Soil turned for Ailsa Mackinnon Centre at OLMC


A historic day for Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM and members of the OLMC Parramatta community.


Catholic Outlook, August 2015

Monday 22 June 2015 was a landmark day for the school community of Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta with the official 'Turning of the Soil' for the new Ailsa Mackinnon Centre.

To mark the commencement of construction, Sr Ailsa Mackinnon RSM and other Sisters of Mercy joined the College Principal, Stephen Walsh, former principal, Kitty Guerin, the College Board, past Executive members and College staff for the special ceremony.

A blessing was given by Fr Walter Fogarty, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Westmead.

"As we turn the soil for the foundations of the Ailsa Mackinnon Centre, we recall the past generations who have walked and cared for this land,” he said.

"May the spirit of Catherine McAuley, a woman of enterprise and innovation, guide the construction of this building."

Sr Ailsa said that during her time as Principal of OLMC, her role was to create a climate that would assist the students to reach their potential.

“OLMC has always strived to give students, no matter their academic ability, the chance to receive a holistic education in a caring merciful environment,” she said.

“I saw that my legacy was to enable staff, students and parents to work together to achieve this aim. 

“I had no thought that my name would ever be on a building. That idea never entered my head. 

“I am pleased, though, that the building will contain a large assembly area. I used to ask the girls what they liked best about the school. Invariably they would reply – going to assembly. 

“And the reason was it gave the school an opportunity to gather as a community to learn about what was happening across all years.”

The College conducts a number of Open Morning Tours throughout the year. Tours commence from College Reception at 9.15am and run for approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

This is followed by morning tea with the Principal and College Leadership Team. Your daughter, along with children of any age are welcome to join the tour.

The next Open Morning Tour is on Monday 31 August. For more information, please contact the College Registrar tel (02) 9683 3300 or send an email to Book a tour online at:



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