Established in May last year, the unit comprises nine Year 8 and 9 students, all from Marymount. With the approaching amalgamation of Marymount and Sacred Heart College, the unit has taken on the official title of ‘431 ACU Sacred Heart College’.
Aware and proud of their historical links with the Sacred Heart College cadet unit which operated from 1945 to 1975, the 431 unit is using their original hat badge design.
The OC of the unit is Major (AAC) Don Harvy, with school support officers 2LT Maria Bruno-Bossio, 2LT Sheryl Blowes and 2LT Darren Elliott and quartermaster Vanessa Anderson.
The Marymount cadets were joined by cadets from other South Australian units for the end of year parade in November.
The reviewing officer for the parade was LT COL (Retd) Bill Denny AM BM, an old scholar of SHC and the current vice president of the RSL in SA. SHC principal Steve Byrne and Marymount Head of School Shana Bennett also attended.
Presentations were made to: Principal’s Award for Overall Excellence – Zoe Hyde; Encouragement Award –Hannah Partridge; Sacred Heart Old Collegians Award for Most Committed Cadet – Sarah Amos; Best Shot Award – Megan Blyth.
In addition to those who received awards, the unit includes cadets Ella Collopy, Taya Howden, Maddi Pollard, Eadi Venning-Smith and Alyssa Vincenzi.
All cadets were presented with commemorative medallions to recognise them as founding members of 431 ACU Sacred Heart College.