Multiple changes on tap this year at Sacred Heart

Seventh-graders Natalie Sanchez and Margaret Toal both of Greenwich smile on their first day of classes.

Seventh-graders Natalie Sanchez and Margaret Toal both of Greenwich smile on their first day of classes.

The Convent of the Sacred Heart welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of 740 students from preschool through grade 12, including 100 new students, to the opening of its 165th academic year on Sept. 4.

Then, on Sept. 5, all students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered on the front lawn for the traditional Opening Prayer Service, a unique opportunity for the entire school community to join together in prayer for a successful school year. The Class of 2014 welcomed its youngest class, the preschoolers.

In her back-to-school letter, Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes said, “We return to reconnect our energies to the education of youth as members of a vibrant, mission-centered Sacred Heart community. As a school, we advocate for the values of faith, intellectual depth, service, community building, and well-informed decision making. These are the skills that our students will need as they face an era of rapid change.”

Among changes this year are the launch of The Barat Center for Early Childhood Education and the introduction of a coed preschool. The center will expand to accept boys in pre-K in September 2014. Sacred Heart will continue its commitment to all girls’ education from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

According to the school, this integration of boys into preschool is in keeping with best practices in early childhood education. Research states that important social and language development occurs best during preschool and in a coed setting. This was supported by the well-known educational psychologist, JoAnn Deak, who spoke to faculty at an in-service day last week.

Other additions include Sacred Heart’s new humanoid NAO robot, nicknamed “Storm,” which is suitable for students with no programming experience. The robot is used by the most prestigious universities and research institutions. Convent of the Sacred Heart is one of only 40 pre-collegiate school in the U.S. to have the robot and the only K-12 all girls school.

Another technological first is the library’s new Backbone Media platform which integrates technology and enhances collaboration through media sharing for students and teachers. Sacred Heart is the first K-12 school in New England to acquire it.

Sacred Heart students arrive each morning from 60 different zip codes across Fairfield and Westchester counties.

But some students will be traveling farther this year with Sacred Heart’s international exchange program. Twenty Upper School students will travel to Sacred Heart sister schools in Australia, England, France, Ireland, Spain, and U.S. destinations.

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