Katherine Gauci - Head of Learning Area
The Arts at Mercy is a vibrant and engaging learning area that encourages the development of students socially and emotionally, as well as academically. We offer classes and activities in a range of artistic disciplines including Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Art. Classes are taught by teachers who are specialists in their fields and they bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience.
In the Primary School Arts program, all students in Pre-primary to Year 6 study Dance, Drama and Music and they are given many performance opportunities throughout the year, including the chance to be involved in a Primary Musical Production every second year.
In the Secondary School all students in Year 7 are given a chance to try each Arts Discipline for one term to discover their talents. From Years 8 to 10 students may choose which Arts subjects they wish to study and in Year 11 and 12 all Arts subjects are offered with a choice of a university entrance (ATAR) pathway or a general pathway.
A feature of the Mercy College Arts Learning Area is the Specialist Music Program, this program consists of both vocal and instrumental studies, which in turn cover a large variety of options and we also offer a scholarship process for those that wish to apply.
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 that students can chose to be involved in, including school productions, competitions and festivals. High school students have the opportunity to be involved in a Whole School Musical every second year and on the alternate year we offer a chance to attend the Senior Arts Tour for Year 10, 11 and 12 Arts students. This varied, extracurricular program is designed to offer opportunities for all students to become involved in the Arts, as well as encouraging and extending those gifted and talented students to excel in their specific discipline.
Ms Erica Royle - Music Coordinator
A feature of the Mercy College Arts Learning Area is the specialist Music Program run by the Coordinator of Music, Mrs Erica Royle. 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 Year 7 in 2017 for beginning or continuing students on clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and voice commencing Term One 2017. The scholarship covers full music tuition and instrument hire if applicable. Scholarship applications will be available at the Year 7 orientation evening in Term 4 2016.