Our Lady of Mercy College | Catholic Independent Girls School Parramatta

OLMC wins Write a Book in a Day National Competition

On Tuesday October 25, 2016, the Year 8 “Write a book in a day” team were  presented with the ‘Winners’ shield for their story “Kiri” at an event at Westmead Children’s Hospital. They were awarded First Place in the State and nationally. 

The team, which included Stephanie Arulthasan, Marielle Sonido, Ellen Durbridge, Georgia Kremalas, Sinead Lunn, Nethra Raman, Lily Tambrchi, Josie Wehbe, Anja Woerlein and Sarsha Yacoub, wrote and illustrated the book over the course of one day in July this year.

Coordinator of Library Services at the College, Christine Hackett said this is an enormous achievement and demonstrates their advanced collaboration and illustration skills: "Their story was written and illustrated by a team of 10 girls over a 10-hour period. Each girl was responsible for a chapter and they were given specific parameters for their story. They received no outside assistance and all the illustrations were hand drawn and coloured in or painted."

A copy of the story is displayed in the Library.

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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.


"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.


"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."

Catherine McAuley

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

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