Mercy Day Celebrations24/09/2018
The inaugural Catherine McAuley College Mercy Day was a celebration of the origins of our College and the Mercy values to which we aspire. As students enjoyed the opportunity to come together as a full school in the picturesque surroundings of the Coolock campus, the spring sunshine ensured a carnival atmosphere.
The biggest whole-school celebration of the year commenced with a liturgy before students, parents and guests, organised by the student leadership team. A highlight was Fr Rob Galea, who encouraged students to reflect on how best to respect and care for themselves before launching into song.
Mindful of the first Mercy Day as a new College, the Year 12 students presented a skit which used humour and popular culture to examine what the Mercy values really mean and how they are reflected in College life. The skit was supported by Year 9 drama students who presented ‘ads’ throughout the senior students’ ‘newscast’ based on the TV show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The final part of formal proceedings was the presentation of the prestigious Mercy Day Awards to students from each year level who are considered to best live out the Mercy values promoted by Catherine McAuley: Compassion, Justice, Respect, Hospitality, Service and Courage.
Following the presentations, students were free to enjoy the festivities which included carnival rides, stalls and activities, food and to run the Colour Explosion which was organised by the SRC. All funds raised on the day will support the efforts of Mercy Works.
To further enhance the colour and spectacle of the day, students and staff dressed in house colours and displayed plenty of imagination and ingenuity in the design of costumes.
Congratulations to all staff and students involved in the planning and execution of this special day in the life of our College. This was a lively way to celebrate the spirit of the College and end the term on a high note.