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Community Builders Award

On Tuesday 8 November, the Hon Steve Dimopoulos, State MP for Oakleigh District, visited Sacred Heart Girls’ College to present the Community Builders Award. This honour is given to a student who works actively in the school community and shows leadership qualities throughout their schooling journey.

Congratulations to the Community Builders Award recipient, Linara from Year 11.

“During my time at Sacred Heart, I have been a Respectful Relationship leader and one of Trinity's Deputy House Captains. Both those leadership positions have really taught me the work and dedication required to be a good and well-respected leader in the community, which I will take on for my leadership role next year. I want to thank the leadership staff for considering and choosing me for this award and Steve Dimopoulos MP for Oakleigh District for presenting me with the award as well.”

Year 12 Indonesian Language Class

“To celebrate the end of our six-year Indonesian learning journey at SHGC, our Year 12 Indonesian class had a delicious lunch from Warung Kartini restaurant, and watched an Indonesian movie.

The previous week we had completed our VCE Oral Language exams and we are now working towards our written exam in November.

We want to thank Ibu Awiati, Ibu Shan and our Indonesian tutors for their continuous support and dedication over the past six years. Not only have they helped us develop our Indonesian language skills, but also an appreciation for Indonesian culture.”

The Indonesian class of 2022

Respectful Relationships

“On October 13th, the Respectful Relationship Student Leaders prepared and delivered a presentation for a group of teachers and Respectful Relationship coordinators.

We began by outlining some of the work we have been doing this year including attending interschool forums and giving presentations to different year levels regarding gender equality and friendships. We then spoke about our thought processes and gave insight to teachers about ways to teach students.

After we were done, we were asked many questions, allowing us to share our ideas and views with other people. We also heard from many inspirational people, including alumni from Fitzroy High School who had integrated Women Empowerment programs into their school.”

Alessandra (Year 11)

Sustainable Clothes Swap

On Friday, 14 October, a group of dedicated Vinnies members hosted a Sustainable Clothes Swap to bring attention to the devastating impacts of fast fashion on the environment and to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Students were encouraged to look into their wardrobes for items they no longer needed and to swap these for another item of their choice.

Hundreds of Sacred Heart Students attended and participated with energy and passion with the catch cry of the day, “Swap till you Drop"

Thank you to the tireless efforts of the Vinnies Team, the event was a success and we look forward to its return in 2023. 

Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Year 8 students, Grace and Solenn, for their success in the state-wide Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition. Grace achieved first prize and Solenn third prize for their beautiful poetry recitations. They will attend the Alliance Awards Night at St Kilda in December to be awarded their prizes.

Well done girls!!


Thank you to all of our Canteen helpers who have volunteered their time throughout 2022! Your contribution to our College community is greatly appreciated by students and staff alike.

Helping in the Canteen is a wonderful way to be involved in your child’s secondary school life and to meet other parents and carers. Volunteers are only required to commit to working once or twice a term between 11.30am and 2.00pm. Duties entail basic food preparation and serving students.

If you’re interested in joining the team in 2023, please send an email to

Tournament of the Minds International Final

Tournament of the Minds International Final The Tournament of Minds International Final took place over the weekend in Canberra. It was an action-packed weekend, starting bright and early with the Opening Ceremony at Parliament House on Friday, followed by the competition itself at the Australian National University on Saturday. The students were taken straight into a three-hour lockdown where they worked together to solve the problem of creating a marketing campaign for a National Day which would unify the country, along with a spontaneous challenge. We were very impressed by their teamwork and creativity and are proud to announce that they placed and received Honours. Preparations are already underway for next year as we continue to strive upwards!

Year 12 Farewell Assembly

After six years at Sacred Heart Girls’ College it is time to say goodbye to our Year 12 students.

On Monday afternoon, we celebrated the Year 12s in their Farewell Assembly. This joyous afternoon of reflection and fun included the announcement of Avantiika Singh as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2022 and Bede as the winners of the House Cup. To the strains of the College Song and with a guard of honour from our Year 7s, our Year 12 students finished their final day of formal schooling. Celebrations continued today with our Year 12 students returning for a day of fun before tonight’s Valedictory Mass and Dinner.

We wish all of our Year 12 students the best in the coming weeks and years and know that they will “Always Strive Upwards”.

Women in Politics

Year 11 Australian and Global Politics students Mya and Rori recently attended a Women in Politics event at Strathcona Girls’ Grammar. The students listened to Dr. Monique Ryan, Dr. Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Leonie Green and Jess Wilson as they discussed their career journeys and why they chose to pursue a career in politics.

This event offered great insight into the gender-driven barriers that still exist within Australian politics, and the ways in which young women can bypass stereotypes and ignite change in their communities in order to create a political system that is truly reflective of our modern, diverse country.

Latest SEGAP and SCSA results

It’s been a fantastic month for sport at SHGC!

The last week of Term 3 saw the culmination of the SEGAP Netball and Volleyball competitions. Six of our teams qualified for the Grand Final in their division, having finished in the top two at the end of the regular season.

Congratulations to our Intermediate A Netball, Junior B Netball and Junior C Volleyball teams who won their respective titles and also to our Intermediate B, Junior A and Junior C Netball teams who were runners up.

Term 4 in Sport has seen a continuation of this success with our Junior and Intermediate Table Tennis teams winning our first SCSA table tennis titles since 2014, and our Senior Team also qualifying for the Grand Final.

Congratulations to all our table tennis players, especially to Sayu and Emily who were named Player of the Final in their divisions.

Thank you as always to our dedicated staff for providing their time and expertise in coaching our various teams.

Tournament of Minds - State Final

We are pleased to announce the success of our Social Science team at the Tournament of Minds State Final. Our students placed first in their division have been invited to represent Victoria at the International Final taking place in Canberra on Sunday 16 October.

This is an extraordinary achievement, and we are so proud of all our students for their enthusiasm, diligence and dedication to the competition.

Please join us in congratulating these students!

Norman A. Smith Memorial Scholarship

With great pride we announce Isabelle Devadass as this year’s recipient of the Waverley RSL’s Norman A. Smith Memorial Scholarship.

This prestigious award is offered each year to a Year 10 student who resides, or attends a secondary school, in the City of Monash. Honouring Norman Smith, who worked tirelessly to assist ex-service people, its objective is to support a Year 10 student to continue their education into tertiary studies with a view to becoming a leader in their profession or trade, and to contribute to the further development of the nation to the benefit of all Australians.

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Student Leadership Team 2023

It is with great delight that we announce our Student Leadership Team for 2023.

College Captains – Ashlee and Claudia

Deputy College Captain: Social Justice - Ada
Deputy College Captain: Arts - Alana
Deputy College Captain: Sport - Alissa
Deputy College Captain: Faith - Chenella

They couldn't be happier to be leading our College next year!

MACS 2030 Strategic Plan

The SHGC Leadership Team recently hosted the Acting Executive Director of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS), Dr Edward Simons.

Dr Simons shared the newly launched inaugural MACS strategic plan “MACS 2030: Forming Lives to Enrich the World”. This document works to define the purpose, vision and mission of Catholic schools in Melbourne, and outlines supporting strategies and initiatives.

We look forward to building upon the strong tradition of Catholic education in Melbourne.

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