At Sacred Heart College, we inspire everyone to live by our core values — to go beyond themselves with compassion, courage and respect. We believe that it takes an entire community, a village of different mentors of different ages and roles walking with a young adult for them to experience a safe and formative environment and to learn from the right experiences.
Sacred Heart is a Catholic co-educational College in the tradition of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions for students in Years 7–12. We educate approximately 1,400 students in beautiful Sorrento. Our college has an established reputation for excellence based on consistent outstanding student achievements.
Sacred Heart is a safe, innovative and progressive community with the key strategic aims of mental health and wellbeing and transformative teaching and learning. Teachers and students live the motto of ‘always striving upwards’. We believe that there is no substitute for hard work, we love the aggregation of marginal gains. We partner with our parents in having high expectations of our students and provide them with opportunities to grow, to learn responsibility and to be fully independent. Our students’ own code of conduct tells us that they want to be challenged and encouraged.
Our students develop through our four pillars: spiritual, academic, cultural and sport. These pillars are reflected through our extracurricular opportunities. We provide an immense breadth of activities inside and outside the classroom so that every child, no matter their talent, can find their niche where they feel secure, competent, well known and have a purpose and sense of belonging.
We have actively moved away from a compliance-based model of education to one of innovation. Students are encouraged to be creative, collaborative and reflective learners. We have developed a culture that encourages risk-taking and accepts that failure is a necessary part of the learning experience.
One of our strategic imperatives is to forge relationships with external partners to provide real-world learning experiences for our students. They are exposed to industry standard, cutting-edge technological tools that assist them in solving the problems of both today and tomorrow.
We aim to develop our students to respond to Jesus by striving for personal excellence, having the courage of their convictions and being active agents of change. We aim to foster skills in students that deepen their capacity to solve real world problems, flourish, think and respond in a Christian manner within our changing society. We believe that all students can develop skills, intellect and talent through practice and perseverance. This growth mindset approach to teaching and learning allows staff and students to work collaboratively to overcome obstacles and thrive.
The focus on practice in our classrooms has been explicitly linked to our Sacred Heart Learner Attributes, which are essential soft skills that can be applied in all subject areas and are transferable to every life situation. In a deliberate effort to develop these skills in our students, teachers collaborate to construct meaningful, intentional and transformative learning experiences.