The Academic Curriculum

Mercy College is unique in the Mackay region in catering specifically for Years 7 to 10. These ‘middle years’ of schooling are vital to the life-long learning journey and especially crucial to success in senior studies and other vocational pathways. In specialising in these year levels, the College is able to offer learning opportunities and an environment to bring out the best in young adolescents.

The Mercy College Curriculum is based on the Queensland Essential Learnings, Year 10 Guidelines and the Australian National Curriculum.

Approach to Learning

Students in Resource Centre

Mercy College maintains a Catholic Christian Learning Community where appropriately qualified staff engage with students to foster self-directed life-long learning, and the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and skills that will assist them to contribute positively to society. Staff work to equip students with Christian values to face the challenges of an ever changing world.

The provision of a varied curriculum that is both relevant and appropriate to a middle school philosophy provides all students with the opportunity to experience successful learning within a safe and supportive environment.

Our curriculum seeks a balance between innovation and tradition. It is responsive to all National, State and Diocesan directives and guidelines while maintaining elements which enhance learning for middle school students. These elements include the curriculum’s semi-vertical nature, unitised, term and semester based curriculum and flexible choice of subjects catering for the needs, interests and abilities of our students.

We believe learning is an individual journey for every student and, while all students have a right to be taught content which is age appropriate, some students will benefit from consolidation and others with extension. Our curriculum recognises this distinctiveness in each student and has created a flexible structure in which this can occur.

As a Middle School it is important that the curriculum facilitates the development of the whole student. As such, cultural, sporting, spiritual and social learning is considered important along with academic knowledge. Numerous units are offered which represent this philosophy.

Quality accredited teachers who engage in on-going learning are seen as crucial in the learning journey of students. Teaching excellence is deliberately encouraged, cultivated and supported so all students may benefit from quality teaching and learning.

Curriculum at Mercy College is embedded within community. It involves students, teachers, non-classroom staff, parents, parish, community and leadership working together as a learning community. As members of this community we strive to reflect upon our learning by continuously reassessing and seeking to improve upon our practices.

Our curriculum is also built upon social justice principles, with the promotion of the dignity of every human person, are at the heart of our Christian beliefs. Implicit in this is the need for every person to have access to the possibility of full growth regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, material poverty, social disadvantage, or physical or mental difficulty. Enrolment into the College, human and physical resourcing and unit offerings are reflective of this core belief.

Assessment

Student writing

Assessment is ongoing, as it gives students the opportunity to study in depth, and demonstrate progress towards a goal. We offer many forms of assessment including observation, class activities, homework, research assignments and exams. Assessment may be negotiated with the necessary teacher to suit student’s individual learning needs and interests. Further assignment, homework and exam regulations may be found in the student diary.

Assessment practices will be an integral part of the learning process, reflect social justice principles and offer a variety of ways to demonstrate learning.

All significant assessable work will be graded from A to E using the same criteria which will appear on the student’s report card each semester.These grades provide parents an indication of how well a student is achieving in their tasks throughout each unit.

Assessment Calendar

Assessment is added to the Assessment Calendar after it's issued to students.

Extensions

  • May be granted by the Head of Department through consultation with the class teacher and submission of a  formal application
  • Must be applied for at least a day before the due date unless there are unforseen medical or compassionate grounds
  • Will not be granted automatically