Sacred Heart hosts groundbreaking ceremony

Student Body president D’Nea Gabraith delivered the opening prayer at the dedication of Salisbury Hall, which was held before the entire 740 students, in addition to faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and guests.

Student Body president D’Nea Gabraith delivered the opening prayer at the dedication of Salisbury Hall, which was held before the entire 740 students, in addition to faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and guests.

It was a big day for the Convent of the Sacred Heart at its Greenwich campus on May 15 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic complex and dedication of Salisbury Hall.

The hall, which is the school’s main building, is named in memory of the late Nancy Salisbury, RSCJ, a former head of the school and trustee.

Back in January, Sacred Heart announced a $25.5-million capital campaign called Framing our Future to transform the 118-acre campus with major improvements. Under this plan, the athletic facilities will be expanded with a new, two-story athletic complex totaling 35,600 square feet, which will include two high school competition basketball courts, six international squash courts, a fitness room, a dance studio, a trainer’s suite, locker rooms and offices.

A new student dining room will also be constructed to expand current dining space by more than 60%.

The road that bisected the rear of the campus has been closed. In its place, the school is building a large outdoor commons area for all students to enjoy. It will include a concentric outdoor amphitheater for outdoor classroom use, new playgrounds, an outdoor dining terrace, and an “Alumnae Walk” lined by benches that celebrate the school’s five Goals and Criteria, the fundamental principles that govern a Sacred Heart education.

According to the school, the ceremony “united Sacred Heart’s past with exciting plans for its future.” The entire school community — students, faculty and staff — participated and more than 100 guests were expected. A brass plaque with the new name was unveiled and Father Frank Allen Winn, pastor of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, did the blessing.

The unveiling was then followed by the groundbreaking led by Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes.

“As we prepare for the future, with all the exciting projects on campus, we also honor and celebrate our past,” Paula Tennyson, chair of the school’s board of trustees, said. “Sister Salisbury was a gifted Sacred Heart educator who touched many lives at our Sacred Heart schools. She was headmistress in Greenwich for 10 years from 1970-1980. She also served as a member of our board of trustees from 1989-1995 and from 2000-2003. Sr. Salisbury was, and is, beloved by generations of Sacred Heart students.”

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