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100 years of educational excellence on Eckstein street

Sacred Heart College has a rich historical story that dates back to 1889 when three Marist Brothers arrived in Johannesburg from Cape Town by ox-wagon. The school was in Koch Street and was called Sacred Heart School. It was for boys only.

Over the next 35 years, as Johannesburg grew from a mining town into a busy city, the demand for a good education grew. The building in Koch Street wasn’t big enough, and in 1924, part of the school moved to the outskirts of Johannesburg and became known as Marist Brothers Observatory.

Despite the apartheid laws of the country, the school accepted boys from all nationalities and races. In 1933, the first Chinese students joined the school, and in 1977, the first students of colour were enrolled. This was an important time in the school’s history as it promoted inclusivity and breaking down racial barriers at a time when it was against the law for white children and children of colour to go to the same school.

In 1980, the school became a co-educational school when two girls’ schools joined up with Marist Obs and our name was changed back to Sacred Heart College. The girls were from Holy Family Convent in Yeoville and Ursuline Sisters’ convent, St Angela’s.

The school underwent various changes on campus as the Pre-Primary and Junior Primary Schools, which had been situated in Yeoville, moved across to join the Observatory campus in stages. In 1989, the Intermediate phase building was built and in 1995, a state-of-the-art Pre-Primary School was opened on the Sacred Heart College campus.

Our Approach

At Sacred Heart College we combine Catholic values and a transformative view of learning and teaching to develop excellence through academics, sports, culture and community involvement.

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“As the Head of Sacred Heart College, I am proud to lead a dynamic and forward-thinking institution with a rich history of positive change, innovative curricula, and a deep commitment to social justice.

Our students experience a warm and inclusive community where they feel a strong sense of belonging. We are dedicated to providing each student with an engaging, creative, and empowering learning experience that cultivates their confidence, curiosity, and social responsibility. Through our focus on pastoral care, personal growth, academic excellence, and expertise in digital education, we equip our students with the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing, fast-paced world.

At Sacred Heart College, we are committed to fostering a culture of growth, discovery, and social impact. Join us in shaping the future, one student at a time.”

Heather BlankenseeHead of College

Matric Results

Sacred Heart College, a beacon of educational excellence for a century, is thrilled to announce the remarkable achievements of its Class of 2023.

Reasons to choose

Sacred Heart College

We have consistently produced medical doctors, scientists, lawyers, chartered accountants, computer scientists and teachers, and are recognised by the University of the Witwatersrand as a Top Ten feeder school.

Small classes for individual attention

We are dedicated, enthusiastic, experienced and innovative with learning that involves the appropriate use of technology.

Advanced, balanced curriculum

We develop leaders in a wide variety of job sectors with emphasis on values and formation of student’s spiritual well-being.

Pre-Primary to High School

We offer a seamless schooling experience with a student centred approach that integrates arts, science and technology.

Cultural excellence

We explore multiple mediums of expression within Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts and Music to help students shape the creative economy.

Sporting possibilities

We offer a variety of sporting activities including basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis, athletics and swimming.

Global Marist network

We are part of a global Marist Family and embrace St Marcellin’s values of love of work, family spirit, in the way of Mary, simplicity and presence.

Leaders in digital transformation

Building on experience of our innovative iPad project, we were able to respond quickly to pivot to digital teaching during COVID-19.

Pioneers of diversity

Sine 1976, we are at the forefront to incorporate diversity in south African schooling. Our proud heritage is built on transformation, empowerment and change.

Book a Tour

At Sacred Heart College, we warmly welcome prospective parents to join us on a school tour. This is an exceptional chance to meet with our dedicated staff, gain insights into our educational programs, and fully grasp the essence of our academic community.

Furthermore, prospective students are encouraged to spend a day at our school and become immersed in our student life. They will have the opportunity to mingle with future classmates and experience first-hand the many enriching opportunities that Sacred Heart College offers. Come see for yourself why we are a leading educational institution and be a part of our thriving community.


What people have to say about our College

SHC changed my life. The academic and sports camps, inter-Catholic sporting events, rollerblade discos, Socials and Dramatic Arts plays. I loved my time at SHC. Working at Santam as an Executive Associate in the Growth and Innovation team. It is more than just a space for learning and development. It binds people and communities to a higher purpose. It delivers to the world great human beings who ignite change for good. I'd like my children to be great human beings who change the world.I'm also a creativeprenuer, as the co-owner of MNM Marketing Solutions and Obrigado Gin Company. I am a co-owner and Director of BLOC Footwear, a local and Kasi-inspired sneaker and athleisure brand. Finally, I am part of the national leadership team for a new political formation called RISE Mzansi which will contest the 2024 elections.

Qualifications - BCom Economics and Law (UCT), MBA in Entrepreneurship (GIBS)

Tebogo MoalusiMatric Class of 2002