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Celebrating 130 years of Sacred Heart

GENERATIONS of students and members of the schooling community have passed through the gates of Sacred Heart College (SHC) in New Town to commemorate the school’s 130th anniversary.

Last month, a week of celebratory events was organised by college staff, providing students from kinder to year 10 with many opportunities to “lift up their hearts.”

SHC principal Elizabeth McDougall said the college had “grown and developed exponentially” since 1888.

“Once the school was surrounded by farmland and orchards, now we are in the midst of suburbia,” she said.

“Two classrooms have been transformed into a multi-streamed facility that provides dynamic and contemporary educational learning opportunities for more than 950 students.”

Years three to six kicked off the celebrations with the Sacred HEARTS festival, which involved activities including Bollywood dancing, scooter tricks, coding, tie-dyeing, learning about Aboriginal culture and cuisine, crazy cartooning and newspaper construction.

Each kinder to year two class presented a musical item, followed by morning tea for family members and special guests.

Former students and special guests spoke about their experiences and memories of SHC during the Feast Day Assembly.

The speakers included Speaker of the House of Assembly Sue Hickey, Lend a Hand to Hugo director Luke Williams, Sacred Heart former principal Sister Jill Dance RSJ and Essendon Football Club’s head of communications Jeremy Arnold via video link.

The event also included videos, a fashion parade of SHC uniform from the past and musical items performed by students.

A mass to commemorate both the school’s 130th anniversary and the Feast of Sacred Heart, led by Archbishop Porteous, concluded the celebrations at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

“Sacred Heart has been an important part of the New Town landscape and the story of Catholic education in Hobart for such a significant length of time,” Ms McDougall said.

“It has been important for the students to have some knowledge of the story of Sacred Heart over this period of time and those who have been part of it, especially the Sisters of St Joseph.

“Re-telling our story values this and allows us to share this legacy beyond our immediate community.”

Caption: Sacred Heart College year five students Oliver Cunningham, left, and Sam Moles.

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