As a Catholic school, centred in Jesus Christ, our core responsibility is to nourish Christian values within our students, through the lens of our rich Mercy tradition.
Imbued with the spirit of Catherine McAuley, Sacred Heart College lives out the core Mercy values of Justice, Compassion, Respect, Service, Hospitality and Courage in all that we do.
Prayer and liturgy are practised as part of daily College life and we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the year in year levels and as a whole College community.
Sacred Heart College is blessed to have our Chaplains, Fr Declan from Our Lady of the Rosary (Kyneton), Fr Martin from St Ambrose (Woodend), Fr Vinoth from St Brigid’s (Gisborne) and Fr Wahid from St Mary’s (Castlemaine). Our Chaplains celebrate the Eucharist and Reconciliation for the College community and reinforce the place of Sacred Heart College in the broader Church. The College is blessed to have this ongoing spiritual and sacramental guidance by our Chaplains.
Our College is a vibrant community whereby our students, staff, families and wider community have the opportunity to live out their faith and nourish their spiritual selves under our rich Catholic and Mercy traditions.
As a community committed to building a world of Mercy, we respond to issues of social and environmental concern at local, national and international levels. In their time at the college, students are offered regular opportunities to take part in actions of social outreach and environmental stewardship. Representative actions from recent years include:
Collecting non-perishable grocery items for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Contributing monetary donations to Caritas’ annual Project Compassion campaign.
Participating in the annual Women’s Interfaith Model Passover Seder.
Attendance at each of the annual Seeds of Justice student conferences.
Composing Christmas and Easter cards for the residents of local aged care facilities.
Offering contributions to the McAuley Services for Women and Children Christmas giving campaign.
Recognising and promoting Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week and National Refugee Week.
Celebrating our annual Makarrata Assembly.
Volunteering to assist at local community events, such as the Kyneton Show.
Underpinning each of our actions is an understanding that the Mercy Values serve as a model of how we are called to act within our shared world, as we grow together as people of compassion, hospitality, service, courage, respect and justice. Our students also take inspiration from many of our staff, who choose to donate fortnightly via our payroll giving program to Mercy Works, Caritas Australia, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and McAuley Services for Women and Children.