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    Sacred Heart College

    Founding year: 1897
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 1700
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Mr. Steve Byrne (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    We are a place of acceptance, belonging, holistic development, and a community connected by courage, a love of learning, and service to others.

    We empower our young people to be excellent human beings to remain true to their Marist values as they bravely and compassionately respond to the world around them. This guiding Marist spirit is continually energized by excellence, hard work, generosity, and a strong community sense.

    Sacred Heart College is where your daughters and sons will grow courageous hearts. As your child journeys through Sacred Heart. As a place of acceptance, belonging, and holistic development, we are committed to empowering our young people to be the best to be within a community connected by courage, a love of learning, and service to others.

    We share a connected vision as a Catholic College in the Marist tradition to be game-changers, remaining true to our Marist values in all that we do.

    At Sacred Heart, we think beyond our campus gates and offer each student the opportunity to develop and grow courageous hearts. A journey that ignites a sense of belonging as they become part of the Sacred Heart community.

    In 1897, the Marist Brothers were invited by Archbishop O’Reilly to open a school for boys in Port Adelaide. The Brothers opened two schools, Sacred Heart High School and Catholic Boys’ Primary school. The first Principal was Brother Stephen Dubourg. By 1905, the Marist Brothers had begun to take in boarding students. During the first ten years, Sacred Heart High School changed its location twice to provide room for increasing enrolling students.

    In 1914, Sacred Heart High School moved to the present location at Somerton Park. It was renamed Sacred Heart College and provided education for day students and boarders from Year 4 to Leaving Honours.

    The early years saw Paringa Hall used for all aspects of school life, including classrooms, dormitories, dining rooms, and home to the Brothers. As the enrolment increased, a building program was commenced that eventually built up the teaching area around the central covered quadrangle.

    The need for boarding places increased as well. In 1960, the Marian Wing was opened, allowing the boarders to have their purpose-built space. Later a senior boys’ boarding house was opened, followed in 1998 by a girls’ boarding house.

    St Joseph’s College was established in 1967 at Mitchell Park and catered for the younger boys (Years 5-10) of the local parishes. In 1977, a significant change to the College and Catholic Education across the region. Sacred Heart College became part of the South West Region of catholic schools and moved to become a coeducational Senior College catering for Years 10-12 at Somerton Park. Sacred Heart College Middle School (Boys Year 6-9) was also established at the former St Joseph’s College site.

    In 2015, Sacred Heart College Senior amalgamated with Sacred Heart Middle School at Mitchell Park under the leadership of Principal, Mr. Steve Byrne.

    In 1956, the Good Samaritan Sisters were invited by Archbishop Beovich to establish a secondary Parish School and convent in the South West of Adelaide. The first Principal was Sister Dominica McEwen. In 1977, a significant change to the South West region was implemented, and it was decided that Marymount College would be a part of a three-tier system of catholic education. By 1979, Marymount College was officially operating as a Middle School for girls (Years 6 – 9).

    In the year 2000, after 44 years of education at Seacombe Gardens, Marymount College transitioned to Hove. In 2018, Marymount College amalgamated with Sacred Heart College. In 2019 after 62 years of girls’ education, Marymount Campus staff and students relocated to Champagnat Campus at Mitchell Park, operating as a coeducational school for girls & boys in Years 7 – 9.

    Today, Sacred Heart College is a Catholic Co-Educational School for Years 7 – 12 across two campuses in the Marist Tradition. We promote a love of learning and foster Courageous Hearts.

    Sacred Heart College empowers young people to remain true to their Marist values as they bravely and compassionately respond to the world around them.

    Advanced facilities, opportunistic programs, holistic well-being, and learning strategies inspire our students to discover their journey in life beyond the classroom and allow them to embrace a community connected by courage, a love of learning, and service to others.

    Champagnat Campus (Years 7 – 9)

    Address: 28 Percy Ave, Mitchell Park SA 5043 AustraliaPh: +61 8 8350 2500Absentees: +61 8 8350 2594SMS: 0467 777 000Reception Hours: 8.00am – 4.00pmEmail: [email protected]





    Address: Sacred Heart College, 195 Brighton Road Somerton Park, South Australia, 5044, Australia

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