Sacred Heart College (Adelaide)

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Sacred Heart College
Sacred Heart College, Adelaide CoA.svg
Somerton Park, SA
Coordinates 34°59′44″S 138°31′12″E / 34.99556°S 138.52000°E / -34.99556; 138.52000Coordinates: 34°59′44″S 138°31′12″E / 34.99556°S 138.52000°E / -34.99556; 138.52000
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Virtus Ubique Vincit
("Courage Conquers All")
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1897
Sister school Sacred Heart College Middle School
Marymount College for girls
Principal Steve Byrne
Years 10-12[1]
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment ~1700
Colour(s) Dark Blue and Light Blue         
Slogan "Educating in a spirit of audacity and hope"
Athletics SAAS
Affiliations Association of Marist Schools of Australia

Sacred Heart College is an Australian Catholic school teaching in the Marist tradition in the Adelaide beachside suburb of Somerton Park, South Australia and in the suburb of Mitchell Park. The college is a coeducational school from Years 10 to 12.[citation needed]

Sacred Heart is known for its Australian rules football teams, cultivating thorough athletes since its establishment. It has an annual Intercollegiate match against its cross-town rival, Rostrevor College, which is a notable event in the South Australian Catholic Schools sports calendar.[citation needed]

The school also has an annual exchange with Assumption College in Kilmore, Victoria which entails music and performing arts performances, debating, a social and several sporting competitions.[citation needed]


Paringa Hall, 1933
College chapel shortly after its completion, 1924

In 1897 the Marist Brothers of Adelaide were formally invited by Archbishop John O'Reily to establish an all-boys school in Port Adelaide. The first principal of the school was Brother Stephen DeBourg- the college recognising his achievements through the dedication of the Brother Stephen DeBourg Performing Arts Centre in 2008.[citation needed]

Due to the increasing popularity of the school,[according to whom?] Sacred Heart High was relocated to the current site at Somerton Park; it was subsequent to two previous changes in location within the first ten years of its commencement. In 1914 the Marist Brothers had acquired Paringa Hall in Somerton Park, the residence of a wealthy pastoralist James Francis Cudmore who had died in 1912. The school was renamed Sacred Heart College and established extensive facilities for its period as well as the notable[according to whom?] college chapel. During its erection the college provided schooling for day students and boarders from Years 4 to Leaving Honours.[citation needed]

In 1977 Sacred Heart College became part of the SW Region scheme and evolved into a senior college catering for the final three years of study. Today,[when?] Sacred Heart College Senior is a coeducational senior college for approximately 1,000 students in Years 10 – 12 and continuously upholds the largest graduating class[citation needed][dubious ] in South Australia.


The college is situated on three grounds in the suburb of Somerton Park on Brighton Road, 13 kilometres from the Adelaide city centre. The campus' facilities consist of three ovals, nine tennis courts, three basketball courts, a hockey pitch and seven cricket nets.[citation needed]

The school has seen extensive redevelopments of its facilities.[when?] This has constituted the development of the Marcellin Learning Centre and the Brother Stephen DeBorgue Performing Arts Centre which includes music rooms and a multifunctional arts centre.[citation needed] The college is undertaking plans to overhaul Sacred Heart College's War Memorial Oval; the redevelopments which are due to conclude in 2014/15 will house classrooms, a gymnasium, change rooms and a 1000-seat assembly hall.[citation needed]

The campus is most widely recognised[by whom?][2] for its stately heritage architecture. Central to the college is "Paringa Hall", named to recognise the Cudmore family's[who?] first largest sheep station in the Riverland. It has been defined[who?] as one of South Australia's most outstanding late 19th-century family homes remaining upstanding. Designed by a previous Mayor of Adelaide and notable architect, engineer and businessman Edmund William Wright, also noted for designing the Adelaide Town Hall and Parliament House, Adelaide, the building's opulence speaks of great wealth.[3]

Located east of the campus is the Sacred Heart Memorial Chapel, opened and blessed in 1924 as a memorial to the Old Collegians who lost their lives in the First World War. The college also embodies heritage structures located throughout the college, including the century old Score Board and Memorial Entrance.[citation needed]

Also a part of the college campus includes a technology centre and St Paul's which is currently in redevelopment, each located within the school precinct.[citation needed]

House system[edit]

As with many schools, Sacred Heart College uses a house system through which students participate in intra-school competitions and activities.

The college currently has ten houses:

         Camara          Chisholm          Franklin          Joseph          Mackillop
         Marcellin          Mitchell          Newman          Polding          Teresa

Notable alumni[edit]

AFL footballers[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Marymount College: An all-girls middle school in the nearby Hove area. The school educates girls from Years 6 to 9, and is an all-girls "feed" into the Senior School system.[citation needed]


The college came to media attention in August 2013 when it was reported that Cory Gregson, a player within its first XVIII was not permitted to make his League debut with the Glenelg Football Club due to him being required to play in an inter-school game against Rostrevor College.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sacred Heart College". Australian Boarding Schools' Association. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  2. ^ The Mail. 15 Dec 1928, Trove
  3. ^ Keith Conlon, Postcards
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "The ties that bind". The Southern Cross. Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. 1 October 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d Goldsmith, David (16 September 2009). "Illustrious company for Sacred Heart old scholars". Guardian Messenger. 
  6. ^ Robert, Rice (2001). "Some reflections on the contributions of Matthew Beovich and James Gleeson to the Second Vatican Council". Australasian Catholic Record. 78 (1): 46–61. 
  7. ^ "1 - Corey Maynard". Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  8. ^ McNicol, Adam (4 April 2015). "Final Cats side v Hawks". Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Morgan, Kym (7 August 2013). "No Hard Feelings From Club as College Lays Claim to Star". Guardian Messenger. p. 52. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 

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