At Sacred Heart School we believe learning happens in a variety of ways and in many different settings. Field trips, guest speakers, and visiting artists are important components of our school program. Our students are diverse in their interests and abilities and we make every effort to offer a wide variety of experiences to enhance our academic curriculum.
In Camden City and nearby Philadelphia our students have the opportunity to attend plays and musical performances as well as visit museums and exhibits. Our students have visited the newly renovated Aquarium and the Gordon Theater at Rutgers College in Camden; the Kimmel Center, The Franklin Institute, the Zoo and The Arden Theater in Philadelphia; a school in New York City to see a student production of The Taming of the Shrew; the beautiful Campbell’s Field in Camden for a baseball game and many other places of educational interest, fun and inspiration. For the past few years our sixth grade has gone on an overnight camping trip at a near-by YMCA.
Musicians, artists, writers and dancers have visited our school and shared their talents with our students. By means of various grants, we have been fortunate to have several artists-in-residence. From these residencies, our students have produced books of poems, art-work,and hand-made musical instruments. They also learned new dance forms, as well as the look and sound of the instruments of a symphony orchestra.
There are several performance opportunities available to our students. Each year we have a Christmas program that is performed in our beautiful church. Our junior high students perform a play each spring. For the past two years our Drama Club production has been performed in the brand new Waterfront South Theatre, just across the street from our school. Our students have use of the theatre for a variety of arts programs, rehearsals and performances. Spring brings The Sponsor’s Celebration, a musical production involving the entire school that is performed as a “thank-you” to our many, many generous sponsors. Spring also brings the Hearts and Hands Festival, a celebration of art for the children of the neighborhood, school and church. Our students display their artwork across the entire front of the school and the choir performs on an outdoor stage.
Sometimes our students are asked to participate in local special events. In 2009, our choir performed two original songs by Richard Wolf, a well-known songwriter, at an event celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of the North Pole. A statue of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole, was unveiled at the new Maritime Museum, located just a short walk from our school. There was great local interest in this event and our students were featured in the media coverage. What great representatives they were for our school! Some of our students have participated in a boat-building program after school at the Museum.
Prayer Services are an important part of the spiritual life of our school. Each class is responsible for participating in one prayer service each year that celebrates a special feast or a liturgical season. These often incorporate music, poetry, art and drama.
There are many extracurricular activities available to our students: Boys and Girls Basketball and Track, Student Government, Drama, Choir, Yearbook and Art.
An After-Care program with its own activities is available every full school day from 2:30-5:30 pm for students in grades K-6.