From the Principal – Issue #6, 2024

Acknowledgement of Country

From the Principal

Ms Paddy McEvoy

Dear Parents/Guardians, Friends & Students of SAC,

Our community came together in prayer and reflection this fortnight to mark the most significant week in the liturgical calendar. Staff and students entered the Holy Week liturgy last Thursday in silence and were deeply moved by the beautiful singing of the choir and reading and acting out tableaus from scripture. Sadness turned to joy as we celebrated the resurrection in our Easter Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral this Wednesday. Father Lancy D’Silva CSC, Dean and Administrator of the Cathedral parish, joined our chaplain, Fr James McEvoy, in concelebrating the Mass. Once again, the music was a source of inspiration for all present and we are deeply grateful to the Cathedral staff who have made us feel so welcome this year for our whole school Masses.

GATHERING in silence to commemorate Holy Thursday last week


Open Night brought more families than ever to our doorstep this year, despite the cooler weather. At SAC, we find that prospective families appreciate being able to see the full program of College activities on display along with meeting teachers and students. Thanks must go to our current students and their families who are fantastic ambassadors for the College, as well as to the staff who are key to making visitors feel welcome at these events. Thanks also to the Marketing Team, whose work is central to sustaining our strong enrolments and ensuring that the world knows what is so special about SAC.

2024 Open Night Success!

Last week we farewelled two of our Study Tour groups, from St Capitanio and Mejiro Kenshin High School in Japan. The students loved building new friendships and experiencing life in Adelaide, and we hope that they will visit Adelaide again someday. During this school holidays, Doreen Maiello and I will travel to Japan and visit a number of schools that have been sending students to St Aloysius for many years. We look forward to seeing these schools with our own eyes, and acknowledging how much we appreciate the many years of friendship between our schools.

さようなら、また会いましょう (bye bye and see you soon!)

As Term 1 draws to a close, the work in the Redden Centre is well underway. Year 7 and 8 classrooms are undergoing a major refresh as a result of consultation with students, staff and parents last year. The Village has had some teething problems, but through flexible timetabling we believe we have found a solution that will work well for the students and staff who are based there next term. As many of you will appreciate from your own renovations, timelines are often impacted by availability of materials, but we are hopeful that the Redden first floor will be back in action before too long. Thank you for your patience and support as we as we create some exciting new learning spaces for our middle years’ students.

Ms Paddy McEvoy