News from Sacred Heart School Westport

Pope John Paul II Awards Night

On Thursday 16th November, 2017 at our Lady’s Basilica, Knock, Archbishop Michael Neary gathered to celebrate and recognise the voluntary contribution of over 500 teenagers to their parish communities at the annual presentation of the Pope John Paul II Award. Sacred Heart School was proud to be represented by 33 of our students.

Thirty one 5th Year students were awarded the Gold Medal and two Leaving Cert students, Katie Geraghty and Bridin Molloy, were awarded the Papal Cross for their efforts. They received their medal and certificate in recognition of so much work carried out by them in their school, parish and wider communities over the last year. They were involved in activities such as helping with the Shoebox Appeal, Peer for Peer Education, the Awakening concert, prayer services, bucket collections and many more. Through their experiences on this award programme, they were given an opportunity to go beyond themselves and their needs, and reach out to others.

Siobhan Bradley, Diocesan co-ordinator for the award invited all present at awards night, whether young or young at heart to not let the night be a once off, a distant memory or be forgotten. She asked that the spark that had been lit in all their lives, be it directly or indirectly, through this award be kept lit for many days and years to come. She said “Get, stay and be involved, there are so many opportunities in your local parishes and at diocesan level to keep our church moving forward in a true and vibrant direction - keep your eyes, ears and hearts open. You are an inspiration and a source of great hope to us all”.

Our girls are indeed a source of great hope and pride for our school. Warmest congratulations on your awards again.


Young SVP Committee

Sacred Heart School Westport is proud to have established a Young St. Vincent de Paul Committee this year. There is a council of eleven TY students who meet every Wednesday to discuss the various social justice issues they are trying to tackle. Helen Ralph, the SVP Youth co-ordinator has been a great source of encouragement and help. They are a passionate and hard working group of women who wish to do their best to help those in less fortunate situations than themselves and raise awareness of this with others.



The first project they undertook was to help out with Project Hope's Shoebox Appeal. Under the direction of Helen O'Toole, the girls helped to sort and pack hundreds of boxes. They were so proud to be part of such a charitable endeavour. A total of 8,940 shoeboxes left Mayo for Romania last week.


The girls look forward to channelling their energies into more positive experiences in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Inspired always by the words of SVP founder Frederic Ozanam: "Yours must be a work of love, of kindness. You must give your time, your talents, yourself".


Sacred Heart School Westport Meditation Room

Saint Francis de Sales said "By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God". Here in Sacred Heart, we are very fortunate to have a new prayer and meditation room, called the Gatelodge. Our caretakers and, Art and RE teacher, Ms Patricia Gillivan worked hard over the summer to transform the old Gatelodge into a serene and welcoming sacred space. Fr. Charlie McDonnell blessed it for us at the beginning of the school year and all years have benefitted greatly from having scheduled classes in this peaceful room.