Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation, Malta
The Sacred Heart School in Malta was founded in 1903 when seven religious of the Society, all of different nationalities, arrived from Rome after various Maltese families expressed their wish to give their children a Sacred Heart education as they had received themselves. The nuns were warmly welcomed and cared for by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (Blue Sisters).
A close relationship between the two congregations developed and was maintained throughout the years. The school was set up at Villa Portelli, Sliema, but later moved to larger grounds close by where it still stands now. Though scarce at first, the school population gradually flourished, with a section for boys as well, though this was eventually phased out. The nuns wanted to offer the pupils a holistic education and a decision was taken to turn the day school into a boarding school. In 1968 the school became a day school once again.
The Rosary School, also on the School Campus, established solely for the needy according to the wishes of the Foundress St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, was set up in 1904 and consequently was run free of charge. In World War 2 the school also served as a nursing home for wounded soldiers. In 1944 the first and only women’s teacher training college on the island was opened on the school grounds. In 1954 the student teachers moved to a new building, Mater Admirabilis College of Education, which was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth the Second. The school population today numbers 904.
What Makes Our School Unique
The Sacred Heart International Network offers the school the unique opportunity to share, learn and keep itself well-informed regarding innovations both academically and socially world-wide. Ever since its foundation, the school has concentrated primarily on offering its pupils a holistic education, giving importance to character formation along with academic education.
The school takes great pride in stressing the importance of teamwork, altruism and tolerance and this is kept in mind during the pupils’ instruction in as many subjects as is possible. A good number of our past pupils are renowned contributors to Maltese society in philanthropic and artistic circles.