Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

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Women in Leadership Forum Next Week

The OLMC community is warmly invited to attend the third annual OLMC Women in Leadership Forum on Wednesday May 29, 2019. It will be an opportunity to be inspired by four renowned women from a variety of fields, as they share their perspectives on women in leadership and discuss how each of us can boldly expand beyond what we know we can be. 


  • Edwina Bartholomew - Journalist and Seven Network Presenter
  • Liz Sully - Chair, NSW Labor Women’s Forum and Chair, Parramatta Women’s Shelter
  • Annabelle Chauncy OAM - CEO and Founding Director of the School for Life Foundation
  • Belinda Woolford - CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney


DATE: Wednesday May 29, 2019

TIME: Light refreshments from 5pm. Panel Presentation and Q&A session from 5.30pm.

VENUE: Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta 

RSVP: susan.giacomelli@olmc.nsw.edu.au 

2018 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award Announced

At a College Assembly in mid-May, the Alumnae Association presented the 2018 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award to Dr Melissa Hunfalvay (1991) in recognition of her achievements. Dr Hunfalvay travelled to Australia from her home in Washington DC to accept the award. 

In her speech, she shared her experiences as a student at OLMC, the challenges she faced as a tennis player, coach and mentor and, ultimately, her scientific research on eye movement as an indicator of physical health. 

You will be able to read more about Dr Hunfalvay in the Semester 1 OLMsCene magazine.

Alumnae share the Mercy Story on Open Day

Alumnae Committee members were joined by over 20 alumnae from a range of graduating years at the College's 2019 Open Day. The Open Day event showcases the range of opportunities and resources offered by the College and its facilities. 

The personal stories and anecdotes shared by Open Day Ambassadors with our visitors provided insights to an education in the Mercy tradition offered at OLMC Parramatta.  

Thank you to all alumnae who volunteered their time to help out. It was lovely have a record number of ex-students present.

OLMC Presents: The Wizard of Oz

All alumnae and their families are warmly invited to celebrate the College's 130th Anniversary by coming along to our musical - The Wizard of Oz - playing over three evenings in early June.

Make a night of it and arrive early to grab dinner from one of the stalls and food trucks which are available from 5pm.

Dates: Tuesday 4 June, Wednesday 5 June and Thursday 6 June

Venue: Edith Angel Hall

Click here to purchase tickets!



Positions Vacant

The College and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta are advertising for a number of  positions!

  • Mercy 6 Coordinator (Part time) - Applications close today
  • Coordinator of Mission Animation (with the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta) (Part time) Applications close today
  • HR Assistant (Part time)
  • Development Officer (Full time)
CLICK HERE to read more about these roles and to apply.

Save the Date: Class of 2018 Alumnae Welcome

The Class of 2018 is warmly welcomed to the Alumnae Welcome Event to be held at the College on Wednesday July 24, 2018.

More details will be available in the invitation you will receive in June.

International Women's Day at OLMC

Friday March 8 was International Women’s Day and the College was extremely pleased to host two wonderful women to mark this important day.

Professor of History at the Australian National University, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, and Board Chair of the Parramatta Women’s Shelter and ALP State Candidate for the Seat of Parramatta, Liz Scully, both spoke to Mercy Girls about the challenges and barriers they face as leaders in their respective fields.


Catherine McAuley Award Nominations Open


Introduced in 2009, the Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award is a way of acknowledging and celebrating the great achievements of the OLMC Alumnae community.

For the past nine years, the OLMC Parramatta Alumnae has given an award to an ex-student who, in the years since she left the College, has made a difference, through her influence or service, to those whose lives she has touched.

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.

Nominations for the 2019 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award close on July 31, 2019.

The Alumnae Committee and College Principal will formally advise the successful Award recipient and their nominator of the decision in November. The Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award will be presented at a College Assembly early in 2020.
CLICK HERE for more information and the Nomination Form.

Hear from Jon Owen at next Mercy Futures

You have the chance to hear from Pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel Jon Owen at the next Mercy Futures on June 5!


Wednesday June 5, 2019:  6.30pm - 8pm (Refreshments served from 6.30pm)

Catherine McAuley Rooms, 6 Victoria Road, Parramatta       

There is limited parking in the Convent car park. If you require parking close to the venue let us know and we will reserve a parking spot for you. There is street parking in Ross and Villiers streets.

By Monday June 3, 2019.  

Email mercyfuture@parrasom.org.au or call the Congregation Office on 9683 2555. 

You're Invited: P&F's Comedy for a Cause

Mercy Tree supports Women's Community Shelters

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.

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.


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.


*please note: The new dates for the Wizard of Oz are Tuesday 4 June, Wednesday 5 June and Thursday 6 June.

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!

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