At Mercedes College there are two drivers of the curriculum: Catholicity and a commitment to International Mindedness.

Mercedes Curriculum

Thank you for considering Mercedes College as a choice for your child’s education. We look forward to welcoming you into our school community to discuss the learning opportunities, pastoral care programmes and extra-curricular activities available to our students.

As you will discover, we are proud of the achievements of our students both past and present. We strive to provide opportunities for all members of our College to be the best person he or she can be and thus reach his or her full intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional potential.

We invite you to visit the school and experience the sense of welcome that is a fundamental part of our Mercy culture, and trust you will feel the spirit of belonging that exists amongst the members of this thriving community.

Please see our Prospectus (7MB) for an overview of the programmes on offer at Mercedes College.

Peter Daw
Principal


Catholic Community

Many of our students are of faiths or denominations other than Catholic. They’re warmly welcomed and harmoniously settle into the College community.

While our morning prayer and celebrations as a community are observed following the Catholic faith, the students study and respect global religions as part of the curriculum to ensure each has a comprehensive understanding of religions from all over of the world.

All students are challenged to live in the way of the Gospels, and the Mercy Keys of Compassion, Integrity, Justice, Responsibility, Loyalty and Mutual Respect are lived on a daily basis.

The Mercy tradition is based strongly on service to those less fortunate than ourselves and so Senior students participate in a number of service and outreach activities.


International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers an educational challenge that provides scope for both academic achievement and worthwhile practical activities in community service. It is a cross-cultural approach that encourages students to gain an increasing knowledge of, and respect for, the cultures of the world.


South Australian Certificate of Education

In Years 11 and 12, students have the option to choose either the IB Diploma or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).


Languages

Language learning at Mercedes is fundamental to the concepts of the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes and is also available as a SACE subject. Students study French from Reception to Year 5. In Year 6, they continue with French and commence learning Indonesian.

In Years 7-10, students must choose to continue their study of either French or Indonesian. In Years 11 and 12, International Baccalaureate students may choose from French Language B, Indonesian Language B, Spanish Ab Initio, Chinese Language A and English Language B. SACE students may select language options available in French, Indonesian and Chinese.


International Mindedness

Mercedes College is the only Catholic school in South Australia to offer curriculum provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) from Reception through to Year 12. IB programmes encourage international mindedness by emphasising an understanding of diversity of culture and by developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills required for global citizenship. 

All IB students learn a second language while supporting and developing mother tongue languages.

The IBO chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria.

  • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
  • Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
  • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
  • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods

Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking.


Are you an International Student?

Please click here for more information on the specialised Learning Programmes and curriculum offered to our International Students.