The spirit of shared experiences brings together generations of the Mercedes Community and continues to be a strong element of our culture.

Annual Giving 2017

Mercedes College is built upon the generous contributions of parents, relatives and friends. This support over several decades presents today’s students the best opportunity to reach their academic potential.

In a rapidly evolving world, we need your continued assistance to ensure tomorrow’s students are fully equipped to meet the unprecedented challenges that await them.

I would like to share our wonderful history of community giving, as I ask you to consider making an annual gift to continue the development of our world class facilities.

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In the late 1970s, Mercedes College emerged stronger from financial hardship through the overwhelming devotion of parents determined to ensure the longevity of the school’s development. The redevelopment of the Main Oval in 1981 did much to enhance the ambience of the College and establish the sporting culture of camaraderie that resonates so strongly in 2017. This would not have been possible without the tireless support of parents. It was initiated by a donation of soil, which was put to good use by parents giving their time and machinery to develop the oval.  

Voluntary labour became a pillar of the school’s development during this era, with the undertaking of a massive project to relocate the tennis courts. It’s a testament to the strong community spirit we pride ourselves on that parents were so gracious with their time and resources to develop a better school. While we don’t expect you to turn up with a shovel on Saturday morning, the generosity and enthusiasm to improve our facilities is still critical to the evolution of Mercedes College.

In 1984, plans were drawn up for Gleeson Hall alongside fundraising campaigns by the parent body. Finance was only part of the problem, as local residents opposed construction. Ultimately it went before the Supreme Court, with representation from a parent, and in 1986 a judge decreed the College had a right to build the hall.

By the 1990s and 2000s, the College became less reliant on physical labour from parents, but financial and resourceful donations continued to play a significant role in the school’s development, as they do today. Following the completion of Gleeson Hall, further fundraising efforts by the parents and friends saw the construction of the John McDonald Centre for Performing Arts in 1994.

Construction of the Carmel Bourke Library and Technology Centre commenced in 1998, with $1 million raised by the community, and work on refurbishing the science laboratories began in 2000. In 2008, the College undertook its biggest building project, with the redevelopment of the modern Fitzpatrick and McAuley buildings, including the multi-purpose Mercy Lecture Theatre. These stand prominently as a reminder of what can only be accomplished with the backing of our community.  

The generosity of community members over the past three Annual Giving Appeals has seen the installation of the Junior School Play Spaces and the Terraces under the shade next to the Junior School Hall. For this we sincerely thank you.

It takes the collective annual support of parents, friends, students, old scholars and staff to make a school like Mercedes a world class College. By making an annual gift, you directly support the development of facilities essential to education. Just as your child has benefited from past generosity, your contribution will benefit students today and tomorrow.

Please join us in making a gift; your contribution, small or big, will give our children a wonderful opportunity to develop beyond the classroom.

Thank you for your continued support.

Peter Daw

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