Sacred Heart School was established in 1899 by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions as a school for girls, and the first buildings constructed remain on the site. As the school grew, additional buildings were constructed and the school educated girls from kindergarten to Year 12 . In 1980 a new Secondary College was established in Sorrento and the school in Highgate became solely a Primary School.
By late 1990’s, 100 years after its establishment, the school was no longer meeting the current education needs and risked being closed. After concerted efforts by the school community, it was agreed the school would be completely refurbished to meet current curriculum requirements. As a Place on the Register of Heritage Places on WA, the process of renewal, while retaining and conserving significant heritage fabric while developing spaces that met education requirements was a challenge. Selected demolition of intrusive buildings and additions to the heritage buildings has resulted in a unique education environment with the latest facilities and technologies housed in restored heritage spaces and new complimentary spaces. A complete K-6 school resulted, with administration, staff, library and some classrooms accommodated in the two storey building. An early education centre (K-1) was developed in the single storey heritage building. New additions have provided addition classroom and support spaces, canteen, and covered area. New playing areas and oval were also developed and more recently a School Hall has been added.
Project Completed by Philip McAllister.