Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Mercedes College offers an outstanding Catholic education for young women from Year 7–12 based on the Mercy values of compassion, justice, excellence, integrity and service.
Located in the heart of Perth’s beautiful heritage precinct, the college offers students an extensive range of excellent academic, cultural and sporting opportunities in a unique and dynamic learning environment.
Our curriculum provides educational experiences to engage every girl, encouraging and supporting them in their quest for personal excellence.
Our staff seek to be innovators in girls’ education. Dedicated staff strive for high standards in teaching and learning, recognising and rewarding students for performing at their personal best.
The college seeks to build dependable and positive relationships. We see education as a shared responsibility between the family and the college. A high level of mutual respect, support and communication between parents and staff plays an essential role in the education of all our students.
The college values and fosters the education of young women with a curriculum that is:
- Christ-centred and based on Gospel values, guiding students to be self-directed, critical thinkers and responsible risk-takers who form positive attitudes and relationships, and who will be ‘counter-cultural’ in living their lives for others
- challenging and just, with extension, differentiation and support enabling achievement for every student
- inclusive, recognising differences in every student and providing a range of opportunities in the areas of academic endeavour, service, arts, sports and technology to enable our young women to develop and to be recognised for their gifts
- future-focused, developing knowledge and skills that equip our students to navigate and prosper in the modern world.
Our pastoral care
Pastoral care at Mercedes College calls us to create a caring community where students and staff get to know each other in a mutually respectful and nurturing environment.
Pastoral care is centred on God, embracing the spirit of Catherine McAuley. The program is concerned with maximising learning and growth, whilst developing the students’ values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and practices. Our students are encouraged to develop a positive self-image reflecting self-awareness, courage and resilience, as well as caring for others, the community and the environment. Young Mercedes women have a love for life, belief in themselves, and confidence in their abilities.
The Pastoral Care Policy incorporates the Caring Behaviour Policy and Student Code of Conduct, which promotes a respectful, safe and healthy environment for the whole school community. Self-worth and dignity of every member of the school community is respected and promoted.
Pastoral care is not the domain of a selected few. All members of our community are charged with building relationships with students and their families that support the development of the girls in tomorrow’s women of Mercy.
A dedicated pastoral care team meets regularly to discuss the progress of students and provide effective opportunities for all girls to be listed to and feel included.
Co-curricular activities facilitate the development of skills and interests across a variety of pursuits including Service, Academic, Cultural and Sport. Each student activities participates in activities, teams and clubs that broaden their experiences and allow for personal excellence to be displayed.