Our Lady Of Mercy College Parramatta
Tel: 02 9683 3300
Fax: 02 9890 1466
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Learning Extension: Yes
International Students: Yes
Welcome to Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta was established 120 years ago. A group of nine Sisters of Mercy from Callan Convent had arrived in Sydney from Ireland in November 1888 to establish a school for girls and found a convent in the Parramatta area. Today the school population exceeds 1 students and the day to day running of the College has been transferred from the Sisters to the College Board college Executive and the first lay Principal. Although a new era has begun the College still continues to be influenced and inspired by the values and traditions of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters who established this great school. OLMC provides first class facilities for its students. The recently opened Janet Woods Building for instance features six state-of-the-art Science laboratories aBotany room modern domestic and commercial kitchens aspacious contemporary library asenior common room and a self-serve canteen. OLMC is proud of the excellence achieved by its HSC students. In 2010 students achieved well above State average results in 30 courses with 15 courses achieving at least five marks above State average english Standard and Drama 10 marks above State average and Textiles and Design more than 12 above State average.
Our Vision and Mission Statement
OLMC will develop young women who embrace their role in society with confidence and self knowledge to live Mercy values. OLMC is a Catholic girls' college that promotes Mercy values and a commitment to helping to empower the disadvantaged in our society. OLMC is committed to the spiritual moral and intellectual growth of each individual. OLMC welcomes and nurtures the uniqueness of each individual's ability gifts and talents. OLMC provides an education that is relevant and forward thinking and that respects its history and traditions. OLMC provides an environment which promotes excellence.
Features of OLMC's curriculum include: • integration of the Mercy values of compassion justice dignity excellence service stewardship and hospitality across all areas of the curriculum• a technology rich learning environment• a wide range of subject choices to School Certificate and Higher School Certificate levels with student achievement consistently above State average• special programs for gifted students and for those with specific learning needs• a strong focus on literacy and numeracy• VET courses to HSC level
A technology rich environment
During the past four years OLMC has been developing its infrastructure to support an ICT integrated approach to teaching and learning. During that time notebook computers have been distributed to all teaching staff interactive whiteboards have been installed in a number of rooms and data projectors and wireless facilities have been installed in every classroom within the College. Most importantly the College has worked with the teaching staff in developing their skills in the use of technology particularly in the classroom. Over the past two years a number of ICT Integrators have been appointed. These Integrators have undertaken post graduate study in the use of ICT and work with the other teachers in developing learning programs based on the new technologies. All students have been allocated notebooks by the College for school and home use.
Student leadership opportunities
Students at OLMC have a range of leadership opportunities available to them which reflect the service model of Catherine McAuley founder of the Sisters of Mercy. While the College encourages student involvement in formal leadership it also acknowledges the importance of each individual’s informal role as a leader incorporating Mercy values in all her relationships with others. A student in Years 7 to 10 may be elected to a formal leadership role as a• Homeroom Leader• Mercy Action Leader• Member of the Student Representative Council• Colour House LeaderIn addition to these positions girls in Year 10 are invited to nominate for the position of Peer Support Leader. In this role girls offer support and guidance for Year 7 students during their first year at the College. Year 11 students may be elected to the above positions for the first semester of their senior years. However during Term 3 Year 11 students may nominate themselves for election to one of the for 26 senior leadership positions within the College which include the four executive positions of Head Girl assistant Head Girl sRC President and SRC Vice President. The other 22 senior leaders are responsible for various portfolios which affect the student body such as debating and public speaking creative and performing arts assembly liturgy and Mercy action. These girls hold these leadership positions until the new Year 11 leaders are selected the following year.
Sport and co-curricular activities
OLMC has traditionally had a very high number of students involved in the wide variety of sports offered at the College. All students are encouraged to become part of the sporting community in the sport of their choice and to take advantage of opportunities to try new sports as well as continuing to develop skills in the more familiar areas. Sports offered at the College include: AFL aquathon athletics basketball cheerleading cricket cross Country competitions dance diving european Handball golf gymnastics Hockey netball soccer softball swimming tennis touch triathlon