As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Sacred Heart Greenwich commits to educate the Goals & Criteria, and the Social Justice and Service Program is designed to meet each of the goals while being centered on Goal III - a social awareness which impels to action. The program encourages the students to learn experientially and instills in them the values of courage, confidence and civic responsibility.
How does the program come to life on campus? Lower School students host the annual Jump Rope for Uganda to raise funds in support of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s primary school in Uganda. Middle School students dedicate cross-curricular service and learning to specific social justice issues by grade, which culminates in the eighth grade Making History capstone project. And Upper School students commit to at least 25 hours each year to social justice and service, although most students complete many more as social justice and service becomes a habit of the heart.
Similarly, The Campus Ministry program helps members of the community explore their relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation. Opening themselves to the transforming power of the Spirit of God, members of the School community engage in personal and communal prayer, reflection and action. Through regular liturgies, chapel services, retreats and daily prayer, members of the School community grow in their personal and active faith in God.
At the Upper School level, each grade level participates in a campus ministry led retreat. Sophomores travel to Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, New York for their one day retreat. Juniors participate in a three-day Kairos retreat and seniors may participate in service retreats, an Emmaus retreat or a Busy Student’s Retreat.
Opportunities for spiritual growth are found in the classroom, the chapel, at liturgies and retreats. Students offer inspiring reflections to younger students during the retreats and liturgies. Through Campus Ministry, students can become retreat leaders and have active voices in shaping our efforts in the Upper School.