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Celebrating memories and 125 years of OLMC Parramatta at Reunion Day


Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta News Story
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta, 1929.

More than 200 ex-students have descended on Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta to celebrate 125 years of Mercy education and treasured high school memories at this year’s OLMC Annual Reunion Day.

From London to Lane Cove, Mercy Girls travelled from near and far to their Alma Mater for the Annual Reunion Day on Sunday 14 September, one of the key events celebrating the College’s 125th year.

A strong and ongoing connection to the College

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta News Story
Joyce Prigge, the oldest know alumnae, joins Sister of Mercy Sister Barbara to cut the special celebratory cake on Reunion Day.

The day began with a Mass in the 1938 built Mother Mary Clare Dunphy Chapel, which was followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Alumnae Association in the College’s Edith Angel Hall and a luncheon. As is customary with any meeting of OLMC ex-students, an enthusiastic rendition of the College song, The Alma Mater, was sung by both ex-students and current students to complete the day’s proceedings.

Principal Stephen Walsh said it’s so inspiring for him to see how the College, and all it stands for, is so loved.

“It’s unmistakably clear how these women treasure their time at the College as well as the chance to reminisce. There is also a strong sense of being privileged to receive a Mercy education,” Mr Walsh said.

“Their enthusiasm for the College was evident in the way that so many brought yearbooks and photos to share and also in the way they took every opportunity to speak to their old teachers and Principals.”

The new student leadership team for 2014-2015 demonstrated Mercy hospitality by generously helping to host the event and serve at the luncheon.

Though the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta maintain a strong and ongoing connection to the College, for many of these girls the day presented them with a special privilege to meet and speak with the Sisters of Mercy after whom the College buildings are named such as Sister Janet Woods, Sister Barbara McDonough, Sister Edith Angel and Sister Ailsa Mackinnon (after whom the new multipurpose community centre, which is currently in planning stages, is to be named).

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta News Story
Ex-students join current students in singing the College song – the Alma Mater.

Mr Walsh said the College tours at the end of the day were particularly special.

“It’s a thrill for ex-students to see the new buildings; they are learning spaces which are so different to their experience of school. I also learnt so much when touring the old boarding school section with ex-students, including about the midnight feasts, the statue and ghostly noises in the stairways!”

Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta News Story
Former College Principals, a former Assistant Principal and Sisters of Mercy join current OLMC Parramatta Principal Mr Stephen Walsh for lunch at Reunion Day.
Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls school which provides contemporary learning and academic excellence in the rich Mercy tradition.

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