OUR ETHOS INITIATIVES
Mount Anville Sacred Heart Education Trust fosters the educational experience in the schools on the Mount Anville campus in accordance with the principles set out by the Roman Catholic Church and the educational philosophy of The Society of the Sacred Heart.
This is achieved primarily through the already well established schools culture and tradition, management structures and systems and through various ethos initiatives.
The Trustees have a specific focus on communicating ethos and in supporting schools management and staff on ethos matters.
The following are examples of some of our special ethos initiatives:
OUR HERITAGE AND OUR HORIZON
The website www.heritageandhorizon.ie was developed with support from the Trust in collaboration with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. ‘Heritage and Horizon’ is an integrated ethos programme which is used to assist the schools in implementing the five goals of Sacred Heart Education, faith, character, intellect, community and social awareness.
THE HEARTS † MINDS EXHIBITION: A HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY IN IRELAND AND ITS LEGACY TO EDUCATION
A permanent exhibition was created in 2013 at Mount Anville House to mark the presence of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Ireland for 160 years. The exhibition is called Hearts † Minds inspired by the motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart: "Cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu"
Hearts † Minds aims to provide pupils, past pupils, parents and teachers with an understanding of the legacy of The Society of the Sacred Heart in Ireland whilst also encouraging teachers and pupils to use the resources and materials.
SUPPORTING OUR PUPILS
The Trust sponsors the annual Barat lecture which is organised by the senior pupils in the school and provides a great opportunity for pupils to be involved in leadership and ethos initiatives. The Barat lecture is usually linked with a Goal from the aforementioned five Goals of Sacred Heart Education.
The Barat lecture is organised annually by the senior pupils in the school and provides our pupils with a great opportunity to be involved in leadership and ethos initiatives.
The inaugural Barat Lecture was given by former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese in 2010. Subsequent lectures were given by Mount Anville past pupils including Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, Caroline Casey, advocate for disabled people and Suzanne Costello, then CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.
The 2016 Barat Lecture was delivered by Sister Nellie Mcloughlin, RSM on Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si. The 2017 Barat Lecture was delivered by Adam Harris, on Coping with Autism, Adam was speaking from his own experience of living with an autistic condition. www.asiam.ie
SACRED HEART EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL
The Trust continues to collaborate with the Society of the Sacred Heart community and Network of Sacred Heart Schools at an International level.
In this context, Sister Kathleen Hughes, rscj and Sister Barbara Quinn, rscj from the United States Canada (USC) Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart visited our schools in October 2016.They delivered a number of lectures and conducted workshops and seminars with our Schools’ management, staff, parents and pupils. They shared their vision and practices of living the ethos of Sacred Heart education and were an inspiration to all who participated in their workshops and lectures.
SUPPORT FOR PAST PUPILS
The Trust, in the context of the Goal of community, provides ongoing support for the past pupils office in collaboration with the schools. The past pupils, through their mission and vision, continue to build their relationship with the schools on the campus and with the wider Sacred Heart Community. www.mountanvillepastpupils.com
The Association also forms an important link with the global community of Sacred Heart Alumnae through their collaboration with AMASC International.