For The Sake Of One Child
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, once said, ‘for the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society’. For the staff of Sacred Heart, Fenham each of our students is that ‘one child’. Our aim is to provide a first class education in the broadest sense of the word for each and every girl in the school.
World Wide Family
As a Sacred Heart School we are part of a world wide family of schools.
In England there are five schools which are Sacred Heart foundations. One, of course, is our school here in Fenham. The other four are :
Each school has its own individual identity but all are linked by the fact that they are rooted in the Gospel message as interpreted over the years by the Society of The Sacred Heart. The spirit of that message is one of courage and generosity. The educational philosophy of the Sacred Heart is contained in the message of Jesus Christ and the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie. ‘By the love you have for one another everyone will know you are my disciples’.
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In recent years as the sisters have withdrawn from day to day contact with the schools, other ways of maintaining the connections have been sought. The values which motivated Madeleine Sophie and all those who followed after her have been distilled into FIVE GOALS. These were originally drawn up in the USA but are now being adopted across the world as a way of emphasising the challenges and principles which we all share. In an ever changing world we are reminded that we must ‘keep our eyes open upon the distant horizons, our minds listening to seize every indication that can enlighten us; reading, reflection, searching, must never stop.’ (Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ)
In September 2010 The English Network of Sacred Heart Schools held its inaugural meeting. Since then we have met twice a year to organise joint projects and reflect upon what the Goals mean for our individual schools.
What Are The Goals?
• To help nurture a personal and active faith in God.
• To develop respect for intellectual values.
• To encourage social awareness which motivates us to take action.
• To build a community which serves as a beacon of Christian values.
• To provide a setting where personal growth can develop in an atmosphere of wise freedom.