Here at St Mary’s we endeavour to raise the awareness of students to the needs of the world around us. We see this as an important aspect of our Mercy heritage. Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, started her work meeting the needs of the poor of Dublin. Her missionary work spread throughout the world and down to New Zealand.
Carrying on that charism of mercy and compassion, we see it as an essential aspect of the special character of the school to put into practice the Gospel values that Catherine McAuley valued and lived.
This means that students are encouraged to be constantly aware of the needs of those around them and to respond to these needs with some kind of action. This may take the former of collecting Easter eggs to be distributed to the children’s ward at the hospital, to Vinnies or the food bank, to the food technology class collecting non perishable food for the food bank, to raising money to buy baby clothes for single mothers.
It is hoped that over the 5 years that each student the College will have gained a sense of the importance of reaching out to others in a real sense of giving.