About Mercy College
Mercy College was founded in 1987 and has a long and proud history dating back to 1930. It is a Catholic co-educational day College for Years 7 to 10 and is part of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton under the auspices of the Catholic Education Office.
Mercy College serves the communities of Mackay and surrounding areas including Walkerston and Sarina. Places at the school are keenly sought after by families seeking a quality, holistic education with an enhanced Christian focus.
With an enrolment of approximately 950 students, Mercy College provides students with a broad range of both curricula and co-curricula opportunities in a caring, supportive environment conducive to the unique needs of young adolescents.
To serve Christ in humanity and grow in wisdom.
The Mercy College Mission Statement is comprised of the following three statements.
- We build foundations of optimism, faith, knowledge and creativity
- We strive to achieve our greatest potential
- We fashion a better world in keeping with God’s plan
The purpose of the College is to educate, by developing the whole person academically, spiritually, socially, culturally, physically and emotionally. This development is based on respect for self and others, with an emphasis on personal responsibility for actions. The qualities of love, mercy and forgiveness should characterise all relationships.
Through our attempt to integrate faith and life, we will strive ‘To Serve Christ’ in both the Mercy and wider communities.
A Safe & Caring Environment
Mercy College endeavours to create an environment where students always feel safe, secure and valued.
One of the keys to creating this environment is the homeroom. At Mercy College it is our policy for a student to continue in the same homeroom from Year 8 to 10. This provides students with a sense of stability and comfort and allows them to develop a strong rapport with a staff member who is a significant and trusted adult within the school community. Many activities and functions are organised around this group and students develop long-term relationships through this homeroom connection.
Access to an educational advisor and counsellor also supports students in achieving their goals during their time at Mercy College.
Student Protection in Catholic Schools
Student protection and wellbeing are paramount in all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Rockhampton. By the very nature of their mission and ethos, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockhampton place the highest priority on the safety and care of the children and young people who are their students. All students have a right to expect that the school will always do all that is possible to protect them from any kind of harm and create safe learning environments.
Catholic Education is committed to best practices in student protection and the development of proactive approaches to equip people with the skills and knowledge to identify risks of harm and respond appropriately.