Mercy Vision & Values

St Aloysius College is a Catholic school for girls shaped by the tradition of Mercy.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy was founded in Ireland in 1831, when Catherine McAuley, in response to the needs of the time, established an institute particularly for the care and education of vulnerable girls and young women.

Since then, the Congregation has continued to act in response to contemporary needs in society. As part of this heritage, St Aloysius College was established in Adelaide in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy to educate girls to realise their own potential and to contribute more fully to the wider community.


With faith and courage, we nurture in our students an enduring zest for all aspects of life and learning, inspiring them to be confident individuals who make a difference in the world.

Testimony to our Mercy ethos is the calibre of the young women who graduate from the College:

  • young women of strength and integrity
  • young women with a strong sense of social justice
  • young women who possess the gentle, compassionate humanity which is Mercy

The Mercy Values of St Aloysius College underpin all that we do:

  • Compassion
  • Hospitality
  • Justice
  • Service
  • Respect
  • Courage

sac mercy day


Visit our vibrant College for girls in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD.
Meet our teachers and hear from our students on a School Tour.