Mercy College Arts
Mercy College Arts Department is a thriving and dynamic department offering students many diverse and engaging opportunities and programs. A range of artistic disciplines: Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Art is offered to all students in Years 7 to 12. The Primary School also has a strong Arts focus having a specialist Performing Arts teacher running weekly programs with all year groups. Students in the Primary School also visit our beautiful new Visual Art classrooms once a week to participate in workshops provided by the High School Visual Art Teachers.
The Arts curriculum at Mercy is supplemented by an exciting and varied extra-curricular program. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in group extra-curricular activities such as bands and ensembles, dance teams, drama clubs and visual art groups. There are also many performance opportunities in which students can chose to be involved, including school productions, competitions and festivals. High school students have the opportunity to be involved in a whole school musical production every second year and on the alternate year we offer a chance for students to attend an interstate Arts Tour.
Mrs Eleisha Hathaway | Head of Arts
The Dance program at Mercy College is diverse and engaging. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of different dance styles, to work outside their comfort zones to produce original and dynamic work. Students will often have the opportunity to work with specialists in the industry such as Bollywood instructors, circus performers, street/hip hop dancers as well as company professionals from CO3. In addition to this, students are regularly taken to see live performances by professional dance companies including Sydney Dance Company and CO3.
Mercy College offers a large extra curricula dance program that provides the dance students with opportunities to refine and extend their skills but also have performance opportunities including; Catholic Performing Arts Festival, Carnevale, College productions and events as well as the Annual Dance Showcase that involves all Dance students from Year 4 to Year 12.
- Primary School Dance Team
- Dance Team One (Years 7 -9)
- Dance Team Two (Years 10 – 12)
- Extension Dance Team
- Liturgical Dance
- Hip hop crew
- Cheerleading, Levels One and Two
Drama offers a plethora of extracurricular activities at the College. These programs not only provide the students with the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone but to build resilience. These groups include Drama Club, Specialist Drama and Christian Drama. Students who are involved in these groups are able to
showcase their work to both their peers and outside audiences. Drama students are also given the opportunity to view live theatre as well as be involved in numerous workshops such as, Theatre Combat, Commedia Dell'arte and Shakespeare is Dead.
Media at Mercy College continues to use cutting edge technology to produce quality, varied works which reflect industry standards for students.
Mercy students have the opportunity to incorporate their love of digital technology with the exciting world of food photography, small-scale productions and story boards. As students move into Senior School they have the opportunity to direct their own advertisements, challenging themselves in editing roles using Premiere Pro.
Mercy College offers ATAR Media for our senior cohorts, studying Pop Culture and Journalism in Year 11 and Media Art and Power and Persuasion in Year 12. These units are a culmination of the students’ high school careers in Media and students individually produce their own 5-minute Art Film as part of their examination.
Also offered at Mercy College are alternative pathways for students who chose not to pursue ATAR course work offering Certificates II and III in creative industries.
Mercy offers a comprehensive, high quality music program to students from Years 7-12 including ATAR contemporary music. Students have the opportunity to be involved in jazz bands, ensembles, choirs, chamber groups and contemporary bands at all levels. Performance opportunities include school concerts and assemblies, music festivals, musical productions, community events and tours throughout Australia.
Instrumental and vocal tuition is available from qualified tutors who are highly skilled in their area. The instrumental lessons, ensembles and classroom programs work together to offer a well-rounded program that promotes excellent performance skills and understanding of music knowledge.
A feature of the Mercy College Arts Learning Area is the specialist Music Program run by the Coordinator of Music, Mrs Jodie Harders. This program consists of both vocal and instrumental studies, which in turn cover a large variety of options.
Mercy College is offering Music Scholarships to students from Years 3 (Strings), 5 (Woodwind) and 7 (Brass) in 2019 for beginning or continuing students on clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and violin commencing Term One 2019. The scholarship covers full music tuition and instrument hire if applicable. Scholarship applications will be available at the beginning of November 2018.
Mercy College offers a dynamic Visual Arts Program. Classes are held in the new Frayne Building, which includes two naturally lit and spacious classrooms. Visual Arts specializes in ceramic kiln work with a brand new large kiln and wet room.
Art extension workshops are available every term for art students to broaden their skills and understanding in the visual arts. Students are able to create their own finished art pieces.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of incursions and excursions for different year groups, for example, Balloon Artistry; Sculptures by the Sea; Street Art Tour.
At the end of each year, Mercy holds its annual Art Exhibitions showcasing all year groups' creative artworks with a Presentation Awards Night to acknowledge and validate student’s achievements.