The interest of education never flags; year after year the material is new, the children come up from the nursery to the school room with their life before them, their unbounded possibilities for good, their confidence and expectant hopefulness as to what the future will bring them.
We have a splendid opportunity and are greatly responsible for its use.
Janet Erskine Stuart
Continuing the tradition of strategic planning, the School Board has sought to determine and review the building and infrastructure needs of Sacré Cœur for the next ten year period (2016-2026).
The Board appointed a Special Projects Committee with School and Foundation Board representatives, School Leadership and parent representation.
Based on some independent expert advice obtained, the School Board is going to appoint a Project Manager to oversee the Master Plan.
The Project Manager will give us formal advice as to our Master Plan objectives and next steps.
Commenced September 2016 - Sacré Cœur Tennis Court Redevelopment
We are excited to announce that plans have now been finalised for redevelopment of our tennis courts at the front of the school.
The new courts will all be on the same level as the oval and will consist of six tennis courts (with portable nets), six netball courts and four basketball courts on a hardcourt surface.
Under the tennis courts will be a staff carpark which will accommodate approximately 137 cars. Also included below the courts will be a large storage area for Physical Education and Sport equipment and two toilets. There will also be large water tanks to boost the School’s existing water catchment capacity, storage areas for Art and Drama, a bicycle lockup for staff and storage for heavy garden equipment.
The front of the school will be re-landscaped to incorporate an avenue of Gingko Biloba trees and a new pathway between the front bluestone fence and the new structure, with additional planting to screen the north, west and south sides of the building.
This development will not only improve our sports facilities, but reduce the amount of vehicular traffic through the school, thereby improving safety for all students and staff. It will also free up visitor car parking and provide additional space and design flexibility at the rear of the school for further development as per our Master Plan.
It is anticipated that work will begin in the September holidays, and that the carpark and tennis courts should be completed early in Term 1, 2017. During the construction works, the entire tennis court area up to the roadways on the North and South sides and most of the oval will be fenced off as the Builder’s compound to ensure the safety of all concerned.
Normal traffic flow at drop off and pick up times will be possible, however access to the School via the roadway may be limited at other times of the day. Pedestrian traffic will be directed up the south side of the road into the school to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents. Click here for more information.
Future proposed projects
Relocation of the Arts and Visual Communication areas to a new purpose built location. This location will include classrooms plus break out rooms; adequate work, storage and display areas; toilets and staff office.
This project will also provide for a refurbished Joigny playground and new half court adjacent to the south side of the Duchesne Gymnasium.
To achieve maximum usage of the available footprint, the new arts building will be sited where the current staff car park is located.
This will be an exciting time for Sacré Cœur, with major capital works to be undertaken with benefits to students
Completion of the Multipurpose Building (Janet Erskine Stuart Stage 2) which will incorporate 3 Senior School Science Classrooms on the first floor, a Junior School Science/LOTE Classroom, Staff Lounge on the ground floor and staff offices on the second floor. Provision will be made for store rooms, male and female toilets and lift. The new building will be linked to both the main school building and the Janet Erskine Stuart Centre. There will be an undercroft to link the Junior and Secondary School courtyards.
The existing 1960 science rooms will be demolished to make way for the new building.
Refurbishment of the Joigny courtyard.
Extension and upgrade of the Florence Buckley Hall to provide space for an additional 120/150 seats on a mezzanine level and renewal of the surrounding precinct.
It is also planned to undertake progressive refurbishment of Joigny during the plan period. The scope of works is currently being assessed.
During 2016 some refurbishment of the current Arts Department will be undertaken pending relocation and provide for alternative future use.
The Sacré Cœur Foundation has been in existence since 2004. Since then, it has made a significant contribution to school development having been supportive of the refurbishment of the school chapel, the external renovation of the historic Brynmawr, and the renovation and extension of the Joigny Junior School. The Foundation Board meets regularly to plan its ongoing support of the school.
The work of the Foundation remains as central and important to future school development as it has been since its establishment.
For more information about the Foundation, click here.