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Ex-students Join Panel for OLMC Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum

On Wednesday 26 May, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta held its fourth annual Women in Leadership Forum in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre.

Students, staff and families were joined by alumnae and visitors from other schools at this inspirational evening. The event was a chance to hear from a panel of women which included OLMC ex-students Melanie Silva (VP, Managing Director for Google Australia and New Zealand, from the OLMC Class of 1994) and Dr Natalie Galea (Academic, Activist and Olympian, from the OLMC Class of 1991), along with Professor Deborah Richards (Department of Computing at Macquarie University) and Michelle Lee (Adventurer and Athlete).

The speakers imparted their perspectives on women and leadership, sharing their stories of successes, opportunities and challenges, with honestly and humility. OLMC Parramatta ex-students Melanie and Natalie reflected on their positive experiences at the College, both concluding that OLMC imbued in them a strong conviction that it was possible for them to achieve anything. “I walked out of OLMC thinking that I can do whatever I want to do,” said Melanie. She went on to implore those present to “stay curious, follow your passions and take some risks because you will always learn from them.” Natalie continued in a similar theme, highlighting that, whilst at OLMC, she felt a strong feeling of fierceness, that anything was possible, and that social justice could be achieved.

Professor Deborah Richards focussed on the qualities of leadership, describing good leaders as consultative: “They listen and respect other people’s goals, beliefs and values – understanding that each person is their own person with unique experiences. She shared her belief that being a leader means being someone who is worthy of being followed. Adventurer and Athlete Michelle Lee focused on the importance of being true to yourself and connecting emotionally with your goal: “by following my heart and being true to my compass, I found my purpose.”

Principal Lucie Farrugia said she was inspired by their messages of courage and service and how they resonated with our Mercy community: “This was an extraordinary night where all our speakers have inspired and ignited in us a sense of limitless possibilities.”

Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls’ school which provides contemporary and innovative learning in the rich Mercy tradition. As one of the oldest Catholic Girls’ schools in NSW, our rich history of excellence inspires our young Mercy women to expand beyond what they know they can be and to lead with courage and act justly, making a difference in an ever-changing world.

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Dedication, optimism and resilience leads to outstanding HSC Results for Class of 2020

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta Class of 2020 has achieved outstanding HSC results, demonstrating their dedication, optimism and resilience in what was a challenging year.

  • • OLMC Parramatta ranked 81 in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 Schools List
  • • Highest ATAR 99.05 – Josie Wehbe
  • • 20 students achieved an ATAR of 95.00 or above with 3 students achieving an ATAR of 99.00 or above
  • • 8th in the State in Studies of Religion II - Chloe D’Lima
  • • Four students on the All-Rounders List
  • • 65 Distinguished Achievers with 150 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List
  • • In 6 subjects, 100% of candidates achieved Band 5 or 6
  • • Every HSC course was above the State Average
  • • Four students were nominated for creative showcases including Encore (Music) Onstage (Drama)

Principal (Acting) Marie Wood said the OLMC community congratulates the HSC Class of 2020 for their outstanding results: “Their dedication, optimism and resilience, supported by their teachers and families, enabled this success. This year, more than any other, the HSC class lived the motto ‘expanding beyond what we know we can be’ through their unwavering commitment to each other and their pursuit of personal excellence. I have complete confidence in the Class of 2020’s capacity to make a difference in the world and we look forward to sharing their journey with them, as they move beyond College life.”

“Their HSC results reflect more than just their academic success. They are also sportswomen, artists, advocates for social justice, musicians, designers and speechmakers. They are sisters, daughters, friends and companions. They are young women of integrity, and their success is a result of their Mercy spirit.” Said Marie Wood.

College Dux Josie Wehbe achieved an ATAR of 99.05 and was also the Clare House Leader for 2019/2020. She said the teachers at OLMC and the students played a major role in her achieving such wonderful results: “The students here at OLMC are all like-minded – we all have the same goals. We study together at lunchtime and are supportive of each other.” Josie is planning to study Optometry at UNSW next year.

Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls’ school which provides contemporary and innovative learning in the rich Mercy tradition. As one of the oldest Catholic Girls’ schools in NSW, our rich history of excellence inspires our young Mercy women to expand beyond what they know they can be and to lead with courage and act justly, making a difference in an ever-changing world.

For a Life of Prayer: Pope's Prayer Intention for December 2020

Join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: For a Life of Prayer

The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer.
Prayer is the key for us to be able to enter into dialogue with the Father.
Every time we read a short passage from the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to us.
We have a conversation with Jesus.
We listen to Jesus and we reply.
And this is prayer.
By praying, we change reality.
And we change our hearts.
Our heart changes when we pray.
We can do many things, but without prayer, it does not work.
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.
In silence, everyone, each one in heartfelt prayer.

—Pope Francis – December 2020

We invite you to post a prayer or reflection in our prayer space

Catholic Educator appointed as OLMC Parramatta Principal

Highly qualified and extensively experienced Catholic educator, Lucie Farrugia, has been appointed as the eleventh Principal of Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

“Ms Farrugia was selected because of her strong values and beliefs that align so well to the Mercy Values and their role in contemporary education. Secondly, her broad experience and success in leadership roles will deliver benefits for our staff, students and our community,” said Chair of the College Board, Ms Kerrie Walshaw.

“It is with great excitement that we announce her appointment to take our school into the next era of our 130 year history,” said Ms Walshaw.

Lucie Farrugia has more than 35 years’ experience in Catholic education and is currently serving as the Acting Principal of Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham. She previously held leadership positions in curriculum, pastoral care, communications and development, and identity and mission at St Patrick’s College in Campbelltown and MLC Sydney.

She holds a Master of Educational Leadership, a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and Certificate of Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University. She also holds a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Business School.

“Ms Farrugia’s appointment follows an independent recruitment process that was a very competitive, with numerous high-calibre candidates, reflecting the current strength and potential of OLMC Parramatta,” said Ms Walshaw.

Ms Farrugia, who will commence in January 2021, welcomed the appointment and thanked the College Board. “I see learning as a vibrant and life-long enterprise and, as Principal of OLMC, I will focus on ensuring the best academic outcomes for our students, coupled with many and varied opportunities and support for their growth as

individuals of faith,” said Principal appointee, Ms Lucie Farrugia.

“I am honoured to take up this appointment in this much loved College and look forward to working with the College Leadership Team and the entire staff, as we continue to enhance and empower this learning community, for the benefit of all.”

Mercy Works: Connecting History

A road trip from Sydney to Perth with visits to the Mercy Connect projects in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo would add over 4,000 kilometres to your speedometer. Yet such a journey still wouldn’t accurately show just how valuable the Mercy Connect program is.

School can be a daunting place for anyone. Add in adjusting to a new language, different social rules and ways of learning and it may all become too much. This is where Mercy Connect comes in. This program recruits and trains volunteers to mentor and support refugee students.

Mercy Connect began in Sydney in 2008 with basic goals to help refugee and asylum seeker children to settle into the Australian education system. This is still the focal point but it now also supports parents and mature age students, helping them get the education they deserve.

12 years on and Mercy Connect is now in five cities across Australia, with more than 300 volunteers supporting over 1400 students in 116 primary and secondary schools.

Download and read the reports from Mercy Works: Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat/Bendigo, Perth