PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE 2021/2022 - Mrs. Kali McMorris
The last Academic Year began and ended as though it were a stop gap; a period that we just had to ‘get through’ to arrive at another stage. The world has paused, waiting to go back to the way things were. That is not the way of Mercy Education. As Mercy girls and staff, we are called to envision, advocate and in fact change policy, in response to the context of the time.
So, this year we start with a re- imagining of Mercy Education and join with the over 50 Mercy schools of the Americas to articulate and live our values as a force moving “Towards the Good.”
Our Core Values are the hallmarks of a Mercy Education. These are the ideals we stand up for and strive to live up to. We hold ourselves to these standards as an institution, as a community and as individuals. Each value is interconnected and necessary as we take Mercy into the world.
It is only fitting that we focus this year on the value of Educational Courage. Not only is this one of our Core Values but also a call to action for our students. Mercy students must welcome the challenge of pursuing their full potential even in difficult times. We expect engagement, a thirst for knowledge and personal responsibility, all in the name of building character and essential skills.
Courage is the characteristic we need to develop as students and educators; it helps us to persevere when things are difficult and to work hard, consistently. It calls for:
- Curiosity; Being open to other ways of seeing the world and exploring new ideas.
- Personal Accountability; Staying disciplined in decision-making, proactive in correcting mistakes and self-motivated in our studies.
- Critical Thinking; Gathering and objectively evaluating and analyzing information through reflection and reason.
Moreover, it is only with courage that we can truly succeed. It also takes courage to try again when confronted with failure and to continue to try when a level of greatness is achieved
We will not give into the challenges of connectivity and distance - we will conquer it, together.
Therefore, whether last year was one of success; fear, failure, or a feeling of defeat; this year we embrace the spirit of Educational Courage.
Happy ‘New Year’ to the Staff and Students of The Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’! Like our mascot the butterfly, we undergo the transition and now it’s time to ‘Fly’. #alphagirlmagic127#
“… lift your standards highStill march in proud arrayAs warriors through the darkness toilTill dawns the golden days.”