Sacred Heart College

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venue 15 Eckstein Street
Observatory Johannesburg
age From 4 years - 18 years old

This is a modern, multi-cultural, socially responsible school that encourages innovation.

Click here to watch a feature which screened on e-tv about how Sacred Heart uses Ipods to encourage learning - Using Technology in Education.

Private school - from playgroup to matric

Founded in 1889 in the dust of the gold rush. Sacred Heart has been providing an excellent standard of education for more than one hundred and twenty years. Based on the Marist principles of our founding Saint Marcellin Champagnat, we offer a values based education that aims to produce children who can think critically and succeed at what they set out to do.

A Reggio Emelia inspired Kindergarten School

The Reggio Emelia approach to teaching young children puts their natural development, as well as the close relationships they share with their environment, at the centre of its philosophy. The foundation of the Reggio Emelia approach lies in its unique view of the child. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Influenced by this belief, they are beheld as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious, and full of potential and ambitious desires. They are also viewed as being active constructs playing the active role of apprentices. This role also extends to that of a researcher.


Lessons for refugee children
In 2008, Sacred Heart College started a programme aimed at offering a place of hope for refugee children. Besides offering academic and social bridging into the South African schooling system, the project also aims to offer protective factors that can build resilience and reduce vulnerability. These include offering children a sense of belonging, a positive school climate, opportunities for the future.

Helps disadvantaged kids
Through a generous bursary scheme and provision of transport, children from disadvantaged areas like Soweto and Alexandra were given an education which has led to many of them becoming industry leaders.

Resists Apartheid
In the 70ís and 80ís fugitives hid on this and other Marist properties so that security police could not find and arrest them for resisting the policies of the apartheid government. In 1979, after a decision by the Catholic Bishopís Conference, Sacred Heart College opened its doors to children of all races.

Hospital help
During the Anglo-Boer war the school was used as a hospital for Boer and British soldiers.

We are the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Nation and our students and staff reflects the wonderful diversity of South African society.

Telephone numbers:

Pre primary school 011 648 1858
Primary school 011 648 5203/9154
High school 011 648 1030
College 011 487 9000
Three2Six 011 487 9000
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