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.
This Faith Goal reminds us that from the very beginning Madeleine Sophie Barat's purpose was for a thorough education which was grounded in the Catholic Christian faith.
“What is the good of teaching various subjects, of wasting time in learning them, if at the same time we can not teach children the words of life and touch their hearts and their consciences?”
Madeleine Sophie Barat, 1809
Underlying the service of education undertaken by Sophie and subsequent Sacred Heart educators was the desire that the students, and many others through them, should come to know that they are personally loved by God. This would enable them to grow to fulfilment as persons and to be life-bearers to others.
In the booklet 'Life in Schools of the Sacred Heart' we express this Faith Goal for the students in the following way:
“Faith in God is the foundation of your education at a School of the Sacred Heart. In faith you will recognise God in your life –during your joys, sorrows, struggles, decisions and choices. With faith you will be convinced that the meaning of your life and of our world is most fully demonstrated through Jesus. Through faith you will communicate hope and confidence, and know that nothing can separate you from God’s love.”
Life in a Sacred Heart School, ANZNET, 2009
At Sacré Cœur, the advice we give to our students pertaining is this Goal is:
“In faith you come to see God’s presence in your life and within the world. You will be encouraged to develop your relationship with God through prayer, participation in Eucharistic liturgies and how you act daily within the Sacré Cœur community.”