Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

2017 USA Trip

In the September holidays, 39 students and 6 staff travelled to the USA for the OLMC Art, Design and Dance Tour.

It was a wonderful learning experience where students immersed themselves in the culture and history of another country.

Some highlights of the trip included visits to The Metropolitan Art Museum, The 9/11 Memorial Museum and our sister school Our Lady of Mercy Academy, along with being on stage after a Broadway show!


Below is a reflection from Katarina Butler about the visit to the Mercy school, written on the day of the visit.

This morning we paid a visit to our sister school, Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset. They were very welcoming as we followed them to their classes for the day. I attended French, Algebra and Theology classes and found out more about American schools.

The OLMA girls were excited to hear our Australian accents, asking us to pronounce different words for them. They were disappointed to hear that we don’t ride kangaroos to school and that dropbears were fake, but managed to contain their disappointment and be wonderful hosts.

There were many differences between our school and theirs, but we also saw many similarities. They still hold the same vision of Catherine McAuley, and our core beliefs are much the same.

We had to leave much too soon and were fare-welled with delicious cookies and stickers, some of us receiving small gifts from our ‘shadows’ for the day.



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Mercy

"Mercy …not only bestows benefits, but receives and pardons again and again…"

Catherine McAuley

Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling.

Compassion

"Let charity then be our badge of honour…so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God."

Catherine McAuley

Compassion is a non-judgmental understanding of another’s need, which results in unselfish giving to meet that need.

Justice

"Never speak with contempt of any nation, profession, or class of people…"

Catherine McAuley

Justice is the treatment of each person with fairness in relation to the equality of all, and the maintenance of a balanced and fair relationship with self and all members of the community.

Dignity

"Now and again bestow some praise."

Catherine McAuley

Dignity is the treatment of each person with respect and the recognition of their inherent value and worth.

Excellence

"There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties."

Catherine McAuley

Excellence is the state of achievement of the highest possible standards.

Hospitality

"The proof of love is deed."

Catherine McAuley

Hospitality is the creation of a welcoming, open, inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, through word and deed.

Stewardship

"We can never say 'It is enough'."

Catherine McAuley

Stewardship is the grateful and responsible celebration of the sacred gifts God has given us to do the work he is calling us to do.

Service

"If we are humble and sincere God will finish in us the work he has begun."

Catherine McAuley

Service is the exercising and ministry of leadership in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.