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Honouring the past and present at Sacred Heart


Logie award winning comedian Shaun Micallef returned to his old school, Sacred Heart College, last month for the annual Founder’s Day celebration.

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For the first time, students from three campuses – Marymount, middle and senior schools – came together, with approximately 2000 students and staff filling the Br Joseph McAteer Centre.

Micallef, who attended the college from 1972 to 1979, was inducted into the Hall of Honour which was launched last year at the opening of the McAteer Centre.

He recalled his days at the college, including his time as college captain which meant he had to pay $10 for the gold lettering of his name on the honour board.

Micallef graduated from the University of Adelaide with a law degree in 1983 and worked as a solicitor and barrister for a decade before moving to Melbourne to pursue a full-time career in comedy. A prolific writer, producer, actor, TV presenter and comedian, he is a three-time Logie winner for Most Outstanding Comedy.

Four other prominent South Australians were inducted last month: Henrique d’Assumpacao (1949-51), a scientist and inventor who rose to become the chief defence scientist of Australia and head of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation; Vincent Gauci (1960-61), a mining engineer who headed Mount Isa Mines Limited, one of the world’s leading mining companies; Kathryn Zeitz (1980-82 nee Turner), a senior health sector executive and academic with a strong commitment to volunteer organisations; and Fran Tonkiss (1983-85), an internationally renowned figure in urban and economic sociology.

Held in honour of the founder of the Marist Brothers, Marcellin Champagnat, the ceremony was followed by the traditional Marist mission march along the beach to raise money for aid projects.

A highlight of the Founder’s Day celebration was the launch of a video called ‘We are Sacred Heart’ featuring old scholars, current students and Brother Jordan Redden. Brother Redden spoke of the generosity of his brothers Leo and Jack who used some of their meagre wages to pay for his second year as a boarder at the college.

“Thank goodness (they did) because I wouldn’t have become a Brother if I hadn’t had that second year,” he said.

Produced by teacher Chris Pittman the video already has been viewed more than 11,000 times. It can be found on the Sacred Heart College Facebook page.


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