As a Catholic school, Mount St Bernard College is an integral part of the work of the Church. The values and mission of the Church, drawn from the life and teaching of Jesus, are the foundations of the college ethos; an ethos supported by all members of the school community – students, parents and staff.
A Catholic education nurtures and celebrates God’s presence in people, community and creation. It celebrates the inherent goodness of people, nurtures their dignity and self-worth, treats them with respect and helps them develop their God given uniqueness.
Mount St Bernard College’s tradition stems from the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and their founder, Catherine McAuley. Catherine’s vision was to empower persons, especially poor young women and children, to improve their human situation through education and so have the opportunity to realise their potential.
According to Catherine’s vision, education is an essential ingredient in the betterment of both individuals and society.
Through her abiding respect, love, and concern for the needy, Catherine demonstrated her commitment to the social justice dimensions of the Christian educational vision. For Catherine, loving the poor meant empowering them, especially through education, to become architects of their own future.
These Mercy values pervade Mount St Bernard College and help all within it to live out the vision of Catherine McAuley as an expression the call of Jesus.