What a year we have had! As a final note for this year I will meld the different reflections that I was able to make over the past weeks. This was definitely the year not to get all we wanted but to appreciate all we had. Sacred Heart is all about making memories and 2020 has been memorable. As we head into the last throes of the Christmas season and school is out for the year it is timely to reflect on the year that was. It has been a year like none other. A year where the unexpected happened and left in its wake a transformed landscape of social distance, sanitising, protocols and rationing. Yet despite the challenges that COVID brought we can look back and realise that it taught us many important lessons to take into a new decade. – the value and importance of community ( I cannot praise our community anymore for the tenacity and energy they displayed), the connectedness of education, the adaptability of staff and students (and parents, though some definitely did not relish the role of teacher) and the resilience we find in the face of great adversity. The new year and the new decade had promised so much and the 2020 theme – we rise by lifting others was lived by our staff and students as we navigated remote learning and COVID protocols and guidelines that seemed to change daily. I hope that you look back on this year where the lessons you learnt last a lifetime. While the word ‘unprecedented’ has likely been overused in recent months, it continues to be apt for the period of disruption that we have experienced in schools across the state, the nation and the world in 2020 so far. Coming off the back of the worst bushfire season in the state’s history and widespread flooding, COVID-19 brought unique challenges to learning and teaching in our schools. We adjusted to an intimate form of schooling where we had little but classrooms and playgrounds to focus on. We sanitised and then we sanitised some more. The students and staff and parents were incredibly patient as we navigated unchartered terrain. We could never have imagined 2020 would look like this but right at the very beginning we prayed that we would come out the other side of this pandemic and thanks to God’s hand we did and now we look to 2021 as the best year yet. Where the value on being kind is never over rated and that the kindness we share with one another will get us through any dark times.
Mrs Nicky Trinder
I would like to share with the Sacred Heart community a message I was able to deliver at the Secondary Awards on Wednesday, to the secondary students and parents. As this is the last newsletter for 2020, and my time with the Sacred Heart community comes to an end, I would like to say a very big thank you for the last 27 years of association with Sacred Heart.
My association with the Sacred Heart Community started in 1994. I moved to Cootamundra the year before and was lucky enough to gain a teaching position in the school. Very quickly I recognised that this was a unique community, that had a long history steeped in the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and De La Salle Brothers, plus a long line of parish priests who were committed to the school. And without digging very deep you can find an equally long list of illustrious past students, staff and religious, many of whom were trail blazers in their own fields. Sir Isaac Newton, one of history’s most influential scientists once said, “We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us”. This quote applies to Sacred Heart and is precisely why our community is so very special. All the pioneering hard work, persistence, dedication and progress created and instilled by those who have gone before us, is the reason we sit here today celebrating, in this great church building, the wonderful achievements of our current students, in this great school.
As I sit and reflect on my 27 years, I am very aware of the integral and important place Sacred Heart has played in, not only my life, but my family’s as well. I have been privileged to work with 6 different and talented principals, 6 dedicated and committed parish priests and numerous graduating classes since 1994, including this outstanding and impressive group sitting before us today.
I have had the honor of working along side many of my ex-students, who made the great choice to become teachers and change makers of future generations. More recently am pleased to be teaching the children of some of my ex-students. I have witnessed a past Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, who said after viewing our impressive Passion Play, that our community, particularly our students, was certainly the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese.
It has been a great honour to have the responsibility of developing our young people’s ability to think, to create, to grow and to love. I have learned so much from my students and am so grateful for the trust that parents placed in me to educate their children. It has been a pleasure to see my students discover their gifts and talents, embracing their life with passion and gusto and to demonstrate that they truly know how to be kind, forgiving, compassionate and loving to others in their lives.
Sometimes the job has been harder, and we struggle to reach our students. But then a knock on the door and an ex-student who is just “passing through”, comes back to say thanks and how they will always remember what we tried to do for them. That is truly one of the most satisfying moments …. ever.
We are so very different to any other school because Sacred Heart is in the business of planting seeds. We may never know if these seeds grow and develop but we live in hope, just like all those who have gone before us and whose shoulders we stand on, that those seeds do grow and flourish. And what seed is it …. The seed of God …. And what does the seed of God grow into? … The seed of God grows into God.
Thank you, Sacred Heart, for a wonderful 27 years. To the staff, students and parents, I thank you all for your friendship, kindness and support over these many years.
Thank you to the students for your happy and smiling faces every day, your enthusiasm to learn and do your best, and for always making me laugh.
Thank you to the Sacred Heart Staff who are the most dedicated group of professionals I know, who go above and beyond to support and educate the students in their care. Their dedication and commitment to ensuring that every student can learn and feels safe at school, is outstanding. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Leadership Team – it has been very easy to work hard with such a passionate and dedicated team.
Thank you to the parents for your support of the school. For your endless fundraising to better the school’s resources and for always turning up (pre-COVID times!!) to the plethora of meetings and events.
It is difficult to leave – so many memories and so many of my own family’s milestones and significant occasions occurring within the school and parish community. But I leave feeling blessed and privileged knowing that I have been able to contribute to the beautiful story that is our Sacred Heart community.
From where I stand, I see a school that is in exceptionally good hands…. And I will keep watching from afar with interest, despite not physically being here. Sacred Heart always has and always will have a very special place in my heart.
|Zeeana Zamir||Riley Waters|
|Summer Sheather||Jaida Chapman|
|Jimmy Last||George Clark|
|Beth Adams||Sophie Knewstub|
|Austin Hall||Ally Evans|
|Bonnie Wooderson||Jayceon Repia|
|Joshua Harris||Ryder Gillies|
|Kelsey Smith||Scarlett Chambers|
|Reading Awards||Star of the Week - Matilda Lewis|
|Estee McLeod, Jaida Chapman, Riley Waters, Clancy O'Toole, Lila Phillips, Joshua Knewstub, Ella Clark, Juliet Daley, Zara Lawson, Scarlett Lange.|
Tanner Sheather is one of the many proud Wiradjuri students at Sacred Heart. His paving stone shows the Rainbow Serpent surrounded by blue, green, white and black to represent land, water and all people. The round meeting places created with different coloured stones represent how all at Sacred Heart are welcome no matter where you come from. Tanner said " You can always find someone to talk to and be friends with at Sacred Heart".
2021 Secondary Sport - First Day Back - Friday 29th January
The only opportunity to attend the pool as a sport group, before the swimming carnival in 2021 will be the very first day back, Friday 29th January. Please ensure that your child/ren has their swimming gear (including a rash top), a hat, a drink bottle and $2.50 entry money (payable to their roll teacher on the morning of). Students are to indicate to their teacher if they have a season pass. Fitness passports are not accepted for school swimming.
A note about PE at the pool will go home day 1 2021, outlining what days students will be attending the pool for our PE curriculum programs.