SHSH News

SHSH News

2022

  • November

    Advent Returns Home

    For a handful of years, the pandemic has pushed us to be creative in the way we observe and celebrate our customs and traditions, and for the first time since 2019, the Sacred Heart community was able to gather in person to ring in the Advent Season in the warmth of Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica.

    Led primarily by students, the Service celebrated the hope, faith, joy, and peace that the Advent candles represent. We were inspired by words, music, and prayer, and as our Head of School, Dennis Phillips said, hopeful that our Advent wishes help dispel the darkness with light. 

    A big thank you to our Liturgy Committee, our student leaders, our musical leaders and musicians, and all those who donated their time and dedication to making this such a triumphant and joyful return. It was a joyful way to start this special season.
  • LEST WE FORGET

    Today was a sombre one throughout the School as we spent time reflecting on Remembrance Day and what it means to us. 

    The Elementary School started the day with a moving ceremony that included recognition of serving members of the military who are part of our Sacred Heart community including Lieutenant Colonel Brent Culligan and Chief Petty Officer Second Class Stephen Morris who were in attendance, and Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Allan Blanchette, Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Blanchette, and Captain (Retired) Mark Naipaul. Our students did an incredible job speaking to the importance of the day, acknowledging that we must recognize and remember those who served and continue to serve in the pursuit of truth, justice, freedom, peace, and knowledge. Hopeful music also filled the Little Theatre throughout the ceremony thanks to our special guests Chief Petty Officer Second Class Stephen Morris who led us on the pipes, Master Sailor Curtis George who played a solitary, mournful bugle, and our amazing Elementary Choir whose voices lifted in unison and hope. Their version of a Ukrainian lullaby was beautiful, and reminded us of the fragility of peace. 

    In the Senior School, our Grade 12 Barat students led an equally memorable and important ceremony and included an address by our Head of School, Dennis Phillips who reminded our students to live their mission as those men and women of the military lived theirs. In poetry, music, and prayer, our students came together to acknowledge and remember those who served and to also speak to the importance of overcoming adversity and hope. This year, special attention was focused on women and Indigenous people who served our country, and we were honoured to welcome Sacred Heart community member Lieutenant-Commander, RCN (ret'd) Easton "Dunk" Dunkley who spoke about his experience in the Canadian Navy and shared why it was important for him to serve and give back to Canada, his adopted country. 

    Both of these ceremonies remind us all how important it is to stop, remember, and reflect on the gift of peace.
  • October

    Strong Finishes and PB's at XC Provincials

    If there were any pre-race jitters at yesterday’s Nova Scotia Cross-Country Provincials, our Sacred Heart team didn’t show it, posting some incredible results and proving to themselves that when they put their hearts and minds to it, they could surpass their expectations.

    Led by Anna MacDonald who placed 7th overall in the province, our Jr. Girls team pushed themselves to earn a top-ten finish as the 8th overall team at the meet. In the Intermediate Girls Division, Liviya Driver put the pedal to the metal and cruised to a rock-solid impressive 17th-place finish. Finally, our Sr. Girls buckled down and each one of them broke their own time from the Capital Region race earlier in the month, showing everyone, but especially themselves, that they are always getting better.

    A big congratulations to all of our Sacred Heart runners who conquered the trails at Point Pleasant Park. And special thanks to our coaches, Shoneth Leadbetter, Bonnie LeFrank, Kathleen Groves, Jared Griffiths, Laura Elworthy, and Robin Short. What a team!
  • A Day Of Pink, The Feast Of Mater Admirabilis

    The hallways of the Sacred Heart School network were awash in pink today as students, faculty, and staff came together to reflect upon and celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis.

    At the Elementary and Senior School assemblies, Sacred Heart students presented in both English and French, explaining the origins of the Mary fresco we so deeply cherish, as well as the symbolism and meaning found within every drop of ink. Adding a cherry on top were the golden rays of light shimmering in through the windows, illuminating the festivities in a breathtaking and resplendent glow.

    A very appreciative and special thanks is extended to our Grade 2 teachers Esther Penner and Mark Rees, and to Christina McKay, who’s Grade 7R Barat Religious Studies Class lead the way for our Senior School. And finally, a Happy Feast Day to our Campus Minister Moira Schrader!
  • Cross Country At Point Pleasant

    The sun was shining as Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park was transformed into a mecca for cross-country runners this week. Hundreds of student-athletes, hailing from all over the Capital Region, converged to fight tooth and nail across the finish line, hoping to secure their teams and themselves a berth in October 24th’s provincial competition.

    Leading the charge for our Junior Girls team was Anna MacDonald, who sped past the line to secure herself an individual qualification in 10th place overall; a very impressive result considering there were more than 200 competitors. Anna will join her Junior Girls team which also qualified for the Provincials!

    In the Intermediate Girls division, Liviya Driver led the Sharks team by finishing 8th, ensuring her individual spot at the Provincials. Also qualifying for Provincials was our Senior Girls team which had a great day on the course with the entire team placing well.  

    On the Fountain side, Jon Earle finished an impressive 6th place in his Senior boys division of over 80 racers and will represent Sacred Heart at the Provincials. This despite the fact that at the top of the race he actually lost a shoe! Some people might have panicked, but not Jon! He quickly regained his composure and pressed on in style. 

    A big congratulations to all of our runners for the time, dedication, and effort they put into their runs. And special thanks to our coaches, Shoneth Leadbetter, Bonnie Lafrank, Kathleen Groves, Jared Griffiths, Laura Elworthy, and Robin Short.
  • September

    Grade Eight Brigadoon Village Adventure

    Prepared to test themselves in a new environment, our Grade Eight Barat and Fountain Academy students journeyed to Brigadoon Village for a week of challenges, adventure, and fun that included everything from archery, and high rope climbing to crafts and campfire building.

    This annual field trip, now back and better than ever, is designed to facilitate experiential learning while providing an opportunity for students to work with and get to know one another. In addition to building skills and relationships to last throughout the school year, it was also plain and simple fun! 

    Big thanks to those who made this year’s trip happen, and especially to our faculty supervisors Janice McQuaid and Andreas Loria.
  • Welcome to our school year and our new Head of School

    Our Opening of School Liturgy is always special, but this year was even more so as we formally welcomed and installed our new Head of School, Dennis Phillips, at a mass of the Holy Spirit. This full-school celebration, the first in almost three years, was officiated by Archbishop Brian Dunn. In his homily, he compared our School to a sports team, one in which every player brings their own gifts to their role or position and together they work as a team, guided by a coach. At School, we too all have a role to play as part of our Sacred Heart community, bringing our own faith and gifts, and guided by the Holy Spirit as our ultimate coach.

    In addition to Archbishop Dunn, we were joined by the RSCJ, special guests, student leaders, and our students and staff. One of those special guests was Nat Wilburn, Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education who, along with Board of Governors representative Lois Dyer Mann, presided over the installation of Mr. Phillips. With open hearts and thoughtful reflection, we welcomed Mr. Phillips as our new Head of School and vowed to support him in his new role. 

    In music — thank you to our Grade 6 students and talented faculty accompanists — words, prayer, and reflection, we welcomed this new school year, and our new Head of School, with grace and love. We look forward to the many ways we will grow together in compassion this school year.
  • Annual Pep Rally, This Year With Extra Pep!

    A sea of red and white flooded Point Pleasant Park Friday afternoon as students, teachers, and faculty took part in this year’s Pep Rally. A blustery early morning turned into a warm and welcoming afternoon, and the smiles on everyone’s faces reflected our sense of spirit, camaraderie, and excitement for the full year ahead!  

    The annual event, managed and orchestrated by the Senior School Student Council, first saw participants line up for face painting in the School's colours, then circle around the park from station to station participating in games and fun activities, like Stormy Seas and Tug-of-War!

    Thanks are due to everyone who helped facilitate the event and kept it safe and entertaining for all. We just need to remember more freezies for next year!
  • Provincial Math Winners Recognized

    It may be a bit late, but it's still worth celebrating! 

    This morning, two of our Fountain Academy students were formally awarded their medals as provincial champions for last school year's Mathematica Centrum Competition. Big congratulations to Richard Lu and Lucas Vandersteen who tied for the top mark not just at Sacred Heart, but in the province. They competed in the Grade 8 competition called Lagrange.

    Mathematic Centrum, in existence since 1990, hosts contests for students across North America to test their math and problem-solving skills and to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future. Based on their results, we think Lucas and Richard are more than up for the challenge! Congratulations to both.  
  • A New Year Has Begun!

    And we’re off! The 2022-23 School Year has begun and there was a definite sense of excitement on campus today as our students reconnected, met new classmates, and got their bearings for the year ahead. 

    Our new Head of School, Dennis Phillips, was on hand with our Principals to welcome our students and their families. They were witness to some tears (some from parents and some from children), hugs, high-fives, and lots of smiles. 

    The day started with Opening Assemblies for both schools, with welcomes, prayers, music, and an opportunity for Mr. Phillips and our Principals to speak to those assembled. Our School Theme — Growing Together with Compassion —  will play an important role this year as we embark on personal and collective journeys of learning and growth that allow us to support one another and our community with love. 

    Our student leaders used our theme as part of their presentations in the Senior School today. Head of Barat Academy, Helen Bullock articulated her meaning of compassion as a means to “...not only acknowledge another person’s suffering but to become an active participant in helping to relieve some of that suffering.” Will Regan, Head of Fountain Academy, encouraged his fellow students with his interpretation of compassion, “…helping your classmates out, learning to work together, and working to make yourself into a better person.” Wise words from some wise young adults.

    We wish all of our students, families, and staff a year full of learning, memories, friendship, and growth. Here’s to a great 2022-23 School Year. 
  • June

    Track and Field Provincials Caps a Great Season

    It was a cold and windy affair in Stellarton for this year's Provincial Track and Field competition, but our Sharks rose to the challenge and capped off the season with a fantastic showing. 
  • May

    Art Show Returns to Rave Reviews!

    The halls of both the Elementary and Senior Schools were lined with artwork as we celebrated our annual Art Show in person for the first time in two years. And, it was the first year the two schools joined forces to showcase some of their finest work for our families. 

    There was an array of talent and craftsmanship on display along those walls, some of it jaw-dropping, some of it clever, and all of it creative. Parents and grandparents were able to wander the halls, guided by some of our art teachers and students. They were entertained along the way by some of our accomplished music students on piano and guitar.

    Thanks to our art teachers for inspiring our students and bringing out their best and thanks to all of our art and music students. 

     
  • The Capital Regional Track and Field Championships took place this week and the Sharks were on fire! 

    Only the top four from each event at this meet qualify for the Provincial Championships and Sacred Heart had several students reach this achievement! Emma Hamlyn is off to Provincials in the Senior Girls 400m, breaking an 8-year-old School record. Jon Earle took 9 seconds off his record-breaking time in the 1500m from last week and set a new 800m Senior Boys record to qualify in the 800, 1500, and 3000m. Edwin Siller took the Junior Boys 400m School record from graduating student Charlie Simms and is off to provincials in the event. Tallulah MacNeil improved all of her times from last week, including taking 15 seconds off her winning time last week in the Senior Girls 1500m race to qualify for provincials in the 800, 1500, and 3000m and, along with Emma, Claire Rankin, and Isabel Casey will be competing in the Senior Girls 4x400m. Isobel Schrader improved her triple jump by 34 cm to qualify in the Junior Girls event. The Junior Girls 4x400, comprised of Isobel as well as Molly Sancton, Kailyn Kaulbach, and Liviya Driver, captured a podium spot to earn their way to Provincials and help their team finish an impressive 5th overall in the standings in a pool of over 30 schools!
     
    Lots of personal bests were set and spirits were high! We're looking forward to even more fun in the sun at the Provincial Championships next week.
  • A Triumphant Return for the Elementary Musical!

    Our Grades 4-6 students gave us an outstanding production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr this past weekend. Under the direction of Ms. Adele Merritt, the 75-member cast and crew showcased their talents, learned many skills and life lessons, and had a blast together. Due to the pandemic, this was a first production for every student involved and it was amazing to experience! Thank you to all of our students and to the many, many, adults who worked hard behind the scenes to make it happen.
  • Celebrating the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

    Under a beautiful sunny sky, we celebrated the Feast of our beloved foundress St. Madeleine Sophie Barat in person, outside, and together.

    Our entire School community came together to commemorate and celebrate this special day with a heartfelt ceremony that included music, prayers, readings, and reflection. As Sr. Wacher observed during her remarks, Sophie’s focus was love, and together, we have the opportunity to carry on her legacy by becoming loving and lovable human beings. 

    During the ceremony, we also celebrated the students who have been at the School for 10 years, those faculty members who are retiring, and those on our staff who are celebrating milestones of 5, 10, 20, 25 and even 35 years — together those employees have contributed 332 years to Sacred Heart School of Halifax. 
     
    Thank you to all those who made this special ceremony possible. Happy Feast Day!

    Our 10-year students: 
    Mary Clare Gillis
    Henry Curry 
    Caleb Hounsell
    Pia Lacuesta
    Evan Laurence
    Hannah Mullins
    Myla Murphy
    Thomas O'Leary
    Michaela Reddy-Rankine
    Rachel Ryan
    Felicity Sapp
    Chloe Scott
    Lacey Wheatley

    Retiring Teachers
    Norma Lord - 36 years
    Therese Francis - 34 years
    Kathy Naulls - 7 years
     
    Milestones years of service: 
    35 years - Carolyn Hipson
    25 years - Rory Martin and Sarah McGuire
    20 years - Kathryn Bjornson, Gwen Dawson, and Brian Lumsden
    15 years - Janice McQuaid, Peter Moores, Sara Spears
    10 years - Angela Comeau, Jessica Maynard, Jason Scott, Anne Wachter
    5 years -  Cheryl Carter, Renée Fournier, Cindi MacMillan, Marie Reyes, Moira Schrader
  • A very successful City Track Meet 2022

    After a three-year hiatus, the City Track and Field Meet finally happened, and our Sharks were hungrier and faster than ever!
     
    On May 16th and 17th, our students made their mark on the track and in the field setting five school records, several personal bests, and some qualifying for Regionals.
     
    The Junior Barat team finished third in the standings while the Senior Barat team finished an impressive second overall. Edwin Siller came away with the Junior Boys 400m title, Tallulah MacNeil won the Senior Girls 1500 and 3000m races, Isobel Schrader took the title in the Junior Girls Triple Jump, and we had more 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes than we can list here!
     
    Huge congratulations to all our student athletes and their coaches! We’ll, be rooting for you during Regionals next week!
  • Senior School announces election results for 2022-2023

    After a few days of creative campaigns and inspiring speeches, we are thrilled to introduce the Senior Student Council for the 2022-23 School Year. 

    Barat Academy:
    Student Head - Hellen Bullock
    Vice Head - Bea Cameron Surette
    Secretary - Mabel Gerard
    Treasurer - Laura Faloon

    Fountain Academy
    Student Head - Will Regan
    Vice Head - Aidan Eisan
    Secretary - Rex Liu
    Treasurer - Brooks Sheppard


    Thank you to all the students who participated, it takes courage to stand in front of your classmates and vision to see how you can make a difference. Special thanks to our outgoing student leaders for all their amazing contributions to our school community.
  • CONGÉ 2022

    This morning started with a very special assembly to celebrate Sr. Wachter and ended with the most anticipated announcement of the year — Congé!

    Our students took time this morning to celebrate and honour Sr. Wachter for her ten-years of leadership at Sacred Heart. In words, photos, video, and a special Performing Arts Club (PAC) Jeopardy! edition, our students let Sr. Wachter know how much she is appreciated and loved. And yes, there were tears! Sr. Wachter thanked the students and then gave them their own celebration by announcing Congé. It will be one of the traditions Sr. Wachter will most be remembered for. 

    Then the students were off to have some fun! After our colourful full school photo, students took part in activities like board games, a photo booth, movies, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, sports games, and enjoyed ice cream sundaes.

    It was a great and memorable day of fun and community-building. A special thanks to our Congé Planning Committee which put so much time, dedication, and love into this day which was rescheduled twice thanks to COVID. But, better late than never!
  • Fond memories and emotions were high during this year’s Last Will

    After two years of virtual ceremonies, one of our most beloved Sacred Heart traditions — Last Will — was celebrated in person again at Sacred Heart and it was as moving as it was memorable. 

    In a ceremony in front of all Barat Academy students, the Grade 11’s took the opportunity to celebrate the graduating class. Stories, anecdotes, memories, and laughter were shared during the annual passing of the baton. Sr. Wachter was also the subject of her own last will as she took part in her last of these ceremonies at Sacred Heart; she was presented with a ceremonial box of kleenex that she and many of the students put to good use. The afternoon was capped with a fantastic slide show full of memories and appropriately set to the music of Abba’s Slipping Through My Fingers.  

    Thanks to all of the hard work that went into this heartfelt and beloved ceremony, and thank you to the Grade 12 Barat students for giving so much of yourselves to our School.
  • International students experience rural living at Ross Farm

    This week our international students got a little taste of the olden days at Ross Farm Museum, “a living, working farm depicting over 150 years of agriculture” in Nova Scotia.
    They learned some local history and got to try their hand at some by-gone skills such as making wooden tools and even their own candles using ingredients such as beef tallow and beeswax. It was a great opportunity for our international students to experience rural life in Nova Scotia.
  • Blooming spirits during this year’s Spring Fling

    During the last few days, our Senior School was bursting with high energy as part of its annual Spring Fling - three days of fun and school spirit.
    From colour days with fun themes, such as “city person versus country person” and “white lies t-shirt day”, to their first dance in two years, our senior students had a positive and joyful celebration. The highlight of this year’s event was a Thrift Shop where students sold donated clothing and accessories with proceeds benefiting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Huge thanks to our amazing Senior Student Council for organizing these days of fun and community-building; we loved seeing the spirit around the School. 
  • Fun and sportsmanship during Fountain Academy’s Ping–Pong Ladder Tournament

    Over the last five weeks, classroom B217 in Fountain Academy was transformed into a ping-pong arena where our students fiercely competed for the annual Ping Pong crown. Along the way, they built deeper friendships while honing their ping pong skills and having a great time.

    The ladder tournament was open to all the Fountain students who wanted to play and participants moved up the ladder as they won their game. After many serves, strokes, and powerful shots the finals took place last week, and Head Student Omar Qurashi displayed poise and skill to win gold in a nail-biter of a game against regional ping pong champion Jacob Scott. Winning the bronze was another regional ping pong champion, Sean Beland, who edged out his friend and teammate, Evan Laurence. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, and huge thanks to Mr. Druker for organizing this very special Fountain Academy tradition.
  • April

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax hosts its first-ever field hockey game

    History happened yesterday as we hosted our first-ever field hockey game at the Heart! Our Barat Sharks team welcomed Sackville High during a hard-fought and competitive game that went back and forth and ended with a win for our team 4-3. 

    A big hurrah to the players and very special thanks to their amazing coach Kathryn Ross who’s been instrumental in getting the field hockey program up and running. A big shout out to Glen Oxner, whose creativity allowed us to turn our gym into a proper indoor field hockey pitch. We look forward to many more field hockey games. 
  • Stations of the Cross presented by 3rd Graders

    This morning as we continue to mark the Easter Holy Week, our Grade 3 students led our Elementary School through the annual Stations of the Cross ceremony, which this year took place in the School’s front circle. 
    Students and pairs of students were assigned to a station at which they would read a reflection and sing a prayer holding their hand-made posters representing each of the Stations of the Cross. Class by class, our Elementary students visited the stations solemnly and with respect. It was a thoughtful and meaningful experience for everyone involved. 

    Huge thanks to each of our Grade 3 students for their effort and dedication to making this ceremony so special, and thank you to Ms. Mosher and Ms. Murphy for their leadership.
  • Great results at the Basketball Provincial finals

    Both our Barat and Fountain Academy Senior Basketball teams had amazing results at their respective Division 3 Provincial Championships this past weekend.

    Our Fountain team had a great season, displaying fantastic sportsmanship and leaving everything on the court game after game. After some tough games and hard-fought battles during the tournament, they took 3rd place and are bringing home the bronze medal. Our Barat team also had a fantastic season based on solid teamwork and dedication. At the tournament they were dominant, and although the final was intense, their hard work paid off and they won the gold medal. 

    We’re so proud of our Sharks!

    Both results were great ways to end the season. Special thanks to our amazing coaches, Mr. Antwon Christian, Ms. Kathleen Groves, Mr. Allan April, and Ms. Janelle Misener.
  • Senior Students participate in the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo

    Eight Grade 9 students represented themselves and the School very well on April 7th during the Halifax Sci-Tech Expo, the Regional Science Fair for students from public and independent schools within HRM.

    Our students had some incredible projects:
    Shaing Liu — How do Probiotic Supplements and Probiotic Foods Compare?
    Isobel McBride — Is there Something Growing in Your Water Bottle?
    Lucy d"Anjou — How Age Affects the Vitamin C Levels in Apples
    Nelanga Mtshali — Do Natural Remedies Reduce Mouth Bacteria?
    Sophia Croft — To Fry or Not to Fry: Cooking and Indoor Air Pollution Particles
    Maria MacDonald — The Effect of Trees on Heat Dome Temperatures
    Sherry Tu — How Different Sound Frequencies Affect Plant Growth
    Adrian Jiang — What Type of Crystal Grows the Fastest?
     
    Well done to all and special congratulations to Sophia Croft who won the Special Award for Best Health Project ($100 cash prize), a Medal of Excellence (top 25% at the intermediate level), and entry in the 2022 Canada Wide Science Fair to be held virtually in Fredericton in May.

    We love seeing these amazing students excel in STEM; well done!
  • Senior Night

    Last week was very special for our Fountain and Barat Senior basketball players as they celebrated their final home games. For both teams, it was a night of emotion, memories, and success.

    The Sr. Fountain team hosted Halifax Grammar on Wednesday and Coach Allan April presented Ryan Smith, Ethan MacDonald, and Ivan Lawen with Sacred Heart Sharks keepsakes. Fountain played a great game against Grammar that night and won 81-62.

    The Sr. Barat Sharks hosted Island View High School on Thursday and Coach Antwon Christian had a lovely rose ceremony for Claire Rankin, Tallulah MacNeil, Rachel Trenholm, Claire Wilson-Dyment, and Sally Bourne as they played their last home games. Barat also played a great game as they defeated Island View 67-50.

    The friendships and memories our students make while playing, competing, winning, and losing last long after their playing days are over. Our Seniors have shown such great spirit, teamwork, dedication, and leadership and they exemplify the best of sport. Thank you to all our Senior athletes for giving so much to our School and to the Sharks.
  • Spelling Bee 2022

    Our Elementary School recently held its annual Spelling Bee. The top three spellers from Grades 4 to 6 took to the stage and tested their linguistic skills in a friendly spelling battle. It was an intense competition that allowed our students to challenge themselves, get comfortable in front of a crowd, and receive recognition for their efforts.

    The top three finishers in this year’s Spelling Bee were:
     
    Third Place - Stella Furlong
    Second Place - Ryan Connolly
    Spelling Bee Champion - Patrick Rittaco

    Congratulations, Patrick, Ryan, Stella, and all the students who took part in the Spelling Bee this year. We are proud of each of you! 

    Special thanks to Sr. Kim King RSCJ who was the pronouncer, to Joy Carter and Meagan MacPherson for being playing the role of judges, and to all those who made this event possible.
  • March

    Ash Wednesday at Sacred Heart

    Today our Elementary and Senior Schools celebrated special assemblies to commemorate the first day of the Lenten Season. The services included music, prayers, readings, and reflection on our Lenten theme this year — Mercy, something that isn’t always easy, but it is what we are called to do. Everyone was invited to receive ashes, which this year were also distributed by sprinkling them on the crown of the head. Special thanks to all those who participated in the services, and to Campus Minister Moisa Schrader for her leadership. 
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