Welcome! Merici College is named in honour of St Angela Merici, a famous educator during the Renaissance period. We are a Year 7-12 Catholic girls’ college, situated in Braddon in the heart of Canberra.
Established in 1959 and known at that time as Canberra Catholic Girls’ High School, we are dedicated to excellence in the education of young women. From 1983, the year of our Silver Jubilee, the College has been known as Merici College.
We are very proud to be the oldest established Catholic girls’ secondary school in Canberra. Merici is a vibrant community committed to preparing confident and competent young women well equipped to contribute to the world beyond high school. We create innovative learning environments that meet the needs of individual students and inspire them to strive for the highest levels of personal achievement.
As a Catholic school, our central aim is to guide each individual towards full human development. We seek for each student to grow emotionally, socially, intellectually, spiritually and physically, supported by the principles of the Catholic faith. Merici is also enriched by families from diverse Christian and other faith traditions.
We are a dynamic, welcoming and energetic community with a rich and varied curriculum and an outstanding system of pastoral care. Our Mission Statement is a lived reality within the College: "Merici challenges you to love life, have hope, be faithful and build futures more wondrous than you dare to dream". Our approach to all areas of college life — pastoral care, curriculum and our co-curricular program — reflects our dedication to this vision. It is grounded in the scripture message of St Paul to the Corinthians of a true Christian community where “faith, hope and love abide” (1 Cor 13:13)
We are a school at the forefront of technology, well known for our laptop program which is committed to enhancing learning through technology for all students. Our Principles of Powerful Learning are testament to our desire to ensure that teaching and learning at the College is based on the most recent educational research. Through our Principles of Powerful Learning, we seek to work closely in partnership with students and their parents to maximise student performance and success regardless of ability levels.
We are committed to innovation and continuous improvement. This, together with well-equipped facilities and a rigorous academic program in both the junior (Years 7-10) and senior (Years 11 and 12) school ensure that we are exceptionally well placed to guide students through their adolescent years into young adulthood.
Join us as we work together to support and challenge your daughter to develop her talents and share them generously with others.
Mrs Loretta Wholley, Principal