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OLMC Celebrates 130 Years: The Wizard of Oz

The College's recent production of the Wizard of Oz in early June was a great success with over 1000 tickets sold across the three nights!

This was a truly special way for our community to come together to celebrate our 130th Anniversary Year.


It was a full house in the Edith Angel Hall each night and the incredibly professional production was a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students and staff involved. The spectacular performances each involved over 90 students - both on stage and backstage. 

It was great to see so many ex-students join us for this wonderful celebration of Mercy Education! 


Women in Leadership Forum

Mercy Girls were joined by College staff, parents, College alumnae and students from local schools in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre on Wednesday  29 May for the 2019 Women in Leadership Forum

Four inspirational forum speakers from a variety of fields shared their perspectives on women in leadership and discussed how each of us can boldly expand beyond what we know we can be. Edwina Bartholomew - Journalist and Presenter with the Seven Network, was joined by Annabelle Chauncy OAM - CEO and Founding Director of School for Life Foundation, Liz Scully - Chair, NSW Labor Women’s Forum and Chair, Parramatta Women’s Shelter and Belinda Woolford - CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.

You can read more about the forum in the latest edition of OLMsCene Magazine HERE.

Class of 2018 Alumnae Welcome

The OLMC Parramatta Alumnae Association invites Year 12, 2018 Mercy Girls to a special afternoon event, the Class of 2018 Alumnae Welcome!

Come back to your Alma Mater and enjoy tea, sweets and savouries – in the year of Service!

You will have the opportunity to pick up your copy of the 2018 Misericordia, chat to friends you may not have seen since graduating, speak to your former teachers and hear about the ways you can stay involved in the life of the College as an ex-student. 

Date: Thursday 1 August, 2019
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Venue: Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre
RSVP: www.olmc.nsw.edu.au/Classof2018  by Monday 29 July, 2019. CLICK HERE TO RSVP




Nominations Open for Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award 2019


All ex-students are invited to consider nominating a fellow classmate who meets the criteria for nomination, and whose story would be an inspiration to current students for the 2019 Award.

We seek nominations of an ex student who exemplifies the following:

  1. A person who has made a difference, through her influence or impact, to those whose lives she touches; and
  2. A person whose contributions are demonstrated in the home, in local communities or on the national or international stage, beyond what would normally arise from promotion to senior leadership positions or to the prestige of one’s place of employment.

Some example of the ways in which this woman may have demonstrated a commitment to Mercy Values include:

  • Commitment to and involvement in social justice activities benefiting local, Australian or international communities; and/or
  • Active engagement in voluntary work beyond paid employment; and/or
  • Being a role model or mentor through personal, academic or professional achievement
  • We are especially keen to recognise Mercy women who may not have received community acknowledgement or prominence to date through public recognition or other awards.

CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate. 

Class of 1989 Reunion

Did the soundtrack to your high school years include Prince, Gloria Estefan, Madonna and Milli Vanilli?

The Class of 1989 is having a Reunion!

Celebrate 30 years since graduation! Girls who graduated in Year 10, 1987 are also welcome!
Date: 25 August, 2019
Location: Parramatta area. TBD
You can get in touch via: 
Facebook group – OLMC 30
Clancy Rowe (0417 206 826; clancyrowe@iinet.net.au)
Margot O’Brien (0433 162 964; margotobrien@hotmail.com)
Elizabeth Francis (beach.elizabeth@gmail.com)

Alliance of Girls Schools Survey

Alumnae who graduated in 2013 or earlier are invited to complete a survey which is part of a new study commissioned by the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Researchers from QUT and the University of Canberra are researching the degree, career and life outcomes of graduates of girls' schools so they can paint a picture of life beyond the school gates for women who attended single-sex schools.


CLICK HERE to complete the survey.


The survey closes on 16 August 2019. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Rebecca English or Assoc Prof Raechel Johns via r.english@qut.edu.au or raechel.johns@canberra.edu.au.

Volunteer Role in New York City

Mercy Global Action: Intern Position Available

An intern position at MIA-Mercy Global Action Office in New York is now open. Applications will be received until the deadline of August 5, 2019.

This is a volunteer position five days a week for 9 months. A stipend is provided to assist with some food, housing and transport.

CLICK HERE for more information.

CEO of Wayside Chapel speaks at Mercy Futures

In June, at the second Mercy Futures session for the year, we heard an inspirational talk from Jon Owen, Pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel.

In March, attendees heard from Michael Lloyd-White from the World Kindness Project about why he is passionate about kindness and his journey to becoming CEO of World Kindness USA.

It was wonderful to see many ex-students attend both events. 

SAVE the date for the next Mercy Futures on the evening of Tuesday 3 September and look out for an email invitation closer to the date. Mercy Futures is held in the Catherine McAuley Rooms of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation Centre

New College Website

The College's website has been refreshed in line with our uniform change in our 130th year. Visit the website here: www.olmc.nsw.edu.au



Support Parramatta Women's Community Shelters through the Mercy Tree

Women's Community Shelters (WCS) are the 2019 beneficiary of Mercy Tree Fundraising. 

WCS works with local communities to provide more safe havens for women (and their children). WCS offers vulnerable women at risk of homelessness or domestic violence shelter, active case management, support, dignity, self-esteem and a chance to start anew, through the establishment, operation and/or supervision and support of Women’s Community Shelters and transitional housing. 

WCS is currently working to establish and open a women’s shelter in Parramatta, which is due to open later in 2019 (the images below show the shelter in development).

CEO of WCS Annabelle Daniel said fundraising by OLMC would have a huge impact by allowing WCS to do more of what they do; “Every time we open a shelter, it’s full within a week and, with the help of the OLMC community, we can continue to offer more bed nights to more women and children in a safe and secure environment.”

You are invited to make a donation to the 2019 Mercy Tree Appeal.



Semester 1, 2019 OLMsCene now available

The new look OLMsCene magazine has been sent to our community.

In this edition, read about the families who have had generations of women attend the College, view rarely-seen objects from our archives and get all the latest news and events from Semester 1, 2019.  

CLICK HERE to read it online.

If you no longer wish to receive a hard copy of the magazine, and just the email version, please email olmc@olmc.nsw.edu.au 



Save the Date: Reunion Day Sunday 22 September



All alumnae are warmly welcome to celebration our 130th Anniversary at the Alumnae Annual Reunion Day on Sunday 22 September 2019. 

Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue: OLMC (Mother Mary Clare Dunphy Chapel and Edith Angel Hall)
RSVP: email alumnae@olmc.nsw.edu.au

We hope to see you there!

Mercy Music & Performance Academy Parramatta

The Mercy Music and Performance Academy cultivates and nurtures the creative talents of young performers. Building on the strong musical tradition established by the Sisters of Mercy at OLMC, the Academy, mirrors the College’s Christ-centred approach and commitment to the Mercy Values, with a particular emphasis on excellence. Through a multitude of targeted programs and opportunities, the Academy aims to foster and grow a creative community of inspired educators and passionate, talented performers.

The Mercy Music and Performance Academy offers students a range of opportunities for excellence:

  • Private music lessons (for boys and girls in Year 3 to Year 12)
  • Opportunities to play in ensembles
  • Weekend and holiday workshops
  • Masterclasses
  • Preparation for AMEB exams

CLICK HERE to visit the Academy website.


Follow us on LinkedIN and Instagram

The College is now on LinkedIN and Instagram!

On LinkedIN, you can stay in touch and see positions available as well as achievements of students, staff and ex-students!

Click here to see our LinkedIN page.

Click here to see our Instagram account.

Share Your News

We love to hear about the great things our Alumnae are achieving! Feel free to forward news of any engagements, marriages, births or personal or professional achievements to social@olmc.nsw.edu.au