The following events have been confirmed - more details will follow - but pop these dates in your diaries now!
Friday 16 October - VIP Thank you Drinks
Wednesday 2 December - Carols in the Cathedral
The sun was shining and faces were smiling when 81 graduates from 1940 to 1959 returned to Burke Road for a special luncheon.
For many it was the first time they had returned since they had left the School. As the ladies gathered in the Parlour, old friends were reunited and before long were reminiscing about stories from days gone by.
Some of our Year 11 students offered to take those who wished on tours of the School and the ladies were quite touched that the mural was still in the 'library' (now the Community Relations Office) and they marveled at all the new facilities. Lunch was held in the Janet Erskine Stuart Centre where our guests were entertained by an extensive slide show of photographs and memorabilia prepared by our Archivist Barbara Kowalski and also music performances by our students.
One of the highlights was when everyone joined in singing our School song, Bright was the Purple Dawning which brought a tear to the eyes of many.
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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.
Eilish Roberts (2014) commenced proceedings by speaking of her visit last year as part of the Sacré Cœur group to Northern Samar in the Philippines. The students stayed at an RSCJ mission and assisted the SHIFT Foundation (Sacred Heart Institute for Transformative Education) in running their daily activities to benefit the local Filipino people. Caroline Xue then spoke of the preparation this year’s student group are doing for their visit at the end of the year in order to teach the locals new skills.
Elisha Brook-Bazzani spoke about Friday Night Tutoring before introducing Elly Twomey who has also tutored and applied and (after a very competitive selection process) was selected as one of twelve young Australians to participate in the United Nations Youth Australia Pacific Project in 2015. Click here to see Elly's speech and to find out about her fundraising efforts.
After a short break for refreshments and socialising, it was time to introduce Mandy McCracken. In late 2013, she had what was thought to be a bad case of gastro, but it became a fight for her life. She was placed in a coma, and after six weeks in intensive care and endless operations, Mandy lost all four limbs due to a streptococcal A infection. While Mandy recounted her challenges to date, she and her husband Rod had the audience applauding and laughing as they told of how important the support of family, friends and community has been and how laughter and humour keeps their family living life to the fullest.
The evening was truly inspirational. The opportunity to hear about the achievements and activities of our senior students from the students themselves in a social setting was welcomed and guests were inspired by both the calibre of students we are producing and their passion and commitment to social justice. Mandy’s approach to life is inspirational and as we discovered later, on her Friends of Mandy Facebook page, she was also inspired:
Another great night sharing the love. Sacré Cœur included Rod and myself as speakers at their "Shining Light" night of inspirational stories. Wow, to be so confident at such a young age. The girls before me, most still at school, were magnificent speakers. A fab night. A fab community. Thank you all so much for including us.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the following donors to the silent auction. Their generous contribution helped make this event a great success and is deeply appreciated.
Peter De Rauch
• Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Vintage 2005, bottle #05190
• Case (6) of Mumm Champagne
Betty McDowell Hawthorn
• Betty McDowell Vouchers
• Birkenstock Arizona White Sandals
• Kerabu Voucher
• Jamie Oliver Tallboy BBQ
Devcos International Pty Ltd & Crop Natural Skincare
• CROP natural skincare products
The Foundation Board thanks our speakers and those who supported the event and hopes that even more members of the community will be moved to attend next year’s event in the Shining Light Series.
The fourth annual golf day was another successful day at the Commonwealth Golf Club. 21 teams competed in an Ambrose event on Monday 27 April and helped raise funds for the Sacré Cœur Foundation Building Fund. Although a much cooler day than 2014, the weather while overcast held off any significant rain and 82 players cheerfully braved the chill to battle it out on the course. Friendly camaraderie and competitiveness was evident among parents past and present, corporate sponsors and friends of the School.
This year thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we were able to run a silent auction with an assortment of great prizes and a business card draw which was drawn at the end of the day in conjunction with the trophy presentations. All the prizes were well received and together with the post golf drinks and canapés provided a happy end to a very enjoyable day.
Congratulations to all who took part in this fantastic event and special congratulations to our top scorers:
Winning Team Men and overall winners The CGU team of Ross Johansen, Stephen Frenkel, Lucas Koraitsas and Tony Hand
Winning Team Ladies Françoise Borg, Sandy Miller, Robyn Travers and Denise Wallish
Runners Up Matthew Ryan, Margaret Ryan, Patrick Ryan and Julian Smith
Best Alumnae Team Regretfully not awarded due to the lack of an alumnae team.
Encouragement Vicki Gallagher, Louise Tierney and Rosie Fleischer
Novelty Hole prize winners were:
Straightest Drive 2nd Hole Jorge Eckardt
Nearest The Pin 7th Hole Wayne Morris
Nearest The Pin 9th Hole Kevin Dutton
Nearest The Pin 15th Hole Bernie Tighe
Longest Drive 18th Hole Men Travis Nolffke
Longest Drive 18th Hole Women Margaret Ryan
Thank you to our hard working organising committee comprising Niki Crowley (President Past Parents’ and Friends’ Association), Steve Price (Parents’ Association), Françoise Borg (Co-President Parents’ Association), Sandy Miller (current parent), Marcia Endacott (Foundation Board) and Marian Andrews (Foundation Executive Administrative Officer) and our behind the scenes helper Pino Di Roberto (past parent and past Foundation Board member) and our helpers leading up to and on the day including Cherie Tucker for her artistic flair with our marketing material and photography on the day, Marcia Endacott and Cherie Tucker for their capable handling of the drinks cart and Beryl McMillan for manning the 16th hole.
Thank you also to all our sponsors for their generosity in sponsoring this event. Their generous contributions helped make this event a great success and is deeply appreciated. We hope to welcome you again at next year’s Golf Day.