On Friday 1 November we said farewell to our Year 13 students as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. The Chapel was full with family and school supporters who have contributed, big and small, to enable these young Men to reach this important milestone in their lives.
Our hopes for these Sacred Heart graduates is that they…
- …embrace their potential and know that playing small in the world – does not serve the world
- …know this community runs deep and as Old Boys they are always a part of us
- …take heart the Catholic Champagnat Marist faith and character formation will serve them strongly for the rest of their life
- …remember that when doubt comes, as it does in every young adult, that they don’t feel they have to be in solitude and do it alone
Confortare Esto Vir – the courage to be a man – starts with the courage to seek support from trusted people who will both challenge you to chase your dreams but also remind you of your family and Marist values when the power of certain ambitions can influence one away from their core, their soul, their light.
Tremendous speeches from six of our boys, as well as a heartfelt sendoff from Head Boy Miller Rewi, cemented our hopes that our 2019 graduates will continue to take heart from the support around them and have faith that their Catholic Marist Champagnat light will be a light that never leaves them.
Photos from the evening
Millar Rewi’s Head Boy Speech
Year 13 Haka to the parents
A Parental Reflection
What is the most important thing in the world? According to the Maori proverb the answer is: the people, the people, the people. And this perfectly covers what is so special about Sacred Heart College.
When I arrived in New Zealand to teach at Sacred Heart ten years ago, I thought I was starting a new job. I didn’t realise I had joined a new whanau and one that my son would join soon after.
Selecting a college for your child to attend is not an easy matter. There are lots of things which factually determine the choice, like living in the catchment area, being a preference student or having other siblings at the school. There are practical things, such as does the school offer specific subjects, sports, music, drama or cultural activities? And then there are the matters of the heart. Does the school have an ethos which you admire? Does it promote values which you share? Will it develop your child into the man you want him to become?
Thanks to the people at Sacred Heart, the answer is yes to all these questions and criteria. Being a Catholic, Marist Champagnat school isn’t just a name, but a way of being and living for everyone who walks through those gates. Modelled by our esteemed Marist Brothers, we can feel assured that our sons will take on board – at least to some extent – what it means to be a Marist man. And we can feel confident that these are qualities which will remain with them all of their lives, far beyond their memory of what they are (hopefully) cramming at the moment for their Year 13 exams.
The academic help and support my son has received has been excellent and we wholeheartedly thank all of those who have contributed to this aspect of his education. We would also like to thank those who have helped him in many other ways, pastorally, spiritually and through co-curricular activities. It is the combination of all these different types of education which makes a first-class school and I am sure he will be proud to call Sacred Heart College his alma mater.
Sacred Heart College is not just a physical address. It is not just a group of buildings – no matter how splendid some of them may be. Sacred Heart College is the people who live, work and learn there. And it has been our privilege to have had our son as one of those people: He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
Viktoria and Stephen Jowers-Wilding
Parents of Brogan Wilding (Year 13)