HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
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
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.