On Thursday 9 May, McAuley Hall was filled with warmth and plenty of smiles as we gathered to celebrate Mother’s Day—a special evening dedicated to honouring mothers, grandmothers, and all the amazing women in our lives.

The event commenced with a warm welcome from Judith Weir, followed by a liturgy that paid tribute to women in the Mercy tradition, recognising their profound impact and nurturing spirit. Georgia Gilmour, the Parents’ Association President, also welcomed everyone with heartfelt words, setting the tone for a memorable evening ahead.

A huge thank you goes out to the many students who contributed to making the night extraordinary. Students participated by delivering readings, assisting with the raffle draws, and showcasing musical talents through performances from the OLMC music program. Their involvement added a personal touch to the event, highlighting the importance of family and community.

The evening was not only filled with meaningful moments but also offered enjoyable activities and surprises. Guests enjoyed supper, captured fun memories at the photo booth, and eagerly participated in raffles and door prize draws. Each guest was also treated to a special gift bag, expertly put together by Lia Heim, making every attendee feel appreciated and cherished.

Events like this are not possible without the wonderful volunteers from the Parents’ Association. Thank you all for your dedication to making a great night, especially the fundraising committee for sourcing the raffle and door prizes. Special recognition and gratitude are extended to Lia Heim for her dedication in putting the gift bags together.

We would also like to thank all the sponsors for their donations including the major sponsors Fernwood Bulleen, Thrive Revive, Snap Fitness, Thalassea Art & Design, Bunnings Northland, Vasko Restaurant, Manhattan Beauty, Chemist Warehouse and Bulleen Art & Garden.

The spirit of togetherness and appreciation for the women in our lives resonated throughout the evening and we look forward to seeing you all at our next Parents’ Association event.

Nikki Reynolds
Parents’ Association

Raffle Prizes

Prize 1Lidia Ferraro
Prize 2Anabelle R
Prize 3Kate Ericson
Prize 4 N Purser
Prize 5 Amara N
Prize 6Anna Ryan
Prize 7Lia Heim
Prize 8Catherine Z
Prize 9Megs (surname not supplied)