Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta

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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.

Continuous Learning

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 

Open Day

Almost 400 Mercy Girls, staff and alumnae welcomed future families to the College on Open Day 2020 to experience the contemporary, dynamic and inclusive learning environment at the College.

Thank you to all those Open Day Alumnae Ambassadors from a range of graduating years who assisted, engaging with visitors and sharing their personal experiences about being Mercy Girls. 

 

 

 

 

 

International Women's Day

The College was a proud supporter of International Women's Day 2020 that was on the same day as our Open Day! The theme for this year was an equal world is an enabled world.

In the lead up to International Women's Day, the College was very fortunate to receive a visit from Dr Erin Mackenzie from Western Sydney University. A lecturer in science, STEM, and educational psychology in the School of Education, Dr Mackenzie passionately spoke to students and staff at a lunchtime forum. STEM subjects she said “lead us to question the world around us, think critically and demand evidence”, said Dr Mackenzie. It provided a great learning experience and opened up many viable career options for the girls. 

2020 Catherine McAuley Alumnae Award

For the past 10 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.

Catherine McAuley wrote “… no act of charity can be more productive or good to society, or more conducive to the happiness of the poor and needy, than the careful instruction of women… since whatever be the station they are destined to fill, their example and advice will always possess influence…”.

As beneficiaries of a Mercy education at Parramatta, we have all been empowered to be compassionate, to lead with courage and act justly, and most importantly to make a difference in whatever sphere of life we have chosen.

The women who have received the Alumnae Award have all led very different lives, and their contributions to the lives of others have been demonstrated in many different ways – in their homes, local communities and on the national or international stage.

Do you know anyone who may be worthy of this Award? Click here for further instructions on how to nominate someone for the 2020 Catherine McAuley Award, that will be announced in 2021.

From the Alumnae Association

OLMC Alumnae Class Reunions

Ex-students who finished their school years in the decades ending in 1950, ’60, ’70, ’80, ’90, 2000 and 2010, would all be celebrating a Milestone year since graduation this year.

 

Similarly, many of their classmates who chose to leave after the respective Intermediate or School Certificate year of secondary education would also be included in the Reunion celebrations that would have taken place this year.   

This year of unprecedented events will not mean that reunion plans and reunions are forgotten about. Members of these OLMC Alumnae Milestone years, are encouraged to find classmates and link into conversations through social media, post photos where appropriate and encourage the future planning of reunions.

 

Please remember it is important to keep your details up to date. If you are not already a member of the Alumnae, click here to apply. For existing members, click here to update your details.

 

Any other Milestone Year ex-students wanting to get in touch or those who are planning a gathering with fellow classmates are encouraged to email the Alumnae Association with contact details and news at alumnae@olmc.nsw.edu.au. Information regarding reunions can be communicated via the Alumnae newsletter or the OLMsCene magazine.

 

Class of 1970 – 50 Year Reunion

 

The 50 year Milestone group commenced at OLMC in First Form in 1965. Six classes of 13-year olds, dutifully wore panama hats and brown gloves and bustled through the O’Connell Street side gate into the quadrangle.

 

A number graduated after Fourth Form in 1968. However, Fifth and Sixth Form classes included an influx of girls from nearby Mercy schools. OLMC Epping and Catherine McAuley Westmead did not offer classes beyond Fourth Form, so Parramatta was the logical choice for further secondary education.

 

Planning had commenced for a reunion of the 1970 HSC and 1968 SC graduation classes with a gathering set for September 2020. Currently, the organisers, Christine, Bronwyn, Jan and Terri, intend to make it happen if not this year, then in 2021.

 

In the meantime, join the Facebook group OLMC Parramatta 50 Years Reunion or email Jan McVay (Smyth) janmcv53@gmail.com or Terri McFarlane (Bresnahan) terrimcfarlane@yahoo.com.au to connect and spread the word.

 


Christine Robertson (Zadro, 1970)

Alumnae Association President 

Reunions

We understand that many groups of ex-students were planning significant Reunions this year. While the current situation now does not allow for you to gather and share your stories, we did have one group that managed to meet prior to gathering restrictions. The Class of 1974 celebrated 45 years on 7 March 2020. Keep a lookout in the next OLMsCene for more information on this wonderful celebration.

Reunion Day 2019

A Photo Gallery is now available on the website. Click here to go the Alumnae page. Click on Reunion Day 2019 Photo Gallery. Please follow the steps to receive the password to access the photos.

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 our Development Officer, Susan Giacomelli susan.giacomelli@olmc.nsw.edu.au

Join the OLMC Parramatta Alumnae

To become a member of the OLMC Parramatta alumnae, complete the Alumnae Membership Application form.

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.