Sacred Heart School Kew

Our school is situated at the corner of Glenferrie and Cotham Roads in the inner Melbourne suburb of Kew.  It sits behind the iconic Sacred Heart, Kew Parish Church.  We are located just 5 kilometres from the city centre of Melbourne.  


At Sacred Heart, Kew, we enjoy modern contemporary learning facilities in a secure environment.  Our learning spaces include: Junior, Middle and Senior buildings, along with a Multi-purpose room, Visual Arts room, Library and Music rooms.  


Our school grounds include: 


Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Running Track and Oval, Adventure Playgrounds (under cover), Sand Pit, Sensory garden play spaces, School Garden and passive play areas.



Sacred Heart is centred in Christ… 

Nurturing the dignity of each person

Promoting respectful relationships

Challenging injustice and leading change

Providing an environment that is safe

Learning, growing and celebrating



At Sacred Heart, Kew parent involvement and participation is highly valued, as is the development of a strong partnership between home and school. The parent community is wonderfully supportive and parents give generously of both their time and energy. Our parents are led by a dynamic Parents' Association who support the school’s development through their fundraising and friend raising efforts.

Sacred Heart, Kew has opportunities for parents to participate in a variety of school activities. Opportunities are available for parents who wish to volunteer, helping in school activities like:  Tuckshop, excursion and school events, classroom helper programs and participation in committees and cultural groups.



School Hours


Gates open at 8:30am

Students are able to arrive at school from 8:30am

Kiss and drop operates from Glenferrie Road 8:30-8:45am

Students are expected to be at school by 8:45am


Christian Meditation


Students participate in Christian Meditation with their class each Tuesday and Friday morning from 8.50am - 9:00am. The whole school meditates at these times.  


School Day


School commences: 8.45am

Morning Recess: 10.45am – 11.15am

Lunch: 12.45pm – 1.45pm

End of School Day: 3:15pm - all students

Kiss and Drop: 3:15pm - 3:35pm


Term Dates 2021


Term 1

Thursday 28 January – Thursday 1 April


Term 2 

Monday 19 April – Friday 25 June


Term 3

Monday 12 July – Friday 17 September


Term 4

Monday 4 October – TBC

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Camp Australia provides our outside school hours care program. To find out more about the program at our school, including hours of operation, fees and how to register, please explore the Camp Australia website or contact the school office for further information.


Overview of Before and After School Care


Before School Care from 7.15am - 8:30am


After School Care 3:15pm - 6pm


  • Breakfast or afternoon snack provided

  • On school site premises care

  • Close, cooperative ties with school/homework supervised


1872 Jesuits purchased land in Walpole Street

1875 Archbishop Goold laid the foundation stone for a Catholic School

1889 FCJ Sisters opened a school and presbytery purchased in Walpole Street

1890 Sacred Heart Parish formed and Fr. Patrick Fallon appointed the first Parish Priest

1899 Present site of the Sacred Heart Church acquired by Dr. Carr. Plans were for a Church, school and presbytery.

1900 Foundation stone for Cotham Road school hall laid by Archbishop Carr

1901 Sacred Heart School moved from Walpole Street to Cotham Road hall

1909 Hall first used as a Church

1910 Rev. P. O’Donohoe died.

1918 Foundation stone for Sacred Heart Church laid by Archbishop Mannix

1921 Archbishop Mannix opened and blessed Sacred Heart Church

1931 New classrooms were built for the school

1931 Fr. John Manley died. Fr. Patrick Rafferty became the Parish Priest

1937 St. Anne’s Parish, East Kew started

1940-41 Fr. Rafferty died and was replaced by Dr. William Collins.

1948 The school hall was damaged in a fire. The classrooms were not affected.

1959 Dr. Collins died. Fr. Bernard Geoghegan, followed by Fr. John Duggan, became Parish Priests

1963 (approx) The school lost the Grades 7 & 8 in line with the Education Department policy

1974 Four new classrooms were built

1977 Fr. Michael Rafter became the Parish Priest

1978 The school converted a classroom into a library with a Commonwealth Grant.

1989 New adventure playground equipment purchased and installed in the school grounds

1995 Fr. William Malcolm Crawford became the Parish Priest

2007-8 Opening of ICT lab, new library. Administration building refurbished.

2009 Fr. Michael Kalka appointed Parish Priest 

2011 (August 8) Bishop Leslie Tomlinson VG blessed the St. Mary of the Cross Chapel. It was the 30th Anniversary of Fr. Michael Kalka’s ordination.

2011 Running track added to the oval area. 

2012 (February 5) Fr. Michael Kalka is announced as Archpriest. (Equivalent to Monsignor)

2012 Fr. Michael Kalka opened and blessed the new Multi-Purpose Building, Art Studio and new classrooms. New tennis club built.

2012 New adventure playground built. Staffroom refurbished.

2016 Playground Canopy Built.

2017 New Junior Playground built.

2018 Fr. John Madden became the Parish Priest