For the second year in a row, Sacred Heart Girls’ College had a team (Social Sciences) qualify to represent Victoria in the Tournament of the Minds International Final.
This year the competition was held in Melbourne and began on Friday with an Opening Ceremony at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, followed by an Amazing Race challenge across the city. Our team placed first in this challenge against teams from across the Australian states and territories and New Zealand.
On Saturday, it was time to get down to business with the International Final. Students were taken into a three-hour lock down to prepare for their Long-Term Challenge and a Spontaneous Challenge. All students performed brilliantly, and we are proud to announce that our Social Sciences team received Honours, placing second to NSW.
Please join us in congratulating Heidi (Year 8), Olivia (Year 9), Serena (Year 9), Gigi (Year 10), Ruvinya (Year 10) and Sophie (Year 10), and their coaches Ms Laura Iudica and Ms Joanne Sheedy.
On Monday the SHGC community celebrated Inclusivity Day!!
This was a day to recognise anyone in our community who may, at times, feel marginalised and to support and educate each other on how we can be inclusive each and every day.
Students donated a gold coin to Jesuit Social Services and dressed in colourful casual clothes, with each colour representing a particular part of our community.
An Inclusivity Art Competition is running until Monday, 23 October. Create your own artwork, in any medium, representing what inclusivity means to you. For further details look in the daily messages.
Everyone is welcome at Sacred Heart Girls’ College.
Vietnam Staff Exchange
During the term break, two of our teachers Linda Abbott and Shellie Melrose headed to Vietnam to work with the staff and students at the RNDM school in Long Dien village, an hour from Ho Chi Minh City.
Tasked with teaching the Sisters English, they also had the opportunity to spend time with the school children and enjoy learning about Vietnamese culture.
SMASH Music Collaboration
"SMASH was an incredible musical collaboration, bringing together different Catholic schools in a night to remember! We had a great time performing and also enjoyed watching the performances from Salesian and Avila.
It was a wonderful opportunity for us to play alongside students from other schools and make new friends."
Isabelle & Emma
Tournament of Minds Victoria Branch State Final
to our Social Sciences Team for winning the Tournament of Minds Victoria Branch
State Final. They will represent the state at the International Final in
join us in congratulating Sophie, Ruvinya, Gigi, Olivia & Serena on their
Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Competition
Once again, many of our French students from Years 8-12 participated in the annual state-wide Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Competition.
The Year 8-10 students rose to the challenge of memorising and reciting a French poem whilst the VCE students participated in a conversation about general topics as well as a chosen aspect of French culture. We had many excellent results across all year levels and 16 students who made the finals.
We congratulate the following students on their fantastic achievement: Isabelle, Amelia and Amelia (Year 8), Elisha, Victoria, Solenn, Kylie and Grace (Year 9), Angelique, Eileen, Tiyashi, Brianna and Trinity (Year 10), Emma and Chloe (Year 11), and Rori Griffin-Kayes (Year 12).
Victoria Burgio Language Teacher
Annual Music Concert
Kendell Hall was alive with the sound of music at the Annual Music Concert. This special event on the College calendar provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents by performing pieces that they have been rehearsing throughout the school year.
“The concert featured our Jazz Band, Combined and Chamber Guitars, Flute Ensemble, the College Orchestra, the Barbier Concert Band, Drumline, and the Musettes. In addition to all these Ensembles, our brand-new Percussion Ensemble also took part in the concert, with their performance of ‘Tequila’. Our flute and string students collaborated to perform ‘Toss the Feathers’, and all our Music students participated in a massed item at the end of the night, performing the piece ‘Hallelujah’ by Oh Wonder, which was arranged by Mr Morrisey.
We congratulate Trinity (Year 10) for being awarded the Board Chair Music Scholar Award, a scholarship given to a music student who has shown outstanding commitment to the music program at SHGC which extends for 2 years.
Thank you to our wonderful music staff, Director of Music Ms Kim, Mr Bennier, Mr Brinsmead, Mr Fisher, Mr Gilkerson, Ms Hann, Ms Lewendon-Lowe, Mr Malberg, Mr Morrissey, Ms Munday, Mr Rosa, Mr Shnier and Mr Townsend for making this night possible. We also thank the teachers who participated on the night, in ensembles and behind the scenes, and all the students who helped out backstage and around the school.
Congratulations to everyone for their hard work preparing for this performance, creating such great ambience for the night! We can’t wait for next year's concert!”
Lucy and Valentina Year 11 Music Leaders
On the 15 August, 60 students across Years 7 to 9 were given the opportunity to participate in a KidsView incursion run by Bahay Tuluyan, a children’s rights organisation based in the Philippines. It was a thought provoking session focusing on the complex reality of those living in extreme poverty.
“Throughout the day, we partook in many activities that allowed for a greater insight into what life is like in areas of poverty around the world focussing on education, health, home and work. Thanks to Bahay Tuluyan, we learnt many vital skills to help us strive to create a more socially just world.”
“From 27-29 July, students from across all year levels, involved in College ensembles and other musical groups, went on Music Camp. We rehearsed and perfected ensemble pieces for the upcoming Annual Music Concert.
Music students not only improved their musical skills and learned new techniques but also indulged in enjoyable, group building activities and formed new friendships. Evenings were spent bonding over a movie night and a talent show.
Music Camp 2023 demonstrated that music can truly bring people together.”
Marieta Year 9
Victorian Container Deposit Scheme
“On the first day of November, Sacred Heart students were invited to the eagerly anticipated launch of the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme at the local Oakleigh depot.
We participated in a Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by a formal address by The Hon. Steve Dimopoulos, Victorian Minister for Environment and State Member of Parliament for Oakleigh District.
The exciting sustainability initiative offers a 10-cent refund for every eligible drink container returned. The scheme will reduce litter, encourage recycling, and will transform our discarded bottles and cans into high quality recycled products. It was a valuable experience to be able to test out the machines by recycling some bottles and it proved to be a very simple process. The Container Deposit Scheme offers the exciting potential for school fundraising that has the added benefit of promoting sustainability and keeping our school environment clean.”