Distinct Voice: Faith Traditions & Mercy
Sharon Collins (Brisbane)

Empowering young women in a changing world
Educating, Liberating every girl
Like grains of sand into a beautiful pearl
Empowering young women in a changing world 

(Lyrics from the College song, ‘Mercy Girl’. Words and music by Josh Arnold and St Saviour’s College students. 2019 ©)

St Saviour’s College is Toowoomba’s oldest secondary school, steeped in its proud and rich mercy tradition, that has spanned almost 150 years.  The legacy of Catherine McAuley remains at the heart of the mission and vision of the College.  As a community, we openly commit ourselves to the values she lived by – hospitality, justice, compassion and excellence – qualities that are the hallmark of our Mercy education. St Saviour’s is a richly diverse community, which educates young women from across rural and remote Queensland, Australia and Papua New Guinea. In 2013, Toowoomba was officially declared a Refugee Welcome Zone (one of five in Queensland) and is now the second largest refugee settlement location in the State, behind Brisbane. As such, many of our young women do not identify as Catholic. This, however, does not impede with their ability to access a quality religious curriculum that considers a breadth of religious worldviews, whilst remaining faithful to our Catholic Christian traditions. Furthermore, many families would see St Saviour’s as a school of choice for their daughters, given the inclusive nature of the community at large...

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Spanish translation using DeepL Translator. Traducción al español con DeepL Translator

Ms Sharon Collins has been Principal of St Saviour’s College since 2017. Sharon is a proud past student of the College and attests that she owes much of her own educational success to her liberating ‘Mercy’ education. Sharon’s commitment to the College ensures that each young woman is afforded a ‘Mercy’ education that fosters a lived faith experience and provides an inclusive, quality education, individually tailored to each student. The College Leadership Team works in partnership with staff, parents and caregivers to challenge young women to be resilient and to achieve excellence in their pathways.

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