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180 Years and 180 Hours of Service


Sacred Heart Schools are a testimony to the vision and bravery of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. St Madeleine Sophie founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800. She wanted to educate a new generation to transform a society shattered by revolution.


The first Sacred Heart school was founded in Amiens, France in 1801. Soon a network of schools, centred on the Heart of Jesus and value of the individual was established throughout France and beyond.


The Sacred Heart sisters arrived in England on 8 December 1842. They created a new religious community and school in East Acton at Berrymead Priory.


From 8 December 2022 and throughout the coming year, we will be celebrating 180 years of the Society's work in England.


In Fenham, we are completing an individual 180 hours of service to our community to mark the 180 years the Sisters of the Sacred Heart have spent in England.


By service, we mean, ways we can act with an open heart and demonstrate the true message of Cor Unum (one heart).


We have been doing this by (amongst other ways):


  • Writing cards to the elderly

  • Litter picks

  • Paired reading

  • Chores at home

  • Sponsored walks/ runs

  • Fundraising events

  • Community support outside of school (Cadets, St Johns, Lifeguards)

  • Wellbeing Ambassador

  • Park / Beach clean- up

  • Raising awareness of global issues (i.e. poverty)

  • Sports captain

  • Buddy system in school

  • Helping others with homework

  • Donating to charity shops

Already we have exceeded 1440 hours!

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