Kincoppal-Rose Bay School is a member of an international group of schools conducted by the Society of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic teaching order, established by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in France in 1800. The Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay, was founded in 1882. Kincoppal was established at Elizabeth Bay in 1909. In 1971 the two schools were amalgamated and, today, Kincoppal-Rose Bay School comprises a fully co-educational Junior School for day students, and a Senior School for girls, with both day and boarding students.

The original building, leased in 1882 and later purchased by the Society of the Sacred Heart, was a private home - Claremont, built in 1851. The first permanent school building, completed in 1888, was the five level central facade. The Chapel, a masterpiece of architect John Horbury Hunt, was commenced in 1897 and completed in 1900. Buildings were gradually added to meet the needs of school, community and novitiate. The Secondary School was a full boarding school until the 1960's, when day students were admitted.

The primary day school was located in the main school building until 1951 when an adjoining property, an Italian Villa, was purchased. The building was set up as a primary school and named Barat-Burn. This building was demolished and replaced with the present Junior School in 1966.

In 1982 the School celebrated the centenary of its foundation and the arrival of the first religious in Australia. To commemorate the occasion Sister Leila Barlow wrote and published Living Stones, a book reviewing the spirit, tradition and events of the School's first hundred years.

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The inspiration and focus of Kincoppal-Rose Bay is embodied in the School's motto, Cor Unum, One Heart. The meaning is understood more if seen in its full context, One Heart and One Mind in the Heart of Jesus.
The primary purpose of the School is to give an education of the highest standard which will help students to become mature and committed Christians in the world today.

Parents are the prime educators of their child and share this role with the School. This implies close harmony of purpose, of values and attitudes between home and school. It is essential that parents, in choosing a Sacred Heart School to further educate their child, consider this principle of the utmost importance. Likewise, the School seeks to enrol students whose parents' values and attitudes reflect those the School holds. The School is a member of the Association of Sacred Heart Schools in Australia and New Zealand. It is committed to working towards the goals of Sacred Heart Education and the criteria by which these goals can be achieved.

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