2022 Students Attend The Mercy 6 2022 Conference
06 Apr 2022
The Year 10 MAG Leaders and the Year 11 Assistant Liturgy Leader attended the Mercy 6 2022 Conference on Wednesday, 23rd March. The students were accompanied by Mrs Lowrencev, Mercy In Action Coordinator. The students have written the following report:
The Mercy 6 Conference was attended by representatives from the six Mercy schools in Sydney - Catherine McAuley Westmead, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta, Our Lady of Mercy College Buraneer, Emmaus Catholic College Kemps Creek, Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College North Sydney and Mercy Catholic College Chatswood. We had the opportunity to be involved in the initiatives of Mercy Works, and be inspired by the acts of mercy within our global community. The conference was central to the theme of advocacy, in which guest speakers from different foundations and organisations presented inspiring and insightful projects and anecdotes to the cohort.
We learnt about advocacy for the marginalised and the issues they face that continue to perpetuate disharmony and discrimination. Issues such as water wastage, homelessness, human trafficking, refugees and pollution were topics that were especially focused on, as well as the prevalence of the decline in humanity’s care and the visibility of others. As these issues revolve around the significance of each individual’s inherent dignity, we delved deeper into the root of these issues and their impact.
As students, family members, loved ones, and friends, it is important to acknowledge our privilege in being able to access education, adequate shelter, food and essential services. Marginalised communities like those impoverished in Papua New Guinea are deprived of these rights and essentials, which not only prevent survival, but meaning and purpose too. Mercy Works Australia helps deliver portable water to places in PNG that are water-deprived. It is evident that the absence of adequate provision of essentials indicates our world’s lack of consideration and attention to those in need, as there is a priority in giving services to those who can afford it rather than to those who need it. Unequal distribution is a core factor that results in the impoverishment of communities and reinforces the ignorance that occurs within governments and systems that prioritise things like money over the well-being of humanity. This is also relevant to the exclusion of refugees, in which governments and nations refuse to provide their services and care. It highlights the lack of compassion that powerful systems claim to abide by.
No matter how scary these issues are, it is important to recognise our collective strength in combatting discrimination and marginalisation together. Guest speakers from the conference accentuated that change is best brought about by collaborative effort and action, and that Christian vocation is an epitome of this. Described as an evolutionary vocation, it is all about building community and acting together in being advocates, in which we amplify the voices of the marginalised. We learnt about the Mercy Response: to accompany, to assist, and to advocate. Central to this advocacy is the question ‘Why?’ - this is vital in discovering the fundamental reasoning as to why we serve and why these problems occur. Finding the roots is where action can begin and change can be brought about.
25 Jan 2023
More than 600 leaders from Catholic schools across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains gathered in Parramatta today to prepare for the school year. At the beginning of 2023, these schools became part of Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD).
20 Dec 2022
Catherine McAuley Westmead wishes all our students, families and staff a very Merry Christmas and enjoyable break. 🎅🎄🎅 Staff return on Friday, 27th January 2023 Years 7 and 11 return on Tuesday, 31st January 2023 Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 return on Wednesday, 1st February 2023
20 Dec 2022
Olivia Payne might still be at school but this clever Year 10 student and young entrepreneur has been recognised for her ingenious business idea ‘Rolls Upon Rolls’, reaching the semi-finals at the recent National Future Anything competition.
18 Dec 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Years 7 and 8 students in Technology Mandatory and Year 9 students in Industrial Technology Engineering with Mrs Mani were using the Fusion 360 programme this year to create key tags. The students were able to use the 3D printers to print off their key tags. Great work! 😀
18 Dec 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 9 Japanese students of Mrs Reynolds participated in a fun in-class activity during the last week of school. The students looked at Japanese eating etiquette and learnt how to use chopsticks correctly. 🥢🥢🥢
17 Dec 2022
Catherine McAuley has had seven students placed in the Top 10 of the State for their subject; had 77% of courses studied above the State average; and has had one student awarded a NSW Premier’s Award for All-Round Excellence.
16 Dec 2022
JRS were very happy to receive the donated items from McAuley families which were dropped off by Mrs Nicolson yesterday afternoon. Thank you again to all families for their kind donations! ❤️
16 Dec 2022
Lovely to have many of the Year 12 students from the Class of 2022 return this morning for a morning tea with staff to celebrate their HSC results. Congratulations to all students! 🥰🥰
15 Dec 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 7 Technology Mandatory students of Mrs Hartman created tote bags this term. The students created bags based on the theme ‘Living Things’. Good work Year 7!