At Sacred Heart Girls’ College, we believe in a holistic education, preparing young women for a rapidly changing future in which many careers and job opportunities have not yet been determined. Our emphasis, therefore, is on equipping our students with the skills and ability to learn in order to be relevant in this new and evolving world.
We strive to create a culture of learning in a Christ-centered, disciplined environment. In promoting academic excellence, offering diverse intellectual, sporting and artistic opportunities and a strong social justice program, we aim to create young women who are forward thinkers, culturally and environmentally aware, innovative, creative, resilient, financially literate, team players, empathetic, community minded, confident and articulate.
Through innovative programs and an emphasis on engagement with their learning, students are given numerous opportunities to develop leadership qualities. The eLeaders and Media Managers Program provides a vehicle for students to be actively engaged in supporting and empowering students and staff to use technology in support of positive learning outcomes; in the process, they are encouraged to be agents and managers of change.
As a faith-filled community founded by the RNDM Sisters, students and staff are encouraged to Partner in Mission with the Sisters. Upholding the principles of Catholic Social Teaching for the Dignity of the Human Person and a fair and just world, we aim to uphold the words of Euphrasie Barbier (Foundress of the RNDM Sisters) who said:
“We must not think that we are obliged to do all the good that there is to be done. Let us simply do all the good that we can with God’s help. God does not ask us to do more than that.”
(Euphrasie Barbier, 1882)
Our community is committed to promoting social justice locally and globally. Community outreach to aged care facilities, homework support for refugee and asylum seekers, Caritas Project Compassion, Benenson Society, St Vincent de Paul, FIRE Carriers, Yingadi Immersion and the Philippines Immersion to name but a few, encourage a caring and compassionate heart evidenced by actions not words.
The concept of stewardship of the land and ethical thinking is paramount and explored through the Outdoor Education Program and Year 9 City Experience. Mindful of our responsibility to equip our students to adapt to this changing world, these programs are experiential, sequential, ecologically diverse, practical and challenging.
Recognising that each student is unique with their own academic ability, personality and strengths, our forward thinking Careers Program is designed to provide students with an insight to life post Sacred Heart. It prepares students for the reality of the world in the twenty first century and emphasises that there are many pathways for students to achieve their goals and ambitions. A well-rounded student who is actively involved in the life of the College community will easily adapt to the rapidly changing job market.
Sacred Heart Girls’ College offers its language students the opportunity to participate in an overseas language and cultural tour of New Caledonia, Indonesia and Italy. All tours include a language study component and a homestay is organised for our students. The tours offered to students of Years 9 – 12, can be life-changing and build the students’ capacity to operate effectively as active and informed local and global citizens. The need for our students to be globally connected, informed and active has never been greater: global integration and international mobility have increased rapidly in the past decade. The tours enable students to address the heightened need to nurture an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity, and a sense of global citizenship.
Sister school partnerships are fostered in these language specific study tours. We understand that learning in another country is an important catalyst for effective education. The positive impact of immersing oneself into a different culture through the home-stay program is profound. Students return home with enhanced intercultural understandings, sharpened self-awareness and emerging leadership skills. These overseas tours allow Sacred Heart students to appreciate that different cultural, language and religious groups make up Australia. As students consider future pathways, they have greater awareness of political, legal, national and international issues and consider their roles and responsibilities as global citizens. Overseas learning supports students as active and informed global citizens through connecting with peers in other countries, experiencing new cultures and developing new understandings of their place in the world.
Our College community is rich in technological resources and experiences to allow students to engage fully with the world around them. A familiar sight in our classrooms as you walk along the corridors is engaged learning through the use of IWBs, audio visual material and interactive software. A class experience will frequently involve the use of specially purchased software and hardware that allows for instantaneous student responses to class questions. This provides our expert teaching staff direct feedback regarding student progress and understanding, allowing our educators to tailor their teaching strategies to student needs, challenging each student to take ownership of their learning and thinking.
Whilst our school philosophy is centred around community and the importance of human connection, we see the application of technology, when done well, akin to this mindset. Our classroom experiences are rich in both technology and human connection. Students have access to staff many hours beyond the natural school day. Through the use of webinars and online conferencing sessions our senior students can connect directly to their teachers to receive one on one assistance outside the classroom. In addition, our appointment of College eLeaders and Media Managers from each year level encourages students to see themselves not as passive followers, but as agents for change in this rapidly expanding industry.
- Arts Centre/Visual Arts Centre
- Performing Arts/Drama Centre
- Food Technology Centre
- Library Resource Centre
- Counselling Room
- Yr 12 Common Area
- Lecture Theatre
- Weights/Circuit Room
- Multi-purpose Area
- Basketball Courts
- Netball Courts
- Careers Centre
- Media Suite
- Science Labs
- Music Centre