From Year 7 through to Years 12, students are immersed in Mercy education throughout their years with us. As our College name speaks proudly of being under the protection of our Lady, Mother of Mercy, our College community celebrated the Feast of the Assumption on Monday, 15 August. During this celebration, I reflected upon Mary’s legacy that exists at the heart of the Mercy Values and our College Mission.
At the conclusion of any prayer, Mercy Girls are reminded of Mary’s courage and selflessness as they speak the words ‘Mary Mother of Mercy, Pray for Us.’ And as we celebrated Mary’s assumption, I began to reflect on her unconditional love and mercy that has shaped the faith of over two billion Christians living across the world. Empowering generations of women, it is Mary’s inner strength and persistence in times of uncertainty that inspires student life at OLMC.
One of the things I love most about being the Principal of an all-girls College is the confidence and courage that is fostered among the young women of the future. As I walk through Francis Kearney Playground and Kavanagh Place at recess and lunchtime, the joyful conversation and laughter shared between Mercy Girls is a pleasure to observe.
We don’t have to look far to discover the future experiences and impactful careers that a Mercy education offers. Our latest issue of OLMsCene details the life of Mary Rossi, who attended OLMC from 1936-1939 before completing her Honours in Arts at the University of Sydney at age 18. Later hosting the television show ‘Women’s World’ on ABC, Rossi epitomises the role of a Mercy education in inspiring excellence and lifelong learning.
Outside the educational sphere, inspirational women are continuously advocating for social change across Australia. The late Olivia Newton John was a famous entertainer in a younger life but also beautifully remembered for dedicating her life to raising awareness and fundraising for cancer research. It is the lives of these courageous advocates that make me so proud to be part of the Mercy community. Female empowerment exists within every sphere of College life.
We have just announced our 2023 College Musical ‘The Little Mermaid’, that will transform a classic tale into a College production. The Creative and Performing Arts department is already underway with planning for this community event and I will certainly be sitting front row on opening night!
Celebrating the achievements in Art and Design at our 2022 Showcase, I was in awe of the creativity of our Year 12 HSC students. Held for the first time in three years, it was exciting to experience the thought-provoking works of Mercy Girls.