At Sacred Heart, the building of community as a Christian value is intrinsic to the school's very Goals and Criteria. Creating a welcoming place, where diversity is embraced and inclusion is a communal commitment, the school aims to celebrate its unique heritage and contemporary population in a variety of ways. Families are always encouraged to join us in the planning and execution of our marquis events, and we take particular pride in our families' support of our expanding cultural programs and activities.
Every year, the community is invited to attend our Eucharistic celebrations honoring the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the school year; our Blessed Mother Mary; the founder of our school, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and her most devoted St. Philippine Rose Duchesne, who brought Sacred Heart schools to America.
September: Mass of the Holy Spirit
October: Feast of Mater Admirabilis
November: Feast of St. Philippine Rose Duchesne
May: Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Additional opportunities to convene in shared faith are scheduled throughout the year, notably in the SHS Family Mass Series, holy days of obligation, and Holy Week.
Predominantly coordinated on the LMS campus, our cultural heritage programs explore the richness of our current student body and greater SHS school community. Annually the school celebrates four diverse events tied to different nationalities and faith; central to the success of these activities has been close collaboration with SHS community families.
November: Native American Powow
December: Feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe
February: Lunar New Year
March: Nowruz Celebration
In preparation for these events, students will take part in classroom-led exercises and activities designed to teach the tradition and history behind the celebrated holiday, often through artistic expression and intepretation.
Additional cultural- and faith-basd holidays, such as Day of the Dead, are further explored via academic curriculum and individual or group projects.
Held on consecutive days in December, the two-day Holiday Treat showcases the many creative talents of our student body, offering both a special Christmas-themed program for our SHS community and a sampling of the breadth of fine arts programs at both the LMS and SHP campuses.
Held at locations throughout the Main Building and Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, the evening's schedule offers a variety of performances and genres in 15-minute increments, on a rotating basis.
SHS has a longstanding "friendly" rivalry with Menlo School, our neighbor on Valparaiso Ave. Each year, the two schools engage in a number of activiites encouraging community spirit, often in conjunction with fundraising efforts for Peninsula Bridge Program.
Held at both the LMS and SHP campuses, the traditional Spirit Week builds class connections, while also generating overall school spirit.
LMS Spirit Week is held in January, and is largely coordinated by the student council. Activities include a student talent show, themed "costume" days, special treats, and other.
SHP Spirit Week is held in February, with a robust schedule planned by a team of students and Student Life staff members. Each class picks its "theme" based on assigned colors (green, yellow, blue, red), and each acquired points for performance on scored events, with the winning class entitled to bragging rights. Past spirit week activities have included a video game tournament, lip synch contest, unusual sport games, and other.
Always a highly anticipated event at the LMS and PSK, this event is yearly held on the Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving Break and delivers a special day for our very special guests. Starting with a continental breakfast and welcome from our principals, attendees then connect with their student(s) for classroom experiences, and end their visit with an all-school Mass featuring student-led liturgy. In between, there are photo booth stops, interactive class exercises and projects, and of course, a break for recess.
In what has become a student rite-of-passage, this kickoff to the SHP senior year is a spectacular event, showcasing the poise, grace, and humor of our graduating class.
Co-chaired by parents and featuring the styles of several local designers and retail outlets, the event is entering its 28th year, with past show themes ranging from Wizard of Oz to California Dreamin' to PopHeart and more. Always a late spring highlight for juniors is the reveal of their upcoming show's theme.