Mount Alvernia College, Kedron
Mount Alvernia College Ltd is a Catholic secondary school for girls. The College takes its name and spirit from St Francis of Assisi.
History of the ministry
The particular Franciscan vision which still inspires Mount Alvernia College is that of a nineteenth-century English woman, Elizabeth Hayes, an educationalist with particular concerns for the poor and for the education of women. She joined a Franciscan community in Scotland and eventually, in 1854, founded her own religious community, known as the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, in Belle Prairie, Minnesota, USA.
It was in a room of the Convent of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters at Kedron that Mount Alvernia College began on 1 February 1956, with an enrolment of ten students and three teaching Sisters. Twelve months later, the first brick building in Cremorne Road was opened with 29 students. From those humble beginnings, the College has grown to a population of approximately 800 students, 70 teachers and 30 support staff.
The educational mission is to foster a young woman’s growth to ‘full stature in Christ’ by nurturing her unique relationship with God, begun at Baptism and cultivated throughout her whole life.
The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception transferred canonical governance of Mount Alvernia College to Mercy Partners in July 2017.