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Mercedes College offers young women an outstanding Catholic education based on the Mercy values of compassion, justice, excellence, integrity and service. We provide an affordable education for girls from a diversity of cultures and backgrounds, equipping them to become leaders of the future. Our students are encouraged to develop a positive self-image reflecting self-awareness, courage and resilience, as well as caring for others, the community and the environment. Young Mercedes women have a love for life, belief in themselves and confidence in their abilities.
Inspired by the practical example of Catherine McAuley, our lives are centred in God. We strive to be living proof of social consciousness. We are altruistic, focused on recognising the needs of others and addressing them. We challenge our students to walk in the footsteps of Jesus by giving back to the community and continuing to live Mercy values all their lives.
We are innovators in girls’ education. Our dedicated staff strive for high standards in learning and teaching and enthusiastically share good teaching practices, ideas and resources. We seek out professional learning that will maintain excellence and a high degree of expertise in our teaching areas. Our learning environments provide access to the latest technologies which are integrated across the whole curriculum.
We aim for excellence and the highest educational outcomes within a non-threatening learning environment. Risk-taking is encouraged, success is rewarded and disappointment acknowledged. Our students are self-directed, critical thinkers who take ownership of their educational journey and persevere to achieve their personal best. The focus is on life-long learning that will provide the spiritual, social, physical and emotional development needed to achieve personal fulfilment.
Education is seen as a shared responsibility between the family and the College. A high level of mutual respect, support and communication between parents and teachers plays an essential role in the education of all our students. Involvement of parents in a variety of College activities is promoted through the Parents & Friends Association, enhancing the richness of the learning experience of the students.
We are proud of our graduates. They are young women empowered to accept leadership roles within society and always seek to make a difference. They understand the importance of balance in their lives and set themselves realistic yet achievable goals. Our girls become women with a sense of who they are and of the influence they can have in the world beyond Mercedes.
To make Mercedes College a faith community and a centre of learning which enables young women to continue the Catholic tradition of our founder, Catherine McAuley, by walking the same path as Jesus in making a difference in their own and others’ lives.
In the journey to realise our vision, we will all commit to bringing to life the message of the Gospel, by showing –
We are a caring community. We walk with others in empathy, respond with mercy, and are prepared to give each other another chance.
We strive to excel at all times, gaining strength from each other, and following in footsteps of Catherine McAuley with courage and conviction.
We uphold the rights of the individual, are accepting of difference, and treat all people with fairness and respect.
We act with commitment and honesty, holding steadfast to our principles in all that we do.
Service to others is an integral part of our College and the way we live our lives.