Social Justice

At Catherine McAuley we seek to develop in our students an awareness of the structures which result in poverty and marginalization and we encourage active involvement in social justice initiatives, including:

  • Mercy projects undertaken by our Mercy Action Group
  • Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Westmead Hospital projects
  • Mamre House (Sisters of Mercy)
  • Indigenous immersion experience

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The mission of Catherine McAuley as a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition asks students to seek justice and compassion for others, just as Catherine McAuley herself did. Service for others is important in the life of our school and is at the root of what it means to be Christian.

One of our primary goals is to develop young women who will not only become future leaders in their community but who will act with compassion and a strong sense of justice. All students are encouraged to participate in their own time within our Social Justice group; MAG. Students in MAG meet weekly and promote issues of justice, organize our annual St Vinnies Winter Sleep Out and part take in immersions, street retreats and other works of justice promoted by Caritas Australia and St Vincent de Paul. Our Mercy 5 Social Justice group fundraises regularly to raise monies for the needs of the poor around the work. Added to this is the promotion of awareness within the school community of the plight of the poor and disadvantaged around the nation and world.

It is hoped that the women who graduate from Catherine McAuley will be able to say at some point in their lives that their school actually stood up for the needs of others and encouraged each person to actively work for justice as part of their education.