Our Catholic Tradition

The commitment at OLMC to educating girls in faith and mission is grounded not only in the College’s Catholic identity and tradition, but also in the belief that a student’s spiritual journey and values are important in negotiating the emotional and social challenges that arise in the adolescent years.

OLMC students are assisted to grow in relationship with God, develop a relevant and life-affirming spirituality, and recognise a purpose in life and hope for their futures. Such aspirations are realised not just through Religious Education (RE) programs but in experiences that students have in all areas of College life.

 

Leadership

Ms Kate Garrone, Coordinator of Faith and Mission, oversees all aspects of our vision and programs for Mission, Faith and Religious Education.

 

Religious Education Curriculum

Religious Education is a compulsory subject at OLMC for Years 7–10 students, with the curriculum structured around five content strands:

  • The Scriptures

  • The beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition 

  • Catholic social and moral teachings

  • Justice issues

  • Other religions.


The curriculum is taught by teachers who have the necessary accreditation to teach RE and is delivered in accordance with program guidelines issued by the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The RE curriculum endeavours to be:

  • Intellectually and morally challenging, in accordance with students’ ages and levels of maturity

  • Supportive of students in relating questions and issues of faith to real-life situations and experiences 

  • Respectful of parents as the prime educators of their daughter’s faith formation.


Year 11 and 12 students have access to 2 VCE studies – Religion and Society (incorporating an accompanying unit on ‘Ethics’) and Texts and Traditions. The curriculum is developed in accordance with guidelines of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

As a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, OLMC’s Religious Education curriculum is also informed and illuminated by the Mercy story and by the College’s mission, vision and values. Teaching and learning give special emphasis to the values of Justice, Compassion, Courage and Joy. A key objective is to ‘empower girls to become women of courage who will creatively participate in realising God’s vision of mercy and justice for all’.



Retreats, Liturgy and Meditation

At all year levels, students at OLMC have daily experience of prayer, both as participants and as facilitators of group/class liturgies. Students from each year level also participate in reflection days or retreat programs and in at least two Eucharistic liturgies throughout the year.


The College is proud of its Meditation Program, which is a core component of the RE curriculum across all year levels. The majority of staff teaching RE are trained to effectively engage students in meditation practices. We believe that the Meditation Program is not only enriching students’ prayer experiences but is contributing to reduced anxiety, stress and frenetic activity within and amongst students.

Over several years the College has been developing and extending its ‘reflective spaces’ in various areas of the campus. These places of quiet contemplation are assisting students in their meditation practices and encouraging an appreciation for tranquility and spiritual ‘nourishment’.



Social Justice and Outreach

Students and staff are provided with many opportunities to experience social justice and compassion through involvement in local community-based outreach initiatives such as the Broadmeadows Detention Centre, the St Pius Parish Reading Club, the Exodus Community in the Heidelberg/Olympic Village public housing estate, and the Bell Bardia Community Meal Project, also at Olympic Village.

More widely, staff and senior students are volunteers with the Collingwood Soup Van and Ozanam House. There is whole-school involvement in Anti-Poverty Week and Reconciliation Week, as well as fundraising for Caritas Project Compassion.

For many years the College has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the Jesuit Mission in Cambodia and the people of Santepheap Village, north western Cambodia. Santepheap is home to some of the poorest of the poor in Cambodia. It is in a region ravaged by earlier wartime atrocities and remains a heavily land-mined area. One outcome of the partnership has been our financial contribution to the construction of school buildings and playground areas for the 600 village students. The Parents' Association, students and staff continue to fundraise and work together with passion to make a difference to the lives of the people in Santepheap.


 

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