Students are encouraged to develop strong relationships and interact in a positive way with their peers, other students and staff.
Mercy Catholic College recognises the worth of each individual. We value the role of the individual with in our community, encouraging the understanding that rights must be balanced by responsibilities.
This expectation also extends to discipleship and their responsibility as global citizens. We aim to enhance the wellbeing of each student and develop a sense of social responsibility.
Students are encouraged to develop strong relationships and interact in a positive way with their peers, other students and staff. Specialised staff including the Director of Student Wellbeing, College Counsellor and the Youth Minister work with students on a wide variety of projects involving faith development, social justice and wellbeing.
Students are assisted to develop an understanding of the importance of personal goals, their words, actions and commitment, in relation to learning and living in the College and wider community.
Based on a framework of positive psychology our well-developed pastoral care structure allows support for student’s wellbeing. The framework is also supported by programmes including our Rise Programme and the Vertical Tutor Group system structured around the College Houses – Mercy, McAuley, Coolock and Stormanston.
RISE Wellbeing Programme
Throughout the year the students will participate in the RISE Wellbeing programme. The RISE programme is about building a better sense of self, connectedness with those around us and in our community and understanding the importance of fostering positive relationships and empathy. Many studies have shown good wellbeing goes hand in hand with learning engagement, academic success and self-efficacy. It is hard to have one without the other.
RISE stands for:
- Relational – fostering positive relationships and also knowing how to handle relationships that break down.
- Inspire – it is hoped the programme will help students learn more about themselves, feel inspired and more able to handle situations.
- Spiritual – as a Catholic College we draw on our faith to help us deal with people and situations.
- Empower – it is hoped the programme will help students feel empowered to move forward, to go out of their comfort zone, grow and be independent articulate, young women.
All houses are named with a link to Mother Mary Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
COOLOCK – Gold House The house from which Mother Mary began her works of mercy.
MERCY – Blue House The order of teaching and nursing sisters begun by Catherine McAuley.
McAULEY – Green House Named after Catherine McAuley.
STORMANSTON – Red House The property at which Catherine McAuley resided with her parents in her very early years.