Each year the Sacré Cœur community confers a particular emphasis on one of the five Sacred Heart Goals of Sacred Heart Education. This annual goal is known as the Focus Goal. Each of the goals is addressed over a five year cycle. The sixth year in the cycle is proclaimed a ‘Year of Reflection', a time when the Sacré Cœur community engages in an extensive examination and celebration of its Sacred Heart character.
Even though there is a special accent on the annual Focus Goal, the community continues its commitment to ‘living out' each of the goals every year.
The Principal and the Sophie Team are entrusted with the responsibility of being the custodians of the ‘Sacred Heart Ethos' within the school, in particular, ensuring that each year's Focus Goal is ‘lived out' actively by the school community.
The task of embedding the Focus Goal throughout the school community is the task of the Sophie Team. Through the work of this team, the entire community has the opportunity to fully appreciate the goal, its meaning and its purpose and is invited to participate in a number of initiatives that will ensure that Sacré Cœur lives this goal in 2013.
Community is first of all a quality of heart. It grows from the knowledge, broadly accepted by all who make up the community, that we are here not for ourselves only, but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others as important and at times, more important than our own. Paul writing to the Philippians 2:4 said “ Look out for one another’s interests, not just for you own”.
In the Sacred Heart tradition, education is a profoundly communal project not only because it takes place in relationships, but also because it is pursued with a view to building a better human community. In our daily work we are stirred by the RSCJ mantra of ‘what we do, we do it together’ (Consititution 1982). We are also ever mindful of St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s insight that community is forged and cultivated one relationship at a time.