Sacred Heart College, Geelong

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Sacred Heart College
Virtus Vera Nobilitas
Virtue is the true nobility
Geelong, Victoria
Coordinates 38°8′58″S 144°20′20″E / 38.14944°S 144.33889°E / -38.14944; 144.33889Coordinates: 38°8′58″S 144°20′20″E / 38.14944°S 144.33889°E / -38.14944; 144.33889
Type Private
Denomination Roman Catholic
(Sisters of Mercy)
Established 1860
Principal Anna Negro
Gender Girls
Enrolment 1,324
Colour(s) Sky Blue & Navy Blue

Sacred Heart College is a Roman Catholic secondary school for girls, and is located in Retreat Road, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria in Australia. Established in 1860 by the Sisters of Mercy, the school quickly became recognised as a high class education establishment, with a liberal, comprehensive curriculum[citation needed]. Today the student population is approximately 1500.[1] Sacred Heart's brother school is St Joseph's College nearby. It also has a sister school in Akita, Japan called Seirei. The current principal is Anna Negro, with three vice-principals being Sharon Gillett, Martina Millard and Patricia Hatzis.


James Alipius Goold

In June 1859, the Archbishop of Melbourne, James Alipius Goold, petitioned the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin to establish a community in Geelong. Mother Mary Xavier Maguire, Sr Mary Gabrielle Sherlock, Sr Margaret Mullally, Sr Joseph Manly, Sr Rose Lynch and Novice Aloysius Ryan arrived on 3 December 1859.[2] They immediately set about providing Catholic education for all who desired it. The boarding school and day school that is now Sacred Heart College was opened for the beginning of the next school year with 12 pupils, 6 of whom were boarders. In 1861 the orphanage was opened and very soon there were 50 girls being cared for. The Sisters also started a primary school in the area and after school hours were seen visiting the sick and aged in their homes and the hospital. Over 150 years of educational endeavour have seen Sacred Heart College establish a tradition of faith and academic effort that gives all who share in it a valuable opportunity for growth and life.

College crest and motto[edit]

The School's crest features the following elements:

  • The Laurel Wreath - a symbol of Victory, reminding us to give the best in all that we do
  • The Sacred Heart of Jesus - this age-old symbol of the Sacred Heart epitomises our life in Christ
  • The Eagle - the king of birds, ever aspiring to the heights, reminds us to keep our ideals high, and our minds ever open to truth and beauty
  • The Cross - surmounting all, is the symbol of our dediation to Christ and his Church

The shield bears the school motto Virtus Vera Nobilitas, a Latin phrase which means Virtue is true nobility.[3]

Old Collegians' Association[edit]

In 1924, a Past Pupils' Association was formed and this became predecessor of the Old Collegians' Association established in 1932.[4] As well as the Geelong based committee, a Melbourne Group was formed in the 1930s and in 1981 a Western District Group was set up to bring together former students from that area, many of whom had been boarders.

Today, each student automatically becomes a member of the Old Collegian's Association upon her graduation from the College.


Main entry to the school on Retreat Road

The College aims to provide education which inspires curiosity and challenges young women to make a difference. The curriculum enables students to develop critical skills and understand the structure of society, assisting them in the challenge of social reconstruction.[5]

The College offers subjects in the following areas:

  • Humanities
  • English
  • LOTE - Italian, French and Japanese
  • The Arts - Including theatre studies, music and visual art
  • Mathematics and science
  • Technology
  • Health and Physical Education

Some classes are also offered at brother school St Joseph's College at VCE level, including Chinese.

Sacred Heart College the Victorian Certificate of Education, and has introduced the International Baccalaureate for middle years students.[6] Year Eleven and Twelve pupils may also choose to undertake a Vocational Education and Training or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program.

150th Anniversary and flashmob[edit]

On April 18, 2010 the College celebrated its 150th anniversary with an outdoor mass and a day of festivities. The mass, led by Bishop Tim Costelloe, was attended by more than 5,000 people with some travelling from as far as the United States to be in attendance. Festivities of the day also included a heritage exhibition chartering the school's history, and performances by past and present students.

One of the highlights of the day was a flashmob performed by the entire school community. It was the first of its kind to be performed in Geelong and featured the staff and students surprising the attendees by breaking out into dance. The performance was filmed and sparked much interest from the Geelong general public.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sacred Heart College, Newtown, from, retrieved 2011-02-28
  2. ^ History, from official school page, retrieved 2011-02-28
  3. ^ Sacred Heart, from Mercy Secondary Education Inc., retrieved 2010-09-26
  4. ^ Mercy Girls, The Story of Sacred Heart College Geelong 1860 - 2010, Sacred Heart College, Newtown., 2010.
  5. ^ Faculties, from official school website, retrieved 2010-06-18
  6. ^ Sacred Heart College Geelong, from, retrieved 2008-04-19
  7. ^ School dance an internet hit, article from the Geelong Advertiser, retrieved 2011-03-01

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