June Issue 2022 Feature

From the Co-Presidents
SHC Alumni Association Strategic Plan

Alumni Strategic Plan 2022 - 2024 (View PDF)

In 2021 the SHC Alumni Association engaged democracyCO to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2024.

The Strategy aims to build strong connections with our alumni membership, the College, current students and the broader community.

The Strategic Plan is focussed on four pillars:

Connecting through...

  1. Networking

  2. Experiences

  3. Giving Back

  4. Communication and Sharing Stories.

The Alumni Committee is working on four projects in 2022-23

Networking– identifying, sourcing and implementing an interactive database for all Alumni to update and keep in touch. A platform for networking, mentoring and inspiring each other.

Experiences – organising an 'Inspire Lunch' where our Alumni can gather and reconnect with each other. The goal is to make this an annual 'must-attend' event which will celebrate our diverse and interesting Alumni and will also raise money for selected charities or organisations.

Giving Back – identifying smaller charities or organisations that are aligned with our Mercy values where our support can make a real difference. We will seek to work with those organisations to raise awareness within our Alumni community.

Communications and Sharing Stories – the building of regular, informative and interesting communications across all mediums eg Maptivate and other accessible channels to capture the stories of our Alumni experiences and share them with our Alumni community.

This is an exciting time for the Association and our Committee will be reaching out to you for your support. If you are interested in participating please contact Co-Presidents Anne Mathieson and Peta Credlin at alumni@shcgeelong.catholic.edu.au

Congratulations - Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Gael Perry (1962) on being awarded an OAM for her services to multicultural aged care and to the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours. As we all know Gael is a tireless volunteer who works to improve the lives of others in our community. She has also demonstrated this by her long-term and ongoing commitment to the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and the College.

Another Alumni, Rosemary Nugent (1972), was also awarded an OAM for her service to the communities of Geelong and Timor Leste. Congratulations also go to Rosemary.

We are very proud of Alumni who have been awarded OAMs and AMs and other community honours over the years. It is a testament to our Mercy education and the Mercy values of service and justice which encourage students to give back to the community and for advocacy that leads to action.

Article courtesy of Geelong Advertiser, 13/06/2022

Images: Holly Lipson (Class of 2008)

Holly Lipson (2008) has just returned from a large stint of international travel, working as the acting sports physiotherapist with the Australian Para Alpine team. 

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Image: Alex Marshall (Class of 2017)

Alex Marshall (2017) has long proven her leadership capabilities, both as a school captain at Sacred Heart College and now as the Greens’ candidate for the recent Federal election in Corangamite.

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Sister Mary Raphael Sheehan

Muriel Margaret Sheehan was born on 4 March 1905. One of five children, her siblings were John, Patrick, Veronica (Vera Ryan) and Louis

Muriel attended the Academy of Mary Immaculate, between 1915 and 1919. In 1927, she went on to study for the Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Her degree was conferred on 8 April 1934. Muriel entered the Sisters of Mercy on 25 May 1935 and was professed on 20 January 1944, taking the religious name of Mary Raphael.

Sister M Raphael taught music at her alma mater, Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy and Our Lady of Mercy, Heidelberg before coming to Sacred Heart College, Geelong in 1956. Sister M Raphael was known for being both passionate and strict with her music students. Not practicing before a piano lesson could see the unfortunate student pushed out of the music room with their books thrown after them. She took on the running of the canteen and often during lessons would have to leave to attend to deliveries of bread rolls or supplies. At exam time, Sr M Raphael would bring students to the oratory to pray and then pin a relic of St Anthony on them to wear as spiritual aid for success in the exam.

In 1988 she celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession, and at a small gathering she was presented with an anniversary clock from her family. Former students performed a programme of songs as thanks for Sister’s talents, passion, care and giving of her best to her students over many years. In 1990, Sr M. Raphael retired from teaching after a remarkable 44 years of contribution to the musical life of Sacred Heart College.

Sister M Raphael died at Geelong on 19 March 2002 at the age of 97 and is buried in the cemetery at Sacred Heart College, Geelong. Recently, her anniversary clock has been donated to Sacred Heart College and is now sitting proudly on Anna’s mantlepiece in her office.

Thank you to Sr Eileen Daffy and Carmel Edwards for their information on Sr Raphael and special thanks to Karen and David Kiss for their gift of restoration on the clock.

Maptivate is Coming!

Sacred Heart is currently working on an exciting project with Circ Consulting called Maptivate.
Through Maptivate, we are creating an innovative and engaging way to connect and share our stories and information. By using an interactive digital map of the school site, you will be able to explore the College buildings, watch videos, get the latest information, see historic photos and listen to stories from our Alumni about their time at the College. The map will be launched in August 2022. 

Annual Giving

The College's Annual Giving campaign for 2022 has launched with a courageous challenge of raising $100,000 for the College's Scholarship Program. If you would like to provide an opportunity for a student at SHC, please click the link below. Every gift WILL make a difference. Thank you.

Make a Gift to the Scholarship Program

Alumni Brides
Thank you to all alumni who sent in photos of their wedding day!
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We remember our school friends who are no longer with us.
We especially remember our alumni who have passed away this year.
Let us take a moment to pray for them.

Suzanne Mittelhauser (O’Callaghan, 1976)
Desmond Podbury (Boy, 1935)
Margaret Purcell (Owens, 1957)
 Aileen Redden (McMahon circa 1948)
Marycath Reed (Coughlan, 1945)

SHC Foundation Day

Thank you to our alumni who joined us for the inaugural SHC Foundation Day Celebrations on Sunday 15 May.

The College was abuzz with laughter, joy and excitement; good conversation flowed freely as our College community, including families, students, alumni, staff and past staff reclaimed much of what we had lost during the last two years of COVID restrictions.