Students visit the Mercy Sisters at Singleton

More than 400 Year 4 students from St John’s Primary Lambton, St Columba’s Adamstown, St James’ Kotara, St Therese’s New Lambton, and St Patrick’s Wallsend recently travelled to the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton, to learn more about their founding Sisters and the importance of the Sisters’ fundraising arm, ‘Mercy Works’. 

The schools each held ‘blue days’ prior to the visit to raise money for Mercy Works which supports long-term development projects and aims to improve health, enhance social well-being and expand educational opportunities for some of the most challenged people in Australia and the South-East Asia Pacific region.

The students heard first-hand from Sister Val O’Hara on the day and, in particular, learned more about how their donations would support the charity’s Little Learning Centre in Alice Springs.

Principal of St John’s Lambton, Annie Duggan, said it was an important day for students as St John's grew out of the Mercy tradition of Compassion, Justice, Respect, Hospitality, Service and Courage.

“Our school vision:In the tradition of Mercy, Inspiring minds, Growing in Christ acknowledges our past, our purpose and our shared aspirations for the children in our care,” she said.

“Acknowledging this commitment, St John’s Mini Vinnies group worked together to hold a St John’s Mercy ‘Blue Day’ raising awareness and funds for Mercy Works.”

A great day was had by all as students learned how their valuable donations will support the Sisters’ work. 

You can learn more about the visit by reading the article that appeared on the Singleton Argus news website:

The gallery below shows students from St John's Primary School, Lambton at their "Blue Day" raising money for Mercy Works. Photos courtesy of Annie Duggan.

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Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.

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