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Catholic Identity

Sacred Heart is a distinctly Catholic school within a wider Parish community. We invite our students and their families to celebrate God’s presence in their daily lives. Our everyday practice is grounded in the good news of the Gospels; God loves us and we are called to love one another. We promote and strive to enact a philosophy grounded in scripture and Catholic tradition.

Religious Education is delivered from Prep to Year Six for all students, with a focus on ‘recontextualisation’ rather than literal belief. This means (very simply) that we encourage our students to consider the spiritual truths in the stories of God and Jesus, and to reflect upon how these truths can relevantly guide and enhance our lives in the 21st Century.

The ‘Awakenings’ document informs all R.E in the Ballarat diocese and aims to support students as they explore life experiences within the context of Church teachings and traditions.

As well as presenting a rigorous Religious Education curriculum, we also provide a tangible sacramental culture and daily opportunities for prayer, reflection and worship. Our school is visibly Catholic, and our daily routines include prayer, hymns, seasonal observations, Mass attendance and meditation. All our learning spaces include ‘prayer tables’ and symbols of our faith tradition.

Baptised Catholic children in the Sacred Heart Parish have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation during their primary school years. These Parish-based events are supported by the school and connect closely to the school curriculum.

Sacramental preparation in a family setting is the most desirable way for children to complete their Christian Initiation; this is based on the following Church teachings:

For more information on the Sacramental Program please feel free to visit Sacred Heart Mildura Parish webpage.

We have many opportunities during the school year to come together at Church to celebrate the Eucharist. Our regular Masses include (but are not limited to) the Start of Year Mass, Ash Wednesday, Feast of the Sacred Heart, Catholic Education Week, Grandparents’ Day, NAIDOC Week Mass, Mission Mass, Feast of the Assumption and End of Year Mass. Parents and families are always welcome to join us at these celebrations as well as Year-Level Masses held weekly on a rotational basis.