What extraordinary times we are experiencing! It seems like only yesterday the College was banding together to raise funds and awareness for those affected by the bushfires. While our attention has been diverted somewhat by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage our community to keep these Australians in our thoughts as they continue to rebuild their lives after the devastating fire season.
COVID-19: What Can We Do?
As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is felt around the world, our hearts go out to all those impacted. It is important to stay positive and connected. Even though the majority of families have elected to keep their children home from school, the College remains open for those students who wish to attend. The College recognises that 35% of our parent community work in what we now know as 'essential services' whether that be in health care, emergency services or education. We thank these parents and our many alumnae who work in these essential services for their continued dedication and hard work.
Everyone at OLMC, staff and students alike, are doing their very best to connect to what is now the 'new normal' – to deliver continuous learning experiences and to maintain our strong and positive Mercy relationships.
Regardless of whether our community gathers physically on the College campus or meets together virtually through our digital platforms, our Continuous Learning environment means that students will continue to learn and teachers will continue to teach. Our core purpose has not changed. The way we engage with our core purpose is what has changed and will continue to evolve.
Fee Referral Scheme
The College realises the disruption and financial impact COVID-19 has made on family financial situations. We have instituted a fee deferral plan for Term 2, 2020 that families are invited to apply for. The scheme allows for the deferral of Term 2 fees making them payable by June 2021. This offer allows families to have funds available now when they need it most.
2020 Fee Assistance Fund
In addition to the Fee Referral Scheme, the College has set up a 2020 Fee Assistance Fund to accept support from the community. If you can help, we have existing families in need and your generosity could assist in keeping current students in a Mercy education. It is estimated that the COVID-19 crisis will affect 1 in 5 families at OLMC Parramatta. Please note that this donation is not tax deductible.
Click here to kindly donate to the 2020 Fee Assistance Fund