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A School of the Sacred Heart


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IJʿ is an international School of the Sacred Heart. The Society of the Sacred Heart is an international congregation of Catholic religious women, established by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in France in 1800. One of 200 schools in 40 countries, Stuartholme was established in 1920 with just five young girls in March and another two in August.

During World War II, Stuartholme became the 42nd General Hospital of the United States Army. Unfortunately, it was not possible for students to stay at the School, so the School was packed up and moved firstly to Canungra and then at Southport.

For much of its history, Stuartholme operated as a boarding school only. Although the School now caters for both day and boarding students it remains Brisbane’s only Catholic girls’ boarding school.

As our School population has grown over the years, the facilities have also developed. The Library was built in 1986 and replaced the wartime structure left by the United States Army. The Spruson Building was added in 1992 and work began in 2002 on the multi-purpose Joigny Performing Arts Centre which replaced the old nurses’ quarters erected in 1942. Sporting facilities have been developed over time, with the most notable additions being the five tennis courts, oval and Aquatic Precinct.

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The Sisters of the Sacred Heart or Religious of the Sacred Heart (rscJ) refers to the Sisters who serve in the schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

The charism, or mission, of the Sacred Heart Sisters is to discover and make known the love of God, and reveal it to the world through the service of education.

The Religious of the Sacred Heart sign their names followed by rscJ, which is derived from the French term Religieuses du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus.

IJʿ is blessed to still have the rscJ actively involved in the daily life of the School. We are indebted to the Sisters who provide strong links to the Sacred Heart charism.

IJʿ is blessed to have Sister Rita Carroll rscJ as our devoted Chaplain. As an rscJ, Sister Carroll works in collaboration with the School Board and Leadership Team, providing spiritual and educational guidance for Stuartholme.

Find out more about the rscJ and the Society of the Sacred Heart:

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