History

Euphrasie BarbierSacred Heart College Lower Hutt was established by The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in 1912.

The foundress of the order was Euphrasie Barbier, through whose faith, vision and courage so many education ventures have been established across 19 countries. Her particular vision was the education of young women and girls in missionary countries.  The sisters first came to New Zealand in 1865 and in the years since have established eight secondary schools and worked in a large number of primary schools.

Up until 2000 Principals of the college were members of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions:

  • 1913 Sister Mary Augustine
  • 1914 Sister Mary Gerard
  • 1915 Sister Mary Angela
  • 1920 Sister Mary Margaret of Cortona
  • 1923 Sister Mary Gerard
  • 1932 Sister Mary Euphrasie
  • 1963 Mary Bernard Lockhart
  • 1971 Sister Mary Rose Holderness
  • 1980 Sister Valerie Lawson
  • 2000 Miss Lisl Prendergast
  • 2015 Mrs Maria Potter


Sacred Heart College was the first secondary school to be opened in the Hutt Valley and was originally sited on High Street on the property now known as Margaret Street.  In 1957 the College shifted to its present location in Laings Road.  In May 1980 it became the first Catholic School to be integrated.  At the time the role was 600 and since then there has been a steady increase in numbers with a present roll of over 800.

Sacred Heart offers an education with a special Catholic character, and seeks, through the general school programme and in its religious instruction and observances, to exercise the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ as expressed in the Catholic Church.  These values permeate the total daily life of the school, and involve teachers, students and parents.  The whole reason for the College’s existence is that it aims to guide young people in a life of the spirit.  It is hoped that in the Catholic atmosphere of the College the individual girl will become the Christian woman she is capable of being, and the Virtue and Knowledge represented by the V.K. on the College monogram will become an integral part of each student’s life.

College during 1980s

College during 1980s

Performing Arts Suite

Performing Arts Suite

This week ...

Monday 22 May

8.45am - Yr 12 SUS Trip
8.45am - Civil Defence Training Day
5.00pm - Kapa Haka in PAC

Tuesday 23 May

10.15am - School Singing Practice

Wednesday 24 May

11.00am - Swimming Sports - all Yr 11, 12 & 13
3.30pm - Maori Achieve in A1
5.00pm - Kapa Haka
7.00pm - Board of Trustees Meeting in Staffroom

Thursday 25 May

8.45am - Yr 13 SUS trip
8.45am - Yr 11 Life Skills Plunket Course in F1
11.00am - Secondary Schools Barber Shop Competition
3.30pm - Study/Homework Club in Library
3.30pm - Big Sister Programme in A2
5.30pm - Poly Group Practice in PAC

Friday 26 May

8.45am - Health Open Day Massey University
8.45am - Yr 13 PED - SS Tough Guy & Tough Gal Challenge
1.30pm - NZ School of Travel & Tourism Visit in F1
7.00pm - Noho Marae Stokes Valley
- Newsletter published today

Saturday 27 May

- Noho Marae Stokes Valley

Sunday 28 May

11.00am - Noho Marae finishes

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