Always striving upwards

Year 9

Year 9 Camp

Stepping outside of our comfort zone and into the “stretch zone”, helps us to adapt, grow and think in new and different ways. Facing challenges, helps us to demonstrate to ourselves what we are truly capable of and has a profound impact upon our learning. Adventure experiences are one way we instigate stretch zone encounters here at Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

Year 9 students set out on their Bogong High Plains camp. This outdoor education venture immerses students in the breathtaking alpine surroundings, always under the watchful guidance of Sacred Heart teachers.

These photos showcase some of the pinnacle moments and the extraordinary experiences.

Year 9 Food Studies - Risotto

"Today in Food Studies we made risotto! Making this dish was one of my highlights for Year 9 Food Studies. Although it was complex to make due to the constant stirring and detailed methods, it was worth it because it turned out amazing! We altered some of the ingredients and swapped the mushrooms out for bacon instead. I will definitely be using this recipe in the future. "

The recipe calls for :

15 grams of butter

2 spring onions, diced

¼ red capsicum, diced

1/3 cup arborio rice

1 ½ cup chicken stock

4 mushrooms, diced

1/3 cup peas

black pepper

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese.

Method :

  1. Cut the spring onion and the bacon and sauté them in butter until soft and cooked
  2. Add the rice and cook for a further minute or until the rice becomes opaque
  3. Bring the chicken stock to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add ½ cup of the hot stock to the rice.
  4. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer very gently until the rice has absorbed the stock .
  5. Add a further ½ cup of chicken stock and continue to simmer gently until the rice has absorbed the stock.
  6. Add the remaining stock and stir gently to loosen the rice from the bottom of the saucepan. Add the bacon and peas. Season with a little black pepper. Cover with the lid.
  7. Continue to very gently simmer until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is plump and creamy. The risotto should take approximately 20-25 minutes to cook.
  8. Add parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Adapted from: Food by Design

Feel free to alter what you add to your liking!


Year 9 Food Studies

"In our Year 9 Food Studies class, we had two lessons to create six cupcakes for a special occasion.

Prior to the task we created fondant decorations. During the first lesson we prepared and baked our cupcakes and during the second, we decorated them with vibrant coloured frosting and our decorations. I loved seeing everybody's creations at the end!”

Year 9

Dante Alighieri Poetry competition

“On Monday, 29 May students from the Year 9 and 10 Italian classes attended the Dante Alighieri Poetry competition at Melbourne University. In preparation for the interschool competition, we each selected a poem from the set list and then practised it.

It was a wonderful experience, and we appreciated the opportunity to enhance our Italian skills. We are very thankful to our teachers Signora Buratto and Signora Arestia who helped provide us with support in the weeks prior, and on the day.”

Mia and Lauren
Year 10 Italian Class

Congratulations to Sarah who has been announced as a finalist and who will compete again in July, and to Gabrielle and Lauren who received Certificates of Excellence.

Mountains to the Sea

"For our elective, 'Mountains to the Sea,' we had the incredible opportunity to visit Flow Climbing, a bouldering centre located in Cheltenham. Bouldering, although similar to rock climbing, involves scaling walls without harnesses, utilising smaller walls and safety mats instead.

Our excursion began with a thorough introduction to safety procedures, including the proper technique for falling, and how to identify the different difficulty levels. With safety in mind, we eagerly approached the walls, one by one, and triumphed over each challenge we encountered.

While two walls proved exceptionally difficult and posed a significant challenge, we persisted and attempted them nearly 100 times each, inching closer with every attempt. While those particular walls defeated us that day, we remained determined.

The experience was incredibly enjoyable, and it provided me with valuable insights into my own skills and ability to push beyond my comfort zone."

Year 9


Our Year 9 STRIVE Program has launched!

"The Year 9s went out to the city. We had activities to complete including a scavenger hunt and went on a tour focussing on buildings and architecture.

Afterwards, we had to make our own way home from the city. The day was an exciting and eventful experience, showing us important life skills we will likely use in the future."

9 Red

​​Year 9 STRIVE - Investigating Melbourne

​For one day each fortnight, our Year 9 students participate in the new STRIVE program which has been designed to empower students to be active participants in their own learning and encourage deep thinking.

​Recently our students ventured into the heart of Melbourne.

​“Our time spent in the city was enlightening. It gave us the chance to learn and experience many new things outside of the classroom. We had the opportunity to arrange our outings with our small groups, which helped us to develop our teamwork skills. We were trusted to navigate the city which allowed us to show some independence.​

​We really enjoyed some of the locations we don't frequently get to visit, like the Melbourne Museum and the NGV, and learnt new information on tours of places including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building.

​Investigating Melbourne allowed us to enhance skills that we don’t usually get the chance to use in the classroom and it was lots of fun.”

Year 9


"For the past few weeks, in Year 9 Science, we have been studying Ecology and learning about different habitats, food chains and food webs.

In our practical, we investigated regurgitated owl pellets that came all the way from North America! We opened them up to see the bones of animals that they had eaten and examined what types of prey they were. We are now going to link our data with the theory that we learnt in class."

Year 9

Teacher: Dr Kerrilee Pywell

Food Studies

"For our Year 9 Food Studies assignment each student in the class selected a different flavour cupcake. Over two lessons, we baked and decorated them using butter cream icing, fondant and our creativity."

Georgia Leah

Teacher: Deborah Rattray

Mountains to the Sea

Last term, the Mountains to the Sea class participated in an excursion at Treetops Adventure in Belgrave.

“At the start, it was a little overwhelming having to control and change over the clips, but eventually I got used to it and found it quite easy. I had to be the one to clip everything in without help which made me feel really independent.

There were obstacles that were easy to tackle but others that gave everyone a hard time. The amount of upper body strength that was needed was insane and not at all what any of us were expecting.

Upon reflection, it was a challenging day which gave me a great amount of pride and a sense of accomplishment.”

Elaina – Year 9

STRIVE Mock Interviews

Thank you to the past students, parents and other special guests who volunteered their time to run mock job interviews for our Year 9 Students.

This invaluable experience, and the feedback provided, will greatly assist our students as they prepare to enter the world of work.