Sacred Heart College celebrates 30 years of Mindworks programme
Sacred Heart College works hard to be at the forefront of educational innovation and Mindworks is one of these innovations. Every Mindworks seems new and amazing to many parents, but this year is in fact the 30th anniversary of Mindworks.
It has become a tradition: every second year the normal school curriculum is suspended for four days at the end of the second term and parents and guests take us through workshops that extend and enrich the school curriculum, and that offer insights into the skills and life experiences our parents and grandparents bring to our school.
The founder of the Marist Schools, St Marcellin Champagnat, began his work in the wake of the French Revolution, as class distinctions that robbed poor people of education were being dismantled. He became famous for saying that the first task of an educator was to love children, and to love them all equally. At Sacred Heart College, we understand that to love children equally means to really “see” the other person: to be curious, open and respectful about their backgrounds and experiences.
How we engage with diversity is something adults in South Africa and worldwide are grappling with right now, so the theme for Mindworks 2019 is “Celebrating Diversity”.
We listened to the stories of our grandparents, engaged the history of our school via a bespoke app made by a parent, knitted squares for people who don’t have any, we did workshop plays, brain gym, tested scientific principles, learnt about biodiversity by planting a vegetable garden, learnt to repair bicycles and even test-drove them, visited the Apartheid Museum to learn about our country’s history, we beaded and painted and worked with clay. At the end of the week, we presented the school with our legacy Mindworks 2019 gift of new altar cloths for our chapel.
Celebrating Religious traditions: At Sacred Heart College, we are blessed with great diversity of belief: Christians of all denominations, Jewish and Muslim children, Buddist, Tamil and Hindu children, believers and non-believers. Exposure to others who believe differently to us helps us grow as human beings. Religious leaders associated with the school were invited to offer the morning prayer.
Sacred Heart College is a Catholic, Co-Educational Marist school based in Observatory, Johannesburg offering values-based education from Playgroup to Matric.