Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta is more than a school – it is an holistic education. Our College is well-known for its ability to foster the strengths and values of each student, developing them into empowered Mercy Women.
As we move into 2021, OLMC continues to embrace our future with positivity and hope, guiding each girl to better herself within the school gates and beyond. Standing on the shoulders of the College’s rich 130-year history, OLMC provides a contemporary mercy education that empowers young women to make a difference, in the spirit of Catherine McAuley. The values of Mercy, Compassion, Justice, Dignity, Excellence, Hospitality, Stewardship and Service are evident in each facet of College life and intrinsic in students’ education.
As students, we have experienced a wide variety of opportunities fostering all domains of interest from academic, creative and performing arts, public speaking and debating, sport and liturgical life. OLMC Parramatta encourages Mercy Girls to be active members of their community, making a difference in whatever sphere of life they choose to move.
The College’s 2021 Mercy Value of ‘JUSTICE’ is our focus for the upcoming year, and our Student Leadership Team’s slogan; ‘TAKE THE CHANCE TO BE THE CHANGE’ embodies this value. As a team, we identified negative characteristics of self-doubt, gossip and judgment that exist the world today and sought to change that. Our vision is to promote acceptance, unity and equality – as we are all learners, leaders and teachers here at OLMC, responsible for the change we wish to see. Committed to empowering each member of the student body, we aim to promote the idea that it takes ‘little moments’ of bravery to make an impact. Our slogan challenges each student to find the courage within themselves to recognise, advocate, and meet the needs of vulnerable members in our community. To represent this notion, our chosen symbol for 2021 is a ladder, a symbol of climbing upwards and reaching out. Each rung represents one small chance, one step taken to work towards justice and each step we take is important on the journey.
We feel privileged in leading OLMC this year, drawing upon the experiences, talents, ideas, and aspirations of each current student, to create a community of justice. Because, when we combine our ladders together, we can reach higher heights than ever before.
Yasmine Alwakal (Head Girl) and Kyah Day (Assistant Head Girl)
As leaders of a Mercy school, we reflect on our rich history and tradition that keeps Mercy Spirit alive, dwelling in the hearts and minds of all students.