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Governance

Sacred Heart Girls’ College is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).

MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.

Recognising the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. 

This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.

More information on MACS is available at macs.vic.edu.au.

Christopher Dalton, College Principal

Christopher came to Sacred Heart in 2007 after holding Deputy Principal positions in two Catholic girls schools.

He began his teaching career at Parade College Bundoora in 1982 and after teaching in various boys schools made the enlightened switch to girls education in the early 1990s.

Christopher is committed to Sacred Heart recognising the uniqueness of this exemplary learning community where young women are treated with respect and valued for their individuality and giftedness.

The RNDM spirit of the founding sisters provides a wonderful environment for young women to flourish in all aspects of their lives. Each young woman at Sacred Heart is supported within this nurturing community to achieve her very best.

Always striving upwards

Jenny Bilton, Deputy Principal – Staff

Jenny has worked in Catholic Education for over 35 years. During that time, she has predominantly worked in girls’ education. An all-girls environment inspires girls to feel a positive sense of agency, to be unafraid to stretch beyond their comfort zone and be motivated to lead and determine their own future. Girls’ schools challenge traditional stereotypes and expectations and they are vehicles enabling the needs of girls to be clearly heard.

At Sacred Heart girls are encouraged and challenged. They are educated holistically to be young women faithful to gospel values through the charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. Jenny considers it a blessing to be part of the Sacred Heart Girls’ College community, to work with students, staff and parents in providing an excellent Catholic education.

Julie Swanson, Deputy Principal – Learning & Teaching

Julie has been an educator in numerous Catholic Girls’ Schools for her entire teaching career and has held a variety of leadership positions. She joined Sacred Heart Girls’ College as Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching in 2019. She is passionate about all girls education and how this environment empowers them to become active, resilient and future ready citizens willing to face the future with confidence and optimism.

Julie is committed to ensuring the learning experience provides students with opportunities to develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge in order to be successful and engaged learners. For her it is the students themselves that make Sacred Heart special - their enthusiasm for all aspects of their learning, their dedication to their academic pursuits and their warmth for all members of the community.

Always striving upwards

Carmel Feeney, Deputy Principal – Students

With over 35 years’ experience in education – early intervention, primary, specialist and secondary settings, Carmel is a passionate educator. Working with young people is enlivening and building relationships is the basis of her work. Carmel believes that recognising the dignity, contributions and hopes of individuals and teams leads to a shared wisdom, encourages voice and builds a sense of agency for each person.

With a passion for learning, Carmel has completed Masters of Education studies in learning diversity, student wellbeing and educational leadership. Carmel believes it is important to be an informed and reflective faith leader – reading widely and engaging in parish life. Carmel also enjoys the personal pursuits of time with family and friends; netball, gardening, reading and pets.

Working with Sacred Heart students is enlivening – whether it be in the classroom, with student leaders, developing College community events, working with students who need additional wellbeing support or a friendly “hello” in the corridors. The students are diverse and engaging – they bring enormous energy. In a world of gender inequality, educating and empowering young women remains critical to our students’ lifelong wellbeing and opportunities.

Brian McCann, Director of Organisation

Brian is a long-term member of the teaching staff, currently teaching VCE Chemistry, at Sacred Heart Girls’ College. As Director of Organisation, Brian is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the College timetable, playing a major role in scheduling College activities and major events.

Sacred Heart is a special place to work. The students have a social justice focus, they are ambitious and supportive of one another. The teaching and support staff are the backbone of the college and provide a caring environment for the students.

Always striving upwards

James Tian, Director of Business Operations

James joined Sacred Heart in April 2020. It was a special time which brought both opportunities and challenges to James’ new role. James’ financial and management skills in banking plus over 15 year’s leadership experience in education sector has been valuable, particularly during the first 6 months of the global pandemic.

James is a CPA with a Master Degree of Accountancy. Despite the challenges, he loves the new role and enjoys the dynamic office and the wonderful administration and support teams at the college. “I cannot help noticing that Sacred Heart has such a great learning environment. Students show something really special in their focus and eagerness to learn. That makes Sacred Heart stand out.”

James is married with two kids. He is passionate about sports. He has been a youth soccer coach for 4 years in the local club. Since immigrating to Australia, he and his family has become big Bulldog supporters.

2022 Captains & Deputy Captains

College Captain

Oneli Buthgamuwa

The Sacred Heart community fosters a diverse culture, empowering every individual to grow into strong, resilient and courageous young women. Provided with countless opportunities in both studies and activities, our College encourages us to develop our knowledge, learn new skills and explore new adventures and interests. Something I have grown to admire about Sacred Heart Girls’ College, is the welcoming nature of our community as it continuously supports us in pursuing our dreams and passions. 

College Captain

Gabrielle de Robillard

The Sacred Heart community embraces the diversity of cultures and ensures the inclusion of all.  We have a plethora of opportunities to utilise our gifts across the areas of sport, the arts, academic excellence, leadership and social justice. Through the nurturing of our uniqueness and talents we grow in confidence and are encouraged to be informed and to actively contribute to our community. The College’s strong sense of social responsibility has had a profound impact on my interest and confidence in speaking to and acting on relevant matters at a local and global level.

Deputy College Captain: Faith

Claire Duckett

Through my time at Sacred Heart, I have become so grateful for the strong community here that is built on values like respect, faith and compassion. There is always someone nearby who you can talk to, whether it is a staff member or a student. The people around us are always ready to support us, encourage us and challenge us to strive for excellence. It is easy to recognise a Sacred Heart student, because I find that they are the person who is always ready to help you out or to make sure you are ok.

Deputy College Captain: Social Justice

Avantiika Singh

Sacred Heart Girls’ College is a welcoming community in which everyone is valued for who they are. We are all encouraged to explore different interests and develop new skills which has created a vibrant and diverse environment. Underpinning Sacred Heart, is the steadfast focus on generosity and compassion, instilled in us from the beginning, that empowers us, as young women, to reach out in our support of those in our world who are less fortunate.

Deputy College Captain: Arts

Alexandra Stillman

Our amazing Arts Program provides an avenue for students from Year 7 to 12 to achieve personal growth and share their gifts and talents in a nurturing, inclusive and fun environment. It is a program that allows students to freely pursue their creative endeavours and shine in their own unique way. I love how the Arts program brings together all ages and year levels and enables students to build really close friendships, while inspiring us to always strive upwards to reach our goals. I have always been proud to be part of the Sacred Heart community.

Deputy College Captain: Sport

Gemma Wintle

The Sacred Heart community is one which cares deeply about everyone. It allows for students to be themselves and grow up in an encouraging and welcoming environment. Students are able to express themselves through co-curricular activities such as sport and art and meet others with the same interests. There is always a friend for everyone, to ensure we all bring out the best in each other, helping us thrive together. This is why I am so proud to be part of the Sacred Heart Community.