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Observing Ash Wednesday Across the School

By School News

This year our school came together on Ash Wednesday to observe the beginning of Lent through both Mass and liturgy. Our primary school students gathered in the morning for a special Mass in the chapel. It was a powerful experience for our younger students to prayer and receive ashes on their foreheads. The ashes serve as an important reminder to have a repentant heart and reflect on how we can grow closer to God during the Lenten season.

High school students took part in an Ash Wednesday liturgy. The liturgy allowed students to pause and reflect through scripture readings, songs, and the distribution of ashes. Students were able to start their Lenten journey through prayerful contemplation and meaningful symbols of their faith.  Though the primary and high school had different services, it was a coordinated effort across our school to come together and spiritually prepare for the Lenten season. The Mass and liturgy set the tone for an important time of personal growth and renewal in our community. It was a blessing to begin the Lenten season united as a Marist school community.

Kicking Off the Academic Journey with the Grade 1 Bell Ringing

By Primary School News

The start of a new school year is always filled with excitement and anticipation. Our Grade 1 students participated in a special ceremony to mark the beginning of their academic journey in primary school. The Grade 1 students gathered in front of the Chapel for the traditional bell-ringing ceremony. One by one, each child had the chance to walk up on stage and ring the ceremonial bell. The ringing symbolizes a student embarking on their educational path from Grade 1 and they will ring the bell again at Grade 12 Valedictory ceremony.

We know these students have bright futures, and we can’t wait to support them on their academic journey in the years to come. Congratulations to our new Grade 1 class of 2024!

The bell has rung, and the adventure begins.

Fun Times at the Primary School Rollerblade Disco!

By Primary School News

The parking lot was transformed into a rollerblade rink on Friday, 16, February 2024, for our Primary School Rollerblade Disco event. Students strapped on their protective gear, accessories, and favourite outfits for a fun night of skating and dancing.  Upbeat music played all evening to keep the energy high. Our talented DJs entertained the crowd with all the classic roller skating jams.   Students stopped by the food section between skating rounds to fuel up on Preggo Rolls, Burgers, Frosty Bites and Juice. The event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our dedicated parent volunteers, we truly appreciate all that our parents contributed. Your support helped make this annual Primary School Rollerblade Disco an unforgettable night for the students.

Our students are already looking forward to lacing up their skates again next year for another fabulous roller disco event!

Primary School Rollerblade Disco 2024

By Primary School News

Friday, 16 February 2024, Rollerblade Disco was an epic night we will never forget!

Skaters of all levels enjoyed as they spun, danced, and laughed the night away. The joy was contagious as beginners and experts came together, bonded by our school spirit and love of skating. Some rocked fancy footwork while others proudly rolled for the first time, but everyone beamed with Shark pride.

Academic Mass 2024

By School News

Our Academic Mass was a sacred gathering. We came together in prayer and reflection, guided by the theme “Striving for Better Things.” The spiritual atmosphere filled our hearts with gratitude for the past 100 years, dedication to the present, and hope for the future of Sacred Heart College.

Following the Mass, the blessing of the newly revamped Macartin Centre brought an extra layer of divine joy. This updated space, now consecrated, symbolizes our commitment to excellence in academics and community engagement.

Grateful for the presence of our incredible school community, we look forward to the continued journey of growth, knowledge, and faith at Sacred Heart College. The centenary celebrations and blessings mark a meaningful milestone, inspiring us to strive for even better things in the next 100 years.

Matric Results 2023

By High School News, School News

Sacred Heart College Celebrates a Century of Educational Excellence with the Class of 2023

Sacred Heart College, a beacon of educational excellence for a century, is thrilled to announce the remarkable achievements of its Class of 2023 in the recent final exams. This milestone year is a testament to the institution’s commitment to nurturing resilient, well-rounded individuals who are prepared for future challenges.

Celebrating Individual Stories of Triumph

Beyond academic accomplishments, Sacred Heart College takes pride in celebrating the unique narratives of each student. These individuals have not only met academic milestones but have also demonstrated exceptional character, diverse talents, and a remarkable ability to navigate challenges with determination and grace.

Every Child, Every Story Matters!

Central to Sacred Heart College’s century-long legacy is our commitment to fostering excellence and unlocking every student’s potential. In 2023, The High school Principal Mr Dhiraj Bharuth had the opportunity to welcome students from Dominican Convent School who transferred into Sacred Heart College’s Grade 12 cohort in January. Though unprecedented for independent schools which rarely accept new students so late in their schooling, this decision aligned with our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Despite merging two distinct groups only 10 months before exams we were confident in the students’ resilience and saw this as a valuable chance to strengthen unity. As Mr Bharuth reflects, “The diversity of talents and perspectives has created a dynamic and mutually supportive blend. Though there were initial challenges, together the students, parents, and teachers turned bumps into opportunities to build community and forge ahead.” By opening our doors and focusing on the individual child over metrics, Sacred Heart College lived out its enduring commitment to shaping capable, compassionate matriculants. We could not be prouder of how this group embodied our motto “In Meliora Contende” – striving for excellence.

Join Us in Congratulating Our Achievers!

We invite the entire Sacred Heart College community to come together and applaud our students’ hard work, dedication, and resilience. This achievement is a collective success, made possible by the unwavering support of parents, our exceptional teachers’ guidance, and our students’ determination. This achievement is a collective success, made possible by the unwavering support of parents, our exceptional teachers’ guidance, and our students’ determination.

Top Achievers:

  1. Russell John Davis (6 distinctions) – Maths, Dramatic Arts, English, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Further Studies Maths (Statistics, Calculus and Algebra)
  2. Sikelela Monakali (6 distinctions) – Maths, Dramatic Arts, English, IsiZulu, Life Orientation, Life Science
  3. Annarosa Mae Payne (6 distinctions) – Maths, Dramatic Art, English, History, Life Orientation, Visual Arts
  4. Yusayrah Adam (5 distinctions) – Maths, English, Life Orientation, Life Science, Visual Arts
  5. Ayanda Siphosethu Ludonga (5 distinctions) – Maths, Dramatic Art, Business Studies, IsiZulu, Life Orientation
  6. Cassidi Summer Opperman (5 distinctions) – Maths, Dramatic Arts, English, Life Orientation, Life Science
  7. Keynan Naidoo (4 distinctions) – Maths, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Science
  8. Benel Grace Bedi (4 distinctions) – English, Life Orientation, Life Science, Visual Art
  9. Sheena Sielinou Nkamankeng (4 distinctions) – Business Studies, English, Life Orientation, Life Science

What’s Next? A Future of Infinite Possibilities!

As we celebrate this significant achievement, we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in our students’ journeys. With unwavering belief in their potential, we are confident that they will continue to uphold the legacy of excellence and make us proud. The future is theirs to shape, filled with infinite possibilities. In the dynamic landscape of education, where Sacred Heart College has stood as a pillar of stability and excellence for a century, our students have navigated challenges and emerged as resilient individuals ready to embrace the ever-evolving world.

As Head of College Ms Heather Blanckensee affirms, “This year’s matric results are not just a celebration of academic achievements but a continuation of a century-long commitment to social justice and fostering the growth of exceptional individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world.”

Congratulations, Class of 2023, on your outstanding achievements and for being an integral part of Sacred Heart College’s rich legacy of educational excellence!

For media inquiries, please contact: Sibusiso Ndlovu at email address sibusiso.ndlovu@sacredheart.co.za 011 081 2200

New High School Principal appointed

By High School News

Dhiraj Bharuth appointment

It gives the Board of Governors great pleasure to announce that, with the approval of the Marist Schools Council, we have appointed Dhiraj Bharuth as the Sacred Heart College (“the College”) High School Principal with immediate effect (Tuesday 12 September 2023).

Dhiraj Bharuth was appointed Acting High School principal on 1 January 2023. During the past eight months, he has led the high school very effectively and achieved several objectives set by the College Executive and High School Leadership Team whilst also teaching and chairing the maintenance committee.

The Board of Governors, Marist Schools Council, and the Marist family extend their warmest congratulations to Dhiraj Bharuth on his well-deserved appointment. His dedication, leadership, and vision will undoubtedly shape the future of Sacred Heart College Marist Observatory and inspire the entire school. Sacred Heart College would like to express its gratitude to the students, staff, and parents for their continued support and encouragement.

Athletics Day: A Triumph of Fun and Family Unity!

By Primary School News

At Sacred Heart College we believe in nurturing not just academic excellence but also holistic growth. Our recent Athletics Day was a resounding embodiment of this commitment, as it united our school community for a day of thrilling athletic achievements, heart-warming familial bonds, and endless enjoyment.

A Day of Athletic Excellence: Our student-athletes took centre stage, displaying their incredible dedication and prowess. From blistering sprints to long distances, every event was a showcase of unwavering determination and skill. While records were undoubtedly broken, what truly shone was the spirit of sportsmanship exemplified by our young competitors.

A Celebration of Family: Athletics Day wasn’t just about our students; it was a day for families to converge and celebrate. Parents cheered with pride, siblings provided unwavering support, and grandparents shared their wisdom. The sense of togetherness that permeated the event served to deepen the bonds within our school community.

An Abundance of Fun and Entertainment: Besides the athletic contests, our event offered many entertainment options. Food stalls offering delectable treats, a musical backdrop to maintain the festive atmosphere, and a dedicated kids’ zone ensured that everyone, regardless of age, reveled in the festivities. Laughter, smiles, and joy were abundant throughout the day.

Memorable Moments Captured: Our adept photographers were present at every turn, diligently capturing every smile, every leap, and every triumphant moment. Explore our Athletics Day photo gallery to relive the excitement and nostalgia of this extraordinary day.

Heartfelt Gratitude: We sincerely thank our dedicated coaches, enthusiastic volunteers, and the unwavering support of our Parent-Teacher Association. Your collective efforts were instrumental in making this event a grand success.

Sustaining the Spirit: While Athletics Day may have drawn to a close, the essence of sportsmanship, unity, and an active lifestyle continues to thrive at Sacred Heart College. We encourage our students to maintain their energetic routines, embrace the values of teamwork, and pursue excellence in all facets of life.

Thank you to each member of our school community who contributed to making Athletics Day a memorable celebration of fun and family unity. We eagerly anticipate the creation of more unforgettable moments together in the future.

Stacey Fru a young novelist!

By School News

We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible talent of Stacey Fru, a young novelist in our school. Her new book, Middleburg East, is a captivating read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Inspired by a creepy experience, Stacey has crafted a story that follows three determined teens who

set out on a mission to find their missing friend. Along the way, they face unexpected challenges and make difficult choices, ultimately becoming clouded by secrets, lies, bickering, betrayal, and regrets.

Middleburg East raises important questions about loyalty and sacrifice. As readers, we are left to ponder: if you had to choose between saving your sister and saving your best friend, who would you choose?

Midmar 2023

By High School News, Primary School News, Sport

Making a splash at the world’s largest open-water swim!

We celebrate our fearless swimmers who took part in or completed the Midmar Mile on 11-13 February. We are hugely proud of Kai Davies-Penfold, Grade 4B, 9 years old, who completed the Midmar Mile in the Girls 13 and under section, in 40 minutes

Dipping your toes into the unknown takes courage, but finishing takes heart.