Welcome to the community of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer, the only all-girls school in the Sutherland Shire.
Our campus overlooks Burraneer Bay and the Royal National Park, providing a tranquil backdrop for learning in a vibrant educational and faith community.
The college proudly continues the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy and their founder Catherine McAuley who began her work in providing education for young women in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland. This tradition is reflected in everything we do – from our curriculum, co-curricular activities, prayer and liturgical life of the school, and in the ethos of mercy and compassion that form the basis of relationships within the school community.
Today, the college caters for girls in Years 7–10 based upon the belief that single sex education offers significant advantages for both girls and boys who learn differently; especially in the years of early adolescence. The girls move on to De La Salle Cronulla with the boys for their senior secondary education.
We proudly offer a differentiated curriculum with our Newman selective stream for those girls who wish to be challenged. At the same time we provide support through our Learning Support team for girls who need extra assistance. Girls have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, camps, overseas and immersion trips.
Our college vision, “Encouraging Girls – Empowering Women,” is realised through dynamic teaching and personalised learning giving each girl the opportunity for independence of thinking and self-discipline. We want our young women to leave OLMC empowered to do their best through the experiences of leadership and social justice alongside diverse curriculum opportunities.
It is my hope that the Mercy education experienced by all our students, enabling them to lead a life of significance and success. I hope that they will be faithful ambassadors of Mercy, who embrace their role in society with purpose and confidence.
I hope that you find our website informative but if there is anything more you would like to know, please contact us at the college.
History In 1935, the Sisters of Mercy (Parramatta congregation) established Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) in a cottage at 6 Coast Avenue, Cronulla and by 1943 was providing secondary education for girls, since there were no Catholic all girls secondary schools between Hurstville and Wollongong.
In 1959, with the existing cottage now too small, the Sisters of Mercy purchased the current property bounded by Dominic Street and Dolans Road at Burraneer Bay from Mr Charles Duncan.
In 2016, an eco-friendly and energy efficient building, the Catherine McAuley Centre, was designed to put pedagogy and relationships front and centre of learning at OLMC allowing students to engage in diverse and collaborative learning experiences.
Charism Catherine McAuley founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. Adopting the title of Mercy for her institute, she recognised that this was God’s way of enabling her and the several women who had joined her, to continue their critical work among the poorest people of Dublin.
Catherine began her work in providing education for the young women in Dublin, a vision that led to the establishment of schools and hospitals in many countries of the world, including Australia, before the end of the 19th Century.
At Burraneer, we are part of the Mercy heritage stretching back to those days in Dublin. We are enriched by the Mercy values of Excellence, Hospitality, Justice, Stewardship, Service, Compassion and Dignity and continue to be guided by the legacy of the Mercy Sisters.
The community of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer is one of trust, reflection and relationships under the guidance of our Parish Priest, Rv James McCarthy at St Aloysius Parish.
Both parish and school are dedicated to the patron saint of youth, St Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian saint whose feast is celebrated on 21st June. The Mercy charism and heritage is sustained throughout all the school’s undertakings, as evidenced by the students adopting one of the seven Mercy values for each year of their schooling. The students then learn and understand how they can strive to live these values each day.