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Sacred Heart Day 2020

By Alumni

On the occasion of our 131st birthday, we celebrated our birthday with a liturgy prepared by Director of Ethos, Ms Pam Paton-Mills.  As we could not be together celebrating mass in the Macartin Centre, the liturgy was shared with all students and staff via Google classroom.  Even parents and some staff watched the liturgy which was also screened in the chapel.

The day’s festivities included a showcase of dancing talent and acting performances.


By Alumni

We at Sacred Heart College are going to follow the rainbow! As a sign of solidarity, rainbows are appearing all around the world. Have you seen the heartwarming window trend sweeping the globe? Guess what? We are joining in, sharing hope and joy in our communities.

The simple act of painting a window rainbow or creating a rainbow with chalk on pavements are helping to spread some much needed joy for those who are confined inside. It’s often in the darkest of times that little rays of sunshine appear, which is exactly what the rainbow trend is all about.

It’s thought to have first started in Italy, soon followed by Spain and now the rest of the world — as we show we’re all in this together. Painting and drawing is a great way to help keep us entertained and feeling a little brighter while we are at home.

Many schools are encouraging the children to paint the rainbows while at home, unable to see each other. It’s been dubbed The Rainbow Trail’.

Your project is to make and create your own rainbow by either painting a picture, drawing it on paper or decorating your driveway with a colourful rainbow using chalk. Include a short message of hope in your picture, ask your parents to take a picture and send it to your teachers.

You and your parents can also post it on social media and include the following tags to spread the joy: #chasetherainbow #staysafe #rainbowsinwindows #rainbowsofhope #rainbowtrail #rainbowshc #staysafeshc

Let’s continue to spread hope with our rainbows.

Alumni Basketball Tournament 2020

By Alumni

SHC are the Alumni Basketball champions.

On Saturday 15 February the Sacred Heart College (Marist Brothers Observatory) took on St Davids and Marist Brothers Linmeyer in an Alumni Basketball tournament.

SHC Alumni Team consists of:

Sihle Tshabalala (Class of 2012)
Trent Correa (Class of 2014)
Tyrelle Correa (Class of 2007)

Karlos Bryan (Class of 2011)
Salmaan Abrahams (Class 2014)
Darren Blanckensee (Class of 2014)

Balin Benissan (Class of 2014)
Thibamo Makgalemele (Class of 2014)
Bradley Klassen (Primary School & Preprimary)

The first game of the day was SHC v St Davids – 38 to 25 SHC Win

The second game was SHC v Marist Brothers Linmeyer – 48 to 19 SHC Win

Last game a SHC v Marist Brothers Linmeyer & St Davids (friendly) – 60 – 34 SHC Win

Sacred Heart Win the Koch Street Alumni Trophy!!

Thank you to all the players and Marist Brothers Linmeyer for the invite.

Information provided by Tyrelle Correa

Rhodes Scholarship

By Alumni

Sacred Heart College Class of 2016 Alumna Masego Mafata has been granted a hugely prestigious Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship. Here, she recalls the application process, and credits her support systems with contributing to her success.

What she’s studying right now:

“I’m doing my Honours in journalism at the moment. I’m hoping to take a break from school next year and to hopefully find a job that allows me to combine advocacy journalism and arts journalism.”

On her schooling at SHC:

“Being schooled at SHC did help me get to where I am today. From early on in my school career, I was one of the ‘lucky’ students who were chosen for opportunities that were available to a limited number of students. Schools tend to offer these opportunities to the same group of students, and I also benefitted from this system. Even though I benefited from this, I think it’s important for the pool of students who are selected for the opportunities to be further diversified. “In addition to this, I was surrounded by teachers, peers and other staff members who provided the support and encouragement that allowed me to develop a ‘go-getter’ spirit. I appreciate how accessible people like Mrs Blanckensee were. I remember having many meetings with her, where she would listen to my thoughts and ideas and she would provide meaningful feedback. She would also help where she can with the execution of these ideas. “Lastly, I can’t emphasize how much being part of the melting pot that is SHC has influenced how I live my life now. Being exposed to and encouraged to embrace difference (in terms of the people I am surrounded by, difference within the curriculum and with the activities that I do) has cultivated a sense of constantly wanting to learn about the world and the people around me.”

The scholarship:

“The scholarship is for postgraduate studies (except MBChB) at any South African university. It pays for your tuition, accommodation, textbook and personal allowances for the duration of your degree/programme of study. You also attend three workshops and three pod sessions with themes ranging from leadership, reconciliation and entrepreneurship. It is so much more than a financial assistance programme. Your year in residency is the year in which the pay for all of these things, so since my year in residency is 2020 and my degree is a one-year programme, the Foundation will be paying for my studies for this year only.”

On support:

“Honestly, applying for this scholarship felt like a shot in the dark for me – I did not think that my application would be successful, given the calibre of people who apply for this scholarship. However, I am surrounded by the most affirming people. It is through their support that I found the courage to apply for this scholarship. Because of this, receiving this scholarship symbolised, in a lot of ways, paying homage to the incredible support system that I have.

On imposter syndrome:

“When I catch myself questioning how it came to be that I was selected as an MRF scholar, I remind myself that I’m selling myself short by wallowing in a limiting sense of self-doubt. Instead, I should embrace this opportunity in its entirety; I owe that to myself and to everyone who is rooting for me. Engaging with other MRF scholars has also helped me navigate this. This is because I have seen that even with their incredible bios and achievements, they also experience imposter syndrome in some way. It has been reassuring to learn that even the most successful people have to grapple with and overcome similar feelings of anxiety and self-doubt.

On what comes next:

“Meeting fellow MRF scholars has increased my desire to further explore the African continent and to engage with lived experiences outside of the ones that I am usually exposed to. For a long time, I have been grappling with the guilt of being a South African in the context of rampant Afrophobia and anti-Africa sentiments expressed by other South Africans. I’m hoping to constructively channel my frustration and guilt in a way that allows me to contribute to solving this complex problem of prejudice and violence (both physical and systemic), through avenues such as advocacy journalism and other, more ‘on-the-ground’ projects.

On paying it forward:

“It is an incredible honour to be part of such a prestigious programme. Moreover, it is so stimulating to be among some of the greatest minds on the African continent. I have realised that along with this honour comes a greater responsibility for MRF scholars to use this opportunity to open up the spaces we occupy, broaden the representation and grow the conversation.”