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Newsletter of the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association 

Term 1 2018 Edition 14

President's Report
Marisa Reid
(Galli 1983)

"Building community as a Christian value"
2018 Focus Goal
I am delighted to welcome our VCE class of 2017 as our newest Alumnae Association members in this, the 130th anniversary year of our wonderful school.They achieved wonderful results and we wish them every success as they begin their post school journey and may they find much joy in being part of the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association for the rest of their lives!
The focus goal for the year is “Building Community as a Christian Value”. This is exemplified in the many ways as a group we work together and help one another including the Janet Stuart Bursary, the Small Pleasures Fund and within our friendship groups.
In October we have the opportunity to work together as a whole community for the French Village Fair with all proceeds going to Sophie’s Farm in the Philippines.This is a marvellous example of building community beyond our privileged borders and reaching out to a community of people who need our help and whom we have the opportunity to come to know and understand. Each year a group of our VCE class spends time in the Philippines working with and learning from this group of people who face so many challenges.
Maybe you have a business you would like to promote through Fair sponsorship. We would love to hear from you!
At our AGM in May, my third two-year term as President will come to an end and I will not be seeking re-election. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have helped and supported me and with whom I have worked so happily over these interesting and fulfilling years.To the Alumnae Committee members, past and present, thank you for your wisdom, enthusiasm, hard work and friendship. I thank the two Alumnae Relations Managers with whom I have worked, Rebecca Dollman and Melinda Adams. Your tireless efforts make every event special; the staff of the Community Relations Office, with special thanks to Marian Andrews, Ms Maureen Ryan and Mrs Anna Masters and the Leadership Team for your support of all things Alumnae.
Finally, my heartfelt thanks to you, my fellow Alumnae, we share a special bond and it has been a privilege to serve you.

Welcome to
Anna Masters

A Note from Anna Masters: New Principal of Sacré Cœur
As I write I am conscious that we are nearing the end of Term 1, 2018 and am a little shocked at how rapidly time has passed! As I reflect on my first term at Sacré Cœur I am reminded about how blessed and privileged I am to be leading such a vibrant Sacred Heart community. I most definitely feel welcomed and immersed in the world that is everything Sacré Cœur.
I must say how grateful I am to have been so warmly embraced by the Alumnae community and I look forward to deepening my connection with former students and friends of the school. I am very proud to note that we will be holding the French Village Fair this year with all profits used to support the Sacred Heart mission at Sophie’s Farm in the Philippines, a cause that is close to the hearts of many alumnae. I am sure that the French Village Fair will be a chance for me to meet and work with many more members of our alumnae community.
We continue to celebrate 130 years of Sacré Cœur at Burke Road and I can see that many are “liking” the Facebook pages so cleverly designed to link contemporary school life to images of the past. Further events are in the planning process so please watch this space!
I trust that you will have a holy and blessed Easter, sharing time with those you love.
In corde Jesu
Anna Masters
Book Now
130th Anniversary Past School Captains,
Vice-Captains and Duxes Afternoon Tea
In our 130th anniversary year of Sacred Heart Education at Burke Road, we celebrate the outstanding women who have contributed so much to the rich history of Sacré Cœur through their student leadership and achievements.
Date:   Saturday 2 June 2018
Time:   2.30pm School Tour
            3-5pm Afternoon Tea
Venue: The Kirby Centre at Sacré Cœur
Invitations will be sent in April. Please save the date
AGM,1948 and 1958 Reunions

Date:      Sunday 20 May 2018
Time:      2pm
Venue:    The Chapel and Kirby Centre
Invitations will be sent in April. Please save the date


Past Teacher Update

Dianne Taveira
Positions Held at Sacré Cœur
I was first employed at Sacré Cœur in 1974 to teach Geography, History and Religion. I had to resign in the second half of 1975 as I was pregnant and in those days women teachers had to resign as there was no such thing as maternity leave.
I was re-employed at Sacré Cœur, when Brenda Moore invited me back to teach in 1980.
I was appointed Geography Coordinator in the mid 1980s. I was appointed Faculty Head of Humanities as well as Geography coordinator and both these positions I held until I resigned in 1997.
I was appointed Head of the Middle School in 1994 and I held that position as well until I left Sacré Cœur.
I was elected Teacher in charge of Duchesne House and I held that position throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, again until I resigned from the staff of Sacré Cœur.
The nuns made me a Life Member of the Almunae Association in 1997.
I was one of the inaugural staff members of the Association of Sacred Heart Schools. My role was to represent Sacré Cœur.
Life after Sacré Cœur
In 1998, after 26 years happily teaching at Sacré Cœur, I decided it was time for a complete change. I was very familiar with the North East of Victoria as not only had I grown up on a farm in this location but I bought a farm at Longwood in 1989, when I was teaching at Sacré Cœur.
When a leadership position became available at Notre Dame College in Shepparton I successfully applied for this job. As Director of The Senior Campus I became totally immersed in this school. It was fascinating seeing how the Mercy and Marist charisms were combined to form a unique school. One of the highlights of my six years at Notre Dame College was going on a Marist Immersion to Hong Kong and to Europe. However whilst I was in Paris at this time I seemed to be surrounded by reminders of Sacré Cœur. In fact when we were walking through one of the very old cemeteries in Paris I came across a grave of one of the members of the Duchesne family. Sacré Cœur in Montmartre dominated the city skyline.
At the end of 2001 I was diagnosed with breast cancer so I returned to Melbourne for treatment. After going through all the treatment available at the time, as well as going on a global trial, I have been free from cancer since then.
In 2004 I was employed at Xavier College and I have been there ever since. One of the great joys of teaching at Xavier is when I am approached by parents who say “Remember me Mrs Taveira you taught me at Sacré Cœur and now you are teaching my son.”
I consider myself a very fortunate person to have met so many wonderful young women and men during a long, interesting and rewarding teaching career.
Seeking our Oldest Living Alumna 
Is This You?
pictured 1900 whole school community
As we celebrate Sacré Cœur's 130th anniversary this year, we are hoping to find our oldest living alumna.
Our records indicate that we have an alumna who's birthdate is          11 October 1922 and she finished her studies in 1938.
Do you know of anyone born before then?
Please contact Melinda Adams if you do. We look forward to sharing the alumna's story in the next newsletter
Small Pleasures Lunch
Saturday 27 October 2018 - Save the Date
For further information,or if you are aware of an alumna who could benefit from a "small pleasure", please contact Small Pleasures via email or Kate Burley (President) on 0419 707 746.
Save the Date Saturday - 13 October 2018
French Village Fair 
We are very excited to announce that Sacré Cœur  will be holding the French Village Fair on Saturday 13 October 2018. This will be a wonderful event in which all members of the Sacré Cœur community have the opportunity to be involved, from children to parents,
grandparents and alumnae. Please save the date in your calendars.

We are also very proud to inform you that all profits from the 2018 French Village Fair will be used to support the Society of the Sacred Heart Mission, Sophie’s Farm, in Catarman, Northern Samar, The Philippines. Money raised will directly aid the local community through the wonderful work of the sisters and volunteers. Over the past six years,Sacré Coeur has developed a sister community relationship with the RSCJ Mission in Northern Samar. This
relationship embodies the principles of Catholic Social Justice and the Sacred Heart Goals that are at the core of who we are.
For more information visit French Village Fair
French Village Fair 2018 – Job Opportunity
Sacré Cœur is seeking a highly motivated member of the School community to serve as our French Village Fair Liaison Officer for 2018. Main duties include acting as the primary liaison between the School and the appointed external event agency that is delivering the event. Duties would also extend to oversight of some event logistics, basic administration work and coordination of volunteers.
This is a part time paid position for 1 day per week until mid-October. The French Village Fair Liaison Officer will be employed under the terms and conditions of the Victorian Catholic Education Multi Employer Agreement 2013. 
Immediate start would be required once appointed. Previous event coordination experience is preferred.
If you are interested in undertaking this role, or for more information, please contact Alastair Lee, Director of Community Relations via email or phone 9835 2775 by no later than Monday 9 April 2018.
Community Choir
Sacré Cœur is extremely proud of its Community Choir which is now entering into its 7th year. Made up of a group of people who simply love singing and being part of an ensemble, the choir performs a broad range of music from Musical Theatre to Opera; Popular to Classical; and everything in between.
The benefits of choral singing to both our physical and mental well-being is well documented through rigorous academic research. However, it is probably the members themselves who are our most powerful advocates.
"I have been in the Community Choir since it started and it has been a fabulous decision. I had no previous experience of singing, but that did not matter at all. I am “always busy” (who isn’t these days) but while other midweek night time commitments are draining and hard to keep up, I have always found I feel more relaxed and refreshed after a choir rehearsal - and I drive home enjoying the good endorphins.”   
“Joining the choir gave me a sense of belonging and purpose during a very hard time in my life. It is fun, friendly and very uplifting. I have had people approach me to say the saw me perform and that makes it even more special.” 
“I enjoy community choir because
1/ I feel good after a night’s rehearsal
2/ I enjoy meeting up with the other people
3/ I feel a sense of relaxation after it.” 

“I would come to choir every day if possible, it’s what I most look forward to. It’s like therapy for me”
We welcome new members, and anyone from the school or local community is able to join. There are no auditions, and you definitely do not need to be able to read music: the only essential requirement is that you want to have fun, and sing with a friendly and inclusive group of similarly passionate people.
The Community Choir performs at various concerts and celebrations during the year and is looking to expand its brief by performing in larger community events. Rehearsals are every fortnight from 7.30 - 9.30pm at Sacré Cœur and there is a $100.00 fee for the year. The next rehearsal is on Wednesday 18 April.
If you are interested in joining, just come along or email Linda Greet for further information and a complete list of rehearsal dates.
Conductors – Rebecca Long, Wendy Rechenberg
Accompanist - Alison Conrau
Marianne Hale (1974), Parent of Madeleine Hale (2010) and staff member 1990-2000
We were delighted to receive this update from Marianne demonstrating the way she is putting into action this year's focus goal 
"Building community as a Christian value"
Reaching out with goodwill across Melbourne's interfaith community, to Islamic teachers and students at the Australian International Academy in Coburg has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my work as a Head of Religion and Social Service and teacher of VCE Religion and Society. Bringing students from different religious and cultural backgrounds together, with the goal of establishing friendships for peace and reconciliation, has assisted in overcoming stereotypes in the community, especially for girls. It has been a way of living out the Sacred Heart charism in the world today.

I was initially inspired by the work of Sr Virginia Calpotura RSCJ, (a member of the community at Sacré Cœur) on seeing her dedication as a chaplain at RMIT, in inaugurating the RMIT Multi-faith Spirituality Centre. She held to a broad vision of working for God’s overarching love in a global context and realised her vision for an RMIT multi-faith sacred space in the adjacent Old Melbourne Gaol, reclaiming the historic Chapel for its original use after several decades. Her ten years of dedicated advocacy and dynamic lobbying paid off! The opening of the Centre, ‘was unique in assembling religious leaders, sectors of the university and friends from many organisations’, she wrote. A devotee of the ecumenical Taize Community in Burgundy, France, Sr Virginia identified the beautiful stained-glass ‘Visitation’ image in Taizé’s Church of Reconciliation, as a call to ‘hospitality and welcome’ relevant for our multicultural society today. I still have the postcard of this image, which Sr Virginia sent me from Taizé, with words of encouragement for my ecumenical work in schools and on the Burwood and District Inter-Church Council.

On 22 March this year I was honoured to attend as Special Guest Speaker, A.I.A’s 2018 Harmony Day celebrations. I addressed this Muslim school community as a longstanding Christian advocate for harmony and understanding in this program. It was significant for them that I had been the first to contact the Islamic Council of Australia during the Iraq War, after a number of racist articles appeared in the newspapers, inflaming discrimination against innocent young Australian Muslim girls wearing the hijab. My students and I had wanted to express our sadness at the way young Muslims had been treated and so we invited girls from this school to share a Halal meal with us at our campus. We offered some hospitality as a sign of solidarity. This turned into more that 15 years of heartfelt cooperation and friendship, celebrated each year around Harmony Day, with exchange visits and shared joint excursions. What a privilege!
Pictured above
Left : Im Yeoh and Marianne Hale 
Right: An excerpt from ‘A Garden of Peace’ a mural jointly created by students.
School Update
Class of 2017 Results
We are immensely proud of the Class of 2017's results at an individual and collective level.
Find out more about our Dux Smilla Morrice and where the students are headed next.
VCE Results
Dear Sacré Cœur community
As part of the Year 9 Notre Monde program, and in conjunction with the Year 9 Religious Education program, all Year 9 students will undertake five weeks of Community Service late in September 2018 on consecutive Wednesdays.
Students are responsible for finding their own placements, and in past years, this has often been simply been going back to their own primary school to help out. Whilst this is an acceptable service, this year we are encouraging students to go beyond their comfort zone. As such, we are trying to find suitable places where they might do their Community Service other than in schools.
If you are aware of an organisation, or have some contact with one you think might be suitable for Year 9 Community Service, can I ask you to please let me know via email
Thank you for your help.
Kerry Ang Assistant Director of Mission (Secondary)
Janet Stuart Bursary Fund
Sacré Cœur Women Shaping the World
The Careers Centre, together with the Community Relations Office, is running a series of three careers evenings, open to the whole school community on three Thursdays in Term 2 in 2018.
We are excited to profile the alumnae speakers for the first event  
Women in Business

All Alumnae are most welcome to attend the evenings
Book Here for Careers Night
Bianca Bernardi (1998)

Bianca graduated from Sacré Cœur in 1998. She studied a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Accounting and Finance at Monash University. Her journey started in retail banking and its twists and turns have taken her across different states and countries from Argentina to Uganda over the last 15 years. She was always interested in Fashion and so upon completing her degrees she has held positions such as; Regional Manager Trenery at Country Road, State Manager at Nine West Group, State Manager at French Connection, National Operations Manager at Nine West and Steve Madden.

Bianca is privileged to say she now works for the Cotton on Group as National Retail Manager for Cotton on Body. Cotton On is Australia's largest global retailer, with 7 brands under its umbrella and this role has me overseeing the Australian retail team for Body leading over 190 sites across the country. 
Liz Dunne (2010)
Since graduating from Sacré Cœur, Liz has undertaken a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology with a minor sequence in Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. She has worked across multiple industry sectors and collaborated with a diverse range of clients in her time as a senior recruitment consultant, and researcher. Most recently, she has worked in a not-for-profit in their Learning and Development Team at Able Australia. She is currently completing a Masters of Management (HR) at the University of Melbourne alongside working across the Standards and Practice, and People and Culture teams at the Australian Human Resource Institute. In her spare time, she holds a strategic leadership role as the Architect of Talent & Growth for Momentium Consulting.
Anna Rogers (1987)
Over the past twenty years Anna has worked in brand strategy and advertising in Australia and the UK across FMCG, Health, Education, Utilities, Fashion, Entertainment, News and Technology. Which is just about everything. From start-ups looking to define themselves, to established brands in need of a new direction, as Managing Director of Brands to life®, Anna focusses on business objectives and understanding customers… and how to emotionally connect the two. Developing strategic vision that cuts to the core of a brand and unlocks their inner truth is what gets her out of bed each morning. Sometimes way too early.
Jacqui Bull (2007)

Jacqui Bull (2007), co-founded Australia’s largest on-demand staffing platform Sidekicker at the age of 22, building a company that now has on-the-ground operations in two countries and eight cities. In 2016, SEEK came on board as a major investor.

With more than 3000 clients and 10,000 active workers (known as Sidekicks) using the platform, Jacqui has fast become a trailblazer for entrepreneurs in Australia and has been featured in BRW, My Career, ABC News and Sky News Business.

 Jacqui has been a key driver of Sidekicker’s four times year on year growth and the expansion of head office staff from a team of 4 to 55 in the past two years.

She is driven by the impact that technology has to make people's lives simpler and easier, and is proud of the economic impact Sidekicker  has had thus far, connecting skilled workers with tens of thousands of job opportunities.

With five strong years under her belt in the Melbourne and Sydney startup community, Jacqui is passionate about encouraging more women to take risks and follow their gut when it comes to business.

Alumnae News
We love to share news and photos of alumnae. Please remember to send any updates to the Alumnae Relations Manager
 Alumnae Heading to the Commonwealth Games in April

Joanna Weston (2011) (pictured above left, second from the rightand Anabelle Smith (Class of 2010) (pictured right) have both been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Their selections into the team are in Netball and Diving respectively.
We congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

From the Archives
Sacré Cœur students enjoying a hit of cricket in 1923 - no ball tampering here!

Can you help to add to our archive collection? We would love to receive some more photos. Please contact our Archivist Barbara Kowalski if you can assist.
 Sacré Cœur Chapel
There have been quite a number of enquiries regarding the use of the Chapel over the last year or so and to that end; this is a summary of the policy of the school. Further details may be obtained by contacting Marian Andrews on 9835 2776 or by email

Alumnae of Sacré Cœur are most welcome to be married in the Chapel, as many of you have been. Others may make a request for special consideration, through the Wedding Co-ordinator, to the Principal. Weddings are possible on Saturdays during school terms and must be conducted by a Catholic priest. In special circumstances, approval may be given for a Friday night or Sunday wedding but may incur an additional charge.

The Chapel is not available for baptisms as it is more appropriate for a child to be baptised in their own parish and to be welcomed by the community there.

The Chapel may be used for funeral or memorial services for RSCJ; past and current Chairs of the Sacré Cœur Board and Foundation Board; past and current Principals and current staff.
May they walk in your footsteps...
A reminder that pavers purchased are tax deductible! Orders are now being taken for the next stage to add to the pavers that have been laid since 2013.

If you would like to be included in this historic addition to our remarkable gardens, please call Marian Andrews at the Community Relations Office on 
03 9835 2776 or click here for an application form. 
In Memoriam
Des Randall    
2 February 2018    
Husband of Barbara Randall (McAlister 1942) and Father of Dr Leoni Degenhardt  (Randall 1964), Adrienne James (Randall 1967), Denise Stone (Randall 1969) and Madeline Randall (1973)
Jack Ryan    
11 March 2018    
Father of Maureen Ryan
(Past Principal 2010 – 2017)
Save these 2018 dates!
Tuesday 24 April
Foundation AGM  7.30pm 

Click here for an agenda and to RSVP

Monday 30 April        
Foundation Golf Day  12.15pm
Commonwealth Golf Club Book now
Join us to win the Alumnae Bowl!

Sunday 20 May  
AGM 1948, 1958 Reunion  2pm

Saturday 2 June
Past School Captains, Vice Captains and Duxes Afternoon Tea.
 Please update your contact details if you would like to be included.

Tuesday 18 September
Generations Afternoon Tea  3.30pm

Saturday 13 October
French Village Fair    

Saturday 27 October 
Small Pleasures Lunch 

Saturday 17 November   
Mass of Remembrance - 10am
2018 Reunions 
1948 /1958 AGM  Sunday 20 May 2018 
2pm Mass in the chapel followed by Afternoon Tea in the Kirby Centre
1968 Reunion  Saturday 21 April 2018
Contact: Sally Curtain and Jane Feely
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club 12pm

The following reunions will be held in the Parlour from 4-6pm:

1978 Reunion  Saturday 20 October 2018
Contact: Mandy Farrell
1988 Reunion  Saturday 21 July 2018
Contact:  Chrissie Japp and Sarah Heine

1998 Reunion Saturday 28 July                            
Contact: Ange McCaughley
2008 Reunion  Saturday 15 September                       
Contact: Maddy Friend
2017 Reunion  Friday 31 August
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