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Convent of the Sacred Heart Celebrates Major Campus Expansion

Sacred Heart Greenwich Head of School Pamela Hayes and Student Council President Grace Passannante, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the school's new athletic center.
Sacred Heart Greenwich Head of School Pamela Hayes and Student Council President Grace Passannante, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the school's new athletic center. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The front entrance of the new athletic center at Sacred Heart Greenwich. It was officially opened Wednesday morning.
The front entrance of the new athletic center at Sacred Heart Greenwich. It was officially opened Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Sacred Heart Greenwich Head of School Pamela Hayes and Student Council President Grace Passannante, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the school's new athletic center.
Sacred Heart Greenwich Head of School Pamela Hayes and Student Council President Grace Passannante, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the school's new athletic center. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Convent of the Sacred Heart officially opened a major expansion Wednesday that will see an expanded athletic center and more dining spaces, among other improvements on the Greenwich campus.

Sacred Heart Greenwich opened its new 35,000-square-foot athletic center designed for women’s sports at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the second day of school. Pamela Hayes, Head of School, said it will make a dramatic difference at the Roman Catholic all-girls school.

"It's definitely going to change the way we live. Girls have more spaces to play, relax and there are more community building spaces," she said in comments before the ceremony. "It is a really historic day for our school and we feel very, very blessed."

The athletic center is the central piece of a major renovation of the school located on 118 acres at 1177 King St. in Greenwich. In addition, the project includes an expanded dining room and outdoor commons area.

The athletic center provides two gymnasiums for the school’s basketball and volleyball teams, six squash courts, a large multi-purpose space for student assemblies, yoga/dance studio, fitness center, individual rooms and class space for physical education, press box, trainer, and administrative offices.

The dining space features a new student dining room, serving area in faculty/staff dining room, student lounge with fireplace, and outdoor dining terrace.

The outdoor commons area is a centralized green space located between the athletic center and main buildings. Walkways connect it to the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, The Barat Center for Early Childhood Education, and the library/media center. The commons features an amphitheater, playgrounds, gardens and walkways.

The school which was founded in 1848 has 740 students.

The expansion was funded by the school's $25.5 million capital campaign.

The celebration will continue on Saturday, Sept. 26, as the school holds a "First Look" at the athletic center from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Sept. 30, the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will bless the new center. He will also celebrate the first Mass of the school year in the new space designed for all-school assemblies and liturgies.

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