Sacred Heart Primary School was founded in the Catholic Mercy Tradition by the Sisters of Mercy in 1915. The foundress of this order, Catherine McAuley, encouraged her congregations to work for all peoples, to educate, to care for the marginalised, and to make a difference for all in their communities.
The presence of Mercy Tradition is evident at Sacred Heart through our commitment to the development of the whole person. Through this commitment, the students strive for excellence: spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially.
We are a school committed to living the Gospel values through our thoughts, words and actions with a focus on love, hope, justice and forgiveness. Our Christian spirit and values permeate all areas of learning and school life and determine the atmosphere of the school.
Our classroom teachers, plan and teach religion lessons on a weekly basis, covering the four main areas of the Religious Education curriculum including Sacred Texts, Beliefs, Christian Life and the Church. Our teachers work extremely hard to ensure Religious Education lessons are highly engaging and include the same amount of rigor as other curriculum areas. Teachers receive regular professional development opportunities from Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office Education Officers.
Our students come together to celebrate a range of liturgical events over the course of the school year that enhance their understanding of prayer and ritual, spiritual formation and a sense of sacred space. Some of the liturgical celebrations includ: Leadership Mass, Ash Wednesday, Easter, NAIDOC, Catholic Education Week, Father’s and Mother’s Day as well as Grandparent’s Day. We also explore the work of our founding sister the Venerable Catherine McAuley and her sisters of Mercy.
Sacred Heart participates and supports a number social action and justice initiatives across the year. Some include: monthly Meals on Wheels visits, Project Compassion and Socktober. Both staff and school leaders take part in a retreat in order to continue to develop their own spirituality and Catholic identity. Our local Parish Priest Fr Warren Padilla and Parish Leader Sr Maureen Andrews, support the Religious Life of the School through liturgical celebrations and the Sacramental Program.