Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

Wellbeing Week promotes Student and Staff Positive Mental & Physical Health

Held this year in the first week of June, Wellbeing Week at OLMC saw students and staff join in a series of events and initiatives aimed at highlighting the importance of cultivating positive mental and physical health and wellbeing. 

Inaugurated in 2015, Wellbeing Week has fast become a favourite week in the OLMC calendar, with the College grounds transformed into a colourful and lively hub of activity with a positive vibe. Senior student leaders delight in organising a range of activities including the Lunchtime Lip Sync Battle (where teachers compete against students), Zumba Classes, Ball Pits (designed to promote conversation between girls from different Year Groups), Handball, Bike and Blend and a host of craft activities including mindful colouring-in. On one day during the week, a free breakfast was provided for students by the Student Representative Council. 
2017 Head Girl Dunya Vasic says we often only realise how important our wellbeing is when it is absent from our lives: “It is arguably the most important aspect of our lives; in order to live out the best life we can, we must look after ourselves and each other. This is ultimately the drive behind Wellbeing Week, an initiative that we are so proud to have at OLMC. It's a week that brings our attention to aspects of our wellbeing which may need some improvement – this could be mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. We not only dedicate one week to our wellbeing, we encourage lifelong awareness and commitment and this week serves as a reminder and celebration.” 

A highlight of the 2017 schedule was a visit to the College by Australian actress and wellbeing advocate Marny Kennedy. Mercy Girls packed the new Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre at lunchtime on Wednesday to hear Marny share her story and make a heartfelt appeal to the girls to look after their physical and mental health, to ask for help when they need it and not to compare themselves to others

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"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.


"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.


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Catherine McAuley

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"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.


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

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


"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.


"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.


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

Catherine McAuley

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