The words of the prophet Micah, "To act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God" (6:8), have been taken up with particular fervour by staff and students at Mercedes College.  The exhortation by Micah forms the guiding principle for a community that places a strong priority on issues of social justice and the call to action. Mercedes College has developed long lasting relationships with a number of social justice agencies and Mercy ministries and the community eagerly responds to calls for assistance and opportunities for further education for our students.

Immersion Programs are unique learning experiences that encourage active citizenship via an experiential learning model.  The learning is so profound that it aids students in understanding what it means to be part of the human community mindful of the journey of others, especially the most vulnerable.

The Year 11 Poverty Immersion seeks to promote action and thought that might generate better outcomes for our society, for our College community, and for the least fortunate in our inner city neighbourhood.  The experience of students who have participated in the Poverty Immersion, suggests that immersion participation can be one of the most enriching experiences of a young person’s life. The face-to-face encounters build relationship and greatly assist participants’ comprehension of matters such as human dignity and justice.

Involvement with the Tony Blair Foundation and the Face to Faith program offers students from the College an innovative technological tool that connects our students worldwide via a secure website.  Students participate in video conferences to discuss global issues from a variety of faith belief perspectives.  It is a wonderful opportunity to develop religious literacy in our students in a spirit of openness to learn from, and with one another.

The Young Mercies are a group of senior students in the College who make an enormous contribution by coordinating many Mercy ministry events. Students seriously take up the responsibility to care for people in our inner city and wider community and also facilitate a number of awareness raising social justice campaigns.  The Young Mercies have the unique ability to establish a fine rapport with students of all ages and enthuse them to join them in various projects.  They have a strong reputation of calling forth a genuine and committed Mercy response from their peers.

“There are three things the poor prize more highly than gold, though they cost the giver nothing - the kind word, the gentle compassionate look and the patient hearing of their sorrows.”  - Catherine McAuley

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