A Sacred Heart Education is steeped in history that originates in France. Our Founder, St Madeleine Sophie Barat, founded the Society of Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) in 1800. Madeleine Sophie was committed to educating young women with a focus on both the curriculum (academic endeavour) and the students’ formation of character. She also believed in the transforming power of women and their role in society.
Over two hundred years later, this same spirit of endeavour and focus on the holistic education of each child lies at the heart of all our decision making and learning.
Our students often refer to the School as their second home as they feel a sense of belonging and connection to their lived experience. The joy of laughter, the gift of wonder, the sharing of talents, the forging of friendships and the diversity of opportunity is all evidenced in the girls’ schooling. The encouragement to raise one’s voice, challenge opinions, and to think globally as women who seek to make a difference in their world are celebrated within a Sacré Cœur education. Our girls seek to contribute to their local communities and to the world.
We provide our students with the necessary skills to equip them for a changing world of work. We want our girls to graduate from Sacré Cœur with the capability, confidence and courage to live their lives to the full.
Our Vision Statement is “Sacré Cœur Women Shape the World”. This strong statement reflects our existing and future aspirations for our young women and it is authentic to our Sacred Heart tradition. It follows then, our Purpose is to “Educate and Empower our Women to Make a Profound Contribution to Their World”. This Purpose Statement reflects our commitment to educate each child, not just academically, but holistically with the goal of empowering her and building her confidence and resilience to respond to change and to live her life with a future focus.
We are privileged to belong to an international Sacred Heart family of 150 schools across 41 countries. We have the opportunity to attend conferences together, engage in shared programs with staff and students, participate in international student and staff exchanges and support social justice initiatives around the globe. These connections enhance our thinking and acting with a global mindset.
Many Sacred Heart schools share five Sacred Heart goals which inform our practice:
Each goal helps shape each girl by raising her confidence within a safe and nurturing community.
Our school 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.
Sacré Cœur Women Shape the World
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I am delighted to welcome you to Sacré Cœur, a Catholic school educating girls from Prep to Year 12 in the Sacred Heart tradition. As Educators of the Sacred Heart, we are privileged to work with young girls and women, as we guide their heads and their hearts in all they do.