Contribution of Sisters & students - Developed school’s strong morals, values and principles that pertained to Sacred Heart values.
Nuns and students developed the strong morals, values and principles the school still pertains too. The five sisters that initially founded Rose Bay Convent contributed Sacred Heart values to Kincoppal-Rose Bay. The five goals of all Sacred Heart schools being; a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom were attended to right from the beginning of the establishment. As the original students learnt these goals and performed them, they have been passed down through generations, and as a result what is now Kincoppal - Rose Bay is a community full of students who live out these Sacred Heart qualities in everything they do. An example of a student living out these strong values is at Christmas time when year groups band together and donate their time, money and effort into giving a present to a homeless or disadvantaged man living in a shelter who may not of otherwise woken up to a present on Christmas morning. It is these values instilled in us that make us loving, enthusiastic, friendly, loyal and compassionate people who will go out into the world and do great things. Sacred Heart day is also a unifying, communal event that bring the whole school together to celebrate the Society of the Sacred Heart's feast day and values. This day is often organised by female student leaders and female adult leaders. It is a day that our spirit is clearly visible all of the female students (and male) dress up in red and white to celebrate this special feast. It celebrated our morals, values and goals.
Contribution of whole school female community - Made the community what it was through unifying events and customs
Women made the community what it is through unifying, momentous occasions like fairs and school songs. They contributed to the community through money and time and produced communal, unifying aspects of school life, including the school song and the constant meeting of the school in assemblies and liturgical masses. While these events may be small and not high in recognition they create a sense of community and within this community a happy, mellow feeling that makes students feel included and accepted. An example of this is the 'Procession of the lanterns.' The boarding community comes together holding lanterns, and processes into the chapel, in what is an extremely beautiful and moving occasion. The nuns started this tradition as they took it from the Society of the Sacred Heart. Events like the Spring Fair 2015 bring the whole school community together for a fun day that recognises our love and support for each other and creates a happy, fun, loving buzz. It is usually female mothers and female school leaders that organise this day, they contribute our unified community.
Contribution of sisters, teachers & mothers - Developed manners of students
Nuns developed the manners and courtesy amongst the students who attended Rose Bay Convent and Kincoppal - Rose Bay. By teaching them all different styles and aspects of manners, when the students graduated from the school they left wise and well mannered. Nowadays, it is female teachers and mothers involved within the school community who do this at times at Kincoppal - Rose Bay, they teach students many different morals and manners but a few of the main ones include; that you must treat others how you wish to be treated, always stay positive, always be honest and truthful, and treat everyone respect and grace no matter who they are. Of course fathers and male teachers teach manners, but at Kincoppal mainly the nuns and teachers enforce them when parents are not present.
Contributed by sisters- Added buildings to the school as a result of children coming - grew the school to what it required
After the first few years of Rose Bay Convent, the nuns addressed the major issue - that there was not enough building space to accommodate the amount of students both to learn and to live in the boarding house. As a result of this they devised a plan to slowly add more buildings and facilities as the amount of students and teachers increased. The nuns contributed to the school by planning/ raising the idea of adding to the school both student wise and building wise. Ultimately, after establishment more students began enrolling and this forced the need for more buildings and facilities to accommodate these students - this was an extremely important female contribution. After the school increased in number new buildings were commissioned and added, as a result of the nuns ideas. An example of a building thought of and commissioned by the nuns is the chapple. They felt the need to have a beautiful, sacred place to connect with God and unite the community. The chapel is a central part of the school and regarded as one of the finest works of the famous Architect that designed it, John Horbury Hunt. Used by students, staff and the School community for Masses, feast days, weddings and special occasions such as the Vale Mass and the Procession of the Lanterns.