Our School

Whatever you do, do to the best of your ability

At Sacred Heart Girls’College, New Plymouth, we care for our students personally. Staff are highly qualified and our Vertical Form and House systems ensure that students have the opportunity to relate to all groups. Their academic, physical and spiritual growth is developed and nurtured.

We are proud of our academic achievements, the wide variety of extra – curricular activities in which our girls participate and of the family atmosphere, which pervades the College community.

The College buildings are well maintained on an attractive, spacious site. Since the College was established, its motto “Age Quod Agis” (whatever you do, do to the best of your ability), has been one that we are proud to live by. Each one of us is encouraged to Live the Mission through Ako, Manaakitanga and Wāhine Toa.

Mrs Barbara Costelloe,  Tumuaki Acting Principal

School Carving

I te timatanga ko te Kupu
Na te Atua te Kupu
Ko te Atua ano tau ate kupu
I te timatanga

In the beginning was the word
And the Word was God
And God is the Word
In the beginning

This Maori carving representing Hine Ahu One, the first mortal female created, carved by Bryce Manu, is especially appropriate to our school and was presented to Sacred Heart Girls’ College by the leaving class of 1993.   The head and face are typical of Taranaki and Te Atiawa tribes with the distinctive pointed shape representing Mount Taranaki. The notches in groups of three (pu nga werewere) on the forehead and mouth depict the raukura, three feathers worn in the hair by the Taranaki and Te Atiawa tribes, meaning “Glory to God, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all mankind”.

Designs on the arms and legs represent nga hau e wha, the four winds and our students come from north south east and west to become kotahitanga, one people, one race, one school. The lower mouth depicts the female element. On a marae women are the first and last to greet you. A greeting call or karanga is uttered by a women as you enter the gates of a marae then after a kaumatua (male elder) has finished his speech a women will sing a waiata or song to support what he has said.

Hine Ahu One was the creation of the 71 children of Papatuanuku, Earth Mother and Ranginui Sky Father but the nose above the lower mouth represents “Tihei  Mauri  Ora” the breath of life given to Hine Ahu One by Tane I Te Wananga as he pressed his nose to hers, thus breathing life into her so that she would come into being.

The pu nga werewere in the border surrounding this taonga (treasure) consecrate it to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

School Song


O Sacred Heart Manawa Tapu
O Sacred Heart in our lives increase our faith, hope, charity,

O strong and Sacred Heart of Christ

we consecrate our all to you

O Sacred Heart O source of love

Make us like you for evermore

Manawa Tapu, Te Aroha,

we consecrate our all to you

In joy or hurt in hope or fear

In love and friendship and concern

Behold a refuge ever near

to heal to comfort and to bless

In light and dark, in life and death

In time and in eternity

O faithful God with trusting hearts

We consecrate our all to you

Manawa TapuE karanga e te iwi e

Kua eke mai nei

Kua eke mai nei

kii runga te marae e


raa e nga mate

O te motu e

Kinga tini roimata

Kinga tini roimata e

maringi, whanui e

Aue titiro e nga iwi

E nga mahi o te motu,

ei ora ake nei e

Aue Ruana te whenua

Ruana te whenua

whatiwhati te moana

Aue te aroha

Aue te aroha te mamae

i ahau e (x2)

Ah Ruana te whenua

Whatiwhati hii