Since the year 1800, when Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France, special ceremonies and traditions have been enjoyed by the Sacred Heart Schools. These events provide opportunities for transmitting values and perpetuating familial ties as well as fostering school spirit. Many of the traditions fostered at Bryn Mawr are a source of fond memories for a lifetime.
Congé (pronounced con-jay)
A surprise in-school holiday when faculty and students join together in a day of organized fun. Congé means “holiday” in French. Congé photo gallery.
Father/Daughter Mass & Breakfast
Sunday morning in early November, fathers and daughters attend Mass followed by breakfast at a local country club. This is a great time for the dads to meet other Sacred Heart fathers and spend time with their daughters. The Fathers’ Association coordinates this day.
The dances, one for grades Pre-K – 6 and one for grades 7 -12, are held in the spring and are attended by students and their fathers. They are held at school and are sponsored by the Fathers’ Association.
Fathers’ Day at School
Fathers are invited to spend all or part of the day at school with their daughters. They attend classes, go to lunch and experience a day at Sacred Heart. This event usually occurs in early October, and is coordinated by the Fathers’ Association. For students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 5th, 9th and 12th grades.
Each school has a day of athletic events that ends the yearlong competition between the Red and White teams.
Gouter (pronounced goo-tay)
A surprise sweet snack. Gouter means, “to taste” in French.
A formal presentation of awards held after the completion of each quarter in the Middle and Upper Schools.
Mother/Daughter Mass and Lunch
This event is usually held in the spring. Mothers and daughters form the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are invited to attend mass at the Gormley Gymnasium followed by lunch at a local country club. Mothers, grandmothers and special friends attend this liturgy and luncheon to honor the special relationship between mothers and daughters. The Mothers’ Association sponsors this event.
Prize Day is held on the last day of their school year. The Lower, Middle and Upper Schools gather for formal presentations of awards for achievement and effort.
Red and White Picnic
The Red and White picnic is usually held on the evening of the first day of classes for the Upper School, with the purpose of welcoming everyone back to Sacred Heart. The Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are invited to the picnic. Parents, faculty and siblings also attend. At the picnic, new students pick their team - red or white - to which they will be assigned for their entire experience at Sacred Heart. If a mother or sibling has graduated from Sacred Heart, the student is automatically given her color. Throughout the year, the Committee of Games coordinates various activities to help earn points for the red or white teams. At the end of the year, these points are combined with those won on Field Day.
Sacred Heart Network Exchange
As members of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, our students may participate in Network exchange programs at any of the twenty Sacred Heart School in various locations in the United States.
The Seniors celebrate their last year with a beautiful prom.