There is an emphasis on learning, co-curricular choice and participation in community service. There is also an added focus on preparing students for their post-school academic, employment and spiritual endeavours.
Students in Year 10 complete their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Students in Years 11 and 12 may then study either the IB Diploma or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
Within both curriculum models, students choose subjects from the essential areas of learning – the Arts, English, languages, physical education, mathematics, science, studies of society and technology. Religious education and pastoral care programmes are provided through Home Group classes at each year level.
Helpful information for parents
- Year 10 SACE and IB presentation
- Year 11 SACE and IB presentation
- IB MYP Curriculum Handbook
- SACE Stage 1 Curriculum Handbook
- SACE Stage 2 Curriculum Handbook
- IB Diploma Curriculum Handbook
Students in Years 10 to 12 are welcomed each day by a their Home Group teacher. Home Group teachers work with students and may advocate on behalf of them in the event of illness or matters of personal wellbeing. They also serve as the intial point of contact for families.
In addition, specific curriculum matters are taught and explored within this class group, including our Growth and Personal Skills (GPS) Programme.
Each week, students and teachers work together on aspects of personal growth, skills relevant to life beyond school and the development of the whole person. Home Group teachers also teach specific academic subjects and this relationship is supported through the contact with each other at the beginning of every day.
Developing leadership skills is at the core of our ethos at Mercedes College. Through our formal leadership structure all students are provided with the opportunity to express themselves and be a voice for the student body.
Our leaders demonstrate a range of skills including vision, reliability, commitment and inspiration with the Mercy Keys of Compassion, Loyalty, Justice, Integrity, Responsibility and Mutual Respect becoming the essence of this journey. Opportunities for student leadership exist through the Student Representative Council, College Captain, Sports Leader and House Captain roles and leadership of student clubs and societies.
Student Services Centre
The Student Services Centre offers a variety of services and information to students. Career and tertiary course counselling and assessment services assist students in making study and career choices appropriate to their talents. Work experience and observation programmes are provided and a personal counselling service is also available through the College Psychologists.