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Principal’s Update

After many months of planning and anticipation, next week we will welcome 140 student and staff delegates from Mercy schools around Australia to Central Victoria, for the 2024 Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association Student Conference (AMSSA).

We are thrilled to be jointly hosting this biennial conference with Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, from 25 to 27 June. This is a unique opportunity to meet students from other AMSSA schools, forming friendships and collaborations that can last a lifetime. Nine Catherine McAuley College Bendigo (CMCB) students will be attending and we hope that this is a rich and inspiring experience for them.

This year’s theme, Mercy: Pathways of Joy and Hope, is all about sharing stories, contributing ideas and creating a bright future for the student body.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the delegates will gather in the Mercy Junortoun Sporting Precinct to take part in engaging workshops, hear from inspiring speakers and take part in collaborative discussions, to discover ways to create positive change. Thank you to the ten presenters and panellists who will be sharing their stories and wisdom with the students.

Delegates will also head out to visit Bendigo landmarks, enjoy a conference dinner in the Town Hall and Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral. A range of activities will be on offer, hosted by members of the CMCB Student Representative Council (SRC).

On Thursday, the delegates will travel to Kyneton for their final workshop, exploring ecological identity, spirituality and action. A closing liturgy at Sacred Heart College will bring the conference to a fitting conclusion.

We can’t wait to see the impact the participants will make together. Delegates will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and listen to others, engage in workshops and discussions where their ideas can help shape the future of our schools.

Thank you to everyone involved in planning and organising the conference and we look forward to welcoming delegates to this year’s conference from the following schools.

New South Wales

  • Catherine McAuley Westmead | Westmead
  • Mercy Catholic College | Chatswood
  • Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College | North Sydney
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College | Burraneer
  • Our Lady of Mercy College | Parramatta


  • All Hallows’ School | Brisbane
  • Shalom College | Bundaberg
  • St Joseph’s School | Stanthorpe

South Australia

  • Mercedes College | Springfield
  • St Aloysius College | Adelaide


  • Marist Regional College | Burnie


  • Academy of Mary Immaculate | Fitzroy
  • Catherine McAuley College Bendigo | Bendigo
  • Damascus College | Ballarat
  • Padua College | Mornington
  • Mount Lilydale Mercy College | Lilydale
  • Our Lady of Mercy College | Heidelberg
  • Sacred Heart College | Geelong
  • Sacred Heart College | Kyneton
  • St Aloysius College | North Melbourne
  • St Joseph’s College Mildura | Mildura

“God’s Mercy to us is at the heart of our work as secondary educators. Catherine McAuley teaches us that ‘Mercy is the principal path marked out by Jesus for those who desire to follow him’. To teach as she did is to help students grow in faith and in a joyful awareness of the providential  Mercy of God in their lives.” (Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association)