2024 marks the 178th anniversary of the founding of our College – a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition. Located in the heart of the City of Perth and its beautiful heritage precinct, the College has the distinction of being the home of Western Australia’s first purpose-built school, on the original site of foundation. With its beautiful gardens and a mix of historic buildings and modern facilities, Mercedes College offers a unique and quality education for young women in Years 7 to 12.
At the heart of the College community is a commitment to nurturing faith and building relationships. Each member of the community is called to walk in the footsteps of Christ and in doing so, honour the heritage of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy who, led by Ursula Frayne, laid the foundation for the College in 1846.
Mercedes College caters for young women from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. It provides an extensive range of excellent academic, cultural and sporting opportunities, balanced by a focus on spirituality and education in the Catholic faith. Dedicated staff encourage the students to become creative and confident future leaders through a tradition of academic rigour while nurturing a strong sense of social responsibility.
As a Mercy school, we are guided by our College values and strive each day to live Catherine McAuley’s own words:
‘Perfection does not consist in doing extraordinary actions, but in performing extraordinarily well the ordinary actions of every day’.
I hope you enjoy browsing our website and gain a sense of the great pride and joy we have in our College.
Dr Lucie McCrory