Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College
|Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College|
Latin: Religio Scientia Cultus
("Religion, Knowledge, Culture")
|North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Private, Single-sex, Day school|
|Founder||Mother Ignatius McQuoin|
|Chairman||Dr. David Carland|
|Principal||Nicole Christensen (Acting)|
|Enrolment||~1100 girls (7–12)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association (AMSSA), the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia (AGSA), and is an affiliate member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).
Monte Sant' Angelo is the oldest independent girls' school on Sydney's North Shore. The college was established in 1875, on the corner of West and Carlow Streets, North Sydney, by Mother Ignatius McQuoin of the Sisters of Mercy.
By 1879, the school had outgrown its original site and subsequently moved to its current location at Miller Street. The name of the College is taken from Monte Sant' Angelo, a centre of religion, culture and learning in Gargano, Italy.
|1875 – 1885||Mother M. Ignatius McQuoin|
|1893 – 1896||Mother M. Stanislaus Real|
|1896 – 1902||Mother M. Aloysius Casey|
|1902 – 1908||Mother M. Gertrude McLaughlin|
|1908 – 1911||Mother M. Aloysius Casey|
|1911 – 1912||Mother M. Patrick Halloway|
|1912 – 1922||Sr M. Ambrose Geary|
|1923 – 1946||Sr M. Clement Flanagan|
|1947 – 1972||Sr M. Baptista Rankin|
|1973 – 1994||Sr Maureen McGuirk|
|1994 – 1999||Sr Sharon Price|
|2000 – 2003||Mrs Beverley Johnson|
|2004 – present||Ms Catherine Alcock|
Monte Sant' Angelo is situated on a single campus centrally located in North Sydney. The college facilities include multi-purpose courts, a library, a religious education centre, a creative arts and technology building, music rooms, a chapel, and an indoor swimming pool in McQuoin Center and sports centre.
Monte offers a variety of sporting activities to its students. These include:
- Touch Football
- Tae Kwon Do
Monte has six colour houses named after patron saints and prominent Sisters of Mercy. These houses compete against each other in school events such as Swimming Carnivals, Athletics Carnivals and House Plays.
- Aquinas (Gold)
- McQuoin (Blue)
- McAuley (Green)
- McGuirk (Purple)
- Xavier (Red)
- Rankin (Orange)
- Media, entertainment and the arts
- Penny Flanagan – Musician and novelist
- Antonia Kidman – Journalist and television presenter, younger sister of actress Nicole Kidman
- Simone Young – Conductor
- Politics, public service and the law
- Kerry Chikarovski – Former NSW Liberal Opposition Leader
- Jackie Kelly – Federal Member of Parliament Liberal
- Robyn Read – Former Independent NSW Member of Parliament for North Shore; Alderman, North Sydney Council and author.
Monte associates with other all-boys schools such as Marist, Shore, Riverview and Joeys to create a musical. The musical "Annie" was a huge hit 2008, as it is a well-known musical. In 2009, the Broadway musical "Les Miserables" was performed with a collaboration from Aloys and St. Mary's boys. Receiving outstanding reviews from the public, the school musicals are performed every second year. In 2012 Monte collaborated with local boys schools to produce a stage version of "Beauty and the Beast" and in 2014, "Hairspray".
The most popular performing act in Monte is 'House Plays'; a type of musical that each colour house choreographs and later performs. The plays are run entirely by the year eleven students, who choose music, dance routines, story line and performance costumes for their house. Although the plays are not compulsory (excluding year seven who must participate) they are vastly popular amongst the school, and many students look forward to the event each year. Practices are held on Fridays and Saturdays at the school, however only lasts over four weeks, making the entire process very busy and often stressful. The performance is generally held on a Saturday, with a matinee performance added to the schedule in 2009. The criteria of House Plays are usually the theme and message, but visuals and music are also judged, generally with a large amount of controversy over the final decision. Some houses have marks deducted from inappropriate music, costumes and dance moves.
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