Montreal, QC | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
The Sacred Heart School is quite involved, by requiring its students to participate in volunteering activities in different realms, as part of the academic requirements. With this requirement, the school demonstrates the importance of supporting persons outside of her immediate circle, and family; for persons who may contribute to her success indirectly, or directly. Or for those, who wished they could. Parents are invited to partake in volunteering at the school during various events, to demonstrate appreciation for teaching and support staff, as well as provide mentoring in some extracurricular activities. The school also prides itself on an excellent Parents' Guild, which prepares fundraising activities to support programs within the school. Parental support is welcome during select activities, which is understandable, given the educational level.
Since Sacred Heart instilled in us a sense of community and friendship from an early age, as students, when you become an alum or even a parent, you realize that the bond to the school and to the people is still very strong. One or multiple "class reps" are nominated for each graduating class, and they are responsible for sharing news and events with their peers after graduation. I'm one of those class reps and our grade created a private group on Facebook where we often post events or activities that the school is hosting or even just our own successes, and everyone is still as supportive as ever. It's great to see pictures of weddings, first-borns, educational or professional successes, and much more. Sacred Heart understands that most parents work full-time 9-5 jobs, but all parents are welcome to get as involved as they want in the life of the school, and most parents do! It's a great way to see your child in the school environment and with their friends, and I believe it also reinforces that you made the best decision to send your daughter there.
I think that the sense of community is where Sacred Heart shines the most. I have remained actively engaged with Sacred since my graduation. I have walked in the St. Patrick's day parade with the school and have attended consultations as an alumnu. I also visit Open Houses sometimes. I feel as though parents were involved within the school community, but there was no pressure to be. My mom never felt like she HAD to do things for the school, but was happy to jump in on the action when she felt like she had something to offer. I feel as though many past students are fairly engaged with Sacred still, looking at the fact that many teachers at the Sacred Heart currently used to be students. When I was a student though, the sense of community was just as strong. There were many activities, like Sports Day, which encouraged this.