Special Character

At Sacred Heart College, the charism, vision and values of St Marcellin Champagnat are reflected in the daily lives of boys, staff and Brothers. Every school aims to build and nurture a positive culture. At Sacred Heart College, this culture is centred on the person of Jesus Christ, modelled by his Mother Mary and is expressed in the unique and distinctive charism of St Marcellin Champagnat, which permeates all aspects of school life.

The Marist Brothers brought the educational style of St Marcellin Champagnat to New Zealand in 1838. Today their legacy can be seen at work in Marist Brothers schools from one end of the country to the other.

As contemporary Marist educators, our aim is to consistently fulfill the spiritual, academic and social needs of our students, leading by example and guided by our Marist pillars.   

Community spirit is fundamental to the Sacred Heart College family, which comprises students, parents, staff, Marist Brothers, Old Boys and friends of the College. At Sacred Heart College we give top priority to fostering warm, supportive, compassionate relationships, both between the boys themselves, the boys and staff, within the staff and wider community.  The atmosphere is welcoming, warm and down-to-earth with a deep sense of humility.

A Special Character Review was undertaken in 2016, a copy of the report can be downloaded here.


Mass is held in the Chapel every Thursday lunchtime at approximately 12.50pm which is well attended by staff and students. Parents are welcome to join their sons for this Eucharist.

Mass is also celebrated every Saturday evening throughout term time at 5.15pm; with all members of our Sacred Heart community being welcome to join with the Brothers and Hostel communities.

Pillars of Sacred Heart

pillar poster_editedAs contemporary Marist educators, we respond to the spiritual, educational and social needs of our students, leading by example and guided by our five Marist Pillars and two further Pillars, which have been identified in the living tradition of the school.

Our Pillar for 2021 is: In the Way of Mary 

A Commitment to Diligence is expressed through our teachers, supervisors, boarding staff and students working together to fulfil their potential in all aspects of College and Hostel life. Academic excellence is a valued goal, as is involvement in cultural and sporting activities.


Support for individuals and families in need: Marist education aims to support students and families in need. This includes spiritual, emotional and intellectual support.


A spirit of Simplicity is seen as a Gospel virtue; relationships are characterised by simplicity of expression. To this we link humility and modesty, making the three violets of our Marist tradition.

Family spirit

We relate to each other and our students as members of a family. This builds community amongst our staff, parents and our wider Sacred Heart College family.

Loyalty and pride

We are true to our tradition and recognise that Sacred Heart has contributed to the lives of our students, who are justly proud of their Catholic, Marist and Champagnat heritage.

Presence for others

Boarding and teaching staff at Sacred Heart aim to provide a pedagogy of presence – to be ‘present’ for each other, listen and to provide a good example.

In the Way of Mary

Our spirituality is expressed through our devotion to Mary's attitude towards others and towards God: "All to Jesus through Mary. All to Mary for Jesus."