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Sacred Heart Girls' College is one of many Catholic schools served and led by the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS). The development structure is currently being developed this year, as with all MACS schools.

We fully embrace MACS vision for an outstanding Catholic education that equips our young people with the knowledge, skills, hope and optimism to live meaningful lives and shape and enrich the world around them.

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, First Assistant Principal – Human Resources and Staff Wellbeing

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 – Student Wellbeing

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.

2021 Captains & Deputy Captains

College Captain

Nerise Elliott

Our school cares deeply about the character of its students, with the values of empathy, compassion and respect being instilled in us from Year 7. The welcoming environment of our college provides us with the freedom to express our views, allowing us to form our own opinions and become individuals who think for themselves. Something I truly appreciate about Sacred Heart, is that we are surrounded by such wonderful people that we too feel the need to be the best versions of ourselves.

College Captain

Elyse Pretty

The Sacred Heart community is one that empowers young women to be themselves and express their individuality. From participating in sporting events to competing in public speaking competitions, we are presented with the chance to learn new skills, gain confidence, or even develop a passion for an unexpected interest. In this way, I have grown to love school and am proud to be part of the Sacred Heart community.

Deputy College Captain: Faith

Nikita Ravi

The Sacred Heart community is one in which everyone feels the ability to be themselves. A sense of approachability is an incredibly strong asset presented through each aspect of the college, allowing each student to feel as though they are never alone and always have someone to confide in.

Deputy College Captain: Social Justice

Maria Elizabeth Ebi

The community of Sacred Heart is one that nurtures inclusivity. As a multicultural college, it’s values of diversity and belonging is one that I really admire. These values held by the college foster positive relationships between students and staff meaning that you’ll always find a sense of acceptance within the community. The inclusive nature of the college has not only allowed me to grow and develop myself, it has established the roots for a thriving community.

Deputy College Captain: Arts

Sophia Menidis

I love Sacred Heart Girls College because it has one of the most amazing Arts programs from year 7 to 12, which brings together all ages and year levels into a tight-knit, loving, and fun family. It is a program that allows us to freely express ourselves and pursue what we love.

Deputy College Captain: Sport

Emma Kurban

I love Sacred Heart Girls' College because of the amazing friendships I have developed with the other students. It is such a kind and welcoming community, and it is so easy to make new friends who you can always count on for advice and to make you smile. The girls at Sacred Heart ensure nobody is excluded and treat one another and the teachers with respect.