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Welcome to Sacred Heart College Kyneton.

Sacred Heart College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school that offers broad-based contemporary learning and teaching for young people of the Macedon Ranges.

Our school has a rich heritage, established by the Sisters of Mercy more than 130 years ago. That proud Mercy tradition continues to be lived out through our core values, practices and school environment. The College’s long association with Kyneton and its surrounding communities provides the foundations for our close relationships with local primary schools (both parish-based and local government).

Sacred Heart College is a welcoming, engaging and safe community. Our students and staff are compassionate, curious and hope-filled with respectful relationships forming the basis of our College’s Wellbeing programs.

As would be expected for a school bearing the name, ‘Sacred Heart’, our College is Christ-centred and has as its fundamental purpose, the development of young people, enabling them to flourish and become the most fully human persons possible.

The College’s contemporary learning and teaching environment provides every student with opportunities to be both challenged and supported. At Sacred Heart College, every young person will enjoy personalised and engaging education from committed and caring teachers and educational staff.

Sacred Heart College is a medium-sized secondary school with a current enrolment of just over 800 students. Our students are able to access more than 40 VCE and VET subjects as well as a broad range of viable pathways into tertiary education, apprenticeships, employment and other opportunities.

I encourage you to explore College life as celebrated through our website and see our core values of Mercy brought to life – Compassion, Courage, Hospitality, Justice, Respect and Service.

Yours in Mercy,

Dr Darren Egberts

Our Mission

Sacred Heart College Kyneton is a Catholic Co-educational Secondary School in the Mercy Tradition where students thrive in a vibrant learning and caring community.

Our Vision

Sacred Heart College Kyneton is committed to building an inclusive community that proudly celebrates its faith tradition and Mercy ethos. Our students will aspire to excellence in their studies and will retain a lifelong love of learning as global citizens.

Our Values

In living our Mission and Vision, we are guided by the following Mercy Educational Values:

Leadership Profiles

Dr Darren Egberts


Darren was appointed Principal of Sacred Heart College in January 2019. Darren has had almost 30 years experience in teaching and leadership across a number of Victorian Catholic secondary schools. These include eight years as Principal of Mercy Regional College, Camperdown; nine years as Deputy Principal and Director of Mission at Mount Lilydale Mercy College; seven years as a Chemistry, Religious Education and Science teacher as well as REC at Sacred Heart College, Geelong.

Darren has been committed to a lifetime of study and professional development. After completing his initial degree of Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne, he continued his study by completing a Graduate Diploma of Religious Education, a Masters of Religious Education and a Doctor of Education, all at Australian Catholic University. In 2018, Darren participated in the Enhancing Catholic School Identity programme in Leuven, Belgium.

Darren has a deep and passionate affiliation with the Mercy tradition and charism and believes that Mercy schools must be “…committed to holistic education; determined to ensure that each student flourishes academically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically”.

The purpose of the Catholic school is to provide “… an authentic Christian education, where students are called to embrace the essence of the Gospels, to flourish as whole human persons” and “… to provide exemplary learning experiences for the students who attend”.

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Debra McNaughton

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Debra joined Sacred Heart at the beginning of 2016.

Prior to 2016 Debra taught at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat and Padua College in Mornington holding a number of different leadership roles at both schools. Her experiences taught her that country schools and their students face different issues and experiences from their city counterparts. Sacred Heart offers students the best of both worlds – a wide range of subjects and pathways with the community feel of a country school.

Her teaching background has been predominantly in the subject areas of Business Management and Economics. She is a textbook author, has collaborated on many educational videos and has held a number of roles with the VCAA. These experiences have led to a great awareness that the jobs available in the future will be vastly different from those which exist today. This is something which Sacred Heart College must consider to ensure that we meet the changing needs of our students

Julie Mortimer

Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

As Deputy Principal of Student Wellbeing, Ms Julie Mortimer brings a wealth of experience to Sacred Heart College Kyneton. Having worked in education for many years in both the Government and Catholic sectors, Julie has worked specifically within the wellbeing area for over 17 years.

Julie’s knowledge of working and supporting students has been enhanced by formal study, and this continues to be an ongoing source of interest and passion.

Overseeing the development and implementation of wellbeing systems, programs and processes which create an inclusive and supportive environment conducive to learning, is Julie’s key role at Sacred Heart College.

Julie believes that everyone matters at Sacred Heart College Kyneton. It is a school which prides itself on striving to be all things to everyone. The focus is on continually improving and reviewing our social emotional programs, developing opportunities for authentic Student Voice, building our parent relationships through honest and supportive processes, and knowing our students. Our wish is for our students to be able to make healthy connections, develop and maintain genuine relationships, and build and grow resilience - all vital, life enriching skills.

These are the qualities that can move a good life to a great life, and this, from a wellbeing sense, is what we aim for.

Annie O’Shannessy

Director of Faith and Mission

Annie began her teaching career at SHC 15 years ago in the Drama department. She has also produced and directed many school productions all at Sacred Heart College in the Mary Moloney Theatre. Annie has seen her three daughters graduate from the College during this time.

For some years now, Annie has taught Religious Education and become more involved in Faith Development at the College. Annie is pleased to have completed her Masters in Theology during 2020. These studies have provided richness in her own faith and enabled her to offer the College community a deeper connection to faith, spirituality and the gospel message of Jesus.

Annie believes it is a privilege to be in the position of Director of Faith and Mission at Sacred Heart College and be supported by our strong Catholic values, rituals and traditions. She continues to invite the whole College community into a time of nourishment of their faith, spirituality or a deeper connection to their heart. This results in an opportunity of human growth and community connection.

“Our life at Sacred Heart reminds us of the rich history of the Mercy Sisters who blazed the path which students, parents and staff now write a history for our time. Sacred Heart College is proud to be a Mercy School and endeavours to be ‘faithful always’ to the vision of its foundress, Catherine McAuley.”

Moira West

Director of Staff

Moira began at Sacred Heart College Kyneton in 2017. Interestingly she began her secondary education many years ago at another Sacred Heart College – in Shepparton - which was also a Mercy school. Moira said “It feels like I have come home”.

Previously Moira worked in a variety of schools, both mainstream and alternative, predominantly in student wellbeing. Prior to Sacred Heart College she worked at Kolbe Catholic College, starting in their second year of operation. She has taught a variety of subjects, Physical Education in her earlier years and then moved into Religious Education, English and Humanities.

Moira strongly believes that successful outcomes for students relies on their wellbeing and that of staff. There is nothing more rewarding than working with staff to identify their strengths and build on them, to make them more accomplished and flourishing teachers. This, in turn, will flow on to the students resulting in improved outcomes.

Moira’s educational philosophy is simple “In truth I tell you, in as far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Matthew). Every person has the right to human dignity, not least of all our children, who have a limited voice. In all we do as educators, this needs to be the core.

Matthew Shaw

Director of Business

Matthew is a new member of staff in 2021. Through 2019 and 2020 Matt was the Finance Manager at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Corporation, prior to which he was the School Accountant at the Knox School in Wantirna, and the Finance and Project Manager at Plenty Valley International Montessori School in St Helena.

Matthew is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and completed his Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting through the University of New England. Matt is looking forward to networking with and learning from his peers through Mercy Education, and the Catholic Education Business Administrators. He highly values the support provided, and ideas shared, through these sorts of networks - to ensure best practice in all that they do as business managers, improve the effective operations of our schools, and in supporting our educators to help students flourish into their best selves.

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