Our College

Welcome to 2024. Our Future Direction focus will be on our reGEN program, working towards a sustainable, just and secure future for the College and our community. We will continue to nurture partnerships and build programs that benefit students and provide opportunities for them to choose their pathway to success.

At Catherine McAuley College Bendigo, a supportive environment encourages students to be lifelong learners, to discover and thrive as they find their pathway to success. Inspired by Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, our College is committed to education and service in a faith-filled community.

Since 1876, when Sister Aloysius Martyn and the Sisters of Mercy first arrived in Sandhurst, from Ireland, Catherine McAuley College Bendigo has been part of the community of Bendigo, helping generations of young people to experience personal success. Drawing on nearly 150 years of heritage and tradition, we are inspired by the pioneering spirit of our founders to continue their legacy of service, offering an outstanding Catholic education to the families of Central Victoria and working towards a secure sustainable future.

We are dedicated to developing students who are independent, critical and creative thinkers, with a passion for learning and striving for excellence. Our students are empowered to see themselves as positive agents of change, who are called to participate actively and ethically in society as young people of Mercy.

Our programs are inclusive and learning settings are innovative, stimulating and continue to evolve from our master plan. We are dedicated to evidence-based learning where growth and academic success is constantly measured and celebrated. Dedicated learning spaces promote visual and performing arts, STEAM, vocational training and encourage pathways to higher learning.

Bright and expansive learning spaces that accommodate growing enrolments and innovative educational approaches are complemented by attractively designed passive and active recreation areas. Substantial development is anticipated in coming years to provide specialist learning opportunities at Coolock for more year levels, making the most of the gift of space that we have at Junortoun.

The Mercy Junortoun Sporting Precinct is a high-quality state-of-the-art junior sporting hub with irrigated sports fields, indoor basketball courts and cricket nets, AFL and soccer fields alongside netball courts, serving both our school and local community. The precinct supports educational use during school hours and community use outside school hours.

Partnerships are valued at Catherine McAuley College Bendigo, to support outstanding learning opportunities and better facilities for our students and the community. As well as the partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo to provide excellent sporting facilities, the College also has partnerships with Mercy Health, Australian Catholic University, Cricket Australia, Liverpool FC, Danihers and Carter & Co.

Our future is exciting, so we invite you to visit and discover all the opportunities on offer for your child to thrive and choose their pathway to success at Catherine McAuley College Bendigo.

Mr Brian Turner, Principal

“We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.”

Catherine McAuley

Mr Brian Turner, Principal