Merici College

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Merici College
Merici College Canberra logo.jpg
10 Wise St,
Braddon, ACT, 2612
Australia Australia
Type Independent, Secondary, Roman Catholic, All Girls, Day School
Motto Fidelitas
Established 1959 (1959)
Principal Mrs Loretta Wholley
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1000 (approx.)
Colour(s)      Navy blue      Maroon      Gold
Affiliations Associated Southern Colleges

Merici College is a private Roman Catholic girls' high school located in the suburb of Braddon in Canberra, Australia. It caters for years 7-12. The school's Principal is Mrs. Loretta Wholley.


Merici College is named in honour of Italian saint St. Angela Merici. The college is the oldest Catholic girls' school in Canberra. It was founded in 1959 as Canberra Catholic Girls' High School. The letters CCGH can be seen on the original gates at the Ipima Street side of the building. At that time, although there were several Catholic boys schools in the area, there was no equivalent institution for female Catholic students. The founding of Merici is unusual among Catholic schools in that, rather than being established by a single order of nuns, it was originally intended as an archdiocesan school. The school was staffed by nuns from six different orders; they were: The Sisters of Mercy, The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the Presentation Sisters, the Ursuline Sisters, the Brigidines and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. When a second Catholic girls' college opened in Canberra in the 1960s, the school became known as Braddon Catholic Girls High School. In the Year 1977 following a decline in enrolments it was decided to trial co-education with 7 boys enrolling.[citation needed] The name was changed to Braddon Catholic High School. 1978 saw the largest intake of boys with 49 in total enrolling.[citation needed] During 1978 it was decided that the school should once again return to being a girls only school with a decision being taken to no longer enrol boys. A letter was sent out to parents of the boys already at the school suggesting that it might be preferable for the boys to enroll at Daramalan, St Edmunds or Marist Brothers.[citation needed] Total number of boys dwindled over the ensuing years to just 4 during 1983.[citation needed] The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2009.

Pastoral Care System[edit]

Merici College has a vertical pastoral care system. This system replaces the more common Australian system of having a year coordinator assigned to each year group. Upon enrollment to the school, each student is assigned to one of six houses, each associated with one of the founding religious orders. The houses are: Penola (white and black), Balgo (yellow), Brescia (purple), Ningil (red) (named for a mission in Papua New Guinea founded by Nano Nagle's Presentation Sisters), Seiwa (named after Seiwa College) (blue) and Tullow (green). Students remain in their appointed house throughout their time at the college. They are also assigned to a vertically integrated Pastoral Care class consisting of students from all year levels in the same house.

Community involvement[edit]

Merici College has a St. Vincent de Paul Society

Each year, Merici participates in sporting events organised by various Canberra sporting bodies. Sports that the school competes in include: soccer, softball, netball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, swimming, water polo, track and field, touch football, golf, tennis, equestrian and snow sports. The school is affiliated with Associated Southern Colleges.

Merici College is the sister school of Marist College Canberra.

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Coordinates: 35°16′00″S 149°08′15″E / 35.2668°S 149.1375°E / -35.2668; 149.1375