Sacred Heart College stands on the land of the Kwat Kwat people. We acknowledge and pay respect to the Kwat Kwat people, the original and on-going custodians of the land on which our College undertakes its work in the education of our youth. At Sacred Heart College we commit ourselves to actively work alongside Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.
Sacred Heart College is a progressive coeducational Catholic secondary school based on the traditions of its Mercy foundation. The College provides education for students in Years 7–12. The College is part of the Sandhurst Diocese and has strong links with the Parish Priest, the Sacred Heart Parish, the Sisters of Mercy and the wider community.
In the rich traditions of Sisters of Mercy, the Sacred Heart Parish and the Catholic Church, Social Justice teachings underpin the life of the College and all students participate in meaningful social justice activities.
The College is situated in a picturesque location, one block away from Lake Mulwala. The College enjoys excellent teaching and learning facilities including ready access to the up-to-date ICT resources. The College is situated in close proximity to the town centre, recreation areas and many of the town’s excellent sporting facilities.
The College enrolment catchment includes the townships of Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Corowa, Bundalong, Tungamah, Berrigan, Savernake and surrounding rural communities.
Catholic Education Yarrawonga (CEY)
Catholic Education Yarrawonga has been formed by the principals and Board chairs of Sacred Heart Primary School and Sacred Heart College. CEY’s purpose is to support a coordinated approach from prep through to Year 12 for the Yarrawonga community well into the future. While CEY is a relatively new initiative, it formalizes the long-standing relationship between the two schools. For example, there has been a long-standing understanding that all Sacred Heart Primary School students enjoy priority guaranteed entry to the College.
We constantly identify opportunities to link the schools together throughout the year, including combined Mass and joint celebrations such as Sacred Heart Day. This years Sacred Heart Day celebration had a record attendance of one thousand people.
CEY's purpose is to explore the future needs for education provision in the region. This includes not only understanding the needs in terms of bricks and mortar, but also the more immediate needs of the school community. CEY is particularly concerned with underpinning a coordinated approach to visibly improving academic outcomes for our region.
The two schools have developed a highly successful transition program beggining at year 5. This ensures that the year 6 students are very familiar with the College before their first day of Year 7. Teachers from the two schools have a very close relationship that ensures that the year 7 teachers understand the individual needs of all students as they emerge from the Primary School. An extremely helpful testing program is utilized in both years to assist our teachers in highlighting areas where students can be further helped to succeed.
The College is firmly committed to engaging in meaningful partnerships with community groups. Several examples of this engagement are:
- Parents and Friends – this group comprises of parents from both the College and the Primary School. This group actively fund raises to provide facilities and resources for our students. Some funds are provided to each school, while other funds are provided for resources that are used by both schools. For example, the P&F recently funded the purchase of seven hundred chairs to assist with joint Eucharistic celebrations and gatherings.
- Friends in Common – this community group supports fund raising for cancer research. The College community supports this group through a number of initiatives including cooking and participation in their pink breakfast and selling raffle tickets for a variety of fundraising initiatives.
- The College was a founding member of the North East Provision Group, which has enabled students from our school to access subjects from our networked schools and vice versa. For example, we have, in recent times, had students join Catholic College Wodonga’s Specialist Mathematics class for their Unit 3 and 4 Subject, along with FCJ College Benalla students participating in our VCE ICT classes via video conferencing.