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“It’s a congé!” This announcement is recognized by students at Sacred Heart schools worldwide as signaling a day when they take leave of their regular studies and channel all their energy into having fun.
Congés usually occur unexpectedly, since the planning for them is done in secret. Originally, the activities and games, such as cache-cache (a group form of hide-and-seek), were planned by the Religious for the girls of the boarding schools. The tradition has carried over to the schools of today and provides the older students an opportunity to exercise leadership skills as they plan activities for the entire school.


The opening ritual of each school year at Forest Ridge is called Convocation. Our tradition honors the age-old commitment at Schools of the Sacred Heart that each person is called by name. Every year, each student, teacher and staff member is called forward by name and receives the year’s holy card with the school motto for the year. 


Goûter is a long-standing tradition in Sacred Heart schools. In the days of boarding schools, when it was not uncommon for classes to meet until five o’clock in the afternoon, it was necessary to provide students with a mid-afternoon snack. Today, goûter is a special treat provided for students on special feast days and holidays.

International Passport & Hospitality Handbook

The International Passport is a card issued to seniors at the Alumnae Spring Luncheon, as well as to past and current students whom request it. The passport identifies alumnae and current students as members of the Sacred Heart Network and is a handy resource when traveling and/or visiting Sacred Heart schools and convents. The Hospitality Handbook, compiled and printed by the International Association of Graduates of Sacred Heart (AMASC), includes contact information (names, addresses, and phone numbers) of Sacred Heart alumnae/i throughout the world. Call or stop by the Alumnae Office for a copy of this handbook.


In 1844, a generation after the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded, Pauline Perdrau, a young novice, took it upon herself to produce a fresco of Mary as she imagined Mary might have been as a student in the temple before the Annunciation. Upon seeing the original when visiting the convent, Pope Pius IX exclaimed “Mater Admirabilis!” (Latin for Mother, Most Admirable!). The fresco may be seen today in its original location on a wall in the convent at the Trinita dei Monti in Rome, Italy. At Forest Ridge, as at all Sacred Heart schools, one may find Mater in a variety of forms. The most loved by alumnae is the statue given to the school in 1910 by the Baillargeon family. The statue currently sits in the narthex of the chapel. Whether a painting, a statue, or a fresco, certain details are common. Mary is clothed in pink, a favorite color of Pauline’s. The lily at her side represents her purity; the distaff and spindle, her love of work; a book or scroll, her dedication to study. Many miracles have been associated with Mater. The Church has declared October 20 as the Feast of Mater.

Prize Day

Sometimes referred to simply as “prizes,” Prize Day brings a formal end to the school year. Students are recognized for their academic and personal achievements. The school community comes together for a formal assembly to distribute prizes. In former days, the prizes usually consisted of books. Now the prize is often a certificate or award recognizing the achievement.
Among the prizes most admired are the Mes Amis Award and the Diligence Award. The Mes Amis is reserved for those Eighth and 12th Graders who have been recognized by their classmates as having extended the spirit of friendship to others by showing sensitivity and caring for the needs of students and teachers alike. The Diligence Award recognizes students who have given constant, careful and responsible attention to their studies.


Ribbons, worn diagonally from a student’s right shoulder and fastened on the left at the waist, have long been marks of distinction in Sacred Heart schools. Students in the third and fourth years of high school, classes that were traditionally termed Third and Fourth Academics, wore blue ribbons, light blue for boarders and dark blue for day students, while those in the first and second years (First and Second Academics) wore green. The blue and green ribbons were awarded by a vote of the students, ratified by the Religious, in recognition of leadership and character. Students in the Middle School wore narrow green ribbons just as the students in the Lower School wore pink. Red was reserved for the first and second grades. Today at Forest Ridge, student leaders still wear ribbons but the colors have different meaning. The blue ribbons indicate Student Leadership Council or ASB officers, whereas, in the high school, the green ribbons are for class officers.

Ring Ceremony

In a formal ceremony in May, juniors receive their class rings. The ceremony marks the beginning of the transition of leadership from one class to the next. Each member of the Senior Class gives a junior her ring. At this time, the Inspirational Ring is awarded to the junior whom the Senior Class selects for her enthusiasm and school spirit.

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