Welcome to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. We are located in Coolah, a small rural town in the Central West of NSW and within the Diocese of Bathurst. We are a Catholic school community that works closely with parents, to provide a safe, welcoming school environment. We cater for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Coolah was founded in 1921 by the Sisters of St Joseph. As a Josephite School, Sacred Heart strives to achieve quality, holistic education, in a nurturing, Christ-centred environment.
At Sacred Heart, staff collaborate to ensure high levels of learning for all students in the school, we recognise the needs of our students are diverse and we cater to individual learning styles, rates of learning and learning abilities. We encourage them to foster a love of learning and experience a range of opportunities to develop each child as a successful contributing citizen in society.
Inspired by the legacy of St Mary (of the Cross) MacKillop, our dedicated staff and students strive to live the motto and challenge of Faith, Love and Knowledge, highlighting the need for love, compassion, justice and service in the wider community.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is a Professional Learning Community (PLC). As a school and staff, we are driven to work collaboratively to achieve the highest possible learning outcomes for each child. Improved learning for students, through data and assessment analysis is a consistent focus.
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we recognise the needs of our students are diverse and we attempt to accommodate different learning styles, rates of learning and learning abilities. Our academic program and school learning environment at Sacred Heart ensure that students will benefit from;
- small class sizes that maximises the learning and high support ratio per student
- evidence-based academic programs, including support and enrichment
- student-centred learning experiences that promote personalised learning for each child
- highly competent and committed teachers who work collaboratively to deliver rich learning experiences
- innovation in technology - all students experience the benefits of learning in a technology rich environment
- a highly professional learning support team who work closely with students to ensure high levels of learning for all.
Pastoral Care and Well-being is based on a deep respect for the dignity and uniqueness of the individual person as we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Mary MacKillop, in her living of the gospel and as a teacher, acknowledged the human dignity of each person. From their teachings, and others alike, where teachers acknowledge the uniqueness and dignity of each individual and express to them how significant and special they are.
The wellbeing of all students is a key component as a Catholic School. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment so that our children receive the best opportunity to thrive academically, socially and spiritually. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School prides itself on the nurturing and individual care we offer to our students. Our unique size enables us to provide a school where teachers know students individually. Our pastoral care system nourishes students, based upon values which promote positive relationships. We incorporate a program which develops skills in resilience, relationships, communication and positive self-image. We collaborate with outside agencies such as Centacare to ensure our students receive further professional support if required.
Sacred Heart is a small and unique Catholic School. Research consistently highlights the many academic social and emotional benefits of attending a small rural school. Children develop a greater sense of engagement, belonging and personal value when teachers and classmates get to know each other. The culture of small schools typically revolves around hard work, high aspirations, respect for others and the expectations that all students will succeed, Wasley & Lear 2001. Parents at Sacred Heart are also pleased with many aspects of our school, 'our children love the family-like atmosphere of Sacred Heart' 'Sacred Heart provides our children with an excellent well-rounded education on learning and life skills from a very professional and committed staff body', 'We could not be happier with the role Sacred Heart is playing in the development of our children'.
At Sacred Heart we believe in promoting a caring and supportive school community, which nurtures a sense of belonging and where the inherent dignity of each individual is valued. Sacred Heart school through its students staff and families have a strong and rich sense of community. The school promotes a strong partnership between the school and home and continuation of that association is valued long after they leave. We offer a wide range of opportunities for parents to engage in the life of the school and its activities and committees. The support and involvement of parents and families is very much a part of the Sacred Heart spirit. We value and acknowledge our proud history and place in Coolah. Whilst providing a quality education for the children of Coolah and surrounds, we also enjoy the many opportunities to engage with the wider community. Coolah possesses a strong economic base and work ethic entwined within the fabric of country warm and hospitality and our school sits proudly within this culture.