The School was founded in 1877 and came under the leadership of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in 1896 and serves the parishes of Addington and St Peter and Paul, Halswell.

Our School has a unique charism that sets it apart from all other Catholic schools.  A school’s original charism comes from the religious congregation that funded the school.

All charisms are at the service of the Mission of God to bring the reign of God “Shalom” Health, Wholeness, Healing, liberation, Freedom and especially for those with few choices.

The Mission Sister believed:

  1. -Mission is everywhere.  Gospel is proclaimed by life witness.
  2. -Providing service to others in our schools, particularly to those in need socially and financially.
  3. -Providing service to others in our community and country
  4. -Providing Global outreach

The Order of Our Lady of the Missions was founded by Sister Euphrasie Barbier.  She wanted her sisters to be straight forward people without grand pretensions.  She wanted simplicity of hospitality and welcome and a special quality in relationships.  Our motto “Virtue and Knowledge” stresses the need for students to follow the life of the Missions Sisters who lead a life of goodness, providing education and knowledge for many generations of students at Sacred Heart School.


Sacred Heart is situated in Addington.  It serves a wide catchment area with pupils from Halswell, Hillmorton, Spreydon and Addington.  We pride ourselves on offering a high standard of education with students enjoying a wide variety of academic, sporting and cultural activities.  We offer small classes allowing for each child’s needs to be met.  The school enjoys an excellent relationship with our local Parish.

We cater for students from Year 0-8 in a very well resourced school.  Pupils enjoy a well stocked and up-to-date library.  They also have access to laptops, digital cameras and interactive whiteboards.

Along with well prepared lessons, student are given extension opportunities where appropriate.  We also ensure that children with special learning needs are well catered for.

Our school grounds are spacious and attractive with grassed and sealed areas.  Three sealed courts are used for netball, tennis and basketball, plus soccer in the winter months.  Junior students have a large adventure playground with the older students enjoying a separate adventure playground.  Trees provide shelter in the summer months.

We welcome and value parent support through assistance in class programmes, sports teams, camps and other education outside the classroom programmes.

If you and your family would like to part of a progressive, caring and supportive community keen to work together in support of your children, then Sacred Heart School could be the place for you.  Have a look at our Enrolment Policy here.