In 2019, we launched our HERstory digital archives project as a way to reconnect past pupils, engage current students and reach out to future generations. Principal, Catherine Gunn is the driving force behind the project:

As a school, and also being part of the wider Waikato and Catholic community, we wanted to follow the journey of the Sisters right through to the stories of our students and staff now. Hence HERstory was born.

The goal is to create a repository in which past and current students, teachers and their families can visit to reminisce, recollect and reconnect to their own HERstory.

We encourage anyone who would like to share their recollections or memorabilia of their time at Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton to get in touch with us via the details below. 

You can also fill out the Alumni Form to receive the College’s fortnightly newsletter by email and keep up to date with HERstory, events and opportunities. 

The digitised collection includes school magazines from 1938 onward, thousands of photos, and a handful of student memories. These are all searchable by names and dates, are able to be accessed on any device, and can be enlarged for ease of reading and viewing. 

As well as continuing to digitise our school photos and interview past students, we are also working with different learning areas within the school to encourage students to create content. For example, students interviewing past pupils and then either writing up the interview into an article for English or video the interview for Media Studies, then load it onto HERstory. 

The project is an ongoing commitment to the many generations of women who have and will become part of our HERstory. Once a part, always a part of Sacred Heart.

Monica van Oostrom
P: 07 856 7874
E: herstory@shgcham.school.nz

HERstory Website
HERstory Facebook

We’d love to hear from you – please fill out our Alumni Form