Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College, Burraneer is an all girls 7-10 school situated on Burraneer Bay, near Cronulla, in Sydney’s southern suburbs. OLMC College is a Systemic Catholic School which prides itself on its record of academic excellence. OLMC caters for girls in Years 7-10 and has an enrolment in excess of five hundred students. The five feeder Catholic primary schools for OLMC are St Aloysius Cronulla, St Francis de Sales Woolooware, Our Lady of Fatima Caringbah, St Catherine Laboure Gymea and Our Lady Star of the Sea Miranda. OLMC is a feeder school to De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla.
The Sisters of Mercy established OLMC at Cronulla in 1934 and relocated it to its present site in 1960. While located on the eastern side of the Sutherland Shire, the College attracts students from across the shire and beyond. OLMC values the charism and traditions of its founding religious order and continues its commitment to social justice and to excellence in the education of girls. The Sisters of Mercy support OLMC through their involvement in the retreat program, regular attendance at College events and collaboration in social justice initiatives. The College is also part of the Mercy 5 group of schools, which includes OLMC Parramatta, Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College North Sydney, Catherine McAuley College Westmead and Mercy College Chatswood. Each year students are involved in Mercy Action initiatives with other students from the Mercy 5 schools and teachers immerse themselves in the Mercy 5 staff faith formation program.
The College focuses on providing students and staff with contemporary learning spaces that are engaging, flexible, and aesthetically pleasing so as to inspire creative and productive learning. An extensive building project was completed in 2016. This project provides the students of OLMC with innovative and contemporary facilities for Technology and Applied Studies, Science, and Creative and Performing Arts.
A well-developed Pastoral Care structure, alongside transition programs, ensures that every student is guided and catered for academically, spiritually and socially. OLMC students participate in a range of curricular and co-curricular programs including the Newman Selective Gifted Program, debating, public speaking and mathematics enrichment. Students are involved in academic competitions including those for Mathematics, Science, English, Writing and Languages. The College’s extra-curricular program provides a range of cultural, social outreach and sporting activities. OLMC has continued its involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Talent in the creative and performing arts is showcased through performances of the choir, the OLMC/De La Salle Combined College Musical and Band, and Drama Night. Numerous students have been successful at Representative levels in the many sports available. A Friday sport program offers both competitive and non-competitive options. Competition sports included swimming, athletics, netball, oztag, softball, volleyball, surfing and AFL.
Students from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer, along with De La Catholic College Caringbah, progress to De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla for Years 11 and 12.