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.