Esprit de Cœur Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association Newsletter

28 March 2019
2019 Issue One
From the Presidents
Alumnae Events
Annual Golf Day
Alumnae News
Where are they now?
Alumnae Staff
2019 Save the Date
School News
2018 VCE Results
International Women's Day
Master Plan
Stay in Touch
In Memoriam
From the Archives
School House Patrons
From the Foundation
Janet Stuart Bursary Fund
Netball Coaching
Community Choir
Sacré Cœur
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From the Presidents

Welcome to our first Esprit de Cœur for 2019!

We extend a very warm welcome to the 2018 VCE class who are now members of our Alumnae community, and become, like all of us, Life Members. We look forward to seeing you at our events which provide an opportunity for all alumnae to reunite in a relaxed and familiar environment.


Our first event for 2019 is our Annual High Tea, on Sunday 19 May.  This is a wonderful opportunity for alumnae from all years to meet over a glass of bubbly and a traditional afternoon tea, served by your Alumnae Committee. We look forward to welcoming the 1949 and 1959 classes to their AGM Reunion.


Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel at 2pm, followed by Afternoon Tea in The Kirby Centre (formerly known as The Dining Room). A brief AGM will be conducted in accordance with the Alumnae Association Constitution, including the Annual President’s Report and Financial Report. You will be introduced to the 2018-20 committee, the School Principal and the Alumnae Relations Manager.  Copies of the Minutes of the 2018 AGM, the Treasurer’s Report and the Janet Stuart Bursary Fund Report will be available at the entrance of The Kirby Centre.


The Alumnae Association supports the Janet Stuart Bursary Fund which provides bursaries assisting children and grandchildren of alumnae to attend Sacré Cœur.


The Annual Golf Day is on Monday 29 April. Alumnae have a chance to compete for the Alumnae Cup, at Commonwealth Golf Club. Please email Marian Andrews or phone 9853 2776, to participate in this fun event.


The Committee works closely with Melinda Adams, Alumnae Relations Manager, who shares our passion to grow and strengthen the friendships and network of all Sacré Cœur alumnae!


 Our warmest regards and best wishes for 2019.

Kerry Bergin and Marianne Cassin


Alumnae Events

Alumnae Association High Tea

Sunday 19 May at 2pm:  Save the Date

We look forward to seeing you at the annual Alumnae Association High Tea on Sunday 19 May.


2pm    Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel 

3pm     High Tea in the Kirby with a short AGM


It's a great opportunity to gather a few classmates and enjoy a catch up while feasting on a sumptuous High Tea with a glass of champagne. 


The classes of 1949 and 1959 will also gather for their reunions at this event. There is no charge but a gold coin donation for Sophie's Farm would be appreciated.


Click here to book


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 

We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating the 5 year reunion for the Class of 2014. It will be held in the second half of the year with the date to be confirmed. Keep a check on Facebook for  an update.


Annual Golf Day

All Alumnae are invited to attend the Sacré Cœur Community Annual Golf Day

Join us for our eighth annual golf day at the Commonwealth Golf Club. Click here for a full report of the 2018 event.


Again a fun filled and action packed day has been planned for women and men of all golfing abilities. This will be a four player Ambrose event with competitions for the longest drive, straightest drive and nearest the pin at various holes. Enjoy the fresh air, driving range, refreshments, and the fun team format with post golf drinks, canapés and trophy presentations.


Last year the Winning Ladies Team and Best Alumnae Team was Rosemary Kelly’s team including Marg Anderson, Anne Carne and Louise Moodie for the third year in a row! Will they defend their win?

Register as a team or join one and make new friends! It’s a great way to entertain clients.


Not available to play? Join us for the post golf celebrations and silent auction!

Alumnae News

Welcome Cocktail Party

On Saturday 2 March over 200 people gathered in a completely transformed Florence Buckley Hall to socialise. It was a truly representative cross section of our fabulous Sacré Cœur community.


Thank you to all those alumnae who were able to attend and made the night a great success. Hopefully this event will become a permanent fixture on the School calendar and many of you who couldn’t make it this year will come along in 2020.

Alumnae Association Meeting

The next Alumnae Association committee  meeting will be held on:

Tuesday 2 April


Parlour at Sacré Cœur

Please feel free to come along, engage with other alumnae and discuss our plans for 2019. Everyone is encouraged to attend.  We welcome a cross section of alumnae - new and old!


Angela Webb (1990) in the news

Michael Leunig recently wrote an article (The Age 1 February 2019) detailing his experience  with a melanoma and the subsequent  operation. He praises Dr Angela Webb ( Class of 1990):


And miraculously, there was Angela, the extraordinary plastic surgeon who gave me a new face which can certainly smile again as I now turn to the precious uncertain future.


Read the moving article in full here




Where are they now?

Jan Courtin (1959) 

Jan on her first day at  Sacré Cœur in 1949


Jan spent all of her school years at  Sacré Cœur, before leaving in 1960 to work in the family business. Nine years later, travel beckoned and London became her home for nearly ten years, during which time she met her husband, Marshall.

Returning to Australia in 1977, she spent 22 years in Brisbane, working at the University of Queensland, before deciding in 1998 it was time to move to Sydney.

Opening an art gallery in Paddington, she and Marshall enjoyed eleven years immersing themselves in one of Jan's passions – art. Another is the Sydney Swans.

Premiership players, Nick Davis and Jude Bolton,
with Jan, at the Sydney Swans launch of her book


Her red and white adventure began at her first game at Lake Oval, in South Melbourne, when she was four years of age. She became a Swan for life. In fact, her move from Brisbane to Sydney was because of her beloved team: she simply had to be closer to them and be able to attend games once again.


In 2016, her book My Lifelong Love Affair with Swans was launched at the Club.


In the Introduction, Richard Colless (Chairman 1993–2013) wrote: "Her beautifully crafted book ... [is] written by a true believer for all the other true believers. It is a singularly welcome edition to the rich trove of Swans' history and culture. Jan, you have done the Swans and the millions of true believers proud."

Now, after 19 years in Sydney, Jan is returning to her birthplace, Melbourne.

Leaving the Swans was hard. But she and Marshall will continue travelling to Sydney for as long as they can – at least 12 times a year – to attend their home games. The rest of her time will be spent enjoying the closeness of the Courtin family – something she has missed since leaving for London in 1969.

Copies of the book can be purchased from Jan’s website

Stephanie Howden (2004)


My love of art, design, drawing – it’s innate, I think I was probably born with it. My time at Sacré Cœur  gave me the space to explore and turn my passion into a skill, but I certainly never truly contemplated becoming an “artist”.


So I didn’t go to art school. Instead, I used my creative strengths in a periphery sense, studying media and communication followed up by eight years working in advertising. During this time I was influenced by the most brilliant minds and charismatic personalities and became increasingly inspired by the passion they brought to their work. I became distinctly aware it was something I was desperately missing.


Over time, I picked up my fineline pens and black pencils and started working on large scale artworks – simple compositions with intense detail. In many ways, my work is about the craft of drawing itself. It’s an exploration of time, patience and repetition, of the discipline and commitment required to achieve mastery.


I held a solo exhibition As you are at a gallery in Flinders Lane in January 2018 which I will always hold up as one of my proudest achievements. But the traditional idea of being an “artist” who exhibits in galleries still doesn’t feel right for me. What really excites me about art is making it accessible, commercial, consumable. Recently I’ve been collaborating with various designers and brands to explore the idea of art as a piece of branded content and the way it can be experienced outside the gallery walls.



Check out my work at my website 

Belinda Griffiths (1997)


Almost 22 years on and the fun memories of my time at Sacré Cœur are still as strong as the day we left!

After studying Sports Management at Deakin University, I was lucky enough to get a job at Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club where I worked my way up until I became the Events and Sponsorship Executive which was my dream job at the time.


Looking to give back to the community (Sacré Cœur Community Service Program inspired!), I moved to The Smith Family as their Head of Events and Fundraising in Victoria. I worked for five years raising funds for disadvantaged Australian Kids so they too can have an education and live a life we often take for granted. 

Post charity work, I wanted to do something on my own, fast forward ten years and I now have two online retail businesses. The first is a Party Supplies store specialising in Weddings, Hens Night and Bachelorette Party Supplies.  The second, newest business, is Loopys Towels, which is an online store specialising in Turkish Beach and Bath Towels and Kids Hooded Towels. Loopys came to fruition from a simple love of the beach, outdoors and seeing the traditional looped weaving of organic cotton to make towels by Turkish families.  


Having automated IT and Warehouse systems has allowed lots of time to travel and work abroad which is what I love doing.


Thank you Sacré Cœur for helping me to become strong and independent and encouraging me to work hard to achieve and follow my dreams.



See more about loopys towels here


Alumnae Staff

Alumnae who are members of Staff 

We are fortunate at Sacré Cœur to have many teachers and staff members who are alumnae. At the beginning of the school year we captured some of this special group in their own class photo.

Back Row (L-R) Marian Andrews (1980) Foundation Executive and Facilities Hire, Rebecca Long (1990) School Events Coordinator, Erin Clements (2006) Year 10 Coordinator and Debating Coordinator, Loretta Williams (1978) Joigny Teacher / Student Wellbeing P-6

Front Row (L-R) Therese Mount (2005) Religious Education and Mathematics Teacher, Kelly Fay (1993) Joigny Learning Support Officer, Deirdre O'Grady (1991) Head of Music, Melanie Van Langenberg (2004) Head of English, Rosie Modaffari (2000) School Receptionist

Absent: Julia Stevens (2001) Joigny Teacher,  Zoe Poulson (1998) English Teacher and Learning Enhancement, Katherine Bryant (2002) Physical Education and Health Teacher and Jenny Allen (1978) Joigny Teacher

2019 Save the Date

2019 Events

Event Foundation Golf Day 

When Monday 29 April  

Time 12.15pm

Where Commonwealth Golf Club


Event  High Tea, AGM,1949,1959 Reunion

When Sunday 19 May

Time 2pm 

Where Sacré Cœur


Event School Open Day 

When Sunday 26 May 

Time   1pm-4pm

Where Sacré Cœur


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

2019 Reunions

Event  1969 Reunion  (50 years)

When Sunday 14 April     

Time 12pm

Where Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

Contact Denise Stone 


Event 1979 Reunion (40 years)

When  Saturday 31 August - please note date now confirmed

Time 4-6pm

Where Sacré Cœur

Contact Gabrielle Garlepp 


Event 1999 Reunion (20 years)

When Saturday  11 May

Time  4-6pm 

Where Sacré Cœur

Contact  Karen Schulze and Karyn Grehan


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 TBC  - second half of 2019

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

Year 10 Work Experience

The Careers Department is keen to hear from any alumnae who would be able to offer work experience to a Year 10  student .


The dates are Monday 12 - Friday 16 August 


Please contact Cathy Greenaway if you can assist or would like further details.


Please include:

  • Type of Industry
  • Name of workplace
  • Phone/email contact details

2019 Arts Festival - Thursday 4 April

Limited tickets are still available for this year's Arts Festival. Come along and support your former House.


Time: ‪7.30pm‬
Date : ‪Thursday 4 April  2019‬

Venue: Robert Blackwood Hall
‪49 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton‬


Book here

2019 Focus Goal:
A personal and active faith in God

In our living “a personal and active faith in God”,

we are called to be open to searching for and experiencing

God’s unconditional love for each of us.


Here is the Focus Goal Prayer for 2019:

Sacred Heart of Jesus,

you who are always present to us,

we ask for the courage to open our hearts to you.

May we be filled with you,

with your life and love

so that we may in turn reveal you –

your life, your love, your peace, your kindness, your compassion and your wisdom –

in all that we do.

We ask this grace for the Sacred Heart family across the world

now and forever.


2018 VCE Results

We are so proud of all that the Class of 2018  achieved as a collective, as well as the stories of individual success. The Class of 2018 worked consistently, supported one another and were expertly guided by our hardworking and talented teachers during their years at Sacré Cœur. We wish them all the best as they move beyond the gates of Burke Road to the next stage of their learning.


International Women's Day

International Women's Day Breakfast

With International Women’s Day being celebrated on Friday 8 March, we  enjoyed our International Women’s Day Breakfast for Year 10 students and their mothers.  Our keynote presenters at the Breakfast were alumnae, Azmeena Hussain, lawyer (Class of 2004) and Lauren McCutcheon, engineer (Class of 2012).


Azmeena spoke passionately about her background and the need for women to redefine the narrative. Lauren spoke about looking forward to a day when we shall not need to talk about gender as it will no longer be something which separates the sexes. Both were beacons of hope and stood out as young women who were not afraid to pursue the unconventional.


Azmeena Hussain (2004)

Azmeena was a student at Sacré Cœur  for two years in Year 11 and 12 from 2003-2004. She was heavily involved in all aspects of school life, particularly in the areas of social justice and sport. Her goal, at the time was to go to University and a pursue a career in Law.

Azmeena is now a Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. She is the Melbourne office leader of the Road, Work and Comcare departments. She is a Law Institute of Victoria, Accredited Specialist in personal injury law and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Additionally, Azmeena is the Deputy Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and Deputy Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia. She is a Trustee and Director of the Victoria Women’s Trust and an AFL Multicultural Ambassador. She is the Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s National Cultural Diversity Network and a passionate advocate for human rights.


She is an outgoing Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner's Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee, Judge on the Australia Day Awards, Vice President of the Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria and Director of the Southern Migrant Resource Centre.

Most recently, she has been listed in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent Australian personal injuries lawyer.

Read about her recent appointment as the first Muslim woman partner at Maurice Blackburn here


Lauren McCutcheon (2012)

Lauren was a student at Sacré Cœur from 2007-2012. Her dedication to studies was evident throughout her entire time as a a student and she graduated as the Dux of the Class of 2012.


She went on to pursue a degree in both Law and Engineering. In 2015 she won the RMIT University Award for Outstanding Student Achievement. In conjunction with this, Lauren partook in the LITE - Leadership in a Technological Environment initiative as part of the Monash Engineering Excellence award. This involved developing insight into the modern world of engineering through a range of industry partners, one of which was John Holland. After being awarded the Sir John Holland Scholarship, Lauren commenced work in 2014 with them whilst still studying.  


Over the past four years, she has worked on a variety of projects including the Westgate Bridge Maintenance Package, Burke North Centre McKinnon Level Crossing Removals, Melbourne Metro Early Works and currently the West Gate Tunnel Project. Through the support of John Holland, Lauren was awarded the 2015 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Student Prize.


Finally, Lauren has also completed 12 months of in-house legal experience as a legal undergraduate with John Holland whilst completing  three months legal study in Italy as part of the Monash Prato Program.

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.

Save the Date!

On the evening of Monday 13 May, a Community Forum will be staged, where all members of the Sacré Cœur community will be invited to hear more about this new building project, along with the many other exciting developments occurring at the School.


More details about this event will follow in the coming weeks.


Stay in Touch

Keep up to date with all the Sacré Cœur news!

Don't miss out on all the latest news and events.  Follow Sacré Cœur on:

facebook   LinkedIn   Instagram


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



Melanie  Young (Burnett 1959 Stuartholme)  passed away on  30 December 2018  

Mother of Vanessa Huxley (Young 1993) and Meagan Selkirk (Young 1985). Grandmother of Kallista Selkirk (Yr 11). Cousin of Mother Yvonne Swift (1930)

Joanne  Perry (O’Connor 1962) passed away on 4 February 2018    

Sister of  Margaret Haslope (O’Connor 1965) and Jennifer Daffy (O’Connor 1969)


Valerie Salmon  passed away  2 March 2019    

Mother of Anna Masters, School Principal   


Paul Kierce  passed away  2 October 2018  

Husband of Diane Kierce (Leslie 1961); brother- in- law of Louise Amphlett Lewis (Leslie 1963)  

Barney  Cooney passed away 9 February 2019    Husband of Lillian Gill (1952) and Father of Dr Megan Ragg (Cooney 1979)

Julie  Hinrichsen  passed away  7 January 2019  

Former Staff Member    

Tim  Hogan  passed away 13 February 2019 
Brother of Annette Fothergill (Hogan 1955)

Patrick  McCabe passed away 19 January 2019  Husband of Madeleine McCabe (McEniry 1960) and brother- in- law of Phillipa McEniry (1957) and Helen Delage (McEniry 1953) (dec)

John Caddy  passed away  24 February 2019  

Father of Meredith Kain, past parent, and grandfather of Jacqueline Kain (2018)     

Thomas  Walpole passed away  4 January 2019  

Father of Jennifer Lewin (Walpole 1982) and Angelique Horrigan (Walpole 1985)    

Peter Rawling  passed away  27 February 2019    

Husband of Genevieve Rawling (Brew 1974) and son-in-law of Monica Brew (Hess 1946).Brother-in-law of Christine (Tina) Pittman (Brew 1971) and Marianne Carroll (Brew 1976)  


Dr Antony  Bottrall   passed away  13 March 2019    

Husband of Dr Paula Laverty (1990) and Father of Philippa Bottrall (Year 10)

Mass of Remembrance:
Saturday 16 November 2019

The Mass of Remembrance will  be  held in the School Chapel at 10am on Saturday 16 November this year and all alumnae are welcome to attend. 

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

From the Archives


(Sacré Cœur students involved in the 1939 St Patrick's Day Procession  pictured above)



Why do so many Alumnae share the same style of handwriting?


For many years Mother Violet Dillon’s writing cards imprinted the same style of “school writing” on the hand of every Sacré Cœur girl.  Writing was practiced daily and students were expected to be neat and follow the examples on the writing cards.  It is a style still adopted by many alumnae today and is a distinctive part of Sacré Cœur's rich history.


Can you please help to 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 Madeleine Sophie Barat
Visionary, Compassionate, Loyal

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

Read the story of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus here.

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.

Foundation Annual General Meeting

Interested in how the Foundation supports Sacré Cœur? Why not attend our Annual General meeting on Thursday 23 April at 7.30pm? All welcome. Click here for an Agenda and Notice of Meeting. RSVP to the AGM by clicking here.

Would you like to join as a Foundation or Brynmawr Society member? For a confidential chat, please call Marian Andrews at the Foundation Office on 9835 2776 or email Foundation 

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 .

Netball Coaching

GSV Netball Coaching

Finding it hard to make ends meet?

Spending more than you earn?

Looking at making a little extra $$$, and want to do so in a fun and rewarding way?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then why not coach a Sacré Cœur Netball Team in the GSV competition in Term 2?

Do one day or do more. Training sessions are held in the mornings, with games in the afternoon.


Senior GSV – Monday

Intermediate – Wednesday 

Junior – Thursday

$30 per hour


Training 7:15-8:00am

Trials 3:30-4:30pm

Games 3:45-5:15pm


If this is of interest to you, please contact Walter Tedde


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
Pictured  L-R  Marianne Cassin, Marisa Reid, Kerry Bergin and Gabrielle Garlepp
Jan on her first day at  Sacré Cœur in 1949
Belinda pictured at the 20 year reunion for the Class of 1997
Pictured above (L-R) Azmeena Hussain (2004) and Lauren McCutcheon (2012)