year Award. Emma has been involved in Aerobic Gymnastics for many years and continues to perform to exceptionally high standards. She does so, with a minimum of fuss and fanfare.
We're looking for speakers for our Sacré Cœur Careers Day on 24 May 2017 from 12.30-3pm. If you are working or you've graduated in the last 10-15 years or so in any of these fields, and would like to be involved, we'd love to hear from you!
Year 10 students, parents and staff gathered together in the Kirby Centre to celebrate the 2017 International Women's Day theme Be Bold for Change. Everyone present was deeply moved by powerful speeches from Kezia Sanders (Year 10), Beryl McMillan, OAM (staff member) and Sangita Iyer (alumna 2014).
The GSV Swimming and Diving Squads competed in their Preliminary Meet last Friday at MSAC. Our Divers finished in second place which most likely qualified them for the GSV Division 1 Championship. Our Swimmers finished in third place which likely placed them in the GSV Division 2 Championship. We are thrilled to announce that GSV has officially confirmed by both our teams have made it into the Championships!
Secondary staff and parents gathered to celebrate the outstanding VCE results with the Year 12 Class of 2016. It was a pleasure to welcome back our Dux, Claudia Thomas, the students who performed at the highest level of each 3/4 Study and the students who had their work shortlisted for Top Arts, Top Design and Top Acts. Olivia Fagan’s work has been selected to be exhibited in VCE Top Arts for 2016. We congratulate the entire Year 12 Class of 2016 for all they achieved. Their VCE results were outstanding, but most importantly, we also recognise and pay tribute to the young women they have become. Their years at Sacré Cœur have helped shape their head and their heart.
All Olivia's work this year and her folio will now be examined by a panel of judges to see if it will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria. Out of around 3000 entries in the state, approx 100 Art/ Studio Arts students are shortlisted. This is a wonderful achievement for Olivia, congratulations!
Caroline will get to experience the authenticity of simulated space missions and will launch into mission training to learn methods for delivering the excitement of space exploration in the classroom. The week long program includes authentic astronaut training simulators and activities developed to promote learning in a classroom setting. Curriculum includes NASA content and is correlated to the National Science Education Standards. Trainees in Space Academy for Educators earn 45 hours of continuing education credit and educators get access to their own website with lesson plans, standards and tips needed to adapt many of the workshop activities to individual class environments. Congratulations Caroline on this outstanding achievement!
All Claire's work this year and her folio will now be examined by a panel of judges to see if it will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria. Out of around 3000 entries in the state, approx 100 Art/ Studio Arts students are shortlisted. This is a wonderful achievement for Claire. Examples of Claire's work can be viewed within this article.
All her work this year and her folio will now be examined by a panel of judges to see if it will be exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria. Out of around 3000 entries in the state, approximately 100 Art / Studio Arts students are shortlisted. This is a wonderful achievement for Alex. Examples of Alex's pieces are displayed within this article.
Students explored a variety of worlds and experiences using our new Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) viewers. All that was needed was a smartphone able to download some of the many freely available VR apps. The girls were able to deep sea dive, visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower, fly with birds, and whale watch as if they were really there!
Congratulations to Saskia Abel and Georgia Simpson from our Year 10 Coding class and their teacher Angie Yannopolous for the amazing achievement to be named as a finalist in the Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge.
The girls will present their game at the Education in Games Summit on Monday 7 November, after which the winners will be announced.
AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) identifies professional learning with colleagues as a direct way to engage and enhance the learning environment for students. Our languages faculty have had the opportunity to engage with colleagues from Whitefriars College, Donvale as part of a project facilitated by Julie Stewart, CEM. This project is designed around an emerging languages approach called CLIL (Content and language integrated learning). CLIL has been a very successful way of teaching languages in Europe since the 1990s and has some principles in common with language immersion.
Trent Trowel is your typical gumshoe, searching the mean streets for crimes to solve and dames to fall for. He joins some of the world’s most famous detectives at the International Police Detective Gala.
There’s Shirley Holmes, Jean-Louis-Phillippe Eustache...and Aunt Beatrice. But is this just an innocent gala? Will the world’s most dastardly villains foil them with a fiendish master plan? Will Aunt Beatrice ever get an English Muffin? Everything is not what it seems.
A fabulously funny and high styling take on film noir - it is a lighter shade of noir after all!
Once again, Sacré Cœur submitted entries into this year’s Science Talent Search Competition. This competition is run by the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria (STAV) and is open to all schools in Victoria. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Drones, Droids and Robots’. In total 18 entries from Year 7-9 were entered in the Scientific Wallcharts (Posters) section.
Throughout Term 3, the Year 11 students, as part of their Pastoral Program, have had the opportunity to think about ,discuss and workshop ideas about modern leadership. This has helped them prepare well for the exciting challenge of leading the student body as the Year 12 Class of 2017.
As part of the Leadership Unit, Year 11 students are also given an opportunity to nominate for a Blue Ribbon position. On Friday afternoon, at our final School Assembly for the students in Years 7-12, we announced our Blue Ribbon Leaders for 2016/2017. We would like to warmly congratulate the following students:
This morning the communities of Genazzano, Loreto Toorak and Sacré Cœur gathered in the MCC Dining Room at the MCG for the 14th Annual GLC Breakfast. An alumna from each school shared the story of their journey since leaving school; Dee Madigan (Loreto Toorak 1987) - Campaign Edge Advertising; our very own Libby Lyons (1979) - Workplace Gender Equality Agency; and Monique van den Boom (Genazzano 1997) - Senior Prosthetist. What a truly inspiring way to start the day!
The Sacré Cœur Science Tall Poppies team recently hosted a Joigny Science Trivia session. Each table consisted of girls from a variety of year levels. There were an array of different questions, with picture questions aimed at younger year levels and more difficult questions to allow the Years 5 and 6 students to shine.
There was a huge buzz of excitement in the Kirby Centre today when the majority of our Secondary school students gathered for the final event in PE Week, Sports Trivia. Our Head of Sport, Walter Tedde sent a reminder email...perhaps it was responsible for the high attendance?!
Recently Angeline Yannopoulos our IT Teacher and Robocup Co-ordinator presented "Engaging girls with Code" at a coding conference. She opened with this statement "when I first tried coding - a Java 101 unit in my first year of university - I hated it. It was hard, taught in a very dull and unengaging way, I felt like nothing I did worked and I hit a wall. I decided it just wasn’t for me. It was a boy’s club I couldn’t be part of. I even went so far as changing my major (from Games to Multimedia development) primarily because I wouldn’t have to take anymore “hardcore” programming subjects afterwards. Yet now I teach code and I love it." Read on to find out more.
The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia recently published a TED talk presented by Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialise young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
Our imaginative and valiant theatre students have just competed at the Inter-School Theatre Sports Challenge for the first time. We are very excited to report that our Year 8 team came 1st in the Intermediate Level!
Throughout August, the ACER Teacher magazine is exploring the theme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Today’s article shares a review of evidence-based practice for primary STEM teaching. Although decisions about future pathways are made later on in a student’s school career, teachers in the primary years have an important role to play.
Australian divers Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith have pulled off a sensational come-from-behind performance to claim 3m Synchro Olympic bronze by less than a point.
Keeney and Smith, who came to Rio as genuine medal contenders, lagged in eighth and last place after two of five rounds.
But in a show of precision the pair nailed their final dive to pip Canada for third place.
We wanted to share with everyone the success of Tegan Joiner; a Year 11 student, who has won the Salvation Army’s ‘Hidden Others’ short film competition! We also had another entry make the top three – Elizabeth Busch.
The much anticipated day has finally arrived...today was our 2016 Prep class' 100th day! Period 1 was spent decorating crowns with their parents followed by many activities centred on the number 100. At the end of the day our Preps chose a '100' activity and their Year 5 buddies helped them complete it, everything from counting colouring races to making 'a 100 Monster'. The girls will sleep well tonight!
We all know about our very own Anabelle Smith competing in the Sychronised Diving at the Rio Olympics and we have just discovered there are other athletes from our Sacred Heart Sister Schools competing too!
The 'Hidden Others: Short Film Competition' is for young people aged 12-18 years to create a short film that breaks stereotypes of and raises awareness of youth homelessness in Australia. Links to the films can be found within the article.
On the evening of 25 July, Rev Dr Elio Capra (a Salesian priest) engaged a large number of staff in a reflection upon the nature of the Year of Mercy and its practical implications. Fr Elio focused upon the centrality of the unconditional forgiveness and love of Jesus and how these manifested themselves in daily life. His insightful content coupled with an affable presentation style made it both an enjoyable and educative evening.
Having just finished packing her bags for the Olympics in Rio, alumna Anabelle Smith (2010) kindly took the time to visit Sacré Cœur to talk about her previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games experiences and share with us her excitement about qualifying for her second Olympics.
The Languages Faculty has done a fantastic job preparing a plethora of activities for staff and students to be engaged in to celebrate Languages Week. Everything from Quoits, Boules and Sumo Suit competitions, learning Origami and decorating a Tanabata Tree at the bottom of the Brown stairs to name but a few!
During Term 2 2016 The Weekly Review's Journalist, Melissa Heagney, asked Sacré Cœur to nominate a staff member and a student for the July 2016 the Me and My Mentor feature. Read further to find out why Felicity and Emma were chosen.
In Term 2, after weeks of preparation, the Years 3-6 Joigny students presented their French poetry recitals before the Alliance Franҫaise judges here at Sacré Cœur. We are delighted to announce that of the 140 Joigny students who entered the competition, 29 received scores of Brillant (Finaliste) which has them progress to finals to be held at Alliance Française de Melbourne on Sunday 24 July. The finalists include six students from Year 3, six students from Year 4, six students from Year 5 and eleven students from Year 6. We congratulate the girls on their perseverance and effort which have contributed to such outstanding results, wishing them Bonne Chance for the next stage of the competition.
Our Year 12 students, who are at a very important juncture in their lives- on the brink of completing their secondary years of schooling and in the process of developing their young adult identities experienced a most rewarding opportunity. They engaged with, were encouraged by and were inspired by our guest speaker, Joanna Kalowski.
'In Science you learn about the lungs and breathing. However, you also learn and apply this knowledge in PE/PDH, Drama and Music. The impact of air quality is studied in Geography. Furthermore, there are implications for Mathematics in measurement and statistical analysis, and English supports the skills to communicate the learning clearly and succinctly.'
David Roy, a Lecturer in Education and Creative Arts, says meaningful cross-curricular integration makes the job of teaching easier. In this week's feature article in Teacher Magazine he explores why this approach is important and how it can be implemented.
Beryl was named in the official list of recipients in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to community and to women, particularly through Zonta International. This is a big achievement especially for the work done in empowering women through Zonta International.
A week full of activities has been planned by the Humanities faculty including a daily quiz for everyone to participate in and stickers to wear to celebrate Humanities Week. On Friday there is always a sense of excitement in anticipation for the staff dress up day when there is much delight and confusion on the students' faces!
A new resource for teachers, parents and students from the Office of the Chief Scientist gives a snapshot of Australia's STEM (science, Technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce and the top occupations for STEM graduates.
As part of our ongoing global exchange program with students from several of our 150 Sacred Heart sister schools worldwide, we are looking forward to welcoming three students from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha, Nebraska and two from Reims, France this week!
Lucy Doswell, our Sacred Heart Prefect, greeted the congregation with the following words: "We gather today in the spirit of co-operation and unity. What unifies us is more than our geographical proximity or our common educational goals: We share communities based upon Christian values and principles. In today’s service we celebrate this commonality as we reflect on the theme of Jesus Christ: The Light of Hope."
Teacher, ACER's online magazine's Editor Jo Earp spoke to Associate Professor Jane Mitchell and Dr Sara Murray about a project that involved academics partnering with school leaders and staff to develop feedback strategies that promote a growth mindset in students.
A large number of Year 8 students were involved in the inaugural Mother/Daughter evening hosted by Bill Jennings of Time and Space. The purpose of the evening was to stop and acknowledge the journey a mother or significant female and daughter have taken to arrive at the present moment. The evening involved discussion groups, one-on-one time and a panel.
There has been much debate in recent years around education and the need for reform to better suit the world into which our students find themselves. All learning has always required personal attributes such as persistence and effort but now more than ever it is these strengths that our young people need as they grapple with problem style learning rather than simply content recall.
During Sacred Heart Week, the Sacré Cœur community takes the opportunity to celebrate its rich tradition of 128 years of Sacred Heart Education. The week is full of activities, events, experiences and even a student Fête! Our 2016 Sacred Heart Focus Goal of A social awareness that impels to action inspires and guides the week’s activities.
The Local Sporting Champions award and grant are given to junior elite athletes (aged between 12 and 18 years) to assist them in being able to compete at state or national level competitions, by providing financial assistance to offset the costs associated with travel, accommodation, uniforms, equipment etc.
At the same time as announcing the 2015 Great School Libraries, FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) has published a new report on the impact of school libraries and teacher librarians on student outcomes, focusing on the three areas where libraries make a unique contribution – reading, digital literacy, critical thinking and research skills.New report shows the impact of teacher librarians on student outcomes.
This year the Concerto Concert included our most accomplished students. The Concerto musical form is defined as 'a musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale'.
A recent article in The Conversation's Education section explains "What is differentiation and why is it poorly understood?" Differentiation is a long word that sounds complicated but it just means teachers plan for the children who are actually in their class, instead of designing lessons for their idea of the “average” child.
Joigny - Junior School students and Music staff held a wonderful concert for over 400 grandparents and special friends. Here is a picture of one of the many performances which were enjoyed by all. More details and photos of the afternoon will be published in next School Newsletter on 14 April 2016.
Historically we open the school year with an Assembly to introduce our Prep students and also to recognise our previous year's Year 12 high achievers. However, this year the high achievers' recognition was slightly delayed as the Dux of 2015, Elly Twomey, was overseas offering her service and support at Sophie's Farm, an RSCJ community in Northern Samar in the Philippines. Elly addressed the whole school community and some of her high achieving peers at our second assembly for the year which we wish to share with you.
In February 45 Alliance members travelled to New York City for the Global Forum on Girls' Education. It was reaffirming and exhilarating to be among the 950 delegates who gathered to learn and share on issues of girls' education. It was apparent that across the 25 countries represented at the forum that all shared common goals and faced similar challenges as we strive to transform the lives of the girls in our schools.
The National Youth Science Forum, what an experience! When people ask me what I did on the NYSF, or what it was like, I have not been able to describe the experience to its full potential. Even though it was only for two short weeks, the great number of friends I made and the remarkable experiences I shared with 200 other like-minded students exceeded all my expectations.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
On the weekend Matilda competed in the Australian Standard Distance Triathlon National Championships in Wollongong NSW. A Standard distance triathlon comprises of a 1500m swim, 40km ride and 10km run.
Matilda managed to win her age group (16-19 females), making her the National Champion which also gives her automatic qualification into the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico later this year.
Isabella received a score of 50 for Dance as a Year 11 student in 2015, and was invited to Government House on Australia Day along with other high achievers. Congratulations Isabella on your outstanding achievement!
It has been a week of celebrating our Student Leaders, starting at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy on Tuesday where our Year 6 Pink Ribbons made their promise of commitment and pledged their leadership by example. At this morning's 2016 Opening Mass the inductions of our Year 8-11 Student Leaders took place. Photographs and the newly appointed student leaders' names and positions of leadership will be shared with our community shortly. We are incredibly proud of our elected leaders and wish them every success in their roles throughout 2016.
Here's an article from this week's Newsletter from our Head of Mathematics, Caroline Brown. What do you think is the key to achieving our goals, our success? Some people suggest things like hard work, focus, persistence. But research shows these are all by products of something else — something much more powerful that we can all develop.
We are pleased to announce that Lilliana T, Olivia K and Claire M have had their literary works published in 'Oz Kids In Print'. Not only were their works chosen to be published by the Australian Children's Literary Board, they are also eligible for the '2015 Young Australian Writer's Awards'.
Recently The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia has published Why A Girls' School? containing research which shows that there are “positive effects of single-sex schooling” in Australia in relation to numeracy and literacy testing and tertiary entrance scores.
Once again, we are very proud of the achievements of our VCE students. Congratulations to our dux Eleanor (Elly) Twomey, who achieved an ATAR of 99.65 which included two study scores of 50, for Australian History and Legal Studies
Once again our community came together to share our beautiful end of year tradition, Carols in the Cathedral. Our sincere thanks to all our staff and students for their hours of rehearsing to bring us another spectacularly moving celebration.
The Joigny students have excelled in the wider community again this year and the following students were highly commended in the Kelly O’Dwyer Christmas Card Competition. They all attended a special Awards Breakfast at Cubed 10 Gallery and were awarded certificates by the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP.
Nine students from Years 7–9 who achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in the Australian Mathematics Competition were invited to participate in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO). This was a very demanding competition with ten problems to solve in four hours.
Hayley Yates (Year 10) has been accepted into the 2017 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, an academic enrichment program designed to support high-achieving students at the University of Melbourne.
Nearly 1800 applications were received from students across Victoria and adjoining border regions.
Helen Ansell and Annabelle Waldron from the Student Welfare Office ran a “Mental Health Awareness Week” on 9-13 November to coincide with the APS Psychology Week. A number of lunchtime activities were offered to students, all designed to maximise their wellbeing. There were forums held about how to cope with exam stress and increase performance, Hatha Yoga sessions, walking groups and Mindful Stress Management Practice. Staff were invited to share their favourite tip for maintaining your mental health and wellbeing in the Staff Wellbeing Super Tips competition which we thought we would share with you.
In addition to their class projects, members of the Green Team; Pearl and Joanne (Prep), Alice and Rosie (Year 1), Stephanie and Zoe B (Year 2), Pavitra and Kayleen, (Year 3), Zoe Z and Sarah (Year 4), Olivia K, Olivia P, Jorja, Elisha (Year 5), have been actively involved in environmental projects which have included developing and tending Sophie’s garden and has also assisted in the design of the newly established Prep-Year 2 nature play area.
The key message is technology is here to stay but what supports best student outcomes is all about the teaching (as it always has been I guess) and the use of technology to support great teaching. A quote from the transcript 'Technology can amplify great teaching, but great technology cannot replace poor teaching'.
The Weekly Review recently published an article on four Melbourne personalities who are giving something back, including our alumna Chrissie Swan. Chrissie knows that leveraging her profile is the best way to help those who need it. "When you educate a girl, she brings four people out of poverty with her; it's life-changing stuff."
Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this?
Robotics matches the new digital technologies curriculum, strongly supported by the university sector and states, including Victoria.
But while, worldwide, there are increasing initiatives such as the Robotics Academy in the US to teach robotics in schools, Australia isn’t doing enough to get it taught in schools.
To explain why we should teach children how to program robots in schools, we first need to understand what a robot is.
Coach Lisa Alexander said "The national selectors and I feel that it’s important to continue to create opportunities and elite international experience for all of our National Squad athletes in preparation for benchmark events such as the Commonwealth Games in 2018 at the Gold Coast. January’s tour of England will provide all athletes with the chance to benchmark themselves against world number three ranked England and demonstrate their ability to thrive on the international netball stage.”
Recently the Foundation hosted the Soirée at Brynmawr, a Brynmawr Society event. The Brynmawr Society has been established to recognise supporters who have made significant donations or indicated their intention to leave a bequest to Sacré Cœur.
Here's an interesting article from the ACER 'Teacher' Magazine about computing, programming and coding in schools. Coding is a hot topic in education. Estonia is seen as trailblazer, and last year England introduced it into its primary curriculum. But, as one UK teacher explains, it's not all about sitting in front of a computer. The skipping ropes are laid out in the playground ready for the start of the lesson, but it's not for PE - this is about teaching computing skills.
Eileen Pollack was one of the first two women to receive an undergraduate degree in physics at Yale and is author of “The Only Woman in the Room”. Eileen offers a solution to getting more women into science.
We are immensely proud of the Year 12 class of 2015 and we salute them for their compassion, intelligence, creativity and openness to change.
For those who may not receive our Newsletter, here is Deputy Principal Wendy Ross' piece sharing Maureen Ryan's Class of 2015 Vale address...
The areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics continue to be areas of growth for our economy. Recently I read an article in The Age by Hannah Francis entitled What it’s like to be Australia’s top tech talent.
The Community Choir comprises just that – members of the Sacré Cœur community – staff, alumnae, parents and friends who love to sing, many whom had never sung before joining the choir. In their very own concert the choir will present an eclectic mix of songs across the many genres of music.
This year we welcome the Pyrenees Chorale as guest artists. This local community choir rehearses in Western Victoria and made up of members who enjoying their retirement in song.
Melbourne Knowledge Week is a multi-format festival dedicated to the latest trends, ideas and innovations of Melbourne’s knowledge sector. It is a week-long meeting point for like-minded thinkers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals. Discover the technology of tomorrow, explore research labs, gamify your life, contribute to a smart and resilient city, and more.
At the Class of 2015's final School assembly this year's winners of the House Cup were announced...Barat! Barat Co-Captains Brittany Croagh and Laura Obradov propudly accepted the House Cup on behalf of their Barat House mates. Congratulations to everyone in Barat House!
The national finals of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Chemistry Titration Stakes took place during the September vacation. The competition requires the girls to use analytical chemistry techniques to purify and analyse a chemical to establish its chemical composition. The Year 12 team of Laura Murphy, Megan Scull and Audrey Yew gained a silver medal.
At today's Leadership Mass and Blue Ribbon Commissioning Rite, the Year 11 students were presented with a Sacré Cœur School Ring. This ring acknowledges their role as school leaders during their final year of schooling. The students will wear the ring as a formal part of their uniform until they graduate. The rings were presented to the Year 11 students by Year 12 students of the Class of 2015.
Creativity, vitality and bravery are among the 24 plus character strengths which psychologists, Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson have identified. Their work in this area certainly paves the way for our students to be able to evolve toward their fullest potential.
Sarah Bostock (Year 12) attended the Debaters Association of Australia's Swannie Awards Presentation Night and received her award for being the best speaker in A Grade in the Toorak Region of the 2015 DAV Schools Competition. Sarah was also nominated in the A Grade across all regions in Victoria.
Photographic Appropriation - Year 10 Art students have studied the paintings of surrealist artist Frida Kahlo, As part of this project students appropriated the imagery of Frida’s self-portraits, borrowing particular symbols and motifs to create a contemporary photographic work.
One of the ways students at Sacré Cœur experience a global education is through our network of sacred heart schools. Over the holiday break I had the opportunity of visiting the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City.
The Difference Between Praise and Feedback By Anya Kamenetz.
Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularised psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” The incorrectly phrased, indiscriminately doled out pat on the back can, we learn, undermine a child’s inner motivation to learn and achieve, promote a “fixed mindset” that will cause her to shrink from taking on any kind of challenge or effort, and maybe even destroy her sense of self worth.
The excerpt below is from the book “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom,” by Patricia A. Jennings. This section is from the chapter entitled “Orchestrating Classroom Dynamics.” However this simple mindfulness approach could be applied to all interactions with our children.
An article from the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia states research shows that girls benefit from single-sex environments where there are no expectations that they should fulfill traditional gender stereotypes in the subjects they study, the activities they participate in or the careers they pursue. Girls attending girls' schools are more confident and assertive in single-sex environments.
Here's an interesting Growth Mindset article.
How to praise kids: It’s a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford who has been researching this specific topic for many years. “My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, but what some might not know is that this paradox is strongest for girls.
If you've ever sung, hummed or tapped your toes to songs from Rocky Horror, Jersey Boys, The Sapphires, Hairspray, Once, Rent, Queen's medley, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy or Hair this is a show not to be missed!
Our focus goal this year is Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom. One of the criteria of this goal is students learn to grow towards wholeness by acceptance of their gifts and limitations. As a school we are developing a Growth Mindset.
Caroline Brown (Head of Mathematics pictured left) and Hannah Loiterton (Year 10 pictured right) received their Growing Teacher Tall Poppies and Growing Junior Tall Poppies awards last night. Dr Eroia Barone-Nugent (pictured centre) is Director of Growing Tall Poppies Science Partnership Program.
So often, we receive comments from people wishing to praise our students for their acts of kindness, their maturity or their general behaviour in public. Particularly pleasing was receiving the comment below from a member of the public who came across our Year 8 students during City Cite:
At the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), students learn to make informed decisions about study and career options in STEM fields, and develop a professional skill-set to help them realise their potential.
Elly was selected as one of twelve delegates from around Australia to be part of the United Nation Youth Australia's Pacific Project 2015. This is a 12 month commitment, exploring the issues surrounding sustainable and effective aid efforts in developing nations. This involved a two week visit to Timor Leste in the 2015 June/July holidays, visiting community partner organisation and focusing on the complexities and issues with development and aid, as well as learning about Timorese history and culture.
On Friday evening, despite a cool and wet outlook, members of the Sacré Cœur community gathered for canapés and drinks to be inspired by speakers from our own current student body, a recent past student and our key note speaker alumna Mandy McCracken.
Hannah Loiterton, (Year 10) has been recognized as one of six students in Victoria, for her passion for science and her capacity to communicate the importance and socially transformative capacity of this subject to her community.
We are proud to announce even more of our students have been recognised in the Growing Tall Poppies Junior Awards. Congratulations to Georgia Emma O’Rourke, Georgia Carrazzo, Courtney Papa and Hayley Yates.
Each year, individual Graded Assessment scores are used to determine the top group of students for each VCE study award. The number of study awards in each study is based on the number of enrolments in that study.
On Friday 15 May, five Year 12 Global Politics and Year 11 Politics students accompanied their teachers, Ms Emily Cedro and Dr Kerry Ang, to the Annual Higgins Club Post Budget Breakfast at Crown Palladium.
The Notre Monde program is unique to Year 9 at Sacré Cœur. The program is based on sound educational research into girls' education, Year 9 needs and data gathered from our students, staff and parents.
On the morning of 21 November, the following Joigny students were announced as highly commended finalists for their artwork in the annual Christmas card competition run through the office of Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal Member for Higgins.
Throughout Term 3 the Year 11 students invested much of their pastoral time looking at the theme of leadership which helped them prepare well for the challenge of leading the student body as the Year 12 class of 2015.
Atlanta Eke, a Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and teacher, has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award with Body of Work, a piece that achieves what it promises: "an infinite present, a present always already there and continuing on into the unknown future".
It is with much sadness that I write to inform you that one of our dearly loved and much respected RSCJ, Sister Philomene Tiernan, was on the Malaysian airlines flight that was shot down on the Russian-Ukraine border.
It is with great pride that we congratulate Karishma Mallawarachchy of Year 12 (2013) who was nominated by the examiners of the 2013 Speech examinations for the Australian Speech and Communication Association (ASCA) Directors award for excellence.
NEWS Corp Australia has revealed the winners of its 2014 Cannes Young Lions competition to represent Australia at this year’s advertising festival. Finalists were challenged to respond to a brief inside 24 hours for the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The brief supports the MCRI’s ongoing campaign to encourage people to take a break from social media for 48 hours and instead refocus on things that are more important. The entrants were also tasked with helping the MCRI raise funds and awareness for child health research.
On Tuesday 29 April Mrs Jennifer Carter (Director of Studies), Ms Poulson (Global Politics teacher), Mr Maguire (Australian History teacher) and Mr Scott (Psychology teacher) attended the Premier's awards for 2013 to witness two of our Class of 2013, Emma Hodge and Bernadette Toohey receive awards.
More than a game of tennis! On Tuesday 25 March the Parent’s Associations from Sacré Cœur and St Kevin’s joined forces for the sixteenth annual Tennis Day, followed by a luncheon at the St Kevin’s Pavilion.
For the benefit of our new students and staff members, you may remember that within our Sacred Heart Tradition we have a Focus Goal guide our practice over the year. At our brief assembly on your first day I shared with you our Focus Goal for 2014 'A personal and active faith in God'...
Sacré Cœur inducted our Year 6 students to their leadership positions on Friday 24 February. During the liturgy, each Year 6 student stood before all the Joigny students and teachers to make their promise of commitment and pledge their leadership by example.
Year 12 student, Emma Hodge, has been awarded the 2013 University of Melbourne Extension Program Prize for Academic Excellence in Psychology for her work in the University's Extension Program this year.
Year 12 students Bella Kelly, Emily Hubbard and Monica Sestito, have had their Studio Arts work shortlisted for Top Arts and Charlotte Nanfra has been shortlisted for Top Designs for her Visual Communication Design work.
As an ongoing commitment to the building of our faith community we have been able to offer to both students and staff more opportunities to celebrate Mass on a regular basis. This increase in offerings is due to the generosity of Fr Hien Vu from St Michael’s, Ashburton.
“The building of community as a Christian value” is this year’s focus goal and yesterday, the School shone in the way it lived out this Sacred Heart goal with over 1000 people enjoying two major events.
Twenty large boxes chock-full with backpacks left Sacré Cœur last week on their mission to bring smiles to the faces of 90 poverty stricken children who attend the Sacred Heart Learning Centre in Samar, Philippines.
What a beautiful 24 hours we have enjoyed with our Year 12s. Mass and a Valedictory celebration with their parents on Tuesday evening were followed by the traditional Valedictory breakfast enjoyed with the Principal, the Leadership Team, the Barat community and their teachers on Wednesday morning.
Thousands of people attended our biennial French Village Fair on Saturday and once again, the spirit of the Sacré Cœur community was captured by the joy, love and laughter present on the School grounds.
Not many buildings can boast such a creative “ribbon cutting” ceremony as our new Janet Erskine Stuart Centre when Sr Joan Pender RSCJ used a silver mallet to smash rubber tubing that had been soaked in liquid nitrogen.
On Tuesday night, over 60 mothers (and one proud father) along with some staff members and special guest presenters came together for an evening of activities designed to enhance and build upon the connection between mother and daughter.
In response to parent requests, the School is hosting a series of cyber safety workshops for parents of students from Years 5 to 9 facilitated by cyber safety expert, author and psychologist, Ms Tena Davies.
On Monday night, the school community came together in the name of sport for the Celebration of Sport Evening. This event recognises the teams, and the individuals within those teams, who play such an important role in making sport so significant at Sacré Cœur.
Our senior students always speak highly of the amazing guidance and advice given to them by our Careers Counsellor, Mrs Pauline Steedman, and this has been validated through her achievement of the 2011 CEAV David Osborne Regional Careers Award.
Exciting news from The Arts faculty this week as we receive news that four students have been shortlisted for Top Arts, and seven students have had their artwork selected for the Catholic Education Office annual visual arts exhibition in 2012.
To add to the accolades that our girls are achieving across many subject areas, we congratulate Year 8 students Vishwethaa and Sathya on attaining Distinctions in the recent 2011 Maths Enrichment Stage.
Once again Sacré Cœur students have distinguished themselves in the annual Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition with many of them having received a Mention Très Honorable (High Commendation) and a Mention Honorable (Commendation).
Fantastic results for Year 10 student, Christina Damicoucas, who was awarded state winner and Year 7 student, Irene Wang, who came second in the state in the recent Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette competition.
The achievements of our girls at the recent Girls’ Sport Victoria Track and & Field Carnival elevated some of them in to the upper echelon of Sacré Cœur performances (Top 10) over the past 11 years of our involvement in GSV.
On Tuesday Sacré Cœur hosted the Annual Latin Reading Competition and we congratulate Year 10 student Deirdre Mair who came third in the State Finals. This comes hot on the heels of recent Junior and Senior school successes in the Alliance Française Poetry Competition.
The annual Father Daughter Mass and Breakfast is always a special date in the calendar for our community and again we invite dads to spend a special morning with their daughter/s at Sacré Cœur on Friday 26 August 2011.
The School is well into its annual Sacred Heart Week celebrations as we pay tribute to our distinctive Sacred Heart education and live out our 2011 focus goal - ‘A Social Awareness That Impels to Action’.
Year 9 students at Sacré Cœur are saying a definitive NO to bullying. In support of “Say no to bullying” week last week, Year 9 student Kaila Bianco took it upon herself to rally her classmates to the cause.
Fantastic news from the science faculty as two Year 11 students are chosen to participate in the Monash University Chemistry Challenge and three teams of Year 12 students are placed in the top 10 in the State for the Victorian RACI Chemistry Titration Stakes.
On the first morning of the 2010 school year, new Principal, Ms Maureen Ryan, urged the girls to “make 2010 the year you decide- that you matter! Remind yourself that you are worth it; you will risk it and try something new; you will give something back to the community and you will give to those less fortunate than yourselves.”
“Don’t invent your leaders; identify them, they are already there,” counseled Principal, Mr John Fox to the Years 7-11 students who voted for the School’s 2010 student leaders, the Blue Ribbons. And indeed they did identify them.
Over forty Primary and Secondary Sacré Cœur students participated in the recent Tournament of Minds competition, with one Primary team winning the Language and Literacy section and going through to the State Finals to be held in September.
The Board of Sacré Cœur and the Provincial of the Religious of the Sacred Heart are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Maureen Ryan to succeed Mr John Fox as Principal of the School from 1 January 2010.