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History of the Sisters of Mercy

Catherine McAuley was the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. A homeless shelter was started for women and children on the "Feast of Our Lady of Mercy" on the 24th of September 1824 in Dublin, Ireland. The Sisters of Mercy dedicated themselves to serve the poor and became known around the world.

In 1898 the Sisters of Mercy came to South Africa. In 1907 the Sisters of Mercy began teaching in Braamfontein. They were first called the Convent of Mercy, then Parktown West Convent, then McAuley House. In 1962 plans for McAuley House opened with bigger and better facilities at its present site. The Sisters of Mercy have 16 schools, adult education and homeless centres run by the Mercy Sisters in South Africa. The official opening of the McAuley House school was in October 1964.


Values which underpin all that happens at McAuley House

    •  Faith and Spirituality
    •  Respect for oneself, neighbour and environment
    •  Tolerance
    •  Justice
    •  Truth
    •  Loyalty
    •  Mercy and Compassion
    •  Excellence in all we do

We have a strong Catholic ethos but welcome and respect learners of all faiths. Religious knowledge and spiritual growth form an important part of our educational process. All learners attend religion classes. The seasons of the Church Calendar are taught and celebrated as a school family. Classes are encouraged to be involved in community outreach as our concern goes beyond ourselves.

We LIVE OUR FAITH through: Honesty, Integrity, Humility, Responsibility, Commitment, Reliability and a willingness to serve.


Our dreams for the future…

- To continue to strive to provide an education of excellence in a happy and safe environment.
- To continue to extend and diversify our extramural sports programme even further.
- To further encourage our students to find expression through the arts.
- To create an even greater awareness of the neglected and marginalised in the community and engender a sense of responsibility for the environment.


McAuley House Staff of 2015

McAuley House Management of 2012

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