21.06.24

Finding Freedom, Seeking Hope – Refugee Week 2024

Mercy Light: Connecting A quick internet search of the word ‘hospitality’ will deliver this definition or similar: “The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers; the business of providing food, drink and accommodation.” Hospitality, in its context as one of St Aloysius College’s core values, invites us to welcome others with […]

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07.06.24

Stage 2 Students Flourish on the Fleurieau Peninsula

Mercy Light: Learning Outdoor Education, offered to students at Stage 1 and Stage 2 of their secondary studies, enables experiential learning about the natural world and how we interact with it. It enhances students’ understanding of conservation and sustainability and their personal and social growth. Recently Stage 2 Outdoor Education students completed the first of […]

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24.05.24

Something for Everyone at Careers Week Showcase

Mercy Light: Learning  As a young child, do you recall using the phrase, “when I grow up, I want to be…” The ellipses – those three dots – symbolise the possibilities for a future yet to be written. “I want to be an astronaut, a doctor, a police officer, a teacher, a tradesperson…”  One of […]

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10.05.24

Hospitality and Courage Create a Home Away from Home

Mercy Light: Connecting Cultural richness and diversity bring many benefits to learning communities like St Aloysius College. Exposure to different customs, traditions, arts and foods helps young people to think and imagine far beyond the classroom walls and develop a sense of curiosity. Study Tour and Cultural Immersion opportunities are offered to students in senior […]

Read More

05.04.24

Coding a Promising Future in SAC’s new Tech Studio

Mercy Light: Learning In 2015, United Nations world leaders announced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 goals, their ‘roadmap’, to achieving it. One of those goals is to ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education. Today, nearly 10 years on from this declaration, the global community has faced unprecedented challenges. The emergence and […]

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22.03.24

SAC’s Spirit of Hospitality, Diversity, and Inclusion on a Great Big Canvas

Over the last few weeks, it was a pleasure to see staff and students coming together to create a vibrant face for The Village wall.  Launched on Harmony Day, the artwork celebrates the spirit of hospitality, diversity, and inclusion that we are so proud of at SAC. The Community Artwall project wouldn’t have been possible […]

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23.02.24

SAC Playgroup Delivers an Early Love of Learning

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING If you pass by The Cloisters lawns on a Thursday morning, you’ll notice something new and different. The area is transformed into an indoor-outdoor sanctuary of play and learning, with colourful rugs, sensory stations and a range of activities set up, and Early Years teacher, Olivia Spadavecchia, eagerly awaiting the arrival of […]

Read More

21.02.24

In it Together: Sister Meredith Evans Inspires Young Leaders

Mercy Light: Leading Sister of Mercy, Meredith Evans, was recently awarded the title of Senior South Australian of the Year for dedicating her life to helping the vulnerable and inspiring others to do the same. It was most Australians’ first introduction to the lively 75-year-old, but Sister Meredith is no stranger to the St Aloysius […]

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18.12.23

Outstanding Success for Class of 2023

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING Achieving a South Australian Certificate of Education is something to be incredibly proud of. We are thrilled to announce that 100% of our Year 12 cohort, the Class of 2023, have attained their SACE. Thirty-three students placed in the top 10% of Year 12 Leavers nationwide, and we especially congratulate our Class […]

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07.12.23

Ngapartji Ngapartji: You Give a Little, I Give a Little

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING “How is Sue?” Selinda, a young artist and worker at Ninuku Arts Centre in Kalka, the closest neighbouring community to Pipalyatjara, asked me this question at the end of a long day, when a community barbeque cooked by St Aloysius College staff and students was drawing to a close. Selinda posed this […]

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24.11.23

This is Why Mercy Matters

MERCY LIGHT: Leading During the first whole school Mass for 2023, it was announced that the St Aloysius College community would celebrate this as a ‘Year of Blessings’ and reflect on this theme in subsequent liturgical celebrations and events. One way to celebrate blessings is to share them with others through acts of service and […]

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10.11.23

A Hub of Festivity: Christmas arrives at 53 Wakefield St

Mercy Light: Connecting There wasn’t a cloud in the sky at dawn on Saturday November 4, a promising start to what would turn out to be an extraordinary day at St Aloysius College. Members of the 53 Wakefield St Hub planning group started trickling through the gates at 5:30am. It was hard to imagine that, […]

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25.10.23

Celebrating 100 years of Cunningham Memorial Chapel – A Gift that Keeps Giving

MERCY LIGHT: Believing The Sisters of Mercy knew a thing or two about ‘going viral’ before the term was used to describe pop culture sensation. In 1974, Adelaide’s own Sister Janet Mead soared to international success with her rock rendition of The Lord’s Prayer, selling 3 million copies worldwide and earning her a Grammy nomination, […]

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29.09.23

Slow and Steady Fashion Wins the Race

Mercy light: Leading How do you feel about the fact that an item of clothing is worn just seven times before it is disposed of? A 2015 survey of 2,000 women by UK-based charity, Barnado’s, determined this. It’s a statistic that shocks students and staff within our school community. Considering rapidly changing social media and […]

Read More

18.09.23

Reigniting Connections in the Red Centre

Mercy Light: Connecting  If you look at a map of Australia and cast your eyes to the corner where the borders of Western Australia and Northern Territory meet South Australia, you are looking at a geographic location that holds significant meaning to the St Aloysius College community. This remote corner of Australia is also known […]

Read More

01.09.23

Mercy Hospitality at the Heart of Cultural Exchange

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING St Aloysius College has an enduring history of welcoming international students. Over the last 30 years, thousands of young people from foreign shores have spent time learning, growing and sharing their culture with SAC’s staff and students. A highlight of 2023 has been welcoming the return of international students and staff who […]

Read More

18.08.23

Walking the Extra Mile in Mercy

MERCY LIGHT: LEADING On any given night in South Australia, approximately 7,000 people are experiencing homelessness. National Homelessness Week, which was this year marked from August 7 to August 13, is an annual event to raise awareness of the issue and advocate for solutions to minimise it. On Friday 11 August, more than 70 students […]

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04.08.23

Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage 2023 – Moving Forward in Mercy

MERCY LIGHT: BELIEVING During the Term 2 school holidays, three Year 11 students represented St Aloysius College at the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in Melbourne. Anjali, Eleanor and Grace joined students and staff from 17 Mercy schools around Australia for the inaugural two-day gathering. The Pilgrimage was hosted by the Academy of Mary Immaculate in […]

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06.07.23

Working together CAN leave a great legacy

Mercy Light: Connecting Tucked away in a city street, within five minutes’ walk from St Aloysius College, is a vibrant and kind community that has been delivering much-needed care to thousands of vulnerable Adelaide citizens for nearly 40 years. Sister Janet Mead’s Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless is one of the primary Mercy Works supported […]

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09.06.23

Be A Voice for Generations – National Reconciliation Week 2023

Mercy Light: Connecting “The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” These words were first spoken by the late Dr Martin Luther King Junior, an American pastor and Civil Rights Activist who, in the 1960s, proclaimed his “dream” for racial equity in the United States. His words have not only lived […]

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30.05.23

Canberra: A Meeting Place for Learning and Exploration

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING Did you know that the first Australian-made currency was crafted by a convict of Spanish coins? Or that the name ‘Canberra’ means ‘meeting place’ in Ngunnawal language? These are just two interesting facts that some of our Year 7 students have enjoyed discovering during the week visiting Australia’s capital […]

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11.05.23

Learnings and Laughter along the Larapinta Trail

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING During the month of April, a small group of Year 11 Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students and four staff members set off to hike the Larapinta Trail. The trail, which starts just outside of Alice Springs, spans 223 kilometres. It has been one of Australia’s most popular hiking trails for nearly 30 […]

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14.04.23

Easter: New Life, New Hope

MERCY LIGHT: Believing It has been a very busy term at St Aloysius College, and the Easter break was a welcome opportunity to take time to reconnect with loved ones before the final week of term. Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection […]

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24.03.23

Harmony Day: ‘Everyone Belongs’

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING Did you know that we have students from more than 60 different nationalities? St Aloysius College is a culturally diverse community that embraces people from many backgrounds, and every year during Harmony Week, which is celebrated around Australia between March 20 to March 26, we proudly celebrate the vibrance this brings to […]

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10.03.23

International Women’s Day at SAC

International Women’s Day in one of the most important events in our Justice and Mercy calendar at SAC. It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our school identity and the ways in which we empower girls to become people who lead with courage and compassion. In the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day this […]

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17.02.23

Let Mercy Light the Way – Class of 2022 Academic Success

“Phenomenal.” This was the word that Ms Jacqui Jury, SAC’s Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, chose to summarise the achievements of St Aloysius College’s Class of 2022. One hundred per cent of our Year 12 students successfully obtained their SACE, and 21 per cent of the cohort achieved an ATAR score of 95 or […]

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10.02.23

2023, A Year of Blessings

There has been much to celebrate already this year. We were fortunate to begin 2023 together on campus, as opposed to some cohorts learning online, which is how the 2022 school year began. The past few years have delivered significant challenges to many communities and ours is no exception. But, in the spirit of courage, […]

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08.12.22

Meet Mia, SAC Student named SA’s Young Historian

If you could choose to learn about any Australian historical figure, who might it be? For Year 12 student, Mia Konopka, the answer is clear: Gough Whitlam, Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, who held Office from 1972 until his infamous dismissal in 1975. Intrigued by Whitlam’s political legacy, Mia saw a golden opportunity to broaden her knowledge […]

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17.11.22

Visitors with Tales of Success

Timor-Leste is a country in Southeast Asia, approximately one hour’s flight away from Darwin. The country has a population of 1.3 million people and it has the highest rate of poverty in Southeast Asia. Before the pandemic began, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that, “one in five Timorese households were receiving payments […]

Read More

10.11.22

A Cause Close to the Heart

Did you know that, on average, 57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer each week? That equates to 20,000 Australians each year, and it makes breast cancer the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Many Australians, even if not diagnosed themselves, are likely to know someone who is or will be within their lifetime. […]

Read More

19.09.22

STEM MAD National Showcase in Melbourne

Year 10 students Emily, Tilda and Sophie and Year 11 student Imogen were invited to attend the STEM MAD National Showcase in Melbourne to demonstrate their award-winning apps from the recent state finals. The students set up a display and communicated their STEM projects with an audience of Catholic Education staff and students across Australia. […]

Read More

14.02.22

A love for STEM & A Lifetime Opportunity

On the previous edition of our newsletter, we congratulated Gabriela Coehlo, who has been awarded the Andy Thomas Scholarship at the University of Adelaide. Gabriela was selected for her academic success, as well as her strong commitment to service of her school and community. She graduated from St Aloysius College in 2021, where she was […]

Read More

14.02.22

Our SAC Vision for Reconciliation

NAA MARNI, HELLO Did you know that our first Reconciliation Action Plan has been approved and is for public viewing on the Narragunnawali website? Narragunnawali – St Aloysius CollegeYou can find one of our whole school actions around Acknowledgement of Country here: Narragunnawali – Acknowledgement of CountryThe Reconciliation Action Plan is about everyone reflecting, learning and taking […]

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04.02.22

Our new playground is officially open!

It’s been so wonderful to see our students having fun and challenging themselves while exploring the reimagined space. Thank you to all of the students and staff who were a part of this project, we are so glad the community can now enjoy it!

Read More

11.01.22

Academic Results – Class of 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! With 100% SACE completion we are so proud of each and every one of you.Your courage and determination are an inspiration to our whole school community. In challenging times, our Mercy values sustain us and we recognise these values embodied in our graduates. Thank you to all the teaching […]

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Fri, Jun 21

Finding Freedom, Seeking Hope – Refugee Week 2024

Mercy Light: Connecting A quick internet search of the word ‘hospitality’ will deliver this definition or similar: “The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers; the business of providing food, drink and accommodation.” Hospitality, in its context as one of St Aloysius College’s core values, invites us to welcome others with […]

Read More

Fri, Jun 7

Stage 2 Students Flourish on the Fleurieau Peninsula

Mercy Light: Learning Outdoor Education, offered to students at Stage 1 and Stage 2 of their secondary studies, enables experiential learning about the natural world and how we interact with it. It enhances students’ understanding of conservation and sustainability and their personal and social growth. Recently Stage 2 Outdoor Education students completed the first of […]

Read More

Fri, May 24

Something for Everyone at Careers Week Showcase

Mercy Light: Learning  As a young child, do you recall using the phrase, “when I grow up, I want to be…” The ellipses – those three dots – symbolise the possibilities for a future yet to be written. “I want to be an astronaut, a doctor, a police officer, a teacher, a tradesperson…”  One of […]

Read More

Fri, May 10

Hospitality and Courage Create a Home Away from Home

Mercy Light: Connecting Cultural richness and diversity bring many benefits to learning communities like St Aloysius College. Exposure to different customs, traditions, arts and foods helps young people to think and imagine far beyond the classroom walls and develop a sense of curiosity. Study Tour and Cultural Immersion opportunities are offered to students in senior […]

Read More

Fri, Apr 5

Coding a Promising Future in SAC’s new Tech Studio

Mercy Light: Learning In 2015, United Nations world leaders announced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 goals, their ‘roadmap’, to achieving it. One of those goals is to ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education. Today, nearly 10 years on from this declaration, the global community has faced unprecedented challenges. The emergence and […]

Read More

Fri, Feb 23

SAC Playgroup Delivers an Early Love of Learning

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING If you pass by The Cloisters lawns on a Thursday morning, you’ll notice something new and different. The area is transformed into an indoor-outdoor sanctuary of play and learning, with colourful rugs, sensory stations and a range of activities set up, and Early Years teacher, Olivia Spadavecchia, eagerly awaiting the arrival of […]

Read More

Wed, Feb 21

In it Together: Sister Meredith Evans Inspires Young Leaders

Mercy Light: Leading Sister of Mercy, Meredith Evans, was recently awarded the title of Senior South Australian of the Year for dedicating her life to helping the vulnerable and inspiring others to do the same. It was most Australians’ first introduction to the lively 75-year-old, but Sister Meredith is no stranger to the St Aloysius […]

Read More

Mon, Dec 18

Outstanding Success for Class of 2023

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING Achieving a South Australian Certificate of Education is something to be incredibly proud of. We are thrilled to announce that 100% of our Year 12 cohort, the Class of 2023, have attained their SACE. Thirty-three students placed in the top 10% of Year 12 Leavers nationwide, and we especially congratulate our Class […]

Read More

Thu, Dec 7

Ngapartji Ngapartji: You Give a Little, I Give a Little

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING “How is Sue?” Selinda, a young artist and worker at Ninuku Arts Centre in Kalka, the closest neighbouring community to Pipalyatjara, asked me this question at the end of a long day, when a community barbeque cooked by St Aloysius College staff and students was drawing to a close. Selinda posed this […]

Read More

Fri, Nov 24

This is Why Mercy Matters

MERCY LIGHT: Leading During the first whole school Mass for 2023, it was announced that the St Aloysius College community would celebrate this as a ‘Year of Blessings’ and reflect on this theme in subsequent liturgical celebrations and events. One way to celebrate blessings is to share them with others through acts of service and […]

Read More

Fri, Sep 29

Slow and Steady Fashion Wins the Race

Mercy light: Leading How do you feel about the fact that an item of clothing is worn just seven times before it is disposed of? A 2015 survey of 2,000 women by UK-based charity, Barnado’s, determined this. It’s a statistic that shocks students and staff within our school community. Considering rapidly changing social media and […]

Read More

Mon, Sep 18

Reigniting Connections in the Red Centre

Mercy Light: Connecting  If you look at a map of Australia and cast your eyes to the corner where the borders of Western Australia and Northern Territory meet South Australia, you are looking at a geographic location that holds significant meaning to the St Aloysius College community. This remote corner of Australia is also known […]

Read More

Fri, Sep 1

Mercy Hospitality at the Heart of Cultural Exchange

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING St Aloysius College has an enduring history of welcoming international students. Over the last 30 years, thousands of young people from foreign shores have spent time learning, growing and sharing their culture with SAC’s staff and students. A highlight of 2023 has been welcoming the return of international students and staff who […]

Read More

Fri, Aug 18

Walking the Extra Mile in Mercy

MERCY LIGHT: LEADING On any given night in South Australia, approximately 7,000 people are experiencing homelessness. National Homelessness Week, which was this year marked from August 7 to August 13, is an annual event to raise awareness of the issue and advocate for solutions to minimise it. On Friday 11 August, more than 70 students […]

Read More

Fri, Aug 4

Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage 2023 – Moving Forward in Mercy

MERCY LIGHT: BELIEVING During the Term 2 school holidays, three Year 11 students represented St Aloysius College at the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in Melbourne. Anjali, Eleanor and Grace joined students and staff from 17 Mercy schools around Australia for the inaugural two-day gathering. The Pilgrimage was hosted by the Academy of Mary Immaculate in […]

Read More

Thu, Jul 6

Working together CAN leave a great legacy

Mercy Light: Connecting Tucked away in a city street, within five minutes’ walk from St Aloysius College, is a vibrant and kind community that has been delivering much-needed care to thousands of vulnerable Adelaide citizens for nearly 40 years. Sister Janet Mead’s Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless is one of the primary Mercy Works supported […]

Read More

Tue, May 30

Canberra: A Meeting Place for Learning and Exploration

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING Did you know that the first Australian-made currency was crafted by a convict of Spanish coins? Or that the name ‘Canberra’ means ‘meeting place’ in Ngunnawal language? These are just two interesting facts that some of our Year 7 students have enjoyed discovering during the week visiting Australia’s capital […]

Read More

Thu, May 11

Learnings and Laughter along the Larapinta Trail

MERCY LIGHT: LEARNING During the month of April, a small group of Year 11 Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students and four staff members set off to hike the Larapinta Trail. The trail, which starts just outside of Alice Springs, spans 223 kilometres. It has been one of Australia’s most popular hiking trails for nearly 30 […]

Read More

Fri, Apr 14

Easter: New Life, New Hope

MERCY LIGHT: Believing It has been a very busy term at St Aloysius College, and the Easter break was a welcome opportunity to take time to reconnect with loved ones before the final week of term. Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection […]

Read More

Fri, Mar 24

Harmony Day: ‘Everyone Belongs’

MERCY LIGHT: CONNECTING Did you know that we have students from more than 60 different nationalities? St Aloysius College is a culturally diverse community that embraces people from many backgrounds, and every year during Harmony Week, which is celebrated around Australia between March 20 to March 26, we proudly celebrate the vibrance this brings to […]

Read More

Fri, Mar 10

International Women’s Day at SAC

International Women’s Day in one of the most important events in our Justice and Mercy calendar at SAC. It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our school identity and the ways in which we empower girls to become people who lead with courage and compassion. In the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day this […]

Read More

Fri, Feb 17

Let Mercy Light the Way – Class of 2022 Academic Success

“Phenomenal.” This was the word that Ms Jacqui Jury, SAC’s Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, chose to summarise the achievements of St Aloysius College’s Class of 2022. One hundred per cent of our Year 12 students successfully obtained their SACE, and 21 per cent of the cohort achieved an ATAR score of 95 or […]

Read More

Fri, Feb 10

2023, A Year of Blessings

There has been much to celebrate already this year. We were fortunate to begin 2023 together on campus, as opposed to some cohorts learning online, which is how the 2022 school year began. The past few years have delivered significant challenges to many communities and ours is no exception. But, in the spirit of courage, […]

Read More

Thu, Dec 8

Meet Mia, SAC Student named SA’s Young Historian

If you could choose to learn about any Australian historical figure, who might it be? For Year 12 student, Mia Konopka, the answer is clear: Gough Whitlam, Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, who held Office from 1972 until his infamous dismissal in 1975. Intrigued by Whitlam’s political legacy, Mia saw a golden opportunity to broaden her knowledge […]

Read More

Thu, Nov 17

Visitors with Tales of Success

Timor-Leste is a country in Southeast Asia, approximately one hour’s flight away from Darwin. The country has a population of 1.3 million people and it has the highest rate of poverty in Southeast Asia. Before the pandemic began, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that, “one in five Timorese households were receiving payments […]

Read More

Thu, Nov 10

A Cause Close to the Heart

Did you know that, on average, 57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer each week? That equates to 20,000 Australians each year, and it makes breast cancer the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Many Australians, even if not diagnosed themselves, are likely to know someone who is or will be within their lifetime. […]

Read More

Mon, Sep 19

STEM MAD National Showcase in Melbourne

Year 10 students Emily, Tilda and Sophie and Year 11 student Imogen were invited to attend the STEM MAD National Showcase in Melbourne to demonstrate their award-winning apps from the recent state finals. The students set up a display and communicated their STEM projects with an audience of Catholic Education staff and students across Australia. […]

Read More

Mon, Feb 14

A love for STEM & A Lifetime Opportunity

On the previous edition of our newsletter, we congratulated Gabriela Coehlo, who has been awarded the Andy Thomas Scholarship at the University of Adelaide. Gabriela was selected for her academic success, as well as her strong commitment to service of her school and community. She graduated from St Aloysius College in 2021, where she was […]

Read More

Mon, Feb 14

Our SAC Vision for Reconciliation

NAA MARNI, HELLO Did you know that our first Reconciliation Action Plan has been approved and is for public viewing on the Narragunnawali website? Narragunnawali – St Aloysius CollegeYou can find one of our whole school actions around Acknowledgement of Country here: Narragunnawali – Acknowledgement of CountryThe Reconciliation Action Plan is about everyone reflecting, learning and taking […]

Read More

Fri, Feb 4

Our new playground is officially open!

It’s been so wonderful to see our students having fun and challenging themselves while exploring the reimagined space. Thank you to all of the students and staff who were a part of this project, we are so glad the community can now enjoy it!

Read More

Tue, Jan 11

Academic Results – Class of 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! With 100% SACE completion we are so proud of each and every one of you.Your courage and determination are an inspiration to our whole school community. In challenging times, our Mercy values sustain us and we recognise these values embodied in our graduates. Thank you to all the teaching […]

Read More