“The church of the Sagrat Cor school of Sarrià is the culminating work of the master builder and architect Josep Casademunt (1804-1868). The first stone was laid in 1867. Casademunt supervised the foundations of the building, the erection of the walls and the construction of the roofs and after his death, the work on the interior was carried out by Joan Martorell i Montells, who would later teach Antoni Gaudí. The chapel was attached to the pre-existing buildings, the original farmhouse, the large access structure and the Pensionat building, in the northern part of the complex. The Sagrat Cor school and chapel must be considered one of the first buildings in Catalonia in the Neo-Gothic style – only preceded by the shrine of the Mercy in Canet de Mar by Francesc Daniel Molina, dating from 1853.
Casademunt was trained in the Architecture Studio at the Llotja School in Barcelona, in the aesthetic tradition of classicism but like other members of his generation, who were all influenced by the romantic spirit of the Renaixença movement, he began to be interested in restoring a medieval architectural heritage that was in a very poor condition after the confiscation of church assets. Introducing Gothic models was the next step following the example of architects such as Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in France. However, female teaching institutions, many of which were French, played a decisive role in the dissemination of the Neogothic style, including the Community of the Sacred Heart, which considered the ideals of Christian art to be reflected in geometrical forms.”
Mireia Freixa Serra
Professor of History of Art at the UB
Former student of the Sagrat Cor Sarrià
ORATORY OF THE MARE DE DÉU
In addition to the church, the school also has a smaller and more welcoming oratory. There we engage in more intimate moments of prayer, pedagogical masses and moments of reflection as individuals or in small groups.
The auditorium has a capacity of 200 people. It has an image projector and air-conditioning, and is the usual venue for lectures, concerts, meetings, training events and courses, as well as other events.
The covered gallery is a very large space which has recently been refurbished so that it can be used for various purposes. Projects in groups, extraordinary activities and workshops are carried out there, such as the workshops on theatre and the expression of feelings and emotions.
ROBOTICS AND CREATIVITY CLASSROOMS
At our school, we work on digital competencies on a cross-disciplinary basis in our classrooms, where students have iPads, robots (Beebots, Dash and Bluebots) and interactive digital screens.
We also have specially designed classrooms for robotics and creativity activities.
These classrooms are equipped with Wedo 2.0, Mindstorms, Makey Makey and Microbit robots, Lego-creativity units, simple Lego machines and tables to address the challenges posed by the First Lego League in robot programming. They also have computers, iPads and Chroma with a green screen.
The multisensory room is located in the Nadís building. We call it the “Messi Room” because it was a gift from Leo Messi. This room stimulates the senses, and motivates students to carry tasks that help them to develop their perceptions to the utmost.
The school has two laboratories.
The chemistry laboratory is equipped with a gas hood, fridge, freezer, gas taps, distilled water tank, shower, eye wash, vacuum tubes and various chemicals.
The physics laboratory is equipped with Bunsen burners, and collections of rocks, minerals and fossils, among others.
The laboratories are used for the subjects of Natural Sciences, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. They are used by primary and secondary school students in practical sessions related to the following areas: dissections, experiments with gases, analysis of minerals, combinations of chemical elements, studies of the human body, etc.
ARTS & CRAFTS ROOM
The drawing and graphic design room for secondary school still retains its original artistic condition. It has been adapted to the world we live in, and now has laptops and projectors, a table for group projects, tables adapted for vertical drawing work, and a crafts area with everything necessary for working with different techniques and materials: card, clay, etc.
PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION WORKSHOP ROOM FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES
This classroom is designed to simulate a Pre-primary Education classroom. This is used mainly to train Pre-primary Education students on Advanced Vocational Training Programmes. Practical psychomotor activity sessions, sessions focusing on hygiene habits and routines, feeding and rest take place here. Play areas are also designed here.
SOCIAL HEALTH WORKSHOP ROOM FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES
The social health classroom has two areas, which simulate a kitchen on one side and a bedroom of a home or a residence on the other. This is used mainly to train students on Intermediate Level Vocational Training Programmes on Care for Dependent People.
It is the venue for practical sessions of:
- Mobilisation, transfer and walking
- Measurement and recording of vital constants
- Food management
- Preparation of menus adapted to different individual needs
- Massage techniques, hydrothermal techniques and cold-heat techniques
- Cleaning and personal hygiene techniques
- Prevention and treatment of ulcers
- Collection of waste matter
- Telecare call management, etc.
It is a great versatile classroom for the development of activities with flexible groups such as theater, spiritual conferences, training and extracurricular activities.