Co-curricular opportunities Curriculum extension activities nurture the creative, physical and social attributes of our students.

With a wide range of co-curricular opportunities and activities, including performing arts, music, sport, clubs and societies, our students develop new capabilities, balanced with their academic pursuits.

By participating in co-curricular opportunities, students build their confidence and develop teamwork, leadership, followership and public speaking skills.

Clubs and Societies

Students are invited to join clubs and groups of interest to them beyond the curriculum:

Chess Club
A group of enthusiastic players who enjoy lunchtime games and inter-school competitions.

Craft Club
Students are invited to join Craft Club, an extension programme focussed on arts and crafts, where they can work together to design and create a variety of items, under the guidance of our specialist art, design and media teachers. Using their design and art skills to sketch, plan and coordinate their own projects, resources and materials, students develop resilience, grit and creative problem solving skills and gain great experience.

Debating
Here students are encouraged to research topics, gain knowledge of current affairs, use logic to develop a case and consider counterarguments, and develop confidence and public speaking skills. Students from Year 5 to Year 12 can participate in our inter-school competition.

Social Justice Team
This team raises personal and community awareness through discussion and fundraising for charities in South Australia. All students are involved in community service during their time at Mercedes College, with those passionate about extending their support to those in need in our community invited to become involved with the Social Justice Team.

St Vincent de Paul Society
Senior students are involved in school activities that support Vinnies with members able to assist with the Moore Street Centre.

World Culture Club
The World Culture Club comprises local and international students and fosters support and social activities between the two.

Craft Club

Junior School Craft Club | Monday, JS Art Room MB101, at lunchtime

Middle School Craft Club | Friday, MS Art Room D206, at lunchtime, every odd-numbered week


Performing and Visual Arts

By providing a rich arts experience, under the expert guidance of our performing and visual arts staff, students can further their artistic pursuits.

Beginning in the classroom, students from Reception to Year 10 engage with performing and visual arts as part of the curriculum. In our Senior School, students can select from a number of arts subjects within the IB Diploma and SACE.

Visual Arts are included in the curriculum for our Junior and Middle School students, and later as an elective. Student work features in various exhibitions, including the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA).

Extra-curricular music opportunities enable students to further their learning and experience performing solo and in ensembles or bands. Drama students have the chance to enhance their skills through a Year 6 to Year 12 full-scale collaborative production 

Music

Students eager to deepen their knowledge of a musical instrument can develop their skills through private tuition by specialised staff.

Students can also join our bands, ensembles, choirs and instrumental groups, and perform on inside and outside the college. Students involved in extra-curricular music are invited to join our bands, ensembles, choirs and groups once they are established in music tuition.

Drama

Students are involved in drama as part of the curriculum in our Junior and Middle Schools, including producing and performing the Year 8 Musical, which involves the entire cohort. They are able to continue studying drama an elective in later years.

The Mercedes Drama Company is an extra-curricular extension programme for Year 6 to Year 12 students interested in drama beyond the curriculum. It enables them to further enhance their individual and ensemble skills through the performance of a full-scale production. Further it enables students from a range of year levels across the Middle and Senior Schools to collaborate and experience working with across age groups.

Students audition for the Drama Club in Term 1 and attend one day per week after school during Terms 2 and 3, with a performance in Term 4.


Extra-Curricular Sports

With a strong sporting tradition and a leading school in athletics, cross country and team sports, we aim to achieve excellence through participation, the provision of high quality coaching and active involvement in inter-school competitions.

Our sporting programme encourages participation at all levels, which leads to personal achievement, social interaction and an opportunity to explore new skills and improve performances. Many sports are available - including Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Aussie Rules,  Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball and  Water Polo.