Esprit de Cœur Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association Newsletter

21 June 2019
Issue Two
Kathleen McCarthy Bursary
From the Presidents
Reunions 1969, 1989 and 1999
Alumnae Association High Tea 
Annual Golf Day 2019
Alumnae News
Where are they now?
Alumnae Events
2019 Save the Date
School News
Master Plan
Stay in Touch
In Memoriam
From the Archives
School House Patrons
From the Foundation
Janet Stuart Bursary Fund
Community Choir
Sacré Cœur
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Kathleen McCarthy

Launch of the Kathleen McCarthy Bursary

On Monday 17 June 2019, the Foundation hosted an intimate reception to launch the Kathleen McCarthy Bursary at which Brian McCarthy, Kathleen’s husband and the McCarthy family were our honoured guests.

Kathleen McCarthy truly loved the RSCJ and Sacré Cœur. She spent seventeen years teaching at Sacré Cœur and her three daughters are alumnae. Living in Queensland at the time, Kathleen was a boarder at Stuartholme for five years. She also loved history, which she studied at Stuartholme and then at Queensland University.


After teaching in Queensland, Kathleen came to Sacré Cœur as a senior history teacher in 1968. She was acknowledged as a superlative teacher of history, especially Renaissance and Reformation history. Students loved her classes which were full of life and passion. She found the ‘deep spirituality, the strong studies and the breadth of curriculum’ in Sacred Heart education very compelling.

Kathleen’s other roles at Sacré Cœur included:

  • Year 12 Coordinator
  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee and
  • Deputy Principal, the position she held when she retired in 1985.

Following retirement she continued to work hard for Sacré Cœur serving on the School Board as Deputy Chair as well as being active on various Alumnae and Foundation committees.


Kathleen died unexpectedly on 26 July 2018 while holidaying with the family in North Queensland. As a much loved teacher, many alumnae attended her requiem mass and the School Choir contributed to a truly memorable occasion.

Kathleen’s husband Brian and family wish to keep her memory alive at Sacré Cœur. After discussions with the Foundation and our Principal, this is to happen through the establishment of the Kathleen McCarthy Bursary, to support the education of students, whose families would be unable to meet all costs, through Years 7 to 12. It is available to both currently enrolled students and those who wish to attend the School and will provide 75% of tuition fees.


Applications for the first bursary to be awarded to a student commencing year 7 studies in 2020 close 30 August 2019. An application form with eligibility criteria can be found here.

Brian and the family are generously providing $150,000 for the establishment of the Kathleen McCarthy Bursary Fund. To perpetuate the award, further capital is required and you are invited to read

Brian’s personal letter here and make a tax deductible donation to facilitate this by completing our Appeal form here.


The Foundation Office, Admissions and the School Business office are open during the term break should you have any queries or wish to make a tax deductible donation before the end of the financial year.

From the Presidents

Excerpt from the Presidents Report at the AGM in May 2019


The Co-Presidency of Kerry Bergin and

Marianne Cassin has proven to be most beneficial during its first year in office. The sharing of skills, ideas, tasks and responsibilities has been both productive and enjoyable.  Many people have supported us in our role. The President ex-officio, Marisa Reid, is always generous with her advice, support and tireless dedication.  We have a Committee from a broad range of class years who willingly share their talents, experience and knowledge.  Our thanks, in particular, to our current Secretary, Genevieve Grabau, who has been assisted by Steph Quinn and to our Treasurer, Charlotte Stoltz, assisted by Simone Eason.   

We have an exceptional Alumnae Relations Manager, Melinda Adams.  As well as being a highly skilled and innovative Manager, Melinda’s loyalty and enthusiasm for the Alumnae is immeasurable.  Marian Andrews willingly extends her role as The Foundation Executive Administrator to ensure the success of our functions and activities.  Mark Oski creates meaningful liturgies for our two Annual Masses and many other School staff contribute to ensuring our visibility and involvement in the School.   

Our most sincere thanks to our School Principal, Mrs Anna Masters, the Leadership Team and the School Board for their generous support and encouragement of the alumnae.  Anna instantly became a quasi-alumna when she arrived at

Sacré Cœur. We are delighted that Anna has become integral to our Association and that she affirms our active presence in the School Community.   

As Co-Presidents we attend Alumnae Association facilitated functions and participate in a number of School activities, either together or separately.  We do our best to continue the tradition of the RSCJ with bereavement support to alumnae, in the form of letters and attendance at funerals where possible.  We are reliant on alumnae to inform us of deaths in their family or friendship networks. 

Activities and Functions
The Annual Generations Afternoon Tea.   

There were three generations of families attending this 2018 event and soon we will be inviting four generations!


In September we met the Year 12 Class for an introductory “Welcome” to their Association.     

The Mass of Remembrance for deceased members and/or family of members and RSCJ and was held in November, followed by a morning tea in the Kirby Centre.  It was very well attended. 

We were entertained by a great number of talented musicians and singers who performed at the School Concert in August, and likewise,
had the honour of sharing a most beautiful School Carol Service. 

A new School initiative in 2019 was the Opening of the School Year Cocktail Party.  This provided another opportunity for alumnae presence and inclusion in the life of the School. 

The French Village Fair was held in October 2018 and the Association had a dedicated Stall with a percentage of proceeds going to Sophie’s Farm.    The Committee created a beautiful booklet, One Heart: Treasured Memories of Sacré Cœur Alumnae, to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Sacré Cœur and for sale at the Fair. One of our committee, Charlotte Stoltz, provided delightful illustrations and another alumna, Marnie Haddad took the photographs.  Celeste Medcalfe spearheaded this project with assistance from a dedicated group of committee members.  Our special thanks to Celeste and Charlotte.  

Class Reunions: underpin our main raison d’être; attendances are increasing as is the noise level, both good indications of the enjoyment level of coming back to School! The committee willingly give their time to host these reunions and share the joie de vivre.    

Small Pleasures: Once again, a sell-out crowd packed Leonda, Hawthorn, on October 27 2018 for this fabulous annual event. There was a Cup Day theme with everything Racy, except live horses! There was even an hilarious radio broadcast involving “horses” with symbolic Sac names!  
The Small Pleasures Fund supports members of the Sacré Coeur alumnae community living with a debilitating illness or injury or experiencing life-changing trauma.

The Fund was set up by a group of former

Sacré Coeur students who identified the importance of reaching out to alumnae going through difficult times and reminding them they are part of a strong and compassionate community.

A variety of ‘small pleasures’ are offered to alumnae of all ages including spa treatments, holiday accommodation, gift vouchers, cleaning services, gourmet food hampers or a special lunch or dinner.  Careful consideration is given to ensure every ‘small pleasure’ is appropriate for the recipients and their circumstances.

Alumnae representatives were invited to the Melbourne RSCJ Dream Catcher Gathering, in March 2019.  This meeting was one of many held across the world in RSCJ institutions, aimed at garnering ideas from lay personnel as to how they envisaged the RSCJ of future generations.


Our most sincere thanks to the Committee of 2018-19 who have worked together with congeniality and collegiality and in the spirit Cor Unum: Charlotte Crowley, Nicola Duggan, Simone Eason, Gabrielle Garlepp, Genevieve Grabau, Sophie Jackman, Lizzie Joyce, Virginia Kennedy, Helen McCormack, Celeste Medcalfe, Jane Murfett, Steph Quinn, Marisa Reid, Charlotte Stoltz and Sarah Rudd-Coyle.        

Kerry Bergin and Marianne Cassin


1969, 1989 and 1999

Class of 1969

The 50 year reunion of the class of 1969 was held on 13 April 2019 at Kooyong Tennis Club.  Invitations were sent to 38, including some who left school before Year 12.  A total of 16 attended. 


It was a very casual and fun afternoon, filled with shared stories and memories of school days, and everyone individually had the opportunity to speak of their lives since leaving school.  There was lots of laughter and a feeling of belonging.


Those who are no longer with us were remembered.  Also, those unable to attend who sent current photos and brief life stories were remembered.


A wonderful afternoon of fun and laughter and everyone stayed well past lunchtime.


Melinda Adams, Alumnae Coordinator did a wonderful job of supplying contact information, a CD of the school song and photo books.  All most appreciated by all.


Consensus was that the next reunion should be in 5 years.  Hopefully, the numbers of attendees will be greater.

Denise Stone

Class of 1989

The Class of 89 reunion took place on 23 March 2019 with around 35 girls attending. What a delightful surprise to be greeted at the school by none other than Mrs Kennedy, ticking off names and taking photos as we all arrived. The Parlour was full of laughter as we caught up on news since the last reunion, or for some, since leaving school. The slideshow was a hilarious trip down memory lane – thanks to everyone who contributed images! We also heard messages from friends and teachers unable to attend, including some who are living overseas, and remembered with love Sam Bourke and Catherine McEncroe, who left us too soon.


The school tour brought back many memories – so much has changed, yet much remains the same – the brown stairs are still there, albeit covered in carpet. We were surprised to see the Year Nine “takeover” of the top floor – back in the day this was the domain of Years 11 and 12 and no one else dared climb the stairs. The celebration then moved on to Malvern Hotel, with a few girls kicking on until late.

Thanks to Melinda Adams for her outstanding efforts in organising reunion and also to Lizzie Joyce and Nicola Duggan from the Alumnae Association for being fabulous and attentive hosts in the Parlour.


The class of 89 has a Facebook messenger group with almost forty members, which helps us stay in touch between reunions. Anyone from the class of 89 is welcome to join – please contact Melinda Adams at the school to be put in touch with the group.  Marcia Endacott

Class of 1999

Saturday 11 May marked the 20 year school reunion for the class of 1999, held in the

Sacré Cœur  Parlour and then followed by dinner and drinks at Tom Pockett wine bar on Burke Road. Some guests anxiously arrived wondering if we would remember faces and names.

What would we talk about? What has changed at the school?


As soon as we were greeted with some friendly embraces, all of the nerves were put to ease. Our high school years were such a significant part of the development of our personalities, forming our career paths and our journey through life. Now 20 years down the track and double our age, it was so great to hear about all of the stories of travel, relationships, careers, interests, families and children, property purchases and long lasting friendships that have been maintained by the Sacré Cœur alumnae. For those that couldn’t be with us, you were remembered as we walked the hallways, up the brown stairs, past our lockers and homerooms, and into all of the different spaces that became our home away from home for 6 plus years.


Thank you to Melinda and the staff for organising the event, allowing us to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and a trip down memory lane. We all had a great time, lots of laughs, reconnecting with our classmates, looking at photos of our teenage years, and touring the school. Here’s to health, happiness and friendships for the the next 20 years.

Karen Schulze and Karyn Grehan

Alumnae Association
High Tea


Alumnae Association High Tea, AGM, 1949 and 1959 Reunion

On Sunday 19 May, the Alumnae Association Committee welcomed alumnae from many decades to the Chapel for the Annual Mass. We sang our favourite hymns including, Cœur de Jesu.  The choir sang beautifully around the piano and this year we were blessed to include a group from 2018, led by their Co-Captains Krystal Salloum and Ruby de Luca.


Following the Mass, the Alumnae Committee served a scrumptious High Tea in the Kirby Centre which many alumnae remembered as the Dining Room. Decadent cupcakes and homemade scones topped with jam and cream, filled the tiered cake stands and the school dinner plates overflowed with ribbon sandwiches and hot savoury delicacies – all washed down with cups of tea and coffee and glasses of champagne!

Co-President Marianne Cassin welcomed the 60 and 70 year reunions, many of whom had not been back to the school since 1949 and 1959.  Marianne expressed her delight in being able to welcome the increased number of alumnae representing every decade, particularly the large table of 2018 alumnae.  It was their first opportunity to return to Burke Road in civvies and drink champagne in the Kirby Centre and with their School Principal, Anna Masters in attendance!  Marianne spoke about how their lives will branch out into many different communities and take them down challenging and interesting paths but the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association will always be there for them. “We are a kind and caring community and we are here for you all at any stage of your lives.”

Marianne conducted a very brief AGM which included the presentation of the Financial Report and the Janet Stuart Bursary Fund Report. Alumnae Association office bearers and general committee positions remain unchanged until the end of this two year term, May 2020.  She thanked Anna Masters for her strong support for the Alumnae Association and invited Anna to address everyone to let them know about the recent developments of what is happening at the school.


The official proceedings were concluded with a raffle drawn by Krystal Salloum, Ruby de Luca and Nora Toohey (1944).  Three lucky winners received some beautiful prizes whilst raising money for the Alumnae Association.

The photos speak for themselves – Alumnae sharing memories of their school days together and catching up on each other’s lives in the warm and comforting environment of Sacré Cœur.


Annual Golf Day 2019

Sacré Cœur Community
Annual Golf Day

The sun shone, the birds sang, some great shots were played (and some not so great), a tame fox may have even stolen a ball (or so one team claimed). Ninety three players enjoyed the eighth Annual Sacré Cœur Golf Day at glorious Commonwealth Golf Club on Monday April 29. This year there were fifteen men’s teams battling it out for the Men’s Trophy. Of the nine teams vying for the inaugural Women’s Trophy, three were Alumnae teams competing for the magnificent Alumnae Trophy which was presented by Kerry Bergin, Alumnae Association Co-President to the winning team : 

Mary Ann Banting (Croagh 1977)   

Jane Cuming  (Banting 1974)   

Mae-Louise McGuinness  (Banting 1971)  

Gen Rawling (Brew 1974)

Other Alumnae teams who were involved were:

Rosemary Kelly, Clare Wilson (Coburn), Anne Carne (Toohey) and Louise Date (Hannebery)

Felicity Carr, Chris Hayes (Rogers), Carmel Knowles (O’Rorke)


Those who felt they couldn’t (or shouldn’t) play joined us for the social “nineteenth hole” back in the beautiful club house where over drinks and abundant canapés lots of fabulous prizes were awarded amongst much friendly banter. It was wonderful to welcome Principal Mrs Anna Masters and some members of the leadership team to this part of the day. There was a great representation right across the Sacré Cœur community, junior and senior parents, past parents, alumnae, staff, sponsors, and friends. This really is a special day where, given the Ambrose Golf format, total beginners can play alongside accomplished players with everyone having plenty of fun. On one hole teams were able to buy a drive from the Australian longest drive champion, an offer too good for most to refuse. A short par 3 offered the chance to buy a shot from the club professional - this was also very well patronised given the number of bunkers protecting the hole! The day would not be possible without our very generous sponsors and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them.

Gold Sponsors

We thank three new sponsors:

Sit Or Stand (welcome Rob Urson and his team)

GDJ Advertising (Russell Grant and his team)

HEDE Architects (architects for the new development)

and long term sponsors:

Blue Connections Pty Ltd

Lonsford Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd


Silver Sponsors

Moorabbin Timber Pty Ltd

Driver Bus Lines


Novelty Holes Buy a Drive 12th hole

(Sponsored by Eastern Bridge Lawyers )

Pay the Golf Pro (Crowley Constructions)


Product and Prize Sponsors

Ace Airport Parking (Silent auction voucher)

Anonymous renewing donor (Readings prize vouchers)

Anonymous (Silent auction item)

Borg family (Silent auction Mumm Champagne)

Botter and Raffaele families (Silent auction items)

Carman’s (Silent auction hamper)

Commonwealth Golf Club (Round of Golf for 4 – silent auction item) Kathy Falconer (Women’s’ Weekly books and Lush product)

Kate Malone (Signed Richmond Premiership Football)

Reid family (Silent auction items - numerous)

Urban Man (Silent Auction items – Capomolla family)

Vivace Restaurant (Silent auction voucher)

Alumnae News

Alicia Eva (2009)

Alicia Eva Awarded Inaugural Women's Coaching Pathway Scholarship

Greater Western Sydney AFLW vice-captain and Giants North East AFL Development Coach (Backline), Alicia Eva, has been awarded the inaugural AFL Coaches Association  Coaching Pathway Scholarship for 2019.


Not only is Eva one of the best players in the AFLW but she is also beginning to make an indelible mark on the game through coaching. In 2019 she was appointed as the GWS NEAFL Development Coach (Backline) off the back of her 2018 coaching roles as Head Coach of the AFL NSW/ACT Under 18 program and as GWS Academy Assistant Coach (Midfield).


Read the full article HERE about her incredible rise in AFLW.

Kate Reid (1999)


A former designer of Formula One racing cars, Lune Croissanterie’s Kate Reid now goes full throttle at the business of baking. Her meteoric rise to the top of the baking game has meant she has become an important player in the food industry appearing at the Food and Wine Festival and on Masterchef this week.


Click HERE to see some of the episode and a wonderful article on her journey




Madeline Kennedy (1990)



Madeline Kennedy (1990) and James Redfern  from Marshall White Real Estate were recently featured in the Domain section of the Age  talking about living and working together.

Read the full article HERE


Mibel Aguilar (1976)

Professor Mibel Aguilar was recently awarded the McAulay-Hope Prize for Original Biophysics by the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB), in recognition of her pioneeering work in the development of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and dual polarisation interferometry (DPI) for the analysis of biomembrane interactions. 

Read the full article HERE

Where are they now?

Jacqualin Rankine (1965) 


In this recollection, I have used the numbers my sister and I were assigned when we entered Sacré Cœur

in 1959. Some I forgotten, and I do apologise. I have used family names rather than their married names as things change over time.


My name is Dr Jacqualine Rankine [234], and I matriculated with the class of 1965. Matriculation is the current Year 12 and Matriculation was before the VCE. My sister Dianne [235] completed Matric a year after myself, and is still a nurse. We were an eclectic bunch of girls and some became my lifelong friends. Girls such as my friends Andrea Deheny [36], Fiona Grant [137], Ellen Fulton [257] and Elizabeth Stegley [38], I still see. We catch up as often as we can. Some of my friends have passed way such as Anne Scurry [233], Elisabeth Bouchier [219], Christina Barlee, Jennifer Powell [295] and Mietta O'Donell [245]. I still miss them. Others like Anne Pianta [19], Katherine Horan [158], Kristen Batten [189], Lynette Gearing [229] and Susan Cumming [114] I get to see at school reunions. We have lost track of Judith Lord [254], Derena Percy [232] and Jane Lockwood [276]


My mother refused to allow me to go onto University and gave my sister Dianne and myself the choice of either teaching or nursing. However some of the nuns pleaded with her to let me attend, as they believed I had the ability to achieve high honours, especially in History. An obedient daughter, I resigned myself to the course set and became a teacher, but I did an extension to include librarianship in my qualifications.


My husband Stewart put me through my first year at University which I completed part time, whilst full time teaching. I paid him back by putting him through his final year of Law. The children followed and when I was offered the chance to do my Doctorate, I leapt at the chance and the thesis wrote itself, because it was centred on the Light Horse. I was born in Western Australia, and many of my older relatives had served in that Brigade. One of my Fathers' uncles led a charge at Beersheba in October, 1917. My life has been spent teaching History and running libraries in schools. I was also involved in the schools my children, Cecily and James attended. My children have their father's family name of Hollingworth. Cecily is a criminal law barrister and James is a noted computer animator. He counts Game of Thrones in his CV.


My passion is History, but I also loved the students I taught. This came out in my teaching, as I was not a person who screamed or yelled. I am now semi-retired, but still teach when asked. I write a lot and enjoy cooking for family and friends, as well as going for long and interesting walks. My life is fulfilling and very enjoyable. I travel when and where I can. I must thank the late Mother Audrey O'Sullivan for setting books about History in front of me. It awakened my passion for knowledge. The good soul also pointed out that I was definitely not suited to Convent life!!

Justine Smith (2001)

In Year Nine I saw a video of a scientist in a hut in Antarctica – surrounded by ice, snow, freezing temperatures, and penguins. That people go to the most remote place on earth to study wildlife was a revelation. I wanted to do that too.


After graduating in 2001 I studied environmental science, and since then, science and a sense of adventure, have led to many wonderful experiences. This includes working with endangered species, completing a phD in wildlife conservation, and living and working in Mongolia. Currently I work for the State government in bushfire risk reduction.    

Though many of my fellow students whilst studying were female, there is a lack of female representation in leadership globally, particularly in science. I am lucky to have incredible female scientists as friends, some of whom are my greatest inspiration and encouragement. However, this lack of representation in leadership means we are missing the ideas, knowledge, and expertise of half the population.


I am part of the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound, a global leadership program for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine). The program seeks to build our skills to actively contribute to scientific leadership, influencing decision making for the future of our planet. Delivered largely online, the program culminates in a three-week training intensive in Antarctica.


To support my participation, I am undertaking a range of fundraising activities – finally combining my love of art and science as I did in Year 12! To find out more about the program and my fundraising please check out my fundraising page and blog. If you are an aspiring scientist or would like to get involved in Homeward Bound yourself, please get in touch.  

Click on the links below for more information: 

Fundraising page


BOOK HERE for this event 

Alumnae Events

Small Pleasures Lunch

Saturday 23 November 2019 - Save the Date

For further information, or if you are aware of an alumna who could benefit from a "small pleasure", please contact Small Pleasures via email or Kate Burley (President) on 0419 707 746.

Class of 2014 Five Year Reunion 
Friday 22 November

We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating the 5 year reunion for the Class of 2014. It will be held on Friday 22 November. More details to follow


2019 Save the Date

2019 Events

Event Generations Afternoon Tea

 (for Grandmothers and Mothers with a child currently at Sacré Cœur )

When Tuesday 17 September

Time 3.30pm

Where Sacré Cœur


Event Small Pleasures Lunch

When Saturday 23 November    

Time  12pm  

Where Leonda 


Event  Mass of Remembrance   

When Saturday 16 November   

Time 10am 

Where  Sacré Cœur

Alumnae Association Meeting

The next Alumnae Association committee  meeting will be held on:

Wednesday 21 August


Parlour at Sacré Cœur

Please feel free to come along, engage with other alumnae and discuss our plans for 2019 and beyond. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

We welcome ALL alumnae - new and old!

2019 Reunions

Event 1979 Reunion (40 years)

When  Saturday 31 August 

Time 4-6pm

Where Sacré Cœur

Contact Gabrielle Garlepp 


Event 2009 Reunion (10 years)

When Friday 30 August   

Time 6-8pm

Where Sacré Cœur

Contact Gemma Merlino and  Sarah Saliba 


Event 2014 Reunion (5 years)

When Friday 22 November 2019 - date now confirmed

Time TBC

Where TBC

Contact Bridie Brittain and  Alex Hopkins 


Event 2018 Reunion (1 Year)

When Friday 30 August     

Time 6-8pm

Where Sacré Cœur

Contact  Melinda Adams  Alumnae Relations Manager                                 

School News

Premier's VCE Awards

There were 320 Premier's VCE Awards presented to 290 students on Monday 3 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre . Some students received more than one award, and of these 30 multiple awards presented, our students received four of them, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate the students, their teachers and all who supported them.


•    Emma Walling for Australian History and English 
•    Alice Deighton for Australian History and Business Management 
•    Amalia Stramotas for Dance


Andrea Cincotta and Chris Maguire, along with the students’ families, attended the awards to support our students.

These awards recognise outstanding results of individual students and pays tribute to the principals, teachers and families who play a valuable role in supporting these students during their VCE studies.

Anna Masters



ASCA: Australian
Sacré Cœur Association

ASCA: Australian Sacré Cœur Association

Sacré Cœur has had the mandate of ASCA from late 2016 until the end of 2019 when Stuartholme will assume this mandate.    During these past three years considerable achievements have been made by the President, Sophie Jackman, to ensure the sustainability of ASCA; by fostering a closer relationship between Sacré Cœur, Kincoppal-Rose Bay and Stuartholme Alumnae Associations, learning from each other, sharing our ideas and activities and ensuring transparency and accountability to all our alumnae. Jane Murfett, as Treasurer, established an efficient and transportable financial system which will simplify this transition.

The ASCA website was decommissioned in April 2019, but ASCA will remain connected via our School websites. The AMASC website is also under reconstruction by the dedicated 2018-22 Board Member and we look forward to its revamp.  


AMASC: Association Mondial des Anciennes et Anciens du Sacré Coeur

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held in Joigny in October 2018 and Paola del Preta, from Italy, was elected President. The theme of her presidency is: Let’s live together the Family of the Sacred Heart. The AMASC website will now be managed by one of the European AMASC Board members. This presidency appears to be addressing many of the issues our ASCA committee raised under the previous President. As well, Paola plans to meet with the RSCJ to discuss how AMASC can support their missionary work; redefine the concept of hospitality; and plan a World Congress on a more modest basis and hosted by an RSCJ school.  


 Our congratulations and thanks to Liz Vinning on her appointment as the Mission Coordinator for the RSCJ Australia and New Zealand Province. Liz’s role in fostering the unique charism of the RSCJ at a time when the lay community is vital to the sustainability of the RSCJ is significant for us all.

Kerry Bergin

Master Plan


Master Plan Update

Further to the recent unveiling of the School Master plan and plans to construct a new Resource, Science, Technology and Creative Arts Building in the heart of our campus, we are now pleased to be able to share with you the project site plans.


These site plans formed a major component of the School’s recent planning application to local council, and detail the location of the proposed new building in relation to current infrastructure and proposed building elevation levels.


For more information, and to view the site plans please visit the Master Plan website.

Community Forum

On the evening of Monday 17 June, a Community Forum was held in the Kirby Centre where all members of the Sacré Cœur community gathered to hear more about the new building project, along with the many other exciting developments occurring at the School. 

Click for a link to the Strategic Plan.



Stay in Touch

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We have introduced an Alumnae feature on Instagram every fortnight showcasing what our alumnae are doing now. Don't forget to follow us on Insta now!


Remember to update your contact details with Melinda Adams, Alumnae Relations Manager here.

In Memoriam


Barbara  Clarebrough (1948) passed away on  2 June 2019    

Sister of Margaret Holzer (Clarebrough 1944 dec)   


Catherine McKay (Hoy 1974) passed away on 12 June 2019    

Daughter of Joan Hoy (Herd 1941), sister of Elizabeth Vinning (1969) and Margaret Anderson (1973),aunt of Sophie Jackman (Vinning, 2000), Amy Dickson (Vinning, 2005), Bridget Vinning (2006) and Frances Pascoe (Anderson 2003)


Joseph Devereux passed away on 28 March 2019  

Father of Suzanne Nissen (Devereux 1977) and Julie Devereux (1984). Uncle of Rosemary Kelly (1976)     

Rodney  Underwood passed away on 30 March 2019  

Partner of Meg O’Callaghan (1988). Loved Partner, Son, Uncle and Brother   

Margaret  Treleaven  passed away on  9 May 2019    

Mother of Anne Treleaven (1976), Louise Moodie (Treleaven 1977), Fiona Treleaven (1982) and Dr Sophie Treleaven (1983). Grandmother of Georgina Troy (Year 7)


Helen Jobling passed away on  11 May 2019    

Former Staff Member (1982-1992)       

Priscilla  Kiernan passed away on 24 May 2019    

Sister of Pauline Steedman (Staff)   


Norma Marino passed away on 11 May 2019    

Grandmother of Nadia Diaz (2003)    

Dr John Webb passed away on  27 May 2019    

Father of Sarah Webb (1979 dec) and Jane Webb (1983 dec)    

Kathleen  Studman  passed away on 17 June 2019    

Mother of Madelin McGrath (1977) and Carmen McGrath (1981)                      

Mass of Remembrance:
Saturday 16 November 2019 at 10am

The Mass of Remembrance will  be  held in the School Chapel at 10am on Saturday 16 November 

All alumnae are welcome to attend and join us for Morning Tea after Mass.

Please let Melinda Adams know of any members of our community who have died that you wish to be remembered at the Mass.

From the Archives


Sacré Cœur is lucky to have a great collection of early photos in its Archives. Here's a wonderful photo showing some very earnest girls absorbed in "useful" activities. This is the room at the bottom of the Brown Stairs with the fresco “Stilling the tempest” painted by Mother Mary Philippine Zahel RSCJ who was at Burke Rd between 1908 and 1912. Over the years the room has housed the school library, Community Development staff and is now the Principal’s office.


These students from 1924 are enjoying a game of Cache which was a French version of Hide and Seek. It was played on Feast days and was enormously popular with both nuns and students. The nuns took the game very seriously and were known to abandon their normally decorous behaviour to run with habits hitched up and veils flying.


Can you please help add to our archive collection?

We would especially love to receive some more photos and memorabilia from the 1970s.

Photos can be scanned and returned to you.

Please contact our Archivist Barbara Kowalski or phone: 9835 2782 if you can assist. 

School House Patrons

The life of St Philippine Rose Duchesne
Determined   Adaptability   Courage

In 2019, we will be featuring the stories of each of the House Patrons.


Following on from Sr Madeleine Sophie Barat in the last edition, please clink on the link below to read the fascinating story of St Philippine Rose Duchesne.



From the Foundation

Cor Unum Walk Pavers - Order Now

With the completion of the tennis court/carpark redevelopment, the Cor Unum Walk, which creates a physical and distinctive welcome to our visitors and students, is seeing increased daily foot traffic from Burke Road and the new carpark. 


Through the purchase of a tax deductible engraved paver, the Walk provides an opportunity for us all to be part of these remarkable gardens into perpetuity. Contributions of our students, alumnae, School families and friends can be celebrated, and current and future students inspired for their own journeys of learning and life.


If you would like to be included in this historic addition to our remarkable gardens, please call 9835 2776, email or download an application form.


Orders submitted by 1 September 2019 will have their engraved brick included in the Walk during Term 4 2019. Orders are installed on an annual basis.

Securing our financial independence

The Foundation works together with the School Board to secure the long term financial independence of the School. Without the strong and active support of the School Family, we would not have the capacity to complete many of the major projects that will enhance the education of our girls.


Ultimately, the Foundation aims to provide Sacré Cœur with a secure level of financial independence, and assist families whose financial circumstances might preclude them from enrolling their daughters at Sacré Cœur.


All donations to the Sacré Cœur Foundation’s Building Fund or Scholarship Fund over $2 are tax deductible.


Please complete a donation form, phone the office on  9835 2776 or email.  Donors are acknowledged annually, as requested, in the July edition of the Burke Road Bulletin.


Support or join our Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors for your generosity in sponsoring Sacré Cœur Community events. Your generous contributions help make these events a great success and are deeply appreciated. Please click here to support those who support us. This sponsor page will be renewed with our new sponsors following the date of the 2019 Golf Day.

Janet Stuart Bursary Fund

The Janet Stuart Bursary was an initiative of the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association some 50 years ago and is still funded by the Association. The bursary is administered by the Trustees of the Janet Stuart Bursary Fund. The Trustees are appointed in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Fund and operate independently of the Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association.


The purpose of the Janet Stuart Bursary Fund is to provide bursaries for the benefit of daughters or granddaughters of alumnae of Sacred Heart Schools who would not otherwise be able to attend Sacré Cœur.

Bursaries are granted for secondary education and only one child per family is eligible to receive a bursary.

School enrolment procedures must be completed prior to applying for a bursary.


Applications must be submitted before 31 January, TWO years prior to the intended commencement at Sacré Cœur in order for the Trustees of the Fund to consider whether the criteria are met. Applicants will be notified, by April of the same year, of the outcome of their application.


As a guide, the bursary would normally cover approximately 25% of tuition fees. A bursary is granted for the remainder of the child’s education at Sacré Cœur as long as the parents’ needs require. The bursary is subject to an annual financial review.


Please contact the Admissions Manager, Julie Muldoon on 03 9835 2713 or via email  for an application form.


Donations are always welcome and should be directed to the Alumnae Relations Manager, Melinda Adams on 03 9835 2737 or via email .

Community Choir

Sacré Cœur Community Choir

Sacré Cœur is extremely proud of its Community Choir, which is now into its eighth year. Made up of a group of people who simply love singing and being part of an ensemble, the choir performs a broad range of music from Musical Theatre to Opera; Popular to Classical; and everything in between.


The benefits of choral singing to both our physical and mental well-being are well documented through rigorous academic research. However, it is probably the members themselves who are our most powerful advocates.

We welcome new members, and anyone from the school or local community is able to join. There are no auditions, and you definitely do not need to be able to read music: the only essential requirement is that you want to have fun, and sing with a friendly and inclusive group of similarly passionate people.

The Community Choir performs at various concerts and celebrations during the year and is looking to expand its brief by performing in larger community events. Rehearsals are approximately every 3 weeks from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Sacré Cœur and there is a $100 fee for the year.


If you are interested in joining, just come along or contact Linda Greet on 9835 2746, for further information.


Conductor - Rebecca Long
Accompanist - Alison Conrau


What our members have to say ...

“I have been in the Community Choir since it started and it was a fabulous decision. I had no previous experience of singing, but that did not matter at all. I am “always busy” (who isn’t these days?) but while other midweek night time commitments are draining and hard to keep up, I have always found I feel more relaxed and refreshed after a choir rehearsal - and I drive home enjoying the good endorphins.”


“Joining the choir gave me a sense of belonging and purpose during a very hard time in my life. It is fun, friendly and very uplifting. I have had people approach me to say they saw me perform and that makes it even more special.”


“I enjoy community choir because:

I feel good after a night’s rehearsal,

I enjoy meeting up with the other people,

I feel a sense of relaxation after it.”


“I would come to choir everyday if possible, it’s what I most look forward to. It’s like therapy
for me”.


Esprit de Cœur Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association Newsletter
Emma Walling and Alice Deighton ( Class of 2018 )
Mibel (pictured right) receives her award
Belinda pictured at the 20 year reunion for the Class of 1997
Pictured L-R Emma Walling and Alice Deighton
Pictured above (L-R) Azmeena Hussain (2004) and Lauren McCutcheon (2012)
Philippine Duchesne biography.pdf
Alumnae Cup winners with Kerry Bergin, Alumnae Co-President
Kathleen McCarthy
Class of 1959
Class of 1977