Pastoral Care

Mount Lilydale Mercy College welcomes all families to the College community. The College is committed to the provision of a supportive environment where each student is encouraged to develop a love of God, of life, of others and of learning.

Pastoral Care is a responsibility shared between the College, our staff, students and families. It is about building relationships, enhancing a sense of community, meeting challenges and helping our students feel that they belong. Pastoral Care is embedded in every facet of College life and is an integral part of all educational activities. Our programs are catered to suit the needs of each Year level and are part of everyday life at the College. Our aim is to assist students in their spiritual, emotional and social development that, in turn, will assist them in becoming resilient, independent and confident young men and women who can make a difference in the world.

The House system is central to Pastoral Care. Each student is assigned to a House upon enrolment at the College. Students participate in many activities within the school based House system, such as music, drama, and sporting events including swimming, as well as athletics and Mercy Day activities. 

The College Houses are:

  • Carr Named in honour of Archbishop Carr of Melbourne
  • O’Neill Named in honour of Mother Patricia O’Neill, Principal of the Mercy Training College and Superior General of the Melbourne Congregation
  • Frayne Named in honour of Mother Ursula Frayne, companion of Catherine McAuley and leader of the first Sisters of Mercy.
  • Ryan Named in honour of Mother Agnes Ryan from Tipperary, Ireland. Mother Agnes was one of the founding Sisters of Mercy and first Principal of Mount Lilydale Mercy College
  • Maguire Named in honour of Mother Patrick Maguire. Mother Patrick was the first Superior of the Convent at Lilydale and the second Principal  
  • Terry Dunn Named in honour of Mr Terry Dunn, a long serving staff member who was instrumental in establishing the College sporting program.

Mount Lilydale Mercy College is committed to the wellbeing of our entire College community. We employ a full-time chaplain, three Psychologist/Counsellors and a Counsellor/Student Wellbeing Coordinator to cater for the pastoral care needs of our students. Our Counsellors are available to all members of our College community by appointment. Protocols apply to students wishing to visit the counsellors during class time.

In the event of illness or injury, students have access to a full-time and a part-time qualified nurse with Anaphylaxis and Asthma training. Protocols also apply to students visiting the First Aid department.