Mercy Values

St. Joseph’s School was founded on 8 February 1875 by four Sisters of Mercy.  Enduring great hardships and setbacks, this group of dedicated sisters fulfilled their mission in pioneering Christian education in the region until 1987 when the last Sister of Mercy staff member retired. 

As a school founded by the Sisters of Mercy, the charism of Catherine McAuley calls our community to: 

“Act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God”

Mercy Values are an integral part of the religious life of the school, and these six core values are taught and espoused through interactions within the school and wider community. 

Inspired by, and in keeping with the Gospel ideal, we live and work by the Mercy Values of:

Mercy and Justice

  • Provide hospitality
  • Work for the common good
  • Be responsible stewards
  • Be advocates


  • Let our hearts be touched by the needs of others

Human Dignity

  • Be respectful
  • Empower each other
  • Value diversity


  • Be accepting
  • Value each other

Option for the Poor

  • Be aware
  • Commit
  • Empower the poor


  • Foster education
  • Ensure equality
  • Address community needs