“May the Sacred Heart of Jesus Be Everywhere Loved – forever”
We are a community of the heart, living and learning together. The ideals of the early pioneer Sisters and the charism of the founder of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Fr Jules Chevalier have for over 100 years guided our spirituality and mission as a college community and will continue to do so well into the future.
The college is preparing our young women for an unknown future and this calls for a future-focused school, one that provides a learning environment that develops faith-filled, adaptive thinkers who influence our society for the greater good. In an environment of growth and opportunity, our young women are offered dynamic, organic and interconnected learning experiences as we seek out opportunities to partner with industry, agencies and tertiary institutions, so students are engaged in active, authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences.
We are a community proud of our inclusive and nurturing environment where young women are encouraged to be brave and confidently push themselves beyond their limits in and out of the classroom. Our young women are not afraid to take risks and grow from their experiences and adventures. Such bravery will at times bring disappointment and setbacks. However, we cannot learn without failing, it is in this experience of failure that we develop and grow becoming the best version of ourselves.
This cultivation of a growth mindset in every student, where our learners are empowered and learning is personalised in a holistic environment, is at the heart of who we are as a community. We collaborate with students to develop their wellbeing, spirituality, physicality, and emotional and academic intelligence as our staff aspire to instill within each and every girl a sense of deep worth and Catholic values that will equip them to bravely face the challenges that life will enviably bring, and act courageously as global citizens beyond our college walls.
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Our History The story of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College begins earlier than its foundation in 1913. The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was formed in Issoudun, France in 1874. The college espouses the mission of Father Jules Chevalier to make the Sacred Heart of Jesus everywhere loved.
In 1884, Mother Superior Marie Louise Hartzer was instrumental in sending five Sisters to the Oceanic Missions. When the first section of the new convent was completed in 1897, a small combined primary and secondary college was conducted in the convent premises. The college was co-educational.
A continual growth in the number of students led to the construction of a new college building erected in 1913. Records indicate that 1927 was the last year for the enrolment of boys at the college. The primary section was discontinued at the end of 1953. From then on the primary-aged students attended Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Primary School. The college joined the emerging archdiocesan system in 1966 and the first lay principal joined the college in 1995 following the departure of the last religious college principal, Sister Mary Fyfe.
Our Charism Under the patronage of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and inspired by the charism Father Chevalier, the OLSH college community endeavours to be the heart and hands of Jesus in the world. Accordingly, OLSH college is ‘A Community of the Heart Living and learning Together’.
Our Mission and Values The members of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington, form a diverse educational community founded by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in 1913, in the tradition of Fr Jules Chevalier, msc.
As a Catholic community of the heart, we strive to give expression to God’s unconditional love for each person, through our compassionate response to others. As an educational community we strive to engender a passion for lifelong learning.
The College motto “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved” is our tradition. All who belong to the family of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart are called to live out this motto. It is to live the very life of Jesus… to be on earth the Heart of Christ.
Regnet Christus! May Christ Reign!
As members of the OLSH college community, we commit ourselves to developing our students’ faith and love of learning.
As a faith community:
we will bring an awareness of God’s unconditional love for each person, through Jesus Christ and his mother, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
we will teach the Catholic faith tradition and nurture a meaningful spiritual life and identity
we will promote the importance of healthy relationships, family life, and community service.
As an educational community:
celebrate being Catholic
we will create and sustain a culture of learning
we will provide educational programs which enhance the spiritual, intellectual, moral, emotional, social and physical development of its members.
Making a difference in our world:
fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of each person
collaborating with others for the good of all
inspiring hope and a positive vision for the future
continuing the rich tradition of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College has a strong relationship with our closest feeder parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Kensington.
Since its establishment in 1906, Our Lady of the Rosary Kensington has been ministered by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The parish has been and continues to be very much developed, animated and inspired by the charism and spirituality of the MSC Founder, Fr. Jules Chevalier.
Our Lady of the Rosary parish priest, Fr. Terry Bowman msc is our College Chaplain.