Mercedes College
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    Mercedes College is one of Perth's top schools for young women Year 7 to 12. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, the College offers an outstanding Catholic education based on the Mercy values of compassion, justice, excellence, integrity and service. Situated in the heart of the Perth's CBD and located in the beautiful heritage precinct, the College is the oldest girls' school in Australia on the original site of foundation.

    In this video you will meet four generations of Mercedes College; we have called them our Mercy family.

    Great Grandmother Mary is 98 years old when we captured this video. She vividly recalls her time at St Joseph's, one of four schools on the site at the time. Although times were very different back then - she was the eldest girl of 11 - she still has fond memories of the Sisters of Mercy. Mary attended St Joseph's in 1924 but missed a lot of school. "Being the eldest daughter I had to help a lot in the house. That was normal then."

    Mary's daughter Moya started school in 1949 when she was 6 years old. Now, in her seventies, Moya has fond memories of choral performances and drama productions.

    Sonya, Moya's daughter, was also a Mercedes College student and now teaches at the College. "My whole life has been at Mercedes," she says. She has also seen a lot of changes. "But the values are still the same," she says. And Sonya's 2 daughters Madeline and Emily are current students. "It never even occurred to me to send them anywhere else. There are so many opportunities at Mercedes College: academically, and then there is music and drama, or sports. I'm so grateful that they really enjoy going to school. Just like I did."

    The Mercy Family: Get to know four generations of Mercedes College students in Perth, Western Australia.

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