Sacred Heart Girls’ College is committed to educating young women for life. Among our strengths is our sense of community, both within our College and in the broader community, through connections with arts, music and cultural organisations, sporting associations, industry, government and other schools. Our community connections enable us to live our faith, contribute to social justice and embrace intergenerational engagement locally and globally.
Our industry connections see our students participating in a range of STEM related activities and our Business Management students deep dive into advanced manufacturing through our immersion excursions at local industry organisations such as the Yakult factory in Dandenong.
We actively encourage our students to explore leadership and provide a connection to community leaders including our local Members of Parliament. We know that intergenerational engagement supports both the young and old, so our outreach programs with local organisations such as Oaklea Aged Care benefit both our students and older members of our community immensely.
We have many sporting connections including with local associations, and the Secondary Catholic Sports Association (SCSA) and a partnership with Wheelchair Basketball who each year train our Year 11 students.
Other examples of the College’s social justice program includes our outreach programs to the Monash Oakleigh Community Support & Information Service (MOCSIS) where our students volunteer fortnightly. Our College Vinnies Group works on Project Compassion and closely with the Jordanville Vinnies Conference in fund raising and support for their local clients. The Vinnies Year 11 Sleepout connects our students with homeless people with visits by a Vinnies Soup Van, Vinnies volunteers, and people who have experienced homelessness. Four Year 9 students each year are appointed Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education (FIRE) Carriers, charged with bringing awareness of reconciliation and justice for Aboriginal people in the College. Each year our students host a Community Conversation with Calvary Care where they prepare and serve food and refreshments and engage in lively conversation with Calvary Home Care clients who receive assistance at home due to illness or incapacity and are vulnerable due to loneliness.