Sr. Julie Mc Goldrick (2000 – present) followed Sr. Patricia Rogers as Principal. A native of Scotland, an avid sports fan and supporter of Celtic Football Club, she entered the Order of the Sisters of St. Clare in 1981. In 1988 she was awarded a Bachelor of Education (Honours) Degree and began her career in Sacred Heart School teaching Religion and P.E. In 1996 she gained her Masters Degree in Religious Science and was appointed Vice-Principal of the school in 1999.
Sr. Patricia Rogers (1989 – 2000) a native of Dublin, succeeded Sr. Mark Hollywood as Principal at a time of great change, and successfully steered the school through the many challenges which faced the N.I. educational system. Having begun her career as a chemistry teacher, she soon moved into administration and served as Principal for twenty four years, eleven of those in Sacred Heart. Sr. Patricia was keenly interested in all aspects of school management, and as an executive member of both the Catholics Heads Association and the Governing Bodies Association, contributed to many new initiatives in educational management in Northern Ireland. In July 2000 she retired from Sacred Heart to take on the challenging post of Abbess General of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Clare.
Sr. Mark Hollywood (1977 – 89), a native of Warrenpoint, was a former pupil and Head Girl of the school. As a member of the Northern Ireland Sport’s Council, she became known throughout the province for her expertise in the field of sport. During her time as Principal, Sr Mark accomplished such feats as: leading a student expedition to Iceland, which involved the crossing of a glacier; safariing in Kenya, and pioneering the ascent of the Alum Koo peak in Iran in the company of four other climbers. She was awarded a Winston Churchill award for exploration. In 1989 she left the Sacred Heart School to realise a long-cherished ambition to work as a missionary among the poor in El Salvador. She is presently now Principal of a newly established school in San Salvador.
Sr. Anne Thérèse O’Shea (1972 – 77) followed Sr. Máire as Principal. In 1977 she commenced post-graduate studies for a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Manchester. On the award of this degree she began work with the Department of Education, firstly in Management Training for Head Teachers, then as Regional Coordinator for the 11- 16 programme and, later, as Inspector of post primary schools. In 1989 Sr. Anne Thérèse was awarded the OBE for service to education.
Sr. Máire O’Hara (1965 – 72) came to the Sacred Heart School after an initial period of teaching (six years) in two of the Congregational schools in England. Her students remember with gratitude the enthusiasm she brought to the teaching of English Language and Literature. After seven years as Principal of the Sacred Heart School she sought, and was granted, leave of absence to pursue a course leading to the award of a Master’s Degree (First Class) in English from the National University of Ireland. She then indulged her first love – teaching, not administration – in various schools in England.
Sr. Imelda Fahy (1961 – 65) followed Sr. Teresa Mary as Principal. Unlike her predecessors, she was a scientist with a particular gift for teaching Mathematics. She left the Sacred Heart School to become Headmistress of St. Clare’s Grammar School, Porthcawl, South Wales and Abbess of the Porthcawl community of Sisters of St. Clare.
Sr. Teresa Mary Fitzpatrick (1954 – 61), a native of Newry, entered the community of the Poor Clares in 1925 and in 1930 she gained admission to University College, Galway, from which she graduated as a B.A. in 1932. She came to the Sacred Heart School at the same time as Sr. Marie Celine, acting as her Deputy and succeeding her as Principal in 1954. Long before cultural heritage became a cross-curricular theme, Sr. Teresa Mary was aware of its importance. She had a great love for Irish History and Irish Culture and her students excelled themselves in various féiseanna in the province.
Sr. Marie Celine Turley (1932 – 54) was the first Sister of St. Clare to become Principal of the Sacred Heart School. Primarily a teacher of English and History, she was sufficiently versatile to supply for any teacher who might be absent. Her students remember her with respect and affection, as a Principal who, while stressing academic excellence never forgot that her role was, essentially, a pastoral one.
In September 1930 Miss Angela Chambers (1930 – 1932) was appointed first headmistress of Sacred Heart School. At the end of that school year, the school was recognised by the Ministry of Education and Miss Chambers remained headmistress until Sr. Marie Celine Turley returned from Galway University where she had successfully completed her degree.