• 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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