Sacré Cœur is a Catholic Independent School for girls from Prep to Year 12 founded by the French order of nuns, the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) in 1888. Sacré Cœur is one school in the Sacred Heart network of over 150 sister schools in 41 countries. There are four Sacred Heart schools in the Australian and New Zealand network. Sacré Cœur, Glen Iris, has its origins in the vision of St Madeleine Sophie Barat who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in Paris in 1800. Growing up during the French Revolution in the small town of Joigny about 80 miles south of Paris, Sophie felt a strong call to religious life from an early age. Although her attraction was to a strictly contemplative life, her reflections led her to the realisation that an education based on Christian values was essential for a more just society to emerge from the upheaval of the Revolution.
Having an unusually strong classical education herself, she envisioned an education for girls which would develop each student's gifts to the fullest, lay the foundations for a solid, active faith, including compassionate service to the poor, and awaken a thirst for life-long learning.
Sacred Heart Tradition
Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education
A Sacred Heart education is marked by a distinctive spirit.
This spirit is expressed in the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. Most Sacred Heart schools around the world hold the five Goals as fundamental to the way in which the School is run. In their every day school life, members of the school community endeavour to ‘live out' these Goals. For each Goal there are several criteria. These are statements of intent through which the Goals are achieved.
It is of the essence of a Sacred Heart school that it be deeply concerned for each student's total development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. A Sacred Heart school emphasises serious study, social responsibility, personal growth and resilience, wise decision-making and lays the foundations of a strong faith.
The Goals and Criteria are fundamental to the four schools that belongs to the Australian and New Zealand Network of Sacred Heart Schools (ANZNet). They provide the framework within which each school develops its own specific objectives appropriate to the local situation. They will serve as instruments of evaluation and accountability by which each school and the Network as a whole will test its congruence with the Sacred Heart philosophy of education.
A Personal and Active Faith in God
A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values
Building of Community as a Christian Value
A Social Awareness that Impels to Action
Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom
Sacré Cœur School Motto
Our Motto, Cor Unum et anima una in corde Jesu means one heart and one mind in the heart of Jesus Christ.
We believe our students aspire to share in and model a Cor Unum spirit which is demonstrated by their ability to live and grow with an open and generous heart which is then shared with others.
Statement of Democratic Principles
Sacré Cœur adheres to and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy:
We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.
As such, Sacré Cœur adheres to the reporting requirements under Commonwealth and State funding agreements and makes available on request reports on all aspects of school performance to members of the school community.