Sacred Heart is a Catholic primary school that is part of the Sydney Archdiocese. The school is located on Gilmore Street, Cabramatta, and lies within the grounds of the Sacred Heart church and parish.
Currently, 496 students are enrolled at Sacred Heart. The majority of these students come from non-English speaking families, and have a predominantly Vietnamese cultural background. More than forty other cultures are also represented, making Sacred Heart School a truly multicultural educational setting. 44 full time and part-time teachers are employed to educate the students, with additional teachers’ aides and support staff.
Sacred Heart School’s motto is ‘Learn of Me,’ and the staff are dedicated to ensuring that the Gospel messages and teachings of Jesus are evident daily in the spiritual and educational dimensions of the school. Sacred Heart is a unique community of students, staff and parents who share the common goal of achieving educational excellence and full spiritual growth towards knowing and loving Jesus fully.
The school was established in 1935 and staffed by the Sisters of Charity. The Sisters had a presence in the school until 2012.
The first classrooms were in a converted army hut, but by 1960 several brick and weatherboard buildings had been constructed, often through voluntary labour.
A significant feature of the school since the 1940s has been the multicultural clientele. The mix of immigrant groups has changed over the years. After World War 2 they were mainly from southern and eastern Europe, but since the 1970s more families have come from South America and south-east Asia.
Major refurbishments occurred in 2002 and 2010 and the school now has pleasant classrooms, a large school hall and a well-equipped library.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a systemic school, co-educational from Kindergarten to Year 6. School numbers are high at present with 496 enrolments.