As a Catholic Learning Community, it is our mission that our students' time with us be one of welcome and inclusion towards all. It also involves experiencing a strong sense of caring, compassion and justice within the school and outwards to the world.
As a Catholic girls secondary college, we give witness to and live out the values proclaimed in the Sacred Scriptures and the spiritual and theological insights of our Catholic tradition. We celebrate the dignity of each human person; we are all made in the very image of our loving and forgiving God. We witness to God's presence in the sacramental life of the Church and in the most humble elements of Creation. We live out our call to be disciples of Jesus and companions of one another.
As a learning community in the Mercy tradition, we place the dignity of each human person at the heart of all that we do.
In displaying generosity and hospitality we aim to be inclusive of all members of our community and treat each person with respect, recognising everyone as individuals with a significant role within a broader community.
"...know God's loving kindness and share it with others." Catherine McAuley
As a Catholic secondary college for girls, we give witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ by showing God's love for us through our actions and care for his gift of creation. It is hoped that our students are young women who show compassion to others and have the courage to participate fully for the achievement of a just society.
The College aims to provide every individual with opportunities to express and develop their spirituality, with an emphasis on our belief in God and the Catholic tradition. We give witness through lived experience, prayer and liturgy and in our work for justice. This is encouraged on a personal level and in communion with one another. In addition to the comprehensive Religious Education curriculum based on the "To Know Worship and Love" texts, reflection days and retreats are organised for each year level to nurture students' faith development.
Mission Captains are appointed in each class. The senior Mission Captains are part of the Student Executive and promote the mission of the College and lead the student Mission Team. Mass is celebrated in the College chapel. Students are also given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the College.
All students from Year 7 to Year 12 participate in the Religious Education program. The program is designed to complement the faith and liturgical life of the College.
College Theme 2022 – Emerge with Mercy
As a faith filled community, Mercy College fosters the development of people who are Christ centred, hope filled and agents of change. Rather than allowing our circumstances to define us, we recognise and celebrate the innate gifts we possess and use these to create a new vision for our world. Where we encounter adversity we respond with resilience. Where we encounter disconnection we respond with hospitality. Where we encounter inequality we respond with justice and compassion. As we emerge in mercy, we embrace our full human potential to bring about positive change in our own lives, our community and the world. By bridging the gaps that divide us, reaching out to those in need and fostering excellence in all that we do, we all grow, become and emerge in mercy as one human family.
MERCY COLLEGE PRAYER
As we emerge and navigate our new reality in 2022 may our mercy values of compassion, justice, hospitality and excellence be our guiding light of faith and hope that refuses to be distinguished by whatever is thrown at it. May this light burn bright within each one of us, helping us light our way and bring hope to others on our journey as we emerge with mercy.
God of Compassion,
Open our eyes to see those around us that are in need. Help us to work together to change our world and to make it better, even in small ways. May we never doubt that our love and compassion can make a difference.
God of Justice,
You call us to do what is right, especially for the poor and powerless. Let us join together to work for the good of all creation by bringing justice and love through our actions wherever we are. Help us to be good responsible citizens of the world ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and justly.
God of Hospitality,
Help us to reach out to others in a spirit of welcome and love whether it is someone new or someone we have known for a long time. As Catherine McAuley showed us, may our doors always be open to those who come looking for a place to call home.
God of Love,
Help us to continue to be a community where mercy is freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to flourish and live life to the full. Showing and having been shown mercy in our times, may we emerge to be your loving presence in the world. Amen
Catherine McAuley pray for us.