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Champagnat Project under way


Excitement is building at Sacred Heart College Middle School as demolition work continues on the Mitchell Park site to make way for a new co-educational campus.

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In 2019, girls from Marymount Campus at Hove will relocate to the Year 7 to 9 co-educational campus which will be called Champagnat after the founder of the Marist Brothers, Marcellin Champagnat. On completing Year 9, students will continue their schooling at the senior campus at Somerton Park.

The largest project to be undertaken by Sacred Heart College in many years, the $15 million redevelopment will include a new two-storey ‘Marymount building’ with 18 co-ed classrooms and a ‘Good Samaritan’ centre with a chapel and communal space to seat more than 300 people.

Nine transportable classrooms are being used while demolition and building continues through 2018.

Gail Morgan, head of SHC Senior Campus, Kate Kilpatrick, head of Champagnat Campus and Shana Bennett, assistant to the principal, Champagnat Project.

Assistant to the principal, Champagnat Project, Mrs Shana Bennett, who is based at the middle school campus, said staff and students were excited by the changes and the unique opportunity presented by the amalgamation.

“There’s definitely an air of excitement around the place,” she said.

“We are continuing to get inquiries about enrolments, there’s a lot of interest.”

Mrs Bennett said there would be ongoing consultation with parents, staff and students throughout the year, including forums each term focussing on different elements of the amalgamation.

There also would be multiple opportunities for students and staff to come together in preparation for 2019.

The 900 plus students attending the new campus, including approximately 450 from Marymount, will participate largely in co-educational learning, except for targeted well-being programs.

Ms Kate Kilpatrick, former deputy principal at St Mark’s College, Port Pirie, has been appointed head of Champagnat Campus. She is currently based at Marymount Campus and will transition with the staff and students in 2019.

Ms Kilpatrick was previously deputy principal at St Mark’s College, Port Pirie, and before that was head of middle school at Cardijn College, Noarlunga Downs.

She said that parent confidence in the college was high, with many expressing a positive outlook about the pathway being created for their son or daughter.

“Equally excited, our students have been quick to engage in dialogue about Champagnat Campus and discuss the broad array of opportunities that will present during this unique experience.”



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