Guided by five goals of Sacred Heart Education
Our philosophy of Sacred Heart Education is framed by the understanding that education is both transformational and holistic. We therefore focus on the needs of every student with individualised attention and goals, and educate both their Heart and the Mind, as the school’s motto, Cor Unum, proclaims.
- 5 Sacred Heart Goals
- Global Citizenship
- Social Justice
- Academic Care
At Kincoppal-Rose Bay, the school is guided and connected by the educational vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Madeleine Sophie’s vision is articulated in the five goals of a Sacred Heart education:
A personal and active faith in God: We encourage students to reflect on their life experiences in the light of Scriptures to deepen the meaning of their lives.
A deep respect for intellectual values: We impart a love of learning. Students understand that learning involves many experiences beyond the classroom and is a lifelong privilege.
The building of community as a Christian value: We strive to provide a strong sense of community underpinned by Christian values. We encourage students to live as alert and responsible citizens.
A social awareness which impels to action: We invite students to deepen their understanding of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. In doing so, we encourage them to act against oppression and injustice.
Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom: We encourage students to know themselves and to appreciate how they will use their strengths and abilities to make a difference in the world.
These goals ensure that our education is holistic and tailored to the growth of the individual, whilst bringing about a more just world. In doing so, we live out our school motto, ‘Cor Unum’ meaning One Heart, which calls our students into a genuine relationship with God, each other and the world.
Kincoppal-Rose Bay empowers our students to embrace global citizenship as a way of life. Our students live in an interconnected, diverse and rapidly changing world. Our education aims to build their global competencies so that they have the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to not only be competitive and ready for new work but to drive innovative change for the betterment of the world.
Unique to Kincoppal-Rose Bay is our international Sacred Heart network that provides your child with a lifelong membership to 150 schools in 41 countries across five continents.
Every school in the network is connected by the educational vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800.
By sharing spiritual and intellectual resources, Sacred Heart schools foster students’ global awareness and their appreciation for other cultures and societies. This vast network has a number of benefits for KRB students:
- reciprocal exchanges to Sacred Heart schools around the globe
- ongoing opportunities for virtual collaborations that allow students to learn about and with different cultures
- study tours
- professional development for staff
- collaborative celebrations of traditions and cultural events
Visit sofie.org to find out more information about the global network of Sacred Heart schools.
A key goal of a Sacred Heart education is ‘a social awareness which impels to action’. At Kincoppal-Rose Bay, we seek to provide our students with the skills they need to critically reflect on the causes of injustice in the world so they can advocate and act for change in partnership with others through our Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation programs.
There are a range of priority areas including:
- Reconciliation and collaboration with indigenous peoples:
- Environmental sustainability and care for creation
- Education and empowerment of people, particularly women
- Advocacy and assistance for displaced persons
- Just distribution of resources
Indigenous Support: Every year students and staff run the Bowraville Camp which provides activities and support to the Indigenous community in Bowraville in regional NSW.
World Challenge & Antipodeans Abroad Programs: Students regularly travel to Peru, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam where they help care for displaced elderly, disabled and abandoned children, as well as helping build facilities in villages, monasteries and schools.
Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal: Students join in this annual event to raise money and awareness for the Salvation Army.
Shoes for Sudanese: Inspired by the idea of one student, children were asked to donate shoes they had outgrown to raise funds for the first Catholic high school in the Alweil community in Southern Sudan.
Student Immersion Program: Students in Year 9 engage in a range of immersive experiences across Sydney, Australia and globally to contribute and understand the need for social justice. Our Social Justice Program is central to our school community. We provide all students with age-appropriate opportunities to participate in initiatives. The program broadens their worldview by assisting those in need and engaging with contemporary issues that affect others.
At KRB, we support academic excellence by following a positive education model through our Academic Care program. This program is about meeting every student’s academic, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Positive Education is a concept that underpins the educational experience of all students at KRB.
We structure all programs to help our students achieve:
- wellbeing and happiness at school and in their everyday lives
- a feeling of connectedness to the school and the broader community
- an appreciation of their strengths and their potential to acquire new strengths
- a belief that they are capable of achieving whatever they set their minds to.
Some examples of how KRB ensures a positive education are:
- working with students to set personal and academic goals and supporting them to achieve and review their goals
- actively teaching positive psychology through our Pastoral Care Program, focusing on qualities such as resilience, gratitude, positive relationships, positive emotions and the identification of personal strengths
- teaching students the concept of the ‘growth mindset’ (Dweck, 2007), where students are encouraged to view their skills and knowledge as changeable through effort
- monitoring the academic, social, emotional and spiritual progress and development of each student through our P-12 Student Tracking Program
- using constructive and positive feedback as a way of supporting student improvement.
Our results are reflective of our holistic academic and personal growth framework. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results in all areas of academic achievement.