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School Traditions

Students elected as honor guard gather near Mary's grotto

CACHE-CACHE
A French term that has been handed down from generation to generation and refers to a group form of hide-and-seek, traditionally played at Sacred Heart schools.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS
On the last day before Christmas Break, each school family provides a basket of food for those in need. The hundreds of food baskets are presented at the Christmas Basket Mass, which is open to the entire school community. Participation in this tradition is both an honor and a serious responsibility.

CONGÉ
Congé (kon-zhay) is a surprise day for students to set aside schoolwork and play on campus. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate our school community.

FAMILY PICNIC
This annual event celebrates “community” as we laugh, play, eat, and pray. All families are invited for food, games, and fun.

FEAST DAYS
Students celebrate the following Feast Days with a mass:

  • Feast of Mater Admirabilis, Mother Most Admirable (students often wear pink accessories to mass)
  • Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne, Foundress of the first Sacred Heart schools in America
  • Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart

FIELD DAY
Field Day is a community-building day of team sports and athletic activities for the entire school. Parents are invited to attend.

GOÛTER
Sacred Heart students look forward to goûter (goo-tay) or “snacks” on special days.

MATER ADMIRABILIS
This is Latin for “Mother Most Admirable” and refers to the fresco of the Virgin Mary painted by Pauline Perdrau, RSCJ in 1844. This image of Mary as a young girl is honored by Sacred Heart students around the world.

MAY CROWNING
May Crowning is a liturgical celebration in which the school community honors Mary, the Mother of God with a student honor guard. (students often wear baby blue accessories to mass)

PRIZE DAY
Prize Day brings a formal end to the school year. Students are recognized for their academic achievements and character formation.

School Songs