The Sacré Cœur Alumnae Association began in October 1917 and was then called the Sacré Cœur Old Girls’ Association. Its purpose remains the same today: to support contact between former pupils of Burke Road and also pupils of other RSCJ Schools living in Victoria; to foster the Cor Unum spirit of the RSCJ; to conduct two Masses each year— one for existing members and one for deceased members, and to support works of charity in keeping with the character of the RSCJ education.
Sacconnect, launched in 2019 illustrates the prime purpose of the Association — a networking platform designed to facilitate contact between members and provide networking, mentoring and social opportunities.
Decade and half-decade Class Reunions are facilitated by the Association’s Committee, beginning with a cocktail party in the Parlour and a School Tour. Alumnae golfers compete for the Alumnae Golf Cup at the Annual School Golf Day and participate in other sporting activities, such as Netball.
The Association enjoys an active and collaborative relationship with the School and it is represented on all relevant School Community committees and participates in School functions and events.
- Co-President – Marianne Cassin (1977)
- Co-President – Kerry Bergin (1960)
- Secretary – Krystal Salloum (2018)
- Treasurer – Jane Murfett (1977)
General Committee Members
- Simone Eason (1989)
- Gabrielle Garlepp (1980)
- Genevieve Grabau (1976)
- Lizzie Joyce (1984)
- Virginia Kennedy (Staff 1972 – 2011)
- Celeste Medcalfe (1987)
- Steph Quinn (1985)
- Marisa Reid (1983)
Membership is drawn from past students of the earliest houses of the School, briefly at Hiawatha, Balaclava, and Clifton, Malvern and then from 1888 onwards from those at Burke Road, Glen Iris. Recent amendments to the constitution have broadened the eligibility base to include any student who has attended any another Sacré Cœur school or institution
We invite Sacré Cœur alumnae to join our online networking platform – sacconnect. This platform makes it easier to connect, professionally network and give back to current and past Sacré Cœur students. Joining sacconnect is as simple as signing in using your LinkedIn or Facebook profile, or using your email address.
Members are also emailed the Esprit de Cœur newsletter four times per year and receive the Burke Road Bulletin two times per year. These communications contain alumnae material including the births, deaths, marriages and photos of reunions and other events, as well as up-to-date school information.
Links to the latest editions of the Esprit de Cœur are listed to the right of this page.
Mass of Remembrance
Each year we remember our deceased alumnae at our Mass of Remembrance. This year the Mass, held on 14 November 2020, was live-streamed. We invite you to view a recording of the Mass. You may also wish to download the Mass booklet.
Small Pleasures Fund – Supporting Alumnae
The Small Pleasures Fund supports members of the Sacré Cœur alumnae community living with a debilitating illness or injury or experiencing life-changing trauma.
The Fund was set up by a group of former Sacré Cœur students who identified the importance of reaching out to alumnae going through a difficult time and reminding them they are part of a strong and compassionate community. A variety of ‘small pleasures’ is offered to alumnae of all ages including spa treatments, holiday accommodation, gift vouchers, cleaning services, gourmet food hampers or a special lunch or dinner. Careful consideration is given to ensure every ‘small pleasure’ is appropriate for recipients and their circumstance. To find our more email or visit the Small Pleasures website.
Special Events – Weddings
It is always an honour for the School to be approached by alumnae to hold their wedding in our beautiful Chapel. Please note, however, that we cannot accept bookings for Friday evenings or during the school holidays. To book your wedding, please contact Marian Andrews on 9835 2776 or email.
National and International Collaboration
Association Mondial des Anciens et Anciennes du Sacré-Cœur, (AMASC) was formed in 1960 in Brussels at the request of Reverend Mother General de Valon. Reverend Mother de Valon saw the important and vital role the alumnae and alumni could play in fostering the work and spirit of the Society of the Sacred Heart. National Associations of women and men were organized to form the World Association that included alumnae and alumni from over 38 countries.
Locally, the Australian Sacré Cœur Association (ASCA) is the vital body which links the alumnae associations from Sacré Cœur Burke Road (VIC), Sacre Coeur Association of NSW, Stuartholme (QLD) together; and in turn connects us to the World Body; AMASC.
Sancta Sophia College (NSW) and Duchesne College (QLD) whilst not active or paying members of ASCA are captured as part of the community of Sacré Cœur and are connected to the relevant schools via the RSCJ’s administration of the colleges when they were initially set up.
In addition, Baradene in Auckland New Zealand is the fourth Sacred Heart School that consists of the Australia and New Zealand Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the Australia New Zealand Province.
The purpose of ASCA is to create and maintain friendship and solidarity between Australian Alumnae and all National Federations and Associations of Alumnae of the Sacred Heart with the aim of achieving true national and international collaboration. It is a non-profit organisation. Alumnae of all three schools are automatically lifelong members via their individual alumnae memberships.
Every four years the responsibility of forming a committee and running ASCA is rotated around the three Sacred Heart schools in Australia. Sacré Cœur in Melbourne hold the Presidency (until end 2019) and can respond to any questions you may have in regards to the AMASC and the international alumnae Congress that is held every four years. The next Congress is anticipated to be held in 2022.
For enquiries email or call 03 9835 2700
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Sunday 17 May, 2020
POSTPONED - High Tea, 1950 and 1960 Reunion. AGM
Alumnae Association2:00 pm
Tuesday 15 September, 2020
POSTPONED - Generations Afternoon Tea
Alumnae Association3:30 pm
Saturday 17 October, 2020
POSTPONED - Small Pleasures Lunch
Small Pleasures1:00 pm
Saturday 14 November, 2020
LIVE STREAMED - Mass of Rememberance
Alumnae Association10:00 am
2020 Reunion Events
Saturday 14 March, 2020
POSTPONED - Class of 1980. 30 year reunion4:00 pm
Saturday 18 April, 2020
POSTPONED - Class of 1990 reunion.4:00 pm
Sunday 17 May, 2020
POSTPONED - Classes of 1950 and 1960 reunions2:00 pm
Friday 28 August, 2020
POSTPONED - Class of 2019 reunion6:00 pm
Saturday 29 August, 2020
POSTPONED - Class of 2000 Reunion4:00 pm
Friday 28 August, 2020
POSTPONED - Class of 2010 reunion4:00 pm
Friday 13 November, 2020
Class of 2015. 5 year reunion6:00 pm