New Catherine McAuley Leaders Visit Starting Point
Recently elected student Leaders for Catherine McAuley High School, Westmead, accompanied by School Principal Ms Richmond, were invited to meet with the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta at the Mercy Congregation Centre in Parramatta, to see and hear the history of the Centre, from which their school had evolved.
The young women of mercy shared with the sisters their areas of Leadership Responsibility and their hopes and goals for this coming 12 months of Leadership within the school.
Sister Catherine Ryan, Congregation Leader, shared some of the stories from the writings of the Foundation Sisters, and some of the significant historical aspects of the various buildings on site, and how these early days of the Congregation and Schools related to the development of Catherine McAuley High School.
Following a tour of the Chapel, an opportunity to visit the Archives and a viewing of the collected artworks of one of the Sisters who had been a teacher at Catherine McAuley, the student leaders shared in morning tea with the Sisters in the convent garden.
In the spirit of Catherine McAuley, who believed "there should be a piano in every community house", there was an impromptu concert of piano and singing by the students and sisters, before the student leaders returned to school.