Mercy Regional College Camperdown, VICTORIA

Mercy Regional College was established as Catholic Regional College in 1973 under the foundation principalship of Mr John Tindley. The College is a co-educational secondary school, serving the parishes of Camperdown, Mortlake, Terang and Timboon. 

In its early years, Catholic Regional College included three campuses with students accommodated at St Colman’s School, Mortlake as well as the current campuses at Noorat and Camperdown.In 1983, the Mortlake and Noorat campuses were consolidated at Noorat.

The Sisters of Mercy have had a long involvement in Catholic education at both Camperdown and Noorat. Mercy Regional College was fortunate in being able to maintain the involvement of the Sisters of Mercy from its beginning in 1973 until 2002.

In 2004, the two campuses of Mercy Regional College were re-named. The Camperdown campus was named the McAuley campus after the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy Catherine McAuley. The Noorat campus was named the O’Keeffe campus after Monsignor O’Keeffe, a former Parish Priest of St. Thomas’ Terang.

In 2008, the College Board moved to consolidate the provision of education at Mercy Regional College. From 2009, all Year 7-8 classes have been conducted at the O’Keeffe Campus, Noorat with all Year 9-12 classes at the McAuley Campus, Camperdown.

Mercy Regional College is proud of its twin parish and Mercy heritages. The Sisters of Mercy had a long history in our parish primary schools in teaching and leadership roles with generations of Mercy students influenced by their commitment to education. It was the decision of the Sisters of Mercy to move away from secondary education in the parish schools that drove a group of determined Catholic parents, families and clergy to found Catholic Regional College in 1973, a courageous move that went against the advice of many including the diocesan education authorities. The vibrant, growing and faith-filled school we enjoy today is testament indeed to the foresight of our founders.


Ms Sharon Gillett commenced July 2019

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